Tracking the Capitols – Week of August 24, 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: 04/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative William Carson  
Issue Brief: General; Invasive Species
Summary: Provides that striped bass must be tagged by a commercial fisherman before being landed or put on shore.
Status: Signed by Governor (Chapter No. 165) on August 17
Introduced: 06/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Mitchell  
Issue Brief: Ammunition; Guns
Summary: Relates to the possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives in municipal buildings and police stations by non-licensed persons; provides municipal governments may adopt ordinances regulating the possession of firearms, ammunition, or explosives in police stations and municipal buildings; requires all areas to be identified by a conspicuous sign posted an the area’s entrance.
Status: Signed by Governor (Chapter No. 164) on August 17
Introduced: 06/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Mitchell  
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Establishes that county governments may pass ordinances regulating the possession of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, and explosives in county buildings and police stations subject to specific requirements; allows counties to establish penalties for violation by ordinance.
Status: Signed by Governor (Chapter No. 166) on August 17
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Theodore Speliotis
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Expands the fee exemption for renewing a firearm license to carry to include veterans.
Status: To Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on July 29
Introduced: 03/16/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Addie Russell, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   
Issue Brief: Angling Access; General
Summary: Extends provisions of existing law authorizing angling by a single individual with up to three lines in freshwater.
Status: Signed by Governor (Chapter No. 116) on August 13
Introduced: 08/12/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   
Issue Brief: Recruitment; Apprentice License
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to lowering the age for universal hunting licenses from 14 years old to 12 years old.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on August 12
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Matt Gabler, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to provide for unlawful hunting devices and methods; deletes a reference to any device operated by air, chemical or gas cylinder by which a projectile of any size or kind can be discharged or propelled.
Status: In Senate: Removed from table on July 13
 
SOUTHEASTERN STATES
Introduced: 08/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Santiago, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access; General License
Summary: Relates to identification cards and driver licenses; provides for persons status as lifetime freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, hunting, or sportsman licensee, or boater safety identification cardholder, to be indicated on his or her identification card or driver license upon payment of additional fee and presentation of persons lifetime freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, hunting, or sportsman’s license or boater safety identification card; provides waiver of replacement fee in certain circumstances.
Status: Pre-filed on August 20
Introduced: 08/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Matt Hudson
Issue Brief: Angling Access; General License
Summary: Relates to identification cards and driver licenses; provides for a person’s status as a lifetime freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, hunting, or sportsman licensee, or boater safety identification cardholder, to be indicated on his or her identification card or driver license upon payment of an additional fee and presentation of the person’s lifetime freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, hunting, or sportsman’s license, or boater safety identification card.
Status: Pre-filed on August 20
Introduced: 03/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Andrew Brock, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   
Issue Brief: High Fences
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 Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House on August 17

 

MIDWESTERN STATES
Introduced: 08/18/2015
Sponsor: Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright  
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans; Ill Youth Hunting
Summary: Provides for free all-species fishing license for individuals with a developmental disability.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on August 18

WESTERN STATES
Introduced: 02/23/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Marc Levine, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Declares that it is the policy of the state to encourage voluntary steps to protect the functioning of wildlife corridors through various means. Includes within the purposes of a conservation bank the protection of habitat connectivity for fish and wildlife resources. Provides that a project applicant may receive advance mitigation credits for investing in a mitigation bank that protects habitat connectivity. Provides for prohibited grounds for denying a permit or requiring additional mitigation.
Status: From Senate Committee on Appropriations: To second reading without further hearing pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8 on August 17
Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides the State fully occupies the field of the taking and possession of fish and game. Provides 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 consideration of certain factors when adopting regulations relating to the taking or possession of fish, amphibians and reptiles. Provides crimes for improper discharge of a weapon.
Status: In Senate. Read second time and amended. To third reading on August 18

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