OHA Legislative Report

OHA Lobbyist Al Elkins Email: alvinelkins@yahoo.com

2017 Legislative Session

Updated 6/15/17

Fast Tracking – Current Committee Action

ODFW Funding Task Force Recommendations Amended into HB 2213

6/2/17: The Task Force on Funding for Fish, Wildlife and Related Outdoor Recreation and Education funding account recommendations were put into bill form via an amendment on Thursday in the House Committee on Rules.  The amendment is a “good first step” towards long term sustainable funding for ODFW, will indirectly benefit hunting to the extent that it frees up license dollars that support “conservation efforts”.

The bill passed out of the House Committee on Rules and now goes to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources.

Bills Seeing Action

HB 2566 Youth Mentor (This is an OHA bill)

6/2/17:  The Governor has signed. The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

Bill History: The bill expands the age of the youth mentor program to sixteen.  The bill passed has passed the floor of the House. The vote was fifty-six “yes” votes and there were not any “no” votes.  The bill passed the Senate with thirty “yes” votes and there were no “no” votes.  The bill was then sent to the Governor for her signature.  The Governor signed the bill on May 17th.  This is the OHA bill.

HB 2030 Spring Bear Tag Cap Removal

6/2/17:  The Governor has signed. The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

Bill History: The purpose of this removal is to allow for more bear tags to be sold both to resident hunters and nonresident hunters. The bill has passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and now goes to the floor of the House for a vote.  The bill passed the floor of the House with thirty-nine “yes” votes and 16 “no” votes.  The bill went to the Senate for consideration.  The bill was assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  The bill passed out of that committee with a unanimous vote.  The bill then went to the floor of the Senate for a vote where it passed by a vote of twenty-eight “yes” votes and one “no” vote.

HB 2883 Outfitters and Guides

6/2/17: The bill passed the Senate with 28 Yes votes and 0 no votes. The Governor has signed this bill.  The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

Bill History: This bill increases penalties for outfitters and guides.  This bill authorizes the ODFW Commission to revoke all licenses, tags and permits issued to a person who is convicted of violations of wildlife laws involving taking or killing of wild life with culpable mental state if that person was an outfitter or guide registered with the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB). The bill prohibits the person from applying for another such license, tag or permit.  It increases the length of time OSMB may suspend an outfitter and guide registration from 24 to 60 months.  The bill has passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and now goes to the floor of the House for a vote.  The bill passed the floor of the House with a vote of fifty-seven “yes” votes and no “no” votes. The bill then went to the Senate where it was assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.  The bill is scheduled for a hearing in late May.

HB 3158 Poaching Bill

6/15/17:  The Governor has signed.  The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

Bill History: This bill directs ODFW to set up an awards program to report poaching.  The bill passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  The bill then went to the floor of the House for a vote where it passed with fifty -six yes votes and no “no” votes.  The bill went to the Senate where it was assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources where it passed out of the committee unanimously.  The bill then went to the Senate floor where it was passed by a vote of twenty-seven “yes” votes to three “no” votes.  The bill now goes to the Governor for her signature.

SB 372 Wildlife Salvage Permits

6/15/17: The bill passed out of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources without any amendments.  The bill passed the Senate and the House.  The Governor has signed the bill.  The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

Bill History: SB 372, introduced by Senator Hansell (R-Athena) and Rep. Barreto (R-Cove), requires the State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules for issuance of wildlife salvage permits to salvage deer or elk accidentally killed as result of vehicle collision.  The bill has passed the Senate and has gone to the House for further consideration.  The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

SB 373 Urban Deer Conflict

6/15/17: The bill passed out of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources without any amendments.  The bill passed the Senate and the House.  The Governor has signed this bill.  The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

Bill History: This bill requires ODFW to adopt pilot program for urban deer population control.  The bill has passed the Senate and has gone to the House for further consideration.

Dead Bills

SB 6 Modifies Trap Check Requirements
Bill is dead.

HB 2634 Disabilities Under Wildlife Laws
Bill is dead.

HB 2487 – Deer or Elk Tag Guarantee Bill
Bill is dead.

HB 2107 – Cougar Hunting with Dogs by County Vote
Bill is dead.

HB 2589 Cougar Hunting with Dogs by County Vote
Bill is dead.

HB 3228 Wildlife Policy
Bill is dead.

SB 371 – Cougar Hunting with Dogs by County Vote
Bill is dead.

SB 458 Cougar/Dog Controlled Hunt Program
Bill is dead.

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This one takes you to the main Bills page, where you can search by bill number:

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws

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https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Pages/e-Subscribe.aspx

You’ll see a “sign up” box towards bottom of page, which allows you to sign up and customize the bills you want to get updates on.

NOTE: For updates on the Elliott State Forest sale and other issues outside the Legislature, see recent issues of the OHA Tracker:

http://www.oregonhunters.org/pub.html#tracker