Tracking the Capitols – Week of June 15

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.

NORTHEASTERN STATES

Connecticut H 6034

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment    

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting

Summary: Authorizes bow and arrow hunting on certain private property on Sundays; establishes that Sunday shall be a closed season except for hunting deer with bow and arrow on private property and for the purpose of trapping under these provisions; establishes that any person shall conduct such hunting only in deer management zones determined by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; requires any person to have the written permission of the private property owner where such hunting is conducted.

Status: Transmitted to Governor on June 18

 

Delaware H 25

Introduced: 01/14/2015

Sponsor: Representative Dave Wilson    

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to allow the harvesting of gray foxes and permitting of same.

Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on June 16

 

District of Columbia B 221

Introduced: 06/02/2015

Sponsor: Councilman Phil Mendelson   

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: (Emergency Act)To amend, on an emergency basis, due to congressional review, the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 to permit a person to register a firearm for self-defense in their place of business, to provide a Freedom of Information Act exception for pistol registration information, to specify application requirements for applying for a license to carry a concealed pistol, to specify the duration of such licenses and requirements for renewal of licenses, to establish duties of licensees, to prov

Status: Signed by Mayor (Assigned Act No. 74) on June 4

 

District of Columbia B 251

Introduced: 06/16/2015

Sponsor: Councilmember Mary Cheh    

Issue Brief: Ivory

Summary: (Permanent Law) Prohibits the import, sale, offer for sale, purchase, barter, or possession with intent to sell ivory and rhinoceros horns in the District.

Status: To Council Committee on Judiciary on June 16

 

District of Columbia B 930

Introduced: 09/23/2014

Sponsor: Councilman Phil Mendelson   

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: (Permanent Law) Amends the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975; permits persons to register a firearm for self-defense in their place of business; provides a Freedom of Information Act exception for pistol registration information; specifies application requirements for concealed pistol licenses, license duration and certain requirements for renewal; outlines duties of licensees; provides for revocation of licenses; creates a criminal offense of carrying while impaired; specifies penalties.

Status: Assigned Law No. 279 on June 16

 

Maine H 100

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Representative Gary Hilliard, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: Recruitment

Summary: This bill allows an adult holder of an antler-less deer permit to transfer that permit to a holder of a junior hunting license if the holder of the junior hunting license takes an antler-less deer while in the presence or under the supervision of the antler-less deer permit holder. Once the permit is transferred, the adult antler-less deer permit holder loses the right to take an antler-less deer under that permit.

Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on June 9

 

Maine H 479

Introduced: 03/04/2015

Sponsor: Representative Karleton Ward, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish

Summary: (Resolution) 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: Senate indefinitely postpones Committee Amendment on June 12

 

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: (Resolution) 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 wild…

Status: Senate indefinitely postpones Committee Amendment A on June 12

 

Maine H 633

Introduced: 03/11/2015

Sponsor: Representative Michael Shaw, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Wildlife Council for Public Education

Summary: This bill increases hunting license fees by $1 and directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to use that revenue on an annual basis to educate the public on the management of game species. It also directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to convene a stakeholders group to develop a 5-year public outreach campaign on the efforts of the department to manage game species, including a plan on how to use the increased revenue. The commissioner is directed to report.

Status: In Senate. Passed to be engrossed in concurrence on June 9

 

Maine H 958

Introduced: 05/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Gary Hilliard, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General License; Deer Management

Summary: This bill amends the inland fisheries and wildlife laws. Part A provides for the use of electronic licenses and permits. Part B requires ATV registration numbers to be displayed by means of stickers. Part C provides that, beginning January 1, 2016, a license holder, including a holder of a complimentary license, who hunts during a special season on deer implemented by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to maintain a deer population must be issued one antlerless deer permit and one…

Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on June 17

 

Maine S 94

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Representative Paul Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: College Student Hunting and Angling License

Summary: This bill provides that a nonresident enrolled as a full-time student in an institution of higher education in this State is eligible for any trapping, fishing, hunting or combination fishing and hunting license or permit at the resident fee and has the same privileges as a resident of this State in regard to trapping, hunting and fishing.

Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on June 9

 

Maine S 298

Introduced: 03/09/2015

Sponsor: Representative David Burns

Issue Brief: Deer Management

Summary: Requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to adopt an antler point restriction system to increase the population of older antlered deer in the State; directs the Commissioner to adopt rules to implement and enforce the system.

Status: Vetoed by Governor on June 12

 

Maine S 313

Introduced: 03/11/2015

Sponsor: Senator Paul Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Current law authorizes the Chief of the State Police to grant reciprocity to a permit to carry a concealed handgun issued from another state if the other state has substantially equivalent or stricter requirements for the issuance of a permit and the other state observes the same rules of reciprocity regarding a person issued a permit under Maine law. This bill removes the authority of the Chief of the State Police to enter into reciprocity agreements and eliminates the required equivalency/.

Status: Signed by Governor (Public Law No. 144) on June 5

 

Maine S 333

Introduced: 03/12/2015

Sponsor: Senator Garrett Mason, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors

Summary: Accomplishes the following. 1. It removes the prohibition on the use of firearm noise suppression devices when hunting and provides that a person who is otherwise lawfully hunting may use such devices. 2. It establishes a procedure for a person to obtain a chief law enforcement officer’s certification under federal law for the approval of an application to transfer or make a firearm, requires that the certification be provided in a timely fashion unless the applicant is ineligible, limits the personal.

Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on June 12

 

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: Signed by Governor (Chapter No. 2015-123) on June 8

 

New Hampshire S 116

Introduced: 01/08/2015

Sponsor: Senator Jeb Bradley

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a pistol or revolver is valid; allows a person to carry a loaded concealed weapon without a license unless such person is prohibited by New Hampshire statute; requires the director of the division of state police to negotiate and enter into agreements with other jurisdictions to recognize in those jurisdictions the validity of the license to carry within the state; repeals the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver.

Status: Senate concurred in House amendments on June 4

New Jersey A 4025

Introduced: 12/18/2015

Sponsor: Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo

Issue Brief: Apprentice Fishing License

Summary: Creates Fishing Buddy License.

Status: Substitute on Assembly floor on June 11

New York A 53

Introduced: 01/07/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Amy Paulin

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Enacts Nicholas’s law; requires the safe storage of all weapons, either in a safe or with a locking device, and provides penalties for simple and complex violations; requires notices to be furnished upon transfer of weapons and issuance/renewal of licenses; defines weapons to mean rifles, shotguns, and firearms.

Status: To Senate Committee on Rules on June 16

 

New York A 6108

Introduced: 03/16/2015

Sponsor: Representative Addie Russell, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Extends effectiveness of provisions authorizing angling by a single individual with up to three lines in freshwater.

Status: Passed Senate on June 15

 

New York A 6192

Introduced: 03/16/2015

Sponsor: Representative Michelle Schimel

Issue Brief: Microstamping

Summary: Amends the Penal Law; requires semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in this state to be capable of microstamping ammunition; establishes fines for violations of this requirement and provides for an affirmative defense if the dealer had a certification from the manufacturer.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on June 15

 

New York A 7220

Introduced: 04/28/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

Summary: Provides that dogs engaged in hunting and training as authorized by the environmental conservation law, shall not be deemed to be running at large in violation of any local law or ordinance.

Status: Substituted by S3440A on June 16

 

New York A 8021

Introduced: 06/04/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to crossbow hunting.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on June 4

 

New York S 3199

Introduced: 02/03/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tony Avella

Issue Brief: Knife Definitions

Summary: Amends the Penal Law; includes machetes within the definition of a deadly weapon.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on June 9

 

New York S 3440

Introduced: 02/09/2015

Sponsor: Senator Catharine Young

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

Summary: Amends the Agriculture and Markets Law; provides that dogs engaged in hunting and training as authorized by the environmental conservation law, shall not be deemed to be running at large in violation of any local law or ordinance.

Status: Passed Assembly on June 16

 

New York S 5817

Introduced: 06/04/2015

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

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to crossbow hunting.

Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on June 4

 

New York S 8061

Introduced: 02/03/2015

Sponsor: Assemblyman William Magee, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Outdoor Sports Tax Holiday

Summary: Amends the Tax Law; enacts the New York state sportsmen’s weekend act and 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 Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on June 5

 

Pennsylvania S 77

Introduced: 01/14/2015

Sponsor: Senator Richard Alloway, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special licenses and permits; provides for dog training areas.

Status: In Senate. Read first time on June 16

SOUTHEASTERN STATES

 

Alabama H 130

Introduced: 03/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tim Wadsworth

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

Summary: Provides for the annual issuance of hunting licenses to persons with disabilities for a reduced license fee; requires fishing licenses to be issued annually to persons with disabilities and to charge a reduced annual license fee; establishes that an annual resident hunting or freshwater fishing license for a person with a disability shall entitle the license holder to all of the privileges of the wildlife heritage license; relates to any person who is totally and permanently disabled and receiving benefits.

Status: Signed by Governor (Act No. 2015-455) on June 11

 

Florida H 15

Introduced: 06/01/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jim Boyd, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: Budget Bills

Summary: Relates to implementation of water and land conservation constitutional amendment; terminates obsolete trust funds & provides for disposition of balances; revises distributions of documentary stamp tax revenues into certain trust funds; revises distributions of revenues upon sale of certain lands; reenacts the Land Acquisition Trust Fund; deletes obsolete provisions relating to use of bond & trust fund proceeds; conforms provisions.

Status: In House. Laid on table on June 4

 

Florida H 7021

Introduced: 03/03/2015

Sponsor: House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee

Issue Brief: Angling Access; General

Summary: Relates to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; requires personal floatation devices be used in specified circumstances; authorizes citizen support organizations to receive funds from the commission under certain circumstances; specifies requirements related to tarpon tags, saltwater products licenses, dealers and buyers of certain hides and furs, those engaged in the taking of alligators or their eggs and alligator products; provides penalties for the feeding of wildlife and freshwater fish.

Status: Signed by Governor on June 11

 

Florida S 2516

Introduced: 06/01/2015

Sponsor: Senator Tom Lee

Issue Brief: Budget Bills

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; provides for the disposition of balances in the trust funds; requires the Department of Environmental Protection to pay all outstanding debts or obligations of the terminated trust funds.

Status: To Conference Committee on June 5

 

North Carolina H 640

Introduced: 04/14/2015

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

Issue Brief: Budget Bills; Marine Protected Areas

Summary: Amends various Wildlife Resources Commission laws; establishes the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council; provides membership and duties for the Council; modifies the three strikes rule for hunting on posted property and review suspension of hunting privileges for negligence; relates to method of taking on Sunday; exempts landowners from civil liability for giving permission to retrieve hunting dogs; relates to firearm regulations.

Status: In House. Conference Committee Report adopted by the House on June 18

 

North Carolina S 112

Introduced: 02/25/2015

Sponsor: Senator Bill Cook, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Urges all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture.

Status: Signed by Governor (Session Law No. 2015-63) on June 11

 

North Carolina S 374

Introduced: 03/25/2015

Sponsor: Senator Bill Cook, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

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: Re-referred to House Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House on June 11

 

North Carolina S 513

Introduced: 03/26/2015

Sponsor: Senator Andrew Brock

Issue Brief: High Fence

Summary: Provides regulatory relief to the agricultural community by providing for various transportation and environmental reforms; revises the Horse Industry Promotion Act; increases caps on duration and amount of an assessment; establishes that the Council may conduct a referendum among horse owners upon the question of whether an assessment shall be levied; conforms compensation paid to an agricultural worker to federal wage withholding standards; modifies oversize vehicle permit restrictions.

Status: Re-referred to House Committee on Finance on June 10

 

North Carolina S 674

Introduced: 03/30/2015

Sponsor: Senator Norman Sanderson

Issue Brief: Animal Traps

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

Status: Re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance on June 10

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES

Iowa HJR 12

Introduced: 06/05/2015

Sponsor: Representative Chuck Isenhart

Issue Brief: Conservation Funding

Summary: Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa relating to the funding of the natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund.

Status: In House Committee on Ways and Means on June 5

 

Iowa HSB 256

Introduced: 06/05/2015

Sponsor: House Ways and Means Committee

Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax

Summary: Makes changes relating to state taxes and revenue by creating an alternative base income tax and modifying the state sales and use tax rates and the distribution of revenues from the natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund; relates to state sales and use taxes and to an amendment to the Iowa Constitution ratified on November 2, 2010, 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…

Status: In House Committee on Ways and Means on June 5

 

Iowa S 494

Introduced: 04/22/2015

Sponsor: Senate Appropriations Committee

Issue Brief: Budget Bills

Summary: Relates to agriculture and natural resources by making appropriations for the fiscal years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 to support related entities, including the Department of Agriculture and land stewardship , the Department of Natural Resources , and Iowa State University; appropriates moneys to DALS and The appropriations are made to support those departments for administration, regulation, and support of programs; requires the departments to submit quarterly reports to the General Assembly.

Status: To Governor on June 5

 

Iowa S 504

Introduced: 05/04/2015

Sponsor: Senate Ways and Means Committee

Issue Brief: Conservations Sales Tax

Summary: Relates to state sales and use taxes and to an amendment to the Iowa Constitution ratified on November 2, 2010, 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; provides that the fund is codified pursuant to the amendment, the amount credited…

Status: To Senate Committee on Ways and Means on June 5

 

Michigan H 4682

Introduced: 06/04/2015

Sponsor: Representative Robert Kosowski, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to natural resources; provides first preference to veterans in lotteries for hunting.

Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on June 4

 

Michigan S 371

Introduced: 06/04/2015

Sponsor: Senator Steve Bieda

Issue Brief: Ivory

Summary: Prohibits importation, sale, purchase, barter, or possession with intent to sell of ivory, ivory product, rhinoceros horn, or rhinoceros horn product; prohibits the sale, purchase, barter, or possession with intent to sell of ivory or rhinoceros horn or products thereof; authorizes the issuance of permits; provides for the powers and duties of state governmental officers and agencies; requires the seizure of certain items and provides for their disposition; provides penalties and remedies.

Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on June 4

 

Wisconsin A 107

Introduced: 03/20/2015

Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donations

Summary: Authorizes reimbursement to counties for the costs incurred in processing and donating certain wild turkeys.

Status: In Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate on June 9

 

Wisconsin A 142

Introduced: 03/27/2015

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

Issue Brief: Knife Definitions

Summary: Relates to going armed with a switchblade.

Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on June 4

 

Wisconsin A 187

Introduced: 04/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Dianne Hasselbein, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   

Issue Brief: Seniors; 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: Public Hearing held on June 10

 

Wisconsin A 243

Introduced: 05/27/2015

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

Issue Brief: Enforcement

Summary: Relates to restrictions on hunting antlerless deer by members of a group hunting party.

Status: Public Hearing held on June 10

 

Wisconsin S 20

Introduced: 02/03/2015

Sponsor: Senator Roger Roth    

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Relates to transfer of certain fish and game approvals to persons with disabilities; relates to the transfer of Class A bear licenses to persons awarded the Purple Heart or serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly on June 9

 

Wisconsin S 79

Introduced: 03/23/2015

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

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donations

Summary: Authorizes reimbursement to counties for the costs incurred in processing and donating certain wild turkeys.

Status: Laid on the table on June 9

 

LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES

Louisiana H 352

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Walt Leger III, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Provides for approval by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for an reclamation or purchase of land for integrated coastal protection projects; provides relative to the administrative responsibility for reclamation of lands lost through erosion, compaction, subsidence, and sea level rise.

Status: Signed by Governor (Act No. 72) on June 5

 

Louisiana S 210

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Neil Riser, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donations

Summary: Provides for the administration and uses of monies in the Hunters for the Hungry Account.

Status: To Governor on June 9

 

Louisiana S 212

Introduced: 04/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rick Ward

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes bowhunters to carry any caliber firearm on their person while hunting with a bow.

Status: To Governor on June 9

 

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: Signed by Governor June 9

 

Texas H 1925

Introduced: 02/25/2015

Sponsor: Representative Charlie Geren, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to the transfer of the State Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program to the Parks and Wildlife Department.

Status: Signed by Governor June 10

 

PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES

Oregon H 2182

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Requires the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study developing a predator management plan for the State of Oregon and to report to certain interim committees of the Legislative Assembly on or before a specified date.

Status: Enacted (Chapter No. 363) on June 15

 

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.

Status: Work Session held. Returned to Full Committee on June 17

 

Oregon H 3012

Introduced: 02/13/2015

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

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Establishes Oregon Hatchery Research Center Fund; requires moneys in fund to be used for research projects recommended by Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board; requires unexpended and unobligated balance in Oregon Hatchery Research Center Fund as of July 1 of each year to be transferred to Hatchery Construction Fund; establishes Hatchery Construction Fund; designates uses of fund; sunsets January 2, 2026; establishes surcharge on angling licenses and additional commercial ad valorem catch fee on fish.

Status: Work Session held. Returned to Full Committee on June 17

 

Oregon S 779

Introduced: 02/26/2015

Sponsor: Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Issue Brief: General License; Seniors; Veterans

Summary: Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study expanding application of laws that consider members of uniformed services residents for licensing purposes and present report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to environment and natural resources on or before September 15, 2016; sunsets January 2, 2016.

Status: Signed by Governor on June 16

 

WESTERN STATES

 

 

California A 96

Introduced: 01/17/2015

Sponsor: Assembly Member Toni Atkins

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Prohibits a person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, possessing with intent to sell, or importing with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn. Makes this prohibition enforceable by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Makes a violation a misdemeanor subject to specified criminal penalties.

Status: Hearing Scheduled for June 23

 

California A 499

Introduced: 02/23/2015

Sponsor: Assembly Member Ken Cooley, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes a person with a valid license to carry a firearm capable of being concealed on the person, consistent with the terms of that license, while engaged in the taking of deer with bow and arrow as long as he or she does not take or attempt to take deer with the firearm.

Status: Hearing scheduled for June 23

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: Hearing Scheduled for June 23

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