Tracking the Capitols is a source of legislation currently being tracked by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation state policy team to keep you informed of the most pertinent and timely state legislation affecting hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping and other conservation issues. Inclusion in Tracking the Capitols does not necessarily constitute support or opposition to legislation by CSF and/or the CSF States Program.

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

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

Due to the high volume of legislation, Tracking the Capitols only includes bills that have had recent status updates. With questions about specific bills, please contact your 
Updates for the week of 
October 16, 2017
NORTHEAST
NORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 10/06/2017
Sponsor: Representative Paul A. Stearns                
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary:  Amends the term of suspension of a hunting license for a conviction of hunting deer over bait.
Status: Filed on October 6
 
Introduced: 10/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Andre Cushing, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary:  Increases safety on youth day for hunting bear by allowing an accompanying adult to possess a firearm.
Status: Filed on October 6
 
Introduced: 10/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Scott Cyrway, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus      
Issue Brief: Chronic Wasting Disease
Summary:  Eliminates the prohibition on feeding or baiting deer during certain parts of the year. 
Status: Filed on October 6

Introduced: 10/06/2017
Sponsor: Representative Nathan J. Wadsworth       
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:  Increases the number of any-deer permits distributed to senior hunters.
Status: Filed on October 6
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Thomas Cutler, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Implements a boating education program within the Division of Law Enforcement of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Ought to Pass; To House Committee on Ways and Means on October 17
 
Introduced: 10/12/2017
Sponsor: Representative Leonard Mirra, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to wildlife management areas and certain structures.
Status: Filed on October 12

Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary:  Relates to the use of crossbows in hunting.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Ought to Pass. To Senate Committee on Ways and Means on October 12

Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Donald F. Humason, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary:  Relates to the use of crossbows in hunting.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Accompanied by Bill S 429 on October 12

Introduced: 10/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Nia H Gill                                    
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary:  Revises the definition of destructive device to include certain weapons of a specified caliber.
Status: To Senate Committee on Law and Public Safety on October 5

Introduced: 10/05/2017
Sponsor: Senator Shirley K. Turner                         
Issue Brief: Ammunition (General)
Summary:  Criminalizes purchase or possession of firearms ammunition by persons convicted of certain crimes.
Status: Filed on October 5

Introduced: 02/14/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Dan Quart                  
Issue Brief: Knife Ban Repeal
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; related to the definition of a gravity knife. 
Status: To Governor on October 11

Introduced: 10/05/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Patricia A. Fahy          
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary:  Relates to the possession, manufacture or sale of a trigger crank, a bump-fire device or other firing accelerators. 
Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on October 5

Introduced: 10/05/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Al Stirpe, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary:  Relates to allowing for the hunting with crossbows by certain people during a special longbow hunting season.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on October 5

Introduced: 10/06/2017
Sponsor: Senator Brad M. Hoylman                        
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary:  Amends the Penal Law; relates to defining and prohibiting an accessory to accelerate the firing rate of a semiautomatic weapon. 
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules on October 6

Introduced: 10/11/2017
Sponsor: Senator Kathleen A. Marchione, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus          
Issue Brief: Fishing Tournaments
Summary:  Allows the Village of Schuylerville, Saratoga County, to conduct up to two fishing tournaments per calendar year in a specified stretch of the Hudson River; exempts such tournaments from catch and release orders.  
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules on October 11

Introduced: 10/13/2017
Sponsor: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides that certain misdemeanors involving the revocation and suspension of hunting, trapping or fishing licenses shall be punishable by imprisonment for not more than ninety days, or by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or by both such imprisonment and fine.
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules on October 13


SOUTHEAST
SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced:  10/16/2017
Sponsor Representative Jack Williams, Alabama Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus member 
Issue Brief:  General, Feral Hogs
Summary:  Relates to hunting; allows the taking of whitetail deer or feral swine by means of bait when a person purchases a baiting privilege license.
Status:  Prefiled on October 16

Introduced:  08/18/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Kristin Diane Jacobs 
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary:  Relates to coral reefs; establishes the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area
Status:  Reported favorably from House Natural Resources & Public Lands subcommittee on October 12. To House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on October 12

Introduced:  10/03/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Carlos G. Smith 
Issue Brief:  Modern Sporting Rifle, High Capacity Magazines, Guns
Summary:  Relates to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines; provides definitions; prohibits the sale or transfer of an assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine; provides exceptions; provides criminal penalties; prohibits possession of an assault weapon or large- capacity magazine; provides exceptions; provides criminal penalties.
Status:  To House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on October 12. Referred to House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee on October 12. Referred to House Committee on Judiciary on October 12
 
Introduced:  10/09/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Al Jacquet 
Issue Brief:  Concealed Carry
Summary:  Relates to concealed weapons or concealed firearms; requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue a license if, in addition to other specified criteria, the applicant has undergone a mental health evaluation conducted by certain licensed professionals and has been determined to be competent or if the applicant obtains certain documentation.
Status:  To House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on October 18. Referred to House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on October 18. Referred to House Committee on Judiciary on October 18
 
Introduced:  10/16/2017
Sponsor:  Representative Gayle Harrell 
Issue Brief:  General, Budget
Summary:  Relates to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund; provides an appropriation for certain projects related to the Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan; authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to make grants for such projects; directs the department to submit an annual report to the Governor and Legislature; removes an obsolete provision.
Status:  Prefiled on October 16


MIDWEST MIDWESTERN STATES

Introduced: 10/05/2017
Sponsor: Representative Martin Moylan
Issue Brief: Modern Sporting Rifle
Summary: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012; makes it unlawful to deliver, sell, or purchase or cause to be delivered, sold, or purchased or cause to be possessed by another, an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge; makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge 300 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the State Police.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary - Criminal on October 17
 
Introduced: 3/28/2017
Sponsor: Representative John Kivela
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Increases penalties for possessing certain parts of deer or elk killed in another state; provides an individual who violates a provision of this part or an order or interim order issued under this part regarding the importation of a cervid carcass or parts of a cervid carcass, other than hides, deboned meat, quarters or other parts of a cervid that do not have any part of the spinal column or head attached, finished taxidermy products, cleaned teeth, antlers, or antlers attached to a skullcap from outside.
Status: Signed by Governor Rick Snyder, Member, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus, on October 12

Introduced: 9/14/2017
Sponsor : Representative Gary Howell, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Allows mentored youth hunting license individual to purchase additional licenses.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on October 19
 
Introduced: 9/20/2017
Sponsor : Representative James Lower
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Encourages the Natural Resources Commission to add Sandhill cranes to the game species list and seek U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval to establish a Sandhill crane hunting season.
Status: Passed House on October 18

Introduced: 9/12/2017
Sponsor : Senator Dave Hildenbrand, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Revises the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act; relates to how much Fund dollars are spent each year.
Status: In House for second reading on October 11
 
Introduced: 10/11/2017
Sponsor : Senator Tom Casperson Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Supports scientifically based state management of gray wolves; memorializes the Congress of the United States to enact legislation that removes the Western Great Lakes gray wolf population from the endangered and threatened species list.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on October 11

Introduced: 6/29/2017
Sponsor : Representative James Edming, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to a higher wild animal protection surcharge for the unlawful taking of deer.
Status: Public hearing held on October 3
 
Introduced: 9/7/2017
Sponsor : Representative Ken Skowronski, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to resident deer hunting license, archer hunting license, and crossbow hunting license fees imposed for a veteran who is 70 years of age or older.
Status: Public Hearing held on October 11

Introduced: 9/7/2017
Sponsor : Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to the fee for a first-time annual fishing license for residents who are 16 or 17 years old or who are 65 years old or older.
Status: Public Hearing held on October 11
 
Introduced: 10/10/2017
Sponsor : Representative Joel Kleefisch and Representative Nick Milroy, Co-Chairs, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to restrictions on the hunting of antlerless deer by members of a group hunting party.
Status: Public Hearing held on October 11

Introduced: 7/25/2017
Sponsor : Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting Licenses
Summary: Relates to age and hunting restrictions applicable to the hunting mentorship program.
Status: Recommended for passage by Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on October 5
 
Introduced: 10/09/2017
Sponsor : Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to hunting, trapping, and fishing approvals issued to recipients of a medal awarded by the US Armed Forces that is equal to or higher than the Purple Heart medal; provides that verification by a county Veteran services office is sufficient proof of receipt of such medal; revises provisions relating to armed forces medal conservation hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on October 9
 
Introduced: 10/13/2017
Sponsor : Senator Terry Moulton, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to restrictions on the hunting of antlerless deer by members of a group hunting party.
Status: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on October 13


WESTWESTERN STATES

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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 
 
Senior Director, Northeastern States Brent Miller, at 202-543-6850 x13, or brent@sportsmenslink.org
Director, Southeastern States Bee Frederick, at 202-590-0475, or bee@sportsmenslink.org
Senior Director, Midwestern States Chris Horton, at 501-865-1475, or chris@sportsmenslink.org
Senior Director, Western States Andy Treharne, at 303-789-7589, or andy@sportsmenslink.org


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