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.

Updates for the week of 

September 7, 2015
NORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 03/24/2015
Sponsor: Senator David Lawson
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Amends the state implementation of the federal law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 so as to mirror the current federal law except that a definition has been added to distinguish the types of firearms one can qualify to carry and where such firearms may be carried.
Status: Signed by Governor (Chapter No. 1841) on September 3            
 
Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Shirley Turner
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Establishes an apprentice firearm hunting and apprentice bow and arrow license; provides the fee for such licenses to include reduced fee for a person above a specified age.
Status: Signed by Governor (Chapter No.  2015-83) on August 10
 
Introduced: 09/04/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Ellis
Issue Brief: Fishing Reciprocity  
Summary: Amends Titles 30 (Fish) and 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; provides for disabled veteran annual fishing license reciprocity and disabled veteran annual hunting license reciprocity.
Status: To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on September 4 


SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Florida H 83
Introduced: 08/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Santiago, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access; General License
Summary: Relates to identification cards and driver licenses; provides for persons status as lifetime freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, hunting, or sportsman licensee, or boater safety identification cardholder, to be indicated on his or her identification card or driver license upon payment of additional fee and presentation of persons lifetime freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, hunting, or sportsman's license or boater safety identification card; provides waiver of replacement fee in certain circumstances.
Status: Referred to House Committee on Economic Affairs on September 10 

Introduced: 08/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Matt Hudson
Issue Brief: Angling Access; General License
Summary: Relates to identification cards and driver licenses; provides for a person's status as a lifetime freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, hunting, or sportsman licensee, or boater safety identification cardholder, to be indicated on his or her identification card or driver license upon payment of an additional fee and presentation of the person's lifetime freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, hunting, or sportsman's license, or boater safety identification card.
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations on September 9 


MIDWESTERN STATES
 
   
Introduced: 04/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dianne 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 Rules on August 26    
 
Introduced: 05/27/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kathleen Bernier, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    
Issue Brief: Enforcement; Deer Management   
Summary: Relates to restrictions on hunting antlerless deer by members of a group hunting party.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on August 26    
 

WESTERN STATES 


Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides the State fully occupies the field of the taking and possession of fish and game. Provides 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 consideration of certain factors when adopting regulations relating to the taking or possession of fish, amphibians and reptiles. Provides crimes for improper discharge of a weapon.
Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly for concurrence on September 8   
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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 
 
Southeastern States Manager Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email bee@sportsmenslink.org
 
Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email chris@sportsmenslink.org
 
Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or email brent@sportsmenslink.org
 
Midwestern States Coordinator Kyle Rorah (MI, IN, OH, WI, MN, IA, ND, SD), at 734.477.5040, or email kyle@sportsmenslink.org
 
Western States Director Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email andy@sportsmenslink.org


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