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.

Please visit our website for day-to-day updates by CSF's State Program Team on important sportsmen's legislation. To view past bills, please visit the Tracking the Capitols Archive under the Media Room tab on the CSF website.

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

Due to the high volume of legislation, Tracking the Capitols only includes bills that have had status updates within the last week. With questions about specific bills, please contact your regional CSF staff member.
Updates for the week of 
July 17, 2017
NORTHEAST
NORTHEASTERN STATES



Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Josh Cutler, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Relates to the penalty for the possession of firearm suppressor devices used for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of portable firearms.
Status: In Joint Committee on Judiciary: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on July 18
 
Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Paul K. Frost, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Relates to penalties for the possession of silencers or firearm noise reduction devices.
Status: In Joint Committee on Judiciary: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on July 18
 
Introduced: 03/20/2017
Sponsor: Representative Russell E. Holmes
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary:  Relates to the transportation of illegal firearms.
Status: In Joint Committee on Judiciary: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on July 18
 
Introduced: 03/20/2017
Sponsor: David Paul Linsky
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary:  Relates to extreme risk protective orders.
Status: In Joint Committee on Judiciary: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on July 18
 
Introduced: 07/13/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Nancy Pinkin
Issue Brief: National Monuments
Summary:  Opposes any reduction in size of, or level of protection afforded to, any currently designated National monument.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations on July 13
 
Introduced: 03/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Amends the environmental conservation law; makes provisions permanent relating to hunting in the county of Genesee.
Status: To Governor on July 13
 
Introduced: 04/04/2017
Sponsor: Senator George Amedore, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Makes permanent the provisions of law authorizing the hunting of big game in the county of Schenectady with pistols, rifles, shotguns, crossbows and long bows.
Status: To Governor on July 13
 
Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mario M. Scavello
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Amends Game of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and fur-taking; provides for dogs pursuing, injuring or killing big game.
Status: In Senate. Read second time on July 17
 
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: In Senate. Read second time on July 17
 
Introduced: 02/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Paul W. Fogarty
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for the creation of a new position in the fish and wildlife division of the department of environmental management, and would place oversight of freshwater lakes, streams, and ponds, in the fish and wildlife division; takes effect upon passage.
Status: Became law without Governor's signature on July 13


SOUTHEAST
SOUTHEASTERN STATES


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:  Signed by Governor on July 7. Session Law No. 2017-15


MIDWEST MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 6/29/17
Sponsor : Representative Adam Jarchow
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to the authority of a Conservation Warden to enter private land and the admissibility of evidence.
Status:  Public hearing held on July 19


WESTWESTERN STATES

 
Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor: Senator Tom Berryhill, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Makes nonsubstantive changes to existing law which requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife and authorized license agents to issue sport fishing licenses that are valid for various periods of time upon payment of the fee applicable to the particular license.
Status:  In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: to Suspense File on July 19

Introduced:  02/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Tom Berryhill, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires the Fish and Game Commission to undertake a survey and evaluation of local ordinances that regulate fishing and to submit the survey and evaluation to the Legislature in a report by a specified date.
Status: In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: to Suspense File on July 19
 
Introduced:  02/06/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Anthony J. Portantino
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Amends an existing law which prohibits a person from making more than one application to purchase a handgun within any a certain period. Makes the prohibition and a certain dealer delivery prohibition applicable to all types of firearms. Excepts from that prohibition the purchase of a firearm by a person who possesses a valid, unexpired hunting license, and the acquisition of a firearm at specified charity fundraising events.
Status: In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: to Suspense File on July 19
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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 
 
Senior Director, Northeastern States Brent Miller, at 202-543-6850 x13, or brent@sportsmenslink.org
Director, Southeastern States Bee Frederick, at 202-590-0475, or bee@sportsmenslink.org
Senior Director, Midwestern States Chris Horton, at 501-865-1475, or chris@sportsmenslink.org
Senior Director, Western States Andy Treharne, at 303-789-7589, or andy@sportsmenslink.org


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