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Updates For the Week ofMay 5, 2014
California S 1410
Intro Date: 02/21/2014
Sponsor:  Senator Lois Wolk
Issue Brief: General

Summary: Appropriates funds from the General Fund to the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make payments to counties for unpaid amounts under provisions of existing law. Appropriates funds annually from the General Fund to the Department to make payments to counties for under these provisions regarding wildlife management areas
Status:
In Senate Committee on Appropriations on May 5: To Suspense File.

Intro Date: 01/29/2014
Sponsor: Representative KC Becker, Member, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Continues the regulation of hunting and fishing outfitters by the director of the Division of Professions and Occupations; implements the recommendations contained in the sunset report prepared by the Department of Regulatory Agencies; provides requirements for an individual to register as an outfitter with the director; requires liability insurance.
Status: Conference Committee Report adopted by Senate on May 7. Conference Committee Report adopted by House on May 7.

Connecticut S 71

Intro Date: 02/11/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Internet Based Hunter Education Course
Summary:
Concerns on-line education options for boating and hunting safety; authorizes certain on-line boating and hunting safety courses.
Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on May 7.

 

Connecticut S 241
Intro Date:
02/21/2014
Sponsor:
Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief:
Youth Licenses
Summary:
Concerns youth hunting and fishing licenses, revising certain hunting and fishing license fees and requiring registration by hunting and fishing guide services; clarifies certain hunting and fishing license fees for persons sixteen and seventeen years of age, reduce certain fishing fees and establish a registration requirement for persons who conduct hunting or fishing guide services.
Status:
Eligible for Governor’s desk on May 7.

Connecticut H 5080
Intro Date: 02/11/2014
Sponsor:
Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief:
Sunday Hunting
Summary:
Concerns deer management programs on private property and authorizing bow and arrow hunting on private property on Sundays; authorizes Sunday hunting of deer on private property with bow and arrow and to authorize landowners to take deer pursuant to professional wildlife management principles.
Status:
Senate Calendar No. 544 on May 2.

Connecticut H 5306
Intro Date: 02/21/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Concerns a random drawing for a lifetime hunting or freshwater fishing license; establishes annual random drawings for the award of a lifetime hunting license and a lifetime freshwater fishing license to residents of this state.
Status: Senate Calendar No. 545 on May 2.  

 
Introduced: 03/04/2014
Sponsor: Senator Thad Altman, Chair, Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Knife Preemption
Summary: Relates to regulation of knives and weapons; creates the “Uniform Knife and Weapons Act”; prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from regulating knives and weapons; provides that certain rules or ordinances of a state agency or political subdivision regulating knives or weapons are void; authorizes civil actions against a state agency or political subdivision that enacts or fails to repeal a prohibited rule or ordinance.
Status: In Senate.Died in committee on May 2.
Introduced: 03/04/2014
Sponsor: Representative Tom Goodson, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Access Private Lands, General License, Hunter Ed
Summary: Relates to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; provides that a boating safety course may be offered in a classroom or online; requires the commission to submit a report related to the regulation of mooring vessels; eliminates an exemption from boating safety education requirements for boating law violators; expands a county’s authorization to use moneys collected from vessel registration fees; clarifies the activities authorized under an annual military gold sportsman’s license.
Status: Passed Senate. To enrollment on May 2.Illinois H 5514
Intro Date: 02/13/2014
Sponsor: Representative John Cavaletto, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that it shall be unlawful to take beaver, river otter, weasel, mink, or muskrat except during the open season set annually by the Director, and then, only with traps, except that a firearm, pistol, or airgun of a caliber not larger than a .22 long rifle may be used to remove the animal from the trap.

Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Conservation on April 30.

Illinois H 5869
Intro Date:
02/14/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Sam Yingling
Issue Brief:
Invasive Species
Hearing: 05/07/2014 9:00 am, 409 Capitol Springfield, IL
Summary:
Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code; provides that an individual who knowingly imports any nuisance organism into this State is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor or a fine not exceeding $1,500 per organism imported, with a maximum fine not exceeding $25,000; defines nuisance organism as a nonnative aquatic organism that will foreseeably alter and threaten to harm the ecosystem or the abundance and diversity of native or naturalized fish and other organisms. 
Status: In Senate, placed on calendar for second reading May 7.


Kansas S 357

Intro Date: 02/10/2014
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Relates to increasing the number of allowable hunter education deferrals.

Status: Eligible for Governor’s desk on May 2.

Intro Date: 02/25/2014
Sponsor:  Senator Rick Ward
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors  

Summary: Allows the use of a firearm sound suppressor while hunting certain wild quadrupeds
Status: Committee amendment adopted on House floor on May 5.

Louisiana S 369

Intro Date: 03/10/2014
Sponsor: Senator Mike Walsworth, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for the possession limits of crappie on Lake D’Arbonne.

Status: Committee amendment adopted on House floor on May 5.

Intro Date: 03/31/2014
Sponsor: Representative Stuart Bishop
Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Imposes an additional fee on the sale of saltwater fishing licenses and dedicates the revenues
Status:
To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on May 1.

Intro Date: 03/07/2014
Sponsor: Representative Jay Jacobs
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a study on the establishment of reporting requirements for the recreational striped bass fishery; requires the study to examine specified issues relevant to the reporting requirements; requires the Department to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and specified committees of the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2014.

Status: Chapter No. 446 [Effective Rule] on May 5.

Michigan S 869
Intro Date: 03/12/2014
Sponsor: Senator Geoff Hansen, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Revises bass season dates 
Status: From House Committee on Natural Resources: Reported with recommendation. In House. To Second Reading on May 6.Missouri SCR 22
Intro Date: 01/15/2014
Sponsor: Senator Jane Cunningham, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus 

Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the National Park Service.  
Status: From House Committee on Rules on May 5.
Minnesota H 2852
Intro Date: 03/12/2014
Sponsor:
Representative David Dill, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to natural resources; modifies game and fish laws, use of vehicles for hunting, oversight committee provisions, provisions for wildlife management areas, license provisions and fees, invasive species provisions, trespass provisions, provisions for taking wild animals, disability-related angling and hunting licenses and designations on driver’s license; authorizes nonlethal hazing of Canada Geese; provides criminal penalties.
Status: In Senate for second reading on May 7.


New Hampshire H 1290

Intro Date: 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Representative Benjamin Lefebvre, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: Senior Vets
Summary: Provides that nonresident full-time students at a public or private high school, postgraduate program, or post-secondary educational institution in this state may purchase a hunting and fishing license at the fee charged to residents for the license.
Status: Enrolled Bill Amendment on May 1.
New Jersey A 2777

Intro Date: 02/27/2014
Sponsor: Representative Joseph Lagana
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Defines reasonable deviations in the course of transporting firearms.

Status: From Senate Committee on Law and Public Safety as amended on May 5.

New Jersey A 2006

Intro Date: 01/16/2014
Sponsor: Assembly member Louis Greenwald
Issue Brief: Full Capacity Magazines  
Summary: Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; exempts firearms with .22 caliber tubular magazines from 10 round limitation.

Status: From Senate Committee on Law and Public Safety as amended on May 5.

South Carolina S 1177

Intro Date: 04/01/2014
Sponsor: Senator Greg Gregory
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Relates to the establishment, operation, and maintenance of wildlife management areas; provides that certain acts or conduct that are prohibited may be allowed by regulation, that these acts or conduct are prohibited on state lakes and ponds owned or leased by the department and heritage preserves owned by the department.

Status: Passed Senate. To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on April 29.

Vermont H 589

Intro Date: 01/15/2014
Sponsor: Representative David Deen, Member, Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to hunting, fishing, and trapping.

Status: Signed by Governor on May 5.

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.

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Note: In bold are sponsors who are members of their respective Sportsmen’s Legislative Caucus.

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