Here is a glance at some outdoors-related legislation still active and bills that have died.
Bills still alive include:
HB 1249 - Requires a hunting dog owner to get permission from a landowner before retrieving a lost dog. Bill passed the state House of Representatives 80-11 and is now assigned to the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.
HB 1314 – Repeals the requirement that hunters must first get permission from the state wildlife director before hunting a white or pie-bald deer. Bill passed the House 96-0 and is now assigned to the Senate Tourism and Wildlife Committee.
HB 1338 – Lowers the age someone can get an apprentice hunting license from 10 to 8. Lowers the age of the hunter that must be accompany the apprentice from 21 to 18. Lowers the age that hunter education certification is no longer required from 35 to 30. Bill passed the House 97-0 and now assigned to Senate Tourism and Wildlife Committee.
HB 1347 – Specifies that anyone not appearing for fish or game citations shall have their hunting and fishing privileges suspended until they do so. Bill passed the House 97-0 and now assigned to Senate Tourism and Wildlife Committee.
Legislation that has gone dormant and is essentially dead include:
HB 1063 – Would have exempted all lifetime hunting and fishing license owners from having to buy any additional permits or licenses.
HB 1257 – Would have changed the fishing regulation to allow more than one blue catfish 30 inches or longer be kept per day by anglers.
SB 129 – Would have allowed gun suppressors to be used by hunters. Language allowing hunters to use suppressors was removed and language allowing the open carry of firearms was inserted.