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

CWA actively works at the State Capitol to protect our hunting rights as well as to promote science-based waterfowl and wetland conservation policies.  Below is a list of a number of State Bills that CWA took action on during the 2014 State Legislative Session:

AB 1709 (Frazier) is a CWA-sponsored bill which would expand the junior hunting license age eligibility from up to 16 to up to 18 years of age, thereby reducing financial costs for young hunters and providing them increased access to special youth hunting opportunities.

POSITION:      SUPPORT

STATUS:         SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

SB 1434 (Wolk) is a CWA-sponsored bill which would increase the accountability and transparency over the State’s use of Pittman-Robertson (PR) Act dollars that are generated from firearms and ammunition sales.  SB 1434 would also establish the Duck Stamp Advisory Committee within the F&G Code, and allow it to provide recommendations to the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) on waterfowl and wetland related projects funded with PR dollars.

POSITION:      SUPPORT

STATUS:         SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

SB 53 (De Leon) would ban the Internet/mail order sale of ammunition and require that ammunition purchasers register with the state.  The bill would also impose fees and other requirements on ammunition vendors.

POSITION:      OPPOSE

STATUS:         DIED ON ASSEMBLY FLOOR

AB 1014 (Skinner) would create a “Gun Violence Restraining Order” which requires a person to surrender to law enforcement all guns and ammunition, up to a one-year period (the Order could also be annually renewed).  In response to opposition by CWA and other interests, the author amended the bill to provide for greater due process for the subject of the Order, increase the burden of proof for obtaining an Order, and limit those who could petition a court for an Order to law enforcement, immediate family members, licensed therapists and licensed health care providers.

POSITION:      OPPPOSE

STATUS:         SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

AB 896 (Eggman) would require DFW to implement mosquito control best management practices on its lands but not provide any state or other funding to implement them.  In response to CWA and DFW opposition to putting an unfunded mandate upon DFW and also imposing mosquito control practices that may diminish waterfowl habitat values, the bill was amended to only require DFW to consult with local mosquito control districts about those areas on DFW lands in greatest need for abatement.

POSITION:      OPPOSE

STATUS:         SIGNED BY GOVENOR

AB 2105 (Frazier) would (1) authorize a nonprofit organization designated by 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 to generate more funds for game conservation purposes.

POSITION:      SUPPORT

STATUS:         SIGNED BY GOVERNOR


Drought Relief for State Wildlife Areas – The Governor signed a $5 million drought-related wetland water budget item in June that would aid state wildlife areas. CWA actively lobbied the State Legislature for its approval.  Currently, this much-needed funding is being used for groundwater pumping and other fall wetland water purposes, including the flooding of public hunting areas.


State Water Bond – The State Legislature finally passed a significantly reduced ($7.545 billion) water bond proposal that was passed by voters on the November 2014 ballot as Proposition 1.  Since the drafting of the first water bond proposal back in 2009, CWA and its legislative allies worked to ensure as much benefit from an amended water bond for wetland and waterfowl purposes. 

In particular, Proposition 1 will help fund the following:

  • The state cost share for Central Valley Project Improvement Act Level 4 water conveyance and purchase of water rights (likely $75 - $100 million), which would help ensure greater long-term water reliability for Central Valley Refuges and private duck clubs in the Grasslands.
     
  • The state cost share for the implementation of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (likely $75 – 100 million), which would help secure long-term water rights for the Klamath Refuges and help ensure adequate water deliveries for Lower Klamath NWR in 9 out of 10 years.
     
  • State Waterfowl Habitat/Wetland Programs, such as the Presley Program (total funding unknown), which provide financial incentives to private duck clubs and other landowners who manage their property for waterfowl conservation purposes.
     
  • $2.7 billion for water storage projects, including Sites Reservoir in Glenn County, which, if constructed, would help provide additional surface water supplies that would benefit public and private wetlands and other key waterfowl habitat.
     
  • $295 million for Delta Levee maintenance and improvements, which would help protect private duck clubs and other landowners who provide waterfowl habitat in the Delta from catastrophic levee failure and flooding.

 

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