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.

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Note: Bill sponsors who are members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses are noted in bold.

Due to the high volume of legislation, Tracking the Capitols only includes bills that have had status updates within the last week. With questions about specific bills, please contact your regional CSF staff member.
Updates for the week of 
April 3, 2017

NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 04/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Steve Smyk, Member, Delaware Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary: Permits properly licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers to possess and store destructive weapons in this State and engage in activities associated with the sale and delivery of such weapons to (or from) qualified purchasers. All other changes made by this Act are technical corrections to conform the existing law to the guidelines of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.
Status: Introduced. To House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on April 4
 
Introduced: 03/16/2017
Sponsor: Senator Gary Simpson, Member, Delaware Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General 
Summary : Allows a hunter to use a handgun in lieu of a shotgun on farms permitted by DNREC through their Deer depredation programs to reduce agricultural crop damage.
Status: Senate Amendment SA 1 placed with bill. From Senate Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Energy on April 5
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Peter A. Lyford, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  This bill makes the following changes to the fish and wildlife licensing laws. 1. It eliminates the $50 examination fee for a taxidermy license. 2. It clarifies the length of the period of time during which a person who has obtained a moose hunting permit is ineligible to obtain another permit. 3. It authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to issue a complimentary group fishing license to a person or entity that allows a group of persons with disabilities to fish in a location for a period of time as specified on the license.
Status: Work session held on March 30
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Gary L. Hilliard, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Specifies that hunters under 8 years of age may not hunt moose but may purchase applications for moose hunting permits in order to accrue points in the public chance drawing for moose permits.
Status: Work session held on April 4

Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Representative Roland Danny Martin, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Repeals the prohibition on the exchange for consideration of a moose permit in a designated hunting area, zone or season for another moose permit in a different designated hunting area, zone or season; requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish an online transfer system for moose permits through which transfers of designated hunting areas, zones or seasons may be accomplished.
Status: Work session held on April 4

Maine H 486
Introduced: 02/24/2017
Sponsor: Representative Roland Danny Martin, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Doubles the number of moose permits for auction by conservation organizations from 10 permits to 20 permits and directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to disburse at least 50% of the revenue from the auction to conservation organizations for the purpose of operating youth day camps.
Status: Work session held on April 4

Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen S. Stanley
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Amends the law regarding the number of moose permits made available through a chance drawing to hunting outfitters, which is currently calculated as 10% of the number of permits made available in the public chance drawing above 3,140; sets the number of moose permits made available to hunting outfitters at 10% of the number of permits in excess of the average number of permits made available in the public chance drawing per year since 1982 or 100, whichever is greater.
Status: Work session held on April 4

Introduced: 04/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Lloyd C. Herrick
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary: Currently, the only nonconcealed firearm permit that the Commissioner of Public Safety grants to a person convicted of certain crimes, formerly known as felonies, is a permit to possess a black powder weapon, also known as a muzzle-loading firearm. This bill repeals the provisions in law allowing a person convicted of certain crimes that involve the use of a firearm against a person or any other dangerous person to obtain a permit to carry a nonconcealed firearm 5 years after the discharge of the person's sentence through an application process with the commissioner.
Status: Filed as LR 1709 on April 4

Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Paul T. Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Restricts eligibility to apply for a moose hunting permit to residents, nonresidents and aliens 8 years of age and older.
Status: Work session held on April 4

Introduced: 02/07/2017
Sponsor: Senator David Miramant
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  This bill, using language modeled on the law regarding permits to carry concealed handguns, requires a person attempting to purchase a firearm to present the seller with proof of having successfully completed military firearms training or an approved firearm safety course. The bill also provides that a person may meet this requirement by presenting proof of having satisfied the handgun safety course requirements for a permit to carry concealed handguns.
Status: In Senate. Placed in Legislative File (dead) on April 4

Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senator Eric Brakey
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Eliminates the provision of law that requires a person lawfully in possession of a concealed handgun without a permit during the course of a detainment or routine traffic stop to inform the law enforcement officer that the person is in possession of the handgun.
Status: In Senate. Placed in Legislative File (dead) on April 4
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Meagan Simonaire
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Provides for complimentary hunting and fishing licenses to active military, former prisoners of war, recipients of the Purple Heart Award and disabled veterans; requires verification; requires the Department of Natural Resources to submit a certain report to the Governor and General Assembly.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on April 5
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Ned Carey, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Requires the Department of Natural Resources to establish certain programs to provide discounted angler's licenses and trout stamps, Chesapeake Bay and coastal sport fishing licenses, and hunting licenses and associated State-issued stamps and permits to State residents who are recipients of the Purple Heart award; requires the Department to submit a certain report to the Governor and the General Assembly.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on April 5
 
Introduced: 01/18/2017
Sponsor: House Environment and Transportation Committee
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding 
Summary: Clarifies the authorized uses of the State Wildlife Management and Protection Fund; repeals specified requirements that the Department of Natural Resources use specified funds from specified hunting license sales for specified purposes; requires a person who harvests a game bird or mammal to report the harvest in accordance with specified regulations.
Status: Passed Senate. Eligible for Governor's desk on April 5
 
Introduced: 01/19/2017
Sponsor: St. Mary's County Delegation
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Repeals specified provisions of law that relate to trapping or shooting specified foxes or shooting or molesting specified hounds in St. Mary's County.
Status: From Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs: reported favorably on April 5
 
Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Shane Robinson
Issue Brief: Fishing Tournaments
Summary: Prohibits a person from sponsoring, conducting, or participating in a cownose ray fishing contest in State waters; requires the Secretary of Natural Resources to adopt specified regulations.
Status: Passed Senate. Eligible for Governor's desk on April 5
 
Introduced: 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Montgomery County Delegation
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on specified property during a specified time period on specified Sundays in Montgomery County, subject to specified provisions of law; establishes that the authority of the Department to allow deer hunting on specified Sundays does not apply in Montgomery County.
Status: From Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs: reported favorably on April 5

Introduced: 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Montgomery County Delegation
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Alters the size of the safety zone for archery hunters in Montgomery County within which archery hunting may not take place except under specified circumstances; requires archery hunters in Montgomery County to use a tree stand when hunting certain animals within a certain distance of certain buildings.
Status: From Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs: reported favorably on April 5
 
Introduced:  01/27/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Wendell Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of  Conservation Funding
Summary:  Establishes the State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; specifies the purpose of the Fund is to protect and restore State-owned lakes; requires the Department of Natural Resources to develop a specified budget; requires any interest earning of the Fund be credited to the Fund.
Status: From Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs: reported favorably on April 5
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Anne Healey
Issue Brief: Forest Management
Summary: Clarifies that units of local government with planning and zoning authority may adopt specified forest conservation thresholds and reforestation requirements that are more stringent than specified forest conservation thresholds and reforestation requirements in State law.
Status: Passed Senate. Eligible for Governor's desk on April 5
 
Introduced: 02/01/2017
Sponsor: Frederick County Delegation
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Repeals a prohibition in Frederick County against hunting or attempting to hunt nongame birds and mammals without first obtaining a hunting license.
Status: From Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs: reported favorably on April 5
 
Introduced: 03/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bradley H. Jones, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Increases the limit on tax credits for donations of certified land to public or private conservation agencies.
Status: In Joint Committee on Revenue: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on April 3

Introduced: 03/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Kulik, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Increases the maximum tax credit allowed for land conservation incentives.
Status: In Joint Committee on Revenue: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on April 3

Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Relates to land conservation incentives.
Status: In Joint Committee on Revenue: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on April 3
 
Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Relates to land conservation.
Status: In Joint Committee on Revenue: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on April 3

Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bruce E. Tarr
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Increases the land conservation tax credit.
Status: In Joint Committee on Revenue: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on April 3

Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Gene G. Chandler, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Provides for a portion of funds in the wildlife habitat account to be used for fish and game department boundary work, and limits expenditures from the wildlife habitat account and fisheries habitat account for equipment and materials; corrects references to legislative committees and removes references to stamps in the fish and game statutes.
Status: Hearing scheduled (04/11/2017) on April 5

Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Steven Smith
Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles
Summary:  Relates to temporary OHRV registrations for nonresidents.
Status: From Senate Committee on Transportation: Ought to pass with amendment on April 5

Introduced: 02/14/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Dan Quart
Issue Brief: Knife Ban Repeal
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; relates to the definition of a gravity knife.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on April 4
 
Introduced: 04/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator George Amedore, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Makes permanent the provisions of law authorizing the hunting of big game in the county of Schenectady with pistols, rifles, shotguns, crossbows and long bows.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on April 4
 
Introduced:  02/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Maloney, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunting, Angling & Nature Appreciation in Schools, Hunter Education
Summary:  Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for eligibility for license.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate on April 5
 
Introduced:  02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Keith Gillespie, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunter Education
Summary:  Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for a volunteer instructor license.
Status:  Passed House unanimously (191-0). To Senate on April 5
 
Pennsylvania H 675
Introduced:  03/02/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bryan Barbin, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: 
Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: 
Amends Title 30 (Fish) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in fishing licenses; provides for exemptions from license requirements.
Status:
Passed House unanimously (191-0). To Senate on April 5

Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Wayne Langerholc
Issue Brief: Guns (General), Ammunition
Summary: Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in general provisions; provides for findings regarding firearms and ammunition; relates to preemptions; provides for regulation of firearms and ammunition.
Status: In Senate for second consideration on April 18
 
Introduced: 03/30/2017
Sponsor: Representative John G. Edwards
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Would set forth the application requirements for concealed carry permits for firearms, would provide an appellate procedure if the application is denied and would make those records exempt from the access to public records act. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on March 30

Introduced: 03/30/2017
Sponsor: Representative John G. Edwards
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  This act would authorize the attorney general to enter into agreements with other states and counties from other states to recognize and give reciprocity to concealed weapon permit holders allowing them to carry concealed weapons in this state. The other states shall have the ability to provide immediate verification of the applicant's permit. This act would also provide that any law enforcement officer with a valid, government issued identification card identifying themselves as such, can carry a concealed weapon anywhere in this state.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on March 30


SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced:  02/07/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Tommy Hanes
Issue Brief:  College Student Hunting/Angling Licenses
Summary:  Relates to hunting and fishing; authorizes a nonresident student at an institution of higher education in this state to purchase resident hunting or fishing licenses under certain conditions.
Status:  Signed by Governor Robert Bentley, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus, on March 29
 
Introduced:  03/07/17
Sponsor: Representative Halsley Beshears, Co-Chair, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to nonnative animals; directs Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), in consultation with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to establish pilot program for eradication of specific species; requires Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) to enter into specified contracts and to submit report to Governor and Legislature; provides appropriation.
Status:  Pending review of Committee Substitute under Rule 7.18(c) in House on April 4

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Kristin Diane Jacobs
Issue Brief:  Marine Protected Areas
Summary:  Relates to coral reefs establishes Southeast State Coral Reef Ecosystem Protection Area; requires Coral Reef Conservation Program, in coordination with Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), to develop specified comprehensive management plan for area.
Status:  Reported favorably from House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on April 3.  To House Committee on Government Accountability on April 3

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Bob Bradley
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to water resources; provides an exception to the requirement that bonds issued for acquisition and improvement of land, water areas, and related property interests and resources be deposited into the State Forever Trust Fund and distributed in a specified manner; requires the South State Water Management District to seek proposals from Willing Sellers of property within the Everglades Agricultural Area for land that is suitable for the reservoir project.
Status:  Reported favorably with substitute from Senate Committee on Appropriations on April 5

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gary Farmer
Issue Brief:  Marine Protected Areas
Summary:  Relates to coral reefs.
Status:  To Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources on March 30 
 
Introduced:  02/01/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Trey Rhodes
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; revise definitions, license fees, and license requirements; amends Code Section 52-7-5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated; relates to numbering of vessels, requirements, and fees; revise boat registration fees and allow additional methods for reporting the sale of boats; corrects cross-references; provides for related matters; provides for an effective date and applicability; repeals conflicting laws.
Status: House concurred in Senate amendments on March 30. Eligible for Governor's desk on March 30

Introduced:  03/16/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Knight, Co-Chair, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Magnuson-Stevens Act
Summary:  Recommends that NOAA Fisheries rescind the closure of federal Waters of offshore for the period from April 15, 2017, through May 31, 2017, to allow anglers and saltwater fishing guides a fair and equitable opportunity to enjoy a public resource in keeping with the spirit and intent of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
 Status:  Passed House on March 30
 
Introduced:  02/16/2017
Sponsor:  Representative David Meade
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Directs the Legislative Research Commission to create the Adoption Task Force to study adoption policies and procedures in Kentucky; reports the findings to the Legislative Research Commission by a specified date.
Status: Withdrawn from further consideration on March 30

Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Jason White
Issue Brief:  General, Invasive Species
Summary:  Extends the date of the repealer on the statute that requires the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to regulate the hunting, trapping and taking of nuisance animals and the issuance of wild hog transportation permits.
Status: To Governor on April 3
 
Introduced:  01/13/2017
Sponsor: Senator Briggs Hopson, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors/Vets
Summary:  Authorizes honorably discharged veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States with service-connected disabilities who are residents of this state to hunt and fish in this state without a license.
Status:  To Governor on April 3

Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brian Turner, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Prohibits hunting from the right-of-ways of public roads in Buncombe County.
Status:  Withdrawn from House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House, and Re-referred to House Committee on Wildlife Resources on April 5
 
Introduced:  03/16/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Chuck McGrady, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Clarifies certain powers of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources with respect to recreation and federal recreation-related funding and with respect to the North Carolina zoological park; changes the name of the clean water management trust fund to the North Carolina land and water preservation trust fund.
Status: Withdrawn from House Committee on Appropriations on April 6. In House. Placed on calendar for April 10 

Introduced:  03/22/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Mike Clampitt
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Designates Swain County as the official location for trout fishing in North Carolina.
Status:  From House Committee on State and Local Government I: Reported favorably with substitute. In House. State and Local Government I committee substitute adopted on House floor. Re-referred to House Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the Senate on April 4

Introduced:  03/30/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Beverly Boswell, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA)
Summary:  Creates a program for the permitting of marine aquaculture activities; requires the division of marine fisheries of the Department of Environmental quality to request the issuance of federal rules to allow marine aquaculture in federal Waters off the coast of the state.
Status: To House Committee on Environment on March 30
 
Introduced:  03/30/2017
Sponsor: Representative Nelson Dollar, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills
Summary:  Makes base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.
Status: To House Committee on Appropriations on March 30
 
Introduced: 03/30/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Beverly Boswell, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Ensures meaningful public participation in fisheries management by enhancing the role of public advisory committees.
Status:  To House Committee on Wildlife Resources on April 3

Introduced:  04/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Chris Millis, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Expands the use of firearms for hunting of wild animals and upland game birds on Sunday; allows hunting of migratory birds on Sunday.
Status:  To House Committee on Wildlife Resources on April 5

Introduced:  Filed on April 5
Sponsor:  Representative Charles Graham
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Provides an exemption from hunting, trapping, and fishing license requirements for North Carolina American indians.
Status:  To House Committee on Wildlife Resources on April 6
 
Introduced:  Filed on April 5
Sponsor: Representative Chris Malone, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General 
Summary:  Confirms that North Carolina citizens have a fundamental privilege to hunt and fish the marine, estuarine, and wildlife resources of the state.
Status:  Filed on April 5

Introduced:  03/29/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Harry Brown
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills
Summary:  Makes base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on March 29
 
Introduced:  03/30/2017
Sponsor: Senator Andrew Brock, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps, General License
Summary:  Amends various laws governing hunting and trapping.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on March 30

Introduced:  03/30/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bill Rabon, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Establishes the division of mitigation services in the Department of Transportation; requires the Department of Administration to inventory existing mitigation credits held by the state and develop a plan for disposing of unneeded mitigation credits.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on April 3

Introduced:  04/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator John Alexander, Co-Chair, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Expands the use of firearms for hunting of wild animals and upland game birds on Sunday; allows hunting of migratory birds on Sunday.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on April 5

Introduced:  01/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Alan Clemmons, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to the issuance of bear hunting tags by the Department of Natural Resources; increases the nonresident fee to obtain a bear tag; deletes the provision that provides for the random drawing of tags by bear tag applicants in game zones other than game zone 1; eliminates the application fee; relates to the hunting of bears; establishes an open season for hunting and taking bear for still gun hunts in game zone 4.
Status:  Passed House on March 30.  To Senate Committee on Fish, Game, and Forestry on March 30
 
Introduced:  02/9/2017
Sponsor: Senator Steve Southerland, Member, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Relates to Weapons; enacts the Hearing Protection Act, which deletes the prohibition on possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of a firearm silencer.
Status:  Passed Senate. To House on April 3
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate R. Lee Ware
Issue Brief:  Knife Definitions                
Summary:  Relates to carrying a switchblade knife; relates to exception; authorizes any person to carry a switchblade knife concealed when such knife is carried for the purpose of engaging in a lawful profession or recreational activity the performance of which is aided by the use of a switchblade knife; removes switchblade knives from the list of weapons the selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing of which is a Class 4 misdemeanor.
Status:  In House. House sustained Governor's veto on April 5
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Bobby Orrock
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups      
Summary:  Relates to cats and dogs; relates to lifetime licenses; authorizes the governing body of a county or city to provide for a lifetime dog or cat license; removes the minimum annual tax for a dog or cat, sets the maximum tax for a lifetime license at $50, and limits the fee for a duplicate dog or cat tag to $1.
Status:  Signed by Governor on March 16. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 559
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Gordon Helsel
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Relates to Marine Resources Commission; relates to licenses; relates to revocation; provides that when the Marine Resources Commission (the Commission) revokes fishing privileges for a violation of the tidal fisheries law, it shall only revoke the particular type of license that is applicable to the fishery in which the violation occurred; provides that under current law, the Commission is authorized to revoke all of the fishing privileges a person has been granted.
Status:  Signed by Governor on March 20. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 630

Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Richard H. Stuart
Issue Brief:  Knife Definitions
Summary:  Relates to furnishing certain weapons to minor; relates to exemption; exempts the transfer of a dirk, switchblade knife, or Bowie knife between family members or for the purpose of engaging in a sporting event or activity from the current prohibition against selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing such weapons to a minor.
Status: In Senate. Senate sustained Governor's veto on April 5
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Bryce Reeves
Issue Brief:  Knife Definitions
Summary:  Relates to concealed weapon permits for weapons other than firearms; relates to switchblade knives; provides that a person may carry a switchblade knife concealed when such knife is carried for the purpose of engaging in a lawful profession or lawful recreational activity the performance of which is aided by the use of a switchblade knife.
Status: In Senate. Senate sustained Governor's veto on April 5
 
Introduced:  02/23/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Amy Summers, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Guns
Summary:  Relates to the possession of firearms in parks and park facilities; provides exemptions.
Status:  In Senate: Read third time. Title amendment adopted on Senate floor. Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on April 1
 
Introduced:  02/24/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Bill Hamilton, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to a lawful method for a developmentally disabled person to purchase a base hunting license.
Status:  In Senate: read second time on April 6 

Introduced:  03/02/2017
Sponsor: Representative Delegate Phillips,  Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Supports and encourages the enactment of the federal Hearing Protection Act of 2017.
Status:  Passed House on April 3 
 
Introduced:  02/08/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Provides for Department of Natural Resources rule relating to point system for revocation of hunting; provides for repeal.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate for concurrence on April 6 

Introduced:  02/17/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Allows hunting and trapping on Sundays.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate for concurrence on April 6

Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Tom Takubo
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Prohibits waste of game animals, birds or fish.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary: Do pass as amended on March 30
 
Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary: Permits collection and sale of naturally shed deer antlers.
Status:  To Governor on April 6 

Introduced:  03/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Charles Trump
Issue Brief:  Range Protection
Summary: Limits nuisance actions against shooting ranges for noise.
Status:  Senate concurred in House amendments, and eligible for Governor's desk on April 4


MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced:  02/15/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Trevor Drown
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  Concerns private real property rights; protects natural resources, agricultural resources, and historical artifacts; deters criminal activity on a person's real property; concerns the offense of criminal trespass.
Status: To Governor on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/06/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kim Hammer
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Creates the feral hog eradication task force.
Status: To Governor on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Terry Rice
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Protects private property owners and lessees who capture a feral hog on private property.
Status: Signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus on March 27

Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Representative Theresa Mah
Issue Brief: Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead), Bullet Serialization
Summary: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012; provides that beginning January 1, 2019, all handgun ammunition that is manufactured, imported into the State for sale or personal use, kept for sale, offered or exposed for sale, sold, given, lent, or possessed shall be serialized; provides that beginning January 1, 2019, any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, imports into the State for sale or personal use, keeps for sale, offers or exposes for sale, or who gives or lends any handgun ammunition.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31

Introduced: 01/12/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Reis, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Handgun Carry while Archery Hunting, Guns (General)
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person with a valid concealed carry license issued under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, or an off-duty law enforcement official or officer, may carry a handgun on or about his or her person while hunting.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 01/12/2017
Sponsor: Representative Avery Bourne
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that all crossbows used to hunt in this State must have a minimum peak draw weight of 125 pounds and a maximum draw weight of at least 300 pounds.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 01/24/2017
Sponsor: Representative John Cabello
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that the fee for all sport fishing licenses shall be waived for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces that have been honorably discharged; amends the Wildlife Code; provides that the fee for a hunting license to hunt all species shall be waived for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces that have been honorably discharged.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearms Preemption
Summary: Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act; provides that a unit of local government, including a home rule unit, may not impose a tax, fee, or other assessment other than the normal sales tax rate for goods on a firearm, firearm attachment, or firearm ammunition.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31

Introduced: 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearms Preemption
Summary: Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act; deletes existing preemption provisions concerning firearms; provides that regulation of the ownership and possession of firearms and related items are the exclusive Powers and functions of the State; provides that a local government, including a home rule unit, may not require registration, reporting of the sale or transfer of a firearm, or maintenance of a firearm registry; provides that any existing or future local ordinances or resolutions imposing any.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/01/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any person may use a crossbow to take any animal during the appropriate archery season.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/01/2017
Sponsor: Representative Allen Skillicorn
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012; provides that a person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly uses, attaches, or possesses with the intent to use or attach any device or attachment of any kind for silencing the report of any handgun, unless the use, attachment, or possession with the intent to use the device or attachment is on the premises of a firing or shooting range; or possess any device or attachment of any kind designed, used, or intended for use in silencing the report.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/07/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Brandon Phelps, President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council, Co-Chair, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; removes the prohibition on the use of a silencer or other device to muffle or mute the sound of the explosion or report resulting from the firing of any gun; amends the Criminal Code of 2012; provides that a person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly uses, attaches, or possesses with the intent to use or attach any device or attachment of any kind for silencing the report of any handgun, unless the use, attachment, or possession with the intent.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General), General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides in various provisions an exemption to carry a firearm on Department of Natural Resources property in accordance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any person may use a crossbow to take wildlife during the appropriate archery season; repeals crossbow provisions limiting the use of crossbows to specified conditions, together with a related definition.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 5

Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunter Education, Guns (General)
Summary: Repeals the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act; amends various Acts to make conforming changes.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Daniel Swanson
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall, on an annual basis, establish one deer hunting weekend for persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Code; provides that the Department may adopt administrative rules to implement the provision; defines person with a disability.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Norine Hammond, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that unless otherwise permitted by law, no person may have in their possession a weapon except those specified by the Code or administrative rules for the purpose of taking any species protected by the Code; provides that any use of a weapon to take wildlife contrary to the provisions of the Code is deemed a violation.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Dan Beiser, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General), Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year fishing license; provides that the fee for a 5-year fishing license is a specified amount; provides that for residents age 65 or older, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year fishing license.
Status: Rule 19(a) / House Committee Amendment No. 1 Re-referred to Rules Committee on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Thomas Bennett
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Creates the Natural Areas Stewardship Act; creates the Land Conservation and Stewardship Grant Program to make grants to conservation land trusts to steward lands identified in the Natural Area Inventory, lands designated as a buffer area, lands designated as a nature preserve, or lands registered as a Land and Water Reserve; establishes the duties of the Department of Natural Resources in carrying out the provisions of the Act.
Status: Rules 19(a) / House Committee Amendment No. 1 and No. 2 Re-referred to Rules Committee on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brad Halbrook
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person may place or scatter deer bait otherwise prohibited when not in active deer hunting season; provides that person who unlawfully baits deer is guilty of a Petty offense subject to a mandatory fine of not less than a specified amount and shall lose hunting privileges in this State for a period of not less than a year.
Status: Rule 19(a) / House Committee Amendment No. 1 Re-referred to Rules Committee on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brandon Phelps, President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council, Co-Chair, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General), Firearms Storage
Summary: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012; provides that a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card may transport in a vehicle an accessible rifle, shotgun, or other long gun without the weapon being broken down in a non-functioning state or without the weapon being enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container if the firearm is unloaded.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Deborah Conroy
Issue Brief: Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012; makes it unlawful to deliver, sell, or purchase or cause to be delivered, sold, or purchased or cause to be possessed by another, an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge; makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge 300 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the State Police.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Katie Stuart
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code and the Wildlife Code; provides that the respective fees for resident fishing, combination sportsmen, and hunting licenses are waived for current and retired State, municipal, and local law enforcement officers.
Status: In House. Home Mandates Fiscal Note, Home Rule Note filed on April 6 
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Dan Beiser, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Goods Tax Holiday 
Summary: Amends the Use Tax Act and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act; provides a hunting sales tax holiday on specified dates for firearms and firearm ammunition that may be used for lawful hunting under the Wildlife Code; provides for administration of the hunting sales tax holiday by the Department of Revenue; provides the Department of Revenue with rulemaking authority, including emergency rulemaking authority; amends the Administrative Procedure Act to allow emergency rulemaking.
Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules on March 31

Introduced: 03/30/2017
Sponsor: Representative Laura Fine
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Urges President Trump and the United States Congress to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Status: To House Committee on Rules on April 4

Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jill Tracy
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; defines hunting license as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of animal during a specified period of time.
Status: In Senate. Placed on Calendar Order Third Reading on March 30
 
Introduced: 01/03/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jim Tomes, Co-Chair, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary: Relates to possession of firearms in locked vehicles; removes penal facilities from the list of locations where employer ordinances, resolutions, policies, or rules prohibiting the keeping of firearms on employer property may be enforced.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 4

Introduced: 02/28/2017
Sponsor: House Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary: Relates to the use of a straight wall cartridge rifle to hunt deer; includes penalties.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 4

Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief: Fishing Tournaments
Summary: Relates bass fishing in the state.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on April 4

Introduced: 02/21/2017
Sponsor: Senate Transportation Committee
Issue Brief: Guns (General), Off Highway Vehicles (OHV)
Summary: Relates to operating or riding a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle while carrying a firearm.
Status: To Senate Committee on Transportation on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/31/17
Sponsor: Senator Bret Allain, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Limits the permissible uses of monies in the Saltwater Fish Research and Conservation Fund.
Status: To Senate Committee on Finance on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/29/2017
Sponsor: Senator Darwin Booher, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Clarifies criteria for eligible expenditures in the Michigan natural resources trust fund.
Status: To Senate Committee on Appropriations
 
Introduced: 02/01/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Bob Gunther
Issue Brief: Budget Bill
Summary:  Relates to state government; appropriates money from outdoor heritage fund, clean water fund, parks and trails fund, and arts and cultural heritage fund; provides for riparian protection aid; modifies requirements for expending money from legacy funds; modifies and extends prior appropriations; requires reports; relates to establishing a dedicated funding website.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 4

Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Dan Fabian
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to state government; appropriates money for environment and natural resources; modifies certain game and fish license and permit provision; modifies provisions to take, possess, and transport wildlife; provides for not net gain of state lands; modifies buffer requirements; prohibits further lead shot rulemaking by DNR; modifies invasive species provisions.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on April 3

Introduced: 02/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Carrie Ruud
Issue Brief: Budget Bill
Summary:  Relates to legacy; appropriates money from outdoor heritage fund, appropriates money to maintain dedicated funding website.
Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Finance on March 31
 
Introduced: 01/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jay Houghton
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Requires a hunter at least six years of age but less than fifteen years of age to hunt in the immediate presence of an adult hunter with a valid hunter education certificate card.
Status: Public Hearing completed on April 5
 
Introduced: 01/18/2017
Sponsor: Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: InterstateWildlife Violators Compact
Summary: Adopted the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact.
Status: Placed on Final Reading on April 5

Introduced: 1/03/2017
Sponsor:  Office of Legislative Management
Issue Brief: General License
Summary:  Allows the Director of the Game and Fish Department to receive and consider applications for a limited number of special allocation hunting licenses in addition to a number of statutorily authorized special allocation licenses; provides for the taking of spring wild turkeys for first-time youth hunters; provides for deer licenses to the injured military wildlife project; provides for bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, antelope and moose licenses to nonprofit organizations.
Status: To Conference Committee on April 5

Introduced:  01/05/17
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to bonus or preference points awarded to participants in lotteries for hunting licenses; provides for withdrawal of an application.
Status:  Signed by Governor on April 4

Introduced:  01/09/17
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Apprentice Hunting License
Summary:  Relates to youth hunting and the protection of Bald Eagles.
Status:  To Conference Committee on March 31
 
Introduced: 01/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ryan Guillen, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to sound-producing devices on vessels.
Status: Left pending in committee on March 28
 
Introduced: 03/3/2017
Sponsor: Representative Chris Paddie
Issue Brief: High Fence, Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary: Relates to an authorization to trap, transport, and transplant certain white-tailed deer between certain sites.
Status: To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 29
 
Introduced: 03/07/2017
Sponsor: Representative Drew Springer
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to requiring the Parks and Wildlife Department to issue permits for the management of the wild mule deer population; requires an occupational permit.
Status : To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 30
 
Introduced: 03/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mark Keough
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary:  Relates to the taking of certain feral hogs using a hot air balloon
Status: To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, And Tourism on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative Lynn Stucky
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Relates to the study and approval of lethal pesticides for feral hog control.
Status: From House Committee on Public Health: Reported favorably with substitute on March 30
 
Introduced: 03/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Craig Goldman
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to a fishing license fee waiver for certain residents.
Status : To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on April 3
 
Introduced: 03/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kyle Biedermann
Issue Brief: Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary: Relates to the testing of breeder deer for chronic wasting disease
Status : To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, And Tourism on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kyle Biedermann
Issue Brief: Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary: Relates to breeder deer affected by chronic wasting disease.
Status : To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kyle Biedermann
Issue Brief: Management Authority over Captive Cervids
Summary: Relates to the ownership of certain deer in this state
Status : To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kyle Biedermann
Issue Brief: Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary: Relates to the payment for breeder deer taken for disease management.
Status : To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 31
 
Introduced: 03/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Dennis Bonnen
Issue Brief: Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Management 
Summary: Encourages Congress to pass legislation allowing the state to manage the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery out to 200 nautical Miles.
Status : To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on March 31
 
Introduced: 01/23/17
Sponsor: Senator Craig Estes, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the disposition of proceeds from the sale of freshwater fishing stamps issued by the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Status: Passed Senate. To House on April 4
 
Introduced: 02/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Charles Perry
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to a fee for participation in the Managed Lands Deer Program of the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Status: From Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs: Reported favorably on March 29
 
Introduced:  02/06/17
Sponsor: Assembly Member Adam Jarchow
Issue Brief: Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary: Relates to rules that prohibit feeding deer in certain counties.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on April 4
 
Introduced:  02/22/17
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to an exemption for resident disabled veterans and for recipients of the purple heart medal from the cumulative preference system for issuing wild turkey hunting licenses and tags.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on April 4
 
Introduced: 03/01/17
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to unattended decoys left in water.
Status: Public hearing held on March 29
 
Introduced: 03/20/17
Sponsor : Representative Mary Felzkowski
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to regulation of aquaculture and fish farms; relates to providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; grants rule-making authority.
Status: Public hearing held on March 29
 
Introduced: 03/29/17
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to requiring the Department of Natural Resources to establish a special wild turkey hunting program for certain disabled veterans; relates to providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; relates to requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on March 29 


WESTWESTERN STATES  


Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Senator Donny Olson, Co-Chair, Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus
Issue Brief : Ivory
Summary : Urges the Alaska Congressional delegation to introduce bills to provide for the exemption of legally acquired walrus, mammoth, and mastodon ivory from Laws that ban the sale, use, and possession of ivory.
Status : Received do pass recommendation in Senate Committee on Community and Regional Affairs on April 5
 
Introduced:  02/13/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Marie Waldron, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General),
Summary:  Raises the age at which a person is required to obtain a sport fishing license to 18 years of age or older.
Status:  In Assembly Committee on Appropriations on April 5
 
Introduced:  02/13/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Deletes the established fee for a resident elk tag. Sets the fee at the average price of the fees required for resident elk tags issued by specified states, as determined annually by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Status:  From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations on April 4
 
Introduced:  02/16/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Establishes the Office of Outdoor Recreation and Public Lands Enhancement in the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development for specified purposes, including promoting active healthy lifestyles and improving the quality of life for all Californians, and would require the director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development to administer the Office.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations on April 4
 
Introduced:  02/17/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Richard Bloom
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Declares the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Fish and Wildlife identify and propose new and alternative sources of revenue to fund the department's necessary wildlife and land conservation, restoration, and resources management and protection responsibilities.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations on April 4
 
Introduced:  12/05/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Ben Allen
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Establishes a policy of the state to discourage conveyances of federal public lands in California from the federal government. Specifies that these conveyances are void ab initio unless the state lands commission is provided the right of first refusal or the right to arrange the transfer to a third party. Require the commission, the Wildlife Conservation Board, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to enter into a memorandum of understanding. Prohibits filing such deed. Provides penalties for violations.
Status: From Senate Committee on Judiciary: Do pass as amended to Committee on Appropriations on April 4
 
Introduced:  01/13/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Mike McGuire
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates to fees for steelhead trout fishing report-restoration cards and the deposit of revenues into the Fish and Game Preservation Fund to be available for expenditure to monitor, restore, or enhance steelhead trout resources. Extends the operation of such provisions.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Appropriations: To Suspense File on April 3
 
Introduced:  02/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Tom Berryhill, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Prohibits a local agency from adopting or enforcing an ordinance to regulate fishing. Authorizes any person to bring an action against a local agency for a violation of the prohibition. Requires the court to award attorney's fees to a party who prevails in an action and to award damages, including punitive damages.
Status: To third reading on April 4 

Introduced : 01/2/2017
Sponsor: Representative Denley Loge
Issue Brief : Access to Private Lands
Summary : Increases the maximum payment a landowner who participates in the hunter management or hunting access enhancement programs may receive.
Status : Eligible for Governor's desk on April 3

Introduced : 01/2/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ray Shaw
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Revises waiting period for bighorn sheep licenses; relates to population management licenses; requires reporting; provides a termination date.
Status : Eligible for Governor's desk on April 3
 
Introduced : 01/1/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jim Keane
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Provides funding for sage grouse stewardship; relates to appropriations; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status : Passed 2nd reading in Senate on April 4
 
Introduced : 01/26/2017
Sponsor: Representative Tom Jacobson, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Revises outfitter assistant laws; revises rulemaking; revises definitions; provides that an emergency means an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action; provides that an assistant may perform that tasks of a guide when a guide's license cannot be readily attained prior to or during the service of a participant due to an emergency; provides that the person may not represent to the public that the person is an outfitter or guide.
Status : House concurred in Senate amendments on April 4
 
Introduced : 01/26/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bradley Maxon Hamlett
Issue Brief : Off Highway Vehicles
Summary : Revises the administration of recreational resource programs; administratively attacking the State Parks and Recreation Board to the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; clarifies departmental and board powers and duties related to start parks and boating, snowmobile, and off-highway vehicle programs; authorizes the hiring of an executive director of state parks and recreation; provides a statutory appropriation; provides rulemaking authority.
Status : Eligible for Governor's desk on April 3
 
Introduced : 02/2/2017
Sponsor: Representative Becky Beard, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Creates voluntary hunting license check-off for predator management; relates to appropriations; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue.
Status : Returned to House with Governor's proposed amendments on April 4
 
Introduced : 03/15/2017
Sponsor: Representative Alan Doane
Issue Brief : Access to Private Land
Summary : Creates voluntary contribution account to acquire public access easements; relates to appropriations; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to recreation, parks, sports; relates to state revenue; relates to rule making; relates to state lands.
Status : Referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 1
 
Introduced : 03/21/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mike Cuffe, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Invasive Species
Summary : Revises laws related to invasive species; relates to appropriations; relates to environmental protection; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to rule making; relates to water.
Status : Referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources on April 3
 
Introduced : 03/21/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kerry White, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Revises hunting license laws related to bonus points; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue; relates to rule making.
Status : Referred to Senate Committee on Fish and Game on April 1
 
Introduced : 01/6/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jedediah Hinkle, Co-Chair, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Enforcement
Summary : Clarifies what constitutes as shooting from a vehicle for hunting purposes; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status : Signed by Governor on March 31
 
Introduced : 01/6/2017
Sponsor: Senator Keith Regier
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Prohibits the supplemental feeding of wild turkeys; relates to criminal and civil liability; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status : Received recommendation of do pass as amended in House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Parks on March 30
 
Introduced : 02/9/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jennifer Fielder, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary Asks the voters of Montana to amend the Montana state constitution to include the right to hunt, fish, and trap, while respecting private property rights and allowing for necessary and proper wildlife management and conservation statutes and regulations.
Status : Hearing held in House Judiciary Committee on April 3
 
Introduced : 03/21/2017
Sponsor: Senator Chas Vincent, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Invasive Species
Summary : Revises laws related to aquatic invasive species; provides revenue sources to prevent and control aquatic invasive species; establishes the aquatic invasive species prevention pass; establishes a hydroelectric facility fee; establishes a fee for hydroelectric-dependent utilities; establishes a fee for certain bicycles; allocates revenue; defines hydroelectric facility; extends rulemaking authority; revises the invasive species trust fund.
Status : Referred to House Committee on Natural Resources on April 1
 
Introduced: 2/06/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Mike Sprinkle, Member, Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Revises provisions governing the management of wildlife.
Status:  From Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining: Do pass with amendment on April 4
 
Introduced:  02/06/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Makes various changes relating to the Department of Wildlife.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Natural Resources: Do pass with amendment on April 4
 
Introduced: 3/27/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary:  Revises provisions governing boating and wildlife.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 27
 
Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brian Clem, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Prohibits state agency from restricting or closing access to state lands used for hunting until state agency has notified State Department of Fish and Wildlife and department has posted notice of restriction or closure for at least 30 days on department's website; provides exceptions.
Status : Public hearing and work session scheduled in House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee for April 11
 
Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Apprentice Hunting License
Summary : Expands eligibility for Oregon mentored hunting program.
Status : Work session held in House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on April 4
 
Introduced : 03/2/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ken Helm, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Conservation Funding
Summary : Establishes Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund; continuously appropriates moneys in fund to State Fish and Wildlife Commission for wildlife resource conservation purposes; imposes tax on certain beverages sold at wholesale in this state; provides that wholesale beverage tax is liability of distributor; authorizes distributor to collect tax from purchaser; requires moneys received by Department of Revenue pursuant to tax to be transferred to Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund.
Status : Hearing scheduled in House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on April 10
 
Introduced : 03/30/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bill Kennemer
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Requires that state goals for food fish management ensure that certain decisions be made in consideration of and proportionate with revenues generated by recreational and commercial fisheries for State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Status : Referred to House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 31
 
Introduced : 04/3/2017
Sponsor: Representative Sal Esquivel, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Clarifies definition of covered animal species for purposes of wildlife trafficking prevention program; makes conforming changes.
Status : Introduced on April 3
 
Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bill Hansell, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Deer Management
Summary : Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt pilot program for urban deer population control; requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to report to Legislative Assembly on implementation of pilot program during 2027 regular session; sunsets January 1, 2029.
Status : Passed Senate on April 6
 
Introduced : 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Representative Dick Muri
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Concerns the frequency of Puget Sound action agenda implementation strategy and science work plan updates.
Status : Passed Senate on April 6 
 
Introduced : 01/18/2017
Sponsor: Representative Tom Dent, Member, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Commissions an elk management pilot project that focuses initially on the Colockum elk herd.
Status : Public hearing held on March 31
 
Introduced : 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake, Co-Chair, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Access to Private Lands
Summary : Concerns the development of cooperative agreements to expand recreational access on privately owned lands.
Status : Received do pass as amended recommendation in Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee on March 28
 
Introduced : 01/19/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jim Honeyford
Issue Brief : Invasive Species
Summary : Concerns aquatic invasive species management.
Status : Committee substitute adopted on Senate floor on April 4
 
Introduced : 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson, Member, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Initiates proactive steps to address elk hoof disease.
Status : Public hearing scheduled in House Appropriations Committee on April 3
 
Introduced : 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jamie Pedersen
Issue Brief : Guns
Summary : Relates to background checks for firearms sales or transfers, but only with respect to clarifying that the term firearm does not include flare guns and construction tools; clarifies that the term transfer does not include transfers between an entity and its employee or agents for lawful purposes in the ordinary course of business; defines licensed collector and curio or relic, expanding the family member exemption to include loans and parents-in-law and siblings-in-law; provides exemptions.
Status : Placed on 2nd reading by Rules Committee on March 31
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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 
 
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
Southeastern States Director Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email  bee@sportsmenslink.org
Western States Director Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email  andy@sportsmenslink.org


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