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 
September 18, 2017
NORTHEAST
NORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 05/03/2017
Sponsor: Senator Gerald W. Hocker, Member, Delaware Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Fresh Water Angling Access
Summary:  Relates to the passage of the Inland Bays Aquaculture Act; ensures sites eliminated in the Secretary's Order cannot be considered for leasing for aquaculture, the elimination of poles as a form of markings of any and all leased sites within the Little Assawoman Bay, and limiting all aquaculture leased sites in the Little Assawoman Bay to hard clams only.
Status: Signed by Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Member Governor John Carney on August 30

Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Gailanne M. Cariddi, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus       
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to the feeding of wildlife.
Status: Bill reported favorably by Committee and referred to the Committee on House Ways and Means on September 21
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative David DeCoste                
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary:  Relates to bow hunting for deer in Wompatuck State Park
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Paul K. Frost                   
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Relates to the powers and duties of the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife within the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement in the management and control of wildlife.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Paul K. Frost                   
Issue Brief: Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Relates to the use of leghold traps for capturing furbearing animals.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Kulik, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    
Issue Brief: Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Regulates the use of trapping devices to take beaver and muskrat.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Kulik, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    
Issue Brief: Forest Management
Summary:  Establishes old growth forest reserves in the Commonwealth.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture: Ought to Pass. To House Committee on Ways and Means on September 7
 
Introduced: 01/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative David Muradian, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to the promulgation of regulations by the Director of Fisheries and Wildlife within the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement for the use and possession of shotgun ammunition types for the purposes of hunting.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative David M. Nangle              
Issue Brief: Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Regulates the trapping of fur-bearing mammals.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative William M. Straus             
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Authorizes bow and arrow hunting on Sundays.
Status: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative William M. Straus             
Issue Brief: Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Relates to capturing and trapping furbearing mammals.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/23/2017
Sponsor: Representative David T. Vieira, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to the hunting of coyotes with artificial light.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 04/12/2017
Sponsor: Representative Carolyn Dykema, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary:  Further regulates the trapping of certain furbearing mammals.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus       
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Enhances the management of problem wildlife.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
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:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus       
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to the use of artificial lights in hunting.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus       
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary:  Relates to bow and arrow hunting season.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus       
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to hunting near a dwelling.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Anne Gobi, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus       
Issue Brief: Hunter Harassment
Summary:  Relates to outdoor heritage.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 02/22/2017
Sponsor: Senator Donald F. Humason, Member, Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus      
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to the use of shotguns for hunting.
Status:  In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
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: In Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session on September 18
 
Introduced: 09/01/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal
Issue Brief: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/Animal Rights Groups
Summary:  Relates to the appointment of a special advocate in a proceeding involving the welfare of an animal.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Agriculture on September 1

Introduced: 09/01/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Anthony D'Urso
Issue Brief: Forest Management
Summary:  Amends the Real Property Tax Law; exempts certain old-growth forests from private property taxation.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Real Property Taxation on September 1

Introduced: 09/01/2017
Sponsor: Assembly Member Pamela J. Hunter
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management - Hunting as a Preferred Management Tool
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides the department of environmental conservation with the authority to allow proven-effective methods for wildlife damage management.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on September 1

SOUTHEAST
SOUTHEASTERN STATES


There are currently no updates.


MIDWEST MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 02/09/2017
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Costello, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Amends 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; provides for an immediate effective date.
Status: Signed by Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Member Governor Bruce Rauner on September 8
 
Introduced: 9/14/17
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: To House Committee on Natural Resources on September 14
 
Introduced: 9/12/17
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: Passed Senate. To House Committee on Appropriations on September 20
 
Introduced: 7/14/17
Sponsor : Representative Dave Murphy
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to issuance of sturgeon spearing licenses via raffle by the Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Inc., organization.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on September 13
 
Introduced: 7/26/17
Sponsor : Representative Joel Kleefisch, 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: To Assembly Committee on Rules on September 5
 
Introduced: 8/02/17
Sponsor : Representative Nick Milroy and Representative Joel Kleefisch, Co-Chairs, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Terminally Ill Youth Hunting Opportunities
Summary: Relates to hunting approvals issued to certain terminally ill individuals.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Rules on September 13
 
Introduced: 8/07/17
Sponsor : Representative James Edming, Member, Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief Modern Restraining Animal Traps
Summary: Relates to the maximum height of pole traps.
Status: Public Hearing held on September 13
 
Introduced: 9/7/17
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: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on September 7.
 
Introduced: 9/7/17
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: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on September 7.
 
Introduced: 9/14/17
Sponsor : Senator Terry Moulton, 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: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on September 14
 
Introduced: 9/14/17
Sponsor : Senator Patrick Testin, 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: To Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry on September 14.


WESTWESTERN STATES


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: To Governor on September 18
 
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: To Governor on September 15
 
Introduced:  12/05/2016
Sponsor:  Senator Mike McGuire
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Urges state and federal departments and agencies responsible for the stewardship of public resources to make collaborative, statewide salmon fishery restoration an urgent and high priority. Urges the federal government to undertake all appropriate measures to provide necessary disaster relief for California salmon fisheries for 2016 and 2017.
Status: In Assembly. To Third Reading on September 11
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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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