Several western states have already begun their 2018 legislative sessions. This week, the state legislatures of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington all convened, with a number of other states to soon follow.
In the coming weeks and months, numerous pieces of legislation affecting hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping are likely to be introduced and debated throughout the halls of state government. State legislative sportsmen’s caucuses in these states will serve as critical sounding boards for legislative and regulatory measures affecting sportsmen and women in the West.
With the exception of Montana and Nevada, which are not in session in 2018, here are legislative session commencement dates for Western states’ legislative sessions:
- Alaska – January 16
- Hawaii – January 17
- New Mexico – January 16
- Oregon – February 5
- Utah – January 22
- Wyoming – February 12
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) will monitor these legislative bodies to keep you informed of important sportsmen’s policy issues making their way through the legislative process. If you have not yet done so, be sure to sign up for CSF’s recently updated and interactive legislative tracking service, Tracking The Capitols; if you are already subscribed to Tracking the Capitols, make sure to update your account information.
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- North American Wetlands Conservation Act (10.91%)
- Chronic Wasting Disease management and studies (24.85%)
- National Fish Habitat Conservation (9.70%)
- Wildlife Migration Corridors (42.42%)
- National Wildlife Refuges (8.48%)
- Exemption of lead fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act (3.64%)