Tracking the Capitols – Updates for Week of April 6

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.

NORTHEASTERN STATES

Introduced: 01/21/2015
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes Sunday hunting of deer with bow and arrow on private property provided such property is in a deer management zone and such hunting is done in accordance with certain wildlife management principles.
Status: Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis on April 6
Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative William Tong
Issue Brief: Hatcheries
Summary: Provides funding for states fish hatcheries; creates a task force.
Status: Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis on April 6
Introduced: 03/05/2015
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Prohibits the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn; prohibits the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn and products made of such ivory and rhinoceros horn in order to limit the market for such items and reduce the killing of elephants and rhinoceros for their ivory and horns.
Status: Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 529 on April 8
Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Gary Hilliard
Issue Brief: Crossbows; General License
Summary: Lowers the eligibility age for a juniot hunting license from 10 years of age to 8 years of age.
Status: Word Session held on April 7
Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Stetkis
Issue Brief: Knife Definitions
Summary: This bill repeals the provision of law making possession or distribution of dangerous knives a Class D crime.
Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 7
Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Russell Black, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Bear Hunting; Hunting Dogs
Summary: Allows a person licensed to guide hunters to use one leashed dog outside of legal hunting hours to track and dispatch a bear wounded by the guide’s client.
Status: Work Session Held on April 2
Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dale Crafts, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Allows a person 70 years of age or older to hunt with a crossbow during any open season. Until January 1, 2015, a provision of law allowed this, but included language that repealed the provision on that date. The bill enacts the substance of that provision but without the repeal language.
Status: In House of April 9
Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Ellie Espling, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: This bill requires a communication that is intended to influence a ballot question election and that depicts a wildlife management practice to include information about any image or video used in the communication whether or not the practice is legal in the State. It also requires that if a communication includes an image or video of a wildlife management practice the communication must state the location where the image or video was created and the date on which it was made.
Status: Work Session Held on April 8
Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Paul Chace
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Allows as a pilot project until January 1, 2018 hunting on Sundays in wildlife management districts 1 to 14, 17, 19 and 28 for any species during the open season on that species. This bill requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to submit by January 1, 2017 a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over inland fisheries and wildlife matters regarding the status of the pilot project and recommendations as to whether the project should be expanded;
Status: Work Session held on April 7
Introduced: 04/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Michael Shaw, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License; Crossbows; General License; Hunter Education; Seniors; Veterans
Summary: This bill expands the current resident hunting license and nonresident hunting license to encompass and replace all other hunting licenses and hunting permits except the: 1. Junior hunting license; 2. Resident and nonresident apprentice hunting licenses; 3. Antlerless deer and special deer season permits; 4. Moose permit; 5. Pheasant permit; 6. Waterfowl permit; 7. Falconry permit; and 8. Migratory bird permit. It increases the fee for a resident and a nonresident hunting license from $25 to $38 and…
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on April 7
Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Senator Paul Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires at least twenty-five of all advertising by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to include promotional information related to hunting or fishing.
Status: House and Senate accept Committee report (ought not to pass); placed in legislative file (dead) on April 9
Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Thomas Saviello, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Summary This bill expands turkey hunting opportunities by: 1. Eliminating the turkey permit requirements; 2. Allowing the hunting of turkey with a big game or small game hunting license; 3. Requiring deer registration stations to also register turkeys; and 4. Providing for electronic or telephonic registration of turkeys.
Status: Work Session held on April 2
Introduced: 04/01/2015
Sponsor: Senator Paul Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License; Crossbows; General License; Seniors; Veterans
Summary: This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing fish and wildlife. 1. It eliminates the disabled hunter, trapper and angler advisory committee and a reference to that committee. 2. It provides that a person must hold a valid archery hunting license to hunt with a hand-held bow and arrow during any open season on a bird or animal and that a person must hold a valid big game archery license or big game hunting license and a valid crossbow hunting license to hunt with a crossbow during any…
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on April 2
Introduced: 04/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Thomas Saviello, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Allows a person to train and use dogs to hunt coyotes.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on April 7
Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Wendell Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Alters the prohibition against a person hunting specified game birds by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area to require that the person know or reasonably should know that the area is a baited area before a violation occurs.
Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 3
Introduced: 02/04/2015
Sponsor: Caroline County Delegation
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person in Caroline County or Dorchester County to hunt any game bird or game mammal, except migratory game birds and wetland game birds, on a Sunday on specified land during the open season for that game bird or game mammal.
Status: From Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs: Reported unfavorably on April 3
Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Astle, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus; Past President, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Alters the prohibition against a person hunting specified game birds by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area to require that the person know or reasonably should know that the area is a baited area before a violation occurs.
Status: Second reading passed. To third reading on April 7
Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Gail Bates, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Alters the expiration date for and, under specified circumstances, the duration of specified recreational fishing licenses; requires the Department of Natural Resources to establish by regulation a term for a specified recreational fishing license; requires the Department to proportionally prorate the annual license fees for specified recreational fishing licenses.
Status: Second reading passed with amendments. To third reading on April 7
Introduced: 03/27/2015
Sponsor: Representative Nicholas Boldyga
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Permits the use of crossbows to hunt deer during exclusive archery season.
Status: To Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on March 27
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative James Webb, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Allows the executive director of Fish and Game to adopt rules for taking black bear by crossbow and for taking game animals and game birds during the regular firearms season for the species.
Status: Hearing on April 15
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunter Education
Summary: Allows the fish and game department to establish a registration fee paid by applicants to a hunter education program; this bill is a request of the fish and game department.
Status: From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Majority reported: ought to pass; Minority reported: ought not to pass on April 8
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Allows the fish and game department to offer lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for newborns.
Status: From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Ought to Pass on April 8
Introduced: 03/25/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Steve Englebright
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Enacts the “boat launch preservation act”; requires that one percent of the 4 cents per gallon gasoline surcharge on gasoline which is used on waterways but not more than 5 million dollars per fiscal year is to be deposited in the dedicated boat launch site fund; moneys of such fund shall be disbursed for design, construction, maintenance and improvement of boat launches and boat access sites.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on March 25
Introduced: 03/25/2015
Sponsor: Senator Andrew Lanza, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Full Capacity Magazines
Summary: Amends the Penal Law; provides that large capacity ammunition devices shall only include those devices which hold more than 10 rounds.
Status: To Senate Committee on Codes on March 25
Introduced: 04/01/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kenneth LaValle
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; extends the time period for the taking of deer in the county of Suffolk from December on a certain date and March on a certain date.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on April 1
Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Senator Frank Ciccone
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Would change the maximum size of shotgun shells a person may have in his or her possession while hunting from a number two (no. 2) shot to a 00 (“double-aught”) shot. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: In Senate Committee on Judiciary: Committee recommends measure to be held for further study on April 7
Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Senator Walter Felag
Issue Brief: Anti-Access
Summary: Would provide a protected area around recognized wildlife refuges in which hunting with weapons would be prohibited. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: In Senate Committee on Judiciary: Committee recommends measure to be held for further study on April 7
Introduced: 02/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Joshua Miller
Issue Brief: Lead Ban
Summary: Would create a general prohibition on the use of lead shot for hunting. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: In Senate Committee on Judiciary: Committee recommends measure to be held for further study on April 7
SOUTHEASTERN STATES

Alabama H 258

Introduced: 03/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Lynn Greer

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes fishing with a gill, trammel, or similar net in the Tennessee River and its tributaries.

Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry: Reported favorably with amendment on April 2

 

Alabama S 123 

Introduced: 03/03/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tom Whatley

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes permits for specified feeders under certain conditions; provides for permits, fees, and penalties.

Status: Committee substitute adopted on Senate floor on April 7

 

Alabama S 316

Introduced: 03/31/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tom Whatley

Issue Brief: General; General License

Summary: Raises the fee for the waterfowl stamp to ten dollars; authorizes periodic adjustment of the stamp fee by the department based on the Consumer Price Index in the same manner as other hunting and fishing licenses.

Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on March 31

 

Florida S 584

Introduced: 03/03/2015

Sponsor: Senator Charles Dean, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to implementation of the water and land conservation constitutional amendment; terminates certain trust funds within the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; requires moneys in land acquisition trust funds created or designated to receive funds under s. 28, Article X of the State Constitution to be retained in those trust funds.

Status: In Senate. In Returning Messages on April 2

 

Georgia H 475

Introduced: 02/24/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tom McCall, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to game and fish; revises provisions relating to the hunting of feral hogs; revises definitions; allows for the taking of feral hogs without a hunting license; removes additional restrictions on the hunting of feral hogs; provides for related matters; repeals conflicting laws.

Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 2

 

Georgia H 693

Introduced: 03/31/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jon Burns, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax; General

Summary: Relates to conservation and natural resources; repeals and reenacts Chapter 6A; relates to land conservation; creates the Georgia Legacy Trust Fund; creates funding mechanisms for the protection and preservation of conservation land and provide for their operation; provides for legislative intent; provides for definitions; establishes procedural requirements for approval of project proposals; provides for related matters; provides an effective date; provides for contingent repeal.

Status: Introduced on March 31

 

Georgia HR 907

Introduced: 03/31/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jon Burns, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax; General

Summary: Proposes an amendment to the Constitution; authorizes an annual allocation of seventy-five percent of the revenue derived from the state sales and use tax with respect to the sale of outdoor recreation equipment to a trust fund to be used for the protection and preservation of conservation land; provides for related matters; provides for the submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection

Status: Introduced on March 31

 

North Carolina S 513

Introduced: 03/26/2015

Sponsor: Senator Andrew Brock

Issue Brief: High Fence

Summary: Revises the horse industry promotion act to increase caps on duration and amount of an assessment; exempts compensation paid to an H-2A agricultural worker from state income tax withholding to the extent the compensation is exempt from federal tax withholding establishes a policy supporting sustainable agriculture in the state; modifies oversize vehicle permit time restrictions; allows oversize transportation of hay bales /.

Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources on March 30

 

Introduced: 03/30/2015
Sponsor: Senator Norman Wesley Sanderson
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary: Amends the trapping law relating to conibear type traps.
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

South Carolina H 3118

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus; Past President, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council 

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to promulgate regulations governing wildlife management areas and heritage trust lands to establish seasons, dates, areas, bag limits, and other restrictions for hunting and taking wild turkey; establishes male wild turkey hunting season; declares youth turkey hunting day; provides a wild turkey bag limit; provides that wild turkey transportation tags must be validated before a turkey is removed from the point of kill.

Status: Free Conference Committee Report adopted by Senate on March 26

 

South Carolina S 592

Introduced: 03/25/2015

Sponsor: Senator George Chip Campsen, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: Invasive Species

Summary: Relates to the hunting of feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos; provides that feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos may be hunted at any time of the year under authority of and pursuant to the conditions contained in a depredation permit issued by the department and from the last day of February to the first day of July of that same year with any legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow when notice is given to the department; provides conditions for hunting these animals at night.

Status: To Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry on March 25

 

Tennessee H 1079

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Ron Travis

Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License

Summary: Relates to Game and Fish Laws; increases, from one to three, the number of consecutive years that a person may purchase annual permits to exempt themselves from hunter education requirements.

Status: From House Committee on Finance, Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Finance, Ways and Means recommend passage on April 8

 

Tennessee H 1104

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Timothy Hill

Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles

Summary: Relates to Recreational Vehicles; creates an off-highway vehicle advisory committee to study the provision of safety training to off-highway vehicle operators, acquisition of potential private or public land as off-highway recreation areas, and funding sources for such training and acquisitions; requires the committee to report by January 1, 2016.

Status: In House. Read third time. Passed House. To Senate on April 6

 

West Virginia H 2515

Introduced: 01/29/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Rupert Phillips

Issue Brief: Crossbows; High Fence

Summary: Prohibits elk to be possessed if struck by motor vehicle; requires wildlife to be delivered to official checking station for electronic registration; increases fine for illegal taking of elk; prohibits hunting with night vision technology or unmanned aircraft; clarifies when a person may carry certain firearms; permits a person to carry firearm for self defense in the woods; clarifies when a shotgun or rifle is unloaded; permits crossbow hunting with limitations; establishes management area and damage fund.

Status: Signed by Governor on April 2

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Sean Eberhart, Member, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General License; High Fence
Summary: Provides for the licensing and operation of hunting preserves on which farm raised and released cervidae and game birds are hunted; exempts licensed hunting preserves from the licensing requirements for game breeders and shooting preserves; provides that hunters on hunting preserves are not required to have a hunting license and are not subject to bag limits; requires that a transportation tag be fixed to the leg of each cervidae taken on a hunting preserve; prohibits computer assisted remote hunting.
Status: Ordered Engrossed on April 7
Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brent Steele, Co-Chair, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Provides that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of State’s heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good; provides that the people have a right, which includes the right to use traditional methods, to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to promote wildlife conservation and management; preserves the future of hunting and fishing.
Status: From House Committee on Judiciary: Do pass on April 7
Introduced: 03/04/2015
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief: General License; Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Relates to hunter education license requirements, provides for a hunting license with an apprentice hunter designation, and includes penalties; renames the hunter safety and ethics education course described whose completion is required to purchase a hunting license in this state, as the hunter education course; coordinates amendments are made to numerous other Code provisions that reference the course.
Status: Signed by the Governor on April 8
Introduced: 03/09/2015
Sponsor: Senate Judiciary Committee
Issue Brief: Sounds Suppressors
Summary: Relates to the making, transferring, and possession of firearms and suppressors; provides that a mechanical device specifically constructed and designed so that when attached to a firearm it silences, muffles, or suppresses the sound when fired is an offensive weapon; any person who knowingly possesses an offensive weapon commits a class D felony, punishable by confinement for no more than five years and a fine of at least $750 but not more than $7,500…
Status: Passed House. To Senate for concurrence on April 8
Introduced: 04/06/2015
Sponsor: Senate Ways and Means Committee
Issue Brief: General; Conservation Funding
Summary: Relates to state sales and use taxes and to an amendment to the Iowa Constitution ratified on November second two-thousand and ten, which created a natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund and dedicated a portion of state revenues to the fund for the purposes of protecting and enhancing water quality and natural areas in the state including parks, trails, and fish and wildlife habitat, and conserving agricultural soils in the state.
Status: In Senate Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee assignments: Hogg Chair, Behn, and Bolkcom on April 6
Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits use of unmanned aerial or unmanned submersible vehicles to interfere with or harass another individual who is hunting.
Status: To Governor on April 6
Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits use of unmanned aerial vehicles for taking game; establishes that an individual shall not take game or fish using an unmanned vehicle or unmanned device that uses aerodynamic forces to achieve flight or using an unmanned vehicle or unmanned device that operates on the surface of water or underwater.
Status: To Governor on April 6
Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jon Nelson, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Ill Youth Hunting; Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Relates to big game and turkey hunting licenses for youth with a life-threatening illness; provides for a legislative management study.
Status: To Governor on April 8
Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Curt Hofstad
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Provides for a prohibition on the purchase of conservation easements with public funds; establishes that a governmental entity may not provide funds through grant, contract, or other agreement to a nongovernmental entity that is a nonprofit organization for the purpose of holding any interest in real property or an easement longer than thirty years for wildlife or conservation purposes.
Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 8
Introduced: 03/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation
Summary: Authorizes reimbursement to counties for the costs incurred in processing and donating certain wild turkeys.
Status: Public hearing held on April 1
LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES
 
Introduced: 03/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Richard Burford
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Allows year-round night hunting of hogs on private property.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on March 26
Introduced: 04/01/2015
Sponsor: Representative Katrina Jackson
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Provides that a hunting license is not required when hunting outlaw quadrupeds.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on April 1
Prefiled: 04/03/2015
Sponsor: Senator Neil Riser, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation
Summary: Provides for the administration and uses of monies in the Hunters for the Hungry Account.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 3
Prefiled: 04/03/2015
Sponsor: Senator Rick Ward
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Repeals provision allowing the carrying of certain firearms while hunting with a bow.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 3
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Charles McCall
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to wildlife conservation passports; authorizes the Wildlife Conservation Commission to establish certain passport; authorizes the Commission to assess certain fee; modifies exemption; authorizes purchase of certain substitute license under certain circumstances; directs certain fees be deposited into Wildlife Conservation Fund; provides an effective date.
Status: From Senate Committee on Tourism and Wildlife: Do pass on April 7
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Harold Wright
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to the fur dealer’s license; limits certain notice requirements to nonresidents; updates statutory language; relates to permission to trap on inhabited lands; modifies requirement to keep certain permits on the person while tending traps; relates to trapping devices; modifies requirement to post signs in certain areas; deletes requirement for certain employees engaged in wildlife management activities to post signs in certain areas when using certain traps.
Status: From Senate Committee on Tourism and Wildlife: Do pass on April 7
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Trent Ashby, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status: Committee report printed and distributed on April 7
PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES
Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Cathy Tilton, Member, Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to sport fishing services, sport fishing operators, and sport fishing guides; provides for an effective date.
Status: From House Committee on Finance: Do pass with substitute. Referred to House Committee on Rules on April 6
Introduced: 04/01/2015
Sponsor: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Member, Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus
Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation
Summary: Relates to donations of fish and game to food service programs.
Status: Referred to House Special Committee on Fisheries on April 1
Introduced: 04/01/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mark Neuman, Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Urges the United States Congress to enact legislation to clarify and recognize each individual state’s authority to manage the fish and wildlife within its borders.
Status: Hearing scheduled for April 8 in House Resources Committee
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Urges the United States Congress and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to take certain actions to reduce the impact of common ravens on the greater sage grouse population in this State.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 2
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Revises provisions governing the stamp required for the hunting of migratory waterfowl.
Status: To enrollment on April 2
Introduced: 03/17/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mo Denis
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Prohibits the sale or transfer of ivory under certain circumstances.
Status: Hearing held in Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Energy on April 3
Introduced: 03/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Hammond, Co-Chair, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to preserve the right to hunt, trap and fish in this state.
Status: Passed Senate on April 8. To Assembly.
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Directs State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish trophy trout lake pilot program; funds program with $1 surcharge on angling licenses; requires department to conduct study and surveys related to program and report to interim committees related to environment and natural resources no later than September 15, 2017; sunsets December 31, 2018; declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Work Session held on April 7
Introduced: 02/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Arnie Roblan, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Budget Bills; General
Summary: Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Fish and Wildlife for activities related to certain spring chinook salmon hatchery programs; declares emergency, effective July 1, 2015.
Status: Public hearing scheduled in Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on April 8
Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kretz
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires the department of fish and wildlife to update the 2011 wolf conservation and management plan to ensure the establishment of a self-sustaining population of gray wolves while also ensuring social tolerance of wolf recovery.
Status: Executive action taken by committee on April 7
WESTERN STATES
Introduced: 02/25/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jim Nielsen, Member, California Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013. Relates to bobcat trapping within, and adjacent to, preserves, state conservancies, and any other public or private conservation areas identified as warranting protection. Includes landmarks. Makes other nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Status: In Senate. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Water on April 6
Introduced: 02/27/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mark Leno
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Renames the Fish and Game Code as the Fish and Wildlife Code and requires that any reference to the Fish and Game Code in that code or any other code means the Fish and Wildlife Code.
Status: In Senate. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Water on April 6
Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Representative Edward Vigil
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Concerns increased spending authority for the division of parks and wildlife, and, in connection therewith, establishing the parks for future generations trust fund, amending the wildlife for future generations trust fund, and giving the division of parks and wildlife explicit spending authority over moneys received to mitigate or offset adverse impacts to the state’s parks and wildlife resources.
Status: In House. Read second time. To third reading on April 6
Introduced: 03/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Yeulin Willett
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Concerns a plan to study the available bear management tools year round to address bear-human conflicts.
Status: In House. Read second time. To third reading on April 6
Introduced: 01/19/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kirk Wagoner
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Clarifies that use of suppressed firearms to hunt certain wildlife is allowed under certain conditions; relates to guns and weapons.
Status: House concurred with Governor’s amendment on April 7
Introduced: 02/04/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dave Hagstrom
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Appropriates money for capital projects; provides for other matters relating to the appropriations; provides funding for dam maintenance; makes appropriations to the Montana University System; appropriates funds for forest management.
Status: To Senate Committee on Finance and Claims on April 1
Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Richard Martinez
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands; Angling Access
Summary: Relates to public waters; defines the scope of easement created by constitutional provisions regarding ownership of public waters, beneficial use of public waters and the right to acquire, own and protect private property; provides for lawful recreational access to public waters.
Status: Chaptered. Chapter No. 34 [Effective Rule] on April 3

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