From: Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Tracking The Capitols - Sportsmen's Legislation for the Week of May 19
Date: Fri May 23 13:46:27 MDT 2014
Body:

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: In bold are sponsors who are members of their respective Sportsmen's Legislative Caucus.
 


Working with  
State Legislators
Updates For the Week of  

May 19, 2014     

Introduced: 2/21/2014
Sponsor: Senator Lois Wolk
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
SummaryRequires the expenditure of all federal grant moneys made available to the State under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act be consistent with the Act. Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to post a brief description of projects funded by moneys received from that Act on its Internet Web site. Requires the Department to consult with hunting advisory committees regarding any such project. Requires an advisory committee to review and provide comments on all State Duck Stamp Account projects.
Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly on May 19.

California S 1461
Introduced: 3/03/2014
Sponsor: Senator Loni Hancock
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary:  Provides that setting or maintaining traps that do not bear a number or other identifying mark is punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or by both, and that failing to visit and remove all animals from traps at least once daily is punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or by both. Exempts marine patrols, harbor police, and emergency personnel for the hours of watercraft operation requirements. Relates to the prosecution of a individual acting as an accessory in controlled substance crimes
Status: To Assembly Committee on Public Safety on May 19.  
 
Connecticut S 71
Intro Date: 02/11/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Internet Based Hunter Education Course
Summary:
Concerns on-line education options for boating and hunting safety; authorizes certain on-line boating and hunting safety courses.
Status:  Enrolled Public Act No. 14-170 on May 21. 

Connecticut S 241
Intro Date: 02/21/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Youth Licenses
Summary: Concerns youth hunting and fishing licenses, revising certain hunting and fishing license fees and requiring registration by hunting and fishing guide services; clarifies certain hunting and fishing license fees for persons sixteen and seventeen years of age, reduce certain fishing fees and establish a registration requirement for persons who conduct hunting or fishing guide services.
Status: Enrolled Public Act No. 14-201 on May 21.

Illinois H 5079
Introduced: 2/06/2014
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Rosenthal
Issue Brief: General License
Summary:  Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that beginning January 1, 2015 no trapping license shall be issued to any person born on or after January 1, 2015 or who has not previously held a valid trapping license within the 3 years immediately preceding the application unless he or she presents to the person authorized to issue the license evidence that he or she has a certificate of competency provided for in the Code
Status: Passed both Houses on May 21.
   
Louisiana S 119   
Intro Date: 03/10/2014 
Sponsor: Senator Francis Thompson, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: High Fence
Summary: Relates to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals; authorizes the adoption of rules regarding fencing requirements; provides for an increase in civil penalties
Status: Act No. 110 [Effective Rule] on May 16. 

Louisiana S 170 
Intro Date: 03/10/2014 
Sponsor: Senator Gerald Long, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief:  Invasive Species  
Summary: Relates to the release of certain game, fowl, or fish; relates to the liberation of pen-raised or wild animal, fowl, turkeys, and pheasants
Status: To Governor on May 20.   

Louisiana H 186
 
Intro Date: 02/17/2014 
Sponsor: Representative Cameron Henry, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors  
Summary: Provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.
Status: To Governor on May 20.

Louisiana H 1284
Introduced: 3/10/2014
Sponsor: Representative Jeff Thompson
Issue Brief: Seniors and Vets
Summary: Provides for a special season for residents who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces
Status: Passed House to Senate on May 20.
     
Intro Date 01/15/2014
Sponsor: Senator George C. Edwards, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Handgun Carry while Archery Hunting 
Summary: Prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from restricting specified licensed bow hunters from openly carrying a handgun under specified circumstances.
Status: Chapter No. 476 [Effective Rule] on May 15.

Maryland S 472
Intro Date: 01/27/2014 
Sponsor: Senator George C. Edwards, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:
Sunday Hunting
Summary: Allows a person to hunt any game bird or game mammal except wild waterfowl on a Sunday during the open season for that game bird or game mammal on private property or public land designated for Sunday hunting in Allegany County, Garrett County, and Washington County.  
Status: Chapter No. 506 [Effective Rule] on May 15.  

Intro Date: 01/27/2014 
Sponsor: Senator George C. Edwards, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:
Sunday Hunting
Summary: Relates to Allegany County, Garrett County, and Washington County; relates to deer hunting; relates to Sundays.  
Status: Chapter No. 57 [ Effective Rule] on May 15. 

Michigan S 869
Intro Date: 03/12/2014
Sponsor: Senator Geoff Hansen,
Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Revises bass season dates  
Status: Ordered Enrolled on May 20.

Minnesota H 2852

Intro Date: 03/06/2014
Sponsor: Representative David Dill, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
 
Issue Brief:  General
Summary: Modifies game and fish laws; relates to the use of vehicles for hunting, wildlife management areas, hunting and fishing license provisions and fees, invasive species provisions, bag limits, and disabled veteran licensees; authorizes nonlethal hazing of Canada Geese; provides criminal penalties.  
Status: To Governor on May 16.  

New Hampshire S 336
Introduced: 1/08/2013
Sponsor: Senator Bette Lasky
Issue Brief: General  
Summary: Prohibits baiting for deer on state-owned lands, and also prohibits feeding deer within state-owned land during deer season with foods known to be attractive to deer. The bill allows the executive director to issue special permits allowing baiting. 14-2776 10/06.
Status: Failed to pass House on May 19. 

New Hampshire H 256
Introduced: 1/3/2013
Sponsor: Representative Gene Chandler, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Establishes a voluntary hike safe card issued by the Fish and Game Department for the purpose of funding search and rescue response operations; removes the requirement that deputy conservation officers of the Fish and Game department serve a specified number of hours per month without compensation; establishes the commission to study opportunities and options to improve the sustainability of the Fish and Game Department.
Status: House refused to concur in Senate amendments. To conference committee on May 21.
 
Introduced: 1/8/2014
Sponsor: Senator Jeff Woodburn, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles
Summary: Allows fish and game conservation officers to enforce the motor vehicle laws of the state in the operation of snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles, and off highway recreational vehicles; relates to trespass on posted land and transportation of firearms for hunting.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on May 15.

New York S 7474
Introduced: 5/15/2013
Sponsor: Senator Phil Boyle, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; prohibits the hunting or taking of wildlife with the aid of an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on May 15.

New York A 1627
Introduced: 1/09/2013
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding
SummaryDirects the commissioner of environmental conservation to create gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on May 19.

Introduced: 5/15/2014
Sponsor: Senator Trudy Wade
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Clarifies the authority of local governments to adopt certain agricultural and environmental ordinances; relates to building and fire standards; relates to small businesses; relates to fertilizers; relates to air quality; relates to administrative hearings; relates to waste water; relates to well contractors and training; adds a provision related to the use of pesticides for moles. 
Status: In Senate. Finance committee substitute adopted on Senate floor on May 21.

North Carolina S 808
Introduced: 5/21/2014
Sponsor: Senator Bill Cook
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Supports the mariculture industry in North Carolina
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources on May 21.

North Carolina H 1050
Introduced: 5/15/2014
Sponsor: Representative Julia Howard, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Conservation Tax Incentive
Summary: Allows a taxpayer to carry forward a State net loss incurred in a prior taxable year and deduct in in the current taxable year; relates to property tax and appraisals of public service companies; provides standard deduction amounts for determining adjusted gross income; relates to agricultural exemption certificates; relates to taxation of service contracts; relates to the excise tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes and levies an excise tax on vapor products.
Status: Passed House.To Senate on May 21.  Introduced: 03/04/2014  
Sponsor: Senator Frank Ciccone  
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors  
Summary: Exempts law enforcement and military officers, and BB guns, air rifles, and antique firearms from the state prohibition against the sale of firearm silencers
  Status:  In Senate Committee on Judiciary: Committee recommends measure to be held for further study on May 22.
 
South Carolina S 1177
Introduced: 4/01/2014
Sponsor: Senator Greg Gregory   
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Relates to the establishment, operation, and maintenance of wildlife management areas; provides that certain acts or conduct that are prohibited may be allowed by regulation, that these acts or conduct are prohibited on state lakes and ponds owned or leased by the department and heritage preserves owned by the department.
Status: Passed House on May 16.

Introduced: 3/4/2014
Sponsor: Senator George E. Chip Campsen, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to the division of the state into game zones, small game seasons, small game bag limits, the open season for antlered deer, the bag limit on antlered deer, and bear hunting; decreases the number of game zones, revise the dates for the various small game seasons; revises the small game bag limits for the various game zones, revise the dates for the various antlered deer open season; relates to field trials in and permits for game zone nine.
Status: Senate concurred in House amendments
on May 15.

Introduced: 2/4/2014
Sponsor: Senator George E. Chip Campsen, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Animal Traps, General
SummaryRelates to hunting, fishing, or trapping without consent on the land of others; increases the penalties for these offenses.
Status: Passed House. To Senate for concurrence on May 20.

South Carolina S 1305
Introduced: 5/20/2014
Sponsor: Senate Fish, Game and Forestry
Summary: Approves regulations of the Department of Natural Resources; relates to seasons, limits, methods of take and special use restrictions on wildlife management area
Status: Placed on calendar without reference to Senate committee on May 20.

Tennessee S 1457
Introduced: 1/14/2014
Sponsor: Senator Jim Tracy
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to Special License Plates; authorizes issuance of a specialty license plate for the Cave Salamander; provides that the sale proceeds shall be deposited into the wildlife resources fund.
Status: Signed by Governor on May 19.
   
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