ND Outdoors legislative update

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HB 1017 - Introduced by Appropriations at the request of the Governor. Provides an appropriation of $66,773,869 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2015. Passed house 83-9.

HB 1062 - Introduced by Energy and Natural Resources Committee at the request of the State Engineer. Removes a person’s ability to appeal to a district court a decision made by the water resource board regarding removal or closing of a noncomplying dam, dike or other device. Passed house 93-0. Senate Natural Resources Committee heard 2/21.

HB 1123 - Introduced by Transportation Committee at the request of the Highway Patrol. Would not require the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident with a undomesticated animal, such as a deer, to notify law enforcement authorities. Passed house 84-6. Senate Transportation Committee heard 2/22.

HB 1130 - Introduced by Rep’s Porter, Damschen, Hofstad; Sen’s Burckhard, Carlisle, Lyson. Would increase the fee of a resident small game hunting license from $6 to $10, a nonresident small game hunting license from $85 to $94, resident big game hunting license from $20 to $25, a youth big game hunting license from $10 to $11, nonresident big game hunting license from $200 to $220, resident furbearer license from $7 to $10, resident wild turkey license from $8 to $10, nonresident waterfowl hunting license from $85 to $94, nonresident furbearer and nongame hunting license from $25 to $28, resident combination license from $32 to $38, nonresident swan license from $25 to $28, and a resident application fee for moose, elk and sheep from $3 to $5, the habitat restoration stamp required for the general game license would increase from $10 to $17, and $8 (instead of $5) of each habitat stamp sold would be placed in the Game and Fish Department’s private land habitat and access improvement fund. In addition, a resident fishing license would increase from $10 to $16, resident fishing license for ages 65 and older from $3 to $5, nonresident fishing license from $35 to $45, resident husband and wife fishing license from $14 to $22, motorboat under 16 feet in length from $12 to $18, motorboat 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length from $24 to $36, motorboat over 20 feet in length from $33 to $45, resident paddlefish tag from $3 to $10, nonresident paddlefish tag from $7.50 to $25, nonresident husband and wife fishing license from $45 to $60, nonresident three-day fishing license from $15 to $20, and a nonresident 10-day fishing license from $25 to $30. Passed house 75-17. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1131 - Introduced by Rep’s Hofstad, Schmidt, Vigesaa; Sen’s Carlisle, Lyson, Schaible. Would allow an individual who turns age 14 in the same year as the respective big game hunting season to apply for a license, an individual who turns age 12 in the same year as the youth deer season to receive an antleress white-tailed deer license for the youth deer season, and an individual who turns age 12 in the same year as the antelope season to apply for a license. In addition, the number of acres required to qualify for a big game gratis license would be lowered from 160 to 150. Passed house 85-6, emergency clause carried. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1141 - Introduced by Representative Nathe and Senator Miller. Would allow an individual at least age 16 to windsurf or boardsail without wearing a life jacket; would prohibit an individual from towing another individual on water skis, surfboard or other similar device between one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise; and would allow a vessel equipped with a mirror with a wide field of vision to the rear to replace an observer while towing an individual on water skis, surfboard or similar device. Passed house 78-9. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1161 - Introduced by Rep’s Porter, Froseth, Hunskor; Sen’s Armstrong, Lyson, Schneider. Clarifies who is eligible to receive a license as a resident, effective April 1, 2014. Passed house 91-0. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1169 - Introduced by Rep’s Keiser, Klemin; Senator Kilzer. Would allow the court to suspend hunting, fishing and trapping privileges as a sentencing alternative. Passed house 72-22. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1195 - Introduced by Rep’s Porter, Hawken, Louser, Rohr, Streyle, Weisz; Sen’s Klein, Lyson. Would allow an individual to show proof of a hunting or fishing license in paper or electronic format. Passed house 87-0. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1247 - Introduced by Rep’s Schmidt, Belter, Damschen, Headland, D. Johnson; Sen’s Dotzenrod, Wanzek. The agriculture commissioner would implement a program under which wetland credits may be established by an agricultural landowner who restores a wetland and made available for purchase by an agricultural landowner needing to replace wetlands. Passed house 87-1.

HB 1264 - Introduced by Rep’s Brandenburg, Krempenich; Sen’s Erbele, Wanzek. Would require the Game and Fish Department to implement an online application process for Canada goose kill permits to match volunteers with producers. In addition, a nonresident could hunt during the entire early Canada goose season at a license fee of $50 and would not count against the 14-day regular season license; residents would have to pay $5 to hunt during the early season. Passed house 92-0. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1278 - Introduced by Rep’s Porter, Carlson; Sen’s Lyson, Wardner. Creates a North Dakota outdoor heritage fund which would provide access to private and public lands and develop fish and wildlife habitat. Passed house 48-44.

HB 1282 - Introduced by Rep’s Heilman, Anderson, Beadle, Dosch, Hatlestad, Porter, Vigesaa, Weisz; Senator Schaible. Would allow an individual in lawful possession of a device that will silence or deaden the sound when the firearm is discharged to hunt game for which the individual is licensed. Passed house 90-2. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1312 - Introduced by Rep’s Wieland, Boehning, Kreidt, Nathe, Porter; Sen’s Carlisle, G. Lee. Would require the Game and Fish Department to establish a boat landing on the former Missouri River correctional center property, after the center is relocated to the state penitentiary site and the land is transferred to the Parks and Recreation Department. House Appropriations Committee heard 1/24, no action taken.

HB 1322 - Introduced by Rep’s Hofstad, Damschen, D. Johnson; Sen’s Miller, Oehlke. Would require pending land acquired by Game and Fish to be appraised prior to purchase. Before appraisal, the director must give notice to every landowner within one mile of the boundary, and to the board of county commissioners and publish a notice in the official county newspaper. Passed house 94-0. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1336 - Introduced by Rep’s Wall, Anderson, J. Nelson, Williams; Sen’s Luick, Dotzenrod. Would allow by governor’s proclamation to issue paddlefish tags by lottery. Passed house 88-6. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1338 - Introduced by Rep’s Brandenburg, Froseth, Heller, Kasper, Kreidt, Kretschmar, Rohr, Schmidt, Onstad; Sen’s Schaible, Unruh, Warner. Would require the governor to negotiate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the return of excess lands outside the boundaries of the Ford Berthold Indian Reservation around Lake Sakakawea above 1,854 feet msl and excess lands outside the boundaries of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation around Lake Oahe above 1,620 feet msl to the state of North Dakota. Status of negotiations must be submitted before December 31, 2014. Passed house 75-18.

HB 1354 - Introduced by Rep’s Oversen, Amerman, Klemin, Trottier, Vigesaa; Sen’s Armstrong, Marcellais, Wardner. Would issue four any deer and six any whitetail licenses annually to the injured military wildlife project of North Dakota (currently known as wounded warrior project). Passed house 92-0. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HB 1434 - Introduced by Rep’s Schatz, Fehr, Heller, N. Johnson, Monson, Steiner, Thoreson; Sen’s Laffen, Poolman, Schneider. Allows a resident disabled veteran with a 50 percent service related disability to qualify for a $5 fishing license. Passed house 92-0. Bill in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SB 2211 - Introduced by Sen’s Flakoll, J. Lee, O’Connell; Rep’s Anderson, Delmore, D. Johnson. Relates to the duties of the State Board of Animal Health and the treatment of animals. Passed senate 45-0. Bill in House Agriculture Committee.

SB 2221 - Introduced by Sen’s Erbele, Oehlke, Robinson; Rep’s Brandenburg, Onstad. Would appropriate out of any moneys in the special road fund in the state treasury, not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $20,000,000, or so much of the sum as may be necessary, to the Department of Transportation for the purpose of providing grants to counties and townships for roadway improvements to scenic byway roads, scenic backways roads, and roads that provide access to recreational areas, for the biennium beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2015. Senate Transportation Committee amended to allow the special road committee to distribute a maximum of $2,500,000 of grants for projects located within the boundaries of each Department of Transportation district in the state. Rereferred to Senate Appropriations, recommended do-pass 8-5.

SB 2231 - Introduced by Sen’s Laffen, Burckhard, Murphy; Rep’s Kreun, Porter, Ruby. Would increase the price of a resident small game license from $6 to $15, nonresident small game hunting license from $85 to $100, resident big game hunting license from $20 to $30, youth big game hunting license from $10 to $11, nonresident big game hunting license from $200 to $250, nonresident bow hunting license from $200 to $220, resident furbearer license from $7 to $15, resident fishing license from $10 to $16, resident age 65 and older or permanently disabled fishing license from $3 to $5, nonresident fishing license from $35 to $45, resident husband and wife fishing license from $14 to $22, resident wild turkey license from $8 to $12, motorboat under 16 feet in length and all canoes from $12 to $18, motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length from $24 to $36, motorboats at least 20 feet in lenth from $33 to $45, resident paddlefish tag from $3 to $10, nonresident paddlefish tag from $7.50 to $25, nonresident waterfowl hunting license from $85 to $100, nonresident husband and wife fishing license from $45 to $60, nonresident three-day fishing license from $15 to $20, nonresident furbearer and nongame license from $25 to $30, combination license from $32 to $40, resident swan license from $5 to $15, nonresident swan license from $25 to $30, crane license from $5 to $10, nonresident 10-day fishing license from $25 to $30, habitat restoration stamp required for the general game license from $10 to $17 and $8 (instead of $5) of each habitat stamp sold would be placed in the Game and Fish Department’s private land habitat and access improvement fund, and a resident application fee for moose, elk and sheep from $3 to $5. In addition, would eliminate the nonresident seven-day fishing license for $20. Passed senate 40-6. Bill in House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

SB 2242 - Introduced by Sen’s Oehlke, Hogue, Lyson; Rep’s Hofstad, D. Johnson, Hunskor. Would allow a resident disabled veteran with a 100 percent service related disability to purchase a fishing license for $3, and a combined general game, habitat, small game and furbearer license for $3. Passed senate 47-0. Bill in House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

SB 2279 - Introduced by Sen’s Holmberg, Campbell, Cook; Rep’s Owens, Sanford, Trottier. Would require legislative management to consider studying the benefits and implications on tax policy of the forestry stewardship tax and report its findings to the 64th legislative assembly. Passed senate 46-1.

HCR 3010 - Introduced by Rep’s Steiner, Delzer, Froseth, Hatlestad, Heller, Kreidt, Laning, Rohr, Schmidt, Onstad; Sen’s Lyson, Unruh. A concurrent resolution urging Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that access to Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe for agriculture, commerce, energy and water development, and recreation is not inhibited by unreasonable regulations and to address proper funding for all project purposes and weed control on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe. House adopted. Resolution in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

HCR 3017 - Introduced by Rep’s Brandenburg, Belter, Headland, Kempenich, Schmidt, Boe; Sen’s Schaible, Wanzek, Dotzenrod, O’Connell. A concurrent resolution urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to fairly administer water management laws and regulations in a manner that allows landowners and tenants certainty and cooperation in the management of these laws and regulations. House adopted. Resolution in Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SCR 4027 - Introduced by Sen’s Axness, Sinner, Triplett; Rep’s Guggisberg, S. Kelsh, Oversen. A concurrent resolution that would create an outdoor heritage fund from 4 percent of the total revenues from oil and gas production and extraction taxes and allows the fund to be administered by the outdoor heritage commission for clean water, lands and outdoor heritage. Referred to Senate Natural Resources Committee.

SCR 4029 - Introduced by Sen’s Dotzenrod, Armstrong, Poolman; Representative N. Johnson. A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Management to study the economic activity surrounding the three units of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the North Dakota Badlands, including the Little Missouri River, to determine the best practices for sustaining and enhancing this unique and special part of North Dakota and the related tourism, recreation, oil and gas development, livestock and grassland-based agriculture, hunting, historical attractions, and quality of life. Referred to Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Failed/Withdrawn

HB 1151 - Introduced by Rep’s Frantsvog, Kreun, Maragos; Sen’s Burckhard, Krebsbach. Would allow a member of the United States armed forces stationed in North Dakota and an individual in the member’s family, if residing in the same household, to enter the lottery for deer and turkey licenses as a resident, even if the member or the individual in the member’s family is a nonresident. Failed house 27-59.

HB 1313 - Introduced by Rep’s J. Kelsh, Amerman, D. Johnson; Sen’s Luick, Dotzenrod. Establishes a nonresident early Canada goose license for $50. Would allow nonresidents to hunt during the early Canada goose season in Richland, Sargent and Dickey counties without counting against the 14-day waterfowl license. Currently, the 14-day restriction does not apply in only Richland, Sargent, Benson, Ramsey and Towner counties. Failed house 5-87.

HB 1370 - Introduced by Rep’s Kempenich, Beadle, Damschen, Hofstad, Porter; Sen’s Armstrong, Carlisle. Would allow the director to raise hunting and fishing license fees by up to 20 percent per biennium. Failed house 26-67.

HB 1416 - Introduced by Representative Zaiser. Would prohibit a person from possessing a large capacity ammunition feeding device of more than 10 rounds. Withdrawn from consideration.

SB 2248 - Introduced by Sen’s Klein, Erbele, Hogue; Rep’s Hofstad, Vigesaa, M. Nelson. Would allow a nonresident waterfowl hunter to purchase an additional seven-day waterfowl license for $125. Failed senate 23-23.

SB 2365 - Introduced by Senator O’Connell; Rep’s Hofstad, Hunskor, Wall. Would prohibit an individual from discharging a firearm on, over or within the right of way of a paved, gravel or loose surface highway, county road or township road at a big game animal. Failed senate 1-46.

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