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: Bill sponsors who are members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses are noted in bold.
Updates for the week of 
December 12, 2016

NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES


Prefiled:  12/6/2016
Sponsor:  Representative Raymond Gagnon
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to licenses required for hunting with a crossbow.
Status:  Filed on December 6

Introduced:  09/08/2016
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Louis D Greenwald
Issue Brief:  Guns (General)
Summary:  Prohibits adoption of State Police proposed rule expanding justifiable need standard for issuing handgun carry permits.
Status:  In Assembly Voting Session on December 19
 
Introduced:  02/16/2016
Sponsor: Senator Jeff Van Drew, Member, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus
Issue Brief:  Tethering of Dogs
Summary:  Establishes requirements concerning necessary care of dogs, domestic companion animals and service animals, and for tethering of dogs; provides that it is unlawful to expose any dog, domestic companion animal or service animal to adverse environmental conditions for more than specified minutes, unless the animal has continuous access to proper shelter; provides for evacuation with such animals due to emergencies.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations on December 12
 
Introduced:  02/08/2016
Sponsor:  Senator James W Holzapfel
Issue Brief:  Tethering of Dogs
Summary:  Regulates tethering of, and outdoor shelter for, dogs.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Economic Growth as combined on December 12
 
Introduced:  02/08/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Shirley K Turner
Issue Brief:  Tethering of Dogs
Summary:  Establishes cruel restraint of a dog as an animal cruelty offense.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations on December 12



SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


Prefiled:  11/23/2016
Sponsor:  Representative Mary Margaret Oliver
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Standard Capacity Magazines; Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary:  Relates to dangerous instrumentalities and practices, so as to prohibit the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets; provides for crimes involving the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets; provides for criminal penalties.
Status:  Prefiled on November 23
 
Introduced:  04/27/2015
Sponsor:  Senator Bill Beagle, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Tethering of Dogs; Hunting with Dogs; Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Revises provisions of the Dogs Law governing nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs; revises enforcement of that law.
Status:  To House Committee on Rules and References on December 6

Ohio S 331
Introduced:  05/17/2016
Sponsor: Senator Bob Peterson
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs; Substandard Kennels 
Summary: Regulates the sales of dogs from pet stores and dog retailers; requires the Director of Agriculture to license pet stores; revises the civil penalties applicable to dog breeders; makes changes concerning the construction of certain micro wireless facilities.
Status: Passed House. Senate concurred in House amendments on December 7.

Prefiled: 12/13/2016 
Sponsor:  Senator J. Thomas McElveen
Issue Brief:  Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife
Summary:  Relates to Catawba hunting and fishing licenses; allows all Native American Indians the opportunity to receive free licenses; provides that all members of recognized Native American Indian tribes in South Carolina are not required to carry migratory bird permits; allows American Indian artists from recognized tribes to sell art with waste parts from legally taken game animals; requires the artist to submit an affidavit signed by the chief of his tribe certifying the artist's tribal membership.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Fish, Game. And Forestry on December 13
 
Introduced:  12/13/2016
Sponsor: Senator George E. Chip Campsen, Chair, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Conservation Sales Tax; Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Relates to the state income tax credit allowed for donations of a gift of land for conservation or a qualified conservation contribution; provides that the credit equals a percentage of the total value of the gift; increases the maximum annual credit allowed a taxpayer on the annual federal income tax return.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Finance on December 13 

Prefiled:  11/16/2016
Sponsor:  Delegate R. Lee Ware
Issue Brief:  Knife Preemption
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:  To House Committee on Courts of Justice on November 16
 
Prefiled:  12/09/2016
Sponsor:  Delegate R. Lee Ware
Issue Brief:  Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Relates to land preservation tax credits; relates to limitations; imposes a limit on the amount of credits that may be claimed for each land conveyance and a limit on the annual amount of credits that may be claimed by each taxpayer; establishes a cap on the annual amount of credits that may be claimed for a fee simple donation of land to the Commonwealth; provides that the maximum annual amount of credits that may be issued to all taxpayers shall not exceed the specified amount.
Status:  To House Committee on Finance on December 9 
 
Prefiled:   12/13/2016
Sponsor:  Delegate Bobby Orrock
Issue Brief:  Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Relates to real property tax; relates to special assessment for land preservation; prohibits any locality from requiring any taxpayer who is the lessor of real property to produce the lease for the purpose of determining whether the property is eligible for special assessment for land preservation.
Status:  Prefiled on December 13
 
Introduced:  12/13/2016
Sponsor:  Delegate Bobby Orrock
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
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:  Prefiled on December 13
 
Prefiled:  12/02/2016
Sponsor:  Senator William Stanley
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Relates to study; relates to Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study spay-neuter programs in the Commonwealth; relates to report; requests the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study the availability and effectiveness of spay-neuter programs in Commonwealth.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules on December 2
 
Prefiled:  12/07/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Richard Stuart
Issue Brief:  Knife Preemption
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:  To Senate Committee on Courts of Justice on December 7


MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced:  03/17/2016
Sponsor: Representative Lisa Lyons, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Requires an individual to wear colors authorized by the commission when taking game during the established daylight shooting hours; includes hunter pink in the additional garment colors that may be worn while hunting.
Status: Ordered enrolled on December 13
 
Introduced:  05/26/2016
Sponsor: Representative Jon Bumstead, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Provides for the issuance of hunting permits to individuals who are physically disabled; provides for the issuance of permits to rehabilitate animals, prevent or control damage to crops or feed, disease, or nuisance.
Status: To Governor on December 13
 
Introduced:  05/19/2015
Sponsor:  Senator Steve Bieda
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Modifies pet shop, dog pound, and animal shelter act to include large-scale commercial dog breeders and makes other general revisions.
Status:  To House Committee on Appropriations on December 1  
 
Prefiled:  12/01/2016
Sponsor: Representative Joe Don McGaugh, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary:  Proposes a constitutional amendment to assert the right of Missourians to hunt and fish.
Status:  Prefiled on December 1
 
Introduced:  12/13/2016
Sponsor: Representative Mike Moon, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Conservation Sales Tax; Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Proposes a constitutional amendment to require that the conservation sales tax be renewed by voters every six years.
Status:  Prefiled on December 13
 
Prefiled:  12/01/2016
Sponsor: Representative Donna Lichtenegger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a preferred Management Tool; General
Summary:  Imposes civil penalties for poaching certain animals.
Status:  Prefiled on December 1
 
Prefiled: 12/08/2016
Sponsor:  Representative Bill Reiboldt
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary:  Changes the laws regarding feral swine.
Status:  Prefiled on December 8
 
Prefiled:  12/01/2016
Sponsor: Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  High Fence; Captive Cervids
Summary:  Modifies provisions relating to captive cervids.
Status:  Prefiled on December 1
 
Prefiled:  12/02/2016
Sponsor:  Representative Pat Fallon
Issue Brief:  Outdoor Sporting Goods Tax Holiday
Summary:  Relates to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Status:  Prefiled on December 2


WESTWESTERN STATES  


Introduced:  12/12/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Mike McGuire
Issue Brief:  American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Requires, rather than authorizes, the Department of Fish and Wildlife to pay assessments on real property acquired as wildlife management areas to the county in which the property is located.
Status:  Introduced on December 12

Prefiled: 09/15/2016 
Sponsor:  Environmental Quality Council
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Revises license laws for hunting, fishing by nonresident relatives of residents.
Status: Fiscal note requested on December 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016 
Sponsor:  Environmental Quality Council
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Revises the waiting period for bighorn sheep hunting licenses.
Status: Fiscal note requested on December 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016 
Sponsor:  Environmental Quality Council
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Allows digital carcass tags; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status:  Fiscal note requested on December 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016 
Sponsor:  Environmental Quality Council
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Adds cross reference to additional penalties for hunting with artificial light; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status:  Fiscal note requested on December 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016 
Sponsor:  Environmental Quality Council
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Allocates wild buffalo licenses to Indian tribes for traditional purposes.
Status:  Fiscal note requested on December 14
 
Prefiled: 11/04/2016 
Sponsor:  Office of Senator Jeffrey W Welborn
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Revises hunting license laws related to preference point system; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status:  Draft on hold on December 8

Prefiled:  12/13/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Margaret Dayton
Issue Brief:  Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Gear
Summary:  Addresses sales and use tax exemptions for hunting guide or outfitting services.
Status:  Prefiled on December 13

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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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