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 9, 2017

NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Melissa H. Ziobron, Member, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  Requires the department of energy and environmental protection to prepare a plan for the rapid detection and eradication of newly discovered terrestrial invasive species; develops a plan to detect terrestrial invasive species.
Status: To Joint Committee on Environment January 11
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jeffrey Spiegelman, Co-Chair, Delaware Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Game Meat Donation Programs
Summary:  Makes a specified chapter consistent with the Bill Emerson Act by protecting a gleaner from civil or criminal liability as it relates to their donation of the gleaned food; provides the state is free to provide greater protection than the Bill Emerson Act; extends to those who, in good faith, donate food to state agencies the same immunity from civil or criminal liability that is granted to those who, in good faith, donate food to nonprofit organizations.
Status:  To House Committee on Health and Human Development on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen J. Wood,  Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Contraception Preemption; 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:  House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Raymond A. Wallace
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Provides that a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States is exempt from hunter safety course requirements if that veteran provides at the time of application for a hunting license that veteran's Armed Forces Report of Transfer or Discharge, DD Form 214, or its predecessor or successor forms, or certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the appropriate branch of the Armed Forces of the United States verifying the applicant's military service and honorable discharge.
Status:  Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Russell Black, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Allows persons of a certain age to receive a permit to lawfully take an antlerless deer during the open season on deer; directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to designate which hunting zones are open to the taking of antlerless deer.
Status:  Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative David Harold McCrea
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary:  Allows licensed hunters to hunt wild birds on Sundays with a shotgun.
Status:  Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Carolyn J.B. Howard
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates to catching crabs using trotline gear.
Status:  In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on January 25
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Ned Carey, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to issue a complimentary angler's license, Chesapeake Bay and coastal sport fishing license, or hunting license and any associated State-issued stamps or permits to a State resident who is a recipient of the Purple Heart award; makes certain stylistic changes; relates generally to complimentary hunting and fishing licenses for recipients of the Purple Heart award.
Status:  In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on January 25
 
Prefiled:  12/20/2016
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:  In House Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on January 24
 
Prefiled:  12/20/2016
Sponsor: Senator Bryan W. Simonaire, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunter Education
Summary:  Relates to hunter safety courses.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on January 24
 
Introduced: 1/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mark Proulx, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Allows a person to carry a loaded rifle, shotgun, or crossbow in a motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, aircraft, or boat.
Status:  Public hearing on January 17

Introduced: 1/04/2017
Sponsor:  Representative John A. Mullen
Issue Brief:  Terminally Ill Youth Hunting Opportunities
Summary:  Allows permits issued to Hunt Of A Lifetime to provide hunting adventures to New Hampshire residents 21 years of age or under with life-threatening, critical, or terminal illnesses to be used by nonresident applicants.
Status:  Public hearing on January 17

Introduced: 1/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Gene G. Chandler, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Provides for a portion of funds in the wildlife habitat account to be used for fish and game department boundary work, and prohibits wildlife habitat account and fisheries habitat account funds from being expended for equipment; the bill also corrects references to legislative committees.
Status:  Public hearing on January 17
 
Introduced: 1/04/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Steven Smith
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills
Summary:  Relates to temporary OHRV registrations for nonresidents.
Status:  Filed as LSR 187 on January 6
 
Introduced: 1/04/2017
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 on January 17
 
Introduced:  1/04/2017 
Sponsor:  Senator Jeb E. Bradley
Issue Brief:  Guns (General)
Summary:  Repeals the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.
Status:   From Senate Committee on Judiciary on January 12

Introduced:  02/08/2016
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Vincent Mazzeo
Issue Brief:  Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact
Summary:  Enters the state in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact; provides reciprocal sharing of information regarding hunting, fishing, and trapping violations.
Status:  Signed by Governor on January 9

Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: 
Senator Steven Oroho, Co-Chair, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus 
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Designates first full week of June each year as New Jersey Fishing and Boating Week.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on January 9

Introduced:  03/07/2016
Sponsor: Senator Jeff Van Drew, Member, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Designates striped bass (Morone saxatilis) as New Jersey saltwater fish.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Environment and Energy as amended on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Authorizes special access to hunting and fishing grounds on state land for handicapped individuals.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, 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 for lifetime sportsman licenses for honorably discharged, disabled veterans.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9

Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Apprentice Hunting License
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to lowering the age for universal hunting licenses.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Crossbows
Summary:  Authorizes the taking of wildlife by the use of a crossbow; makes related provisions.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Carrie Woerner
Issue Brief:  Game Meat Donation Programs
Summary:  Amends the Tax Law; establishes the venison donation tax credit.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife
Summary:  Relates to the right to hunt, trap and fish; provides for regulation by the state.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; directs the commissioner of environmental conservation to promulgate rules and regulations establishing gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses in New York State.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Amends the Tax Law; provides a tax credit for the cost of fishing and hunting licenses issued to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Clifford W. Crouch, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Guns (General)
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; clarifies that licenses to carry firearms may be issued to non-resident individuals.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Codes on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Clifford W. Crouch, Co-Chair, 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 tax credits equal to the cost of the issuance of fishing and hunting licenses to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Allows veterans of the armed Forces of the United States to fish for free in state parks under the jurisdiction of a state agency.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunting, Angling & Nature Appreciation in Schools
Summary:  Creates a legislative task force on outdoor environmental education and recreation that will benefit residents of New York state by fostering stewardship and conservation of the environment, and an appreciation of the importance of the wise use of natural resources as well as acknowledgment of the health benefits of time spent in nature.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to management of wildlife resources; permits the release of certain ring-necked pheasant or quail birds without permit; adjusts the hunting season to August 16 through April 15, catch limits, and geographic areas for hunting certain species.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead)
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; authorizes shooting preserves and shooting clubs to sell ammunition for exclusive use on the premises thereof without being deemed a seller of ammunition.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Codes on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; protects certain information on hunting, fishing and trapping license and permit applications from disclosure or release outside of the department of environmental conservation.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to the regulation of live restraint cable devices to take wildlife; authorizes regulations by the department of environmental conservation.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 4
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Joseph E. Robach
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to the illegal taking of deer.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 4
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Elizabeth Little
Issue Brief:  Recreational Fishing and Spatial Planning - Zoning of State and Federal Waters
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; enhances the regulation of the provision of services of guides and the outfitters who procure guides.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 4
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Jose Peralta
Issue Brief:  Microstamping
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; requires semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in this state to be capable of microstamping ammunition; establishes fines for violations of this requirement and provides for an affirmative defense if the dealer had a certification from the manufacturer.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Codes on January 4

Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Catharine Young
Issue Brief:  Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife
Summary:  Provides for the licensing, regulation and protection of hunting ranch facilities.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 4
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Phil Boyle
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Standard Capacity Magazines
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law to create the Defend Our Homes Act; authorizes the possession of a magazine with a certain amount of rounds in a person's home.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Codes on January 4
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; requires the department to review Laws and policies pertaining to free or reduced cost hunting and fishing licenses.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 4
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a preferred Management Tool; 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:  To Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs on January 4
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Guns (General)
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; provides that a license to possess a pistol or revolver shall permit the licensee to carry such weapon concealed.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Codes on January 4
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator Rich Funke, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Outdoor Sporting Goods Tax Holiday
Summary:  Amends the Tax Law; enacts the New York state sportsmen's weekend act and creates a limited exemption of the sale of certain firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and hunting supplies from state sales and compensating use taxes.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations on January 4

Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Rich Funke; Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunter Education; Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides hunting safety instructors with a free hunting license in consideration for such services for the next license year beginning after the date the course was completed.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 5

Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Catharine Young
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to residents of the state who are active duty members of the U.S. armed Forces regardless of where such person is stationed.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs on January 5

Introduced:  01/05/2017
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 Tax Law; provides a personal income tax credit in the amount of any fishing and/or hunting fees paid by members of the United States armed Forces in active service.
Status: 

Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Bullet Serialization; Standard Capacity Magazines; Guns (General); Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary:  Limits the application of the "safe act" to the counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Richmond, New York, Bronx and Westchester.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Codes on January 5

Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Removes the prohibition on firearm silencers in the environmental conservation law and the penal law.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9

Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Crossbows
Summary:  Authorizes the taking of wildlife by the use of a crossbow; makes related provisions.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Patty Ritchie, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to management of wildlife resources; permits the release of certain ring-necked pheasant or quail birds without permit; adjusts the hunting season to August 16 through April 15, catch limits, and geographic areas for hunting certain species.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9


SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Carlos G. Smith
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Standard Capacity Magazines; Guns (General); Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary:  Relates to assault weapons and high capacity magazines; prohibits sale or transfers of assault weapon or large capacity ammunition magazine; provides exceptions; prohibits possession of assault weapon or large-capacity magazine; provides exceptions; requires certificates of possession for assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines lawfully possessed before specified date; limits transfers of weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines represented by such certificates.
Status:  Prefiled on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Linda Stewart
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Standard Capacity Magazines; Guns (General); Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary:  Relates to gun safety; prohibits the sale or transfer of an assault weapon or large capacity ammunition magazine; prohibits possession of an assault weapon or large-capacity magazine; requires certificates of possession for assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines lawfully possessed before a specified date; limits transfers of assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines represented by such certificate; provides criminal penalties.
Status:  Prefiled on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Mary Margaret Oliver
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Standard Capacity Magazines; Guns (General); 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:  Introduced on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Robert Trammell
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Relates to hunting licenses, permits, and stamps generally, so as to replace the one-year honorary veterans license with a free lifetime license; amends Code Section 27-1-2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated; relates to definitions relative to game and fish, so as to correct a cross-reference; provides for related matters; repeals conflicting laws.
Status:  Introduced on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Addia Kathryn Wuchner, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Removes the sport fishing license exemption for resident farmland owners and create a new sport fishing license exemption for private landowners and their spouses, dependents, tenants, and invited guests when fishing on their property from ponds or lakes that do not allow fish entry from or exit to public waters.
Status:  To House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation on January 3
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor : Representative Diane St. Onge
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Removes the requirement that a service animal be unable to return to work from the elements of the offense of first degree assault on a service animal, and add levels of injury and criminal intent to the elements.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary on January 3
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Representative C. Wesley Morgan
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Redefines torture to include deliberate neglect or physical abuse that results in, the death of or serious physical injury to a dog or cat; provides for forfeiture of ownership of the dog or cat upon conviction or plea; prohibits future ownership of a dog or cat for five years for a first offense and life for a second or subsequent offense; requires forfeited dogs and cats be offered to animal rescue organizations or given to county animal shelters.
Status:  Introduced on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Representative C. Wesley Morgan
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Criminalizes sexual assault of a dog or cat; provides for forfeiture of ownership of the dog or cat upon conviction or plea; prohibits future ownership of a dog or cat for five years for a first offense and life for a second or subsequent offense; requires forfeited dogs and cats be offered to animal rescue organizations or given to county animal shelters.
Status:  Introduced on January 5

Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Manly Barton, Member, 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:  To House Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Andy Gipson, Member, 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:  To House Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Jason White, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Extends the date of the repealer on the statute that requires the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to regulate the hunting, trapping and taking of nuisance animals and the issuance of wild hog transportation permits.
Status:  To House Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Angela Burks Hill, Chair, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
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:  To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Joseph M. Seymour, Member, 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:  To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Bob M. Dearing, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
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:  To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Bob M. Dearing, Member, 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:  To Senate Committee on Judiciary on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Joseph M. Seymour, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Exotic Invasive Species
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:  To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on January 9
 
Prefiled: 12/15/2016 
Sponsor:  Representative Jeff Johnson
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to Chapter 3, Title 47; establishes standards for commercial dog breeders; defines necessary terms to require a commercial dog breeder to be licensed; establishes that a commercial dog breeder only may breed a female dog after an annual certification examination; grants authority to an investigator to investigate potential violations of this article; provides penalties and exceptions.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs on January 10
 
Prefiled: 12/15/2016  
Sponsor:  Representative Mike Sottile
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Provides for the regulation of commercial kennel operators and certified animal caretakers; provides the purpose of the act; provides necessary definitions; creates the commercial kennel and certified animal caretakers examiners board; provides for its members, terms, powers, and duties; provides for registration, examination, and certification of certified animal caretakers; provides for suspension or revocation of certificates of certified animal caretakers.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Wendell Gilliard
Issue Brief:  Guns (General); Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary:  Relates to penalties for violations of certain offenses involving weapons; includes assault weapons in the purview of the statute and increase the penalties for a violation and create a two-tiered penalty scheme; relates to definitions for purposes of the article; defines the term assault weapon; relates to the unlawful transportation; storing, keeping, or possessing; relates to sale, rental, or giving away of machine guns, military firearms, sawed-off shotguns or rifles, respectively; includes assault.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary on January 10
 
Prefiled: 12/15/2016  
Sponsor:  Representative Wendell Gilliard
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead)
Summary:  Provides that it is unlawful for a person to use, transport, manufacture, possess, distribute, sell, or buy green tip ammunition; provides a penalty.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Robert L. Ridgeway
Issue Brief:  Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Defines the term hunting deer with a dog; provides that a person hunting deer with a dog must cause the dog to be identified with a collar; provides the procedure whereby a lost dog is returned to its owner; provides that the owner of a dog that trespasses on another person's property is liable for civil damages; provides that it is unlawful to steal, harm, or kill a dog in pursuit of a deer that has identifiable owner information or remove or destroy any means of identifying or tracking the dog.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senator J. Thomas McElveen
Issue Brief:  General
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 January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Tilman Goins
Issue Brief:  Guns (General); Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Enacts the Tennessee Hearing Protection Act, which deletes the prohibition on possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of a firearm silencer.
Status:  Introduced on January 10
 
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 House Committee on Courts of Justice on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
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 January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Bobby Orrock
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups; 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:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 11
 
Prefiled:  01/02/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Barry D Knight, Member, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA)
Summary:  Relates to purse net fishing; prohibits fishing for menhaden with purse nets in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries within one-half mile of mean low water and within three miles of the shoreline of Virginia Beach extending to the North Carolina border.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Jeffrey L. Campbell
Issue Brief:  Deer Management 
Summary:  Relates to baiting of deer; allows a hunter, during deer season, to occupy a baited place or to put out bait or salt for deer for the purpose of taking or killing deer.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 11
 
Prefiled:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate John Bell
Issue Brief:  Dog Tethering 
Summary:  Relates to care of companion animals; relates to tethering; relates to penalty; prohibits tethering of companion animals outdoors unless the owner is outdoors within sight of the animal; provides that a violation of this prohibition is a Class 4 misdemeanor and a second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 11 
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Brenda L Pogge
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to waterfowl blinds; relates to distance of floating blinds from stationary blinds; reduces the minimum distance a hunter, while hunting, is required to maintain between his licensed floating waterfowl blind and a licensed stationary blind.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Brenda L Pogge
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups; Tethering of Dogs
Summary:  Relates to tethering of dogs; relates to local ordinances; authorizes the governing body of any locality to adopt ordinances limiting the amount of time during which a dog may be tethered.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate William J Howell
Issue Brief:  Hunting with 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:  Introduced on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate James E Edmunds, Member, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
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:  To House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on January 11
 
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 January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to National Hunting and Fishing Day; designates September 23, 2017, as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Virginia.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules on January 11
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator William Stanley
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills; Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to companion animal surgical sterilization program; relates to fund; relates to penalty; establishes a fund to reimburse participating veterinarians for the surgical sterilizations they perform on eligible cats or dogs; requires that a surcharge of $5 per ton of pet food distributed in the Commonwealth be deposited in the fund and that such pet food be exempted from the existing litter tax; provides that an animal will be eligible for sterilization under the program at no or reduced cost.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources on January 11
 
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 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources on January 11

Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Frank M. Ruff
Issue Brief:  General
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 Senate Committee on Courts of Justice on January 11

Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Lionell Spruill
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps 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:  To Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology on January 11

Prefiled:  01/03/2017
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:  To Senate Committee on Courts of Justice on January 11
 
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 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources on January 11


MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Terry Rice
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Prohibits warrantless entry onto private property regarding feral hogs by a game warden or other officer authorized to enforce game Laws.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Woody Burton
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead)
Summary:  Relates to plastic coated ammunition; defines armor piercing ammunition, and prohibits certain persons from possessing, manufacturing, selling, or delivering armor piercing ammunition; repeals a superseded provision concerning armor piercing handgun ammunition.
Status:  To House Committee on Public Policy on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Vaneta Becker
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheeps Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to protective orders concerning animals; allows a court to grant an order of protection to grant possession and care of an animal to a petitioner, prohibit a respondent from taking action against the animal, and direct a law enforcement officer to accompany the petitioner to retrieve the animal.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Judiciary on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor: Senator David J. Johnson, Co-Chair, Iowa Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Increases fees for certain licenses related to fishing.
Status:  To Senate Committee on State Government on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Charles Wiger
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; prohibits trapping without written permission on private land that is not posted.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Randy D. 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:  Introduced on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Robert Ross, Co-Chair, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Freshwater Angling Access
Summary:  Codifies provisions relating to the navigability of Missouri's waters.
Status:  Introduced on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  High Fence
Summary:  Modifies provisions relating to captive cervids.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Burke J. Harr, Member, Nebraska Legislative Sportsmen's Forum
Issue Brief:  Ivory Ban
Summary:  Prohibits the sale and trade of ivory.
Status:  Introduced on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Mike Hilgers
Issue Brief:  Ammunition Restrictions (non-lead); Guns (General)
Summary:  Prohibits certain regulation of firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories by counties, cities, and villages as prescribed.
Status:  Introduced on January 5
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates to bonus or preference points awarded to participants in lotteries for hunting licenses.
Status:  To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 5

Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Caucus
Issue Brief:  Apprentice Hunting License 
Summary:  Relates to youth hunting and the protection of Bald Eagles.
Status:  To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 9

Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Jerry Klein
Issue Brief: Airguns/Airbows
Summary:  Relates to hunting with an airbow, prohibiting hunting with an airbow while intoxicated; provides for testing airbow hunters for intoxicating substances.
Status:  To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 9

Prefiled:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Bobby Cleveland
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; relates to consent of landowner to hunt or fish; prohibits game warden from entering private property under certain circumstances; provides an effective date.
Status:  Prefiled on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Ryan Guillen, 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:  Introduced on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Dan Flynn, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Relates to a fee waiver for a combination resident hunting and fishing license for certain military personnel.
Status:  Introduced on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Andrew Murr
Issue Brief:  Freshwater Angling Access
Summary:  Relates to the procedure by which a state agency may issue an opinion that a watercourse is navigable.
Status:  Introduced on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
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:  Introduced on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Larry Phillips
Issue Brief:  Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary:  Relates to the eligibility of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land on the basis of its use for wildlife management.
Status:  Introduced on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Jose Manuel Lozano
Issue Brief:  Knife Ban Repeal
Summary:  Relates to the definition of an illegal knife.
Status:  Introduced on January 10

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:  Introduced on January 10
 
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:  Introduced on January 10


WESTWESTERN STATES  



Prefiled: 11/07/2016
Sponsor:  Office of Senator Jedediah Hinkle
Issue Brief:  Off Highway Vehicles
Summary:  Clarifies what constitutes as shooting from a vehicle for hunting purposes; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status: Assigned Senate Bill No. 91 on January 6
 
Prefiled:  11/16/2016
Sponsor:  Representative Alan Redfield
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Revises laws related to maintenance of fishing access and weed control; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to recreation, parks, sports; relates to state lands.
Status:  Assigned House Bill 204 on January 9
 
Prefiled:  12/30/2016
Sponsor:  Office of Senator Jennifer Fielder
Issue Brief:  Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife
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 to requester for review on January 8
 
Introduced:  01/02/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Denley Loge
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  Increases block management landowner payment cap; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to property.
Status:  Hearing Scheduled in House Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Committee at 3:00 pm on January 12
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Kerry E. White
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Clarifies Fish, Wildlife and Parks residency requirement for armed forces member, spouse and dependent; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to military affairs.
Status:  Hearing held in House Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Committee on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/04/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Kelly Flynn
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Revises distribution of base hunting license revenue; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue.
Status:  Hearing scheduled in House Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Committee on January 12
 
Introduced:  01/05/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Jeremy Trebas
Issue Brief:  Game Meat Donation Programs
Summary:  Revises laws related to donation of game meat for nonprofit meal distribution; relates to agriculture; relates to corporations, partnerships, associations; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to livestock.
Status:  Hearing scheduled in House Business and Labor Committee on January 13

Prefiled:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Greg Smith, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Marine Protected Areas (MPA's)
Summary:  Requires Governor to certify to United States Secretary of Commerce that terms of national marine sanctuary located within seaward boundary of Oregon are unacceptable unless Legislative Assembly confirms designation.
Status:  Prefiled on January 9
 
Prefiled:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary:  Authorizes State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt adult hunter mentoring program.
Status:  Prefiled on January 9
 
Prefiled:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Sherrie Sprenger, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.
Status:  Prefiled on January 9
 
Prefiled:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Peter Courtney
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Modifies trap check requirements; requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt by rule wildlife control operator permit program for persons acting as agents of landowners or lawful occupants in taking wildlife causing damage; requires certain persons engaged in trapping activities to meet certain reporting requirements; requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to compile statewide annual trapping report and make report publicly available.
Status:  Prefiled on January 9
 
Prefiled:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bill Hansell, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a preferred Management Tool
Summary:  Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt pilot program for urban deer population control; requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to report to Legislative Assembly on implementation of pilot program during 2027 regular session; sunsets January 1, 2029.
Status:  Prefiled on January 9
 
Prefiled:  01/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Chuck Thomsen, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt controlled hunt program for hunting cougars with dogs.
Status:  Prefiled on January 9
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; exempts persons removing certain animals caught in traps or snares from penalties relating to interfering with lawful trapping; provides for an effective date.
Status:  Introduced on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Eric Barlow
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; modifies restrictions imposed on applications for certain game animal licenses; provides for an effective date.
Status:  Introduced on January 10
 
Introduced:  01/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; provides for the designation of personally identifiable information required for applicants to purchase game and fish licenses, permits or tags as confidential information; exempts inspection of personally identifiable information of the applicants for purposes of public records provisions as specified; provides for an effective date.
Status:  Introduced on January 10

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