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.

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Note: Bill sponsors who are members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses are noted in bold.
Updates for the week of 
January 30, 2017

NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/12/2017
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species
Summary: Concerns lake authorities and combating invasive plant and animal species; provides financial assistance to lake authorities in their efforts to combat invasive plant and animal species.
Status: Public Hearing Scheduled for February 3
 
Connecticut H 5858                             
Introduced: 01/19/2017
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Authorizes lifetime hunting and fishing licenses; allows for the purchase of lifetime hunting and lifetime fishing licenses.
Status: To Joint Committee on Environment on January 27
 
Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Craig Miner, Co-Chair, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes bear hunting.
Status: Vote to draft on January 27
 
Maine H 12                              
Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife
Summary: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to establish the right to hunt and fish.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 26
 
Maine H 145                            
Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Haggan
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Creates an exception to the prohibition against hunting wild birds on Sunday; allows hunting wild birds on Sunday in Aroostook County and in unorganized townships in the counties of Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Cumberland and York.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 26
 
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jonathan Kinney
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: This bill expands eligibility for complimentary hunting, trapping and fishing licenses, including permits, stamps and other permissions necessary to hunt, trap and fish in Maine, to include nonresident disabled veterans who hold valid hunting or fishing licenses in the states in which they are residents.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 31
 
Maine H 209                             
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jeffrey Pierce
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary: This bill requires the cultivator, owner, mortgagee or keeper of any orchard or growing crop to obtain a certificate from a game warden in order to take or kill wild animals or wild turkeys causing substantial damage to the orchard or crop. The game warden must investigate the circumstances of the application for a certificate and may issue the certificate if the game warden is satisfied that a wild animal or wild turkey is causing substantial damage to an orchard or crop. The certificate must describe the animals that may be taken or killed and the area where the animals may be taken or killed. The certificate holder must notify residents within 1,000 feet of the boundary of the area where the animals may be taken or killed that the certificate holder is authorized to take or kill those animals in that area.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Robert Alley
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Removes the prohibition on training hunting dogs on bear in those portions of Washington County and Hancock County that are situated south of Route 9.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 31
 
Maine H 212                            
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Abden S. Simmons
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  This bill requires an antlerless deer permit system adopted by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to give priority in the issuance of a permit to a veteran who was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Abden S. Simmons
Issue Brief: General
Summary: This bill sets at 425 the number of elver fishing licenses issued each year, not including licenses issued to federally recognized Indian tribes. The bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to hold a lottery for elver fishing licenses through which a person who did not possess an elver fishing license in the previous year may become eligible to obtain one. The bill establishes a minimum allocation of elver quota to each elver fishing license holder of 4 pounds, unless that amount causes the State to exceed its overall annual quota set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The bill requires the commissioner to adopt rules that provide a method for redistributing quotas allocated to deceased elver fishing license holders or license holders who for another reason will not fish those quotas.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jeffrey P. Hanley
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  (Resolve) Prohibits the Commissioner of Marine Resources from adopting or enforcing a limit on the quantity of smelts a person may take from the coastal waters before the Department of Marine Resources conducts a study of the smelt population in the State's coastal waters and presents its findings to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over marine resources matters.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Christina Riley
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary: This bill requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, if antlerless deer permits are issued, to issue antlerless deer permits to applicants who are chosen through a public chance drawing. The commissioner is required to adopt rules by November 1, 2017 establishing a public chance drawing for antlerless deer permits, including provisions for awarding to applicants who are not selected for a permit points that increase the applicants' chances of being selected in a subsequent consecutive year. The bill requires the commissioner to issue antlerless deer permits to veterans, who are not required to participate in the public chance drawing. The number of permits issued to veterans is determined by the commissioner annually based upon the deer population.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Seth A. Berry
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Allows a veteran who has a service-connected disability evaluated at 100% by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the United States Armed Forces who is issued an antlerless deer permit to choose a wildlife management district in which the person may take an antlerless deer as long as that district is open to the taking of antlerless deer.
Status: Introduced; filed as LR 1075 on January 31
 
Maine S 68                              
Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Paul Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Restricts eligibility to apply for a moose hunting permit to residents, nonresidents and aliens 8 years of age and older.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 26
 
Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Jay A. Jacobs, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary:  Authorizes a person to hunt turkey on private property in Kent County on Sundays during the spring turkey hunting season.
Status:  To House Committee on Environment and Transportation on January 25

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: To House Committee on Environment and Transportation on January 25

Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Jay A. Jacobs, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary:  Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on private property on Sundays in Kent County throughout all deer hunting seasons, subject to specified provisions of law.
Status: To House Committee on Environment and Transportation on January 25

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.
Status: To House Committee on Environment and Transportation on January 25

Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Ric Metzgar
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Repeals the annual fees for a resident consolidated senior sport fishing license and a resident senior hunting license; establishes that, under specified circumstances, a nonresident member of the armed Forces of the United States is not required to obtain specified hunting or fishing licenses or stamps before hunting or fishing in the State; authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to issue specified lifetime complimentary fishing licenses and hunting licenses to specified veterans.
Status: In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on February 15

Introduced:  01/30/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Anne Healey
Issue Brief:  General
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: To House Committee on Environment and Transportation on January 30

Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Paul G. Pinsky
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to Forest Conservation Act.
Status: On Senate floor February 2
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bryan W. Simonaire, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Relates to active military, former prisoners of war, recipients of the Purple Heart award, and disabled veterans.
Status: On Senate floor February 2

Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bryan W. Simonaire, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunter Education
Summary: Relates to hunter safety courses.
Status: On Senate floor February 2
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Douglas J.J. Peters
Issue Brief:  Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Provides a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for the first $250,000 in proceeds from the sale of a perpetual conservation easement on real property in the State.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Budget and Taxation on February 15
 
Introduced:  01/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Ronald N. Young
Issue Brief:  Fishing Tournaments
Summary:  Prohibiting a person from organizing, sponsoring, promoting, conducting, or participating in a cownose ray fishing tournament in State waters; and requiring the Secretary of Natural Resources to adopt specified regulations.
Status: In Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/26/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Stephen S. Hershey
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Repeals the offense of taking oysters with specified gear in specified areas that is subject to specified enhanced administrative penalties; establishes the offense of taking oysters with a power dredge in specified areas that is subject to specified enhanced administrative penalties.
Status: In Senate Committee on Education, Health & Environmental Affairs on February 7
 
New Hampshire H 211
Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Steven Smith
Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles
Summary: Relates to temporary OHRV registrations for nonresidents.
Status:  From House Committee on Resources, Recreation and Development: Ought to pass on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Bates
Issue Brief: College Student Hunting/Angling Licenses
Summary:  Repeals the law allowing nonresident full-time students to purchase a fish and game hunting or fishing license at the resident cost.
Status: Public hearing scheduled for February 7
 
New Hampshire H 392
Introduced: 01/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Raymond Gagnon
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Adds the use of a crossbow to the archery license for bow and arrow.
Status: From House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources: Ought not to pass on January 30
 
Introduced:  01/30/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Bob Smith
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Urges the President to reject proposed reduction in summer flounder catch limit; urges National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct new summer flounder assessment.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Environment and Energy (5-0) as combined on January 30
 
Introduced:  02/16/2016
Sponsor: Senator Jeff Van Drew, Member, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus
Issue Brief:  Dog Tethering
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:  From Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations as amended (12-0) on January 30

New York A 3185
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Vivian Cook
Issue Brief: Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to the suspension of hunting and fishing licenses pursuant to the interstate wildlife violator compact.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 27

New York A 3383
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Sean Ryan
Issue Brief : Angler Recruitment Retention and Reactivation
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides that persons participating in a fishing class or clinic sponsored by a school or university are exempt from fishing license requirements.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 27
 
New York A 3438                      
Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Brian Kavanaugh
Issue Brief: National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; implements the effective background check act of 2015; requires licensed firearms businesses to report the crime of criminal purchase of a weapon; requires background checks for employees who would be authorized to possess or transfer firearms.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on January 27
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Philip A.Palmesano
Issue Brief: Hunting, Angling & Nature Appreciation in Schools
Summary:  Relates to hunting, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Education on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member William Colton
Issue Brief: Standard Capacity Magazines
Summary:  Relates to liability for the manufacture, sale, leasing or other disposition of ammunition feeding devices and compensation for damages.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Judiciary on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member William A. Barclay, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Off Highway Vehicles
Summary:  Amends the Vehicle & Traffic Law; relates to registration fees for snowmobiles to be used on frozen bodies of water for sport fishing or for access to hunting or trapping lands solely.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Transportation on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Joseph R.Lentol
Issue Brief : Knife Definitions
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; provides that the possession of any disguised knife shall be a class A misdemeanor of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree; defines the term "disguised knife".
Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member William A. Barclay, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting, Angling & Nature Appreciation in Schools
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; requires the commissioner of environmental conservation to promote education in hunting, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal
Issue Brief: Tethering of Dogs
Summary:  Relates to outdoor restraints of companion animals; prohibits tethering for more than 3 hours or a time approved by in writing by animal control but not to exceed 12 hours in any 24 hour period; prohibits tethering when a weather advisory or warning is in effect; tethered dogs must be free of cruel conditions or inhumane tethering; misdemeanor.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Agriculture on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Steve Englebright
Issue Brief : Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary:  Relates to youth pheasant hunting days on Long Island.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator Elizabeth Little
Issue Brief : Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Establishes a forestry stewardship and habitat conservation credit for personal income and business franchise taxes.
Status: To Senate Committee on Finance on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides that for the issuance of deer management permits for certain disabled veterans, such veterans shall only have to provide proof of service-related disability once and every year thereafter, provide proof of an expired permit.
Status: Passed Senate; To Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Limits the application of the "safe act" to the counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Richmond, New York, Bronx, and Westchester.
Status: Amended in Senate Committee on Codes on January 27
 
Introduced: 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Senator Daniel Squadron
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Relates to prohibiting the possession of certain 50 caliber firearms; directs the division of state police to embark on a program whereby persons currently in lawful possession of such weapons may be reimbursed for the fair market value thereof upon turning in such weapons to a designated officer.
Status: To Senate Committee on Codes on January 25
 
Introduced: 01/26/2017
Sponsor: Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Guns
Summary: Amends the Penal Law; authorizes possession of a rifle or shotgun at a shooting range by a person between the ages of ten and twelve under the immediate supervision of certain authorized persons.
Status: To Senate Committee on Codes on January 26
 
Introduced: 01/26/2017
Sponsor: Senator William Larkin
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides for lifetime sportsman licenses for honorably discharged, disabled veterans.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 26

New York S 3838
Introduced:  01/27/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Patty Ritchie, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Off Highway Vehicles
Summary:  Relates to the creation of an ATV trail fund.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation on January 27
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Senator Patty Ritchie, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; creates a process for the issuance of a temporary permit to carry or possess a firearm for persons who are not residents of the state of New York; provides an affirmative defense to possession of a loaded firearm by certain persons; provides reciprocity for persons licensed in other states.
Status: To Senate Committee on Codes on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Senator Patty Ritchie, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles
Summary:  Relates to the creation of an ATV trail fund and the use of ATVs.
Status: To Senate Committee on Codes on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Senator James L. Seward, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Standard Capacity Magazines
Summary:  Repeals provision of law prohibiting the possession of certain large capacity ammunition feeding devices and the exemption of certain ammunition feeding devices at firing ranges.
Status: To Senate Committee on Codes on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Senator Kenneth P. Lavalle
Issue Brief: Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary:  Relates to youth pheasant hunting days on Long Island.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 31
 
New York S 3986                      
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Senator Rich Funke, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Wildlife Councils for Public Education
Summary:  Creates the I love NY outdoors program; requires the commissioner of economic development to develop a marketing strategy that would promote New York as a premiere destination for hunting and fishing; appropriates $2,500,000 therefor.
Status: To Senate Committee on Finance on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/12/2017
Sponsor: Senator John H. Eichelberger, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Amends Title 30 (Fish) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, providing for power to set fees in fiscal affairs; provides for collection fee for uncollectible checks; in fishing licenses; provides for nonresident and tourist licenses, for one-day resident fishing license, for license, permit and issuing agent fees and for license and permit packaging options.
Status: Passed Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries (12-0); in Senate, read first time on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mario Scavello, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Amends the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Game provision, in hunting and fur-taking; provides for hunting on Sunday prohibited.
Status: Passed Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries (12-0); in Senate, read first time on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/26/2017
Sponsor: Senator Pat Stefano, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Relates to Game; relates to Pennsylvania Game Commission; provides for powers and duties of commission and for accountability; relates to hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for license costs and fees and making an editorial change.
Status: Passed Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries (12-0); in Senate, read first time on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/26/2017
Sponsor: Senator Scott Hutchinson, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; relates to hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for resident license and fee exemptions; provides for license costs and fees; makes editorial changes.
Status: To Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries on January 26
 
Vermont H 58                          
Introduced: 01/13/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Butch Shaw, Member, Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to awarding hunting and fishing licenses at no cost to persons 65 years of age or Older.
Status: From House Committee on Ways and Means: Recommended with amendment; Committee amendment adopted on House floor on February 1



SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor:  Representative K.L. Brown
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups; Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Relates to dog or cat breeders; establishes the Alabama Dog and Cat Breeders Commission; gives the commission the authority to license dog and cat breeders; provides exemptions of certain animals and breeders; authorizes the commission, by rule, to set certain standards for breeding and the minimum standard of care for certain animals, perform inspections and investigations, set licensing requirements and fees, require certain notifications, perform criminal background checks.
Status:  Prefiled on January 25
 
Introduced:  01/30/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Tom Whatley
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:  Prefiled on January 30
 
Introduced:  1/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Halsley Beshears, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Caucus Chair
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
Summary: Prefiled on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/26/2017
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:  In Senate. On Committee agenda 02/07/2017 on January 30
 
Introduced:  1/30/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jason Shaw, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to seasons and bag limits, promulgation of rules and regulations by the board, possession of more than bag limit, and reporting number of deer killed; changes certain provisions relating to open seasons for the hunting of deer; provides for related matters; provides for an effective date; repeals conflicting laws.
Status:  In House: Read second time on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/24/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bill Heath, Vice President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates to hunting, trapping, and fishing license, permit, tag, and stamp fees, so as to freeze the cost of certain hunting licenses that are renewed before expiration; provides for prospective application; provides for related matters; repeals conflicting laws.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Natural Resource and Environment on January 25
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative Randy Boyd, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Requires the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to provide public notice to counties of proposed regulatory changes affecting hunting, fishing and wildlife gaming in certain counties in a newspaper of general circulation in the affected county or state; specifies the frequency and format of the publication of such notice; authorizes the county board of supervisors to request a public meeting with the commission or its designated representatives.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative Randy Boyd , Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Prohibits the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks from issuing citations penalizing any licensed hunter engaged in hunting for deer or hogs with dogs on any state or county wildlife management area when such hunter enters the property of another to retrieve a runaway dog; provides that the hunter shall be civilly liable for any damages caused by a trespassing dog.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Ashley Henley
Issue Brief:  Hunter Education
Summary:  Provides an exemption to any resident who is an active duty, retired or honorably discharged member of the armed forces, including the reserves and National Guard, from the hunter education course requirements as a condition of receiving any license for which such course is required; provides that the exempted resident shall have in his possession and on his person any proof as may be required by the commission.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative Randy Boyd , Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Authorizes the state Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to designate certain sections within selected wildlife management areas as zones for hunting deer with dogs during any regulated deer season; authorizes the commission to designate certain sections within selected wildlife management areas as zones for hunting wild hogs with dogs; requires hunters when hunting wild hogs during any season established by the commission for hunting deer on wildlife management areas, to meet certain requirements.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Brad Touchstone
Issue Brief:  Hunting, Angling & Nature Appreciation in Schools; Hunter Education
Summary:  Includes hunter safety education as part of the public school curriculum; limits the course attendance to students in the sixth through twelfth grades; requires the course to be taught by a person certified by the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; provides that the determination of whether to offer hunter safety education in a school shall be in the discretion of the school district superintendents.
Status:  Title Deemed Sufficient by House Committee: Do Pass Recommended Substitute on January 26
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Manly Barton, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Extends the repealer on the provision of law relating to the hunting, trapping and taking of nuisance animals from 2017 to 2021.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Andy Gipson, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Extends squirrel season through the first week of March subject to a daily bag limit of three squirrels per hunter.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Jason White
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands; Modern Restraining Animal Traps; Contraception Preemption; Hunting with Dogs
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: Committee substitute adopted on House floor. Passed House. To Senate on February 2
 
Introduced:  01/13/2017
Sponsor: Representative Trey Lamar, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Provides that nonresident National Guard and reserve members may obtain a resident hunting and fishing license and a fourteen-day Armed Forces license.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/17/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bryant Clark, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Caucus Chair
Issue Brief:  Off Highway Vehicles
Summary:  Requires all-terrain vehicles to obtain a certificate of number; authorizes the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to issue the certificates; provides that the certificate of number shall be placed on the all-terrain vehicles; provides a penalty for violations.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/17/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Ken Morgan
Issue Brief:  White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a preferred Management Tool
Summary:  Requires the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to develop a program for tagging white-tailed deer and wild turkey.
Status:  Title Deemed Sufficient by House Committee: Do Pass Recommended Substitute on January 26
 
Introduced:  01/17/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bryant Clark, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Caucus Chair
Issue Brief:  Off Highway Vehicles
Summary:  Allows all-terrain vehicles to obtain a certificate of number; requires all all-terrain vehicles used on public lands to obtain a certificate of number; authorizes the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to issue the certificates; provides that the certificate of number shall be placed on the all-terrain vehicles; provides a penalty for violations.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor: Representative Joey Hood, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Crossbows, General
Summary:  Allows persons exempt from having a hunting license by reason of disability to use an airbow during any open season on deer, turkey or small game.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Kevin Blackwell, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Relates to deer hunting with dogs; authorizes the commission to regulate and require permits and licenses.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Angela Hill, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Caucus Chair
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Authorizes residents of this state who are active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States to hunt and fish in this state without a license regardless or where they are serving on active duty; authorizes honorably discharged veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States who are residents of this state to hunt and fish in this state without a license.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gray Tollison
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Provides that for hunters 75 years of age or older all of the bag limit on antlered deer set by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks may be any antlered deer.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Joseph Seymour , Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Clarifies the prohibition against hunting on any street, public land, public road, public highway, levee, or railroad.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bob Dearing, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Allows mentally handicapped persons to hunt during any special youth season established by the commission on wildlife, fisheries and parks; exempts those persons from obtaining a license.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bob Dearing, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Off Highway Vehicles 
Summary:  Clarifies that persons using all-terrain vehicles in public waterways without permission of landowner are not entitled to recover damages against such landowner for injuries.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Joseph Seymour, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Feral Hogs
Summary:  Removes the size limitation on the enclosure that a wild hog may be released into for purpose of slaughter; requires the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to issue metallic tags that must be affixed to the ear of each wild hog being transported within the state.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/13/2017
Sponsor: Senator Briggs Hopson, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (general)
Summary:  Authorizes the designation on driver's licenses and identification cards for a person possessing a lifetime sportsman hunting and fishing license.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/13/2017
Sponsor: Senator Joseph Seymour, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Requires the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to publish in certain newspapers notice of proposed rules regarding the regulation of hunting, fishing or wild game; provides the content of the notice; provides that the publication of the notice shall begin on the date that notice of the proposed adoption of the rules are filed with the Secretary of State under the Mississippi administrative procedures law.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/13/2017
Sponsor: Senator Briggs Hopson, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
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:  From Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks: Recommended as Substituted on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/19/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Jackson, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Requires the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Transportation, to identify existing and needed wildlife corridors; files a report and recommendations.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Deborah Jeanne Dawkins
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Recommends the assessment of the economic value of the natural resources of the state; requires the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Department of Transportation, to identify existing and needed wildlife corridors; files a report and recommendations.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Joseph Seymour, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to wildlife; revises prima facie evidence of hunting, fishing and trapping.
Status:  Died in committee on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Senator Cliff Hite, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Member
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Revises specified laws relating to environmental protection.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor:  Representative David R. Hiott, Member, South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Terminally Ill Youth Hunting Opportunities
Summary:  Provides that the director of the Department of Natural Resources may issue special authorization for hunting and fishing to any person who is not more than twenty-one years old who has been diagnosed with a terminal or life threatening illness or injury who is sponsored by certain nonprofit charitable organizations.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate. To Senate Committee on Fish, Game, and Forestry on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Mike Burns
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  Relates to entry on another's lands without permission; provides that persons who enter with notice onto land without permission are guilty of a misdemeanor; requires persons with written consent to hunt, fish, or trap on lands that have notice posted prohibiting entry must carry a copy of the club membership while on the land; defines the word notice.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary on January 25
 
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:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/31/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Dale Carr
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Relates to Game and Fish Laws; alters hunting and fishing license discounts available to honorably discharged veterans.
Status:  Introduced on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/31/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Susan Lynn
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Relates to Department of Commerce and Insurance; requires registration with the department to operate as a commercial dog breeder; creates inspection requirements for commercial dog breeders; creates Class A misdemeanor offense for a person to knowingly operate as a commercial dog breeder without being registered.
Status:  Introduced on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/30/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Doug Overbey
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Alters hunting and fishing license discounts available to honorably discharged veterans
Status: Introduced on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate R. Lee Ware
Issue Brief:  Knife Ban Repeal
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 Senate Committee on Courts of Justice on January 31

Introduced:  01/11/2017
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:  To Senate Committee on Finance on January 27
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Bobby Orrock
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheeps 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: From Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources: Reported with substitute on February 2

Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Gordon Helsel
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to Marine Resources Commission; relates to registration as commercial fisherman; relates to family member or employee; directs the Marine Resources Commission to grant a preference for an exception to the two-year delay in the effective date of a registration as a commercial fisherman; requires the preference to benefit a license applicant who is a member of the immediate family or a documented employee of commercial fisherman who is retiring.
Status:  From House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Reported favorably on February 1
 
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:  From House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Reported with substitute, and Committee substitute printed on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Robert S. Bloxom
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to Marine Resources Commission; relates to advisory committees; establishes four advisory committees to make recommendations to the Marine Resources Commission on issues relating to the management of, respectively, crab, finfish, shellfish, and habitat; reorganizes two existing advisory boards that deal with commercial fishing and recreational fishing.
Status: In Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources: Failed to report on February 2

Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate William J. Howell
Issue Brief:  Hunting Dogs
Summary:  Relates to dogs running at large; relates to civil penalty; prohibits dog owners from allowing dogs to run at large on the property of another after the landowner has given notice to the dog owner to keep the dog off of the property; provides for a per dog civil penalty enforced by animal control, conservation police, and other law-enforcement officers for each violation; provides that notice may be given verbally, in writing, with signs, or with blue tree markings.
Status:  From House Committee on Rules: Reported with substitute, and Committee substitute printed on January 31.
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate James E. Edmunds, Member, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to slingbow hunting; relates to license; authorizes the use of a slingbow to hunt small and big game when a hunter is licensed to hunt with a bow and arrow.
Status:  From House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Reported with amendment on February 1.
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate James E. Edmunds, Member, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to hunting apparel; relates to blaze pink; allows hunters to wear blaze pink instead of blaze orange hunting apparel when required during firearms deer hunting season or the special season for hunting deer with a muzzle-loading rifle.
Status:  From House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Reported favorably on February 1.
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate James E. Edmunds, Member, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to hunting of big game species; relates to licenses; creates separate licenses to hunt each big game species, as defined by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, instead of one license for all big game species.
Status:  From House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Reported with substitute, and Committee substitute printed on February 1.
 
Introduced: 01/17/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate C. Matt Farris
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to dangerous dogs; removes the requirement that a law-enforcement officer or animal control officer apply for a summons requiring a dog owner to appear before a general district court when the officer has reason to believe that the dog is dangerous; relates to cases where a dog has bitten a cat or dog; requires investigation by an officer for certain exemptions from the definition of dangerous dog to apply and removes an exemption for good cause as determined by a court.
Status:  From House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Reported with amendment on February 1.
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Charles D Poindexter
Issue Brief:  Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  Relates to study; relates to study the current and potential impact of zebra and quagga mussels in Virginia Waters and propose strategies, campaigns, and necessary state actions to protect Virginia Waters from zebra and quagga mussel infestation; relates to report; requests the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to study the current and potential impact of zebra and quagga mussels in Virginia Waters and propose strategies, campaigns, and necessary state actions to protect Virginia Waters from zebra.
Status:  In House Committee on Rules: Tabled on January 26
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator William Stanley
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to public animal shelters; relates to dogs; relates to euthanasia; requires a public animal shelter to notify any person or releasing agency of its intent to euthanize an abandoned dog, and to wait five days before euthanizing the dog, if the person or agency has requested the adoption or transfer of the particular animal; provides that the shelter is not required to provide such notice if it has reason to believe that the dog has injured a human or the dog meets certain other specified conditions.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on February 1
 
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: To House Committee on Courts of Justice on January 30.
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Richard H. Stuart
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to boating safety course; relates to database listing operators who have passed course; directs the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (the Department) to create a database listing the name and date of birth of every person who has at any time passed an approved boating safety course; requires a law-enforcement officer to search the database for the identity of a motorboat operator if the operator states that he has complied with the requirements for boating safety education.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on February 2
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Scott A. Surovell
Issue Brief:  Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  Relates to introduction of snakehead fish; relates to penalty; prohibits the introduction of snakehead fish from any location into state Waters; provides that current law only prohibits the introduction of snakehead fish from outside the Commonwealth.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 27
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Frank M. Ruff
Issue Brief:  Guns
Summary:  Relates to muzzleloader firearms; relates to definition; incorporates the Virginia criminal law definition of a muzzleloader into the current statutory definitions of muzzleloading pistol, muzzleloading rifle, and muzzleloading shotgun located in the Game and Inland Fisheries Title.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on February 2
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Relates to land preservation tax credit; relates to per taxpayer limitation; extends to taxable year the specified limit on the amount that a taxpayer may claim per year under the land preservation tax credit; the bill retains the specified limit for each subsequent taxable year.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Finance: Reported favorably on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor:  Senator A. Benton Chafin
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates to hunting license; relates to bear, deer, or turkey; relates to electronic carry; removes the requirement that a license to hunt bear, deer, or turkey be carried in paper form, allowing it to be carried by electronic or computerized means.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 27
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Lionell Spruill
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; relates to landlord to inspect vacated dwelling unit for abandoned animals; relates to penalty; requires a landlord who knew or should have known that a dwelling unit has been vacated to inspect such dwelling unit for the presence of any abandoned animals; provides that if an abandoned animal is discovered, the landlord is required to notify an animal control officer or law enforcement of the presence and condition of the animal.
Status: Committee substitute adopted on Senate floor and engrossed by Senate as substituted on February 2

Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Lynwood W. Lewis
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to sale of dog or cat not obtained from releasing agency or animal rescue; authorizes localities to adopt ordinances prohibiting the sale in a business of any dog or cat that was not obtained from a state releasing agency or a nonprofit animal rescue organization.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 30.
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senator William Stanley
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to killing of dog or cat prohibited; relates to penalty; prohibits the humane killing of a dog or cat that is a companion animal unless the animal poses an immediate physical threat to a person or is in extreme distress and would suffer further as a result of a delay in seeking veterinary care; makes a violation a Class 2 misdemeanor, with any subsequent violation a Class 6 felony; exempts from the prohibition any veterinarian or other authorized person.
Status: In Committee on Finance: Passed by indefinitely on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Richard H. Stuart
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  Relates to landowner liability; relates to recreational access; provides that a landowner who has entered into an agreement with a public entity or nonprofit concerning the use of his land for public recreation shall be immune from liability to a member of the public arising out of the recreational use of the land.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on February 2

Introduced:  01/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Mark D. Obenshain
Issue Brief:  Guns
Summary:  Relates to possession of antique firearms; relates to nonviolent felons; permits nonviolent felons to possess, transport, and carry antique firearms and black powder in a quantity not exceeding five pounds if it is intended to be used solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes in antique firearms.
Status: To House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety on February 2



MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Guns (General); Modern Sporting Rifle
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:  To House Committee on Rules on January 25
 
Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Guns (General); Modern Sporting Rifle
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:  To House Committee on Rules on January 25
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Senator Neil Anderson, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code, provides it shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, gray fox, red fox, raccoon, weasel, mink, muskrat, badger, bobcat, and opossum except during the open season which will be set annually by the Director to start at specified dates and times
Status: To Senate Committee on Assignments on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017 
Sponsor:  Representative Charles Isenhart
Issue Brief:  American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Relates to a Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa relating to the funding of natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund.
Status:  To House Committee on Natural Resources on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
Issue Brief: Modern Sporting Rifle, Standard Capacity Magazines
Summary: Prohibits the sale or transfer of semiautomatic assault weapons, providing penalities; includes effective date and applicability provisions.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on January 31
 
Introduced:  01/26/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Jake Chapman
Issue Brief:  Fishing Tournaments; Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  Relates to bass fishing in the state.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on February 2
 
Introduced:  01/26/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Jake Chapman
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  Relates to the restriction of hunting on private property by the Natural Resource Commission.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment on February 1
 
Introduced: 01/30/2017 
Sponsor:  Senator Rich Taylor
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Requires the natural resource commission to allow catfish to be taken by hand fishing; provides penalties.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on January 30
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Senate Nate Boulton
Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax
Summary: Relates to revenue and taxation by increasing the sales and use tax rates, establishing transfers to the natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund; includes effective date provisions.
Status: In Senate Committee on Ways and Means on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/24/2017
Sponsor: Senator David J. Johnson, Co-Chair, Iowa Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife
Summary:  Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa providing that the people of the state have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on January 26
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: House Agriculture Committee
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Relates to hunting on private land by written permission only.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture on February 1
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: House Agriculture Committee
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a preferred Management Tool, General License
Summary: Relates to the transferability of deer permits.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture on February 1
 
Introduced:  1/26/2017
Sponsor: Representative Robert Kosowski, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Provides first preference to veterans in lotteries for hunting.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on January 26
 
Introduced:  1/25/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Charles Wiger
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Modifies age to take deer of either sex
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance on January 26
 
Introduced: 01/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Randy Dunn
Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation Programs
Summary: Allows donations of meat, eggs, milk, grains, fruits, and vegetables to a food pantry to qualify for a tax credit.
Status: To House Committee on Ways and Means on February 1
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Allows nonresidents who own at least 80 Acres of real property in Missouri to only be assessed 50% of the fee for any nonresident hunting, fishing, or trapping permit.
Status: Introduced on January 31
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax
Summary: Amends the Constitution to require that the sales tax dedicated to conservation purposes be resubmitted to the voters for approval every 10 years.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production, and Outdoor Resources on February 2 
 
Introduced: 01/18/2017 
Sponsor: Senator Paul Schumacher, Member, Nebraska Legislative Sportsmen's Forum
Issue Brief:  Knife Ban Repeal
Summary:  Defines the term knife for certain provisions of the criminal code.
Status:  Committee hearing on March 1
 
Introduced: 01/17/2017
Sponsor: Senator Michael Groene
Issue Brief: Crossbows, General
Summary: Provides for the possession of archery equipment and knives for recreational purposes.
Status: Committee hearing on March 1
 
Introduced:  1/05/2017
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.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate on February 2
 
Introduced:  1/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Randy Boehning and Representative Ben Koppelman, Members, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Relates to requiring reasonable suspicion for certain traffic stops and stops for violations of laws relating to wildlife.
Status: Failed to pass the House on January 27
 
Introduced:  1/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Apprentice Hunting License
Summary:  Relates to youth hunting and protection of Bald Eagles.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate on January 30
 
Introduced:  1/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Gretchen Dovervich
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to lifetime fishing licenses.
Status: Failed to pass House on January 27
 
Introduced:  1/13/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Jerry Klein
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to nonresident waterfowl hunting licenses.
Status:  Failed to pass Senate on January 30
 
Introduced:  1/18/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Larry Robinson
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:   Relates to agent fees for distribution of hunting and fishing licenses; includes licenses to agents outside the state; regulates license fees and certificate fees.
Status: Passed Senate. To House on February 1
 
Introduced:  1/16/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Jerry Klein
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:   Relates to nonresident waterfowl hunting licenses.
Status:  Passed Senate. To House on January 31
 
Introduced:  1/25/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Elizabeth May
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Provides for the transfer of certain landowner hunting licenses.
Status:  In House. Deferred to the 15th Legislative Day on February 1
 
Introduced:  1/25/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Elizabeth May
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Revises certain provisions regarding resident fishing possession limits.
Status: Passed House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources with amendment on February 2
 
Introduced:  1/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Sam Marty, Member, South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Transfers land owned by Department of Game, Fish and Parks to state and prohibits Department of Game, Fish and Parks from buying any real property.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 31
 
Introduced:  1/26/2017
Sponsor: Senator Brock Greenfield, Member, South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Revises the area where certain nonresident waterfowl licenses may be issued.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 27
 
Introduced:  1/31/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Al Novstrup
Summary:  Provides for the permitting of waterfowl outfitters, and to dedicate fees and surcharges paid by waterfowl outfitters for use on certain game production areas.
Status: To Senate Committee on State Affairs on February 1
 
Introduced:  1/26/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Ryan Maher
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Revises provisions regarding the amount licensing agents may collect on the sale of certain licenses for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture Natural Resources on January 27
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor: Senator Brandon Creighton, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
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: To Senate Committee on Finance on January 25
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor: Senator Craig Estes, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:   Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Gear
Summary:  Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the appropriation of the net revenue received from the imposition of the state sales and use tax on sporting goods.
Status: To Senate Committee on Finance on January 30


WESTWESTERN STATES  


Introduced : 01/27/2017
Sponsor : Representative Neal Foster
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 : To House Committee on Community and Regional Affairs; additionally referred to House Committee on Judiciary on January 27

Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gail Griffin, Member, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife
Issue Briefs: General, Apprentice Hunting License,   Enforcement
Summary:  Relates to The Department of Game and Fish omnibus.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Water: do pass on January 30
 
Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gail Griffin, Member, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife
Issue Briefs: General
Summary:  Relates to the Endangered Species Act; r elates to critical habitat; relates to expansion; relates to urging repeal.
Status:  Senate engrossed. Printed on February 2

Introduced:  01/26/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gail Griffin, Member, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife
Issue Brief: General 
Summary:  Relates to urging delisting of gray wolf.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Water on January 31

Introduced : 01/17/2017
Sponsor : Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, Member, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Rep. Jeni Arndt, Co-Chair, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Rep. Jon Becker, Member, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Senator Randy Baumgardner, Co-Chair, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Senator Jerry Sonnenberg
Issue Brief : Invasive Species
Summary : Concerns funding for the prevention of aquatic nuisance species in Colorado.
Status : Passed Senate on February 2

Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Owen Hill
Issue Brief:  Knife Definitions 
Summary:  Concerns legalizing certain knives.
Status:  In Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate. To House
 
Introduced:  01/23/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Kaniela Ing
Issue Brief: General 
Summary:  Establishes a goal for the Department of Land and Natural Resources to designate and adopt rules for the management of no fewer than four community-based subsistence fishing areas by December 31, 2020; establishes designation process and rule requirements.
Status:  To House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs on January 27
 
Introduced:  01/23/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Lyn DeCoite
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  Requires hunters to obtain prior written permission from landowners, occupiers, or holders of private lands to hunt on private lands; excludes Native Hawaiian gathering rights.
Status: To House Committee on Water and Land on January 27
 
Introduced:  01/23/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Joseph Souki
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Requires any rule adopted by Department of Land and Natural Resources that restricts the fishing of bottomfish to include peer-reviewed scientific evidence that establishes the environmental necessity of the rule.
Status:  To House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs on January 27
 
Introduced:  01/24/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Bob McDermott
Issue Brief: Range Protection
Summary:  Provides protections against burdensome retroactive regulation and lawsuits; prevents frivolous claims against shooting range operators and individuals engaging in target shooting.
Status:  To House Committee on Intrastate Commerce on January 30
 
Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Ryan Yamane
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Authorizes licensed hunters who comply with state firearms law to possess and use firearm noise suppressors while hunting; authorizes the manufacture and sale of firearm noise suppressors for licensed hunters who comply with state firearms law.
Status: To House Committee on Water and Land on January 30
 
Introduced : 01/19/2017
Sponsor : Senate Finance Committee
Issue Brief : Budget Bills
Summary : Appropriates an additional $400,000 to the Department of Fish and Game for fiscal year 2017.
Status : Passed House (60-10); eligible for Governor on January 30
 
Prefiled : 11/29/2016
Sponsor : Office of Senator Jill Cohenour
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Establishes elk advisory council in Fish, Wildlife & Parks; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status : Draft delivered to requester on January 30
 
Prefiled : 11/29/2016
Sponsor : Office of Senator Jill Cohenour
Issue Brief : Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary : Prohibits importing certain animal body parts from chronic wasting disease states; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status : Draft ready for delivery on January 26
 
Introduced : Prefiled on 12/07/2016
Sponsor : Senator Jedediah Hinkle, Co-Chair, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Prohibits posting of public land with no trespassing signs; relates to state lands.
Status : Draft in input/proofing on January 27
                         
Prefiled : 12/30/2016
Sponsor : Representative Becky Beard
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Creates voluntary hunting license check-off for predator control; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status : Draft delivered to requester on January 27
 
Prefiled : 12/07/2016
Sponsor : Office of Senator Jennifer Fielder
Issue Brief : Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary : Concerns the constitutional referendum establishing right to hunt, fish, and trap wildlife; relates to constitutional amendment proposals; relates to fish and wildlife..
Status : Draft taken off hold on January 30
                                               
Prefiled : 01/18/2017
Sponsor : Office of Senator Chas Vincent
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Concerns the resolution to delist grizzly bear population from ESA; relates to federal government; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to legislature.
Status : Draft on hold on January 28
 
Prefiled : 01/30/2017
Sponsor : Fish and Game Standing Committee
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Revises laws related to hunter apparel; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to rule making.
Status : Draft to requester for review on January 30
 
Introduced : 01/02/2017
Sponsor : Senator JP Pomnichowski
Issue Brief : Enforcement
Summary : Allows electronic validation of electronic hunting licenses or tags for game animals and wild turkeys; excludes the collection of hunter location data through the use of a global positioning system; provides rulemaking authority; provides penalties.
Status : In Senate; second reading passed (45-3) on January 31
 
Prefiled : 01/06/2017
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.
Status : In Senate; second reading passed (39-9) on January 31
                                                           
Introduced : 01/11/2017
Sponsor : Senator Mike Phillips
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Concerns allowing funds in wolf management account to be used for management activities.
Status : Scheduled hearing cancelled on January 31
 
Introduced:  0 1/24/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mo Denis, Co-Chair, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Wildlife Councils for Public Education
Summary:  Creates the Nevada Wildlife Public Education Council.
Status: Prefiled on January 27
 
Introduced : 01/17/2017
Sponsor : Representative Alonzo Baldonado, Member, New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Enforcement
Summary : Relates to game and fish; amends sections of chapter 17 NMSA 1978 to provide stricter penalties for major violations.
Status : To House Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources on January 18
                                                           
Introduced : 01/17/2017
Sponsor : Senator Stephanie Garcia Richard
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Relates to public health; prescribes factors to determine the management and disposition of wild animals that have bitten or otherwise potentially exposed a human to rabies.
Status : To House Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources on January 18
 
Introduced : 01/19/2017
Sponsor : Representative Bealquin Gomez
Issue Brief : Access to Private Lands
Summary : Relates to game and fish; clarifies that the purpose of the big game depredation fund includes compensation of landowners for the financial damages caused by big game.
Status : From House Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources: Without recommendation on February 2 
 
Introduced : 01/17/2017
Sponsor : Senator Mimi Stewart
Issue Brief : Ivory
Summary : Relates to wildlife; enacts the wildlife trafficking act; provides powers and duties; prohibits certain actions; makes trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction a crime; provides exceptions; prescribes penalties.
Status : From Senate Committee on Conservation: With amendment without recommendation on January 27
 
Introduced : 01/30/2017
Sponsor : Senator Liz Stefanics
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Relates to game and fish; provides that licenses shall be issued for one calendar year following the date of issuance.
Status : To Senate Committee on Conservation on January 30
 
Introduced : 01/30/2017
Sponsor : Senator Jeff Steinborn
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Relates to game and fish; clarifies the mission and purpose of the State Game Commission.
Status : To Senate Committee on Conservation on January 30
 
Introduced : 01/30/2017
Sponsor : Senator Jeff Steinborn
Issue Brief : Anti
Summary : Relates to game and fish; protects additional animals as fur-bearers; provides for species management based on best available science; prevents the taking of coyotes without a permit.
Status : To Senate Committee on Conservation on January 30
 
Introduced : 01/30/2017
Sponsor : Senator Jeff Steinborn
Issue Brief : Anti
Summary : Relates to animals; prohibits coyote-killing contests; defines coyote-killing contest.
Status : To Senate Committee on Conservation on January 30
 
Introduced : 01/30/2017
Sponsor : Senator George Munoz, Member, New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary : Proposes an amendment to Article 2 of the Constitution of New Mexico by adding a new section to protect the right to hunt and fish.
Status : To Senate Committee on Conservation on January 30
 
Introduced:  01/23/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Mike McKell
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Modifies the procedure for the acquisition or possession of a hunting license or permit or a furbearer license.
Status: From Senate Committee on Rules. To Senate Standing Committee on February 2
 
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 : Public hearing scheduled on January 31
 
Introduced : 01/27/2017
Sponsor : Senator Phil Fortunato, Co-Chair, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Hunter Education
Summary : Provides funding for the hunter education training program operated by the department of fish and wildlife through the issuance of national rifle association special license plates.
Status : To Senate Committee on Transportation on January 27
 
Introduced : 01/10/2017
Sponsor : Representative Aaron Clausen
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Relates to game and fish; prohibits collection of antlers and horns on private property as specified; provides a penalty; provides for an effective date.
Status : From Senate Committee on Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources: Do Pass on February 2
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Jim Allen
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; provides for nonresident five (5) day fishing licenses; exempts holders of such licenses from conservation stamp purchase requirement; provides for fees; provides for an effective date.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources on February 1
 
Introduced:  01/12/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Tyler Lindholm
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps; Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; specifies determinations of allowable harvests for mountain lions and bobcats; reserves a certain percentage of mountain lion licenses for residents as specified; allows regulation of use of dogs for residents and nonresidents.
Status: Hearing on February 7, 8:00 am, S27
 
Introduced:  01/24/2017
Sponsor:  Representative David R. Miller
Issue Brief:  Apprentice Hunting License; Hunter Education; Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; provides an exception to the hunter safety certificate requirement for hunting small game and game birds with a mentor; specifies requirements; provides rulemaking authority; provides for an effective date.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate on February 2 (58-2)
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Select Committee on Natural Resource Funding
Issue Brief:  American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Relates to the Wildlife and Natural Resource Funding Act; provides for funding of large projects under that act; specifies large projects approved for funding; requires certifications regarding kickbacks and gifts; provides appropriations; provides for reversion of funds; provides for an effective date.
Status:  Passed Senate. To House on January 26
 
Introduced:  01/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Anthony Bouchard
Issue Brief:  Apprentice Hunting License; Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; authorizes issuance of mentor antelope hunting vouchers and antelope licenses as specified; establishes a fee; provides for a penalty; provides for effective dates.
Status: From Senate Committee of the Whole; Do not pass on January 27 (8-21)
 
Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Dan Dockstader
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; limits the acreage authorized for a migratory bird refuge in Lincoln county; repeals a related provision; provides applicability; provides for an effective date.
Status: From Senate Committee on Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Culture Resources: Do pass on February 2 (5-0)
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