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 23, 2015

NORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/21/2015
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes Sunday hunting of deer with bow and arrow on private property provided such property is in a deer management zone and such hunting is done in accordance with certain wildlife management principles.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment: Reported with substitute on March 25

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Craig Miner, Co-Chair, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Full Capacity Magazines; Sporting Rifle
SummaryConcerns the registration of assault weapons and possession of large capacity magazines by persons who move into Connecticut; allows any person who moves into Connecticut to register an assault weapon or declare possession of a large capacity magazine.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 19

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Craig Miner, Co-Chair, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Full Capacity Magazines; Sporting Rifle
SummaryConcerns the deadline for registering an assault weapon and declaring possession of a large capacity magazine.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 19

Introduced: 03/05/2015
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Ivory
SummaryProhibits 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: Filed with Legislative Commissioner's Office on March 23

Introduced: 03/04/2015
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary(Resolution) Proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to exclude from laws that may be proposed in a citizen initiative laws governing hunting and fishing.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on March 19

Introduced: 03/12/2015
Sponsor: Senator Garrett Mason
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAccomplishes the following. 1. It removes the prohibition on the use of firearm noise suppression devices when hunting and provides that a person who is otherwise lawfully hunting may use such devices. 2. It establishes a procedure for a person to obtain a chief law enforcement officer's certification under federal law for the approval of an application to transfer or make a firearm, requires that the certification be provided in a timely fashion unless the applicant is ineligible.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in non-concurrence on March 20

Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Wendell Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Budget Bills; Seniors; Veterans
SummaryEstablishes a nonresident senior hunting license; authorizes a nonresident to purchase the license beginning in the calendar year in which the nonresident attains a certain age; establishes a certain fee for the license; alters the fee for a nonresident junior hunting license; requires the Department of Natural Resources to submit a certain report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before a certain date; provides for the termination of this Act; relates to nonresident senior and junior.
Status: Hearing scheduled for March 31 at 1:00 PM

Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Glen Glass
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
SummaryAuthorizes 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: To Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on March 24

Introduced: 02/13/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Johnny Mautz
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday
Summary: Establishes a sales and use tax exemption period for the 7-day period from the third Sunday in April through the following Saturday for specified hunting and sporting goods shopping in Maryland during which the sales and use tax does not apply to the sale of firearms, fishing supplies, and hunting supplies if the taxable price of the item is less than $1,000.
Status: From House Committee on Ways and Means: Reported unfavorably on March 20

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Senator Joan Carter Conway
Issue Brief: Deer Management
SummaryRepeals the requirement that the Department of Natural Resources establish a program in Charles County and St. Marys County to train rifle shooters to hunt deer for the purpose of controlling the deer population; repeals the requirement that the Department give specified applicants priority to participate in the program; repeals a requirement that the Department report on the implementation of the program to the General Assembly on or before a certain date.
Status: Hearing scheduled on March 25 at 1:00 PM

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Astle, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Past President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAlters 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: Hearing scheduled on March 25 at 1:00 PM

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Stephen Hershey
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
SummaryAuthorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person in Caroline County or Dorchester County to hunt any game bird or game mammal, except migratory game birds and wetland game birds, on a Sunday on specified land during the open season for that game bird or game mammal.
Status: From Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs: Reported unfavorably on March 20

Introduced: 03/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative James Webb, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
SummaryAllows the executive director of Fish and Game to adopt rules for taking black bear by crossbow and for taking game animals and game birds during the regular firearms season for the species.
Status: To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 19

Introduced: 12/18/2014
Sponsor: Assembly Member Vincent Mazzeo
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Creates Fishing Buddy License.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 23

Introduced: 03/20/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Steve Englebright
Issue Brief: Guns
SummaryProhibits the possession of concealed firearms in any national park or national wildlife refuge system; imposes a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for a violation thereof.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development on March 23

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates 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; authorizes a civil penalty and increases the maximum duration of the revocation of a fishing license or the privilege to fish in tidal waters for a violation.
Status: Signed by Governor. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 468 on March 23


SOUTHEASTERN STATES

 

Georgia H 160

Introduced: 01/28/2015

Sponsor: Representative Emory West Dunahoo, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 

Issue Brief: Animal Traps

Summary: Relates to wildlife trapping, trappers, and fur dealers; repeals a provision prohibiting the trapping of raccoons in certain counties; provides for related matters; provides for an effective date; repeals conflicting laws.

Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on March 25

 

Kentucky S 55

Introduced: 01/06/2015

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

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation

Summary: Relates to the donation of game meat; defines not-for-profit organization 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: Act No. 35 [Effective Rule] on March 24

 

North Carolina S 112

Introduced: 02/25/2015

Sponsor: Senator William Cook, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Urges all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture.

Status: From Senate Committee on Workforce and Economic Development: Reported favorably on March 25

 

Introduced: 03/25/2015
Sponsor: Senator William Cook, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Makes voluntary the requirement that a holder of a for-hire commercial recreational fishing license maintain a logbook summarizing catch and effort statistical data; delays implementation to allow the division of marine fisheries to conduct a stakeholder input and education process.
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on March 25

 

South Carolina H 3115

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Past President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council

Issue Brief: Guns; Knife Preemption

SummaryRelates to the regulation of the ownership, transfer, or possession of firearms or ammunition; provides that no governing body of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision in the state may enact, enforce, or promulgate any regulation or ordinance that regulates or attempts to regulate the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying, or transportation of knives, firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, or any combination of these things.

Status: Committee amendment adopted on House floor on March 25

 

South Carolina H 3118

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Past President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council 

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 validated before a turkey is removed from the point of kill.

Status: To Free Conference Committee on March 25

 

South Carolina H 3393

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Phillip Lowe, Chair, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General; General License

Summary: Provides that a person shall obtain a federal migratory hunting and conservation stamp in addition to obtaining required state hunting licenses and permits; provides that the Department of Natural Resources may contract with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to make the federal migratory hunting and conservation stamp available through the license sales system of the department; provides for the endorsement of the stamp on state hunting licenses by the department.

Status: To Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry on March 25

 

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: General Subcommittee recommends passage on March 25

 

Tennessee S 963

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Mike Bell, Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Outdoor Gear Sales Tax

Summary: Relates to Gasoline Taxes; relates to Petroleum Products; requires that all proceeds of the gasoline tax collected from the sale of fuel to or by owners and operators of boats, marinas, yacht clubs, and boat docks be used solely for the operation, maintenance, and improvement of public waterways and boating facilities.

Status: In Senate Committee on Transportation and Safety: Referred to General Subcommittee on March 25

 

Tennessee S 1056

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Mark Green

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans 

Summary: Relates to Licenses; authorizes combat veterans, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians who reside out of state and who are 50 percent service connected disabled to receive a sport hunting and fishing license upon payment of an annual $10.00 fee.

Status: To Senate Committee on Calendar on March 25

 

Tennessee S 1097

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Paul Bailey

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to Game and Fish Laws; establishes uniform fox Laws in Tennessee.

Status: To Senate Committee on Calendar on March 25

 

Tennessee S 1237

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Mike Bell, Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

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: To Senate Committee on Calendar on March 25

 

West Virginia S 347

Introduced: 01/28/2015

Sponsor: Senator Dave Sypolt

Issue Brief: Guns; Sunday Hunting; Handgun carry while archery hunting

Summary: Allows certain persons to carry a deadly weapon for self-defense while in the woods; removes the requirement of a license to carry a concealed handgun afield; establishes that when a certain license holder moves to another county in the state, the sheriff shall issue a new license under certain circumstances; relates to active duty members of the armed forces; removes certain license and fee exemptions for specified persons; removes certain requirements and penalties; establishes certain penalties.

Status: Vetoed by Governor on March 20

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES


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: Passed House on March 24

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits use of unmanned aerial or unmanned submersible vehicles to interfere with or harass another individual who is hunting.
Status: In House. Read second time and substituted. To third reading on March 24

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits use of unmanned aerial vehicles for taking game.
Status: In House. Read second time and substituted. To third reading on March 24

Introduced: 03/19/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
SummaryMemorializes the Congress of the United States to pass legislation that authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement measures at the Brandon Road lock and dam to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 19

Introduced: 02/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Tom Hackbarth
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Modifies the requirement governing the hunting of deer; authorizes a beaver season; modifies the restriction on using artificial lights to take fish; authorizes rulemaking relating to spearing and northern pike.
Status: In House. Second Reading on March 23

Introduced: 03/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Denny McNamara, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
SummaryRelates to natural resources; modifies invasive species provisions; provides for temporary water surface use controls in construction areas; modifies state park permit provisions; regulates wake surfing; modifies life jacket requirements; modifies requirements for fire training; modifies auxiliary forest provisions; modifies forest bough account; modifies recreational vehicle transfer requirements; modifies authority to issue water use permits; provides civil penalties.
Status: In House. Second Reading on March 23

Introduced: 03/03/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Hoffman
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
SummaryRelates 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: In Senate. Second Reading on March 23

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jon Nelson, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Ill Youth Hunting
SummaryRelates to big game and turkey hunting licenses for youth with a life-threatening illness.
Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Appropriations on March 23

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Curt Hofstad
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Provides for a prohibition on the purchase of conservation easements with public funds; establishes that a governmental entity may not provide funds through grant, contract, or other agreement to a nongovernmental entity that is a nonprofit organization for the purpose of holding any interest in real property or an easement longer than thirty years for wildlife or conservation purposes.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on Senate floor on March 24

Introduced: 01/19/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike Lefor
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to interference with the taking of wildlife.
Status: Signed by Governor on March 19

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: Signed by Governor on March 19

Introduced: 03/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation
SummaryAuthorizes reimbursement to counties for the costs incurred in processing and donating certain wild turkeys.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on March 20

Introduced: 03/23/2015
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation
SummaryAuthorizes reimbursement to counties for the costs incurred in processing and donating certain wild turkeys.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on March 23


LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative Patrick Verschoore, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAmends the Wildlife Code; removes the prohibition on taking bobcats in the State; provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt bobcats with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, except during the open season which will be set annually by the Director of Natural Resources between 12:01 a.m., November 1 to 12:00 midnight, February 15, both inclusive; provides that the season limit for bobcat shall not exceed one bobcat per permit; provides that the pelts of bobcats shall be tagged.
Status: In House. Placed on Short Debate Calendar Second Reading on March 25

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 and under may use a crossbow.
Status: In House. Placed on Short Debate Calendar Second Reading on March 25

Introduced: 02/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Al Riley, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person may use a crossbow if the user is 55 or older.
Status: In House. Placed on Short Debate Calendar Second Reading on March 25

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator William McCann, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAmends the Wildlife Code; removes the prohibition on taking bobcats in the State; provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt bobcats with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, except during the open season which will be set annually by the Director of Natural Resources between 12:01 a.m., November 1 to 12:00 midnight, February 15, both inclusive; provides that the season limit for bobcat shall not exceed one bobcat per permit; provides that the pelts of bobcats shall be tagged.
Status: In Senate. Amendment No. 1. Postponed in committee on March 19

Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to prioritizing options for disposal of seized wildlife.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 25

Introduced: 03/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Ryan Guillen, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Deer Management
Summary: Relates to the creation of a deer management program commission.
Status: To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 18

Introduced: 03/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Craig Goldman
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Relates to a fishing license fee waiver for certain residents.
Status: To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 18

Introduced: 03/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative James White
Issue Brief: Recruitment
Summary: Relates to restrictions applicable to young hunters of white-tailed deer during a special open season.
Status: To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 23

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Trent Ashby
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status: Left pending in committee on March 24

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brandon Creighton
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status: Not again placed on intent calendar, on March 24



PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 02/04/2014
Sponsor: Senator Bill Stoltze, Co-Chair, Alaska Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Catch Shares
Summary: Provides priority to personal use fisheries when fishing restrictions are implemented to achieve a management goal.
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Resources on March 18

Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: House Resources and Conservation Committee
Issue Brief: General
SummaryFish And Game; Amends existing law; revises provisions; relates to the illegal killing, possession or waste of certain fish and game animals.
Status: To Governor on March 23

Introduced: 03/16/2015
Sponsor: Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, Member, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary: Revises provisions governing trapping of wildlife.
Status: Hearing scheduled in Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining on March 26

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: Passed out of Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 26

Introduced: 03/17/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mo Denis
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Prohibits the sale or transfer of ivory under certain circumstances.
Status: Introduced on March 17

Introduced: 03/19/2015
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits the use of telemetry data to hunt or kill mammals or game birds.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 19

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Hammond, Co-Chair, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
SummaryProposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to preserve the right to hunt, trap and fish in this State.
Status: Passed out of Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 26

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: To Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on March 20

Introduced: 02/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Tobias Read
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAppropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Business Development Department to support cooperative effort to assist western juniper harvesting and related manufacturing businesses and promote liaison efforts regarding concerns and interests of western juniper harvesting and related manufacturing businesses and wildlife management concerns and interests; declares emergency, effective July 1, 2015.
Status: Work Session held on March 24

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: Public Hearing held on March 24

Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brian Dansel
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Concerns a pilot program for cougar control.
Status: In Senate Committee on Rules: Indefinitely postponed on March 23

Introduced: 02/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Pam Roach, Chair, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProvides funding for the hunter education training program through the issuance of national rifle association special license plates.
Status: In Senate Committee on Rules: Indefinitely postponed on March 23

Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRequests Congress to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries with sufficient resources to expedite review of Puget Sound hatchery and genetic management plans and that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries prioritize and conduct immediate review and approval of these plans.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Do pass on March 24


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: In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: To Suspense File on March 25

Introduced: 02/18/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member James Gallagher, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General; Lead Ban
SummaryRepeals the restriction against the use of nonlead ammunition for the taking of all wildlife and related provisions.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on March 5

Introduced: 02/23/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Ken Cooley, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAuthorizes a person with a valid license to carry a firearm capable of being concealed on the person, consistent with the terms of that license, while engaged in the taking of deer with bow and arrow as long as he or she does not take or attempt to take deer with the firearm.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on March 5

Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProvides 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: 02/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Lois Wolk
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
SummaryAppropriates funds from the General Fund to the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make payments to counties for unpaid amounts when income is derived directly from real property acquired and operated by the state as a wildlife management area.
Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water: Do pass Committee on Appropriations, on March 24

Introduced: 03/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Yeulin Willett
Issue Brief: General
SummaryConcerns a plan to study the available bear management tools year round to address bear-human conflicts.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources on March 23

Introduced: 03/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jerry Sonnenberg
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License; Recruitment
SummaryConcerns the education requirements necessary to qualify for a license to take wildlife.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy on March 20

Introduced: 01/21/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kelly Flynn
Issue Brief: General
SummaryCreates a block management stamp program; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue.
Status: Tabled on March 24

Introduced: 01/21/2015
Sponsor: Representative Tom Jacobson
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRevises hunting access enhancement program laws and provide funding; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue.
Status: From House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Parks: Do pass as amended on March 24

Introduced: 02/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator David Hinkins
Issue Brief: General
SummaryExpresses support for the Public Lands Initiative and for locally driven land use planning over unilateral federal action regarding the state's public lands.
Status: To Governor on March 25
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