From: Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Tracking The Capitols - Sportsmen's Legislation for the Week of May 12
Date: Thu May 15 19:10:04 MDT 2014
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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 12, 2014     

Introduced: 2/21/2014
Sponsor: Senator Lois Wolk
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding, General
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: In Senate. Read second time. To third reading on May 13.

Introduced: 2/10/2014
Sponsor: Senator Cheri Jahn and Representative Don Coram, Members, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Range Protection
SummaryAuthorizes the Parks and Wildlife Commission to purchase property is Mesa County to build a multi-use shooting facility.
Status: To Governor on May 13.
 
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: Eligible for Governor's desk on May 7.  

Illinois H 5514
Introduced: 2/13/2014
Sponsor: Representative John Cavaletto, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that it shall be unlawful to take beaver, river otter, weasel, mink, or muskrat except during the open season set annually by the Director, and then, only with traps, except that a firearm, pistol, or airgun of a caliber not larger than a .22 long rifle may be used to remove the animal from the trap.
Status: In Senate. Placed on Calendar Order Third Reading on May 12.

Kansas S 357
Introduced: 2/10/2014 
Sponsor:  Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License 
Summary: Relates to hunting, youth hunter education, wildlife, parks, tourism, purchase of land and seizure of unlawfully taken wildlife; relates to owner property rights.
Status: To Governor on May 12.

Introduced: 3/10/2014
Sponsor: Representative Chris Leopold
Issue Brief: General
SummaryCreates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force within the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; prohibits compensation for appointees but authorizes reimbursement of expenses at the same rate as state employees; charges the task force with responsibility to coordinate efforts to increase production and marketability, study the decline in finfish marketability, assist in the development of a finfish inspection and branding program, and make recommendations to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
Status: House concurred in Senate amendments on May 12.
 
Introduced: 3/27/2014
Sponsor: Representative Jack Montoucet, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans
SummaryProvides for reduced hunting and fishing license fees for qualified retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Status: Ordered Enrolled on May 12.

Introduced: 2/18/2014
Sponsor: Representative Anne Gobi
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAuthorizes the use of shotguns during bear hunting season.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Ought to pass on May 13.

Introduced: 2/18/2013
Sponsor: Representative Anne Gobi
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Relates to the use of crossbows in hunting.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Ought to pass on May 13.

Introduced: 2/11/2014
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Removes prohibition on person holding a fur dealer's license from holding a license to trap beaver.
Status: In House. To second reading on May 13.
Introduced: 1/8/2014
Sponsor: Representative Benjamin Lefebvre, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Senior Vets
Summary: Provides that nonresident full-time students at a public or private high school, postgraduate program, or post-secondary educational institution in this state may purchase a hunting and fishing license at the fee charged to residents for the license.
Status:  Ordered Enrolled on May 14.
 
Introduced: 1/8/2014
Sponsor: Representative Steve Vaillancourt
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
SummaryAdds penalties for violations of trapping laws and rules which result in the injury or death of a domestic animal; requires trapping education for license applicants who have not health such license in the State during a specified time period; establishes a committee to study the administration of trapping laws and rules and the issuance of trapping licenses by the Fish and Game Department including education requirements and penalties for violations.
Status: House concurred in Senate amendments on May 14.
 
Introduced: 1/3/2013
Sponsor: Representative Gene Chandler, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding
SummaryEstablishes 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: From Senate Committee on Finance: Ought to pass on May 7.
 
Introduced: 1/8/2014
Sponsor: Senator Jeff Woodburn, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles
Summary: Adds a definition of a utility terrain vehicle used as an off highway recreational vehicle.
Status: Passed House on May 14.
 
Introduced: 1/8/2014
Sponsor: Senator Bette R. Lasky
Issue Brief: Deer Management, General
SummaryProhibits 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.
Status: From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Ought not to pass on May 8.
 
Introduced: 1/8/2014
Sponsor: Senator Jeff Woodburn, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles
SummaryAllows 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: From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Majority Reported Ought to Pass on May 8.
 
New Jersey A 2777
Introduced: 2/27/2014
Sponsor: Representative Joseph Lagana
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Defines reasonable deviations in the course of transporting firearms.
Status:  Passed Senate. To Assembly for concurrence on May 12.
Introduced: 1/16/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Louis Greenwald  
Issue Brief: Full Capacity Magazines  
Summary: Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; exempts firearms with .22 caliber tubular magazines from 10 round limitation.
Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly for concurrence on May 12.

Introduced: 1/9/2013
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: To Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on May 12.

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: From House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs: Reported favorably on May 8.

Introduced: 3/4/2014
Sponsor: Senator George E. Chip Campsen, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates 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: Passed House. To Senate for concurrence on May 13.

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: Amended on House Floor on May 14.

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: To Governor on May 8.

Vermont H 589
Introduced: 1/15/2014
Sponsor: Representative David Deen, Member, Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to hunting, fishing, and trapping.  
Status: Act. No 0116 on May 8.
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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 

 

Southeastern States Manager Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email bee@sportsmenslink.org

 

Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email chris@sportsmenslink.org

 

Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or email brent@sportsmenslink.org

 

Western States Manager Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email andy@sportsmenslink.org

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