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 

October 12, 2015

Introduced: 10/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Steve Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Establishes a Fall Fish Stocking Program for lakes and ponds that do not meet the equitable access requirements. 
Status: Filed on October 6  
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: Retained Bill - Subcommittee Work Session on October 15
Introduced: 10/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Linda Rosenthal
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits the possession and transport of certain animals and body parts thereof at airports and port facilities owned or operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; includes the big five African species, species determined to be endangered by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, those that appear on the list of nongame species or appear on any federal list of endangered or threatened species, or has been proposed to be included on any such list.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Appropriations on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions on October 2  

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: In Senate Second Consideration on October 14 
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: In House Second Consideration on October 19 


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: In House. On Committee agenda on October 20  
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: Session Law No. 2015-263 on October 6  

Introduced: 10/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bruce Rendon, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Angling Access   
Summary: Provides for prohibition on enforcement of recreational passport on free fishing weekends.
Status: To House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation on October 13    
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: From House Committee on State Government. Recommended Passage (11-0) on October 13     
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 Energy and Natural Resources on October 1
Introduced: 10/09/2015
Sponsor: Senator Duey Stroebel
Issue Brief: Angling Access     
Summary: Relates to trolling permits issued to persons whose sight is impaired.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on October 9
Introduced: 10/09/2015
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    
Issue Brief: Recruitment; Apprentice Hunting      
Summary: Eliminates age requirements for participating in the hunting mentorship program; relates to hunting devices authorized to be used under the hunting mentorship program.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on October 9 


Introduced: 10/12/2015
Sponsor: Citizen Ballot Initiative  
Issue Brief: Ivory     
Summary: Except as provided, no person shall purchase, sell, exchange, or offer to purchase, sell, or exchange, any wildlife or any part thereof
Status: Filed with Secretary of State's Office on October 12 
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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
Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email
Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or email
Midwestern States Coordinator Kyle Rorah (MI, IN, OH, WI, MN, IA, ND, SD), at 734.477.5040, or email
Western States Director Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email

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