OHA Legislative Report 

Anti-Poaching Bills

All three of the anti-poaching bills have been heard before the House Committee on Natural Resources.

  • HB 3035 This is the bill we have been working with OSP, and ODFW on increasing maximum penalties for wildlife violations.
  • HB 3087 This is the OHA anti-poaching awareness program bill.
  • HB 3088 This increases maximum penalties for certain wildlife violations as well.

HB 3035 had a was passed out of House Committee on Natural Resources. The bill now goes to the floor of the House for a vote.

HB 3087 and HB 3088 are up for a work session soon.

SB 978 Gun Bill Hearing

A hearing room and five or six overflow areas were needed to accommodate all those that came to listen and testify on the SB 978.  OHA submitted testimony in opposition to the bill. The bill will likely be up for a work session soon.

Brief Updates

HB 2068 Percentage of Nonresident Tags Increase

Increases percentage of nonresident tags issued for hunting of black bear, cougar and antelope within area that may be issued by drawing.

Update: The bill passed the House and is in Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

HB 2069 Unallocated Game Hunting Tags

Removes requirement that State Fish and Wildlife Commission issue unallocated game mammal hunting tags in order requested.

Update – The bill passed the House and is in Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

HB 2293 Residency Requirements

Amends residency requirements for purposes of licenses, tags and permits related to wildlife.

Update – The bill passed the House is in Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

HB 2294 Commercial Urine Products

Requires that commercial product that contains or is derived from cervid urine and designed for luring, attracting or enticing cervids be from herd free of chronic wasting disease.

Update: The passed the House and is in Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

HB 2361 Multiyear Resident and Nonresident Hunting Licenses

Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish and prescribe fees for multiyear resident and nonresident hunting licenses. Sets agent fee for issuance of each multiyear license at $5.

Update: The bill passed out of committee.  Bill was amended for implementation by January 1, 2022.  Bill will now go to the floor of the House for a vote.

HB 2747 FW Commission Membership

The bill eliminates the provision that the FW Commission will be made of members of the general public.

Over a four-day period the OHA Legislative Committee developed testimony that was the best of all the testimony given (my opinion and others shared that thought as well).  Paul did a great job of giving the testimony.  While the bill received a hearing, I do not see it going any further.  However, various interest groups were encouraged by Chair Witt to carry on the conversation, if they so desired.

Update:  The bill was passed out of committee.  The bill now goes to the floor of the House for a vote.

HB 2795 Cougar Bill

Update – This bill is no longer in play.  The new cougar bill is HB 3118 (see below).

HB 2841 Information Disclosure

This bill allows FW to refuse disclosure of information relevant to department ability to manage or protect described fish or wildlife species or individual members or populations of species. Exempts information from disclosure as public record.

Update:  Scheduled for a work session.

Cougar Bill

HB 3118 – Authorizes ODFW to use appointed agents for cougar management.

Update:  Bill has had a hearing before the House Committee on Natural Resources.  The bill is scheduled for a work session.

SB 723 Coyote Hunting Contest Ban Bill

Update: Bill passed out of Senate Judiciary last Thursday.  The bill now goes to the floor of the Senate for a vote.  OHA is opposed to this bill.

OHA Lobbyist Al Elkins Email: alvinelkins@yahoo.com

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