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Updates for the week of 
March 27, 2017

NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES

Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Representative Melissa H. Ziobron, Member, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Specieis
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.
Status: Reissued by Legislative Commissioner's Office with File No. 249
 
Introduced: 01/12/2017
Sponsor: Representative Timothy J. Ackert, Member, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Waives hunting license fees for bow and arrow hunters who are sixty-five and older; waives hunting license fees for certain senior citizens who hunt by bow and arrow.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24
 
Introduced: 01/12/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kevin Skulczyck
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary:  Requires Sunday to be closed season except for hunting on private property and for the purpose of trapping under the provisions of this chapter.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/13/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephanie Cummings
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary:  Allows Sunday hunting on private lands.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/13/2017
Sponsor: Representative Alfred F. Camillo
Issue Brief: Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Authorizes local bans on the trapping of animals; provides for local control of trapping.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/13/2017
Sponsor: Representative Robert C. Sampson, Member, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Authorizes lifetime hunting and fishing licenses; allows for the purchase of lifetime hunting and lifetime fishing licenses; provides for an endorsement on the motor vehicle operator's license.
Status: Reissued by Legislative Commissioner's Office with File No. 252

Introduced: 01/19/2017
Sponsor: Representative David A. Baram
Issue Brief: Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle Bans
Summary:  Prohibits the manufacture, sale and use of fishing tackle that contains lead; protects loons and other diving birds from ingesting toxic lead through fish sources and other marine debris in order to preserve the health of such birds.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Anne Dauphinais
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Authorizes the unlimited taking of game pursuant to a hunting license; removes limits on the number of game that may be taken pursuant to a hunting license.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Diana S. Urban
Issue Brief: Ivory Bans
Summary:  Prohibits the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns; provides criminal penalties for the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns.
Status: Reissued by Legislative Commissioner's Office with File No. 257

Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Rick Lopes
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Authorizes the use of suppressors on hunting rifles; reduces hearing loss and hearing damage from firearm discharges.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mitch Bolinsky
Issue Brief: Ivory Bans
Summary:  Concerns the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state; prohibits the sale and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state while preserving the antiques trade in Connecticut.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/19/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bob Duff
Issue Brief: "Big 5" Trophy Importation Bans
Summary:  Concerns Cecil's Law; prohibits importation of big five African species; allows law enforcement officer to have authority to enforce the provisions of this section and, whenever necessary, to execute any warrant to search for and seize any big five African species imported, possessed, sold, offered for sale or transported.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Craig Miner, Co-Chair, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to establish a dove hunting season; allows dove hunting.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24

Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Craig Miner, Co-Chair, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Bear Hunting
Summary:  Authorizes bear hunting in the state of Connecticut.
Status: Reissued by Legislative Commissioner's Office with File No. 241 on March 27
 
Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Craig Miner, Co-Chair, Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Requires the adoption of regulations to establish a lifetime hunting and fishing license; establishes a lifetime hunting and fishing license.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24
 
Introduced: 02/16/2017
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Concerns sport fishing licenses for persons age sixty-five and older; establishes a fishing license fee for certain persons who are age sixty-five and older.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24
 
Introduced: 03/01/2017
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: "Big 5" Trophy Importation Bans
Summary:  Concerns Cecil's law; prohibits the importation of big five African species.
Status: Failed Joint Favorable deadline on March 24
 
Introduced: 03/28/2017
Sponsor: Representative Sean Lynn
Issue Brief: Ivory Ban
Summary: Prohibits a person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, possessing with intent to sell, or importing with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn, except as specified; violations of this Act or any rule, regulation, or order adopted under this Act is a misdemeanor subject to fines, imprisonment, or both, as specified in this Act; adds to the specified criminal penalties.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on March 28
 
Introduced: 02/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Harold McCrea, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Cauus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Allows a hunter whose religion prohibits the wearing of hunter orange to instead wear red. It also directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to amend its rules to reflect this exemption.
Status: Work session held on March 28
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Roger E. Reed
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Guarantees a moose permit to resident applicants who are 65 years of age or older and have accumulated 30 points or more in the public chance drawing for moose permits.
Status: Work session held on March 23
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Gary L. Hilliard, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  This bill prohibits destroying, tearing down, defacing or otherwise damaging property posting signs by hunters and provides for the one-year suspension of the hunting license of a person who is convicted of doing so.
Status: Work session held on March 28
 
Introduced: 03/22/2017
Sponsor: Representative Karen A. Gerrish
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary:  This bill expands crossbow hunting for deer into the regular archery-only season on deer. It removes the requirement that a person must have a valid hunting or archery hunting license or an apprenticeship hunter license or archery hunting license in order to hunt with a crossbow. It also lowers from 70 years of age to 65 years of age the age at which a person may hunt a wild bird or wild animal with a crossbow during any open season on that wild bird or wild animal, hunt in an expanded archery zone and hunt during muzzle-loading-only deer hunting season.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 28

Introduced: 01/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Eric Brakey
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  This bill lowers from 21 years of age to 18 years of age the age at which a person may carry a concealed handgun.
Status: Work session held on March 24
 
Introduced: 02/07/2017
Sponsor: Senator David Miramant
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  This bill, using language modeled on the law regarding permits to carry concealed handguns, requires a person attempting to purchase a firearm to present the seller with proof of having successfully completed military firearms training or an approved firearm safety course. The bill also provides that a person may meet this requirement by presenting proof of having satisfied the handgun safety course requirements for a permit to carry concealed handguns.
Status: Work session held on March 24

Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senator Eric Brakey
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Eliminates the provision of law that requires a person lawfully in possession of a concealed handgun without a permit during the course of a detainment or routine traffic stop to inform the law enforcement officer that the person is in possession of the handgun.
Status: Work session held on March 24

Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senator Thomas B. Saviello, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  This bill allows a person who has lawfully killed a wild animal to sell the meat of the animal at a wild game dinner or to the organizer of a wild game dinner. The bill defines "wild game dinner" as a single event where meat from a lawfully taken animal is cooked and sold to persons at the event for immediate consumption.
Status: Work session held on March 28

Introduced: 03/23/2017
Sponsor: Senator Thomas B. Saviello, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  This bill temporarily increases by $1 the annual fee for the lake and river protection sticker required under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 13058. The additional revenue from this increased fee may be used to fund a study of the State's efforts to prevent the infestation of, to control, to eradicate and to otherwise manage invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species in the waters of the State through the program implemented under Title 38, chapter 20-A.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in Concurrence on March 28

Introduced: 03/23/2017
Sponsor: Senator Thomas B. Saviello, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  This bill creates the Maine Outdoor Programs and Activities Fund, administered by the Maine Outdoor Programs and Activities Fund Board, to carry out the mission of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The fund provides on a regional basis funding and grants to departmental and other outdoor programs and activities including funding for snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle trail improvements, fish and game organizations and youth outdoor activity programs. The Maine Outdoor Programs and Activities Fund is funded by adding $1 to a resident fishing license fee and $2 to a nonresident season fishing license fee for persons 16 years of age or older.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in Concurrence on March 28

Introduced: 03/27/2017
Sponsor: Senator Paul T. Davis, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Current law allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to change the date of the opening of a fishing season due to seasonal temperature changes or weather conditions. This bill eliminates the reference to seasonal temperature changes and allows the commissioner to change both the opening and closing dates of a fishing season based on weather conditions.
Status: Work session held on March 29

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: In Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on April 4
 
Introduced: 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Montgomery County Delegation
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Alters the size of the safety zone for archery hunters in Montgomery County within which archery hunting may not take place except under specified circumstances; requires archery hunters in Montgomery County to use a tree stand when hunting certain animals within a certain distance of certain buildings.
Status: In Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on April 4
 
Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor: Wicomico County Delegation
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary: Authorizes a person in Wicomico County to hunt deer on private property on specified Sundays.
Status: In Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on April 4

Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Jim Gilchrist
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from reducing or altering the boundaries of certain oyster sanctuaries until the Department develops a certain plan.
Status: Passed Senate. Eligible for Governor's desk on March 28
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Herb McMillan
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Establishes an apprentice hunting license that confers specified rights on a purchaser of the license; authorizes a person to obtain an apprentice hunting license on completion of a short online or electronic course of instruction in competency in firearms and hunter safety approved by the Department of Natural Resources; authorizes specified persons to hunt under an apprentice license only if accompanied and directly supervised by a person who is at least a minimum age and has a valid resident permit.
Status: In Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on April 4
 
Introduced:  01/13/2017
Sponsor: Senator Steve Waugh, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Repeals specified provisions of law that relate to trapping or shooting specified foxes or shooting or molesting specified hounds in St. Mary's County.
Status:  To House Committee on Rules and Executive Nominations on March 24

Introduced: 01/18/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bryan Simonaire, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Requires the Maryland Judiciary to notify the Department of Natural Resources of any person who is subject to a condition of sentencing or probation that specifically prohibits the person from operating a motorized vessel or a sailboat on the Waters of the State or any recreational or commercial hunting activity in the State.
Status: Passed Senate. To House Committee on Rules and Executive Nominations on March 28
 
Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bryan Simonaire, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources, in addition to specified other applicable penalties, to suspend for up to a certain period of time the privilege to operate a vessel on the Waters of the State of a person who is convicted of operating a vessel on Waters of the State while under the influence of alcohol; prohibits a person from operating a vessel on the Waters of the State during a period of suspension of the privilege to operate a vessel on the Waters of the State.
Status: In House Committee on Judiciary on April 4

Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mark L. Proulx, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Allows the possession of a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun, or a rifle or shotgun with a cartridge in a magazine or clip attached to the gun in a motorhome when not driven.
Status: Hearing scheduled for March 28

Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Gene G. Chandler, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Provides for a portion of funds in the wildlife habitat account to be used for fish and game department boundary work, and prohibits wildlife habitat account and fisheries habitat account funds from being expended for equipment; corrects references to legislative committees.
Status: To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 29

Introduced: 01/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Karel A. Crawford
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary:  Allows a person sixty-eight years of age or older holding a archery license may use a crossbow as an alternative to traditional bow and arrow during the archery deer season without obtaining an additional permit.
Status: Passed Senate on March 29

Introduced: 02/07/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Michael J. Norris
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Removes the prohibition on firearm silencers.
Status: Amended in Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on March 28

Introduced: 03/22/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Provides that dogs engaged in hunting and training as authorized by the environmental conservation law, shall not be deemed to be running at large in violation of any local law or ordinance.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Agriculture on March 22

Introduced: 03/22/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Stephen Hawley, 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 Assembly Committee on Codes on March 22
 
Introduced: 03/28/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Sean Ryan
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
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 Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on March 28

Introduced: 01/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator John J. Bonacic, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunter Education
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 March 28

Introduced: 03/28/2017
Sponsor: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, 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; relates to providing a fishing license exemption for disabled persons that do not live in a group home.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on March 28

Introduced: 03/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Matt Gabler, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General), Ammunition
Summary: Prohibits certain firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from being subject to federal law or federal regulation.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on March 27
 
Introduced: 03/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kurt Masser, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Amends the act of February 2, 1966 (1965 P.L.1860, No.586), entitled An act encouraging landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes by limiting liability in connection therewith, and repealing certain acts, providing for definitions, for applicability and for liability.
Status: To House Committee on Tourism and Recreational Development on March 27

Introduced: 03/28/2017
Sponsor: Representative Dave Reed
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in protection of property and persons; provides for safety zones.
Status: To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on March 28

Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Wayne Langerholc
Issue Brief: Guns (General), Ammunition
Summary: Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in general provisions; provides for findings regarding firearms and ammunition; relates to preemptions; provides for regulation of firearms and ammunition.
Status: In Senate. Read first time on March 28
 
Introduced: 01/12/2017
Sponsor: Senator John 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: To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on March 28
 
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: To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on March 28

Introduced: 02/01/2017
Sponsor: Senator Joshua Miller
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  (Resolution) Would extend the reporting and expiration dates for the special legislative commission to study waterfowl hunting laws and regulations from January 3, 2017, to November 1, 2017, and said commission would expire on December 31, 2017.
Status: Adopted, Resolution No. 2017-119 on March 15

Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Representative Maxine Grad
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Relates to confiscation of dangerous or deadly weapons from a person arrested or cited for domestic assault.
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 23

Introduced: 03/03/2017
Sponsor: Senator John Rodgers, Co-Chair, Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  Relates to aquatic nuisance species control.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife on March 28


SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced:  03/07/17
Sponsor: Representative Halsley Beshears, Co-Chair, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to nonnative animals; directs Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), in consultation with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to establish pilot program for eradication of specific species; requires Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) to enter into specified contracts and to submit report to Governor and Legislature; provides appropriation.
Status:  To House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on March 27
 
Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Kristin Diane Jacobs
Issue Brief:  Marine Protected Areas
Summary:  Relates to coral reefs establishes Southeast State Coral Reef Ecosystem Protection Area; requires Coral Reef Conservation Program, in coordination with Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), to develop specified comprehensive management plan for area.
Status:  To House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on March 23 
 
Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Bobby Powell
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills, General
Summary:  Relates to vessel registrations; revises a reduction of vessel registration fees for recreational vessels equipped with certain position indicating and locating beacons; deletes a registration date limitation; deletes an expiration date.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Appropriations on March 27
 
Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor: Senator Frank Artiles, Co-Chair, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to nonnative animals; directs the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to establish a pilot program for the eradication of specific species; requires the commission to enter into specified contracts.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Appropriations on March 23
 
Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gary Farmer
Issue Brief:  Marine Protected Areas
Summary:  Relates to coral reefs.
Status:  Reported favorably with substitute from Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation on March 28. Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) in Senate.
 
Introduced:  02/01/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Trey Rhodes
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; revise definitions, license fees, and license requirements; amends Code Section 52-7-5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated; relates to numbering of vessels, requirements, and fees; revise boat registration fees and allow additional methods for reporting the sale of boats; corrects cross-references; provides for related matters; provides for an effective date and applicability; repeals conflicting laws.
Status:  Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on March 28
 
Introduced:  03/16/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Knight, Co-Chair, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Magnuson-Stevens Act
Summary:  Recommends that NOAA Fisheries rescind the closure of federal Waters of offshore for the period from April 15, 2017, through May 31, 2017, to allow anglers and saltwater fishing guides a fair and equitable opportunity to enjoy a public resource in keeping with the spirit and intent of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
 Status:  Reported favorably from House Committee on Game, Fish, and Parks on March 24
 
Introduced:  02/16/2017
Sponsor:  Representative David Osborne
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to cruelty to animals in the second degree, to allow a court to order an offender to pay restitution for the upkeep of a horse involved in the offense and terminate the offender's interest in the horse involved in the offense.
Status: Signed by Governor on March 27. Act No. 145

Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor: Senator Tom Buford, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary:  Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to undertake measures if deer and elk pose a significant risk to human safety from automobile accidents; identifies permissive measures for the department to implement including special hunts and issuance of more tags.
Status:  Signed by Governor on March 27. Act No. 124
 
Introduced:  01/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Jason White
Issue Brief:  General, Invasive Species
Summary:  Extends the date of the repealer on the statute that requires the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to regulate the hunting, trapping and taking of nuisance animals and the issuance of wild hog transportation permits.
Status: Motion to reconsider tabled on March 29

Introduced:  01/13/2017
Sponsor: Senator Briggs Hopson, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors/Vets
Summary:  Authorizes honorably discharged veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States with service-connected disabilities who are residents of this state to hunt and fish in this state without a license.
Status:  Motion to reconsider tabled on March 29

Introduced:  01/19/2017
Sponsor: Senator Thomas A. Gollott, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Provides that if a nonresident's domicile state has mandatory licensing requirements then the nonresident must meet those requirements before receiving a Mississippi nonresident commercial fishing license.
Status:  Signed by Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair Governor Phil Bryant on March 27
 
Introduced:  Filed on March 29.
Sponsor:  Representative Beverly Boswell
Issue Brief:  Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA)
Summary:  Creates a program for the permitting of marine aquaculture activities; requires the division of marine fisheries of the Department of Environmental quality to request the issuance of federal rules to allow marine aquaculture in federal Waters off the coast of the state.
Status:  To House Committee on Environment on March 30
 
Introduced: 0 3/27/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bill Rabon, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Catch Shares
Summary:  Opposes the privatization of South Atlantic federal fishery resources through catch share management and efforts through exempted fishing permits or other means to conduct pilot catch share programs or studies.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on March 27

Introduced:  03/29/2017
Sponsor:  Senator William Cook
Issue Brief:  Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA)
Summary:  Creates a program for the permitting of marine aquaculture activities; requires the division of marine fisheries of the Department of Environmental quality to request the issuance of federal rules to allow marine aquaculture in federal Waters off the coast of the state.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on March 29
 
Introduced:  03/29/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Norman Sanderson
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Delays action of the marine fisheries commission in response to certain granted petitions for rule making until completion of the activities and final report of the collaborative shrimp trawl gear study and stakeholder process.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on March 29

Introduced:  03/29/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Norman Sanderson
Issue Brief:  Invasive Species, General
Summary:  Amends certain environmental and natural resources laws.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on March 29
 
Introduced:  03/22/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Bill Patmon
Issue Brief:  General License, Guns
Summary:  Requires an applicant for a hunting license to specify whether the applicant has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony; requires the license to specify "firearm restricted" if an applicant has so indicated.
Status: From House Committee on Rules and Reference: recommended referral. In House. To second reading. Read a second time. To House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations on March 29

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:  From House Committee on Rules and Reference: recommended referral. In House. To second reading. Read a second time. To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 29
 
Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor:  Representative David R. Hiott, Member, South Carolina Legislative 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:  Reported favorably from Senate Committee on Fish, Game, and Forestry on March 29
 
Introduced:  01/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Alan Clemmons, Member, 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:  Committee amendment adopted on House floor on March 29
 
Introduced:  02/07/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ron Lollar, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to Game and Fish laws; extends the effective date for newly published regulations involving cooperative agreements between the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and federal agencies, from 30 days to 45 days after the publication date by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; revises the due date for the submission of financial reports by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency executive director to the Governor and commission members, from September 15 to September 30 of each year.
Status: General subcommittee recommends passage with amendment from House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 29
 
Introduced:  02/8/2017
Sponsor:  Representative John B. Holsclaw
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Relates to Game and Fish laws; limits the court costs that may be imposed against a person convicted of not wearing sufficient blaze orange while hunting to $50.00.
Status : General subcommittee recommends passage with amendment from House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 29
 
Introduced:  02/02/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Frank Niceley
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to game and fish laws; authorizes the importation of certain wildlife harvested in other states if taken directly to a taxidermist, or to a meat processing facility in this state for processing; establishes restrictions on the use and disposal of such wildlife by taxidermists and processors.
Status:  Referred to General Subcommittee in Senate Committee on Energy, Agriculture And Natural Resources on March 29
 
Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mike Bell, Co-Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Conservation Funding
Summary:  Relates to licenses; allows the wildlife resources agency to be reimbursed for lost revenue resulting from the issuance of free or partially discounted combination hunting and fishing licenses to persons on or after a specified date.
Status: Recommend passage with amendment from Senate Committee on Energy, Agriculture, and Natural Resources on March 27.  To Senate Committee on Finance, Ways, and Means on March 27
 
Introduced:  02/07/17
Sponsor: Senator Steve Southerland, Member, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to Game and Fish laws; extends the effective date for newly published regulations involving cooperative agreements between the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and federal agencies, from 30 days to 45 days after the publication date by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; revises the due date for the submission of financial reports by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency executive director to the Governor and commission members, from September 15 to September 30 of each year.
Status:  Recommend passage with amendment from Senate Committee on Energy, Agriculture, and Natural Resources on March 27.  To Senate Committee on Calendar on March 27
 
Introduced:  02/9/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Mike Bell, Co-Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills
Summary:  Relates to Gasoline Taxes; relates to Petroleum Products; requires the commissioner of revenue to annually provide projected gas tax distributions to the wildlife resources fund for the ensuing 3 fiscal years to the executive director of the wildlife resources agency.
Status:  Referred to General Subcommittee in Senate Committee on Transportation and Safety on March 27
 
Introduced:  02/9/2017
Sponsor: Senator Steve Southerland, Member, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Relates to Weapons; enacts the Hearing Protection Act, which deletes the prohibition on possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of a firearm silencer.
Status:  Placed on Regular Calendar on March 28
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate James E. Edmunds, Co-Chair, 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:  Signed by Governor on March 16. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 530
 
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: Vetoed by Governor on March 16
 
Introduced: 01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Bryce Reeves
Issue Brief:  Knife Definitions
Summary:  Relates to concealed weapon permits for weapons other than firearms; relates to switchblade knives; provides that a person may carry a switchblade knife concealed when such knife is carried for the purpose of engaging in a lawful profession or lawful recreational activity the performance of which is aided by the use of a switchblade knife.
Status: Vetoed by Governor on March 16
 
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:  Signed by Governor on March 27. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 767
 
Introduced:  02/24/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Bill Hamilton, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to a lawful method for a developmentally disabled person to purchase a base hunting license.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate on March 29

Introduced:  03/14/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Jason Harshbarger, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Relates to criminal penalties for the offenses of hunting, trapping or fishing on the lands of another person.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 27

Introduced:  03/17/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Martin Atkinson
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Creates a misdemeanor for violation of catching, taking or killing fish within two hundred feet of agency personnel stocking fish into public waters.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on March 27

Introduced:  02/08/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Craig Blair
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Transfers Division of Forestry from Department of Commerce to Department of Agriculture.
Status:  From House Committee on Government Organization: Do pass as amended, and to House Committee on Finance on March 28

Introduced:  02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Crossbows
Summary:  Relates to crossbow hunting.
Status:  From House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Do pass, and to House Committee on Judiciary on March 28
 
Introduced:  02/17/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Allows hunting and trapping on Sundays.
Status:  From House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Do pass as amended, and to House Committee on Judiciary on March 28

Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Tom Takubo
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Prohibits waste of game animals, birds or fish.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary on March 30

Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Permits bear hunting with guides.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 24

Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary: Permits collection and sale of naturally shed deer antlers.
Status:  In House. Read second time on March 30


MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced:  02/15/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Trevor Drown
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  Concerns private real property rights; protects natural resources, agricultural resources, and historical artifacts; deters criminal activity on a person's real property; concerns the offense of criminal trespass.
Status: House concurred on Senate amendments on March 30

Introduced: 03/06/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kim Hammer
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Creates the feral hog eradication task force.
Status: Passed House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development on March 30
 
Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Terry Rice
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Protects private property owners and lessees who capture a feral hog on private property.
Status: Signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus, on March 27

Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brandon Phelps, President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, Co-Chair, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Airguns / Airbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person may take deer with a .45 caliber or larger air-powered gun; defines air-powered gun as any implement, designed as a gun that will expel a bb or pellet by spring, gas, or air charged from an external high compression power source.
Status: In House. Placed on Short Debate Calendar Second Reading on March 29

Introduced: 02/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that except as provided in the Code, it is unlawful to have in his or her possession the green hides of fur bearing mammals without a valid hunting or trapping license; provides that the annual fee for each resident fur buyer's permit shall be a specified amount; provides that all fur Buyers and non-resident auction participants shall maintain records of the receipt, collection, purchase, and sale of green hides of fur-bearing mammals; provides that a record of each.
Status: Passed House, to Senate on March 29

Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Norine Hammond, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that unless otherwise permitted by law, no person may have in their possession a weapon except those specified by the Code or administrative rules for the purpose of taking any species protected by the Code; provides that any use of a weapon to take wildlife contrary to the provisions of the Code is deemed a violation.
Status: In House. Motion filed to Discharge Committee on March 23
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brad Halbrook
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person may place or scatter deer bait otherwise prohibited when not in active deer hunting season; provides that person who unlawfully baits deer is guilty of a Petty offense subject to a mandatory fine of not less than a specified amount and shall lose hunting privileges in this State for a period of not less than a year.
Status: In House Committee on Agriculture and Conservation: To Subcommittee on Animal Baiting on March 28
 
Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Katie Stuart
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code and the Wildlife Code; provides that the respective fees for resident fishing, combination sportsmen, and hunting licenses are waived for current and retired State, municipal, and local law enforcement officers
Status: In House. Notes filed on March 28

Introduced: 01/17/2017
Sponsor: Representative Sean Eberhart, Co-Chair, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General), Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation, Angling Access
Summary: Relates to natural resources; adds certain structures that are eligible for institutional road fund money on department of natural resources properties; provides that certain fees concerning fish and wildlife, entomology and plants, water resources, lakes and reservoirs, dams, flood control, mineral extraction, channels, and well drillers and pump installers are considered to be minimum fees; allows the natural resources commission to set certain license and permit fees above the specific minimum fee.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence

Introduced: 01/03/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jim Tomes, Co-Chair, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary: Relates to possession of firearms in locked vehicles; removes penal facilities from the list of locations where employer ordinances, resolutions, policies, or rules prohibiting the keeping of firearms on employer property may be enforced.
Status: Passed House, to Senate for Concurrence on March 28

Introduced: 0 3/27/17
Sponsor: Representative Jerome Zeringue, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Angler Access
Summary: Provides for real property interests for integrated coastal restoration projects.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on March 27

Introduced:  03/22/2017
Sponsor: Representative John Chirkun, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Modifies licensing fees for individuals over 65.
Status:  To House Committee on Natural Resources on March 22

Introduced: 03/28/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Michele Hoitenga
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Repeals certain provisions regarding weapons.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on March 28
 
Introduced: 03/23/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Robert Wittenberg
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Memorializes the Congress of the United States to continue full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on March 23

Introduced: 03/23/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Terry Sabo
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Memorializes the Congress of the United States to continue full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on March 23

Introduced: 03/23/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Darrin Camilleri
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Memorializes the Congress of the United States to maintain funding for federal programs that support the restoration, protection, and economic vitality of the Great Lakes.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on March 23
 
Introduced: 03/28/2017
Sponsor: Senator Steve Bieda
Issue Brief: Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Enhances penalties for crimes against animals, and makes other revisions.
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 28
 
Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senator John Proos, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Exotic  Invasive Species
Summary:  Supports the recommendations of the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
Status: To House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation on March 23
 
Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Dan Fabian
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to state government; appropriates money for environment and natural resources; modifies certain game and fish license and permit provisions, prohibits further lead shot rulemaking by DNR; requires rulemaking
Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 30

Introduced: 03/23/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to state government; appropriates money for environment and natural resources; modifies certain game and fish license and permit provisions, prohibits further lead shot rulemaking by DNR, adds blaze pink to blaze orange hunting requirements; requires rulemaking
Status: Passed Senate on March 29

Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bill Reiboldt
Issue Brief: Resources for Managing Feral Swine
Summary: Changes the laws regarding feral swine.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture Policy on March 29
 
Introduced: 01/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jay Houghton, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Requires a hunter at least six years of age but less than fifteen years of age to hunt in the immediate presence of an adult hunter with a valid hunter education certificate card.
Status: To House Committee on Conservation and Natural Resources on March 29
 
Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Management Authority over Farmed Cervids
Summary: Modifies provisions relating to captive cervids.
Status: Placed on Informal Calendar on March 29
 
Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax
Summary: Amends the Constitution to requires that the sales tax dedicated to conservation purposes be resubmitted to the voters for approval every 10 years.
Status: Hearing conducted on March 27
 
Introduced: 01/03/2017
Sponsor:  House Appropriations Committee
Issue Brief: Budget Bill
Summary:  Provides an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the game and fish department.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on March 27

Introduced: 01/03/2017
Sponsor:  Office of Legislative Management
Issue Brief: General License
Summary:  Allows the Director of the Game and Fish Department to receive and consider applications for a limited number of special allocation hunting licenses in addition to a number of statutorily authorized special allocation licenses; provides for the taking of spring wild turkeys for first-time youth hunters; provides for deer licenses to the injured military wildlife project; provides for bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, antelope and moose licenses to nonprofit organizations.
Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 27

Introduced:  01/09/17
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Apprentice Hunting License
Summary:  Relates to youth hunting and the protection of Bald Eagles.
Status:  Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on March 23
 
Introduced:  01/2317
Sponsor:  Senator Shawn Vedaa
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to identification of fishhouses and coyote snares; provides that registration number issued by the department for the fishhouse is a specified size; provides that the department may not issue a fishhouse registration number, unless the division of state radio has integrated game and fish department license information into the national law enforcement telecommunications system.
Status: Signed by Governor on March 29

Introduced:  02/06/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Sean Roberts
Issue Brief:  Feral hogs
Summary:  Relates to feral hogs; creates the Feral Swine Hunting Reform Act of 2017; provides for noncodification; provides an effective date.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Wildlife on March 28
 
Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor: Representative John Paul Jordan
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to tags for bears; provides that certain persons shall not be required to attach a tag to a killed bear and shall not be required to purchase a tag for a bear.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Wildlife on March 28
 
Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Larry Boggs, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Relates to wildlife services; relates to wildlife damage management agreements and purchases; adds feral swine; clarifies statutory language; relates to authorization to carry firearms; authorizes agents to carry firearms; clarifies statutory language; provides an effective date.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development: Do pass on March 28
 
Introduced:  02/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Nathan Dahm, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Feral Hogs
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; relates to the removal of feral swine; exempts persons who remove feral swine from the requirement to obtain a license; allows for use of certain technology; relates to the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Code; amends definition; relates to permits to control nuisance or damage by wildlife; clarifies statutory language.
Status: To House Committee on Wildlife on March 27
 
Introduced: 02/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Josh Brecheen, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary: Relates to hunting; relates to hunting licenses; creates youth-family-of-resident licenses for certain nonresidents; provides an effective date.
Status: To House Committee on Wildlife on March 27
 
Introduced: 01/23/17
Sponsor: Senator Craig Estes, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the disposition of proceeds from the sale of freshwater fishing stamps issued by the Parks and Wildlife Department
Status: Reported favorably from Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs on March 29 

Introduced: 02/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Charles Perry
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to a fee for participation in the Managed Lands Deer Program of the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Status:  Reported favorably from Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs on March 29 

Introduced: 03/10/2017
Sponsor: Senator Eddie Lucio
Issue Brief: License (General)
Summary: Relates to the expiration date of hunting and fishing licenses.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs on March 27
 
Introduced: 03/10/2017
Sponsor: Senator Eddie Lucio
Issue Brief: License (General)
Summary: Relates to a pilot program to reduce the cost of hunting and fishing licenses for nonresidents.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs on March 27
 
Introduced: 03/10/2017
Sponsor: Senator Eddie Lucio
Issue Brief: License (General)
Summary: Relates to the residency requirements for hunting and fishing licenses.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs on March 27
 
Introduced: 02/06/17
Sponsor: Assembly Member Adam Jarchow
Issue Brief: Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary: Relates to rules that prohibit feeding deer in certain counties.
Status: In Assembly. Amendment No. 1 offered on March 28
 
Introduced:  02/15/17
Sponsor: Senator Kathleen Vinehout, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to an exemption for resident disabled veterans and for recipients of the purple heart medal from the cumulative preference system for issuing wild turkey hunting licenses and tags.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry: Recommended for passage on March 23
 
Introduced: 03/07/17
Sponsor: Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to regulation of aquaculture and fish farms; provides an exemption from emergency rule procedures; grants rule-making authority.
Status: From Senate committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry: Recommended as amended on March 23


WESTWESTERN STATES  


Introduced : 3/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Louise Stutes.
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Establishes general fish and wildlife permits and major and minor anadromous fish habitat permits for certain activities; establishes related penalties; relates to the protection of fish and game and fish and game habitat.
Status : Introduced and referred to House Special Committee on Fisheries on March 27

Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Jay Lawrence
Issue Briefs: General
Summary:  Relates to unlawful discharge of firearms; exempts rat shot or snake shot pellets.
Status:  To Senate Committee of the Whole on March 28

Introduced:  01/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gail Griffin, Member, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife
Issue Briefs: General, Apprentice Hunting License,   Enforcement
Summary:  Urges the United States Congress to respect the historic and current use of Arizona's recreational areas by sportsmen and sportswomen, support the time-honored traditions of hunting and angling, and respect the administration of wildlife conservation through the sound science delivered by the Game and Fish Department and science-based policies developed by the Commission.
Status:  From House Committee on Rules: Do pass constitutional and in proper form on March 27

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:  Placed on House Consent Calendar on March 27

Introduced:  02/13/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Deletes the established fee for a resident elk tag. Sets the fee at the average price of the fees required for resident elk tags issued by specified states, as determined annually by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Status:  From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife with author's amendments on March 27

Introduced:  02/14/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Makes nonsubstantive revisions to existing law, which requires the department to provide an applicant for the depredation permit to take wild pigs with written information that sets forth available options for wild pig control, including, but not limited to, depredation permits, allowing periodic access to licensed hunters, and holding special hunts.
Status: In Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on March 23 
 
Introduced:  02/16/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Establishes the Office of Outdoor Recreation and Public Lands Enhancement in the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development for specified purposes, including promoting active healthy lifestyles and improving the quality of life for all Californians, and would require the director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development to administer the Office.
Status: In Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on March 14
 
Introduced:  02/17/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Richard Bloom
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Declares the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Fish and Wildlife identify and propose new and alternative sources of revenue to fund the department's necessary wildlife and land conservation, restoration, and resources management and protection responsibilities.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife with author's amendments on March 28

Introduced:  02/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Tom Berryhill, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Prohibits a local agency from adopting or enforcing an ordinance to regulate fishing. Authorizes any person to bring an action against a local agency for a violation of the prohibition. Requires the court to award attorney's fees to a party who prevails in an action and to award damages, including punitive damages.
Status: Re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations on March 23 
 
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 Senate Committee on Public Safety on March 28. Not heard
 
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 Senate Committee on Ways and Means on March 23
 
Introduced:  03/02/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Matt LoPresti
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Urges the Department of Land and Natural Resources to conduct statewide public outreach regarding the establishment of a noncommercial marine fishing registry, permit, or license system in Hawaii.
Status: To House Committee on Finance on March on March 29
 
Introduced : 02/14/2017
Sponsor: House Resources and Conservation Committee
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Amends existing law to revise provisions regarding Idaho's primacy over the management of its wildlife and water resources; provides that any introduction or reintroduction without state consultation and approval is prohibited.
Status : Signed by Governor on March 24

Introduced : 02/24/2017
Sponsor: House Resources and Conservation Committee
Issue Brief : Invasive Species
Summary : Amends existing law to revise provisions regarding Idaho's primacy over the management of its wildlife and water resources; provides that any introduction or reintroduction without state consultation and approval is prohibited.
Status : Signed by Governor on March 27

Introduced : 03/1/2017
Sponsor: House Health and Welfare Committee
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Amends and adds to existing law to provide for the use of sums for fishing access; revises provisions relating to moneys paid into the set-aside account; provides for the use of moneys derived from certain license endorsements; revises provisions relating to the transfer of certain amounts from the expendable big game depredation fund; revises conditions and requirements regarding payment for certain damages due to depredation.
Status : Signed by Governor on March 27

Introduced : 02/27/2017
Sponsor: Senate State Affairs Committee
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Amends existing law to provide that individuals or landowners that have been issued a kill permit by the director of the Department of or his designee may, in conjunction with their responsibility for field dressing the animals taken, keep one animal for their personal use; provides that under certain conditions a second animal subsequently taken may be kept by the individual or landowner.
Status : Signed by Governor on March 28

Introduced : 03/3/2017
Sponsor: Senate Finance Committee
Issue Brief : Budget Bills
Summary : Appropriates $102,551,800 to the Department of Fish and Game for fiscal year 2018; limits the number of authorized full-time equivalent positions to 558; appropriates an additional $125,000 to the Department of Fish and Game for fiscal year 2017 for depredation payments.
Status : Signed by Governor on March 27

Introduced : 01/2/2017
Sponsor: Representative Denley Loge
Issue Brief : Access to Private Lands
Summary : Increases the maximum payment a landowner who participates in the hunter management or hunting access enhancement programs may receive.
Status : Received do pass recommendation in Senate Fish and Game Committee on March 28
 
Introduced : 03/25/2017
Sponsor: Representative Patricia Rae Peppers
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Provides veteran preference for certain block management areas on Veterans Day; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to military affairs; relates to state revenue; relates to rule making.
Status : Senate 3rd reading concurred and returned to House on March 29
 
Introduced : 02/2/2017
Sponsor: Representative Becky Beard, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Creates voluntary hunting license check-off for predator management; relates to appropriations; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue.
Status : Passed Senate on March 25
 
Introduced : 03/15/2017
Sponsor: Representative Alan Doane
Issue Brief : Access to Private Land
Summary : Creates voluntary contribution account to acquire public access easements; relates to appropriations; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to recreation, parks, sports; relates to state revenue; relates to rule making; relates to state lands.
Status : Passed 3rd reading in House on March 30
 
Introduced : 03/21/2017
Sponsor: Representative Virginia Court
Issue Brief : General, Angling Access
Summary : Extends vehicle registration fees for parks and fishing access to additional vehicles; relates to motor vehicles; relates to recreation, parks, sports; relates to state revenue.
Status : 2nd Reading in House not passed on March 29
 
Introduced : 03/21/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mike Cuffe, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Invasive Species
Summary : Revises laws related to invasive species; relates to appropriations; relates to environmental protection; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to rule making; relates to water.
Status : Received do pass recommendation in House Natural Resources Committee on March 24
 
Introduced : 03/21/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kerry White, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Revises hunting license laws related to bonus points; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue; relates to rule making.
Status : Passed 2nd reading in House on March 28
 
Introduced : 3/22/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mark Noland
Issue Brief : Invasive Species
Summary : Revises laws related to aquatic invasive species; relates to environmental protection; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to Indians; relates to local government; relates to state government; relates to water.
Status : Received do pass recommendation in House Committee on Natural Resources on March 24
 
Introduced : 03/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mike Lang, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Prohibits sale of fishing, hunting or trapping licenses for failure to pay child support and other support debt or support obligation; relates to family law; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue.
Status : Hearing scheduled in House Judiciary Committee on April 3

Introduced : 03/22/2017
Sponsor: Representative Doug Kary, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Authorizes transfer of game to licensed outfitter for inspection purposes; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to professions and occupations; relates to state revenue; provides an exception for a mountain sheep to be taken with a license; requires the outfitter's guide shall then present the harvested animal to the department for inspection.
Status : Passed Senate on March 25
 
Introduced : 02/9/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jennifer Fielder, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary : Authorizes transfer of game to licensed outfitter for inspection purposes; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to professions and occupations; relates to state revenue; provides an exception for a mountain sheep to be taken with a license; requires the outfitter's guide shall then present the harvested animal to the department for inspection.
Status : Passed 3rd reading in Senate on March 28
 
Introduced: 0 3/27/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Heidi Swank
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary:  Prohibits the Board of Wildlife Commissioners from adopting regulations which authorize a person to hunt black bears with a dog.
Status:  Introduced on March 27
 
Introduced: 0 3/28/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Revises provisions relating to the carrying of a loaded rifle or shotgun and the discharge of a firearm on certain highways and roads.
Status:  Introduced on March 28
 
Introduced: 0 3/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator David Parks
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary:  Revises provisions governing the trapping or taking of certain animals.
Status:  Introduced on March 20

Introduced: 0 3/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator David Parks
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary:  Makes various changes relating to trapping.
Status:  Introduced on March 20

Introduced: 0 3/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Pete Goichocea, Member, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Revises provisions governing the transportation of game, hunters and hunting equipment.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining on March 29

Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Brock Smith
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish and prescribe fees for multiyear resident and nonresident hunting licenses; sets agent fee for issuance of each multiyear license at $5.
Status : Public hearing held on March 23
 
Introduced : 03/1/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mike McLane
Issue Brief : Enforcement
Summary : Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to implement program to encourage reporting of wildlife law violations.
Status : Public hearing held on March 23
 
Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Oregon Department of Administrative Services
Issue Brief : Budget Bills
Summary : Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Fish and Wildlife for certain biennial expenses; limits certain biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts and federal funds from Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, but excluding lottery funds and other federal funds, collected or received by department.
Status : Public hearings held in Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources on March 27, 28, and 29
 
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:  Signed by Governor on March 17
 
Introduced:  01/23/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Allen Christensen
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Modifies the requirements for a resident minor to use the hunting permit of another person.
Status:  Signed by Governor on March 17
 
Introduced : 01/18/2017
Sponsor: Representative Tom Dent, Member, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Commissions an elk management pilot project that focuses initially on the Colockum elk herd.
Status : Received do pass as amended recommendation in Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Parks on March 28
 
Introduced : 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake, Co-Chair, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Access to Private Lands
Summary : Concerns the development of cooperative agreements to expand recreational access on privately owned lands.
Status : Received do pass as amended recommendation in Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee on March 28
 
Introduced : 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Senator Phil Fortunato, Co-Chair, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Concerns expanding the permitted uses of surplus funds from boater education card fees to certain boating safety programs and activities.
Status : Received do pass recommendation in House Appropriation Appropriations Committee on March 23

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Working with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping.
 
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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 
 
Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email  chris@sportsmenslink.org
Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or email  brent@sportsmenslink.org
Southeastern States Director Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email  bee@sportsmenslink.org
Western States Director Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email  andy@sportsmenslink.org


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