Call to Action

There are times when it is vital to show your support by writing to your legislators in support or opposition of bills that affect waterfowl, wetlands, or hunting opportunity.  Find your elected officials at the State and Federal Levels. 

 

2014 State Legislation

 

AB 896 (Eggmann) – OPPOSE -  Would require DFW to implement mosquito control practices on its lands but not provide any state or other funding to implement them.  CWA not only has concerns about putting an unfunded mandate upon DFW given its already limited wetland budgets, but  also imposing mosquito control practices that may diminish waterfowl habitat values.

AB 2105 (Frazier) – SUPPORT - Would (1) authorize a nonprofit organization designated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to assist in the sale of big game mammal hunting tags to retain 5% of the amount of the sale price of the tag and (2) raise the fee for a nonresident Nelson bighorn sheep tag.

 

State Water Bonds

CWA also continues to work on the various State Water Bond proposals being considered by the Legislature, which aim to amend the current water bond pending on the 2014 Fall ballot.  CWA’s main goal is to maintain funding for:

$100 million for CVPIA refuge water purposes

$10 million for DFW and WCB waterfowl habitat programs, including the Presley Program

 

Gun Control Bills

CWA is monitoring several of the gun bills which we opposed last year that failed to pass the Legislature, including a proposed ban on the Internet sale of ammunition/ammunition registration bill and ammunition taxation bill(s).  These measures may possibly be brought up for a vote later in August or September.  Other bills will likely be introduced soon which focus on mental health issues and firearms/ammunition possession.   CWA will be reviewing these measures for any impact to hunting and our members’ interests.

 

CWA – Sponsored Bills

In 2014, CWA is sponsoring two separate state bills:

AB 1709 (Frazier), which would expand the junior hunting license age eligibility from up to 16 to up to 18 years of age.   The bill passed the Assembly with bipartisan support and is currently in the Senate. (Support letter)

SB 1434 (Wolk), which would increase the accountability and transparency over the State’s use of Pittman-Robertson Act dollars.  The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support and is currently in the Assembly.

 

Other News

In May, CWA hosted a legislative wetlands tour of the Sacramento Valley, including stops at Montna Farms, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area and the Greenhead Duck Club.  Representatives of about a dozen state and federal legislative offices attended the event, which highlighted the impacts of the drought on waterfowl.  (This followed on the heels of a similar CWA tour of the Klamath Basin in March.)  In June, CWA sponsored the California Legislature Outdoor Sporting Caucus Trap and Skeet shoot.  http://senweb03.senate.ca.gov/outdoorsportingcaucus/default.asp?PgID=upcomingevents

Also, CWA was recently made aware of a $5 million drought-related wetland water budget item that would aid state wildlife areas. The Assembly approved the item, but the Senate did not concur so it will likely be considered as a conference item.  CWA is drafting a support letter for the proposal and will be advocating for it to Legislative members and staff in early June as the State Budget Conference Committee meets.

 

2013 State Legislative Summary

 

Below is a list of a number of State Bills that CWA took action on during the 2013 State Legislative Session:

AB 48 (Skinner), as introduced, would have required someone furnishing ammunition to another person or business to first (1) obtain proper identification from the purchaser, (2) be an authorized firearms dealer and (3) submit a report to the Department of Justice.

CWA Position:           OPPOSE

Status:                          AMENDED TO REMOVE THE ABOVE PROVISION(S)


AB 180 (Bonta) would allow the City of Oakland to enact a local ordinance that would regulate the registration or licensing of firearms.

CWA Position:          OPPOSE

Status:                         VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR


AB 187 (Bonta) would have added a 10 percent tax on all ammunition sold in California.

CWA Position:           OPPOSE

Status:                          HELD IN THE LEGISLATURE


AB 231(Ting), as introduced, would have held firearm owners strictly liable for the accidental injury or misuse of his/her firearm. 

CWA Position:           OPPOSE

Status:                          AMENDED TO REMOVE THE ABOVE PROVISION(S)


AB 711 (Rendon) would ban the use of lead ammunition for the taking of wildlife by the year 2019.

CWA Position:           OPPOSE

Status:                          SIGNED INTO LAW


AB 760 (Dickenson) would have placed a .05 cent tax on each piece of ammunition sold in California.

CWA Position:           OPPOSE

Status:                          HELD IN THE LEGISLATURE


SB 53 (De León) would: 1) require all ammunition purchasers to annually register (including a background check) and pay a fee of up to $50; 2) ban Internet and mail order purchases of shotgun and rifle ammunition; and, 3) put new requirements and fees on ammunition vendors. 

CWA Position:           OPPOSE

Status:                          HELD IN THE LEGISLATURE


SB 108 (Yee) would make it illegal for gun owners not to secure firearms – even unloaded ones – while they are outside of their homes or even any temporary residence such as a motel or motor home.

CWA Position:           OPPOSE

Status:                          HELD IN THE LEGISLATURE


SB 299 (DeSaulnier) would impose criminal penalties on any firearm owner who fails to report the theft or loss of a firearm within 7 days.

CWA Position:          OPPOSE

Status:                         VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR


SB 374 (Steinberg) would reclassify all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines as “assault weapons,” making it illegal to buy or sell them, and requiring existing owners to register these types of firearms.

CWA Position:          OPPOSE

Status:                         VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR


SB 683 (Block), as introduced, would require anyone purchasing or receiving a shotgun or rifle to first pass a safety test and pay a $15 fee. 

CWA Position:           OPPOSE

Status:                          AMENDED TO PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FOR LICENSED HUNTERS


2013 CWA Sponsored Legislation

SB 392 (Berryhill) would 1) help to clarify game bird possession definitions, including when the possession of legally taken gamebirds ends by processing them into food and 2) allow for unintentional or minor gamebird possession violations to be prosecuted as infractions (rather than only misdemeanors).

 

Status:                         SIGNED INTO LAW

 

SB 749 (Wolk) would 1) make it state policy under the Water Code to encourage a landowner to grow a cover crop (i.e. vetch) for gamebird habitat purposes on fallowed land as a result of a bona fide water transfer, 2) allow licensed hunters a more formal opportunity to provide input on the hunt programs on State Wildlife Areas; and 3) ensure that agricultural lease monies generated on State Wildlife Areas are available for land management and operations purposes.

 

Status:                         SIGNED INTO LAW