As Promised: Legislative Session Kicks Off with LOTS of Pro-Sportsmen Bills

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As Promised: Legislative Session Kicks Off with LOTS of Pro-Sportsmen Bills

January 23, 2015 – by Board of Directors

As Promised: Legislative Session Kicks Off with Lots of Pro-Sportsmen Bills

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Constitutional Amendment to Protect Hunting, Angling, and Wildlife Harvest

The Constitutional Amendment will also be attempted through the referendum (ballot) process on the 2016 ballot. (Read more here.)

HJR13 – Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing right to hunt, to fish, to trap and to harvest wildlife, and to use traditional methods to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife.

Predator Management Bills

HB 2050 – Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure

HB 2181 – Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure

HB 2182 – Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study developing predator management plan

SB 126 – Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure

SB 318 – Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to adopt policy for coordinating management of species that prey on endangered species

SB 453 – Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.

Lead Ammunition & Tackle Bills

HB 2503 – Vests sole authority to regulate hunting ammunition and fishing gear with Legislative Assembly

ODFW Funding & ODFW Commission Related Bills

SB 125 – Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to take certain actions prior to adopting new programs or expanding existing programs.

SB 247 – Incrementally increases or establishes certain fees related to hunting, angling and commercial fishing over six-year period, applicable January 1, 2016, January 1, 2018, and January 1, 2020.

SB 5511 – Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Fish and Wildlife for certain biennial expenses.

HB 2518 – Requires state agency to notify State Department of Fish and Wildlife before state agency restricts or closes access to state lands used for hunting.

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Hunting & Angling Enforcement Bills

HB 2052 – Modifies certain penalties for wildlife law violations.

HB 2536 – Requires applicant for license, tag or permit to angle, take, hunt or trap to attest that applicant consents to inspection of license, tag or permit and taken wildlife.

HB 2537 – Increases damages for unlawful taking or killing of wildlife.

HB 2538 – Establishes Oregon Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Task Force for purpose of recommending feasibility of transferring Fish and Wildlife Division of Department of State Police to State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

SB 175 – Modifies certain penalties for wildlife law violations.

All Others (Excluding General Firearm Related Bills)

HB 2049 – Authorizes certain hunters to use battery-powered scoping devices, pin sight lights and laser sighting devices to hunt.

HB 2053 – Directs State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish trophy trout lake pilot program.

HB 2401 – Creates excise tax on wild bird feed.

HB 2402 – Establishes Task Force on State Department of Fish and Wildlife Funding.

HB 2517 – Modifies definition of “native fish” for purposes of salmon and trout enhancement program.

HB 2519 – Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop and implement program to provide technical assistance to Oregon landowners, businesses and communities regarding nonlethal options to reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.

HB 2534 – Directs State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules prohibiting use of drones for angling or hunting.