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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Updates for the week of

May 25, 2015
NORTHEASTERN STATES
       

 

Maine H 449

Introduced: 02/27/2015

Sponsor: Representative Robert Duchesne

Issue Brief: General

Summary: This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a comprehensive marketing program for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that is led and coordinated by a dedicated marketing specialist, whose position is required to be created within the department's Division of Public Information and Education.

Status: Work Session held on May 21

 

Maine H 479

Introduced: 03/04/2015

Sponsor: Representative Karleton Ward, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish

Summary: 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: Work Session held on May 21

 

Maine H 506

Introduced: 03/04/2015

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

Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish

Summary: Proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to provide that the right of the people of this State to hunt, fish and harvest game and fish, including by the use of traditional methods, may not be infringed, subject to reasonable laws and rules to promote wildlife conservation and management, to maintain natural resources in trust for public use and to preserve the future of hunting and fishing. It also provides that public hunting and fishing are a preferred means of managing and controlling wild ...

Status: Work Session held on May 21

 

Maine H 526

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jeffrey Pierce

Issue Brief: Angling Access 

Summary: This bill gives the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Commissioner of Marine Resources the authority to issue a permit to a person to construct a fishway or a passageway through a beaver dam for the passage of anadromous fish.

Status: In Senate. Placed in Legislative File (DEAD) on May 26 

 

Maine H 844

Introduced: 04/02/2015

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

Issue Brief: General License 

Summary: This bill expands the current resident hunting license and nonresident hunting license to encompass and replace all other hunting licenses and hunting permits except the: 1. Junior hunting license; 2. Resident and nonresident apprentice hunting licenses; 3. Antlerless deer and special deer season permits; 4. Moose permit; 5. Pheasant permit; 6. Waterfowl permit; 7. Falconry permit; and 8. Migratory bird permit. It increases the fee for a resident and a nonresident hunting license from $25 to $38 and ...

Status: Work Session held on May 21

 

Maine S 279

Introduced: 03/06/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tom Saviello, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Eliminates wild turkey permit requirements; makes the holder of a small game license also eligible to hold a wild turkey permit; directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a November wild turkey hunting season that is in addition to the current fall wild turkey hunting season in October.
Status: In House. Placed on Consent Calendar on May 26  

 

Maine S 423

Introduced: 04/01/2015

Sponsor: Senator Paul Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing fish and wildlife. 1. It eliminates the disabled hunter, trapper and angler advisory committee and a reference to that committee. 2. It provides that a person must hold a valid archery hunting license to hunt with a hand-held bow and arrow during any open season on a bird or animal and that a person must hold a valid big game archery license or big game hunting license and a valid crossbow hunting license to hunt with a crossbow during any ...
Status: Work Session held on May 26

 

New Hampshire H 336

Introduced: 01/08/2015

Sponsor: Representative James Webb, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Allows 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: Order Enrolled on May 21  

 

 

SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Alabama H 130

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tim Wadsworth

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

Summary: Provides for the annual issuance of hunting licenses to persons with disabilities for a reduced license fee; requires fishing licenses to be issued annually to persons with disabilities and to charge a reduced annual license fee; establishes that an annual resident hunting or freshwater fishing license for a person with a disability shall entitle the license holder to all of the privileges of the wildlife heritage license; relates to any person who is totally and permanently disabled and receiving benefits.
Status: From Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry: Reported favorably on May 26


 
Alabama H 468

Introduced: 05/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Jabbo Waggoner

Issue Brief: Dog Tethering 

Summary: Establishes prohibitions, restrictions, and limitations regarding the chaining, tethering, and confinement of dogs; provides a definition of adequate outdoor shelter for dogs; establishes penalties for violations.
Status: From Senate Committee on Judiciary: Reported favorably with amendment on May 21   

 
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 amends various Wildlife Resources Commission laws; provides for the expansion of opportunities for persons age 16 and under to engage in outdoor recreational activities, including, but not limited to, hiking, horseback riding, boating, sport shooting and archery, bird watching and wildlife watching, camping, swimming, hunting, trapping, and fishing in order to pass on North Carolina's outdoor heritage to future generations.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on May 28 

 
North Carolina S 513

Introduced: 03/26/2015

Sponsor: Senator Andrew Brock 

Issue Brief: High Fence  

Summary:Provides regulatory relief to the agricultural community by providing for various transportation and environmental reforms; revises the Horse Industry Promotion Act; increases caps on duration and amount of an assessment; establishes that the Council may conduct a referendum among horse owners upon the question of whether an assessment shall be levied; conforms compensation paid to an agricultural worker to federal wage withholding standards; modifies oversize vehicle permit restrictions.
Status: Re-referred to House Committee on Agriculture on May 27 

South Carolina S 804
 

Introduced: 05/20/2015

Sponsor: Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee 

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Approves regulations of the Department of Natural resources, relates to wildlife management area regulations; turkey hunting rules and seasons; either-sex days and antlerless deer limits for private lands in game zones 1-6/.
Status: Placed on calendar without reference to Senate committee on May 20      

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES


Minnesota S 698

Introduced: 02/06/2015

Sponsor: Senator Kari Dziedzic

Issue Brief: Budget Bills

Summary: Relates to natural resources; appropriates money from environment and natural resources trust fund; modifies provisions for Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources; establishes that the commission shall recommend an annual or biennial legislative bill for appropriations from the environment and natural resources trust fund and shall adopt a strategic plan; ensures that the expenditures and outcomes for appropriations funded by the environment and natural resources trust fund are met.
Status: Signed by Governor. Filed with Secretary of State (Chapter No. 76) on May 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 women in Wisconsin. 
Status: Available for Scheduling on May 21  



LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES

 

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 an individual with a youth hunting license may use a crossbow during the first half of the regular deer archery season, provided that the individual remains under the direct supervision of an adult who possesses a valid permit; provides that youths authorized to take deer with a crossbow shall first obtain a specified Deer Hunting Permit.
Status: In House. Motion filed to concur in Amendment No. 3 & 4. Motion referred to House Committee on Rules on May 22

 

Louisiana H 303

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jerry Gisclair, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Provides relative to the method of determination of a stock assessment for black drum, sheepshead, and flounder.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on May 21  

 

Louisiana S 133

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Barrow Peacock  

Issue Brief: Enforcement   

Summary: Provides criteria for parish governing authorities to consider when determining a heavily populated area within the unincorporated area of the parish for purposes of prohibiting, restricting, or regulating the shooting of firearms.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on House floor on May 26  

 

Louisiana S 210

Introduced: 04/13/2015

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

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation

Summary: Provides for the administration and uses of monies in the Hunters for the Hungry Account.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on House floor on May 26 

 

Louisiana S 212

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rick Ward

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes bowhunters to carry any caliber firearm on their person while hunting with a bow.
Status: Legislative Bureau amendments adopted on May 26    

 

Missouri H 92

Introduced: 01/07/2015

Sponsor: Representative Rocky Miller

Issue Brief: Angling Access

Summary: Changes the definition of waters of the State by removing waters of the United States lying within the State from the definition.
Status: To Governor on May 27     

 

Texas H 721

Introduced: 01/14/2015

Sponsor: Representative Joe Farias, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

Summary: Relates to the hunting or fishing license fee waiver for certain disabled veterans.
Status: To Governor on May 22  

  

Texas H 1040

Introduced: 01/29/2015

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

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

Summary: Relates to the liability of certain sports officials and organizations.
Status: To Governor on May 22 

   

Texas S 1181

Introduced: 03/10/2015

Sponsor: Senator Don Huffines, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Relates to an interim study concerning this state's noncommercial hunting and fishing license systems.
Status: Committee report sent to local and consent calendar on May 21   

  

Texas S 1978

Introduced: 03/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Ed Lucio, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation  

Summary: Relates to a voluntary contribution to help feed hungry Texans when a person applies for a hunting license.
Status: Placed on Local, Consent, and Resolution Calendar on May 27   

   

Texas SJR 22

Introduced: 03/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Brandon Creighton, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish   

Summary: Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status: Filed with Secretary of State on May 21       

 

PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES


Nevada S 163

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 Senate. To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining on May 27 

 
Oregon S 175

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Senator Brian Boquist, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Enforcement

Summary: Modifies certain penalties for wildlife law violations; declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: From House Committee on Judiciary (Do Pass) on May 26

 

Oregon S 779

Introduced: 02/26/2015

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Issue Brief: General License; Seniors; Veterans

Summary: Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study expanding application of laws that consider members of uniformed services residents for licensing purposes and present report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to environment and natural resources on or before September 15, 2016; sunsets January 2, 2016.
Status: Work Session held May 26

 

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: Work session scheduled in House Judiciary Committee on June 1 

 


WESTERN STATES 

 

 

California S 234

Introduced: 02/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Lois Wolk  

Issue Brief: Budget Bills

Summary: Appropriates 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: Hearing to be held on May 28

 

California S 345

Introduced: 02/24/2015

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

Issue Brief: Angling Access; General License; Recruitment

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 an 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. Relates to junior licenses and one-day licenses.

Status: Hearing to be held on May 28

 

California S 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: Hearing to be held on June 9  

 

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: Session Law Chaptered (Chapter No. 220) on May 26 

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Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email chris@sportsmenslink.org

 

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