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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 
May 29, 2017

NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/20/2017
Sponsor: Senator Edwin A. Gomes
Issue Brief: Fresh Water Angling Access
Summary:  Requires a study of opportunities for public access and enjoyment to waterways for land-constrained municipalities.
Status: Reported out of Legislative Commissioner's Office on May 30
 
Introduced: 05/16/2017
Sponsor: Representative John Mitchell
Issue Brief: National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
Summary: Raises the first offense of purchasing or obtaining a firearm for someone not legally qualified to own, possess or purchase one from a Class F to a Class E Felony; changes is to deter such "straw purchases" by making jail time more likely for the offender, and consequently, to reduce the number of people who cannot legally possess firearms but obtain them in this manner.
Status: To House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on May 16

Introduced: 01/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Patrick Corey, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Prohibits the creation of a firearms owner registry.
Status: From Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety: with divided report on April 26

Introduced: 01/27/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jonathan L. Kinney
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  This bill expands eligibility for complimentary hunting, trapping and fishing licenses, including permits, stamps and other permissions necessary to hunt, trap and fish in Maine, to include nonresident disabled veterans who hold valid hunting or fishing licenses in the states in which they are residents.
Status: Became law without Governor's signature on May 30

Introduced: 02/03/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Harold McCrea
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: Signed by Governor on May 26

Introduced: 02/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative Craig Hickman
Issue Brief: Forest Management
Summary: Requires the State Tax Assessor to annually calculate and determine the rate of the excise tax imposed upon owners of land used for commercial forestry using information provided by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry regarding expenditures and revenue for forest fire protection for the current and preceding year; simplifies the process and provides greater predictability by establishing an excise tax per acre of commercial forest land.
Status: From Joint Committee on Taxation: with divided report on May 24

Introduced: 02/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Gary L. Hilliard, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Specifies that hunters under a specified age may not hunt moose but may purchase applications for moose hunting permits in order to accrue points in the public chance drawing for moose permits; prohibits a person under a specified age on the opening day of the open moose season from being a subpermittee designate or alternate subpermittee designate.
Status: Became law without Governor's signature on May 28

Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Representative Roland Danny Martin, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Repeals the prohibition on the exchange for consideration of a moose permit in a designated hunting area, zone or season for another moose permit in a different designated hunting area, zone or season; requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish an online transfer system for moose permits through which transfers of designated hunting areas, zones or seasons may be accomplished.
Status: In House. Passed to be engrossed on May 30
 
Introduced: 02/24/2017
Sponsor: Representative Joel R. Stetkis
Issue Brief: General
Summary: This bill explicitly restricts the application of the law prohibiting shooting from motor vehicles and motorboats to shooting while hunting.
Status: From Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: Ought to Pass as Amended on May 31

Introduced: 02/24/2017
Sponsor: Representative Kent Ackley
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary: This bill allows a person who possesses a valid hunting license to possess hunting equipment and to hunt deer during the regular deer hunting season described under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 11401, subsection 1, paragraph A, when hunters hunt with rifles, on Sunday on property that is located in a municipality, a plantation or the unorganized territory of a county that has successfully petitioned the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to allow hunting on Sunday as long as the person has obtained and is carrying the property owner's written consent to hunt with a map of the property. The bill allows a municipality, plantation or county with regard to its unorganized territory to petition the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to allow hunting on Sunday in its territory. The bill also repeals these provisions on December 1, 2021.
Status: In Senate. Placed in Legislative File (dead) on May 31

Introduced: 03/01/2017
Sponsor: Representative Lance Evans Harvell
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary: This bill prohibits the feeding of deer from August 15th to December 15th.
Status: In Senate. Passed to be engrossed in concurrence on May 31

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: In House. Passed to be enacted on May 30

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: In Senate. Passed to be engrossed in concurrence on May 31

Introduced: 03/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Russell Black, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: This bill exempts from the archery hunting license requirements a person over 16 years of age who hunts for bear under a valid bear hunting permit.
Status: In House. Passed to be enacted on May 30

Introduced: 03/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Russell Black, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary: Current law allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to open to deer hunting certain coastal and island communities currently closed to hunting, subject to local approval, and to establish a youth deer hunting day. This bill requires the commissioner to open these communities to deer hunting as long as local restrictions are imposed. It requires, while current law permits, the commissioner to create special hunting seasons to control deer populations. It requires the commissioner to create special zones for deer hunting. It allows special hunting seasons and special zones to be created to minimize crop or property damage. It also requires the commissioner to establish a youth deer hunting day.
Status: In Senate. Placed in Legislative File (dead) on May 30

Introduced: 03/22/2017
Sponsor: Representative Karen A. Gerrish
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: 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: From Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: with divided report on May 31

Introduced: 04/04/2017
Sponsor: Representative Lloyd C. Herrick
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary: Currently, the only nonconcealed firearm permit that the Commissioner of Public Safety grants to a person convicted of certain crimes, formerly known as felonies, is a permit to possess a black powder weapon, also known as a muzzle-loading firearm. This bill repeals the provisions in law allowing a person convicted of certain crimes that involve the use of a firearm against a person or any other dangerous person to obtain a permit to carry a nonconcealed firearm 5 years after the discharge of the person's sentence through an application process with the commissioner.
Status: In House. Passed to be engrossed on May 31

Introduced: 04/06/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ellie Espling, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Ensures the continuation of the landowner relations program.
Status: House accepts Committee Report on May 31

Introduced: 04/19/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen J. Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Modern Restraining Animal Traps; Apprentice Hunting License; Off Highway Vehicles (OHV); Hunter Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation; Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: This bill replaces the Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs program with youth and family outdoor recreational programs and activities to encourage hunting and fishing activities as well as shooting sports. It amends language regarding certain licenses to provide that certain permits are included in the licenses. It allows the spouse and children of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty who is permanently stationed outside of the State to purchase trapping licenses at a reduced rate. It simplifies language regarding a person 70 years of age or older hunting with a crossbow. It repeals a provision allowing a person under 16 years of age holding a valid junior hunting license to obtain a muzzle-loading permit from the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It adds a wild turkey hunting permit to the nonresident small game apprenticeship hunter license. It repeals law establishing a youth bear hunting day. It changes the law regarding unlawful possession of wild turkeys to reflect the increase of the bag limit from one to 2. It prohibits placing bait for wild turkeys and hunting over that bait for 30 days prior to the spring wild turkey hunting season. It adds firearms using a caliber cartridge smaller than the .22 caliber cartridge to the exceptions from the law prohibiting hunting with any automatic firearm. It amends the provision of a residents-only day in the law regarding open and closed seasons for deer to account for an exception for certain nonresident landowners. It repeals a provision making nonresident aliens ineligible to purchase a trapping license, as they are eligible to purchase a license to trap beaver when their state or province of residency allows residents of the State to trap beaver in that state or province and removes language requiring clerks or agents appointed by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to charge $2 for each trapping license issued. It raises the fee for a resident and nonresident apprentice trapper license by $1, consistent with changes to fees in Public Law 2015, chapter 245. It makes it a Class E crime for a licensee to receive, possess for resale, sell or offer to sell gift baitfish or gift smelts. It amends the law describing how the Open Water and Ice Fishing Regulations are distributed. It updates the name of an endangered species of bird. It changes the expiration date of a taxidermy license so that licenses expire 3 years from their date of issuance. It corrects a cross-reference. It allows ATVs, including 2-wheel off-road motorcycles, without headlights or taillights to be operated between sunrise and sunset.
Status: In House. Passed to be engrossed on May 31

Introduced: 05/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen S. Stanley
Issue Brief: Forest Management
Summary: This bill makes the following changes to the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. 1. It includes harvesting as an expressly stated purpose for land in the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law program. 2. It removes certain items from the definition of forest products that have commercial value under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law program. 3. It increases the minimum parcel size from 10 acres to 25 acres for the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law program for parcels enrolled on or after April 1, 2018. 4. It authorizes the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry to audit parcels of land enrolled in the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law program to ensure compliance of the landowner with the requirements of the program and that the parcel is being managed in substantial compliance with the forest management and harvest plan for that parcel. The bureau is required to order the removal from the program of any parcel that is not substantially compliant with the requirements of the program. The owner of that removed parcel may apply to reclassify the parcel under the farm and open space tax law in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, chapter 105, subchapter 10. The audit provisions are repealed January 1, 2020. 5. It requires the State Tax Assessor to deny reimbursement to a municipality if any parcel of land enrolled in the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law program is not compliant with the program.
Status: Work Session held on May 18

Introduced: 01/12/2017
Sponsor: Senator Paul T. Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Eliminates the requirement that a person obtain a permit to hunt wild turkeys. This bill increases the number of wild turkeys a person may take during the spring open season for hunting wild turkeys from 2 wild turkeys of either sex to 3 male wild turkeys. This bill increases the number of wild turkeys a person may take during the fall open seasons for hunting wild turkeys from 2 to 3 of either sex over both seasons. This bill allows a person to register wild turkeys electronically or by telephone.
Status: Signed by Governor on May 26

Introduced: 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Senator Thomas B. Saviello, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Forest Management
Summary:  This bill implements the recommendations of the Commission To Study the Public Reserved Lands Management Fund.
Status: Work Session held on May 11

Introduced: 01/30/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Anne Healey
Issue Brief: Forest Management
Summary: Clarifies that units of local government with planning and zoning authority may adopt specified forest conservation thresholds and reforestation requirements that are more stringent than specified forest conservation thresholds and reforestation requirements in State law.
Status: Became law without Governor's signature on May 27
 
Introduced: 02/01/2017
Sponsor: Frederick County Delegation
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: Vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus - Duplicative
 
Introduced:  01/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Paul Pinsky
Issue Brief:  Forest Management
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:  Became law without Governor's signature on May 27
 
Introduced: 04/04/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Parker Space, Member, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Designates first full week of June each year as New Jersey Fishing and Boating Week.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on May 25
 
Introduced: 04/04/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Nilsa Cruz-Perez
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Authorizes use of tracking dogs to search for and recover wild deer during prescribed hunting season.
Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly on May 25

SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced:  02/08/2017
Sponsor: Representative Pat McElraft, Member, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact
Summary:  Amends various environmental laws.
Status:  From Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources: reported favorably with substitute. In Senate. Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources committee substituted adopted on Senate floor, and re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance on May 31
 
Introduced:  03/15/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Harry Brown
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills          
Summary:  Makes base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.
Status:  From House Committee on Appropriations: reported favorably with substitute. In House. Appropriations committee substitute adopted on House Floor on May 31. Placed on House calendar for June 1
 
Introduced:  01/31/2017
Sponsor: Representative Alan Clemmons, Co-Chair, 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: Act No. 71 on May 31
 
Introduced:  02/02/2017
Sponsor: Representative Bill Hixon, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to size limits for certain fish that may be lawfully taken, possessed, landed, or purchased; increases the size limit for flounder that may be lawfully taken, possessed, landed, or purchased.
Status:  Act No. 72 on May 31
 
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: Act No. 88 on May 31
 
Introduced:  05/24/2017
Sponsor:  Delegate Michael Folk
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills
Summary:  Makes appropriations of public money out of the Treasury in accordance with a specified section of the Constitution.
Status:  To House Committee on Finance on May 24

Introduced:  02/23/2017
Sponsor: Delegate Amy Summers, Member, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Guns, Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Relates to the possession of firearms in parks and park facilities; provides exemptions.
Status:  Act No. 163 on May 23

Introduced:  02/08/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General License
Summary:  Provides for Department of Natural Resources rule relating to point system for revocation of hunting; provides for repeal.
Status:  Act No. 145 on May 24
 
Introduced:  02/17/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mark R. Maynard, Co-Chair, West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Relates to hunting; repeals limitations on trappers on Sundays; eliminates local option election regarding hunting on Sunday on private land; permits hunting on Sunday on private land; clarifies hunting on Sunday on public lands is unlawful.
Status:  Act. No 166 on May 23
 
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:  Act No. 165 on May 23
 
Introduced:  03/10/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Charles Trump
Issue Brief:  Range Protection
Summary: Limits nuisance actions against shooting ranges for noise.
Status:  Act No. 5 on May 23
 
Introduced:  05/24/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Mitch Carmichael
Issue Brief:  Budget Bills
Summary:  Relates to the Budget Bill.
Status:  Senate committee reference dispensed, and in Senate: read first time on May 24


MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 02/02/2017
Sponsor: Representative Tony McCombie
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that non-resident and resident aquatic life dealer licenses, wholesale aquatic life dealer licenses, mussel dealer permits, minnow dealer licenses, taxidermist licenses, aquaculture permits, commercial roe dealer permits, and daily fee fishing area licenses shall all expire on a specified date annually; amends the Wildlife Code to make a conforming change.
Status: Passed both Houses on May 30

Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: A mends the Wildlife Code; repeals provision providing that it is unlawful to use any crossbow for the purpose of taking any wild birds or mammals except as provided in the Code; repeals Sections concerning the use of crossbows.
Status: Passed Senate, in House. Motion filed to concur in Amendment No. 1. Motion referred to House Committee on Rules on May 31

Introduced: 02/09/2017
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: Passed both Houses on May 25
 
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 to Discharge Committee Tabled on May 30

Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Sheri Jesiel
Issue Brief: General
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: Passed both Houses on May 25
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Sheri Jesiel
Issue Brief: General
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: Passed Both Houses on May 25
 
Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Joe Sosnowski
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person may use a crossbow to take coyotes when it is legal to use a bow and arrow to take coyotes.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Conservation: Approved for consideration - motion to concur in Amendment No. 1 on May 31

Introduced: 0 4/10/17
Sponsor: Representative Jerome Zeringue, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for real property interests for integrated coastal restoration projects.
Status: Reported from the Legislative Bureau without amendments on May 31
 
Introduced: 0 4/10/17
Sponsor: Representative John Guinn, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Changes the name of the "Quail Unlimited" prestige license plate to the "Quail Forever" prestige license plate.
Status: To Governor on May 25

Introduced: 0 4/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stuart Bishop, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requests the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to examine the issues involved in a program to issue a safe boater decal.
Status: Passed Senate on May 31
 
Introduced: 0 5/9/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stuart Bishop, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Urges and requests the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force to study the use of Kaput feral hog bait.
Status: Passed House. To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on May 30
 
Introduced: 0 4/10/2017
Sponsor: Senator Eddie Lambert, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Allows the use of gill nets for taking of shad as bait fish with certain limitations.
Status: Passed House on May 30
 
Introduced: 04/10/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bret Allain, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Limits the permissible uses of monies in the Saltwater Fish Research and Conservation Fund.
Status: Reported from the Legislative Bureau without amendments on May 31

Introduced:  03/08/17
Sponsor:  Representative Tommy Brann
Issue Brief:  Substandard Kennels
Summary:  Enhances penalties for crimes against animals and makes other revisions.
Status:  To House for second reading on May 30
 
Introduced:  03/28/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Michele Hoitenga
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Repeals certain provisions regarding weapons.
Status:  To House for second reading on May 30
 
Introduced:  02/01/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Bob Gunther
Issue Brief:  Budget Bill
Summary:  Relates to state government; appropriates money from outdoor heritage fund, clean water fund, parks and trails fund, and arts and cultural heritage fund; provides for riparian protection aid; modifies requirements for expending money from legacy funds; modifies and extends prior appropriations; requires reports; relates to establishing a dedicated funding website; relates to the outdoor heritage fund.
Status:  Signed by Governor on May 30

Introduced:  02/02/17
Sponsor:  Senator Torrey Westrom
Issue Brief:  Budget Bill
Summary:  Relates to natural resources; appropriates money from environment and natural resources trust fund; modifies requirements for receipt of fund money.
Status:  Signed by Governor on May 30

Introduced: 05/03/17
Sponsor: Representative Leslie Osborn
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to the definition of resident; relates to commercial hunting; modifies fees for commercial hunting area licenses; modifies fee for nonresident hunting licenses; requires residents hold certain commercial hunting licenses; modifies tag fees for animals hunted for sport in commercial hunting areas; creates the Wildlife Improvement Act.
Status: Signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus on May 31
 
Introduced: 0 1/10/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ryan Guillen, Member, Texas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to sound-producing devices on vessels.
Status: Returned to Senate from House for further action on May 24
 
Introduced: 02/14/2017
Sponsor: Representative Poncho Nevarez
Issue Brief: State Fish and Wildlife Management Authority
Summary: Relates to a documented member of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of the state hunting certain deer.
Status: To Governor on May 25
 
Introduced: 03/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Mark Keough
Issue Brief: Feral Hogs
Summary: Relates to the taking of certain feral hogs and coyotes using a hot air balloon.
Status: To Governor on May 30
 
Introduced: 03/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Dennis Bonnen
Issue Brief: Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Management 
Summary: Encourages Congress to pass legislation allowing the state to manage the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery out to 200 nautical Miles.
Status: Signed by Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Member Governor Greg Abbott on May 29        
 
Introduced: 01/23/17
Sponsor: Senator Craig Estes, Co-Chair, 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: Signed by Governor's Sportsmen's Caucus Member Governor Greg Abbott on May 27
 
Introduced:   05/16/17
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  General
Summary: Relates to requiring an open season for woodchucks.
Status:  Amendment offered in Assembly on May 30





WESTWESTERN STATES  

Introduced : 02/15/2017
Sponsor: Representative George Rauscher, Member, Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus
Issue Brief : National Monuments
Summary : Urges the United States Congress to pass the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act.
Status : Pending carryover to 2018 rollover session

Introduced:  01/30/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Gail Griffin, Member, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife
Issue Briefs: General, Apprentice Hunting License,   Enforcement
Summary:  Urges the United States Congress to repeal or amend the a statute in the Antiquities Act to require congressional, state, county and local approval in order to designate a national monument.
Status: Passed House on March 21
 
Introduced:  02/16/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member James Gallagher, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military, Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Requires a resident or a nonresident, 16 years of age or older, upon payment of the fee, to be issued a sport fishing license for the period of 12 consecutive months. Requires the department to reduce the fee required to obtain the specified licenses by 25% for a person who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, was honorably discharged, and is a resident of California.
Status: In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: Not heard on May 26
 
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: Passed Assembly. To Senate on May 31
 
Introduced:  5/15/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
Issue Briefs: National Monuments
Summary:  Urges the President, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect federal lands and the economic, historical, cultural, and ecological values that they provide for Americans, and to support the enactment and use of the Antiquities Act of 1906 as a critical tool for protecting the public good by authorizing the designation of national monuments under the Antiquities Act.
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules on May 30

Introduced:  12/05/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Ben Allen
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Establishes a policy of the state to discourage conveyances of federal public lands in California from the federal government. Specifies that these conveyances are void ab initio unless the state lands commission is provided the right of first refusal or the right to arrange the transfer to a third party. Require the commission, the Wildlife Conservation Board, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to enter into a memorandum of understanding. Prohibits filing such deed. Provides penalties for violations.
Status: Passed Senate. To Assembly on May 30

Introduced:  12/12/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Mike McGuire
Issue Brief: Conversation Funding
Summary:  Requires, rather than authorizes, the Department of Fish and Wildlife to pay assessments on real property acquired as wildlife management areas to the county in which the property is located.
Status: In Senate Committee on Appropriations: Held in Committee on May 25
 
Introduced:  01/25/2017
Sponsor: Senator Tom Berryhill, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: Licenses (General)
Summary:  Makes nonsubstantive changes to existing law which requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife and authorized license agents to issue sport fishing licenses that are valid for various periods of time upon payment of the fee applicable to the particular license.
Status:  Passed Senate. To Assembly on May 31

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: Passed Senate. To Assembly on May 30

Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Senator Mike Phillips
Issue Brief : General License
Summary : Concerns the interim study regarding chronic wasting disease and ungulate populations; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to interim studies legislature.
Status : Filed with Secretary of State on May 17
 
Introduced:  02/06/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to wildlife; revises provisions relating to the confidentiality of certain information obtained by the Department of Wildlife; revises provisions governing the preparation and dissemination of certain reports and statements concerning the Wildlife Trust Fund, upland game bird projects and certain energy development projects.
Status:  Signed by Governor on May 26

Introduced: 3/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator David Parks
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary:  Revises provisions governing the trapping or taking of certain animals.
Status:  To Governor on May 29

Introduced:   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 Governor on May 27
 
Introduced:  03/20/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Chris Edwards
Issue Briefs: National Monuments
Summary:  Urges Congress to abolish the Gold Butte National Monument.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining on March 23
 
Introduced:  03/20/2017
Sponsor:  Assembly Member Heidi Swank
Issue Briefs: National Monuments
Summary:  Expresses the support of the Nevada Legislature for the enactment and use of the Antiquities Act and the designation of the Basin and Range National Monument and the Gold Butte Monument in this State.
Status: To enrollment on May 23
 
Introduced:  03/20/2017
Sponsor:  Senator Nicole Cannizzaro 
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to public lands; establishes the last Saturday in September of each year as "Public Lands Day" in the State of Nevada; requires the Governor to issue annually a proclamation encouraging the observance of Public Lands Day.
Status:  To Governor on May 27
 
Introduced:  03/27/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Briefs: National Monuments
Summary:  Rescinds Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 of the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature.
Status: Passed Assembly on May 26
 
Introduced:  03/27/2017
Sponsor:  Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Briefs: Conservation Funding
Summary: Expresses the support of the Nevada Legislature for certain recommendations relating to the conservation of wildlife in this State.
Status: To enrollment on May 29
 
Introduced : 2/1/2017
Sponsor: Office of Governor Kate Brown
Issue Brief : General
Summary : Requires boat operators to drain all standing or captured water before leaving water access site or riparian zone; provides exceptions; punishes by maximum fine of $250; clarifies that requirement to obtain aquatic invasive species prevention permit applies to persons 14 years of age or older if person is operating non-motorized boat; authorizes State Marine Board to combine aquatic invasive species prevention permit with other documents that board issues.
Status : Received do pass recommendation in Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and referred to Joint Committee on Ways and Means on May 30
 
Introduced : 02/9/2017
Sponsor: Representative Ken Helm, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Enforcement
Summary : Authorizes court to order State Fish and Wildlife Commission to revoke all licenses, tags, and permits issued under laws held by person who is convicted of violation of wildlife Laws for unlawfully taking wildlife with culpable mental state from registering as outfitter and guide; applies to violations of wildlife Laws committed on or after effective date of Act.
Status : Passed Senate unanimously on May 31
 
Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: 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 : Returned to Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources on May 25
 
Introduced : 02/1/2017
Sponsor: Senator Bill Hansell, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief : Deer Management
Summary : Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt pilot program for urban deer population control; requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to report to Legislative Assembly on implementation of pilot program during 2027 regular session.
Status : Passed House on May 31
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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 
 
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Director, Southeastern States Bee Frederick, at 202-590-0475, or bee@sportsmenslink.org
Senior Director, Midwestern States Chris Horton, at 501-865-1475, or chris@sportsmenslink.org
Senior Director, Western States Andy Treharne, at 303-789-7589, or andy@sportsmenslink.org


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