Tracking the Capitols – Week of Sept. 21

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.

Reminder: This Saturday, September 26, is National Hunting and Fishing Day. Celebrate the important role that America’s hunters and anglers play in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources and as economic drivers in their states. For a list of governor proclamations, state legislative editorials, and events near you, click here.
 
 
NORTHEASTERN STATES
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Guy Comtois  
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: I; increases the length of time for which a license to carry a pistol or revolver is valid; iI; allows a person to carry a loaded, concealed pistol or revolver without a license provided such person is not otherwise prohibited by law; iII; repeals the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver; 15-0798 04/09.
Status: Retained Bill – Subcommittee Work Session scheduled for September 17
Introduced: 09/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative James Spillane
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Relates to carrying a pistol or revolver without a license.
Status: Filed on September 8
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative 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 sustained Veto on September 16
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: Scheduled for Senate Consideration on September 28
Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mark Keller, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in game or wildlife protection; provides for unlawful activities.
Status: Scheduled for Senate Consideration on September 28
 
SOUTHEASTERN STATES
Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Representative Nelson Dollar    
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Makes base budget appropriations for current operations of specified state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.
Status: Signed by Governor (Session Law No. 2015-241) on September 18
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: In House. Placed on Calendar for September 24
Introduced: 03/30/2015
Sponsor: Senator Norman Sanderson   
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary: Amends the trapping law relating to conibear type traps.
Status: To House Committee on Wildlife Resources on September 22
MIDWESTERN STATES
Introduced: 03/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Increases restitution for the illegal killing or possessing of certain game.
Status: In House. To second reading on September 22
Introduced: 03/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Dale Zorn, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Increases penalties for illegally taking or possessing certain game.
Status: In House. To second reading on September 22
Introduced: 04/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Rebekah Warren
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Urges the Congress of the United States to restore Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $300 million for the fiscal year 2016.
Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources: Recommended passage (4-0) on September 17
Introduced: 09/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jesse Kremer, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 
Issue Brief: Senior; Veterans
Summary: Relates to trolling permits issued to persons whose sight is impaired.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on September 14
Introduced: 03/27/2015
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus   
Issue Brief: Knife Preemption
Summary: Relates to going armed with a switchblade.
Status: Available for scheduling on September 10
 
 
WESTERN STATES
Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Toni Atkins
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Makes it unlawful to purchase, sell, offer for sale, possess with intent to sell, or import with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn. Makes this prohibition enforceable by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Authorizes the imposition of an administrative penalty in addition to specified criminal penalties.
Status: To Governor on September 16
Introduced: 02/24/2015
Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Adds to the list of misdemeanors, the conviction for which is subject to a prohibition on possessing a firearm within a specified time period of a conviction, the petty theft of a firearm, carrying ammunition onto school grounds and receiving stolen property consisting of a firearm. Makes other technical, nonsubstantive changes.
Status: To Governor on September 11

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