California Waterfowl’s policy team works actively with lawmakers from both parties to promote legislation beneficial to wetlands and hunting. We also fight detrimental bills, either opposing them outright or, when they’re certain to pass, working to minimize detrimental impacts.
While CWA is focused on waterfowl, we often take positions on legislation affecting other species or forms of hunting because we know our members have diverse conservation and hunting interests. We also lobby on firearm legislation that could negatively affect law-abiding hunters.
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Below are current bills that CWA is monitoring. The state Legislature has concluded its work for 2018.
BILLS WE SUPPORT
12-month fishing license – did not pass
SB518 (Berryhill, R-Modesto): Bill would make fishing licenses valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, instead of for the calendar year. View our letter (PDF) here.
Combo hunting-fishing license – did not pass
SB 1311 (Berryhill, R-Modesto): CWA-sponsored bill that would create a discounted annual combination hunting and fishing license. View our letter (PDF) here.
Nesting habitat incentive – passed and signed by governor
AB 2697 (Gallagher, R-Yuba City): CWA-sponsored bill that would create a waterfowl and upland game bird nesting habitat incentive program for farmers who wish to fallow a portion of their land. View our letter (PDF) here.
Veteran hunting licenses and 12-month fishing licenses – did not pass
AB 986 (Gallagher, R-Yuba City): Would reduce the cost of hunting and fishing licenses for honorably discharged California veterans. The bill also gives anglers a license option that is valid for 12 consecutive months from date of purchase. View our letter (PDF) here.
Apprentice hunter tags – passed and signed by governor
AB 2151 (Gray, D-Merced): Would reduce the price of resident antelope, elk, bear and bighorn sheep tags for apprentice hunters to $20. View our letter (PDF) here.
Winter flooding of rice – passed and signed by governor
AB 2348 (Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters): Would allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife to enter into contracts with private landowners and help offset the costs of winter flooding of rice. View our letter (PDF) here.
Free hunting days – did not pass
AB 2670 (Kiley, R-Roseville): Would require the state to offer two free hunting days each year, once in fall and once in winter. No hunting license would be required to hunt on those days, but the unlicensed hunter would have to be accompanied by a licensed hunter. View our letter (PDF) here.
Non-lead ammunition – failed in committee
AB 3117 (Mathis, R-Visalia): Would temporarily suspend the non-lead ammunition mandate for hunting if the F&G Commission finds that a specific caliber of non-lead ammunition is not available to the public. View our letter (PDF) here.
Federal Sportsmen’s Act
S.733 (Murkowski, R-AK): Would make it U.S. policy to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting, noncommercial fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities on federal land; conserve and enhance aquatic systems and the management of game species and the habitat of those species on federal land; and consider hunting, noncommercial fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities as part of all federal plans for land, resource, and travel management.
Federal Farm Bill
The 2018 Farm Bill is currently being debated in the U.S. Congress. There are a number of provisions being considered that would benefit waterfowl conservation and hunters. This includes funding for the Conservation Reserve Program, which particularly benefits nesting waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole region; the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, which provides grants to states to open private lands to public hunting (such as California’s SHARE Program); and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which provides grants to states for conservation initiatives on private lands. The Farm Bill delivers over $5 billion in conservation funding annually, and provides significant benefits to farmers, landowners and sportsmen across the country. CWA is working with a host of other waterfowl conservation partners and sporting interests to help pass a Farm Bill with continued strong conservation elements. View our letter (PDF) here.
BILLS WE OPPOSE
Dog transportation restrictions – passed but vetoed by governor
AB 2362 (Rubio, D-West Covina): Would place temperature, ventilation and lighting restrictions on the transportation of dogs by breeders and other for-profit entities, which includes dog breeders and hunting guides who use dogs. View our letter (PDF) here. Note: This bill was amended to our satisfaction to omit for-profit entities; we no longer actively oppose it. View the amendment here. View the governor’s veto message (PDF) here.
Firearms as raffle prizes – did not pass
AB 3199 (Holden, D-Pasadena): Would allow charitable organizations to hold no more than three events per here where firearms could be offered as raffle prizes. View our letter (PDF) here. Read our statement here.
Dealer inspection requirements – did not pass
SB 459 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge): Would increase inspection requirements for licensed firearms dealers.
Importing African animal parts – passed but vetoed by governor
SB 1487 (Stern, D-Canoga Park): Would have prohibited importing parts of the following animals from Africa, even when legally hunted: African elephant, African lion, leopard, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, giraffe, Jentink’s duiker, plains zebra, mountain zebra, hippopotamus and striped hyena; and created fines of $5,000 to $40,000 for the first offense. View our letter (PDF) here. View governor’s veto message (PDF) here.