From: Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Tracking The Capitols - Sportsmen's Legislation for the Week of April 7
Date: Fri Apr 11 16:40:53 MDT 2014
Body:
Tracking The Capitols
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, recreational fishing and 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  
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Updates For the Week of  

April 7, 2014     

Alabama H 356
Intro Date:
01/23/2014 
Sponsor:
Representative Mike Jones
Issue Brief:
General License
Summary: 
Relates to game and fish; provides for a resident daily state lake fishing license, a nonresident state lake fishing license, a nonresident family three-day fishing license; as disabled three-day fishing event license, and to amend Section 9-11-56.3, Code of Alabama 1975; provides for the public fishing pier and annual saltwater pier fishing licenses.
Status: Signed by Governor on April 8. Act No. 2014-340 [ Effective Rule]

Alabama H 403
Intro Date: 02/14/2014 
Sponsor: Representative David Sessions
Issue Brief: General, Magnuson-Stevens Act
Summary: Relates to the limits and boundaries of the territorial waters and submerged lands of this state; provides legislative intent regarding the limits and boundaries of the territorial waters of this state for management and protection of marine resources. 
Status:
Signed by Governor. Act No. 2014-243 [Effective Rule ] on April 2.

Intro Date: 02/27/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Becky Nordgren
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sport Tax Holiday
Summary: Relates to sales and use tax on firearms, ammunition, and firearm supplies; exempts for a limited period each year firearms, ammunition, and firearm supplies from state sales and use tax.
Status: Indefinitely postponed on April 1.

Intro Date: 02/13/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief:
General License
Summary:
Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a license to take any bird or mammal, upon payment of a base fee, to a resident or nonresident who is under 18 years of age on July 1 of the licensing year for which he or she seeks a license. Requires the department to issue a 2-day license to a nonresident who is 18 years of age or older upon payment of a base fee.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on April 8. Do pass as amended to Committee on Appropriations.

California A 2105
Intro Date: 02/20/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Relates to tags, stamps, and licenses for the hunting of antelope, elk, deer, wild pigs, bear, and bighorn sheep upon payment of a fee. Requires the department to authorize a nonprofit organization designated by the department to assist in the sale of these tags to retain a percentage of the amount of the sale price of the tag, plus any applicable credit card fees.
  Status: From Assembly  Committee on Appropriations on April 9. Do pass.

California A 2205
Intro Date: 02/20/2014
Sponsor:
Assemblymember Tim Donnelly, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief:
General License  
Summary: Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make a specified report to the Fish and Game Commission on the status of bear populations, management, and related issues every 3 years. Requires the commission to authorize the use of dogs for the hunting of bears during open deer season.  
Hearing: April 29, 8:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437
Status: To Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on March 6.

Colorado H 1275

Intro Date: 02/21/2014
Sponsor: Senator Cheri Jahn and Representative Don Coram, Members, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Shooting Ranges 
Summary:
Authorizes the parks and wildlife commission to purchase property to build a multi-use shooting facility using appropriated funds, non-appropriated grant funds, or federal moneys.    
Status: Passed House on April 8. To Senate.

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: Passed Senate. To House on April 9.

Connecticut H 5080
Intro Date:
02/11/2014
Sponsor:
Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief:
Sunday Hunting
Summary:
Concerns deer management programs on private property and authorizing bow and arrow hunting on private property on sundays; authorizes Sunday hunting of deer on private property with bow and arrow and to authorize landowners to take deer pursuant to professional wildlife management principles.
Status:
Reissued by Legislative Commissioner's Office with File No. 463 on April 9.

Intro Date: 03/04/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Tom Goodson, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; revises provisions relating to hunting and fishing licenses, permits, and authorizations, boating safety courses, and use of moneys collected from vessel registration fees; repeals provisions relating to certain spiny lobster licenses.
Status: In House. Placed on calendar on April 9.

Hawaii H 1902
Intro Date: 01/17/2014
Sponsor: Representative Cindy Evans
Issue Brief: No-Net-Loss
SummaryRequires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to make reasonable efforts to prevent the loss, destruction, or degradation of public hunting areas and, if possible, to preserve hunting land within specified public hunting areas; requires the department to make efforts to acquire lands to replace certain unavailable land; establishes a hunting advisory commission.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on April 8.

Illinois H 4329

Intro Date: 01/27/2014
Sponsor: Representative Jack Franks, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges  
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that the fee shall be reduced for all sport fishing licenses, salmon stamps and inland trout stamps for residents over 75 years old who are enrolled in the Benefit Access Program; amends the Wildlife Code; provides that the fee for a hunting license to hunt all species, State Migratory Waterfowl Stamps, State Habitat Stamps, State Pheasant Stamps, and State Furbearer Stamps shall be reduced for such residents. 
Status:
To Senate Committee on Assignments on April 7.
 
Iowa H 499
Intro Date: 03/11/2013
Sponsor: House Judiciary Committee
Issue Brief: Crossbows 
Summary: Directs the natural resource commission to adopt a rule permitting a resident to use a crossbow to hunt deer during the late season that is designated for taking deer by muzzle-loading rifle or pistol; provides that the commission shall prepare an application for a crossbow deer hunting license; provides that a person issued such a license must be otherwise qualified to hunt deer in this state and purchase a hunting license that includes the wildlife habitat fee and pay the one dollar fee.
Status: Passed Senate on April 8.

Kansas S 272
Intro Date: 01/16/2014
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources Committee 
Issue Brief:
Shooting Range Protection
Summary:
  Increases the limit on total of controlled shooting area acreage in a county.  
Status: Signed by Governor on April 4. 

Louisiana S 660
Intro Date: 04/01/2014 
Sponsor: Senator Dan Morrish, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species  
Summary: Allows for the hunting of outlaw quadrupeds from a helicopter
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 2.

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 Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 7.

Maine S 662
Intro Date:
12/30/2013
Sponsor: Senator David Dutremble, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Crossbows, Recruitment  
Summary: Amends certain provisions of inland fisheries and wildlife Laws.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 9.

Maryland S 231
Intro Date 01/15/2014
Sponsor: Senator George Edwards
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from restricting specified licensed bow hunters from openly carrying a handgun under specified circumstances.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 7.

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: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 7. 

Maryland H 262
Intro Date 01/20/2014
Sponsor:  Representative Wendell R. Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Relates to bow hunting; relates to possession of handguns for protection.    
Status: Second reading passed with amendments on April 7. To third reading.
 
Intro Date: 01/24/2014
Sponsor: Representative Wendell R. Beitzel, 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: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 7.

Intro Date: 03/17/2014
Sponsor: Representative William M. Straus
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes bow and arrow hunting on Sundays.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on April 9.

Intro Date: 01/24/2014 
Sponsor: Representative Bubba Carpenter, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species  
Summary: Prohibits the transportation or relocation of live wild hogs within the state; provides that the Laws shall not be construed to prohibit the transportation of domestic swine.
Status: To Governor on April 7.

Intro Date: 01/24/2014
Sponsor: Representative Herb Frierson, Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Makes an appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for the fiscal year 2015.  
Status: To Governor on April 7.

New York A 4002
Intro Date: 01/30/2014
Sponsor: Assembly Member Vivian Cook
Issue Brief: Wildlife Violators
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to the suspension of hunting and fishing licenses pursuant to the interstate wildlife violator compact.   
Status: From Assembly Committee on Codes on April 7.

Ohio H 234

Intro Date: 07/17/2013

Sponsor: Representative Cheryl Grossman, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 

Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors  

Summary: Allows a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a gun while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds.

Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Civil Justice on April 8.

Intro Date: 03/04/2014
Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Former President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucuses 
 
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 permit for game zone nine.
Status : Committee amendment adopted on House floor on April 3.    

Intro Date: 03/20/2014
Sponsor: Representative Brian White, Executive Council, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Guns, Knife Preemption  
Summary: Relates to the prohibition on political subdivisions regarding the regulation of firearms and ammunition; also prohibit the regulation of knives; prohibits political subdivisions from enforcing such regulations
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on March 20.
 
Tennessee S 1771
Intro Date: 01/16/2014
Sponsor: Senator Mike Bell, Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to Weapons; makes lawful the sale, transfer, ownership, possession and transportation of switchblade knives and knives with a blade length in excess of 4; increases from $3,000 to $6,000 the maximum fine for possessing a switchblade knife with the intent to employ it during commission of a dangerous felony; creates Class D felony of employing a switchblade knife during commission of dangerous felony
Status: Signed by Governor on April 8.

Tennessee S 1777  
Intro Date: 01/14/2014
Sponsor: Senator Mike Bell, Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to Game and Fish Laws; prohibits the use of drones to interfere with private citizens who are lawfully hunting or fishing.
Status: Signed by Governor on April 4.

Intro Date: 01/27/2014
Sponsor: Representative Mike Noel
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Amends provisions relating to Licenses, Permits, and Tags, by modifying hunting and fishing license expiration date provisions.
Status: Chaptered on April 7. Chapter No. 021 [Effective Rule].

Virginia H 307
Intro Date 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Appreciation in Schools  
Summary: Relates to after school hunter safety education programs for grades 7 through 12 students; permits local school boards to provide after school hunter safety education programs for grades 7 through 12 students in the school division; students are required to bear the cost of participation; requires local school boards that provide such programs to display information on the programs in each school and distribute information to the parents of each student.
Status:   Signed by Governor on April 4. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 560 [Effective Rule].

Virginia H 991
Intro Date 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Delegate Benjamin Cline
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges 
Summary: Relates to hunting and fishing licenses for nonresident disabled veterans; provides for reduced fee nonresident fishing and hunting licenses for veterans that are totally and permanently disabled as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Status: Signed by Governor on April 4.   Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 587 [Effective Rule].  
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Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email chris@sportsmenslink.org

 

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

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