Tracking the Capitols – Week of April 13, 2015

congsprtfoundTracking 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: Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 576 on April 13
Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative Tami Zawistowski
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Allows bow hunting on private land on Sundays.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment: Reported with substitute on April 10
Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative William Tong
Issue Brief: Hatcheries
Summary: Provides funding for states fish hatcheries; creates a task force.
Status: Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 577 on April 13
Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Wendell Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council 
Issue Brief: Budget Bills; Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Establishes a nonresident senior hunting license; authorizes a nonresident to purchase the license beginning in the calendar year in which the nonresident attains a certain age; establishes a certain fee for the license; alters the fee for a nonresident junior hunting license; requires the Department of Natural Resources to submit a certain report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before a certain date; provides for the termination of this Act; relates to nonresident senior and junior.
Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 13
Introduced: 02/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Nicholaus Kipke, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to issue a lifetime complimentary hunter’s license to an out-of-state person who certifies that the person is a former prisoner of war or 100% service connected disabled American veteran if the person’s state of residence extends similar privileges to former prisoners of war or 100% service connected disabled American veterans of this State; relates to reciprocity for complimentary hunting licenses for former prisoners of war or disabled veterans.
Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 13
Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Senator Joan Carter Conway
Issue Brief: Deer Management
Summary: Repeals the requirement that the Department of Natural Resources establish a program in Charles County and St. Marys County to train rifle shooters to hunt deer for the purpose of controlling the deer population; repeals the requirement that the Department give specified applicants priority to participate in the program; repeals a requirement that the Department report on the implementation of the program to the General Assembly on or before a certain date.
Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 13
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: Eligible for  Governor’s desk on April 10
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: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 13

New Hampshire H 336

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: From Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Ought to pass 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: Laid on table on April 15

New Hampshire S 182

Introduced: 01/08/2015

Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Provides that the license required for the sale of freshwater fishing bait includes aquatic invertebrates; this bill is a request of the fish and game department; 15-0931 10/08.

Status: Passed House on April 15

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: Passed House on April 15

New Hampshire S 222

Introduced: 01/08/2015

Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Drones

Summary: Extends the prohibition on harassment of persons hunting, fishing, or trapping and adds the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to the activities prohibited; relates to a request from the fish and game department.

Status: Passed House on April 15

SOUTHEASTERN STATES

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: Reconsidered on April 14

 

Alabama S 354

Introduced: 04/09/2015

Sponsor: Senator Clay Scofield

Issue Brief: Animal Traps

Summary: Provides that liability for injury or damage to persons or domestic animals of persons using traps or other similar devices to take, capture, or kill fur-bearing animals protected by the laws of this state would only apply on public land.

Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on April 9

 

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: To House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on April 2

 

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: To House Committee on Ways and Means on April 2

 

North Carolina H 159

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jason Saine, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Substandard Kennels

Summary: Transfers the animal welfare section and the spay/neuter program from the Department of Agriculture and consumer services to the Department of Public safety; provides for the regulation of commercial dog breeders under the animal welfare act; provides that the agricultural exemption to the sales and use tax does not apply to commercial breeding operations.

Status: Re-referred to House Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House on April 13

 

North Carolina H 640

Introduced: 04/14/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jimmy Dixon, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Anti; Budget Bills; Marine Protected Areas

Summary: Preserves the state’s outdoor heritage for future generations; amends various Wildlife Resources Commission laws.

Status: From House Committee on Wildlife Resources. Reported favorably on April 15

 

North Carolina H 736

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Representative Charles Graham

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Provides an exemption from hunting, trapping, and fishing license requirements for North Carolina American Indians.

Status: To House Committee on Wildlife Resources on April 15

 

South Carolina H 3118

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, 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 House on April 15

 

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: Placed on regular calendar on April 15

 

Tennessee S 1003

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rusty Crowe

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: From Senate Committee on Delayed Bills: Recommend passage on April 13

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES

Indiana H 1453

Introduced: 01/14/2015

Sponsor: Representative Sean Eberhart, Member, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: High Fence

Summary: Provides for the licensing and operation of hunting preserves on which farm raised and released cervidae are hunted; exempts licensed hunting preserves from the licensing requirements for game breeders and shooting preserves; provides that hunters on hunting preserves are required to have a special 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: Failed to pass Senate on April 14

 

Indiana SJR 2

Introduced: 01/14/2015

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: Passed House on April 14

 

Iowa S 427

Introduced: 03/09/2015

Sponsor: Senate Judiciary Committee

Issue Brief: Sound 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; strikes a provision that classifies/.

Status: In Senate. Filed amendment No. S-3117 on April 9

 

North Dakota H 1081

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jon Nelson, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Ill Youth Hunting

Summary: Relates to big game and turkey hunting licenses for youth with a life-threatening illness; provides for a legislative management study.

Status: Signed by Governor on April 9

 

North Dakota H 1197

Introduced: 01/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Curt Hofstad

Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands

Summary: Provides for a prohibition on the purchase of real property and easements for wildlife or conservation purposes with public funds.

Status: Signed by Governor on April 13

 

North Dakota H 1241

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Roscoe Streyle, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Authorizes an individual who lawfully possesses a short barreled rifle may hunt any game for which the individual is licensed and for which a rifle is allowed; provides a device which uses a projectile and voltage is a dangerous weapon; prohibits the possession of a firearm or dangerous weapon in a part of an establishment where alcoholic beverages are purchased and consumed; requires the disclosure to an applicant of a concealed weapon permit the reason of denial or the revocation of a license.

Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 10

 

North Dakota H 1409

Introduced: 01/19/2015

Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Relates to the funding and purposes of the outdoor heritage fund; provides an effective date.

Status: To Conference Committee on April 13

 

Wisconsin A 107

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: Passed Assembly. To Senate on April 14

 

Wisconsin A 142

Introduced: 03/27/2015

Sponsor: Representative Kathy Bernier, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Knife Definitions

Summary: Relates to going armed with a switchblade.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on March 27

 

Wisconsin S 102

Introduced: 03/27/2015

Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Knife Definitions

Summary: Relates to going armed with a switchblade

Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety on March 27

 

Wisconsin S 115

Introduced: 04/08/2015

Sponsor: Senator Jerry Petrowski

Issue Brief: Veterans

Summary: Relates to an exemption for disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart medal from the cumulative preference system for issuing wild turkey hunting licenses and tags.

Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting, Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on April 8

LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES
Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative Pat Verschoore, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; removes the prohibition on taking bobcats in the State; provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt bobcats with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, except during the open season which will be set annually by the Director of Natural Resources between 12:01 a.m., November 1 to 12:00 midnight, February 15, both inclusive; provides that the season limit for bobcat shall not exceed one bobcat per permit; provides that the pelts of bobcats shall be tagged.
Status: In the House. Balanced Budget Note filed as amended on April 15

Illinois S 106

Introduced: 01/28/2015

Sponsor: Representative Sam McCann, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; removes the prohibition on taking bobcats in the State; provides that before any person may lawfully hunt or trap a bobcat, he or she shall first obtain a specified permit; provides the fee for such permit shall not exceed a specified sum; allows the Department of Natural Resources to limit the number of permits that are made available each season.

Status: In the Senate. Placed on Calendar Order third reading on April 15

 

Missouri SCR 25

Introduced: 02/19/2015

Sponsor: Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Establishes the Missouri Wildlife Revitalization Task Force.

Status: Passed Senate. T the House on April 9

Oklahoma H 1652

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative Steve Vaughn, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to hunting licenses; changes effective date of the annual archery hunting license for deer for nonresidents; declares an emergency.

Status: Passed Senate on April 15

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: Passed Senate. Referred for Enrollment on April 15

Texas H 849

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Representative Chris Paddie, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus  

Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday

Summary: Relates to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.

Status: Left pending in Committee on April 7

 

Texas H 3481

Introduced: 03/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Craig Goldman, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus  

Issue Brief: Senior Veterans

Summary: Relates to a fishing license fee waiver for certain residents.

Status: Left pending in Committee on April 7

 

PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES

Alaska HJR 20

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: Referred to House Committee on Rules on April 13

Alaska H 137

Introduced: 03/06/2015

Sponsor: Representative David Talerico, Member, Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus

Issue Brief: Budget Bills; General License

Summary: Raises certain fees related to sport fishing, hunting, and trapping; raises the age of eligibility for a sport fishing, hunting, or trapping license exemption for state residents to 65 years of age; requires state residents to purchase big game tags to take certain species; provides for an effective date.

Status: From House Committee on Rules: Placed on the calendar on April 14

Nevada A 78

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Make various other changes relating to wildlife; revises the process by which the Board of Wildlife Commissioners establishes certain policies and adopts certain regulations; revises provisions governing programs for the management and control of predatory wildlife; revises provisions relating to the fees charged to an applicant for an elk tag; revises certain provisions governing county advisory boards to manage wildlife; revises the membership of the State Predatory Animal and Rodent Committee.

Status: Order Engrossed on April 10

Nevada SJR 11

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: Referred to Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining on April 10

Nevada S 417

Introduced: 03/19/2015

Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources Committee

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Prohibits the use of telemetry data to hunt or kill game mammals or game birds.

Status: Amended on Senate floor on April 14

Oregon H 2050

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

Summary: Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.

Status: Public Hearing scheduled in House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on April 16

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

Oregon H 3459

Introduced: 03/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative Ken Helm

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Increases frequency of days for which State Fish and Wildlife Commission may authorize persons to angle for fish or take shellfish without licenses or tags; establishes Oregon Fishing Experience Enhancement Subaccount in Fish and Wildlife Account; directs uses of moneys in subaccount; establishes Oregon Outdoor Activities Investment Planning Task Force; describes duties of task force; requires task force to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to environment and natural resources.

Status: Work Session held on April 14

Oregon H 3529

Introduced: 04/08/2015

Sponsor: Representative Val Hoyle, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Establishes Wildlife Public Education Advisory Council to advise State Fish and Wildlife Director on public education about wildlife; establishes Wildlife Public Education Fund; imposes surcharges on certain angling and hunting licenses issued by State Department of Fish and Wildlife; becomes operative January 1, 2016, and sunsets December 31, 2018; declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: Public Hearing scheduled in House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on April 16

Oregon S 517

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tim Knopp, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

Summary: Establishes free resident uniformed services appreciation hunting and angling licenses for persons who are residents of state and who are members of uniformed services.

Status: Public Hearing and possible Work Session on April 14

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: Hearing scheduled in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee on April 20

Washington H 1676

Introduced: 01/23/2015

Sponsor: Representative Shelly Short

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Understands the effects of predation on wild ungulate populations.

Status: Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on April 13

Washington H 2227

Introduced: 04/10/2015

Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Increases participation in recreational fishing by lowering licensure costs.

Status: To House Committee on Appropriations on April 13

 

Washington S 5881

Introduced: 04/10/2015

Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Provides a group fishing permit for certain programs for at-risk youth.

Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 13

 

WESTERN STATES
 
Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Frank Pratt
Issue Brief: General License; Apprentice Hunters License
Summary: Relates to the taking and handling of wildlife; revises provision regarding hunting guide licensure.
Status: Chapter No. 22 on March 30
Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides that the state fully occupies the field of the taking and possession of fish and game. Prohibits a city or county from adopting an ordinance or regulation for the taking or possession of fish and game. Provides that unless otherwise authorized by the Fish and Game Code or any other state or federal law, the commission and the department are the only entities that may adopt or promulgate regulations.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. Do pass as amended to Committee on Appropriations on April 14
Introduced: 02/17/2015
Sponsor: Senator Bill Dodd
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Appropriates funds from the Fish and Game preservation Fund to the County of Lake for the purposes of restoring Clear Lake wetlands, maintaining the water quality of Clear Lake, preventing the spread of invasive species to Clear Lake and controlling and eradicating invasive species in Clear Lake.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife: Do pass as amended to Committee on Appropriations on April 14
Introduced: 02/25/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jim Nielsen, Member, California Outdoor Sporting 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 Committee on Natural Resources and Water: Heard, remains in committee as of April 14
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: Printed, enrolled version available on April 14
Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bradley Hamlett
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Creates the Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Stewardship act; establishes the Montana sage grouse oversight team; provides duties and rulemaking authority; establishes the Sage Grouse Stewardship account; provides grant criteria; allows for compensatory mitigation; provides for management of conveyed lands.
Status: Senate refused to concur on House amendments on April 14
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mark Blasdel
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands; Apprentice Hunters Licenses
Summary: Revises laws related to youth hunting; creates an apprentice hunting certificate for those certain ages; provides qualifying conditions for an apprentice hunting certificate; provides for a certificate fee; extends a reduced license fee for certain persons.
Status: From House Committee on Judiciary: Do pass on April 8
Introduced: 01/27/2015
Sponsor: Senator Alonzo Baldonado
Issue Brief: Seniors/ Veterans
Summary: Relates to game and fish; provides for active duty military and veterans license discounts of fifty percent; reconciles conflicting amendments to the same section of law.
Status: Signed by Governor. Chapter No. 148 on April 10

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