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 

May 30, 2016
 
 
NORTHEASTERN STATES 
 

Introduced: 02/18/2016
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Judiciary
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary: Concerns support for cats and dogs that are neglected or treated cruelly; permits the use of animal advocates in certain legal proceedings relating to neglected or cruelly treated animals; relates to animal control officers, veterinarians and peace officers; requires the Department of Agriculture to maintain a list of attorneys with knowledge of animal issues, the legal system, and a list of law schools that have student with interest in animal issues and the legal system.
Status: Signed by Governor. Public Act No. 16-30 on May 26
 
Introduced: 3/24/2016
Sponsor: Representative Patricia Blevins
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Relates to stray livestock, dogs, dangerous dogs, animal control, enforcement, vaccination requirements, license fees, facility inspections, kennel or retail dog outlet license suspensions, humane handling care and treatment, licensing agent bonding requirements, dogs running at large, muskrat den and poultry or livestock destruction, dogs as personal property, injuring or killing or poisoning of dogs, owner liability, impounding, unauthorized acts against service dogs and State dog law management.
Status: Signed by the Governor on May 26
 
Introduced: 01/21/2016
Sponsor: House of Delegates Carroll County Delegation Committee
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary: Prohibits persons from hunting game birds or mammals on a Sunday; specifies exceptions for persons using State certified raptors, certain unarmed persons, certain persons having written permission of the owner of certain land and using a regulated shooting ground to hunt pen-reared game birds, persons hunting deer on private property with a bow and arrow or crossbow during open season or the spring turkey hunting season, and persons hunting turkey on public land during the spring turkey hunting season.
Status: Vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus- Duplicative on May 27
 
Introduced: 1/29/2016
Sponsor: Delegate Anthony O'Donnell, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Requires a court order for a person convicted of poaching deer on any land in the State; requires convicted person to pay the State restitution and to perform community service under certain circumstances; requires certain restitution collected to be credited to the State Wildlife Management and Protection Fund requires the Department of Natural Resources to adopt certain regulations; encourages the Department and the Administrative Office of the Courts to develop a certain database, and provide reports.
Status: Became law without Governor's signature. Chapter No. 664 on May 28
 
Introduced: 01/22/2016
Sponsor: Senator Johnny Salling  
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Requires a court to order a person convicted poaching deer on any land in the State to pay the State restitution and perform community services under certain circumstances; requires restitution collected to be credited to the State Wildfire Management and Protection Fund; requires the Department of Natural Resources to adopt certain regulations; encourages the the Department and the Administrative Office of the Courts to develop a certain database; develops certain protocols and strategies.
Status: Became law without Governor's signature. Chapter No. 663 on May 28
 
Introduced: 01/06/2016
Sponsor: Representative David Kidder, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Allows the fish and game department to establish 2 days per year for fishing without a license but requires persons in fishing tournaments to have a license on those days.
Status: Signed by Governor Maggie Hassan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus on May 27
 
Introduced: 01/06/2016
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Establishes the coastal marine natural resources and environment commission to investigate, monitor, and propose prevention and mitigation strategies for emerging environmental threats in coastal and Great Bay waters, including the warming of waters, ocean acidification, and nutrient loading, which impact fish, shellfish, and the food chain thereof.
Status: Signed by Governor Maggie Hassan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus. Chapter No. 2016-156 on May 27
 
Introduced: 01/06/2016
Sponsor: Senator Dan Feltes    
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to the feeding of wild deer; prohibits the feeding of wild deer at certain times and locations determined by the fish and game department and requires the labeling of wild animal feed; requires the fish and game department to distribute informational materials on the feeding of wild deer.
Status: Conference Committee Report adopted by House and Senate on June 1
 
Introduced: 1/27/2016
Sponsor: Assemblyman Parker Space, Member, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus    
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Increases membership of Fish and Game Council; clarifies it has sole authority to regulate freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping.
Status: Withdrawn from further consideration on May 26
 
Introduced: 02/04/2016
Sponsor: Senator Raymond Lesniak  
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary: Prohibits possession, transport, import, export, processing, sale, or shipment of parts and products of certain animal species threatened with extinction; provides a violation would be crime of the third degree and is subject to specified criminal penalties and civil administrative penalties; provides a civil penalty for a person who possess wildlife without obtaining a certificate of possession.
Status: Senate and Assembly concurred in governor's recommendations. Returned to Governor on May 26
 
Introduced: 02/04/2016
Sponsor: Senator Raymond Lesniak 
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary: Prohibits possession and transport of parts and products of certain animals at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey airports and port facilities; provides for related criminal penalties.
Status: Senate and Assembly concurred in Governor's recommendations. Returned to Governor on May 26
 
Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Assemblymember John Ceretto, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to fees for hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses; relates to a member of the Shinnecock tribe or the Poospatuck tribe, a member of the six nations, and an active member of the organized militia being entitled to receive free of charge a fishing license, a hunting license, a muzzle-loading privilege, a trapping license, and a bowhunting privilege.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation. To Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on June 1
 
Introduced: 06/11/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member David Weprin 
Issue Brief: Knife Ban Repeal
Summary: Amends the Penal Law; relates to machetes being included in the definition of a deadly weapon.
Status: Substituted by S3199B on May 11
 
Introduced: 05/25/2016
Sponsor: Assemblymember Claudia Tenney, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Amends the State Finance Law; relates to dedicating certain funds for fish and wildlife purposes.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on May 25
 
Introduced: 05/25/2016
Sponsor: Assemblymember David DiPietro, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Standard Capacity Magazines
Summary: Amends the Penal Law; exempts certain large capacity ammunition feeding devices from certain requirements of the penal law.
Status: Introduced. To Assembly Committee on Codes on May 25
 
Introduced: 05/25/2016
Sponsor: Assemblymember David DiPietro, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary: Amends the Penal Law; relates to the definition of an assault weapon.
Status: Introduced. To Assembly Committee on Codes on May 25
 
Introduced: 05/25/2016
Sponsor: Assemblymember David DiPietro, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary: Amends the Penal Law; relates to the definition of an assault weapon.
Status: Introduced. To Assembly Committee on Codes on May 25
 
Introduced: 05/26/2016
Sponsor: Assemblymember Michael Kearns
Issue Brief: Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Gear
Summary: Amends the Tax Law; establishes a $500 personal income tax credit for the purchase of a gun safe.
Status: Introduced.To Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on May 26
 
Introduced: 5/31/2016
Sponsor: Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; eliminates the requirement that hunters wear back tags during hunting season in the State.
Status: Introduced. To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on May 31
 
Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Senator Patrick Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus     
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation law; relates to hunting or trapping of moose; provides the department may issue a license by rule or regulation to allow the taking of individual animals that are deemed to be destructive; establishes a license lottery for moose when conditions warrant control of individual animals or when such big game animals constitute a nuisance population; prohibits a person taking, possessing or transporting moose shall fail to comply with any requirements established by rules.
Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on June 1
 
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom O'Mara, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting, Angling & Nature Appreciation in Schools
Summary: Relates to hunting, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses.
Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly Committee on Education on June 1
 
Introduced: 04/10/2015
Sponsor:  Senator Joseph Robach           
Issue Brief: Enforcement; General
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to the illegal taking of deer; provides that each misdemeanor for a violation involving any illegal taking of a deer shall be punishable by imprisonment or by a fine; specifies that persons having previous convictions shall be subject to a fine and shall be subject to a loss of hunting privileges; specifies any offense involving illegal taking of a deer in the presence of a minor shall be subject to doubling of all fines and penalties.
Status: From Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on June 1
 
Introduced: 05/31/2016
Sponsor: Senator Tony Avella
Issue Brief: Ivory Ban
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; increases certain penalties and authorizes the payment of rewards for aid in the apprehension and conviction of persons guilty of certain felonies or misdemeanors relating to endangered and special species, species of special concern and illegal ivory articles and rhinoceros horns.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on May 31
 
Introduced: 04/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Tim Krieger
Issue Brief: National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
Summary: Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in firearms and other dangerous articles; provides for definitions, for licenses, for sale or transfer of firearms, for Pennsylvania State Police, for firearm sales surcharge, for the Firearm Records Check Fund, for licensing of dealers, for administrative regulations and for the Firearms Background Check Advisory Committee.
Status: In House Committee on Judiciary on June 7
 
Introduced: 05/27/2016
Sponsor: Representative Gerald Mullery, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for unlawful acts concerning licenses.
Status: Introduced. To House Committee on Games and Fisheries on May 27
 
 
SOUTHEASTERN STATES
 

Introduced: 05/05/2016
Sponsor: Representative Nelson Dollar
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Modifies the current operations and capital improvements appropriations act of 2015 and to make other changes in the budget operations of the state.
Status: In Senate. Read second time. To third reading on June 2
 
Introduced: 05/25/2016
Sponsor: Representative George Cleveland, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Disapproves the rules adopted by the Wildlife Resources Commission.
Status: To House Committee on Wildlife Resources on May 25
 
Introduced: 04/28/ 2016
SponsorSenator Brent Jackson, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species
Summary: Provides further regulatory relief to the agricultural community; relates to embargo of bedding; establishes the Agricultural Emergency Response Act which authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to assist agricultural operations and landowners in the preparedness for and recovery from agricultural emergencies; relates to aerial management of feral swine; establishes the Animal Shelter Support Fund; provides exemptions for forest management plans.
Status: Re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance on May 26
 
Introduced: 05/23/2016
Sponsor: Senator Bill Cook, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Disapproves the rules adopted by the State Wildlife Resources Commission.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources on May 23
 
Introduced: 05/26/2016
SponsorSenator Andrew Brock, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife
Summary: Amends the state Constitution to protect the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on May 26
 
Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jimmy Bales
Issue Brief: Freshwater 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: To Governor on June 2
 
Introduced: 03/18/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Past National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses EC President
Issue Brief: Freshwater Angling Access; Budget Bills; Recreational Fishing and Spatial Planning - Zoning of State and Federal Waters
Summary: Enacts the wetlands conservation act; relates to deed recording fees; increases the portion of a state deed recording fee that must be credited to the South Carolina Conservation Bank trust fund from twenty-five cents to thirty cents; relates to the South Carolina Conservation Bank trust fund; requires that any funds collected by the South Carolina Conservation Bank in excess of the amount authorized in the annual appropriations bill must be transferred to the Department of Natural Resources.
Status: Recommitted to House Committee on Ways and Means on May 31

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Gary Cleary       
Issue Brief: Recreational Fishing and Spatial Planning - Zoning of State and Federal Waters
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: To Governor on June 2

Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Senator Chip Campsen, Co-Chair, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to hunting and fishing licenses, deer quota program permits and application requirements, access and authorization to utilize deer quota tags, individual deer tags, tag fees, revenues from the sale of privileges, licenses, permits and tags, antlerless deer program quota permits, the protection of game, bag limits, unlawful practices and penalties, the validity of tags and game zones.
Status: To Governor on June 2
 

MIDWESTERN STATES
 
 
Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brandon Phelps, Co-Chair, Illinois Sportsmen's Caucus; Vice President, NASC Executive Council
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; removes a prohibition on the use of a silencer or other device to muffle or mute the sound of the explosion or report resulting from the firing of any gun; provides that no person shall, carry, possess, transport or use a silencer, suppressor or other device to muffle or mute the sound of the explosion or report resulting from the firing of any gun for the taking of game, unless such silencer, suppressor, or device is in compliance with the National Firearms Act.
Status: In House. Final passage deadline extended to June 30, 2016 on May 31
 
Introduced: 02/11/2016
Sponsor: Representative Jim Durkin, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Guns (general)
Summary: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012; creates the offense of firearms trafficking; provides that a person commits the offense when he or she has not been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and knowingly brings, or causes to be brought, into the State, a firearm or firearm ammunition, or both, for the purpose of sale, delivery, or transfer to any other person or with the intent to sell, deliver, or transfer the firearm or firearm ammunition to any other person.
Status: From House Committee on Judiciary-Criminal: Approved for consideration- motion to concur in Amendment No. 1. House concurred in Senate Amendment No. 1 (117-0). Passed Both Houses on May 31
 
Introduced: 03/30/2016
Sponsor: Representative Michael Zalewski, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Urges the Department of Natural Resources to develop protections as needed for all native gar species to ensure the long term viability of the shortnose gar, the longnose gar, the spotted gar, and the alligator gar, with particular protections developed for alligator gar; urges the Department of Natural Resources to apply these protections as needed and include site specific size and creel limits based on the size of the reproductively mature gar to protect brood stock from premature harvest.
Status: In Senate. Passed Senate on May 31
 
Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kwame Raoul
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary: Provides that the Department of Human Services may identify certain classes of synthetic drugs and schedule them according to the schedule of the controlled substance or substances they encompass; provides for consultation with certain departments or any agency or group that may have pertinent information regarding synthetic drugs; establishes factors that the Department must consider in making the determination of whether to schedule a class of synthetic drugs.
Status: Passed House. In Senate. Placed on Calandar Order of Concurrence- Amendment No. 2 on May 31
 
Introduced: 02/03/2016
Sponsor: Senator Neil Anderson
Issue Brief: Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a resident youth a certain age and under may apply to the Department of Natural Resources for a Youth Trapping License, which extends limited trapping privileges; provides that the Youth Trapping License shall be renewable and expire on a specified date following the date of issuance; provides that possession of a Youth Trapping License shall serve in lieu of a valid trapping license, but does not exempt the licensee from compliance with the requirements of the Code.
Status: Senate concurred in House Amendment No. 1 (55-0). Passed both Houses on May 31
 
Introduced: 02/18/2016
Sponsor: Senator Bill Cunningham
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; combines provisions for deer, turkey, and combination hunter licenses to certain landowners, including resident tenants certain commercial agricultural land where they will hunt and certain shareholders who wish to hunt on a corporation's, company's, or partnership's land; provides for a youth-only spring wild turkey season.
Status: Senate concurred in House Amendment No. 2 (58-0). Passed both Houses on May 31

Introduced: 02/19/2016
Sponsor:Senator Bill Brady, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
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: Re-referred to Assignments Committee on May 31
 
Introduced: 4/13/2016
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.
Status: Line item vetoed by Governor Terry Branstad, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus on May 27
 
Introduced: 04/19/2016
Sponsor: Senate Appropriations Committee
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Appropriates funds to the Department's of Administrative Services, Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Corrections, Cultural Affairs, Human Services, Natural Resources, Public Defense, Transportation, Education, Human Rights, Management, Public Health, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Administrative Services, as well as the Economic Development Authority, Board of Regents, State Fair Authority, State Treasurer, Telecommunications and Technology Commission, and Judicial Branch.
Status: Signed by Governor Terry Branstad, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus on May 27
 
Introduced: 03/14/2016
Sponsor: Representative Stuart Bishop
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Recreates the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries including statutory entities made a part of the Department by law.
Status: Signed by Governor. Act No. 240 on May 26
 
Introduced: 05/03/2016
Sponsor: Representative Steve Carter
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Urges and requests the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Department of Natural Resources to study the use of water from natural and scenic rivers for certain uses.
Status: House concurred in Senate amendment (92-0) on May 31
 
Introduced: 3/10/2016
Sponsor: Senator Tom Saxhaug, Co-Chair, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus      
Issue Brief: Budget Bills; American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Relates to natural resources; appropriates money from outdoor heritage fund and clean water fund; modifies Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council provisions; modifies legacy funds provisions; requires mapping of any lands acquired in fee with funds appropriated and open to public taking of fish and game.
Status: Signed by Governor on May 31
 
Introduced: 3/16/2016
Sponsor: Senator Kari Dziedzic
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Relates to natural resources; appropriates money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund; adds requirements for use of the trust fund money; creates reimbursement procedures for the University of Minnesota for money from the trust fund; relates to the membership of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.
Status: Line item vetoed by Governor on May 31
 
Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Hall
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary: Revises provisions and penalties regarding treatment of companion animals and revises the definition of companion animal in the Offenses Relating to Domestic Animals Law; provides for a state collaborative effort to assist veterinarians in identifying clients who may use their animals to secure opioids for abuse; modifies the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse to require, if the dog or horse is killed, a mandatory prison sentence and a fine to the agency served by the dog or horse.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for Concurrence (33-0). House concurred in Senate amendments (94-2) on May 25
 
Introduced: 03/10/2016
Sponsor: Senator Troy Balderson, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus     
Issue Brief: Enforcement; General
Summary: Revises specified laws relating to natural resources; provides clarifying changes; amends certain definitions; allows for the appointment of natural resource officers for purposes of custodial or patrol service on lands and waters owned, controlled, maintained, or administered by the department; provides for duties and jurisdiction of natural resource officers; creates within the department the office of real estate and land management; provides for the duties of the office.
Status: Passed House (97-0) on May 25
 
Introduced: 04/12/2016
Sponsor: Senator Scott Oelslager, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Makes capital appropriations and changes to the law governing capital projects for a specified biennium.
Status: Signed by Governor. Session Law No. 2016-64
 
Introduced: 05/20/2016
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species
Summary: Reasons for vetoing Senate Bill 1142 - directs the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to promulgate administrative rules in conformity with the Administrative Procedures Act to streamline the process for obtaining annually renewable depredation permits for the removal or attempted removal of feral swine on private property, pursuant to Section 4-135 of Title 29 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Status: Vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus
 
 
WESTERN STATES 
 

Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dave Talerico, Member, Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus
Issue Brief: Budget Bills, Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends provisions regarding the intensive management surcharge; establishes special hunting and fishing licenses and permits for residents with developmental disabilities; establishes a sustainable wildlife account in the fish and game fund; raises fees for sport fishing, hunting and trapping; relates to the sport fishing surcharge and sport fishing facility revenue bonds; regulates nonresident hunters; provides for conservation decals and Chitina dip net fishing permits.
Status: To Governor on May 26
 
Introduced: 02/04/2016
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jim Wood
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to meet with individual federally recognized Indian tribes in the State to discuss elk-related issues for elk located within the territory of the individual tribe. Requires the Department to work collaboratively, and in good faith, with tribe to identify possible science-based solutions.
Status: Passed Assembly. To Senate on June 2
 
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 lifetime 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 honorably discharged, and is a resident of the State.
Status: Passed Assembly. To Senate (78-2) on June 1
 
Introduced: 01/12/2016
Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Issue Brief: Technology and the Fair Chase Ethic
Summary: Enacts the State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act. Establishes conditions for operating remote piloted aircraft, including maintaining liability insurance or proof of financial responsibility. Authorizes rules, regulations and minimum standards to assist political subdivisions and their law enforcement agencies to enforce the Act. Prohibits the operation of remote piloted aircraft within specified feet of critical infrastructure and other specified areas, with exceptions.
Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly (25-12) on June 2
 
Introduced: 02/17/2016
Sponsor: Senator Mike Morrell
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a free hunting license to a disabled veteran or recovering service member and to issue a reduced fee hunting license, upon application and a payment of a fee to a veteran of the Armed Forces who was honorably discharged, and a free fishing license thereto.
Status: In Senate Committee on Appropriations: Held in committee on May 27

Introduced: 02/18/2016
Sponsor: Senator Kevin de Leon
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary: Requires the Attorney General to maintain information about ammunition transactions and ammunition vendor licenses. Provides dissemination of the name of a person purchasing ammunition if the person has been in the legal system for domestic violence. Extends provisions regarding the delivery or transfer of ownership of ammunition. Revises the term vendor for ammunition sales purposes. Updates the use of the Prohibited Armed Persons File. Updates a prohibition on the sale of ammunition to certain persons.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Public Safety on June 1
 
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