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, 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.

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Due to many states wrapping up their legislative sessions, beginning on June 24, Tracking The Capitols will now be distributed on a bi-weekly basis.

California A 711
Intro Date: 02/21/2013
Assemblyman Anthony Rendon
Issue Brief:
Lead Ammunition Ban
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.
In Senate. Read third time and amended. To second reading on September 4.

California A 48
Intro Date: 12/20/2012
Sponsor:  Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine, imprisonment in a county jail, or by both, to knowingly manufacture, import, keep for sale, offer or expose for sale, or give or lend any device that is capable of converting an ammunition feeding device into a large-capacity magazine. Relates to a readily restorable disassembled large-capacity magazine. Relates to an ammunition feeding device. Exempts an individual who sells, transfers, or furnishes ammunition to certain specified law enforcement individuals.
Status: In Senate. Read second time. To third reading on September 4.

Michigan H 4094
Intro Date: 01/24/2013
Representative Joel Johnson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Prohibits punishment for taking game in another state.
In Senate. Read second time. To third reading on September 3.

New York S 2564
Intro Date:
Sponsor: Senator Greg Ball, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
Issue Brief:  Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; waives certain fishing and hunting fees for residents of the state who performed military service during a period of war for the five years immediately after his or her return to this state from such military service.
Status: Amended in Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on August 26.

New York A 8159
Intro Date:
Sponsor: Assemblyman Jane Corwin, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Modern Sporting Rifle 
Summary:  Amends the SAFE Act; amends the penal law in relation to regulation of firearms and large capacity ammunition feeding devices; amends the tax law in relation to grants for school resource officers; amends the education law and the social services law in relation to the practice of school psychology; to amend the mental hygiene law, the executive law and the penal law, in relation to licenses to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms and reports of threat of harm by mental health professionals.
To Assembly Committee on Codes on August 30.

Pennsylvania S 1068
Intro Date: 08/12/2013
Sponsor: Senator Richard Alloway, Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; further provides for dog training areas and issuance of permits; provides for hunting and furtaking restrictions; requires a posted warning notice marking a dog training area to warn trespassers.
To Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries on August 27.