Tracking the Capitols is a source of legislation currently being tracked by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation state policy team to keep you informed of the most pertinent and timely state legislation affecting hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping and other conservation issues. Inclusion in Tracking the Capitols does not necessarily constitute support or opposition to legislation by CSF and/or the CSF States Program. The bills noted in this email represent only a fraction of the legislation that CSF's States Program is monitoring on a day-to-day basis.

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

 

Note: Bill sponsors who are members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses are noted in bold.
Updates for the week of 
October 10, 2016

NORTHEASTNORTHEASTERN STATES

Introduced:  01/06/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Sam Cataldo
Issue Brief:  Guns (General)
Summary:  Relates to the qualifications for obtaining a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver; amends the requirements for obtaining a concealed carry license by removing the requirement that the applicant be suitable; inserts a requirement that the applicant not be prohibited from possessing a firearm by State or federal statute; provides criminal liability immunity for an officer or employee of the State who issues a concealed carry license as authorized by statute.
Status: Senate sustained veto on September 29
 
Prefiled: 10/3/2016
Sponsor: Representative Mark Proulx, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:  Guns (General)
Summary:  Relates to carrying a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun in certain vehicles.
Status:  Filed on October 3
 
Prefiled: 09/28/2016
Sponsor: Representative John Mullen
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Allows hunting adventure permits to be issued to certain out-of-state applicants.
Status: Filed on September 28
 
Prefiled: 09/28/2016
Sponsor: Representative John Martin
Issue Brief: Guns (General)
Summary:  Relates to a state stolen firearms register.
Status: Filed on September 28

SOUTHEASTSOUTHEASTERN STATES


There are currently no updates in the Southeastern region.


MIDWESTMIDWESTERN STATES


There are currently no updates in the Midwestern region.
 

WESTWESTERN STATES  
 
 
Introduced:  02/17/2016
Sponsor:  Assemblymember Chris Holden
Issue Brief:  Technology and the Fair Chase Ethic
Summary:  Makes it unlawful for a person to launch, land, or operate unmanned aircraft systems known as drones from or within lands, waters or airspace managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Parks and Recreation without authorization for the taking of fish or wildlife. Includes use of drones for scouting purposes or to pursue, drive or herd any bird or mammal.
Status: Vetoed by Governor on September 29
 
Introduced:  02/18/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Mike McGuire
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Relates to real property acquired and operated by the state as wildlife management areas. Authorizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make payments to the county in which property is located an amount equal to the county taxes levied upon the property at the time it was transferred to the state, subject to appropriation by the Legislature.
Status:  Vetoed by Governor on September 30
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016
Issue Brief:  Public Access to Private Lands
Summary:  Revises the free elk license, relates to a permit for a landowner providing free public elk hunting.
Status:  Draft request received on September 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016 
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Revises license laws for hunting, fishing by nonresident relatives of residents.
Status:  Draft request received on September 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016
Issue Brief:  Licenses (General)
Summary:  Revises the waiting period for bighorn sheep hunting licenses.
Status:  Draft request received on September 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Allows digital carcass tags; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status:  Draft request received on September 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016 
Issue Brief:  Enforcement
Summary:  Adds cross reference to additional penalties for hunting with artificial light; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status:  Draft request received on September 15
 
Prefiled: 09/15/2016
Issue Brief:  General
Summary:  Allocates wild buffalo licenses to Indian tribes for traditional purposes.
Status:  Draft request received on September 15

 
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For more information on the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation visit: 
www.SportsmensLink.org

For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 
 
Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email  chris@sportsmenslink.org
Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or email  brent@sportsmenslink.org
Southeastern States Director Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email  bee@sportsmenslink.org
Western States Director Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email  andy@sportsmenslink.org


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