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.

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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 
March 6, 2017

NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/12/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen G. Harding
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  Concerns lake authorities and combating invasive plant and animal species; provides grants to lake authorities in their efforts to combat invasive plant and animal species.
Status: Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis on March 6

Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Representative Caroline Simmons
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Concerns the presentation of a carry permit; requires individuals openly carrying to produce their permit if their firearm is visible and if requested by a law enforcement officer.
Status: To Joint Committee on Judiciary on March 3

Introduced: 01/19/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bob Duff
Issue Brief: "Big 5" Trophy Importation Bans
Summary:  Concerns Cecil's law; deters the taking of big-game animals as hunting trophies.
Status: Public hearing scheduled (03/13/2017) on March 9

Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Carlo Leone
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Provides for discounted hunting, trapping and fishing licenses for certain veterans; promotes activities that may assist rehabilitation and recuperation for certain veterans with service-connected disability ratings from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Status: Filed with Legislative Commissioner's Office on March 6

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: In Senate; Placed in legislative file (dead) on March 2

Introduced: 01/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Peter A. Lyford, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  This bill repeals the prohibition against baiting deer.
Status: Work session held on March 7

Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Representative Lester A. Ordway
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Allows the use of a spear or speargun to fish for northern pike in Sebago Lake.
Status: In Senate; Placed in legislative file (dead) on March 2

Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Abden S. Simmons
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  This bill requires an antlerless deer permit system adopted by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to give priority in the issuance of a permit to a veteran who was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard.
Status: Work session held on March 7

Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Christina Riley
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary:  Requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, if antlerless deer permits are issued, to issue antlerless deer permits to applicants who are chosen through a public chance drawing. The commissioner is required to adopt rules by November 1, 2017 establishing a public chance drawing for antlerless deer permits.
Status: Work session held on March 7

Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Seth A. Berry
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Allows a veteran who has a service-connected disability evaluated at 100% by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the United States Armed Forces who is issued an antlerless deer permit to choose a wildlife management district in which the person may take an antlerless deer as long as that district is open to the taking of antlerless deer.
Status: Work session held on March 7

Introduced: 01/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Nathan J. Wadsworth
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary:  This bill limits deer hunters to harvesting only deer with 3 or more tines of one inch or longer along the main beam of either or both antlers.
Status: Work session held on March 7

Introduced: 02/01/2017
Sponsor: Representative Phyllis A. Ginzler
Issue Brief: Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  This bill requires that any passive watercraft placed or operated on the inland waters of the State have an invasive aquatic plant and nuisance species sticker affixed on its bow. This sticker may be purchased for a one-time fee of $5, and the fee revenues from the sale of the sticker will be credited to the Invasive Aquatic Plant and Nuisance Species Fund established in the Department of Environmental Protection under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1863 and to the Lake and River Protection Fund established within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife under Title 12, section 10257. These two funds, among other things, support invasive aquatic plant and nuisance species prevention, containment, eradication and management activities in the State.
Status: Work session held on March 7

Introduced: 02/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative Russell Black, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  This bill establishes a limited season for fishing from October 1st to October 31st, during which a holder of a fishing license may catch fish as long as the fish is immediately returned to the water in which it was caught.
Status: In Senate; Placed in legislative file (dead) on March 7

Introduced: 02/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative Richard A. Pickett, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands; White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool; Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation
Summary:  This bill amends the current antlerless deer hunting permit system to require that all antlerless deer permits available in a wildlife management district be issued to landowners of record who own at least 50 contiguous acres of land open to hunting by the public and have applied for the permit. It also provides that if the number of available antlerless deer permits in a wildlife management district exceeds the number of eligible landowner applications, the remaining permits must be issued to junior hunters who have applied for an antlerless deer permit in that district. If the number of antlerless deer permits available in a wildlife management district exceeds the number of eligible landowner applications and junior hunter applications, the commissioner is directed to issue the remaining permits as provided in current law.
Status: Work session held on March 7

Introduced: 02/07/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jonathan L. Kinney
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  This bill allows ice fishing on Baker Lake and Third, Fourth and Fifth St. John ponds in Somerset County.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on February 14

Introduced: 03/01/2017
Sponsor: Representative Lance Evans Harvell
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary:  Summary This bill prohibits the feeding of deer from August 15th to December 15th.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 2

Introduced: 03/01/2017
Sponsor: Representative Gary L. Hilliard, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Establishes resident and nonresident comprehensive hunting licenses that allow hunting of all legal species subject to the moose, pheasant, migratory waterfowl, special season deer and antlerless deer permit requirements; provides a fee for the resident comprehensive hunting license is a specified amount and the fee for the nonresident comprehensive hunting license is a specified amount; establishes resident and nonresident comprehensive combination hunting and fishing licenses.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 2

Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen S. Stanley
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Amends the law regarding the number of moose permits made available through a chance drawing to hunting outfitters, which is currently calculated as 10% of the number of permits made available in the public chance drawing above 3,140; sets the number of moose permits made available to hunting outfitters at 10% of the number of permits in excess of the average number of permits made available in the public chance drawing per year since 1982 or 100, whichever is greater.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 7

Introduced: 03/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative Timothy S. Theriault
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  This bill requires the court to order the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to issue a permit to take a deer or moose to a person found not to have violated the inland fisheries and wildlife laws when a deer or moose taken by the person and seized by the department had been disposed of before that finding was made.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 7

Introduced: 03/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative Dustin Michael White
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  This bill allows a person who has legally harvested an animal to keep the unregistered animal until a registration station within a reasonable distance of the person is open if no registration stations within a reasonable distance of the person are open due to a holiday or other legitimate reason.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence on March 7

Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor: House Environment and Transportation Committee
Issue Brief:  American System of Conservation Funding
Summary:  Clarifies the authorized uses of the State Wildlife Management and Protection Fund; repeals specified requirements that the Department of Natural Resources use specified funds from specified hunting license sales for specified purposes; requires a person who harvests a game bird or mammal to report the harvest in accordance with specified regulations.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on March 21

Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Jay Jacobs, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary:  Authorizes a person to hunt turkey on private property in Kent County on Sundays during the spring turkey hunting season.
Status:  Second reading passed; to third reading on March 7
 
Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Jay Jacobs, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary:  Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on private property on Sundays in Kent County throughout all deer hunting seasons, subject to specified provisions of law.
Status:  Second reading passed; to third reading on March 7
 
Introduced:  01/30/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Jim Gilchrist
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Requires an animal shelter to follow a certain written protocol for reclaiming animals; requiring the Department of Agriculture, on or before a certain date, to adopt certain minimum standards of care for dogs and cats in animal shelters; requires an animal shelter to follow certain minimum standards of care; requires the Department to adopt certain regulations on or before a certain date; relates to animal shelters.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on March 21
 
Introduced:  02/03/2017
Sponsor: Eastern Shore Delegation
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary:  Authorizes a person to hunt deer under a Deer Management Permit on any Sunday throughout the year, including all deer hunting seasons; alters the application of specified provisions of law governing Deer Management Permits in Charles County and St. Mary's County.
Status:  Third reading passed on March 9 
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Paul Pinsky
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to Forest Conservation Act; clarifies the authority of certain units of local government to adopt certain forest conservation thresholds and afforestation and reforestation requirements that are more stringent that certain forest conservation thresholds and forestation requirements in State law.
Status:  In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on March 22
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bryan W. Simonaire, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Relates to active military, former prisoners of war, recipients of the Purple Heart award, and disabled veterans.
Status: In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on March 22
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Steve Waugh, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to harvest times.
Status: In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on March 22

Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bryan W. Simonaire, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Hunter Education
Summary:  Relates to hunter safety courses; relates to application of requirement; requires a certain person to make an affidavit that the person hunted before a certain date rather than that the person had a certain hunting license; establishes a program to provide incentives for the successful completion of a hunter safety course by an individual who is not required by law to complete a hunter safety course.
Status: In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on March 22
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bryan Simonaire, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Enforcement 
Summary:  Relates to interstate boating violator compact.
Status: In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on March 22
 
Introduced:  01/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Ronald N. Young
Issue Brief:  Fishing Tournaments
Summary:  Prohibiting a person from organizing, sponsoring, promoting, conducting, or participating in a cownose ray fishing tournament in State waters; and requiring the Secretary of Natural Resources to adopt specified regulations.
Status: In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on March 22
 
Introduced:  02/01/2017
Sponsor: Senator Ronald Young
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Repeals a prohibition in Frederick County against hunting or attempting to hunt nongame birds and mammals without first obtaining a hunting license.
Status: In House Committee on Environment and Transportation on March 22

Introduced:  02/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Brian Feldman
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Requires a person to obtain a kennel license from a local licensing agency if the person owns or has custody of a maximum specified number, instead of a previous specified number, specified female dogs kept for specified breeding purposes or if the person Sells dogs from a specified number of litters or more in a year.
Status: Second reading passed with amendments; to third reading on March 8

Introduced:  01/27/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Jon Bramnick
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Requires Department of Environmental Protection to establish private wildlife habitat certification program; creates affirmative defense against municipal nuisance ordinances for properties certified under the program.
Status:  From Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 6
 
Introduced:  03/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Brian P. Stack 
Issue Brief:  Ammunition
Summary:  Requires photo identification for handgun ammunition purchases.
Status:  Introduced on March 6

Introduced:  03/06/2017
Sponsor: Filed bySenate
Issue Brief:  Senator Brian P. Stack 
Summary:  Requires electronic reporting of handgun ammunition sales.
Status:  Introduced on March 6
 
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: Amended in Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on March 3

Introduced: 02/14/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Dan Quart
Issue Brief: Knife Ban Repeal
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; relates to the definition of a gravity knife; removes reference to the application of centrifugal force from the definition of a gravity knife.
Status: Amended in Assembly Committee on Codes on March 2

Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Steve Englebright
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; provides for the labeling of all shipments of firearms, and shipments of shotguns and rifles in jurisdictions which require a permit or license to possess a rifle or shotgun; provides for manifests for transportation thereof, notice to the superintendent of state police, transporters to know what they are transporting when reasonably possible, and for postponement of delivery pending police investigation.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on March 2
 
Introduced: 03/06/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Anthony J. Brindisi, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to the transfer of lifetime hunting licenses.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on March 6

Introduced: 03/06/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Brian D. Miller, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Allows individuals, duly licensed out-of-state to carry a pistol or firearm, authority to carry such weapon within New York State for a limited duration with proper documentation.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on March 7

Introduced: 03/06/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Anthony J. Brindisi, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Standard Capacity Magazines
Summary:  Repeals provision of law prohibiting the possession of certain large capacity ammunition feeding devices and the exemption of certain ammunition feeding devices at firing ranges.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on March 7

Introduced:  03/02/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bryan Barbin, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Amends Title 30 (Fish) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in fishing licenses; provides for exemptions from license requirements.
Status:  To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on March 2

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor: Representative Neal Goodman, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to hunting and furtaking; provides for unlawful devices and methods.
Status:  To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on March 7

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor: Representative Neal Goodman, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in enforcement; provides for revocation, suspension or denial of license, permit or registration.
Status:  To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on March 7

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor: Representative Neal Goodman, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Relates hunting and furtaking licenses; provides for antlerless deer licenses.
Status:  To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on March 7

Introduced:  03/02/2017
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Langerholc
Issue Brief:  Firearms Preemption
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:  To Senate Committee on Local Government on March 2

Introduced: 03/01/2017
Sponsor: Representative David A. Bennett
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Would require any person who sustains an injury to themselves or causes an injury to another while hunting or trapping to report the injury to the department of environmental management immediately. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: To House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on March 1

Introduced: 03/01/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ramon Perez
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Would allow those persons with concealed carry permits issued by other states to carry upon their person weapons in Rhode Island provided that the issuing state recognizes and gives reciprocity to RI permit holders. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary on March 1

Introduced: 01/18/2017
Sponsor: Senator Nicholas D. Kettle
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Would permit fishing in trout waters at any time of year without seasonal restriction. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status:  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017) on March 6

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:  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017) on March 6

Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Stephen R. Archambault
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Provides the Attorney General with the authority to enter into agreements with other states to recognize concealed handgun permits issued by Rhode Island as valid in other states; authorizes concealed handgun permits issued by other states as valid in Rhode Island when certain conditions are met; provides that Rhode Island would recognize official law enforcement identification cards permitting carrying concealed handguns issued by any other state.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 2

Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Stephen R. Archambault
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Defines a firearm silencer and permit the use of such a device on any firearm with an overall length of seventeen inches or greater and would permit the use of such a device for lawful hunting activity.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 2

Introduced: 03/02/2017
Sponsor: Senator Joshua Miller
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Establishes it unlawful for any person carry a rifle or shotgun in any vehicle or conveyance or on or about their person except under limited circumstances of at least fifteen years imprisonment; provides an enhanced penalty to those who unlawfully sold, transferred, given, conveyed, or caused to be sold, transferred, given or conveyed a firearm to any person under eighteen years of age and that firearm is used in a crime of violence.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 2

Introduced: 03/03/2017
Sponsor: Senator Christopher A. Pearson
Issue Brief: Ivory Bans
Summary:  Relates to the sale of ivory or rhinoceros horn.
Status:  Introduced on March 3


SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced:  03/07/2017
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:  Introduced on March 7.  To House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on March 7. Referred to House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee on March 7. Referred to House Committee on Judiciary on March 7
 
Prefiled:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Amy Mercado 
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to State black bears; requires Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS),and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to coordinate certain duties and responsibilities to protect State black bears and to preserve their habitat; establishes Bear-resistant Garbage Container Account within the Nongame Wildlife Trust Fund to aid local governments in purchasing such containers; prohibits certain activities in bear habitats.
Status: Introduced on March 7.  To House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee on March 7. Referred to House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on March 7.  Referred to House Committee on Government Accountability on March 7

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 Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee. Referred to House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee. Referred to House Committee on Government Accountability on March 7. Reported favorably From House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Thad Altman, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to water resources; revises requirements for issuance of certain bonds; provides for reservoir project in Everglades Agricultural Area; requires South State Water Management District to seek out specified property and coordinate with Untied States Army Corps of Engineers; provides project requirements; provides contingent appropriations.
Status:  To House Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee on March 7.  Referred to House Committee on Appropriations on March 7.  Referred to House Committee on Government Accountability on March 7
 
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 Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee on March 7.  Referred to House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on March 7. Referred to House Committee on Government Accountability on March 7

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Tom Goodson
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to Brevard County Indian River Lagoon Living Shorelines; provides an appropriation for the Brevard County Indian River Lagoon Living Shorelines.
Status:  To House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on March 7.  Referred to House Committee on Appropriations on March 7

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Bob Bradley
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to water resources; provides an exception to the requirement that bonds issued for acquisition and improvement of land, water areas, and related property interests and resources be deposited into the State Forever Trust Fund and distributed in a specified manner; requires the South State Water Management District to seek proposals from Willing Sellers of property within the Everglades Agricultural Area for land that is suitable for the reservoir project.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation. Referred to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources. Reported favorably from Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation. To Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources on March 7. Reported favorably from Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources on March 8

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor: Senator Frank Artiles, Co-Chair, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Invasive species, General
Summary:  Relates to hunting of exotic invasive species in national parks.
Status:  Introduced on March 7

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:  Reported favorably with substitute from Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation. In Senate pending reference review under rule 4.7(2). To Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources on March 7

Introduced:  03/07/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Linda Stewart
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to State black bears; creates the State Black Bear Habitat Restoration Act; requires the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Department of Environmental Protection to coordinate certain duties and responsibilities to protect State black bears and to preserve their habitat.
Status:  Introduced on March 7

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:  To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on March 3

Introduced:  02/10/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Sam Watson, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Conservation Funding, Conservation Sales Tax
Summary:  Relates to conservation and natural resources, so as to repeal and reenact; relates to land conservation; provides for a short title; creates the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund; creates funding mechanisms for the protection and preservation of conservation land and provide for their operation; provides for legislative intent; provides for definitions; establishes procedural requirements for approval of project proposals; provides for related matters; provides an effective date.
Status:  Reported favorably as substituted from House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on March 3

Introduced:  01/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative Addia Kathryn Wuchner, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
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:  Floor Amendment filed on March 2. Amendment No. 1
 
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:  From Senate Committee on Agriculture: reported favorably. 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. 2nd Reading, to Committee on Rules on March 8

Introduced:  02/13/2017
Sponsor: Representative Robert J. Benvenuti 
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Requires the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to offer hunting and fishing licenses to active duty members of the United States Armed Forces at the same cost charged to Kentucky residents.
Status:  Returned to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on March 8

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:  From House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation: reported favorably, and second reading, to Committee on Rules on March 8

Introduced:  02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senator Ray S. Jones, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Supports and encourages the enactment of the Hearing Protection Act of 2017; directs the clerk to send a copy to the Kentucky delegation in the Congress of the United States.
Status:  Passed Senate on March 6
 
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: Committee amendment adopted on Senate floor on March 7. To House for concurrence on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/15/2017
Sponsor: Representative Trey Lamar, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Game Meat Donation
Summary:  Authorizes a state income tax credit to venison processors for a percentage of the production cost of processing venison donated by hunters for the Mississippi hunter's harvest program of the Mississippi wildlife federation for which the processor has not been paid or otherwise received reimbursement.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Finance on March 6
 
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:  Passed House on March 8
 
Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brian Turner, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Prohibits hunting from the right-of-ways of public roads in Buncombe County.
Status:  To House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House on March 2
 
Introduced:  03/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative Lee Zachary, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary: P ermits fox and coyote trapping in Yadkin County.
Status:  To House Committee on Wildlife Resources on March 8
 
Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor: Representative Lee Hewitt, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Catch Shares; Angling Access
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:  Passed House. To Senate on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/14/2017
Sponsor:  Senator A. Shane Massey
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Relates to disability licenses for hunting and fishing; allows residents receiving benefits from a state retirement system to obtain a three-year combination or fishing license at no cost.
Status:  Passed Senate. To House on March 8
 
Introduced:  02/15/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Approves regulations of the Department of Natural Resources; relates to seasons, limits, methods of take and special use restrictions on wildlife management areas; designates as regulation document number 4741, pursuant to the provisions of article 1, chapter 23, title 1 of the 1976 code.
Status:  Passed Senate.To House Committee on Regulations and Administrative Procedure on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/21/2017
Sponsor: Senator Chip Campsen, Co-Chair, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to night hunting and harassment of wildlife; restructures the existing provisions that regulate night hunting; provides that night hunting any animal except deer, bear, turkey, or any animal specified is unlawful; provides appropriate penalties; provides that night hunting deer, bear, or turkey on property not registered with the department for night hunting feral hogs, coyotes, or armadillos is unlawful and to provide appropriate penalties.
Status:  Passed Senate. To House on March 8
 
Introduced:  02/8/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ron Lollar, Co-Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Relates to Game and Fish Laws; establishes that requirements on the size, placement and inspection of steel traps used in the taking of wildlife be set by rule or proclamation of the fish and wildlife commission, as necessary, Rather than by statute.
Status:  Recommend passage From House Committee on Government Operations. To House Committee on Calendar and Rules on March 8
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Bobby Orrock        
Issue Brief:  Conservation Tax Incentives          
Summary:  Relates to real property tax; relates to special assessment for land preservation; prohibits any locality from requiring any taxpayer who is the lessor of real property to produce the lease for the purpose of determining whether the property is eligible for special assessment for land preservation.
Status:  Signed by Governor on March 17. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 25
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Bobby Orrock
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups      
Summary:  Relates to cats and dogs; relates to lifetime licenses; authorizes the governing body of a county or city to provide for a lifetime dog or cat license; removes the minimum annual tax for a dog or cat, sets the maximum tax for a lifetime license at $50, and limits the fee for a duplicate dog or cat tag to $1.
Status:  Eligible for Governor's desk on March 7
 
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: Eligible for Governor's desk on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/24/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Bill Hamilton, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to state ownership of wildlife.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/24/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Bill Hamilton, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Crossbows
Summary:  Relates to crossbow hunting.
Status:  To House Committee on Judiciary on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/24/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Bill Hamilton, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to the collection, possession and sale of naturally shed deer antlers.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on March 8
 
Introduced:  02/24/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Bill Hamilton, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, Active Duty Military, and Disabled Persons Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Relates to a lawful method for a developmentally disabled person to purchase a base hunting license.
Status:  To House Committee on Finance on March 8
 
Introduced:  03/02/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Rupert Phillips, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Firearm Suppressors
Summary:  Supports and encourages the enactment of the federal Hearing Protection Act of 2017.
Status:  To House Committee on Rules on March 2
 
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:  To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 2

Introduced:  02/23/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Dave Sypolt
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Relates to marking traps with Department of Natural Resources identification tag.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 6

Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Tom Takubo
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Prohibits waste of game animals, birds or fish.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to state ownership of wildlife.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 7

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 Senate: Read second time on March 9

Introduced:  02/28/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary: Exempts names of licensed hunters from public disclosure.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 7


MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced:  03/03/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Charlotte Douglas
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Sets a special hunting and fishing license fee for active military members home on leave in Arkansas.
Status: To House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs on March 6

Introduced: 03/06/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kim Hammer
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Creates the feral hog eradication task force.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development on March 6

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: To House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development: Do pass on March 7
 
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: In House. Placed on Short Debate Calendar Second Reading on March 8
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any person may use a crossbow to take wildlife during the appropriate archery season; repeals crossbow provisions limiting the use of crossbows to specified conditions, together with a related definition.
Status: In House. Placed on short debate calendar second reading on March 8

Introduced: 02/28/2017
Sponsor: Representative Avery Bourne
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; defines hunting license as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of animal during a specified period of time.
Status: In House. Placed on short debate calendar third reading on March 9
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Sheri Jesiel
Issue Brief:  Catch Shares
Summary:  Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that all trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish may not be taken by commercial fishing devices, including gill or pound nets; provides that any incidental catch of trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish taken in legal sized gill or pound nets must be returned immediately to the water; provides that the methods of taking are subject to modification by administrative rule based upon lake-wide scientific assessment data.
Status:  In House. Placed on short debate calendar third reading on March 9
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Sheri Jesiel
Issue Brief:  Catch Shares
Summary:  Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that the Department of Natural Resources may issue a maximum of 5 commercial fishing licenses for taking from the Waters of Lake Michigan yellow perch, bloater chub, and other commercial fish species designated by Department rule; provides that, at times determined by the Director, the Department shall advertise a public drawing to accept new qualified commercial fishing candidates and establish a ranking order for these new candidates.
Status:  In House. Placed on short debate calendar third reading on March 9
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Joe Sosnowski
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any person may use a crossbow to take coyotes during any coyote season.
Status:  In House. Placed on short debate calendar second reading on March 8

Introduced: 02/07/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Napoleon Harris
Issue Brief:  Catch Shares
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that all trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish may not be taken by commercial fishing devices, including gill or pound nets; provides that any incidental catch of trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish taken in legal sized gill or pound nets must be returned immediately to the water; provides that the methods of taking are subject to modification by administrative rule based upon lake wide scientific assessment data.
Status:  In Senate. Placed on Calendar Order Second Reading on March 2

Introduced: 02/07/2017
Sponsor: Senator Napoleon Harris
Issue Brief: Catch Shares
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that the Department of Natural Resources may issue a maximum of 5 commercial fishing licenses for taking from the Waters of Lake Michigan yellow perch, bloater chub, and other commercial fish species designated by Department rule.
Status: In Senate. Placed on Calendar Order Second Reading on March 2
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Jill Tracy
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; Defines hunting license as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of animal during a specified period of time.
Status: In Senate. Placed on Calendar Order Second Reading on March 2
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Neil Anderson, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Crossbows
Summary:  Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any person may use a crossbow to take coyotes during any coyote season.
Status:  In Senate Committee on Agriculture: Postponed in Committee on March 9
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Neil Anderson, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Crossbows
Summary:  Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that any person may use a crossbow to take any animal during the appropriate archery season.
Status:  In Senate. Amendment No. 1 Postponed in Committee on March 9

Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Senator Neil Anderson, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General, 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 sum; 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.
Status: In Senate Committee on Agriculture: Postponed in committee on March 9
 
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: To House Committee on Public Policy on March 6
 
Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief:  Fishing Tournaments
Summary:  Relates to bass fishing in the state.
Status:  In House Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee Assignments Cownie Chair, Kerr, Thede on March 7

Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Relates to the restriction of hunting on private property by the natural resource commission.
Status:  In House Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee assignments; Baudler, Chair, Hanson, Wills on March 8

Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Kansas pet animal act.
Status:  House Hearing Wednesday March 15, 3:30 pm Room 582-N. Scheduled on March 8

Introduced:  03/02/17
Sponsor: Senator Dale Zorn, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Increases penalties for possessing the carcass of a deer or elk killed in another state.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on March 2
 
Introduced:  02/15/17
Sponsor: Senator John Proos, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Invasive Species
Summary:  Supports the recommendations of the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Natural Resources: Recommended passage on March 7
 
Introduced:  02/23/17
Sponsor:  Representative Dan Fabian
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to natural resources; modifies off-highway motorcycle education and training program; modifies invasive species provisions; modifies provisions to take, possess, and transport wildlife; requires rulemaking.
Status:  Second reading in House on March 2
 
Introduced: 0 3/01/17
Sponsor:  Representative Jon Koznick
Issue Brief:  Conservation Sales Tax
Summary: Proposes an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article XI; replaces the legacy amendment with funding for clean water, roads and bridges, outdoor heritage, arts and cultural heritage, and parks and trails.
Status:  To House Committee on Legacy Funding Finance on March 1

Introduced: 0 3/01/17
Sponsor:  Representative Peggy Bennett
Issue Brief:  Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary: Relates to game and fish; prohibits trapping without written permission on certain private lands.
Status:  To House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on March 1

Introduced: 0 3/01/17
Sponsor: Representative Tony Cornish, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  No-Net-Loss
Summary: Relates to state lands; requires no net loss of state hunting lands.
Status:  To House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on March 1
 
Introduced: 0 3/01/17
Sponsor:  Representative Peter Fischer
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 House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on March 1

Introduced: 0 3/02/17
Sponsor:  Representative Connie Bernardy
Issue Brief:  Invasive Species
Summary: Relates to natural resources; appropriates money for aquatic invasive species grants.
Status:  To House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on March 2

Introduced:  0 3/06/17
Sponsor: Representative Tony Cornish, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; prohibits first aid or CPR training requirements for bear-hunting guides.
Status:  To House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on March 6

Introduced:  0 3/06/17
Sponsor: Representative Peter Fischer
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; prohibits open season for taking wolves.
Status:  To House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on March 6

Introduced:  0 3/06/17
Sponsor: Representative Peter Fischer
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; prohibits use of snares to take wild animals.
Status:  To House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance on March 6

Introduced:  02/20/17
Sponsor:  Senator Carrie Ruud
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; modifies blaze orange hunting requirements to allow blaze pink.
Status:  In Senate. Second reading on March 6

Introduced: 0 3/02/17
Sponsor:  Senator Carrie Ruud
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to natural resources; modifies off-highway motorcycle education and training program; modifies invasive species provisions; modifies provisions to take, possess, and transport wildlife; requires rulemaking.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and Legacy Finance on March 2
 
Introduced:  0 3/06/17
Sponsor: Senator Chris Eaton
Issue Brief:  Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/ Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; prohibits open season for taking wolves.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance on March 6
 
Introduced:  0 3/06/17
Sponsor: Senator Justin Eichorn
Issue Brief:  Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle Bans
Summary:  Relates to game and fish; appropriates money for a study on lead shot.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance on March 6
 
Introduced: 01/18/2017
Sponsor: Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact
Summary: Adopted the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Status: From Legislative Committee on Natural Resources: Placed on General File as amended on March 8
 
Introduced:  01/05/17
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to bonus or preference points awarded to participants in lotteries for hunting licenses; provides for withdrawal of an application.
Status: Passed Senate. Return to House for concurrence on March 7

Introduced:  01/16/17
Sponsor:  Senator Jerry Klein
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to nonresident waterfowl hunting licenses.
Status:  Failed to pass the House on March 8
 
Introduced:  01/18/17
Sponsor:  Senator John Grabinger
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Authorizes the use of telescopic scopes on muzzleloading firearms for individuals over sixty-five years of age when hunting deer.
Status:  Failed to pass House on March 7

Introduced:  01/18/17
Sponsor:  Senator Larry Robinson
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Relates to agent fees for distribution of hunting and fishing licenses; includes licenses to agents outside the state; regulates license fees and certificate fees.
Status:  Eligible for Governor's desk on March 8

Introduced:  01/23/17
Sponsor: Senator Kelly Armstrong, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to the opening date of pheasant season.
Status:  Passed House on March 7

Introduced:   01/25/17
Sponsor:  Representative Elizabeth May
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Revises certain provisions regarding resident fishing possession limits.
Status:  Signed by the Governor on March 6
 
Introduced:  02/01/17
Sponsor:  Representative David Johnson
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Provide for the issuance of certain hunting licenses to nonresident military veterans at the resident rate.
Status:  Tabled in Senate Committee on Appropriations on March 2
 
Introduced:  02/01/17
Sponsor:  Representative Taffy Howard
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Revises certain provisions regarding the regulation of commercial breeding operations; removes the requirement for a licensed veterinarian to be in attendance during an investigation of a commercial breeding operation.
Status:  House concurred in Senate amendments on March 8

Introduced:  01/26/17
Sponsor: Senator Brock Greenfield, Member, South Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Revises the area where certain nonresident waterfowl licenses may be issued.
Status:  Signed by Governor on March 8
 
Introduced:  01/26/17
Sponsor:  Representative Ryan Maher
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Revises provisions regarding the amount licensing agents may collect on the sale of certain licenses for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks; includes a snowmobile permit.
Status:  Senate concurred in House amendments on March 8 

Introduced: 03/07/2017
Sponsor: Representative Drew Springer
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to requiring the Parks and Wildlife Department to issue permits for the management of the wild mule deer population; requires an occupational permit.
Status : Introduced on March 7
 
Introduced:  03/01/17
Sponsor: 
Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to unattended decoys left in water.
Status:  To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on March 1


WESTWESTERN STATES  


Introduced : 03/6/2017
Sponsor: Representative Zach Fansler
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Establishes state fish and game reserves; creates the Holitna River Basin Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Reserve; provides for an effective date.
Status : Introduced and referred to House Fisheries Committee on March 6
 
Introduced : 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senate Committee on Rules
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Relates to sport fishing, hunting, or trapping licenses, tags, or permits; relates to penalties for certain sport fishing, hunting, and trapping license violations; relates to restrictions on the issuance of sport fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses; creates violations and amending fines and restitution for certain fish and game offenses; creates an exemption from payment of restitution for certain unlawful takings of big game animals; relates to commercial fishing violations.
Status : Received Do Pass recommendation from Senate Committee on Resources on March 3
 
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:  Placed on Senate Consent Calendar on March 6

Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gail Griffin, Member, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife
Issue Briefs: General, Apprentice Hunting License,   Enforcement
Summary:  Relates to The Department of Game and Fish omnibus.
Status:  Passed House on March 9

Introduced:  01/18/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gail Griffin, Member, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife
Issue Briefs: General
Summary:  Relates to the Endangered Species Act; r elates to critical habitat; relates to expansion; relates to urging repeal.
Status:  To House Committee of the Whole on March 8

Introduced : 02/01/2017
Sponsor : Senator Owen Hill
Issue Brief : Knife Definitions
Summary : Concerns legalizing certain knives.
Status : Passed House on March 9
 
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 Water and Land

Introduced:  01/23/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Joseph M. Souki
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Requires any rule adopted by Department of Land and Natural Resources that restricts the fishing of bottomfish to include peer-reviewed scientific evidence that establishes the environmental necessity of the rule.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate on March 7

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 Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs on March 7

Introduced:  01/23/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Clarence Nishihara
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Provides every person who brings or by any other manner causes to be brought a firearm of any description, shall register the firearm within five days after arrival of the person or of the firearm, whichever arrives later, with the chief of police of the county of the person's place of business or, residence or, place of sojourn; provided that the duty to register the firearm shall be an ongoing one, and failure to register the firearm within five days of arrival shall not relieve the person of the duty.
Status:  Passed House. To Senate on March 7
 
Introduced : 02/24/2017
Sponsor: House Committee on Resources and Environment
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Amends existing law to increase the sticker fee for the boats of nonresidents.
Status : Passed House and referred to Senate Committee on Resources and Environment on March 6

Idaho H 230
Introduced : 2/24/2017
Sponsor: House Committee on Health and Welfare
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Amends and adds to existing law to provide for the use of sums for fishing access; to revise provisions relating to moneys paid into the fish and game set-aside account; to provide for the use of moneys derived from certain license endorsements; to revise provisions relating to the transfer of certain amounts from the expendable big game depredation fund; to revise conditions and requirements regarding payment for certain damages due to depredation; to revise certain deposit provisions regarding the fish and game set-aside account; to provide for three year nonresident junior fishing licenses; to provide for license endorsements to fund wildlife depredation compensation and prevention and sportsmen access programs; to revise certain license fees; to revise provisions relating to procedures associated with depredation claims; and to provide that methods of determining forage utilization and damage or loss due to wildlife may include exclosure cages or other devices.
Status : Passed House and referred to Senate Committee on Resources and Environment on March 8

Introduced : 03/1/2017
Sponsor: House Committee on State Affairs
Issue Brief : Invasive Species
Summary : States the findings of the Legislature; encourages Western States and the federal government to establish cooperative and coordinated efforts with the State of Idaho to prevent; whatever extent possible, through efforts including inspections, decontamination policies, enforcement of Laws and rapid response protocols, further spread of the mussels, and containment where established, until such time as viable tools for eradication are discovered.
Status : Passed House and referred to Senate on March 6
 
Introduced : 01/24/2017
Sponsor: Senate Committee on Resources and Environment
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Amends existing law to revise certain license, tag and permit provisions; provides for grizzly bear tags; requires taxidermist and fur buyer's licenses for those that engage in the business of buying certain skins and parts of specified animals; requires the retention of records for those who purchase certain skins and parts of specified animals; revises reporting requirements regarding the taking of certain wolves.
Status : Signed by Senate President and sent to House Speaker for signature on March 9
 
Introduced : 02/27/2017
Sponsor: Senate Committee on State Affairs
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 : Received Do Pass Recommendation in Senate Committee on Resources and Environment on March 7
 
Introduced : 03/3/2017
Sponsor: Senate Committee on Finance
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.ermits part or product of animal species covered by wildlife trafficking prevention program to be distributed, sold or have legal ownership transferred to bona fide scientific or educational institutional for scientific or educational purposes; clarifies definition of "covered animal species."; makes conforming changes; declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status : Reported out of Committee with a Do Pass recommendation on March 6
 
Introduced : 01/2/2017
Sponsor: Representative Denley Loge
Issue Brief : Access to Private Lands
Summary : Increases block management landowner payment cap; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to property.
Status : Referred to Senate Committee on Fish and Game on March 6
 
Introduced : 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bill Harris, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Revises laws related to county bounties on predators; allows counties to establish the dollar amount of bounties; revises funding sources for bounties; revises the term of the county livestock fee; revises appointment of bounty inspectors.
Status : Received Do Pass recommendation in Senate Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation on March 7
 
Introduced : 01/26/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bradley Maxon Hamlett
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Revises the administration of recreational resource programs; administratively attaching the State Parks and Recreation Board to the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; clarifies departmental and board powers and duties related to start parks and boating, snowmobile, and off-highway vehicle programs; authorizes the hiring of an executive director of state parks and recreation; provides a statutory appropriation; provides rulemaking authority.
Status : Referred to Senate Committee on Fish and Game on March 6
 
Introduced : 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kelly Flynn, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Creates Montana wildlife habitat improvement act; relates to appropriations; relates to environmental protection; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to rule making.
Status : Passed 2nd reading in House on March 7

Introduced : 03/1/2017
Sponsor: Representative Denley Loge
Issue Brief : General, Angling Access
Summary : Revises laws related to use of fishing access sites and wildlife management areas; relates to appropriations; relates to counties; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to recreation, parks, sports; relates to state revenue; relates to rule making.
Status : Public hearing scheduled in House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Parks on March 14
 
Introduced : 01/2/2017
Sponsor: Senator JP Pomnichowski, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Allows electronic validation of electronic hunting licenses or tags for game animals and wild turkeys; excludes the collection of hunter location data through the use of a global positioning system.
Status : To Governor on March 6

Introduced : 03/2/17
Sponsor: Senator Jill Cohenour, Co-Chair, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Enforcement
Summary : Clarifies additional penalties for hunting with artificial light; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status : Signed by Governor on March 1

Introduced : 02/7/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark Blasdel, Member, Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Apprentice Hunting Programs
Summary : Revises the apprentice hunter program; clarifies that persons younger than twelve years of age who complete a hunter safety and education course are eligible; changes mentor requirements for those eighteen years of age and older; prohibits an apprentice hunter from obtaining a black bear, mountain lion, or wolf license; extends rulemaking authority.
Status : Passed 2nd reading in Senate on March 8
 
Introduced : 01/17/2017
Sponsor: Representative Alonzo Baldonado, Member, New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Enforcement
Summary : Relates to game and fish; provides stricter penalties for major violations in unlawful taking of big game and waste of game.
Status : Passed Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 6
                                               
Introduced : 03/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Nathan Small, Member, New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General License, Access to Private Lands
Summary : Requests the State Game Commission to address the issue of elk hunting license distribution in New Mexico and to consider increasing the number and percentage of licenses issued to residents.
Status : Referred to House Committees on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources March 4
                                                           
Introduced : 03/06/2017
Sponsor : Representative Joanne Ferrary
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Acknowledges the public policy of the state that recognizes the need to protects wild horses; acknowledges the role of the conservation services division of the Department of Game and Fish in protecting, maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitat; requests that division to conduct an interim study and provide recommendations for the protection, maintenance and enhancement of the wild horse herds and habitat.
Status : Referred to House Committee on State Government, Indian and Veterans' Affairs on March 6
 
Introduced : 01/17/2017
Sponsor : Senator Mimi Stewart
Issue Brief : Ivory
Summary : Relates to wildlife; enacts the wildlife trafficking act; provides powers and duties; prohibits certain actions; makes trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction a crime; provides exceptions; prescribes penalties.
Status : Amended and passed Senate Committee on Finance on March 3
 
Introduced : 01/30/2017
Sponsor : Senator Jeff Steinborn
Issue Brief : Anti
Summary : Relates to animals; prohibits coyote-killing contests; defines coyote-killing contest.
Status : Passed Senate on March 9
 
Introduced : 02/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Cliff Bentz
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Establishes water right pilot program to encourage and facilitate point of diversion changes requested by State Department of Fish and Wildlife for purpose of benefitting fish passage; creates special process for Water Resources Department approval of point of diversion changes; requires Water Resources Department and State Department of Fish and Wildlife to biennially submit report regarding pilot program to committee of Legislative Assembly; sunsets pilot program January 2, 2028.
Status : Public hearing scheduled in House Committee on Energy and Environment on March 8
 
Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Apprentice Hunting
Summary : Authorizes State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt adult hunter mentoring program.
Status : Public hearing held in House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on March 7
 
Introduced : 02/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mark Johnson
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Directs State Fish and Wildlife Commission to implement reduced fee schedule for hunting and fishing licenses for individuals who are not residents of Oregon but who pay Oregon state income taxes; requires commission to implement fee schedule no later than January 1, 2019.
Status : Referred to House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 3

Introduced : 03/2/17
Sponsor: House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Prohibits introduction of wildlife species into area outside species' current range without authorization from State Fish and Wildlife Commission; requires commission to engage in certain rulemaking before introducing species into area outside species' current range; requires commission to notify certain members of Legislative Assembly prior to rulemaking; requires commission to participate, to maximum extent practicable, in actions by federal agency to introduce or reintroduce populations of wildlife.
Status : Referred to House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 7
 
Introduced : 03/2/17
Sponsor: Representative Ken Helm, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Establishes Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund; continuously appropriates moneys in fund to State Fish and Wildlife Commission for wildlife resource conservation purposes; imposes tax on certain beverages sold at wholesale in this state; provides that wholesale beverage tax is liability of distributor; authorizes distributor to collect tax from purchaser; requires moneys received by Department of Revenue pursuant to tax to be transferred to Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund.
Status : Referred to House Committee on Revenue on March 2
 
Introduced:  02/13/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Ken Ivory
Issue Brief: General, Exotic Invasive Species
Summary:  Demands that the federal government take steps to humanely reduce the wild horse and burro population in the state, either by relinquishing federal control to the state or completely fulfilling the mandate of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules on March 7

Introduced:  02/16/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Michael Noel
Issue Brief: No-Net-Loss
Summary:  Supports access and recreation on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Utah.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules on March 7

Introduced:  01/23/2017
Sponsor: Senator Margaret Dayton, Co-Chair, Utah Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Goods Tax Holiday
Summary:  Addresses sales and use tax exemptions for hunting guide or outfitting services.
Status:  To Senate Committee on Rules on March 7
 
Introduced : 01/25/2017
Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson, Member, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Initiates proactive steps to address elk hoof disease.
Status : Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources on March 15
           
Introduced : 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Senator Phil Fortunato, Co-Chair, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Provides funding for the hunter education training program operated by the department of fish and wildlife through the issuance of national rifle association special license plates.
Status : Passed Senate on March 8
 
Introduced : 02/7/2017
Sponsor: Senator Maralyn Chase
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Requests Congress to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries with sufficient resources to expedite its endangered species act and national environmental policy act review of Puget Sound hatchery and genetic management plans and that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries prioritize and conduct immediate review and approval of Puget Sound hatchery and genetic management plans.
Status : Referred to House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 6
 
Introduced : 01/11/2017
Sponsor : Representative Jim Allen
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Provides for nonresident fishing licenses; exempts holders of such licenses from conservation stamp purchase requirement; relates to hunting and fishing under specific licenses; provides for fees.
Status : Signed by Governor Matt Mead, Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, on March 2
 
Introduced : 01/12/2017
Sponsor : Representative Tyler Lindholm
Issue Brief : Animal Traps, Hunting Dogs, General License
Summary : Relates to harvest of trophy game and fur-bearing animals; specifies determinations of allowable harvests for mountain lions and bobcats; reserves a certain percentage of mountain lion licenses for residents as specified; regulates use of dogs for residents and nonresidents during hunting and trapping season; prohibits use of dogs to harass trophy game animals; provides that dogs injuring big or trophy game animals may be killed.
Status: Signed by Governor Matt Mead, Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, on March 2
 
Introduced : 01/24/2017
Sponsor : Representative David Miller
Issue Brief : Apprentice Hunting License; Hunter Education; Recruitment
Summary : Provides an exception to the hunter safety certificate requirement for hunting small game and game birds with a mentor; specifies requirements; relates to the use and handling of firearms; provides rulemaking authority; provides for licensed persons under age fourteen to take small game and game birds without special authorization.
Status: Signed by Governor Matt Mead, Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, on March 6
 
Introduced : 01/30/2017
Sponsor : House Appropriations Committee
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Relates to game and fish; increases certain fees relating to game and fish licenses, preference points, permits, applications, and stamps; increases certain watercraft fees administered by the game and fish department; provides for an effective date.
Status : Signed by Governor Matt Mead, Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, on March 6
                                                           
Introduced : 01/10/2017
Sponsor : Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : 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.
Status : Signed by Governor Matt Mead, Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, on March 6
 
Introduced : 01/10/2017
Sponsor : Senate Select Committee on Natural Resource Funding
Issue Brief : Conservation Funding
Summary : Relates to the Wildlife and Natural Resource Funding Act; provides for funding of large projects under that act; specifies large projects approved for funding; requires certifications regarding kickbacks and gifts; provides appropriations; provides for reversion of funds; provides for an effective date.
Status : Signed by Governor Matt Mead, Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, on March 3
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