Tracking The Capitols
Tracking the Capitols is a source of legislation currently being tracked by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation state policy team to keep you informed of the most pertinent and timely state legislation affecting hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping and other conservation issues. Inclusion in Tracking the Capitols does not necessarily constitute support or opposition to legislation by CSF and/or the CSF States Program. The bills noted in this email represent only a fraction of the legislation that CSF's States Program is monitoring on a day-to-day basis.

Please visit our website for day-to-day updates by CSF's State Program Team on important sportsmen's legislation. To view past bills, please visit the Tracking the Capitols Archive under the Media Room tab on the CSF website.

 

Note: Bill sponsors who are members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses are noted in bold.
 
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March 9, 2015

NORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 03/05/2015
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Prohibits the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn; prohibits the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn and products made of such ivory and rhinoceros horn in order to limit the market for such items and reduce the killing of elephants and rhinoceros for their ivory and horns.
Status: Public Hearing Scheduled for March 11

Introduced: 03/04/2015
Sponsor: Representative Karleton Ward 
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: (Resolution)Proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to provide that the citizens of Maine have the personal right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, subject to laws and rules that promote wildlife conservation and preserve the future of hunting and fishing, and to provide that public hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife are a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on March 5

Introduced: 03/04/2015
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes an amendment to the constitution of Maine to establish the right to hunt and fish.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 10

Introduced: 03/04/2015
Author: Representative Stephen Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: (Resolution) Proposes an amendment to the constitution of Maine to ensure that laws governing hunting and fishing are not subject to the citizen petition process.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on March 10

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Ellie Espling, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Summary This bill requires a communication that is intended to influence a ballot question election and that depicts a wildlife management practice to include information about any image or video used in the communication whether or not the practice is legal in the State. It also requires that if a communication includes an image or video of a wildlife management practice the communication must state the location where the image or video was created and the date on which it was made.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs in concurrence on March 11

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Paul Chace
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Allows as a pilot project until January 1, 2018 hunting on Sundays in wildlife management districts 1 to 14, 17, 19 and 28 for any species during the open season on that species. This bill requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to submit by January 1, 2017 a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over inland fisheries and wildlife matters regarding the status of the pilot project and recommendations as to whether the project should be expanded...
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 11

Introduced: 03/06/2015 
Sponsor: Representative Dillon Bates 
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Prohibits a person from hunting bear with the use of dogs. The bill also makes a violation of that prohibition a Class D crime and a Class C crime for a 3rd or subsequent offense. It provides an exemption for the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to hunt bear with the use of dogs for public safety or research purposes.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 11

Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Wendell Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Alters the prohibition against a person hunting specified game birds by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area to require that the person know or reasonably should know that the area is a baited area before a violation occurs.
Status: To Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs on March 6

Introduced: 02/09/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Glen Glass
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes a person to hunt deer on private property with a bow and arrow or crossbow during open season on a Sunday in the second half of January, as designated by the Department of Natural Resources, subject to specified provisions of law.
Status: Withdrawn from further consideration on March 10

Introduced: 02/09/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Glen Glass
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on a Sunday during the deer bow hunting season on private property, subject to specified provisions of law; makes specified conforming changes.
Status: Withdrawn from further consideration on March 10

Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Glen Glass
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes a person to hunt deer on private property in Harford County with a bow and arrow or crossbow during open season at specified times subject to specified provisions of law.
Status: Hearing Scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on March 17

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Astle, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Past President, NASC Executive Council
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Alters the prohibition against a person hunting specified game birds by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area to require that the person know or reasonably should know that the area is a baited area before a violation occurs.
Status: Second reading passed with amendments. To third reading on March 10

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Burt, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Repeals provisions which prohibit the use of silencing devices for taking wildlife and impose penalties therefor.
Status: Retained in Committee for Action in Second Year of Session on March 4

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Allows the fish and game department to offer discounted lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for residents who have not yet reached their first birthday; this bill is a request of the fish and game department.
Status: Passed Senate. To House on March 5

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Extends the prohibition on harassment of persons hunting, fishing, or trapping and adds the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to the activities prohibited; this bill is a request of the fish and game department.
Status: Public hearing on March 19

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Shirley Turner
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License; General; Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Establishes apprentice hunting licenses for residents and non-residents; includes a small game license.
Status: From Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations on March 9

Introduced: 03/05/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh
Issue Brief: Animal Traps; Anti
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides for a prohibition on trapping animals for sport.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on March 5

Introduced: 03/05/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Felix Ortiz
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Requires owners of firearms to obtain liability insurance in an amount not less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Insurance on March 5

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Michael Hanna, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Amends the act of February 2, 1965 (P.L.1860, No.586), entitled "An act encouraging landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes by limiting liability in connection therewith, and repealing certain acts;" provides for liability for landowners to recreational users.
Status: To House Committee on Tourism and Recreational Development on March 6

Introduced: 03/05/2015
Sponsor: Representative Willem Jewett
Issue Brief: Lead Ban
Summary: Relates to prohibiting the use of lead ammunition for the taking of wildlife.
Status: To House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources on March 10

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate David Bulova
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary: Relates to visiting of wildlife traps; requires the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt regulations allowing the use of remote trap-checking technology to determine if there is wildlife in the trap; provides that current law requires trappers to visit their traps either daily or, in the case of body-gripping traps, once every 72 hours and remove all animals that have been caught in the traps.
Status: Signed by Governor. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 47 on March 10

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to reciprocal law-enforcement agreements; authorizes the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to enter into agreements with other States to enforce hunting, fishing, and trapping Laws across state boundaries.
Status: Signed by Governor. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 68 on March 10

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to revocation of fishing privileges; authorizes the Marine Resources Commission to revoke the privilege to fish in tidal Waters of any person who has been convicted of unlawfully taking oysters or other shellfish from oyster grounds; provides that currently, such a conviction only results in the revocation of a person's tidal fishing license; increases from two years to five years the maximum duration of the revocation of a fishing license or the privilege to fish in tidal Waters.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on March 6


SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Whatley
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes permits for specified feeders under certain conditions; provides for permits, fees, and penalties.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on March 3

Introduced: 03/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jim Boyd
Issue Brief: Angling Access; Budget Bills; General
Summary: Relates to implementation of water and land conservation constitutional amendment; terminates obsolete trust funds & provides for disposition of balances; revises distributions of documentary stamp tax revenues into certain trust funds; revises distributions of revenues upon sale of certain lands; reenacts the Land Acquisition Trust Fund; deletes obsolete provisions relating to use of bond & trust fund proceeds; conforms provisions.
Status: To House Committee on Appropriations

Prefiled: 02/27/2015
Author: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee
Issue Brief: Angling Access; General
Summary: Relates to fish and wildlife conservation commission; revises provisions relating to implementation of alligator management & trapping program; tarpon tags; issuance of restricted species endorsements on saltwater products licenses; dealers & Buyers of hides & furs; takes of alligators or their eggs; alligator trapping license requirements & fees; alligator hide validation tags; revenues for alligator husbandry research; transfers of funds from alligator/.
Status: Referred to House Committee on State Affairs on March 8

Introduced: 03/03/2015
Author: Senator Charles Dean, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to implementation of the water and land conservation constitutional amendment; terminates certain trust funds within the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; requires moneys in land acquisition trust funds created or designated to receive funds under s. 28, Article X of the State Constitution to be retained in those trust funds.
Status: From Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government: Reported favorably with substitute on March 11

Florida S 586

Introduced: 01/30/2015

Sponsor: Senator Charles Dean, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to implementation of the water and land conservation constitutional amendment; provides that specified distributions to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund are not subject to the service charge under s. 215.20, F.S.; repeals provisions relating to beach erosion control project staffing, funding for the state's beach management plan, and the State Preservation 2000 Trust Fund; requires specified public recreation projects to have been selected through the Department of Environmental Protection's.

Status: From Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government: Reported favorably with substitute on March 11

  

Kentucky S 55

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Senator Robin Webb, Co-Chair, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation

SummaryRelates to the donation of game meat; defines not-for-profit organization take and wildlife; prohibits state and local government entities from restricting the donation of game meat to or from not-for-profit organizations for the purpose of free meal distribution; requires that the game meat be from wildlife that was taken in the Commonwealth, properly field dressed and processed, and apparently disease-free and unspoiled.

Status: To Governor on March 10

 

South Carolina H 3118

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Past NASC EC President 

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to promulgate regulations governing wildlife management areas and heritage trust lands to establish seasons, dates, areas, bag limits, and other restrictions for hunting and taking wild turkey; establishes male wild turkey hunting season; declares youth turkey hunting day; provides a wild turkey bag limit; provides that wild turkey transportation tags must be verified.

Status: Senate refused to concur in House amendments on March 5

 

South Carolina H 3798

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Wendell Gilliard 

Issue Brief: Ammunition; Guns

Summary: Provides that it is unlawful for a person to use, transport, manufacture, possess, distribute, sell, or buy green tip ammunition; provides a penalty.

Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on March 5

 

South Carolina S 454

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator George E. Chip Campsen, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to hunting and fishing licenses; provides that a person must have immediate access and authorization to utilize deer quota tags to hunt on property with a deer quota program permit; provides for the deer quota program and requirements for application thereto; provides that a person must possess a set of individual deer tags from the department to hunt on property without a deer quota program permit; sets the deer tag fees for in and out-of-state residents.

Status: From Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry: Reported favorably with amendment on March 5

 

South Carolina S 463

Introduced: 02/18/2015

Sponsor: Senator Shane Martin 

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Directs the Department of Natural resources to conduct a review of wildlife tagging, validation, and methods of checking harvested game utilized in other States and to report its findings and recommendations

Status: Passed Senate. To House on March 11


 
Tennessee H 246

Introduced: 02/03/2015

Sponsor: Representative Andrew Farmer 

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to Tort Liability and Reform; extends liability protections to landowners who have activities involving sporting clays, shooting sports, and target shooting, including archery and shooting range activities, occurring on the landowner's property.

Status: To House Committee on Calendar and Rules on March 10

 

Tennessee H 1050

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tim Wirgau

Issue Brief: No-Net-Loss; General

Summary: Relates to Game and Fish Laws; requires the Tennessee wildlife resources agency to post the annual report of estimated acreage closed, opened, and added on its web site.

Status: In House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Assigned to Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee on February 24

 

Tennessee H 1059

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative James Van Huss

Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday

Summary: Relates to tax exemptions and credits; creates a Second Amendment tax-free weekend for sales of firearms, firearms ammunition, and firearms accessories made during the same time as the annual sales tax holiday.

Status: In House Committee on Finance, Ways and Means: Referred to Subcommittee on Finance, Ways and Means on February 24


 
Tennessee H 1079

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Ron Travis

Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License

Summary: Relates to Game and Fish Laws; increases, from one to three, the number of consecutive years that a person may purchase annual permits to exempt themselves from hunter education requirements.

Status: In House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Assigned to Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee on February 24

 

Tennessee H 1104

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Timothy Hill 

Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles

Summary: Relates to Recreational Vehicles; creates an off-highway vehicle advisory committee to study the provision of safety training to off-highway vehicle operators, acquisition of potential private or public land as off-highway recreation areas, and funding sources for such training and acquisitions; requires the committee to report by January 1, 2016.

Status: To House Committee on Transportation on March 11


 

Tennessee H 1108

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Timothy Hill

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Relates to Game and Fish Laws; establishes extended hunting and fishing seasons for persons who possess valid combination hunting and fishing licenses upon the payment of a fee; proceeds from the payment of the fee are to be expended to support nonprofit volunteer fire departments in this state.

Status: In house Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Assigned to Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee on February 24

  

West Virginia H 2515

Introduced: 01/29/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Rupert Wilson Phillips

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Requires persons required to deliver wildlife to an official checking station to electronically register that wildlife in lieu of its delivery to an official checking station; establishes a fine for the illegal taking of elk; requires the Division of Natural Resources to take an active role in the reintroduction of the elk species; authorizes the director to propose legislative rules; provides for criminal penalties.

Status: To Senate Committee on Finance on March 9


 

West Virginia HCR 132

Introduced: 03/10/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Bill Hamilton 

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the economic impact of making all hunting and fishing licenses valid for a period of one year from the date of issue.

Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 11.

 

West Virginia HCR 133

Introduced: 02/10/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Bill Hamilton

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the economic impact of reducing or eliminating the necessity for certain hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.

Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 11

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 03/04/2015
Sponsor: House Natural Resources Committee 
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Provides that the writing fee retained by a license agent that issues combination hunting and fishing licenses shall be the same as if each annual license was purchased separately; provides that currently, the writing fee of 50 cents from the sale of a combination package of licenses is the same as for the purchase of a single annual license; provides that the Natural Resource Commission offers three-year hunting or fishing licenses and combination one-year hunting and fishing licenses.
Status: To House Committee on Ways and Means on March 4

Introduced: 03/05/2015
Sponsor: House Judiciary Committee 
Issue Brief: Guns; Sound Suppressors 
Summary: Relates to the manufacture, acquisition, sale, and use of firearms and suppressors; provides that a mechanical device specifically constructed and designed so that when attached to a firearm it silences, muffles, or suppresses the sound when fired is an offensive weapon; provides that any person who knowingly possesses an offensive weapon commits a class D felony, punishable by confinement for no more than five years and a fine of at least $750 but not more than $7,500; strikes a provision that/.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 10

Introduced: 03/09/2015
Sponsor: House Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License; General License
Summary: Relates to hunter education license requirements, provides for a hunting license with an apprentice hunter designation, and includes penalties; renames the hunter safety and ethics education course described whose completion is required to purchase a hunting license in this state, as the hunter education course; coordinates amendments are made to numerous other Code provisions that reference the course; provides the curriculum for the entire course shall be based on the standards adopted by the/.
Status: In House on March 9. Formerly House Study Bill 195. 

Introduced: 03/04/2015
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Relates to hunter education license requirements, provides for a hunting license with an apprentice hunter designation, and includes penalties; renames the hunter safety and ethics education course described whose completion is required to purchase a hunting license in this state, as the hunter education course; coordinates amendments are made to numerous other Code provisions that reference the course; provides that the curriculum for the entire course shall be based on the standards adopted by/.
Status: In Senate. Filed Amendment No. S-3019 on March 9

Introduced: 03/09/2015
Sponsor: Senate Judiciary Committee 
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors
Summary: Relates to the making, transferring, and possession of firearms and suppressors; provides that a mechanical device specifically constructed and designed so that when attached to a firearm it silences, muffles, or suppresses the sound when fired is an offensive weapon; any person who knowingly possesses an offensive weapon commits a class D felony, punishable by confinement for no more than five years and a fine of at least $750 but not more than $7,500; strikes a provision that classifies/.
Status: In Senate on March 9. Formerly Senate Study Bill 1263. 

Introduced: 03/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Peter Fischer
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to natural resources; reinstates the five-year moratorium on wolf hunting.
Status: To House Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy on March 9

Introduced: 03/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Peter Fischer
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary: Relates to game and fish; modifies requirements for certain traps; requires certain permission for traps and snares set; requires reporting; requires license forfeiture for certain violations; provides criminal penalties.
Status: To House Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy on March 9

Introduced: 03/05/2015
Sponsor: Senator Paul Gazelka
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors
Summary: Relates to firearms; repeals prohibitions on the possession and use of suppressors; requires chief law enforcement officers to complete federal certifications relating to suppressors in a timely manner; provides for an appeal process for denial of certification.
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 5

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Matt Schmit, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands; Deer Management
Summary: Relates to game and fish; establishes a pilot program in southeastern Minnesota for issuing additional deer licenses to landowners with deer damage; requires a Web site for connecting landowners suffering deer damage with deer hunters.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on March 9

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Relates to the option to use deer lottery license refunds for the private land open to sportsmen program.
Status: To Governor on March 11

Introduced: 01/30/2015
Sponsor: House Appropriations Committee 
Issue Brief: Budget Bills; Conservation Funding
Summary: Makes an appropriation for the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat; provides for a grant to the conservation fund; provides for matching funds.
Status: To Conference Committee on March 11


LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 03/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative DeAnn Vaught
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Requires that captured feral hogs be killed; provides for the disposition of fees and fines related to feral hogs; provides for the resident license to hunt feral hogs.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on Senate floor on March 11

Introduced: 02/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Eddie Williams
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
SummaryEstablishes maximum fees for annual resident hunting and fishing licenses for residents who are sixty-five (65) years of age or Older.
Status: Signed by Governor. Act No. 368 on March 6

Introduced: 02/25/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any person may use a crossbow to take an animal during the appropriate archery season.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture & Conservation on March 10

Introduced: 02/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike Smiddy, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person 14 or under may use a crossbow.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture & Conservation on March 10

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code.
Status: In Senate. Committee Amendment No. 1 filed. Referred to Assignments on March 11

Introduced: 02/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Chapin Rose
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that group hunting licenses may be issued for groups of up to 6 individuals; provides that each individual member of the group must sign his or her own application and possess a valid hunting license; provides that all members must have preference for the same county choice or special hunt area choice, hunting season, species, and taking method and that group applications shall be rejected if the applications do not list identical choices; provides that residents shall/.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture on March 11

Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Robert Ross
Issue Brief: Angling Access 
Summary: Changes the Laws regarding natural resources.
Status: Public Hearing completed on March 9

Introduced: 01/09/2015
Sponsor: Senator Ken Schilz, Member, Nebraska Sportsmen's Forum
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Creates the Aquatic Invasive Species Program; provides funding.
Status: Signed by Governor on March 5

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Steve Vaughan, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to hunting licenses; changes effective date of the annual archery hunting license for deer for nonresidents; declares an emergency.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 10


PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dave Talerico, Member, Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus
Issue Brief: Budget Bills; General License
Summary: Raises certain fees related to sport fishing, hunting, and trapping; raises the age of eligibility for a sport fishing, hunting, or trapping license exemption for state residents to 65 years of age; requires state residents to purchase big game tags to take certain species; provides for an effective date.
Status: To House Committee on Resources on March 6

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, Member, Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus
Issue Brief: Ammunition
Summary: Urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to ensure that federal agencies do not ban certain ammunition; urges the governor to encourage the manufacture of firearms and ammunition in Alaska.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on March 6

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Karl Rhoads
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Prohibits ivory and rhinoceros horn sales and trade within the state, to be enforced by the Department of Land and Natural Resources; establishes penalties.
Status: In House. Read third time. Passed House. To Senate on March 10

Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: House Resources and Conservation Committee
Issue Brief: General; Enforcement
Summary: Fish And Game; Amends existing law; revises provisions; relates to the illegal killing, possession or waste of certain fish and game animals.
Status: From Senate Committee on Resources and Environment: Do pass on March 10 

Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Senate Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief: General License; Seniors; Veterans
SummaryAmends existing law; revises residency requirements; relates to senior resident combination licenses.
Status: Passed House. To Governor on March 6

Introduced: 02/13/2015
Sponsor: Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee
Issue Brief: Knife Preemption
Summary: Adds to existing law; provides that a political subdivision shall not enact certain rules, ordinances or taxes relating to knives; provides that certain rules and ordinances from a political subdivision shall be null and void.
Status: Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation. To Floor for third reading on March 12

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Senate State Affairs Committee
Issue Brief: High Fence
Summary: States findings of the Legislature; rejects a certain rule docket of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture relating to Rules Governing the Importation of Animals.
Status: Passed Senate. To House on March 10

Introduced: 02/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Hammond, Co-Chair, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Creates the Advisory Council on Nevada Wildlife Conservation and Education.
Status: Hearing held in Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 10

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Hammond, Co-Chair, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to preserve the right to hunt, trap and fish in this State.
Status: Hearing scheduled in Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 12

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Directs State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish trophy trout lake pilot program; funds program with $1 surcharge on angling licenses; requires department to conduct study and surveys related to program and report to interim committees related to environment and natural resources no later than September 15, 2017; sunsets December 31, 2018; declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Public Hearing held on March 10

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Directs State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules prohibiting use of drones for angling or hunting.
Status: Work Session held on March 10

Introduced: 03/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Ken Helm
Issue Brief: Recruitment; General
SummaryIncreases frequency of days for which State Fish and Wildlife Commission may authorize persons to angle for fish or take shellfish without licenses or tags; establishes Oregon Fishing Experience Enhancement Subaccount in Fish and Wildlife Account; directs uses of moneys in subaccount; establishes Oregon Outdoor Activities Investment Planning Task Force; describes duties of task force; requires task force to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to environment and natural resources no...
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 9

Introduced: 03/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jim Weidner, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution to preserve individuals' rights to hunt or fish, including through use of traditional methods; delineates scope of rights to hunt and fish; refers proposed amendment to people for their approval or rejection at next regular general election.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 9

Introduced: 03/04/2015
Sponsor: Senate Judiciary Committee
Issue Brief: Ivory
SummaryCreates offense of trafficking in animal parts; provides that knowing purchase, sale, offering for sale, possession with intent to sell or importation for purchase or sale in this state of ivory, rhinoceros horn, ivory products or rhinoceros horn products is offense; creates exceptions; makes first offense punishable by maximum of 30 days' imprisonment and by maximum fine of $1,250 or twice fair market value of ivory, rhinoceros horn, ivory product or rhinoceros horn product, whichever is greater;
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 6

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Shelly Short
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Understands the effects of predation on wild ungulate populations.
Status: Passed House to Senate on March 10

Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kretz
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires the department of fish and wildlife to update the 2011 wolf conservation and management plan to ensure the establishment of a self-sustaining population of gray wolves while also ensuring social tolerance of wolf recovery.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 10

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Provides a group fishing permit for certain programs for at-risk youth.
Status: Hearing scheduled in House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on 3/12/2015


WESTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Toni Atkins
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Prohibits a person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, possessing with intent to sell, or importing with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn. Makes this prohibition enforceable by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Makes a violation a misdemeanor subject to specified criminal penalties.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations on March 10

Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides that the state fully occupies the field of the taking and possession of fish and game. Prohibits a city or county from adopting an ordinance or regulation for the taking or possession of fish and game. Provides that unless otherwise authorized by the Fish and Game Code or any other state or federal law, the commission and the department are the only entities that may adopt or promulgate regulations.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on March 9

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kirk Wagoner 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Reaffirms that trapping is a form of hunting protected under the state Constitution; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on March 10

Introduced: 01/19/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kirk Wagoner
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors 
Summary: Clarifies that use of suppressed firearms to hunt certain wildlife is allowed under certain conditions; relates to guns and weapons.
Status: Passed Senate on March 10

Introduced: 01/30/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Brenden
Issue Brief: Anti
Summary: Prohibits sage grouse hunting; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status: To House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Parks on February 17

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative Paul Bandy
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands; Angling Access
Summary: Relates to public waters; amends a section of chapter 17 nmsa 1978; defines the scope of easement created by constitutional provisions regarding ownership of public waters, beneficial use of public waters and the right to acquire, own and protect private property; provides for lawful recreational access to public waters.
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 10
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