State Legislation followed by Federal. This is a synopsis of Bills. For more detailed information, use the links and scroll down to read more about legislation at the state and federal level. link
Sacramento, CA – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed
Senate Bill 1058 to prevent hunter generated revenues from being misused
for non-game or non-hunting purposes. The measure was authored by
Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) and sponsored by the California
Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA).
Allows DFG to adjust meeting schedule and offer special hunting opportunities to qualified hunter education instructors.
This would help keep cities and counties from interfering with hunting and fishing activities. The bill is being sponsored by COHA in response to increasing efforts by urban cities and counties to arbitrarily restrict hunting activities within their jurisdictions....
This would prohibit the use of lead shot on all state Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) operated by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). link
Legislation which would authorize the Department of Fish and Game to establish two "free hunting days" each year for individuals to go hunting without a hunting license
Assembly Member Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 2186 to prohibit a person from owning, purchasing or possessing a firearm for 10 years for violating the state’s “loaded firearms” laws.
would require state agencies that acquire lands after January 1, 2011 to
adopt and implement specified mosquito control best management
practices (BMPs). This would have a detrimental impact on wetlands and certain wildlife.
ACA 11 is a National Rifle Association (NRA) sponsored measure that
would establish hunting as a right protected under the California
Constitution, similar to what has been passed in at least 10 other
SB 1277 (Florez) - Animal Abuse Registry/Dog Food Tax - OPPOSE link
SB 1277 (Florez), as introduced, would place an unspecified tax on pet food to fund local spay and neuter programs and require the Department of Justice to maintain an “animal abuse” registry via an Internet Website.
This prohibits anyone from owning an unaltered or unspayed dog without a special license along with other requirements like high fees and banning of breeding. California State Assembly voted down this bill.
On May 14th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released his “May Revise” of the proposed FY 2010/2011 state budget, which seeks to close a massive $21 billion dollar deficit. To help bridge the budget shortfall, Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing to reduce the Department of Fish and Game’s budget by an additional $5 million, bringing the total proposed reduction to $10 million. Unfortunately, the “May Revise” does not alter the Governor’s original raid of $5 million from hunting and fishing programs.
COHA and a broad coalition of agricultural, conservation and local government interests are asking the Legislature and the Governor to restore some $38 million in funding for Williamson Act subvention payments to local governments. link
After more than 3 years of lobbying efforts, the California Outdoor
Heritage Alliance (COHA) succeeded in including $110 million for
waterfowl and wetland habitat conservation efforts in a statewide bond
measure that will be considered by the California electorate.
This is an effort to build the political strength of the outdoor community in the halls of our State Capitol.
the bill would amend the “California Desert Protection Act of 1994” to: (1) establish or designate national monuments, wilderness areas, special management areas and off-highway vehicle recreation areas; (2) release specified wilderness study areas; (3) adjust national park and preserve boundaries; (4) specify land withdrawals, exchanges, and acquisitions.
In an effort to promote these traditional uses, the measures would
require that federal public land management officials provide use of and
access to federal public lands and waters for fishing, sport hunting,
and recreational shooting except where closure is mandated by other
federal statue or necessitated by public safety.... link
This is an increase in the price of the federal duck stamp to accelerate the restoration, enhancement and protection of waterfowl habitats. link
This legislation would make the existing tax incentives for qualified land conservation permanent.
There is more legislation. Please visit the COHA site..