Tracking the Capitols – Week of November 9, 2015

Tracking 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: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Antonio Cabral
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Establishes a department of agricultural resources and marine fisheries.
Status: Scheduled hearing pending for November 5
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kimberly Ferguson, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to a petition of Kimberly N. Ferguson and Stephen L. DiNatale by Mrs. Ferguson of Holden, for an investigation by a special commission to examine the status of wild striped bass in the Commonwealth.
Status: Scheduled hearing pending for November 5
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Peter Kocot
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the population and control of fishing for Bluefin Tuna.
Status: Scheduled hearing pending for November 5
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Peter Kocot
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Establishes rules and regulations for the fishing of herring within the Waters of the Commonwealth.
Status: Scheduled hearing pending for November 5
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Lori Ehrlich
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Prevents trafficking in ivory and rhino horns.
Status: Hearing scheduled for October 21
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Mannal, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus  
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Increases the penalties for violations of certain hunting laws.
Status: Hearing scheduled for October 21
Introduced: 03/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Provides that persons with traumatic brain injuries or neurological impairments be exempt from sporting, hunting, fishing or trapping license fees.
Status: Scheduled hearing pending for November 5
Introduced: 04/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Michael Moore, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Enhances the enforcement of illegal hunting practices.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligibly for Executive Session on October 28
Introduced: 04/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Donald Humason
Issue Brief: Ammunition
Summary: Relates to the lawful sale of ammunition.
Status: Hearing scheduled for October 21
Introduced: 09/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dan Itse
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Relates to taking game by crossbow.
Status: Withdrawn from further consideration on October 28
New Jersey A 4218

Introduced: 02/23/2015
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Revises certain laws concerning domestic violence and firearms; relates to the return of seized weapons; requires that a victim of domestic violence be informed of the availability of restraining orders and the authority of a private citizen to seek revocation of an accused person’s firearms purchaser identification card or permit to purchase a handgun; makes other changes.
Status: In Assembly. Read second time concurrence in Governor’s recommendation on November 9
Introduced: 08/10/2015
Sponsor: Representative Raymond Lesniak
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits possession, transport, import, export, processing, sale, or shipment of certain animal species threatened with extinction.
Status: From Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations as amended on November 9
Introduced: 02/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kathleen Marchione, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to fees charged for certain hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
Status: Amended in Senate Committee on Environment Conservation on October 23
Introduced: 03/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jim Marshall, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for unlawful devices and methods; in special licenses and permits; provides for permits for individuals with disabilities.
Status: To Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries on October 30
Introduced: 05/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Maloney, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Appreciation in School
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for eligibility for license; provides for hunter education in public schools.
Status: To Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries on October 30
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 on Second Consideration on November 16
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Frank Keller
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday
Summary: Amends the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, in tax for education; provides for exclusions from sales and use tax.
Status: In House Second Consideration on November 10
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: In Senate on Second Consideration on November 16
Introduced: 03/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dan Moul, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Access Private Lands
Summary: Amends the act of February 2, 1965 (P.L.1860, No.586), entitled “An act encouraging landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes by limiting liability in connection therewith, and repealing certain acts;” provides for liability for landowners to recreational users; provides for attorney fees and court costs.
Status: In House on Second Consideration on November 9
Introduced: 03/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jim Marshall, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for unlawful devices and methods; in special licenses and permits; provides for disabled person permits.
Status: In House. Laid on Table on October 20
Introduced: 05/11/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Maloney, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Appreciation in School
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for eligibility for license.
Status: In House. Laid on Table on October 20
Introduced: 11/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike Vereb
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the State Consolidated Statutes; amends, in riot, disorderly conduct and related offenses; prohibits the import, sale, purchase, barter or possession of ivory or rhinoceros horn.
Status: To House Committee on Consumer Affairs on November 9
Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Richard Alloway, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special licenses and permits; provides for dog training areas.
Status: In House. Read third time. Passed House on October 28
Introduced: 04/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Hutchinson, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for unlawful devices and methods.
Status: In House on Second Consideration on November 10
Introduced: 10/22/2015
Sponsor: Senator Ryan Aument
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for the offense of trespass on private property while hunting.
Status: To Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries on October 22
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: To House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee on October 28
Introduced: 11/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kionne McGhee
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive
Summary: Relates to conservation easements; deletes requirement that a property tax exemption for a conservation easement must be renewed annually.
Status: Prefiled on November 2
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:  To Senate Committee on Appropriations on November 3
Introduced: 10/19/2015
Sponsor: House State Affairs Committee
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Relates to environmental resources; requires the Department of Environmental Protection to provide a database of conservation lands; requires the department to submit a report by a certain date; relates to public access, water management pilot projects, minimum water levels, a multidistrict regional water supply plan, consumptive use permits, watershed protection, lakes restoration, funding plans, recovery and prevention strategies, basin action plans, public reports and use of treated potable water.
Status: Provisionally Filed on October 19
MIDWESTERN STATES
Introduced: 10/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bruce Rendon, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Relates to carrying a pistol or revolver without a license.
Status: In House. Read second time and amended. To third reading on November 10
Introduced: 03/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Provides for restitution to the state for the illegal killing or possessing of specified game.
Status: To Governor on November 9
Introduced: 03/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Dale Zorn, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Increases misdemeanor penalties for illegally taking or possessing specified wildlife.
Status: To Governor on November 9
Introduced: Introduced as SJR 22 on 01/13/2015
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status: Proposition 6 was approved via ballot measure on November 3
Introduced: 03/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kathleen Bernier, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Allows licensed physician assistants and advanced practice nurse prescribers to provide the information required to determine if a person’s disability qualifies him or her for a specialized annual hunting or fishing license; allows those prescribers to certify that a person’s sight is impaired for the purpose of obtaining a disabled person fishing license.
Status: To Governor on November 10
Introduced: 03/27/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kathleen Bernier, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Knife Preemption
Summary: Relates to going armed with a switchblade.
Status: Available for Scheduling on October 29
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: In Assembly. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate on November 3
Introduced: 05/27/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kathleen Bernier, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Prohibits a member of a group deer hunting party from using a youth carcass tag issued to another member of the party in order to kill an antlerless deer for the member of the party holding the youth carcass tag.
Status: To Governor on November 10
Introduced: 07/29/2015
Sponsor: Representative Nick Milroy, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the color of clothing required to be worn during the season for hunting deer with firearms.
Status: In Assembly. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate on November 3
Introduced: 09/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jesse Kremer, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Relates to trolling permits issued to persons whose sight is impaired.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on October 30
Introduced: 10/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting; Recruitment
Summary: Eliminates age requirements for participating in the hunting mentorship program; relates to hunting devices authorized to be used under the hunting mentorship program.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on October 15
Introduced: 10/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to back tag requirements.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on October 15
Introduced: 10/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative Romaine Quinn, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Animal Traps; Recruitment
Summary: Relates to a trapping mentorship program; relates to restrictions on taking or appropriating a trap or its contents; relates to requirements for tagging traps.
Status: In Assembly. Substitute Amendment No. 1 offered on November 10
Introduced: 10/30/2015
Sponsor: Representative Ken Skowronski, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to wild animal protection surcharges for game fish and a higher wild animal protection surcharge for certain animals of a larger size.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on October 30
Introduced: 04/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding
Summary: Commemorates the economic impacts of sportsmen and sportswomen in Wisconsin.
Status: In Senate. Passed Senator on October 20
Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Senator Roger Roth
Issue Brief: General License; Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Relates to the transfer of certain fish and game approvals to persons with disabilities; authorizes 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: To Governor on November 10
Introduced: 03/27/2015
Sponsor: Senator Devin LeMahieu
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the authority of physician assistants and advanced practice nurse prescribers regarding testing and information required for making disability determinations under certain hunting and fishing approvals issued by the Department of Natural Resources.
Status: Available for Scheduling on November 2
Introduced: 05/05/2015
Sponsor: Senator Frank Lasee, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to unattended decoys left in water.
Status: Public hearing held on October 28
Introduced: 05/08/2015
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement; General License
Summary: Relates to restrictions on hunting antlerless deer by members of a group hunting party.
Status: Available for Scheduling on November 2
Introduced: 10/29/2015
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Animal Traps; Recruitment
Summary: Creates a trapping mentorship program and creates exceptions to the general prohibition against taking or appropriating a trap belonging to another person.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on October 29
Introduced: 10/29/2015
Sponsor: Senator Fred Risser
Issue Brief: Animal Traps; Anti
Summary: Prohibits persons from setting, operating, or otherwise using a steel-jawed trap, a body-gripping trap, or a snare to trap an animal in a state park.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on October 29
Introduced: 10/29/2015
Sponsor: Senator Fred Risser
Issue Brief: Anti
Summary: Prohibits hunting in State parks.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on October 29
 
WESTERN STATES
There are currently no legislative updates from the Western region.

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