Tracking the Capitols – Week of April 20, 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

Delaware H 97

Introduced: 04/21/2015

Sponsor: Representative Bobby Outten

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Allows a hunter to use a handgun in lieu of a shotgun on farms permitted by DNREC through their deer depredation programs to reduce agricultural crop damage.

Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on April 21

Maine H 182

Introduced: 02/03/2015

Sponsor: Representative Joel Stetkis

Issue Brief: Knives

Summary: This bill repeals the provision of law making possession or distribution of dangerous knives a Class D crime.

Status: Became Public Law No. 23 on April 16

 

Maine H 479

Introduced: 03/04/2015

Sponsor: Representative Karleton Ward

Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish

Summary: Proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to provide that the citizens of Maine have the personal right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, subject to laws and rules that promote wildlife conservation and preserve the future of hunting and fishing, and to provide that public hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife are a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.

Status: Work Session held on April 21
Maine H 506

Introduced: 03/04/2015

Sponsor: Representative Stephen Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish

Summary: Proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to provide that the right of the people of this State to hunt, fish and harvest game and fish, including by the use of traditional methods, may not be infringed, subject to reasonable laws and rules to promote wildlife conservation and management, to maintain natural resources in trust for public use and to preserve the future of hunting and fishing. It also provides that public hunting and fishing are a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.

Status: Work Session held on April 21
Massachusetts S 412

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes the use of shotguns during bear hunting season.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 1010 on April 15

 

Massachusetts S 414

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Relates to the use of crossbows in hunting.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 1073 on April 15

 

Massachusetts S 415

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting

Summary: Relates to bow and arrow hunting season.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 1074 on April 15

 

Massachusetts S 424

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting

Summary: Relates to bow and arrow hunting season.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 1099 on April 15

 

Massachusetts S 427

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Don Humason

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Relates to the use of crossbows in hunting.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 782 on April 15

 

Massachusetts S 429

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Don Humason

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting

Summary: Relates to Sunday hunting.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 1566 on April 15

 

Massachusetts S 440

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Jason Lewis

Issue Brief: Ivory

Summary: Relates to ivory and rhino horn trafficking.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 648 on April 15

 

Massachusetts S 1271

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Don Humason  

Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors

Summary: Relates to suppressors.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 1581 on April 15

 

Massachusetts S 1274

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Don Humason  

Issue Brief: Guns; Sporting Rifles

Summary: Repeals the ban on modern sporting rifles.

Status: Filed as Senate Docket 1602 on April 15

 

New York S 92

Introduced: 01/07/2015

Sponsor: Senator Patrick Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Eliminates the requirement that hunters wear back tags during hunting season in the state.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on April 22

 

New York S 829

Introduced: 01/07/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tom Libous

Issue Brief: General  

Summary: Eliminates the expiration of and makes permanent, provisions of law authorizing an individual to fish with up to 3 lines in freshwater.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on April 22

 

New York S 1625

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Thomas O’Mara, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Appreciation in School

Summary: Relates to hunting, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Education on April 22
New York S 4368

Introduced: 03/17/2015

Sponsor: Senator John Bonacic, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: Appreciation in School

Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; requires the commissioner of environmental conservation to promote education in hunting, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses.

Status: From Senate Committee on Rules on April 21
New York S 4761

Introduced: 04/15/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rich Funke, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   

Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday

Summary: Amends the Tax Law; creates a limited exemption of the sale of certain firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and hunting supplies from state sales and compensating use taxes.

Status: To Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations on April 15

 

Vermont S 138

Introduced: 03/16/2015

Sponsor: Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee

Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors

Summary: Relates to promoting economic development.

Status: To House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development on April 15

 

Vermont S 141

Introduced: 03/16/2015

Sponsor: Senate Judiciary Committee

Issue Brief: Generals; Guns

Summary: Prohibits a person convicted of a violent crime from possessing a firearm; require the Department of Public Safety and of Mental Health to report on the establishment of a Vermont version of the New Hampshire Gun Shop Project; require personal service notification prior to sale of firearms relinquished pursuant to a relief from abuse order; require the Court Administrator to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System established by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

Status: Passed House; To Senate for concurrence on April 17

 

SOUTHEASTERN STATES

Alabama H 130

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tim Wadsworth

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Establishes a special disabled person’s hunting license to be valid on a continuous basis during the period of total disability upon the payment of a $1 issuance fee.

Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry: Reported favorably with substitute on April 16

 

North Carolina H 159

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jason Saine

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: Passed House. To Senate on April 22

 

North Carolina H 638

Introduced: 04/14/2015

Sponsor: Representative Chris Millis

Issue Brief: Angling Access; Anti; Budget Bills; Marine Protected Areas
Summary: Directs the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Wildlife Resources Commission, to take action that encourages wetland mitigation practices supportive of public recreation and hunting on mitigation sites.

Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 20

 

North Carolina H 640

Introduced: 04/14/2015

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

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting

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

Status: Re-referred to House Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operation of the House on April 21

 

North Carolina S 374

Introduced: 03/25/2015

Sponsor: Senator Bill Cook

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Makes voluntary the requirement that a holder of a for-hire coastal recreational fishing license maintain a logbook summarizing catch and effort statistical data; delays implementation to allow the division of marine fisheries to conduct a stakeholder input and education process; forbids the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from entering into a joint enforcement agreement with the national marine fisheries service; relates to cooperative agreements by the Department.

Status: From Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources: Reported favorably on April 22

 

North Carolina S 647

Introduced: 03/30/2015

Sponsor: Senator Norman Sanderson

Issue Brief: Animal Traps

Summary: Amends the trapping law relating to conibear type traps.

Status: In Senate. Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee substitute adopted on Senate Floor on April 22

 

South Carolina H 3393

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Phillip Lowe, Co-Chair, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General; General License

Summary: Provides that a person shall obtain a federal migratory hunting and conservation stamp in addition to obtaining required state hunting licenses and permits; provides that the Department of Natural Resources may contract with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to make the federal migratory hunting and conservation stamp available through the license sales system of the department; provides for the endorsement of the stamp on state hunting licenses by the department.

Status: From Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry; Reported favorable on April 16

 

South Carolina H 3998

Introduced: 04/16/2015

Sponsor: Representative Robert Ridgeway

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

Summary: Defines the term hunting deer with a dog; provides that a person hunting deer with a dog must cause the dog to be identified with a collar; provides the procedure whereby a lost dog is returned to its owner; provides that the owner of a dog that trespasses on another person’s property is liable for civil damages; provides that it is unlawful to steal, harm, or kill a dog in pursuit of a deer that has identifiable owner information or remove or destroy any means of identifying or tracking the dog; provides.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on April 16

 

South Carolina S 592

Introduced: 03/25/2015

Sponsor: Senator 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: From Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry: Reported favorably on April 16

 

Tennessee H 1104

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tim 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: Passed Senate on April 22

 

Tennessee S 778

Introduced: 02/11/2015

Sponsor: Senator Mae Beavers

Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday

Summary: Relates to tax exemptions and credits; creates a Second Amendment tax-free weekend for sales of firearms, firearms ammunition, and firearms accessories made during the same time as the annual sales tax holiday.

Status: In Senate Committee on Finance, Ways and Means: Referred to General Subcommittee on April 21

 

Tennessee S 1237

Introduced: 02/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Mike Bell, Co-Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

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: Eligible for Governor’s desk on April 22

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES

Indiana H 1208

Introduced: 01/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Lloyd Arnold

Issue Brief:  General License

Summary: Allows the department of natural resources to establish a lottery system to allow an individual to purchase a license to take more than one antlered deer within a one year period.

Status: Public Law No. 22 on April 15

 

Michigan SR 22

Introduced: 03/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Wayne Schmidt

Issue Brief:  Invasive Species

Summary: Encourages the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee to fully consider all options, including complete hydrologic separation, to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and to move as quickly as possible to determine the best long-term solution.

Status: Passed Senate on April 22

 

Michigan SR 23

Introduced: 03/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Invasive Species

Summary: Encourages the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee to fully consider all options, including complete hydrologic separation, to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and to move as quickly as possible to determine the best long-term solution.

Status: Passed Senate on April 22

 

Michigan SR 25

Introduced: 03/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Invasive Species

Summary: Memorializes the Congress of the United States to pass legislation that authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement measures at the Brandon Road lock and dam to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

Status: Passed Senate on April 22

 

North Dakota H 1409

Introduced: 01/19/2015

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

Issue Brief: Conservation Funding

Summary: Relates to the funding and purposes of the outdoor heritage fund; establishes that the commission shall use the fund to provide grants to state agencies, tribal governments, political subdivisions, and nonprofit organizations, with higher priority given to enhance conservation practices in this state; provides access to private and public lands for sportsmen, including projects that create fish and wildlife habitat and provide access for sportsmen; conserves natural areas and creates other areas.

Status: To Governor on April 22

 

North Dakota S 2017

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Senate Appropriations Committee

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Provides an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the game and fish department; relates to governor’s proclamation concerning the hunting of elk; provides an expiration date.

Status: To Conference Committee: Report adopted by House and Senate on April 22

LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES

Illinois H 352

Introduced: 01/28/2015

Sponsor: Representatives 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; provides that the season limit for bobcat shall not exceed one bobcat per permit; provides that the pelts of bobcats shall be tagged; requires Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permits.

Status: To Senate Committee on Assignments on April 21

 

Illinois H 3235

Introduced: 02/25/2015

Sponsor: Representatives Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any person may use a crossbow to take any animal during the appropriate archery season.

Status: In House. Held on Calendar Order Second Reading on April 22

 

Illinois H 3669

Introduced: 02/26/2015

Sponsor: Representatives Avery Bourne, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that all crossbows used to hunt in the State must have a specified minimum peak draw weight and a specified maximum draw weight.

Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 20

 

Illinois H 3674

Introduced: 02/26/2015

Sponsor: Representatives Mike Smiddy, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person a specified age or younger may use a crossbow with adult supervision.

Status: In House. Placed on Calendar Order third Reading on April 22

 

Illinois H 3749

Introduced: 02/26/2015

Sponsor: Representatives Avery Bourne, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces shall be eligible for a lifetime fishing license, lifetime hunting license, and lifetime sportsmen’s combination license for half price after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States..

Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 17

 

Illinois S 1668

Introduced: 02/20/2015

Sponsor: Senator Chapin Rose, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person who is 16 years old or younger may use a crossbow.

Status: From Senate Committee on Assignments: Referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture Amendment No. 3 on April 21

 

Oklahoma H 1652

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative Steve Vaughan, 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: To Governor on April 20

 

Oklahoma H 1774

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative Charles McCall

Issue Brief: General

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: To Governor on April 20

 

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: From House Committee on Ways and Means: Reported favorably with substitute on April 16

 

Texas H 1040

Introduced: 01/29/2015

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

Issue Brief: Fishing Tournaments

Summary: Relates to the liability of certain sports officials and organizations.

Status: Placed on Local, Consent, and Resolution Calendar on April 21

 

Texas S 228

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Brandon Creighton, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Outdoor Gear Sales Tax

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

Status: Testimony taken in committee on April 21

PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES

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; relates to the fish and game fund; provides for the repeal of the sport fishing surcharge and sport fishing facility revenue bonds; raises the age of eligibility for a sport fishing, hunting, or trapping license exemption for state residents; raises the age at which a state resident is required to obtain a license for sport fishing, hunting, or trapping.

Status: To Senate Committee on Resources on April 16

 

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 certain provisions governing county advisory boards to manage wildlife; revises the membership of the State Predatory Animal and Rodent Committee.

Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly for concurrence on April 16

 

Nevada S 163

Introduced: 02/16/2015

Sponsor: Senator Scott Hammond, Co-Chair, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Creates the Advisory Council on Nevada Wildlife Conservation and Education.

Status: To Senate Committee on Finance on April 21

 

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: Hearing held in Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committee on April 23

 

Oregon H 2182

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study developing predator management plan for State of Oregon and to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly on or before September 15, 2016; sunsets January 2, 2017.

Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 21

 

Oregon H 2402

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Office of the Governor

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Establishes Task Force on State Department of Fish and Wildlife Funding; sunsets task force on December 31, 2016; declares emergency, effective on passage. September 15, 2016; sunsets January 2, 2017.

Status: To Joint Committee on Ways and Means on April 17

 

Oregon H 3515

Introduced: 04/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative Greg Barreto, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Prohibits State Fish and Wildlife Commission from including gray wolf on list of threatened or endangered species; declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: Public Hearing and Work Session held on April 16

 

Oregon S 803

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 held on April 20

 

Oregon S 913

Introduced: 03/04/2015

Sponsor: Senate Judiciary Committee

Issue Brief: Ivory

Summary: Creates offense of trafficking in animal parts; provides that knowing purchase, sale, offering for sale, possession with intent to sell or importation for purchase or sale in this state of ivory, rhinoceros horn, ivory products or rhinoceros horn products is offense; creates exceptions; makes first offense punishable by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment and by maximum fine of $1,250 or twice fair market value of ivory, rhinoceros horn, ivory product or rhinoceros horn product, whichever is greater; makes sec

Status: Passed in Senate Judiciary Committee with Do Pass recommendation on April 17

 

Washington S 5881

Introduced: 02/06/2015

Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson

Issue Brief: General License

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

Status: To Governor on April 20

 

Washington S 6112

Introduced: 04/20/2015

Sponsor: Senator Brian Hatfield

Issue Brief: General License

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

Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Parks on April 20

 

WESTERN STATES

 

 

California A 665

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. Provides that unless otherwise authorized by the Fish and Game Code, other state law or federal law, the Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are the only entities that may adopt or promulgate regulations. Requires the Commission to consider certain factors when adopting regulations relating to the taking of fish, amphibians and reptiles and to consider public health and safety.

Status: From Assembly Committee on Appropriations: To Consent Calendar on April 22

 

California S 223

Introduced: 02/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus

Issue Brief: Invasive Species

Summary: Requires the Division of Boating and Waterways to establish an advisory and oversight committee to monitor the activities of the division relating to the management and control or eradication of invasive aquatic plants.

Status: In Senate. Re-referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Water on April 20

 

Colorado H 1243

Introduced: 02/24/2015

Sponsor: Representative Ed Vigil, Member Colorado Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

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: Passed Senate on April 21

 

Colorado H 1304

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 Senate. To second reading on April 21

 

Colorado S 226

Introduced: 03/20/2015

Sponsor: Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting Licenses; Recruitment

Summary: Concerns the education requirements necessary to qualify for a license to take wildlife; requires a person to obtain a hunter education certificate in order to be issued a license to hunt in Colorado; requires the person to have a specified number of hours in a hunter education course; creates an apprentice program that allows a person who is at least 10 years of age to be issued a temporary certificate without hunter education if he or she is accompanied by a mentor who is at least 18 years of age.

Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources on April 22

 

Montana SR 30

Introduced: 03/11/2015

Sponsor: Senator John Brenden

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Confirms Governor’s appointees to the fish and wildlife commission; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to legislature; relates to public officers and employees.

Status: From Senate Committee on Fish and Game on April 21

 

Utah H 106

Introduced: 01/26/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Schultz

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Modifies commercial hunting area provisions; modifies age requirements and hunter education requirements; includes trial hunting authorizations.

Status: Chaptered (Chapter No. 200) on April 22

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