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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April 27, 2015

NORTHEASTERN STATES

Delaware H 97

Introduced: 04/21/2015

Sponsor: Representative Bobby Outten  

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Allows a hunter to use a handgun in lieu of a shotgun on farms permitted by DNREC through their deer depredation programs to reduce agricultural crop damage.

Status: From House Committee on Natural Resources: Reported without recommendations on April 29     


Maine H 214

Introduced: 02/06/2015

Sponsor: Representative Russell Black, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Bear Hunting, Hunting Dogs

Summary: Allows a person licensed to guide hunters to use one leashed dog outside of legal hunting hours to track and dispatch a bear wounded by the guide's client.

Status: In House. Committee Amendment A adopted on April 23    

  

Maine H 265

Introduced: 02/11/2015

Sponsor: Representative Stephen Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: Recruitment

Summary: Requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish by rule a youth bear hunting day on the Saturday prior to the opening of bear hunting season.

Status: In House. Passed to be engrossed on April 29      

 

Maine H 266

Introduced: 02/11/2015

Sponsor: Representative Dale Crafts, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows 

Summary: Allows a person 70 years of age or older to hunt with a crossbow during any open season. Until January 1, 2015, a provision of law allowed this, but included language that repealed the provision on that date. The bill enacts the substance of that provision but without the repeal language.

Status: In House. Passed to be enacted on April 23

 

Maine H 548

Introduced: 03/06/2015

Sponsor: Representative Paul Chace, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

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, modifi...

Status: House adopts Majority Committee Report on April 23

 

Maine H 557

Introduced: 03/06/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Shaw, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Summary This bill amends the laws concerning permits to carry concealed handguns by: 1. Making the Chief of the State Police the sole issuing authority for a permit to carry concealed handguns; 2. Extending the term of a permit to carry concealed handguns from 4 years to 10 years; and 3. Removing the requirement that a course that includes handgun safety taken by an applicant for a permit to carry concealed handguns must have been taken by the applicant within 5 years prior to the date of application.

Status: Work Session held on April 24

 

Maine H 745

Introduced: 03/24/2015

Sponsor: Representative Michelle Dunphy 

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 wildlife management.

Status: Work Session held on April 24

 

New Hampshire S 183

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 lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for newborns.

Status: Order enrolled on April 29       

 

New Hampshire S 222

Introduced: 01/08/2015

Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    

Issue Brief: Drones  

Summary: Extends the prohibition on harassment of persons hunting, fishing, or trapping and adds the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to the activities prohibited; relates to a request from the fish and game department.

Status: Order enrolled on April 29       

 

New York A 53

Introduced: 01/07/2015

Sponsor: Assembly Member Amy Paulin     

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Enacts "Nicholas's law"; requires the safe storage of all weapons, either in a safe or with a locking device, and provides penalties for simple and complex violations; requires notices to be furnished upon transfer of weapons and issuance/renewal of licenses; defines weapons to mean rifles, shotguns, and firearms; does not preempt local laws no less restrictive or stringent.

Status: Amended in Assembly Committee on Codes on April 28      

 

New York A 7220

Introduced: 04/28/2015

Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus      

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

Summary: Provides that dogs engaged in hunting and training as authorized by the environmental conservation law, shall not be deemed to be running at large in violation of any local law or ordinance.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Agriculture on April 28     

 

New York S 4761

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rich Funke, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    

Issue Brief: Outdoor Sport Tax Holiday

Summary: Amends the Tax Law; creates a limited exemption of the sale of certain firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and hunting supplies from state sales and compensating use taxes.

Status: Amended in Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations on April 27 

 

New York S 4951

Introduced: 04/24/2015

Sponsor: Senator Patrick Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Repeals provisions of the environmental conservation law requiring hunters to display back tags.

Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on April 24   

 

Vermont S 138

Introduced: 03/16/2015

Sponsor: Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee      

Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors  

Summary: Relates to promoting economic development.

Status: To House Committee on Ways and Means on April 29    

 


SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Florida H 7021

Introduced: 03/03/2015

Sponsor: House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee

Issue Brief: General; Angling Access  

Summary: Relates to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; requires that personal floatation devices be used in specified circumstances; authorizes citizen support organizations to receive funds from the commission under certain circumstances; specifies requirements related to tarpon tags, saltwater products licenses, dealers and buyers of certain hides and furs, those engaged in the taking of alligators or their eggs and alligator products; provides penalties for the feeding of wildlife and freshwater fish.

Status: Passed Senate; to enrollment on April 24   

 

Georgia H 475

Introduced: 02/24/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tom McCall, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General; Invasive Species

Summary: Relates to game and fish; revises provisions relating to the hunting of feral hogs; revises definitions; allows for the taking of feral hogs without a hunting license; removes additional restrictions on the hunting of feral hogs; provides for exceptions and penalties; repeals conflicting laws.

Status: To Governor on April 9  

 

North Carolina H 159

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jason Saine

Issue Brief: Substandard Kennels   

Summary: Transfers the animal welfare section and the spay/neuter program from the Department of Agriculture and consumer services to the Department of Public safety; provides for the regulation of commercial dog breeders under the animal welfare act; provides that the agricultural exemption to the sales and use tax does not apply to commercial breeding operations.

Status: To Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 23 

 

North Carolina H 640

Introduced: 04/14/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jimmy Dixon, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting    

Summary: Preserves North Carolina's outdoor heritage for future generations and amend various Wildlife Resources Commission laws.

Status: Passed House; to Senate on April 28  

 

North Carolina S 374

Introduced: 03/25/2015

Sponsor: Senator Bill Cook

Issue Brief: Marine Fisheries Policy     

Summary: Makes voluntary the requirement that a holder of a for-hire coastal 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; forbids the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from entering into a joint enforcement agreement with the national marine fisheries service; relates to cooperative agreements by the Department.

Status: To House Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House on April 28  

 

South Carolina H 3393

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Senator 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: Passed the Senate on April 23 

 

South Carolina H 3868

Introduced: 03/18/2015

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

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Enacts the wetlands conservation act; relates to deed recording fees; increases the portion of a state deed recording fee that must be credited to the South Carolina Conservation Bank trust fund from twenty-five cents to thirty cents; relates to the South Carolina Conservation Bank trust fund; requires that any funds collected by the South Carolina Conservation Bank in excess of the amount authorized in the annual appropriations bill must be transferred to the Department of Natural Resources.

Status: From House Committee on Ways and Means: Reports favorably with amendment on April 23

 

South Carolina S 592

Introduced: 03/25/2015

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

Issue Brief: General; Invasive Species      

Summary: Relates to the hunting of feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos; provides that feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos may be hunted at any time of the year under authority of and pursuant to the conditions contained in a depredation permit issued by the department and from the last day of February to the first day of July of that same year with any legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow when notice is given to the department; provides conditions for hunting these animals at night.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on April 28

 

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: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 27  

 

Tennessee S 1237

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Bell, Co-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 Governor on April 27 

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES


Michigan H 4509

Introduced: 04/23/2015

Sponsor: Representative Henry Yanez

Issue Brief: Ivory

Summary: Prohibits the importation, sale, purchase, barter or possession with intent to sell a rhinoceros horn.

Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on April 23    

 

Michigan SCR 11

Introduced: 04/28/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rebekah Warren  

Issue Brief: Invasive Species; Conservation Funding

Summary: Urges the Congress of the United States to restore Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $300 million for fiscal year 2016.

Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 28 

 

Michigan SR 42

Introduced: 04/28/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rebekah Warren  

Issue Brief: Invasive Species; Conservation Funding

Summary: Urges the Congress of the United States to restore Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $300 million for fiscal year 2016.

Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 28 

 

Minnesota Executive Order 10 2015

Introduced: 04/28/2015

Issue Brief: Deer Management

Summary: Directs the Department of Natural Resources to discontinue placing radio collars on moose.

Status: Ordered on April 28

 

North Dakota H 1409

Introduced: 01/19/2015

Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Conservation Funding 

Summary: Relates to the funding and purposes of the outdoor heritage fund; establishes that the commission shall use the fund to provide grants to state agencies, tribal governments, political subdivisions, and nonprofit organizations, with higher priority given to enhance conservation practices in this state; provides access to private and public lands for sportsmen, including projects that create fish and wildlife habitat and provide access for sportsmen; conserves natural areas and creates other areas. 

Status: Signed by Governor on April 23

 

North Dakota S 2017

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Senate Appropriations Committee  

Issue Brief: General License  

Summary: Provides an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the game and fish department; relates to governor's gubernatorial proclamation concerning the hunting of elk; provides for a legislative management study; provides an expiration date.

Status: Signed by Governor on April 27

 

Ohio H 165

Introduced: 04/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Doug Green, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans   

Summary: Allows an individual on active military duty, while on leave or furlough to hunt deer or wild turkey without procuring a deer or wild turkey permit.

Status: To House Committee on State Government on April 28

 

Wisconsin A 107

Introduced: 03/20/2015

Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation   

Summary: Authorizes reimbursement to counties for the costs incurred in processing and donating certain wild turkeys.

Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on April 28    

 

Wisconsin A 112

Introduced: 03/20/2015

Sponsor: Representative Kathleen Bernier, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: General   

Summary: Relates to the authority of physician assistants and advanced practice nurse prescribers regarding testing and information required for making disability determinations under certain hunting and fishing approvals issued by the Department of Natural Resources.

Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on April 28    

 

Wisconsin A 142

Introduced: 03/27/2015

Sponsor: Representative Kathleen Bernier, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: Knife Definitions

Summary: Relates to going armed with a switchblade.

Status: Public Hearing held on April 23     

 

Wisconsin A 187

Introduced: 04/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Diane Hasselbein, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans  

Summary: Relates to an exemption for disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart medal from the cumulative preference system for issuing wild turkey hunting licenses and tags.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on April 22      

 

Wisconsin AJR 28

Introduced: 04/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: Conservation Funding   

Summary: Commemorates the economic impacts of sportsmen and sportswomen in Wisconsin.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on April 22 


 


LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES


Illinois H 3669

Introduced: 02/26/2015

Sponsor: Representative Avery Bourne, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows  

Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that all crossbows used to hunt in the State must have a specified minimum peak draw weight and a specified maximum draw weight.

Status: To Senate Committee on Assignment on April 23   

 

Illinois H 3674

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 a specified age or younger may use a crossbow with adult supervision.

Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture on April 29

 

Louisiana S 210

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Neil Reiser, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation Programs; General  

Summary: Provides for the administration and uses of monies in the Hunters for the Hungry Account.

Status: Order Engrossed on April 28  

 

Louisiana S 212

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rick Ward

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Repeals provision allowing the carrying of certain firearms while hunting with a bow.

Status: Order Engrossed on April 28  

 

Missouri H 375

Introduced: 01/07/2015

Sponsor: Representative Joe Don McGaugh  

Issue Brief: Animal Traps

Summary: Changes the Laws regarding property owner liability; relates to land used for specified recreational purposes; specifies that it does not limit liability that otherwise would be incurred by those who use the land of others, or by owners of land for A landowner who intentionally injures a participant, provides unsafe equipment or devices or fails to use a degree of care that an ordinarily careful and prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances.

Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources on April 28

 

Missouri SCR 25

Introduced: 02/19/2015

Sponsor: Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Establishes the Missouri Wildlife Revitalization Task Force.

Status: To House Select Committee on Agriculture on April 28  

 

Texas H 1040

Introduced: 01/29/2015

Sponsor: Representative Chris Paddie, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   

Issue Brief: Fish Tournaments

Summary: Relates to the liability of certain sports officials and organizations.

Status: Passed House; to Senate on April 23 

   


PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES


Nevada SJR 5

Introduced: 01/30/2015

Sponsor: Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Expresses support for the 2014 Nevada Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan developed by the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council and urges the United States Fish and Wildlife Service not to list the greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections on April 24  

 

Nevada SJR 11

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: Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining recommend Do Pass on April 29.

 

Oregon H 2182

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study developing predator management plan for State of Oregon and to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly on or before September 15, 2016; sunsets January 2, 2017.

Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on April 23

 

Oregon H 2354

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 certain purposes related to pursuit of wildlife.

Status: Public Hearing and Work Session held on April 27  

 

Oregon H 3459

Introduced: 03/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative Ken Helm

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Increases 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 Joint Committee on Ways and Means on April 27

 

Oregon S 913

Introduced: 03/04/2015

Sponsor: Senate Judiciary Committee

Issue Brief: Ivory

Summary: Creates 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 a maximum number of days' imprisonment and by maximum fine or twice fair market value of ivory, rhinoceros horn, ivory product or rhinoceros horn product, whichever is greater.

Status: Passed Senate; to House on April 28

 

Washington H 2107

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: Returned to House for Third Reading on April 24

 

Washington S 5881

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: Signed into law on April 25

 

Washington SJM 8007

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson  

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Requests 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: Returned to Senate: Placed on Third Reading on April 24 

 


WESTERN STATES

 

 

California A 290

Introduced: 02/11/2015

Sponsor: Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Defines wild pig. Provides such species is deemed controlled under certain circumstances and provides the owner is not liability if the owner maintains the animals under those circumstances. Deletes a wild pig management requirement. Provides for moneys to remediate land damaged by wild pigs. Replaces the wild pig tag requirement with a validation on the hunting license that allows for unlimited take and possession, and sets fees therefore. Provides pig take notification requirements.

Status: Re-referred to Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on April 6 

 

California A 499

Introduced: 02/23/2015

Sponsor: Assembly Member Ken Cooley, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes 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: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife: Do pass. To Consent Calendar on April 28

 

California S 223

Introduced: 02/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus

Issue Brief: Invasive Species

Summary: Requires the Division of Boating and Waterways to establish an advisory and oversight committee to monitor the activities of the division relating to the management and control or eradication of invasive aquatic plants. Provides the expertise of members of the committee. Requires the committee to meet a specified amount of times per year and to communicate any findings or recommendations to the Division.

Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water: Do pass as amended to Committee on Appropriations on April 28

 

California S 345

Introduced: 02/11/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tom Berryhill, Member, California outdoor Sporting Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes a charitable organization or nonprofit organization to possess fish taken under a sport fishing license in excess of a possession limit when such organizations were given the fish as donations and can provide documentation to that effect and the entities retain any tag required to be fixed to a fish in a prescribed manner. Authorizes the donor to possess fish under a license in excess of limits if the donor complies with the same requirements.

Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water: Do pass as amended to Committee on Appropriations on April 28  

 

Colorado S 226

Introduced: 03/20/2015

Sponsor: Senator Jerry Sonnenberg 

Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License; Recruitment 

Summary: Concerns the education requirements necessary to qualify for a license to take wildlife; requires a person to obtain a hunter education certificate in order to be issued a license to hunt in Colorado; requires the person to have a specified number of hours in a hunter education course; creates an apprentice program that allows a person who is at least 10 years of age to be issued a temporary certificate without hunter education if he or she is accompanied by a mentor who is at least 18 years of age.

Status: From House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources; Reported favorably on April 27 

 

Montana H 212

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: Became law: Chaptered. Chapter No. 105 on April 23

 

Montana H 250

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: Chaptered. Chapter No. 260 on April 23

 

Montana H 279

Introduced: 01/19/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jeff Essmann    

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Clarifies laws related to when and how to legally tag game animals; relates to fish and wildlife.

Status: Signed by Governor: Chaptered. Chapter No. 149 on March 31

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