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

June 29, 2015


Connecticut H 6034

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting

SummaryAuthorizes bow and arrow hunting on certain private property on Sundays; establishes that Sunday shall be a closed season except for hunting deer with bow and arrow on private property and for the purpose of trapping under these provisions; establishes that any person shall conduct such hunting only in deer management zones determined by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; requires any person to have the written permission of the private property owner where such hunting is conducted.

Status: Signed by Governor. Public Act No. 15-204, on July 2


Delaware H 25

Introduced: 01/14/2015

Sponsor: Representative Dave Wilson    

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to allow the harvesting of gray foxes and permitting of same.

Status: Passed House. To Senate for concurrence on June 23 


Delaware H 79

Introduced: 04/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative William Carson     

Issue Brief: General; Invasive Species

Summary: Provides that a striped bass must be tagged by a commercial fisherman before it is landed or put on shore.

Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on June 23  


Maine H 100

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Representative Gary Hilliard, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 

Issue Brief: Recruitment  

Summary: This bill allows an adult holder of an antler-less deer permit to transfer that permit to a holder of a junior hunting license if the holder of the junior hunting license takes an antler-less deer while in the presence or under the supervision of the antler-less deer permit holder. Once the permit is transferred, the adult antler-less deer permit holder loses the right to take an antler-less deer under that permit.

Status: Became law without the Governor's signature (Public Law No. 219) on June 21


Maine H 633

Introduced: 03/11/2015

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

Issue Brief: Wildlife Council for Public Education 

Summary: This bill increases hunting license fees by $1 and directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to use that revenue on an annual basis to educate the public on the management of game species. It also directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to convene a stakeholders group to develop a 5-year public outreach campaign on the efforts of the department to manage game species, including a plan on how to use the increased revenue. The commissioner is directed to report.

Status: Governor's veto overridden House and Senate (Public Law No. 245) on June 23


Maine S 94

Introduced: 02/02/2015

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

Issue Brief: General License  

Summary: This bill provides that a nonresident enrolled as a full-time student in an institution of higher education in this State is eligible for any trapping, fishing, hunting or combination fishing and hunting license or permit at the resident fee and has the same privileges as a resident of this State in regard to trapping, hunting and fishing.

Status: Governor's veto overridden by House (Public Law No. 226) on June 22


Maine S 333

Introduced: 03/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Garrett Mason, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors    

Summary: Allows a person to use a noise suppression device while hunting under certain circumstances; provides for enhanced penalties for a person who commits a hunting violation while in possession of a firearm with a noise suppression device; defines hunting crime and serious hunting violation; directs a chief law enforcement officer to provide the certification within a certain number of days under certain circumstances; requires an officer who denies an application to provide the reasons for the denial.

Status: Became law without Governor's signature (Public Law No. 262) on June 25


Massachusetts H 3623

Introduced: 06/25/2015

Sponsor: Representative William Straus

Issue Brief: Animal Traps   

Summary: Relates to capturing and trapping furbearing mammals.

Status: Filed as House Docket 3721 on June 25


New Jersey A 2443

Introduced: 02/06/2015

Sponsor: Assemblyman John Burzichelli, Co-Chair, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus

Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting Licenses

Summary: Establishes certain apprentice hunting licenses.

Status: From Assembly Committee on Budget as substituted on June 22 


New Jersey S 573

Introduced: 01/14/2015

Sponsor: Senator Shirley Turner

Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting Licenses

Summary: Establishes apprentice hunting licenses for residents and non-residents; includes a small game license.

Status: To Governor on June 25


New Jersey S 2567

Introduced: 12/01/2014

Sponsor: Senator Stephen Sweeney, Member, New Jersey Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: Apprentice Fishing Licenses

Summary: Creates the Fishing Buddy License; concerns all around sportsman and fishing licenses; provides for the licensure of applicants for a combined license at a specified fee for the two persons for both licenses.

Status: To Governor on June 25


New Jersey SCR 169

Introduced: 05/18/2014

Sponsor: Senator Raymond Lesniak

Issue Brief: Animal Traps  

Summary: Opposes Fish and Game Council's proposal to allow use of enclosed foothold traps.

Status: Withdrawn from further consideration on June 25  


Pennsylvania S 77

Introduced: 01/14/2015

Sponsor: Senator Richard Alloway, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special licenses and permits; provides for dog training areas.

Status: Passed Senate. To House on June 26


Vermont H 5

Introduced: 01/08/2015

Sponsor: Representative David Deen

Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors  

Summary: Requires the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife to report free permanent fishing, hunting, or combination licenses issued to persons with a permanent, severe, physical mobility disability or age 65 or older; relates to bows and arrows; provides for mentored hunters; provides that license agent fees are the property of the state and shall be promptly paid to the state; creates the Migratory Waterfowl Advisory Committee; provides for protection of endangered species and law enforcement officers.

Status: Signed by Governor (Act No. 61) on June 19    




Florida S 2516

Introduced: 06/01/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tom Lee, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Budget Bills

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; provides for the disposition of balances in the trust funds; requires the Department of Environmental Protection to pay all outstanding debts or obligations of the terminated trust funds.

Status: Signed by Governor (Filed as Chapter No. 2015-229) on June 23


North Carolina H 97

Introduced: 02/24/2015

Sponsor: Representative Nelson Dollar

Issue Brief: Budget Bills

Summary: Makes base budget appropriations for current operations of specified state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.

Status: In House. House failed in concur in Senate committee substitute on June 23


North Carolina H 159

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jason Saine 

Issue Brief: Substandard Kennels

Summary: Establishes standards of care for large commercial dog breeding facilities; provides law enforcement with tools to ensure that dogs at those facilities are treated humanely.

Status: To Senate Committee on Redistricting on June 30


North Carolina H 640

Introduced: 04/14/2015

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

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting 

Summary: Amends various Wildlife Resources Commission laws; establishes the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council; provides membership and duties for the Council; modifies the three strikes rule for hunting on posted property and review suspension of hunting privileges for negligence; relates to method of taking on Sunday; exempts landowners from civil liability for giving permission to retrieve hunting dogs; relates to firearm regulations.

Status: To Governor on June 30   




Ohio H 267

Introduced: 06/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Margaret Ruhl    

Issue Brief: Deer Management

Summary: Establishes a deer sanctuary license; allows a licensee to raise deer; establishes requirements governing such a license; requires the Chief of the Division of Wildlife to issue a wild animal permit to allow a permit holder to rehabilitate deer; establishes procedures that certain law enforcement officers must follow when responding to accidents involving injured or deceased deer; requires training for those officers regarding humane procedures for euthanizing injured deer.

Status: To House Committee on Rules and Reference on June 22      

Wisconsin A 107

Introduced: 03/20/2015

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

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donations  

Summary: Authorizes reimbursement to counties for the costs incurred in processing and donating wild turkeys; provides that any applicant for a hunting license may, in addition to paying any fee charged for the license, elect to make a voluntary contribution for the venison and wild turkey processing and donation program; relates to processing and donating meat from wild turkey carcasses.

Status: Signed by Governor on July 1     





Illinois H 3234

Introduced: 02/25/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License

Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any resident youth of a certain age and under may apply for a Youth Hunting License, which extends limited hunting privileges; provides that at a certain age or when the youth chooses to hunt by himself or herself, he or she is required to successfully complete a hunter safety course prior to being able to obtain a full hunting license and subsequently hunt by himself or herself; makes a corresponding change.

Status: To Governor on June 29  

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: To Governor on June 29   


Illinois S 44

Introduced: 01/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison  

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Creates the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force Act; creates the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force; requires the Task Force to consider commercial and private uses of drones, landowner and privacy rights, as well as general rules and regulations for safe operation of drones, and prepare comprehensive recommendations for the safe and lawful operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems in this State; provides for additional appointments by the Governor to the Task Force.
Status: To Governor on June 26    


Louisiana H 303

Introduced: 04/13/2015

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

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Provides for the method of determination of a stock assessment for finfish, including black drum, sheepshead, and flounder; requires assessments for each species; establishes management targets to ensure a sustainable population.
Status: Signed by Governor (Act No. 205) on June 23


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; targets to ensure a sustainable population.
Status: Signed by Governor (Act No. 259) on June 29


Louisiana S 210

Introduced: 04/13/2015

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

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donations

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

Status: Signed by Governor (Act No. 271) on June 29


Louisiana S 212

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rick Ward   

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Authorizes bowhunters to carry any caliber firearm on their person while hunting with a bow.

Status: Signed by Governor (Act No. 273) on June 29


Nebraska L 127

Introduced: 01/09/2015

Sponsor: Senator Ernie Chambers

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Eliminates provisions relating to hunting mountain Lions.

Status: First Regular Session Adjourned. Carried over to Second Regular Session on June 17   

Nebraska L 394

Introduced: 01/16/2015

Sponsor: Senator Ken Schilz, Chair, Nebraska Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Prohibits interference with hunting, trapping, or fishing by intimidation using a telephone or other communication device.

Status: First Regular Session Adjourned. Carried over to Second Regular Session on June 17   


Texas H 905

Introduced: 01/23/2015

Sponsor: Representative John Frullo, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 

Issue Brief: Knife Preemption

Summary: Relates to the regulation of knives by municipality or county.
Status: Signed by Governor on June 17

Texas S 1978

Introduced: 03/13/2015

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

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donations  

Summary: Relates to a voluntary contribution to help feed hungry Texans when a person applies for a hunting license.
Status: Signed by Governor on June 19


Texas Constitutional Amendment 2015

Introduced: 01/09/2015

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:  To Texas Voters as Proposition 6 on November 3 Ballot 




Oregon H 2402

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Office of the Governor

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Establishes Task Force on State Department of Fish and Wildlife Funding; sunsets task force on December 31, 2016; declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: Senate President signed; eligible for Governor's signature on July 3


Oregon H 3012

Introduced: 02/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General; General License 

Summary: Establishes Oregon Hatchery Research Center Fund; requires moneys in fund to be used for research projects recommended by Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board; requires unexpended and unobligated balance in Oregon Hatchery Research Center Fund as of July 1 of each year to be transferred to Hatchery Construction Fund; establishes Hatchery Construction Fund; designates uses of fund; sunsets January 2, 2026; establishes surcharge on angling licenses and additional commercial ad valorem catch fee on fish.

Status: Senate President signed; eligible for Governor's signature on July 3


Oregon S 5544

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Department of Administrative Services

Issue Brief: Budget Bills; General

Summary: Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Agriculture for wolf depredation compensation and financial assistance grant program; appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Fish and Wildlife for sage grouse conservation efforts; limits biennial expenditures for payment of expenses of sage grouse conservation efforts by State Department of Fish and Wildlife from grant from Intermountain West Joint Venture.

Status: Signed by Governor on June 30





California A 298

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Makes a violation of a specified regulation relating to marine protected areas, marine managed areas, and special closures an infraction or a misdemeanor, except if the person who violates the regulation holds a commercial fishing license or a commercial passenger fishing boat license, or the violation of the regulation occurred within a specified time period of a prior violation of the regulation that resulted in a conviction.

Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 31 on June 30


California A 665

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. Provides that unless otherwise authorized by the Fish and Game Code, other state law or federal law, the Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are the only entities that may adopt or promulgate regulations. Requires the Commission to consider certain factors when adopting regulations relating to the taking of fish, amphibians and reptiles and to consider public health and safety.

Status: In Senate. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations on June 29

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