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 

December 7, 2015
NORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jason Parent  
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to permission required for baiting for game on the property of another.
Status: Pre-filed on December 3
 
Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jason Parent  
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the taking of black bear assisted by a licensed guide.
Status: Pre-filed on December 3
 
Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Robert Cushing   
Issue Brief: High Fence
Summary: Establishes an exotic game license for hunting in a game preserve.
Status: Pre-filed on December 3
 
Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Kidder, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    
Issue Brief: General; General License  
Summary: Relates to days when fishing without a license is permitted.
Status: Pre-filed on December 3
 
Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative James Spillane
Issue Brief: Crossbows   
Summary: Expands crossbow use into muzzeloader season.
Status: Pre-filed on December 3
 
Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joe Duarte  
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Inserts statutory fees for licenses and permits issued by the Fish and Game Department which were removed; removes rulemaking authority for the fees.
Status: Pre-filed on December 3 

Introduced: 03/10/2015
Sponsor: Assemblyman John McKeon
Issue Brief: Guns  
Summary: Requires Attorney General to establish statewide gun buyback program.
Status: In Senate Law and Public Safety Committee on December 14     
 
Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Donna Simon  
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits possession, transport, import, export, processing, sale, or shipment of certain animal species threatened with extinction.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environment and Solid Waste on December 3    
 
Introduced: 02/23/2015
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Donna Simon  
Issue Brief: Ammunition; Guns
Summary: Prioritizes application for firearms purchaser identification cards, permits to purchase a handgun, and permits to carry a handgun under certain circumstances.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Law and Public Safety on December 3   
 
Introduced: 11/09/2015
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Taresa Ruiz   
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires firearm retailers to sell personalized handguns.
Status: In Senate Voting Session on January 20
 
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 on Second Consideration on December 10
 
Introduced: 03/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dan Moul, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access Private Lands
Summary: Amends the act of February 2, 1965 (P.L.1860, No.586), entitled "An act encouraging landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes by limiting liability in connection therewith, and repealing certain acts;" provides for liability for landowners to recreational users; provides for attorney fees and court costs.
Status: In House on Second Consideration on December 10
 
Introduced: 03/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jim Marshall, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License  
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for unlawful devices and methods; in special licenses and permits; provides for disabled person permits.
Status: To Governor on December 4    
 
Introduced: 04/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Hutchinson, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for unlawful devices and methods.
Status: In House on Second Consideration on December 10  
 
Introduced: 12/07/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Bob Marshall
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Relates to authorization and training for persons designated to carry concealed handguns on school property; permits a school board or an administrator of a private school to designate one or more qualified persons for every school who may carry a concealed handgun on school property; provides that such qualified persons include certain school division employees, certain school volunteers who carry valid concealed handgun permits, and certain retired law-enforcement officers.
Status: Pre-filed on December 7
 
Introduced: 12/07/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Bob Marshall
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Relates to possession of concealed handguns; relates to faculty members at public institutions of higher education; allows full-time faculty members of public institutions of higher education who possess a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on campus.
Status: Pre-filed on December 7 


SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Chip Huggins  
Issue Brief: General License  
Summary: Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may issue a combination license or a fishing license to a constable, reserve police officer, or a volunteer firefighter at no cost; provides for renewal of the licenses; provides for the privileges afforded to a holder of these licenses.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs on December 3
 
Introduced: 12/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Marlon Kimpson
Issue Brief: Sporting Rifle
Summary: Relates to offenses involving weapons; adds the term assault weapon; makes it unlawful to transport, store, keep, possess, have in possession, permit another to store, keep, possess, or have in possession, sell, rent, give away, or participate in any manner, directly or indirectly, in the sale, renting, giving away, or otherwise disposing of an assault weapon; provides exceptions to this prohibition; relates to use and possession of machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and rifles.
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on December 2

South Carolina S 943
Introduced: 12/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Marlon Kimpson
Issue Brief: Guns  
Summary: Relates to firearms; provides that a person who owns a firearm shall register the firearm with the state law enforcement division; provides that the state law enforcement division shall maintain a list of firearm serial numbers; provides that the state law enforcement division must publish a report; provides for penalties; defines necessary terms.

Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on December 2 


MIDWESTERN STATES
 

Introduced: 09/09/2015
Sponsor: Senator Rick Jones, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Deer Management   
Summary: Repeals sunset for deer and elk feeding.
Status: In House. To second reading on December 8
 
Introduced: 12/03/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License    
Summary: Provides discounts on nonresident hunting licenses under certain circumstances.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on December 3  
 
Introduced: 10/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting; Recruitment 
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: In Assembly. Amendment No. 1 offered on December 8 
 
Introduced: 10/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative Romaine Quinn, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Animal Traps; Recruitment
Summary: Relates to a trapping mentorship program; relates to restrictions on taking or appropriating a trap or its contents; relates to requirements for tagging traps.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on December 7 

Introduced: 10/09/2015
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation
Issue Brief: Recruitment  
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: In Senate. Amendment No. 1 offered on December 8  
 
Wisconsin S 315
Introduced: 10/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Richard Gudex
Issue Brief: Angling Access  
Summary: Relates to an exemption from civil liability related to the placement of certain structures in navigable waters and wetlands.
Status: Public Hearing held on December 2   

Introduced: 10/29/2015
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Animal Traps; Recruitment  
Summary: Creates a trapping mentorship program and creates exceptions to the general prohibition against taking or appropriating a trap belonging to another person.
Status: In Senate. Substitute Amendment No. 1 offered December 8  
 

WESTERN STATES 


There are currently no legislative updates from the Western region.   
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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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