Since the start of the new year, states across the Midwest have been convening their 2018 legislative sessions. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have all convened for 2018, with a number of other states to follow soon.
With the exceptions of North Dakota and Texas, which are not in session in 2018, below are the remaining legislative session commencement dates for the Midwest:
In the convened states, legislators have introduced legislation that affects hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping. In the coming weeks and months, state legislative caucuses in these states will serve as critical sounding boards for legislative and regulatory measures affecting sportsmen and women across the Midwest. A few examples of bills introduced thus far include:
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) monitors these legislative bodies to keep you informed of important sportsmen’s policy issues making their way through the legislative process.
You can 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.
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?