California Waterfowl’s advocacy 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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The California Legislature is in session, and CWA is monitoring and advocating on behalf of waterfowl, wetlands and hunting. We will add bills to the list below as we take positions on them.
BILLS WE SUPPORT
Coastal wetlands funding
AB 65 (Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-Irvine): Would allocate funds from the voter-approved Proposition 68 (June 2018 ballot) to support coastal wetlands, including eelgrass beds that migrating brant depend on.
Junior license age extension
AB 284 (Jim Frazier, D-Oakley): This CWA-sponsored bill would make permanent the 2014 law extending junior hunting license eligibility to youth ages 16 and 17 at the beginning of the license year (July 1). Click here to read a conservation coalition letter of support (PDF).
12-month fishing licenses
AB 1387 (Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa): Would require fishing licenses to be good for one year from the date of issuance and would require licenses that can be displayed on mobile devices. Click here to read a conservation coalition letter of support (PDF).
AJR 8 (Bill Quirk, D-Hayward): Would urge Congress to add California to the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 and to authorize an appropriation of $4 million to help the state implement a nutria eradication program. Nutria are becoming a problem in the Grasslands Ecological Area.
SB 395 (Bob Archuleta, D-Cerritos): Would allow anyone who unintentionally strikes and kills a deer, elk, antelope or wild pig on a roadway with a vehicle to recover, possess, use or transport the whole animal and salvage the edible portions of the animal. Click here to read a conservation coalition letter of support.
Hunting and fishing guides requirements
SB 410 (Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber): Would increase the fee for obtaining a guide’s license, increase the amount of surety bond guides must acquire, and create guide identification stickers that must be used.
BILLS WE OPPOSE
Gun violence restraining order – extended duration
AB 12 (Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks) would extend the duration of gun violence restraining orders for up to five years. Click here to read our opposition letter (PDF).
AB 18 (Marc Levine, D-San Rafael): Would impose an excise tax on handguns and semiautomatic rifles to fund the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. Click here to read CWA’s opposition letter (PDF) and here to read a conservation coalition letter of opposition (PDF).
AB 273 (Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego): Would “prohibit the trapping of any fur-bearing mammal or nongame mammal for purposes of recreation or commerce in fur and would prohibit the sale of the raw fur of any fur-bearing mammal or nongame mammal.” Click here to read our opposition letter.
Firearm storage in the home
AB 276 (Laura Friedman, D-Burbank): Would require people in control of firearms to secure them with a device on Department of Justice’s roster of approved firearm safety devices when they are out of the home. A person convicted under these provisions would lose the right to possess firearms for 10 years.
Long gun vehicle storage requirements
AB 688 (Kansen Chu, D-Milpitas): Would require any firearm being transported in a vehicle to be secured to the vehicle’s frame using a steel cable lock or chain and padlock or in a locked container that is secured using a steel cable lock or chain and padlock or that is permanently affixed to the vehicle. Maximum fine for violation would be $1,000. Click here to read our opposition letter (PDF).
AB 1788 (Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica): Would expand a prohibition against pesticides containing certain anticoagulants to make it statewide.
Expanding gun ownership prohibition for alcohol/drug offenses
SB 55 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara): Would prohibit people from owning or possessing firearms for 10 years if they have been convicted twice in three years of misdemeanors involving alcohol or some controlled substances. Click here to read our opposition letter (PDF).
Firearm retailer security requirements
SB 220 (Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo): Would double requirements for storage of firearms during non-business hours, requiring dealers to use two of three security methods when they are required now to use one of three. Click here to read a conservation coalition opposition letter (PDF).