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 12

, 2016


NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Nicholas Boldyga, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Standard Capacity Magazines
Summary: Relates to the purchasing of rifles, shotguns and feeding devices.
Status: From Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on September 13
 
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Todd M. Smola, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary: Relates to carrying a firearm while on a recreational vehicle.
Status: From Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on September 13
 
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, and Representative David Vieira, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary: Relates to the transportation of firearms by non-residents.
Status: From Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on September 13

Introduced: 01/12/2016
Sponsor: Senator Fred Madden  
Issue Brief: Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead)
Summary: Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor.
Status: From Senate Committee on Law and Public Safety on September 12
 
Introduced: 11/30/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brett Miller
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; provides for trespass on private property while hunting.
Status: In House Committee on Game and Fisheries on September 20
 
Introduced: 09/07/2016
Sponsor: Representative Harold A. English
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for killing game or wildlife by mistake; in hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for period of revocation.
Status: To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on September 7
 
Introduced: 03/18/2016
Sponsor: Senator Pat Stefano
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: relates to game; relates to Pennsylvania Game Commission; provides for powers and duties of commission and for accountability; relates to hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for license costs and fees; makes an editorial change.
Status: In House Committee on Game and Fisheries on September 20
 
Introduced: 03/21/2016
Sponsor: Senator John Eichelberger, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Amends Title 30 (Fish) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission; provides for power to set fees; provides for collection fee for uncollectible checks; provides for nonresident and tourist licenses, for one-day resident fishing license, for license, permit and issuing agent fees and for license and permit packaging options; provides for net permits.
Status: In House Committee on Game and Fisheries on September 20
 
Introduced: 06/22/2016
Sponsor: Representative Maloney, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in preliminary provisions; provides for definitions, in Pennsylvania Game Commission; provides for powers and duties of commission and for accountability, in hunting and furtaking; provides for senior hunting license holders; in special licenses and permits; provides for authority to issue permits.
Status: In House Committee on State Government on September 20


SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


There are currently no updates in the Southeastern region.


MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 09/08/2016
Sponsor: Senator Dale W. Zorn, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides certain requirements for commercial fishing guides.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on September 8
 
Introduced: 09/08/2016
Sponsor: Senator Mike Green, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for application fee for commercial hunting and fishing guides.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on September 8
 
Introduced: 09/08/2016
Sponsor: Senator Dale W. Zorn, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for certain requirements for commercial hunting guides.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on September 8
 
Introduced: 09/08/2016
Sponsor: Senator Arlan B. Meekhof, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Allows hunting displaying base license with an electronic device.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on September 8
 
Introduced: 09/08/2016
Sponsor: Senator Dale W. Zorn, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Allows displaying waterfowl license with an electronic device.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on September 8
 
Introduced: 09/08/2016 
Sponsor: Senator Wayne Schmidt, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Allows displaying fishing license with an electronic device.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on September 8



WESTWESTERN STATES 
 

Introduced: 02/17/2016
Sponsor: Assemblymember Chris Holden
Issue Brief: Technology and the Fair Chase Ethic
Summary: Makes it unlawful for a person to launch, land, or operate unmanned aircraft systems known as drones from or within lands, waters or airspace managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Parks and Recreation without authorization for the taking of fish or wildlife. Includes use of drones for scouting purposes or to pursue, drive or herd any bird or mammal.
Status: To Governor on September 9
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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 
 
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
Southeastern States Manager Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email bee@sportsmenslink.org
Western States Director Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email andy@sportsmenslink.org


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