Tracking the Capitols – Week of Nov. 30

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

Massachusetts H 3822
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: To House Committee on Ways and Means on November 19

Massachusetts S 440
Introduced: 04/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jason Lewis
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Relates to ivory and rhino horn trafficking.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on October 28

New Hampshire H 500
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Burt, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary: Repeals provisions which prohibit the use of silencing devices for taking wildlife and impose penalties therefor.
Status: From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Majority reported ought to pass on November 12
From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Minority reported ought not to pass on November 17

New Hampshire H 505
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Burt, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides that rules adopted by the fish and game department for baiting shall allow persons with a disability to engage in baiting during any regular season in which baiting is permitted.
Status: From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Majority reported ought to pass on November 12
From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Minority reported ought not to pass on November 17

New Hampshire H 518
Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Kidder, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires that certain fees for licenses issued by the fish and game department be determined by rules adopted by the executive director under RSA 541-A and approved by the fish and game commission; 15-0746 10/04.
Status: From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources (Ought not to pass) on November 12

New Hampshire H 582
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: From House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety: Majority reported ought to pass on November 12
From House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety: Minority reported ought not to pass on November 17

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

New Jersey A 4820
Introduced: 11/16/2015
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Donna Simon
Issue Brief: Ammunition; Guns
Summary: Prioritizes application for firearms purchaser identification cards, permits to purchase a handgun, and permits to carry a handgun under certain circumstances.
Status: Filed on November 16

New Jersey S 3249
Introduced: 11/09/2015
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Taresa Ruiz
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires firearm retailers to sell personalized handguns.
Status: From Senate Committee on Law and Public Safety (3-2) on November 16

New Jersey S 3416
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

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 if seized by authorized personnel on property used for hunting.
Status: To Governor on November 30

Pennsylvania H 263
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. Laid on table on November 24

Pennsylvania H 283
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 on Second Consideration on December 3

Pennsylvania H 455
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. Laid on table on November 24

Pennsylvania H 544
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. Laid on Table on December 2

Pennsylvania H 698
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 Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate (50-0) on November 24

Pennsylvania H 1537
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

Pennsylvania H 1719
Introduced: 11/30/2015
Sponsor: Representative Barry Joswiak
Issue Brief: High Fence
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; provides for trespass on private property while hunting.
Status: Introduced. To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on November 30

Pennsylvania H 1722
Introduced: 11/30/2015
Sponsor: Representative Barry Joswiak
Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for dogs pursuing, injuring or killing big game.
Status: Introduced. To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on November 30

Pennsylvania S 77
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: Signed by Governor (Act No. 65) on November 24

Pennsylvania S 737
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 December 3

Pennsylvania S 1065
Introduced: 11/12/2015
Sponsor: Senator Marie Scavello
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides that hunting on Sunday is prohibited.
Status: In Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate (50-0). To House on November 24

Pennsylvania S 1070
Introduced: 11/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jim Brewster
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for prohibition on Sunday hunting; provides for regulation of Sunday hunting by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Status: To Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries on November 20

Pennsylvania S 1710
Introduced: 11/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Neal Goodman, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for antlerless deer licenses.
Status: To Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries on November 19

SOUTHEASTERN STATES

Florida H 501
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: Referred to House Committee on State Affairs on November 16

Florida H 7013
Introduced: 11/18/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to fish and wildlife conservation commission; revises penalties for violations of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) rules or regulations relating to control and management of state game lands, wildlife management areas, spearfishing, contamination of fresh waters, use of explosives in fresh waters, loaning or transferring license or permit to another person or using borrowed or transferred licenses and permits and swearing or affirming to false statements.
Status: Pre-filed on November 18

Florida S 158
Introduced: 08/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Matt Hudson
Issue Brief: 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: In Senate. Placed on Calendar on November 19

Florida S 194
Introduced: 08/31/2015
Sponsor: Senator Dorthy Hukill
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 November 18

Florida PCB 6023
Introduced: 11/12/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; defines the term fish and wildlife; revises penalties for violation of commission rules or regulations; relates to control and management of state game lands.
Status: Provisionally Filed on November 12

MIDWESTERN STATES

Illinois H 4337
Introduced: 08/10/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; authorizes certain hunters to wear solid blaze pink colored clothing.
Status: To House Committee on Rules on December 2

Michigan H 4983
Introduced: 10/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bruce Rendon, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Provides for prohibition on enforcement of recreational passport on free fishing weekends.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on December 2

Michigan H 5084
Introduced: 12/01/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Chirkun, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Modifies licensing fees for individuals over the age of 65.
Status: To House Committee on Appropriations on December 1

Michigan S 244
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: Signed by Governor (Public Act No. 187) on November 16

Michigan S 245
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: Signed by Governor (Public Act No. 188) on November 16

Ohio H 398
Introduced: 11/17/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Hill
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive
Summary: Requires that the computation of the capitalization rate for the purposes of determining the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) of agricultural land be computed using a method that excludes appreciation and equity buildup; stipulates that CAUV land used for a conservation practice or enrolled in a federal land retirement or conservation program for at least three years must be valued at the lowest of the values assigned on the basis of soil type.
Status: To House Committee on Rules and Reference on November 17

Ohio S 246
Introduced: 11/17/2015
Sponsor: Senator Cliff Hite, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive
Summary: Requires that the computation of the capitalization rate for the purposes of determining the Current Agricultrual Use Value (CAUV) of agricultural land be computed using a method that excludes appreciation and equity buildup; stipulates that CAUV land used for a conservation practice or enrolled in a federal land retirement or conservation program for at least three years must be valued at the lowest of the values assigned on the basis of soil type.
Status: To House Committee on Rules and Reference on November 17

Wisconsin A 112
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: Signed by Governor (Act No. 97) on November 11

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: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on November 12

Wisconsin A 243
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: Signed by Governor (Act No. 100) on November 11

Wisconsin A 291
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: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism on November 12

Wisconsin A 411
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: Public hearing held on November 17

Wisconsin A 415
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: Public hearing held on November 17

Wisconsin A 471
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: Public hearing held on November 17

Wisconsin A 526
Introduced: 11/18/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the open season for hunting raccoon; eliminates the requirement that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) establishes the open season for hunting raccoon earlier for residents than for nonresidents.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on November 18

Wisconsin A 527
Introduced: 11/18/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes a person to shoot to kill an animal wounded by another person while hunting; provides for youth hunting.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on November 18

Wisconsin A 544
Introduced: 11/24/2015
Sponsor: Representative Katrina Shankland
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Requires the Department of Natural Resources to establish a special wild turkey hunting program for certain disabled veterans.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on November 24

Wisconsin S 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: Signed by Governor (Act No. 98) on November 11

Wisconsin S 315
Introduced: 03/27/2015
Sponsor: Senator Richard Gudex
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to an exemption from civil liability related to the placement of certain structures in navigable waters and wetlands.
Status: In Senate. Amendment No. 2 offered on December 1

Wisconsin S 394
Introduced: 11/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Julie Lassa, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Requires the Department of Natural Resources to establish a special wild turkey hunting program for certain disabled veterans.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on November 20

WESTERN STATES

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