MONTANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION

2017 Legislative Bill Tracker

No.

Bill Title/Sponsor

Summary

Status

Position

HB 2

General appropriations act, Nancy Ballance

The state operating budget that includes the FWP budget

Hearing Senate Finance and Claims 8 a.m. 3/28/17 Room 317

Support

HB 5

Long range building appropriations, Jim Keane

Capital improvements budget that includes Habitat Montana and other access programs

Passed the Senate on third reading

Support

HB 69

Extend sunset for paddlefish caviar program, Virginia Court

Bill would extend the sunset for the state’s caviar program for paddlefish, a simple extension of current law

Tabled in committee

Support

HB 96

Revise free elk license/permit for landowner providing free public elk hunting, Zach Brown

Bill would extend the current program to give landowners one tag for immediate family in exchange for granting four public hunters access to nonresident landowners

Died on House floor in second reading

Oppose

HB 97

Increase block management landowner payment cap, Denley Loge

Bill would increase from $12,000 to $15,000 the amount a landowner can receive for participating in the block management program

Transmitted to governor

Support

HB 98

Revising predatory animal definitions, Janet Ellis

Bill would reclassify striped skunks as a predatory animal and remove the ambiguous term civet cat from state law

Amended version died in third reading on floor of House

HB 108

Allocate wild buffalo licenses to tribes for traditional purposes, Bridget Smith

Bill would allow additional buffalo licenses for certain Native American tribes

Signed by governor

Support

HB 128

Revise waiting period for bighorn sheep licenses, Ray Shaw

Bill would eliminate the seven year wait to apply for bighorn licenses when one is harvested as part of a special management hunt

Signed by governor

Support

HB 150

Clarify FWP residency for armed forces member, spouse and dependent, Kerry White

Bill would clarify that the spouse of a Montana resident serving in another state is a resident for licenses

Chapter number assigned

Support

HB 151

Appropriation for shooting range development program, Nancy Ballance

Bill would mandate $350,000 annually for shooting range grants and jepordize $20 million in federal wildlife funds by causing a diversion

Tabled in committee

Oppose

HB 164

Revise distribution of base hunting license, Kelly Flynn

Bill would reallocate some funds from the general license account to the hunter access account

Tabled in committee

Support with amendments

HB 166

Revising laws related to donation of game meat for nonproft meal distribution, Jeremy Trebas

Measure would allow nonprofit organizations to serve cooked game meat in hot meals

Chapter number assigned

Support

HB 204

Generally revise laws relating to fishing access maintenance, Alan Redfield

Bill would create a sticker for a fee to maintain fishing access sites

Tabled in committee

Oppose

HB 211

Require sage grouse population report, Brad Hamlett

FWP would be required to produce an annual population estimate under this bill.

Chapter number assigned

HB 214

Generally revise laws relating to Fort Peck Hatchery, Bob Brown

Will would lift the 750,000 fish limit on production at the hatchery

Chapter number assigned

Support

HB 228

Provide funding for sage grouse stewardship, Jim Keane

Will would allocate funding to continue the Montana sage grouse conservation program

Returned from enrolling

Support

HB 289

Revise outfitter assistant laws, Tom Jacobson

Measure would add some standards for the use of outfitter assistants

Transmitted to governor

HB 305

Revise county bounty laws for predators, Bill Harris

Bill would allow counties to pay bounties for predators legally killed including coyotes and wolves

Chapter number assigned

Oppose

HB 311

Provide veteran preference for certain block management areas on Veterans Day, Rae Peppers

Bill would give veterans preference over other hunters on some block management areas on Nov. 11 each year

Signed by governor

Support

HB 315

Revise nonresident hunting and fishing license laws, Jeff Essmann

Bill would reduce hunting and fishing license fees for some relatives of residents

Tabled in House FWP

Oppose

HB 318

Revise nonresident college student hunting license fee, Steve Lavin

Bill would reduce the price of a big game combination hunting license for nonresident college students to $120

Tabled in House FWP

Oppose

HB 324

Revise laws related to state parks administration, Brad Hamlett

Bill would change the way state parks administration is run by letting board hire director, among other changes

Transmitted to governor

Oppose

HB 367

Create voluntary hunter check off for predator management, Becky Beard

Bill would create a program where hunters could donate money to go to USDA Wildlife Services

Returned with governor’s proposed amendments

HB 419

Revise requirements for sale or transfer of wild bison, Willis Curdy

Bill would allow wild bison to be transported to a quarantine facility

Tabled in committee

Support

HB 434

Create Montana wildlife habitat improvement act, Kelly Flynn

Bill would set up program to put dollars toward habitat enhancement and improvements

Conference committee appointed

Oppose

HB 437

Establish youth only hunting season, Steve Lavin

Bill would set up a four day hunting season for youth only

Tabled in committee

Oppose

HB 454

Revising the administration of state parks and related recreation programs, Kerry White

Bill would revamp how the state parks program and other recreation programs are run

Failed second reading in House

Oppose

HB 540

Generally revise laws related to aquatic invasive species, Mark Noland

Bill would revamp the program to prevent aquatic invasives

Tabled in House NR

HB 551

Clarity what type of firearms are included in hunter education instruction, Bob Brown

Bill would set guidelines for the guns used in hunter education programs

Tabled in committee

HB 568

Revise laws related to nonresident hunting, Kerry White

Bill would increase to a guaranteed 10 percent nonresident permits and licenses

Failed second reading in House

Oppose

HB 575

Revise laws related to fishing access sites and wildlife management areas, Denley Loge

Bill would create a $15 pass to use fishing access sites and wildlife management areas

Tabled in House FWP

Support

HB 587

Provide for certified prescribed burning, Ray Shaw

Bill would set up a process for prescribed burns that are certified

Tabled in House NR

HB 597

Create voluntary fee to fund public access easements, Alan Doane

The public could make voluntary contributions to fund staff to acquire access easements to reach public land under this bill

3rd reading concurred

Support

HB 622

Revise laws related to aquatic invasive species, Mike Cuffe

Bill would set up a council to manage efforts to combat AIS in Montana

Sent to enrolling

Support

HB 623

Revise laws related to bonus points, Kerry White

Bill would allow hunters to buy bonus points without applying for the license in any given year

Sent to enrolling

Support

HB 651

Revise laws related to public access projects, Matt Regier

Bill would divert Habitat Montana funds to be used for access instead of habitat projects and give state Land Board power over allocating funds for projects

Failed second reading

Oppose

HJ 9

Resolution releasing certain wilderness study areas, Kerry White

A resolution that calls on Congress to release from wilderness consideration hundreds of thousands of acres of public land

2nd reading Senate amendments concurred

Oppose

HJ 15

Resolution urging delisting of the grizzly bear, Steve Gunderson

Resolution bypasses U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and urges a Congressional delisting of grizzly bears

Returned from enrolling

Oppose

SB 49

Revise license laws for hunting/fishing by nonresident relatives of residents, Duane Ankney

A PLPW bill that would make the Coming Home to Hunt and Nonresident Relative special licenses more uniform

Tabled in committee

SB 50

Allow digital carcass tags, JP Pomnichowski

Bill would allow digital tags for big game

Chapter number assigned

Support

SB 51

Revise laws related to fish pond licenses, Tom Facey

A bill to require fish pond stockers to prove where their fish come from

Tabled in House FWP committee

Support

SB 52

Clarify additional penalties for hunting with artificial light, Jill Cohenour

Bill would strengthen penalties for hunters who illegally use artificial light when hunting

Chapter number assigned

Support

SB 73

Revise laws related to livestock loss, Pat Connell

Bill would extend the sunset on the livestock loss program and allow funding for loss prevention work

3rd reading passed as amended

Support

SB 74

Authorize FW commission to require barbless hooks in catch and release waters, Pat Connell

The FW Commission would gain the authority to require barbless hooks under this bill

Tabled in committee

Oppose

SB 84

Extend the paddlefish roe donation program, Steve Hinebauch

A companion bill to the FWP proposal that would extend the program for 10 years rather than 2 years

Chapter number assigned

Support

SB 91

Clarify what constitutes as shooting from a vehicle for hunting purposes, Jed Hinkle

This measure would make changes to the law as far as what defines shooting from a vehicle

Chapter number assigned

Oppose

SB 110

Allowing funds in wolf management account to be used for management activities, Mike Phillips

Bill would give FWP more discretion to use wolf management funds for biologists, population surveys and other management

Tabled in Senate FG

Support

SB 111

Provide that it is unlawful to feed wild turkeys, Keith Regier

Bill places a ban of feeding of wild turkeys

3rd reading passed

Support

SB 119

Revise laws related to certain nonresident hunting license fees, Jed Hinkle

Bill would add additional license combination types for certain nonresidents

3rd reading passed an amended by House

Oppose

SB 171

Prohibit restriction of certain deer permits, Cary Smith

Bill would allow hunters who draw a special permit for one district to still hunt deer statewide

Tabled in committee

Oppose

SB 172

Prohibit sale of hunting and fishing license sales if child support owed, Mike Lang

People who are delinquent on child support payments would be ineligible for hunting and fishing licenses under this bill

Passed House Judiciary

Support

SB 173

Prohibit use of certain urine cover scents from out of state, Jill Cohoneur

Bill would bar use of urine scents from some states

Passed House FWP committee

Support

SB 183

Repeal the sunset on the hunters against hunger program, Jeff Welborn

The sunset on the Hunters Against Hunger program would be removed under this bill

Passed House FWP committee

Support

SB 185

Authorize transfer of game to licensed outfitter for inspection purposes, Doug Kary

A hunter could transfer his or her animal to a licensed outfitter for inspection by FWP

Tabled in House FWP

Oppose

SB 186

Establish elk habitat program and advisory council, Jill Cohoneur

Bill would use Habitat Montana funds to create an advisory council for management of elk

Missed deadline for general bill transmittal

SB 187

Prohibit importing certain animal body parts from chronic wasting disease states, Jill Cohoneur

Animal parts from states known to have chronic wasting disease could not be brought into Montana under this bill

Returned to House with amendments

Support

SB 213

Clarify Smith River corridor funding, Jill Cohoneur

Bill would revamp funding source to manage Smith River

Signed by president

SB 214

Allow limited spearfishing of game fish, Jill Cohoneur

Spear fishing would be legalized for some species under this bill

Tabled in committee

SB 218

Revise apprentice hunter program, Mark Blasdel

Bill would tighten regulations on apprentice hunter program and encourage students to attend hunter education

Passed House FWP

Support

SB 225

Allow lighted nocks on arrows while big game hunting, Doug Kary

Lighted nocks would be allowed under this bill

Tabled in Committee

Oppose

SB 236

Constitutional referendum on the right to hunt, fish and trap, Jennifer Fielder

Measure would put to voters a constitutional referendum on the 2018 ballot

Died on House floor in second reading

Oppose

SB 237

Revise laws related to hunter apparel, Jennifer Fielder

Bill would allow blaze pink as legal for hunting apparel

Tabled in Senate FG

SB 262

Revise laws governing public road access, Edie McClafferty

A person wanting to gate a road would have to prove first that it’s not a public road before county commissioners under this bill

Tabled in Senate Highways and Transportation

Support

SB 284

Generally revise laws related to sage grouse, Mike Lang

Bill would make changes to sage grouse management

Signed by president

SB 363

Generally revise aquatic invasive species laws, Chas Vincent

Bill would established funding mechanism through several sources to fund efforts to combat AIS

Free conference committee appointed

Support

SJ 8

Joint Resolution urging Wyoming to discontinue artificial feeding of elk, Mike Phillips

This resolution would urge Wyoming to stop its feeding program for elk on 23 feedgrounds

Tabled in committee

Support

SJ 9

Interim study regarding chronic wasting disease and ungulate populations, Mike Phillips

Study bill would conduct a thorough analysis of the threat of chronic wasting disease

Passed House FWP

Support

SR 16

Confirm Governor's appointee to Board of Outfitters, Ed Buttrey

Board of Outfitters confirmation for Robin Cunningham

Denied in Senate

Support

SR 17

Confirm Governor's appointee to Board of Outfitters, Ed Buttrey

Board of Outfitters confirmation for Rob Arnaud

Filed with Secretary of State

SJ 19

Resolution requesting removal of brucella abortus from federal list, Mike Phillips

Bill would request that federal government remove brucella abortus from list of bio agents to further better research

Passed House Agriculture

Support

SR 45

Confirm Governor’s appointee for director of FWP

Resolution to confirm Martha Williams

Resolution adopted

Support

SR 64

Confirm Governor’s appointees to Fishi and Wildlife Commission

Resolution to confirm four Fish and Wildlife Commission members

Amended resolution adopted to approve two commissioners

Support

 

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