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Tracking the Capitols is a weekly 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, recreational fishing and 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: In bold are sponsors who are members of their respective Sportsmen’s Legislative Caucus.
Alabama S 163
Intro Date: 02/07/2013
Sponsor: Representative Bill Holtzclaw
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to game and fish; amends Section 9-11-44, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for a resident physically disabled military veteran’s appreciation hunting license; amends Section 9-11-49, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for a special physically disabled military veteran’s appreciation three-day trip event hunting license.
Status:
Signed by Governor on May 16. Act No. 2013-248 [Effective Rule].
California S 392
Intro Date:
02/20/2013
Sponsor: Senator Tom Berryhill, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Exempts from any possession limit established for a game bird, a game bird processed for immediate consumption while located at a personal abode or migratory bird preservation facility. Requires the Fish and Game Commission to adopt regulations to define processed for immediate consumption.

Status: From Senate Committee on Appropriations on May 20: To second reading without further hearing pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.  
 
California A 711

Intro Date: 02/21/2013
Sponsor:
Assemblyman Anthony Rendon
Issue Brief:
Lead Ammunition Ban
Summary:
Would require the use of nonlead ammunition for the taking of all wildlife, including game mammals, game birds, nongame birds, and nongame mammals, with any firearm.
Status:
In Assembly. Read second time. To third reading on May 13.

California A 497

Intro Date: 02/20/2013
Sponsor:
 Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, Member,California Outdoor Sporting Caucus 
Issue Brief:
General
Summary:
Requires the Fish and Game Commission to form a wildlife committee to report to the commission on its activities, to make recommendations on all non-marine resource matters considered by the commission, and to have members attend meetings of department staff, including those in which significant wildlife resource management documents are being developed. Relates to the requirement to hold related public hearings before the adoption of the regulations.

Status: In Assembly. Read second time. To Consent Calendar on May 20.
Colorado S 175

Intro Date: 02/13/2013
Sponsor:
Senator Gail Schwartz
Issue Brief:
Conservation Funding
Summary:
Concerns the continuation of programs benefiting the preservation of wildlife habitat, and, in connection therewith, continuing the wildlife habitat stamp committee.
Status:
Signed by Governor on May 18.


Colorado S 188
Intro Date:
02/22/2013
Sponsor: Senator Lois Tochtrop, Chair, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief:
Access to Private Lands
Summary:
Concerns a program to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage hunting on private property, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Status:
Signed by Governor on May 18.

Colorado H 1283
Intro Date: 03/26/2013
Sponsor: Representative Randolph Fischer
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding
Summary: Concerns the species conservation trust fund.
Status: To Governor on May 21.
Florida H 423
Intro Date: 01/22/13
Sponsor: Representative Janet Adkins
Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax
Summary: Relates to tax on sales, use, and other transactions; provides exemption from sales tax for dyed diesel fuel used in certain vessels in specified manner and for specified purpose.
Status: To Governor on May 20.
Iowa H 649
Intro Date: 05/16/2013
Sponsor:
House Government Oversight Committee
Issue Brief: Access Private Lands
Summary:Relates to the public use of certain private lands and waters; amends Code chapter 461C; makes the entire code chapter applicable to holders of land not just landowners; relates to the recent decision rendered by the Iowa Supreme Court in Sallee v Stewart; modifies the definitions of land, recreational purpose, and urban deer control; includes immunity from liability for land holders with respect to specified ancillary activities or persons.

Status: Passed Senate on May 16 (48-0).

Maine H 904
Intro Date:
03/27/2013
Sponsor: Representative Paul Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding
Summary: Requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to ensure that revenue raised by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is not diverted to any purpose other than administration of the department in accordance with the Constitution of Maine.
Status: In House. Passed to be enacted on May 20.

Maryland S 2
Intro Date: 01/09/2013
Sponsor: Senator Richard Colburn, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes a person to hunt turkey on public land on any Sunday during the spring turkey hunting season in Dorchester County; makes the Act an emergency measure.
Status: Signed by Governor on May 16.

Maryland S 281
Intro Date: 01/18/2013
Sponsor: Senator Thomas Miller
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Establishes a certain exception to the prohibition against carrying a deadly weapon on public school property; makes it a misdemeanor to possess or use firearm ammunition during and in relation to the commission of a crime of violence; alters the authorization for a person to wear, carry, or transport a handgun to be within limitations; prohibits a person from transporting an assault weapon into the State or possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, or receiving an assault weapon.
Status: Signed by Governor on May 16.Chapter No. 427 [Effective Rule].

Maryland H 66
Intro Date: 01/11/ 2013
Sponsor: Dorchester County Delegation
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
Summary: Authorizes a person to hunt turkey on public land on any Sunday during the spring turkey hunting season in Dorchester County; makes the Act an emergency measure.
Status: Signed by Governor on May 16.

Maryland H 543
Intro Date: 01/11/2013
Sponsor: Caroline County Delegation
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on private property from the first Sunday in October through the second Sunday in January of the following year, inclusive, in Carroll County, subject to specified provisions of law.
Status: Signed by Governor on May 16.

Nevada S 82
Intro Date: 02/04/2013
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits the Board of Wildlife Commissioners from authorizing the hunting of black bears.
Status: Passed Assembly.To Senate for concurrence on May 21.

Nevada S 213
Intro Date:
03/04/2013
Sponsor: Senator David Parks
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary: Revises certain provisions relating to the trapping of wild animals.
Status: Passed Assembly. To Senate for concurrence on May 21.

Nevada A 168
Intro Date: 02/25/2013
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires the membership of each county advisory board to manage wildlife to include one qualified member who represents the interests of the general public.

Status: To enrollment on May 21.
New Hampshire S 89
Intro Date: 01/03/2013
Sponsor: Senator Jeanie Forrester
Issue Brief: Lead Sinker Ban
Summary: Clarifies the definition of lead fishing sinkers and jigs which are subject to the prohibition on sale and use in the state.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on House floor.  House floor amendment failed. Passed House. To Senate for concurrence on May 22.New Hampshire S 133
Intro Date: 01/3/2013
Sponsor: Senator Jeff Woodburn, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Wildlife Violators Compact
Summary: Adopts the interstate wildlife violators compact in New Hampshire, joining other member states.
Status: Passed House on May 22.

North Carolina S 376
Intro Date: 03/21/2013
Sponsor: Senator Stan Bingham
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Directs the Wildlife Resources Commission to enact rules for the year round trapping of coyotes and establish a permit for the year round trapping of coyotes by landowners and lessees on their land; to provide the wildlife resources commission with authority to establish trapping seasons in the exercise of its temporary rule-making authority; to increase the penalty for unlawfully selling, possessing for sale, buying a fox, or taking any fox by unlawful trapping or with the aid of any electronic calling device.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture on May 20.

North Carolina S 25
Intro Date: 02/04/2013
Sponsor: Senator Harry Brown, Co-Chair, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Provides that members of the Armed Forces who are serving on active military duty in the Armed Forces of the United States outside the State of North Carolina shall be considered residents for purposes of obtaining certain hunting, fishing, trapping, and special activity licenses.
Status:  To House Committee on Agriculture on May 16.

North Carolina H 936
Intro Date: 04/15/2013
Sponsor: Representative Michael Wray, Co-Chair, North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Establishes a wildlife poacher reward fund to pay rewards to persons who give information to law enforcement authorities that results in the arrest and conviction of persons who commit serious wildlife violations and to authorize the use of compensation paid to the Wildlife Resources Commission as conditions of offenders’ probation as assets of the fund.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources on May 16.

North Carolina H 930
Intro Date: 04/15/2013
Sponsor: Representative Jason Saine
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Establishes standards of care for large commercial dog breeding facilities and to provide law enforcement with tools to ensure that dogs at those facilities are treated humanely.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment AND Natural Resources on May 13.

Oregon H 2624
Intro Date: 01/14/2013
Sponsor: Representative Brian Clem and Representative Sherrie Sprenger, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs
Summary: Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt black bears or cougars and use of bait to hunt black bears if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.
Status: Public Hearing Scheduled – Committee Chair failed to schedule work session on May 22.
Tennessee S 1015
Intro Date: 01/31/2013
Sponsor: Senator Mike Bell, Co-Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Knife Preemption
Summary: Relates to Weapons; removes the prohibition against selling or carrying knives with a blade in excess of 4 or the sale, possession or carrying of a switchblade knife, and preempts local regulation with respect to the transfer, ownership, possession or transportation of knives.

Status: Public Chaptered. Chapter No. 418 [Effective Rule] on May 22.

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