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.

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Note: Bill sponsors who are members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses are noted in bold.

Updates for the week of 

April 25, 2016
NORTHEASTERN STATES 
 

Introduced: 02/18/2016
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Judiciary
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary: Concerns support for animals that are neglected or treated cruelly; permits the use of animal advocates in certain legal proceedings relating to neglected or cruelly treated animals.
Status: Reissued by Legislative Commissioner's Office with File No. 740 on April 27 
 
Introduced: 12/16/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Anthony O'Donnell, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Prohibits, without specific advance permission, persons other that an owner or occupant from shooting or discharging any firearm or deadly weapon within a certain distance, known as the safety zone, of a dwelling house, residence, church, public or nonpublic school or other building or camp occupied by human beings while hunting for any wild bird or mammal; specifies similar provisions for archery hunters.
Status: Signed by Governor Larry Hogan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (Chapter No. 246) on April 26
 
Introduced: 01/27/2016
Sponsor: Delegate Jay Jacobs, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes in Kent County a person to catch gizzard shad, also known as mud shad, carp, or catfish with a haul seine during the period from Friday midnight until sunrise on Monday under specified circumstances; requires the Department of Natural Resources to adopt specified regulations.
Status: Signed by Governor Larry Hogan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (Chapter No. 259) on April 26
 
Introduced: 02/01/2016
Sponsor: Delegate Glen Glass, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   
Issue Brief: General  
Summary: Alters the size of the safety zone for archery hunters in Harford County within which archery hunting may not take place except under certain circumstances; requires an archery hunter in Harford County to use a tree stand when hunting any wild bird or mammal within a certain distance of a certain building.
Status: Signed by Governor Larry Hogan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (Chapter No. 269) on April 26
 
Introduced: 01/21/2016
Sponsor: Delegate Justin Ready  
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary: Prohibits the hunting of any game birds or mammals on Sundays; provides exceptions for persons using State certified raptors to hunt during open season, certain unarmed participants in organized fox chases, persons using a regulated shooting ground to hunt specified pen-reared game birds, persons having the written permission of a land owner, and certain persons hunting on private property or public land designated for hunting during open season or turkey hunting season.
Status: Signed by Governor Larry Hogan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (Chapter No. 180) on April 26
 
Introduced: 04/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jason Lewis
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Relates to ivory and rhino horn trafficking.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Amended by sub. Of New Draft (see S. 2241) on April 25
 
Introduced: 04/25/2015
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Issue Brief: Ivory Ban
Summary: Relates to ivory and rhino horn trafficking.
Status: Introduced.To Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 25  
 
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Guy Comtois
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a pistol or revolver is valid; allows a person to carry a loaded, concealed pistol or revolver without a license provided such person is not otherwise prohibited by law; repeals the requirements to obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver.
Status: From Senate Committee on Finance: Ought to pass on April 27 
 
Introduced: 01/06/2016
Sponsor: Representative Mark Proulx, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Prohibits carrying in a motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, aircraft, or boat, a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun that has a round in the chamber and the safety in the off position.
Status: Hearing scheduled for May 3  

Introduced: 01/06/2016
Sponsor: Representative James Spillane
Issue Brief: Crossbows  
Summary: Expands crossbow use into muzzleloader season; allows a person who has purchased a muzzleloader license to hunt deer with a crossbow.
Status: Signed by Governor Maggie Hassan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (Chaptered No. 2016-27) on April 25
 
Introduced: 01/06/2016
Sponsor: Senator Sam Cataldo
Issue Brief: Guns   
Summary: Relates to the qualifications for obtaining a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver; amends the requirements for obtaining a concealed carry license by removing the requirement that the applicant be "suitable" and inserting a requirement that the applicant not be prohibited from possessing a firearm by State or federal statute.
Status: Cancelled Public Hearing on April 25
 
Introduced: 02/04/2016
Sponsor: Representative Arthur Corvese    
Issue Brief: Crossbows  
Summary: Would legalize the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration on April 28
 
Introduced: 02/11/2016
Sponsor: Senator John Pagliarini               
Issue Brief: Guns 
Summary: Would specifically allow individuals who possess a valid concealed weapon permit issued by Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Utah to carry a concealed firearm everywhere within Rhode Island. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration on April 26
 
Introduced: 02/25/2016
Sponsor: Senator Joshua Miller
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Would make it unlawful to carry a rifle or shotgun in a vehicle or on one's person, visible or concealed, except at one's residence, place of business or land, and would further create penalties for the unlawful conveyance of a firearm to a person under the age of eighteen (18) that is used in a violent crime of violence. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration on April 26
 
Introduced: 03/23/2016
Sponsor: Senator Cynthia Armour Coyne      
Issue Brief: License (General)
Summary: Facilitates the issuance of hunting licenses by Internet application; takes effect upon passage.
Status: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration on April 27
 
Introduced: 03/23/2016
Sponsor: Senator Gayle Goldin       
Issue Brief: Standard Capacity Magazines 
Summary: Criminalizes the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than ten rounds known as high capacity magazines.
Status: In Senate Committee on Judiciary on Judiciary: Committee recommends measure to be held for further study on April 26 
 
Introduced: 02/23/2016
Sponsor: Representative Kurt Wright                
Issue Brief: Ivory Ban 
Summary: Relates to the sale of ivory or rhinoceros horn; prohibits the import, sale, offer for sale, purchase, barter, or possession with intent to sell of any ivory, ivory product, rhinoceros horn, or rhinoceros horn product; provides for exceptions.
Status: House refused to concur in Senate amendments. To Conference Committee on April 26     
 
Introduced: 01/05/2016
Sponsor: Representative John Bartholomew
Issue Brief: Dog Tethering 
Summary: Relates to adequate shelter of dogs and cats; relates to humane treatment of animals; amends requirements for the humane shelter of dogs and cats; provides definitions.
Status: House concurred in Senate amendments with additional amendments. To Senate for concurrence on April 26    
 
Introduced: 01/14/2016
Sponsor: Representative David Deen, Member, Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus      
Issue Brief: Crossbows; Enforcement; Firearm Suppressors; Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact 
Summary: Relates to hunting, fishing, and trapping; relates to fish importation permits and introducing fish; provides for a uniform point system and revocation of a license; relates to unlawful equipment and vehicle forfeiture; relates to big game violations, and threatened and endangered species; prohibits taking big game out of season; requires the posting of notices prohibiting the taking of game; relates to private ponds.
Status: Amended on Senate floor on April 27

Introduced: 01/15/2016
Sponsor: Representative Mary Sullivan
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Credit
Summary: Relates to conservation easements; provides that a tax lien shot not affect conservation rights and interests if the lien attaches to the subject property subsequent to the recording of the conservation rights and interests in the municipal land records.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 26  


SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 04/05/2016
Sponsor: Representative David Sessions   
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to commercial fishing and net and seine permits; furthers provide for the renewal of permits without regard to the income requirements.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry: Reported favorably on April 26
 
Introduced: 04/05/2016
Sponsor: Representative David Sessions   
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to certain commercial fishing permits issued by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; authorizes the holder of a permit to designate one person who could be issued a captain's license to operate the vessel when the holder of the permit is not present on the vessel.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry: Reported favorably on April 26
 
Introduced: 03/01/2016
Sponsor: Representative David Sessions
Issue Brief: General; Marine Spatial Plan
Summary: Supports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in efforts to establish living shorelines; urges the corps to issue a new nationwide permit for living shorelines.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 27  

Introduced: 03/08/2016
Sponsor: Representative Tim Melson
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding; License (General)
Summary: Relates to issuance of annual stamps for waterfowl hunting; provides for the issuance of lifetime waterfowl stamps; establishes fees; provides for adjustment of the fees.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry: Reported favorably on April 27 
 
Introduced: 03/07/2016
Sponsor: Representative Herb Frierson, Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council
Issue Brief: Budget Bills    
Summary: Makes an appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Marine Resources for the fiscal year 2017.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 26  
 
Introduced: 04/27/2016
Sponsor: Representative Pat McElraft
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species; Fresh Water Angling Access
Summary: Renames and clarifies the uses of the shallow draft navigation channel dredging and Lake Maintenance Fund.
Status: Introduced. To House Committee on Environment on April 27  
 
Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jimmy Bales, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Fresh Water Angling Access; General
Summary: Relates to non-game fishing devices and gear that are permitted to be used in certain bodies of freshwater; provides that the Department of Natural resources may issue recreational licenses for the use of hoop nets along the Wateree River.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 27 
 
Introduced: 01/20/2016
Sponsor: Representative Bill Hixon, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to terms and their definitions contained in the South Carolina marine resources act of 2000; provides a definition for the term Southern Cobia management zone; relates to certain federal fishing regulations; provides that these regulations do not apply to Cobia located in the Southern Cobia management zone.
Status: To Governor on April 26
 
Introduced: 02/10/2016
Sponsor: Representative Steve Moss   
Issue Brief: Freshwater Angling Access  
Summary: Relates to geographical boundaries for certain bodies of water; provides geographic boundaries for the portion of the intracoastal waterway located in Horry County and to make a technical change; relates to locations where striped bass may be taken; revises the periods of time when striped bass may be taken in various bodies of water; relates to the taking of striped bass within various bodies of water; deletes provision that requires the department to conduct a study of the striped bass fishery.
Status: From Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry: Reported favorably on April 21

Introduced: 04/20/2016
Sponsor: Representative Deborah Long
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary: Relates to the ill-treatment of animals and penalties associated with violating this provision; provides that a person convicted of violating this section must undergo a mental health evaluation.
Status: Introduced. To House Committee on Judiciary on April 20

Introduced: 01/14/2016
Sponsor: Representative Gary Cleary       
Issue Brief: Fresh Water Angling Access; General  
Summary: Relates to permits required for coastal zone critical areas; allows for certain additional technologies, methodologies, or structures; prohibits the seaward movement of the baseline; eliminates the right of local governments and landowners to petition the administrative law court to move the baseline seaward; narrows certain exceptions and provides for exemptions; authorizes repairs to certain erosion control devices; provides for the approval of certain erosion control devices.
Status: Passed Senate. To House on April 27
 
Introduced: 02/10/2016
Sponsor: Senator Greg Hembree
Issue Brief: Fresh Water Angling Access
Summary: Relates to permits to utilize critical areas; establishes that an individual does not need to apply for a permit to dredge a manmade predominately armored recreational use or essential access canal.
Status: Signed by Governor on April 21

Introduced: 01/19/2016
Sponsor: Senator Mark Green
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species  
Summary: Relates to game and fish Laws; creates a nine-member task force to make recommendations for statutory changes to protect the state's wildlife and waterways against any detrimental effects of invasive Asian carp.
Status: To Governor on April 21 


MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 04/13/2016
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Budget
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Appropriates funds to the State Game and Fish Commission for wildlife museums and wildlife related festival expenses, certain public land acquisitions, and certain costs of the Hunters Feeding the Hungry program; provides for legislative intent, an emergency clause, and certain disbursement controls, specifying that no contract may be awarded nor obligations incurred in excess of the State Treasury funds actually available, and requiring strict compliance with certain restrictions and fiscal controls.
Status: To Governor on April 26  

Introduced: 04/13/2016
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Budget
Issue Brief: Budget Bills  
Summary: Provides for the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission appropriation for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Status: To Governor on April 26    

Introduced: 02/11/2016
Sponsor: Representative Charlie Meier, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that the limits on the number and size of fish a person may take in a day do not apply to a person fishing in waters wholly within his or her private property.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture on April 27

Introduced: 05/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Don Harmon
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; prohibits the sale of bobcat pelts; provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap bobcat in the State at any time.
Status: In Senate. Rule 2-10 Committee/ Third Reading deadline established as May 13  

Introduced: 02/19/2016
Sponsor: Senator Bill Brady, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Concealed Carry While Hunting
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that persons licensed to possess a concealed firearm under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act and current or retired police officers authorized by law to possess a concealed firearm shall be exempt from provisions of the Code prohibiting possession of those firearms.
Status: In Senate. Rule 2-10 Committee/ Third Reading deadline established as May 13  

Introduced: 04/13/2016
Sponsor: House Appropriations Committee
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Relates to state government entities involved with agriculture, natural resources, and environmental protection; makes appropriations; includes effective date provisions.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 22
 
Introduced: 04/13/2016
Sponsor: Representative Charles Isenhart
Issue Brief: Fresh Water Angling Access
Summary: Provides for a state assessment for clean water imposed on agricultural commodities; establishes procedures for referendums to establish, continue, or terminate the state assessment, the transfer of moneys to the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the appropriation of moneys.
Status: Introduced. To House Committee on Appropriations on April 20  
 
Introduced: 04/19/2016
Sponsor: Senate Appropriations Committee
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding   
Summary: Relates to and makes appropriations to state departments and agencies from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, the State Bond Repayment Fund, the Technology Reinvestment Fund, and the Prison Bonding Fund; provides for related matters; includes effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.
Status: Passed House. To Senate for concurrence. Senate refused to concur in House amendments on April 25   
 
Introduced: 02/26/2016
Sponsor: Representative Bodi White  
Issue Brief: General  
Summary: Relates to the requirements of hunters during open gun season; adds "blaze pink" as an alternative to the "hunter orange" requirements; provides for related matters.
Status: Passed Senate (36-0) on April 25     
 
Introduced: 03/14/2016
Sponsor: Representative Major Thibaut, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species
Summary: Creates the Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; provides for membership.
Status: Passed Senate (34-0). To House for concurrence on April 26
 
Introduced: 02/23/2016
Sponsor: Representative Sarah Anderson   
Issue Brief: License (General)    
Summary: Relates to game and fish; requires online applications for hunting and fishing licenses to allow applicant to be organ donor; requires a report.
Status: In House. Second reading on April 20    
 
Introduced: 04/06/2016
Sponsor: Representative Dean Urdahl  
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Relates to state government; appropriates money from outdoor heritage fund; modifies the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council provisions; modifies legacy funds provisions; modifies prior appropriations.
Status: Re-referred to Rules and Legislative Administration on April 28
 
Introduced: 03/10/2016
Sponsor: Representative Rod Skoe
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to natural resources; clarifies and modifies certain buffer requirements on public waters and drainage ditches; establishes local government aid for buffer enforcement; appropriates money.
Status: Signed by Governor (Filed with Secretary of State. Chapter No. 85) on April 25   
 
Introduced: 04/06/2016
Sponsor: Senator Richard Cohen
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Relates to natural resources; modifies prior clean water fund appropriations; appropriates money.
Status: Introduced. To Senate Committee on Finance on April 21   
 
Introduced: 01/06/2016
Sponsor: Representative Kathie Conway, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Enforcement; General  
Summary: Requires boat title and registration fees collected annually in excess of one million dollars to be deposited in the water patrol division fund.
Status: Public hearing held on April 27
 
Introduced: 01/06/2016
Sponsor: Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus      
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Proposed an amendment to the Constitution to increase the membership of the Conservation Commission, and to limit the time a member of the Commission may serve on the Commission.
Status: To House Committee on government Oversight and Accoutnability on April 27
 
Introduced: 04/12/2016
Sponsor: Senator Scott Oelslager, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to permits to utilize critical areas; establishes that an individual does not need to apply for a permit to dredge a manmade predominately armored recreational use or essential access canal.
Status: To House Committee on Finance on April 26
 
Introduced: 02/01/2016
Sponsor: Representative Kevin Wallace
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary: Creates the Hunting Freedom Act; relates to taking wildlife; prohibits use of any device which suppresses noise from a firearm, known as a suppressor or silencer unless it is registered in compliance with the requirements of federal law; exempts employees of Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Wildlife Services Division and the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services while engaged in wildlife management activities; relates to payment of federal taxes for use of such device.
Status: Chapter No. 165 on April 25   
 
Introduced: 02/01/2016
Sponsor: Representative Kevin Wallace
Issue Brief: License (General)
Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to special use permits for hunting, fishing or using certain private lands; deletes land size restriction for special use permits to use certain private lands.
Status: Chapter No. 134 on April 21   
 
Introduced: 02/01/2016
Sponsor: Senator Nathan Dahm   
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species 
Summary: Relates to the Feral Swine Control Act; adds certain hunting license requirements; expands authorization to removing feral swine at night; eliminates permit requirement to remove feral swine at night; authorizes the use of motor-driven land conveyance headlights and night vision equipment when removing feral swine.
Status: Passed House (67-13). To Senate for concurrence on April 21 


WESTERN STATES 


Introduced: 02/09/2016
Sponsor: Assembly Member James Gallagher, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to reduce the fee required to obtain the hunting and sport fishing licenses by a specified percentage for a person who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, was honorable discharged, and is a State resident. Requires the reduction for a sport fishing license or other entitlement by a larger specified percentage for a person who also has a specified minimum service-connected disability rating.
Status: In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: To Suspense File on April 27 

Introduced: 02/17/2016
Sponsor: Assembly Member Chris Holden
Issue Brief: Technology and the Fair Chase Ethic    
Summary: Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, over the public lands managed by each department. Provides specified items for the Department to consider when developing such regulations.
Status: In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations on April 25 

Introduced: 01/20/2016
Sponsor: Senator Ted Gaines, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: Outdoor Gear Sales Tax Holiday; Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday
Summary: Exempts from the sales and use taxes the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies purchased by an individual during a specified time period during a calendar year.
Status: In Senate Committee on Governance and Finance: Reconsideration granted on April 27 

Introduced: 01/27/2016
Sponsor: Representative Richard Onishi        
Issue Brief: General     
Summary: Establishes a game commission to serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the Board of Land and Natural Resources; makes an appropriation.
Status: In Conference Committee: Meeting will reconvened on April 28 
 
Introduced: 01/26/2016
Sponsor: Representative James Tokioka
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Supports game mammal, game bird, and fishing resources in order to promote sustainability and food security and to preserve long standing local and cultural practices; urges state department to develop and update their rules and policies to integrate the local hunting and fishing industries into food security or sustainability strategies they employ and to preserve, protect, and promote these industries and local cultural practices.
Status: Resolution adopted in final form on March 27 

Introduced: 01/20/2016
Sponsor: Senator Mike Gabbard    
Issue Brief: Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact    
Summary: Relates to wildlife; allows the department of land and natural resources to become a member of the interstate wildlife violator compact or similar agreement; makes an appropriation.
Status: In Conference Committee: Meeting reconvened in April 28 
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