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 28, 2015
NORTHEASTERN STATES

Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Senator Stephen Kulik, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive  
Summary: Increases the maximum tax credit allowed for land conservation incentives.
Status: From Joint Committee On Revenue: Amended by substitution of New Draft on September 28 

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Burt, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary: Repeals provisions which prohibit the use of silencing devices for taking wildlife and impose penalties therefor.
Status: Executive Session scheduled for October 15
 
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Burt, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides that rules adopted by the fish and game department for baiting shall allow persons with a disability to engage in baiting during any regular season in which baiting is permitted.
Status: Executive Session scheduled for October 15
 
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Kidder
Issue Brief: Angling Access; Enforcement; General License
Summary: Requires that certain fees for licenses issued by the fish and game department be determined by rules adopted by the executive director under RSA 541-A and approved by the fish and game commission; 15-0746 10/04.
Status: Executive Session scheduled for October 15

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Matt Gabler, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to provide for unlawful hunting devices and methods; deletes a reference to any device operated by air, chemical or gas cylinder by which a projectile of any size or kind can be discharged or propelled.
Status: Scheduled for Senate Consideration on September 28 
 
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Frank Keller
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday
Summary: Amends the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, in tax for education; provides for exclusions from sales and use tax.
Status: Scheduled for Senate Consideration on September 28 
 
Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mark Keller, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in game or wildlife protection; provides for unlawful activities.
Status: Scheduled for Senate Consideration on September 28 
 
Introduced: 09/21/2015
Sponsor: Councilmember Phil Mendelson
Issue Brief: General
Summary: (Permanent Law) Protects the aquatic and environmental assets of the District of Columbia, to designate an official fish of the District of Columbia, to designate an official amphipod of the District of Columbia, to establish an Aquatic Resources Education Program, to prescribe the administration of the Aquatic Resources Education Program, to provide wildlife management authority, to allow certain invasive wildlife control techniques, to allow the donation of captured species consistent with health restrict
Status: To Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment and the Council Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs on September 22 


SOUTHEASTERN STATES

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:  In Senate. On Committee agenda for October 8  

Introduced: 08/31/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dorthy Hukill
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Relates to redevelopment trust fund; adds certain hospital districts to the list of public bodies or taxing authorities that are exempt from appropriating certain revenues to the redevelopment trust fund; reenacts certain provisions relating to tax increment financing for conservation lands.
Status: In Senate. On Committee agenda for October 6  

Introduced: 03/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Andrew Brock, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   
Issue Brief: High Fences  
Summary: Amends the Farm Act; relates to the Horse Industry Promotion Act and assessments, H-2A agricultural worker compensation, oversize agricultural vehicle registration, sustainable agriculture, meteorological towers, aquaculture, agricultural land valuation, conservation agreements, disposal of biodegradable agricultural plastics by open burning, animal waste management, odor control of feed ingredient manufacturing, mining, winery permits, pesticide control, wetlands and leaking petroleum storage tank funds.
Status: To Conference Committee on September 28 


MIDWESTERN STATES
 
 
Introduced: 04/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Rebekah Warren
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Urges the Congress of the United States to restore Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $300 million for the fiscal year 2016.
Status: Passed Senate. To House on September 24
 
Introduced: 04/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Rebekah Warren
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Urges the Congress of the United States to restore Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $300 million for the fiscal year 2016.
Status: Passed Senate on September 24  
 
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: In Assembly. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate on September 24      


WESTERN STATES 


Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Toni Atkins    
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Makes it unlawful to purchase, sell, offer for sale, possess with intent to sell, or import with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn. Makes this prohibition enforceable by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Authorizes the imposition of an administrative penalty in addition to specified criminal penalties.
Status: To Governor on September 16    
 
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 taking or possession of fish, amphibians and reptiles. Relates to provisions governing improper weapon usage.
Status: Re-referred to Assembly Committee on Appropriations on September 10

Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Adds to the list of misdemeanors, the conviction for which is subject to a prohibition on possessing a firearm within a specified time period of a conviction, the petty theft of a firearm, carrying ammunition onto school grounds and receiving stolen property consisting of a firearm. Makes other technical, nonsubstantive changes.
Status: To Governor on September 11 
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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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