Legislative Affairs Report

June 2020 Legislative Report

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SUPPORT

AB 2106: Aguiar-Curry: Wildlife habitat: Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program: upland game bird hunting validation: state duck hunting validation.

Position: Support

This bill would raise by $5 the upland game bird hunting validation and the state duck hunting validation fees, as specified, with that $5 to be deposited, and available upon appropriation to the department for the Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program, in the Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Subaccount, which the bill would create in the California Waterfowl Habitat Preservation Account.

Status: Introduced 02/06/20

03/05/20: Legislative Committee support approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

03/24/20: Set for Asm. Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife (POSTPONED)

05/14/20: Set for Asm. Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife

 

AB 2299: Gallagher: Free hunting days

(2018 session, AB 2670 (Kiley) do-over)

Position: Support

This bill would require, rather than authorize, the director to establish 2 free hunting days per year, one in the fall and one in the spring, no later than July 1, 2021. The bill would delete the prohibition requiring a delay in implementation of the above-described provisions.

Status: Introduced 02/14/20

03/05/20: Legislative Committee support approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

03/12/20: Support letter submitted to author & Asm. Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife

03/24/20: Set for Asm. Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife (POSTPONED)

 

AB 2523: Gray: Fish and Game Commission: youth hunting program: special hunting permits.

Position: Support

This bill would authorize the commission to establish a program to increase opportunities to hunt big game, upland game birds, and migratory game birds for youth with terminal illnesses and youth who lost a parent in service to the state or country. As part of the program, the bill would, among other things, authorize the commission to establish a special hunting permit, in lieu of appropriate tags or validations, that authorizes a youth hunter to take big game, upland game birds, or migratory birds and to authorize a youth hunter to engage in hunting activities that are otherwise prohibited and that are necessary to enable the youth hunter to hunt those animals. The bill would require special hunting permits to be issued free of charge by the department and would require an applicant for a special hunting permit to hold a valid hunting license.

Status: 02/19/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee support approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

03/10/20: support letter submitted to author

04/14/20: Set for Asm. Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife (POSTPONED)

05/14/20: Set for Asm. Water Parks & Wildlife

 

AB 3022: Obernolte: Junior hunting licenses: eligibility: age requirement.

Position: Support

This bill would extend the eligibility for a junior hunting license to a person who is under 18 years of age on July 1 of the licensing year until July 1, 2021.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Status: 02/21/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee support approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

05/14/20: Set for Asm. Water Parks & Wildlife

 

AB 2665: Mullin: Workers’ compensation: skin cancer.

Position: Support

Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of employment. Existing law provides, among other things, that skin cancer developing in active lifeguards, as defined, is presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment, unless the presumption is rebutted.

This bill would expand the scope of those provisions to certain peace officers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Status: 02/20/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee support approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

03/19/20: Support letter submitted to author

Pending hearing Committee on Insurance

OPPOSE

AB 2532: Irwin: Firearms: gun violence restraining orders.

POSITION: Oppose

This bill would allow psychotherapists in addition to law enforcement, immediate family, employers, and coworkers, to notify the district attorney of such a threat and would require the district attorney, when receiving a report of such a threat, to notify the department.

Status: 02/19/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

06/03/20: Passed out of committee

 

AB 2362: Muratsuchi: Firearms dealers: conduct of business.

2019 session AB 1064 ‘do over’

POSITION: Oppose

This bill, commencing July 1, 2022, would authorize the Department of Justice to impose a civil fine not exceeding $1,000 for a violation of those prohibitions, and a civil fine not exceeding $3,000 for a violation of those prohibitions when the licensee has received written notification from the department regarding the violation and fails to take corrective action, as specified, or the department determines the licensee committed the violation knowingly or with gross negligence. The bill would authorize the department to adopt regulations to carry out these provisions.

(Do-over of previous versions of FFL Penalties bill)

Status: 02/18/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

06/03/20: Passed out of committee

 

AB 2618: Gabriel: Firearms: possession by misdemeanant.

POSITION: Oppose

Existing law generally prohibits a person who has been convicted of certain misdemeanors from owning, purchasing, receiving, or possessing a firearm within 10 years of the conviction. Under existing law, a violation of this prohibition is a crime punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison, by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both that imprisonment and fine. Existing law generally makes it a misdemeanor to carry a concealed firearm, as specified.

This bill would prohibit a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor for carrying a concealed firearm from possessing a firearm within 10 years of the conviction.

Status: 02/20/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

Pending hearing Asm. public Safety

 

AB 2645: Nazarian: Abused animals: advocates.

POSITION: Oppose

Existing law proscribes various forms of animal abuse and neglect and imposes criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment, for a violation of those laws. Existing law defines an animal for purposes of those laws.

This bill would authorize a court, upon its own motion or upon request of a party or counsel for a party, to appoint an advocate to represent the interests of an animal that is the subject of criminal proceedings relating to animal abuse or neglect, as specified. The bill would delineate the duties and authority of the advocate and prescribe the procedures for appointing an advocate.

Status: 02/20/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

Active Pending Referral

 

AB 2791: Gabriel: Firearms: possession by misdemeanant.

POSITION: Oppose

Existing law generally prohibits a person who has been convicted of certain misdemeanors from owning, purchasing, receiving, or possessing a firearm within 10 years of the conviction. Under existing law, a violation of this prohibition is a crime punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison, by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both that imprisonment and fine. Existing law generally makes it a crime, punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony, to possess an assault weapon, as defined.

This bill would prohibit a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor for possessing an assault weapon from possessing a firearm within 10 years of the conviction.

Status: 02/20/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

Pending hearing Asm. public Safety

 

AB 2847, as amended, Chiu. Forensic evidence collection. Firearms: unsafe handguns.

POSITION: Oppose

This bill, effective July 1, 2022, would revise the criteria for unsafe handguns by requiring the microstamp to be imprinted in one place on the interior of the handgun, and would require the department, for every new firearm added to the roster, to remove, as specified, 3 firearms from the roster that are not compliant with current requirements. By expanding the number of firearms the sale or manufacture of which would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Status: 05/04/20: Amended from a ‘Forensic Evidence bill to ‘Unsafe Handgun’ bill!

06/03/20: Passed out of committee.

 

AB 3071: Mullin: Lead ammunition: shooting ranges.

POSITION: Oppose

Existing law requires the sale of ammunition to be conducted by or processed through a licensed ammunition vendor. Existing law also requires the use of nonlead ammunition when taking big game mammals, nongame birds, or nongame mammals within the California condor range. Existing law requires the Fish and Game Commission to maintain, by regulation, a public process to certify ammunition as nonlead ammunition and to establish and annually update a list of certified nonlead ammunition.

This bill would prohibit a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range, as defined, from selling or giving away ammunition unless that ammunition is certified as nonlead ammunition by the commission. The bill would also prohibit patrons or employees of a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range from firing ammunition unless it is nonlead certified and would require a sport shooting range and an indoor shooting range to post a specified sign to that effect.

Status: 02/21/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved//03/12/20 Position approved by board

Active Pending Asm. Water Parks & Wildlife

 

AB 3058: Chu: Firearms: vehicle storage.

POSITION: Oppose

(Last session AB 688 ‘do-over’)

Existing law requires a person, when leaving a handgun in an unattended vehicle, to lock the handgun in the vehicle’s trunk, lock the handgun in a locked container and place the container out of plain view, lock the handgun in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the vehicle’s interior and not in plain view, or to lock the handgun in a locked toolbox or utility box.

This bill would make these requirements applicable to all firearms and would additionally require the firearm to be secured to the vehicle using a cable or chain and lock or in a locked container that is secured using a cable or chain and lock or that is permanently affixed to the vehicle, as specified. The bill would make these requirements inapplicable to a peace officer who is on duty or on call.

Status: 02/21/20: Bill introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

O3/10/20: Opposition letter submitted to Author and Assembly Committee on Public Safety

Active / Pending hearing Asm public Safety

 

Senate Bills

SB 281: Wiener: Cow Palace Joint Powers Authority.

Position: Oppose

This bill would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition on any property owned, occupied, operated, or controlled by the 1-A District Agricultural Association, or by another state agency, for district or association purposes, and, on and after January 1, 2020, on the real property known as the Cow Palace, as specified.

Status:

O2/27/19: Opposition position approved by Board

03/04/19: Opposition Letter Submitted to Author

03/04/19: Opposition letter Submitted to Senate Public Safety

03/13/19: Opposition Letter Submitted to Senate Gov & Finance

03/27/19: Pass Senate Gov & Finance vote 4 to 2 referred to Sen Committee on G.O

04/09/19: set Sen. Governmental Organization

04/23/19: Passed Sen Public Safety

05/06/19: Senate Appropriations / hearing canceled at request of author / Bill Dead for 2019

01/21/20: Pass Senate Appropriations 5 to 2

01/27/20: Pass Senate floor 27 to 11 / ordered to Assembly

01/30/20: CRPA opposition letter filed Asm. Public Safety

Active bill pending Assembly referral

 

SB 1041: Hueso: Hunting: deer: use of dogs.

POSITION: Oppose recommended to Board

This bill would make it unlawful to use any dog for the purpose of hunting deer at any time.

Additionally, SB 1041 as introduced will authorize the department to capture or dispatch a dog being used to hunt deer! Yes, dispatch = kill your dog on the spot and Department employee shall face no criminal or civil liability as a result of enforcement of this section.

Status: 02/18/20: Introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

03/12/20: Opposition letter submitted to Senate Committee on Water & Natural Resources

03/24/20: Set for Sen Natural Resources & Water (POSTPONED)

Active / Pending hearing Senate NR&W

 

SB 1175: Stern: Iconic African Species Protection Act.

(2018 session SB 1487 ‘do over’)

POSITION: Oppose

This bill would enact the Iconic African Species Protection Act and would prohibit the possession of specified African species and any part, product, or the dead body or parts thereof, including, but not limited to, the African elephant or the black rhinoceros, by any individual, firm, corporation, association, or partnership within the State of California, except as specified for, among other things, use for educational or scientific purposes by a bona fide educational or scientific institution, as defined.

The bill would provide that any person who violates the provisions of the act is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $5,000 or more than $40,000 for each violation. The bill would require that the civil penalties imposed pursuant to the act be deposited in the Fish and Game Preservation Fund. By creating new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

“Iconic African species” means any species or subspecies of the following members of the animal kingdom: African elephant (Loxodonta Africana and Loxodonta cyclotis), African lion (Panthera leo), leopard (Panthera pardus), black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Jentink’s duiker (Cephalophus jentinki), plains zebra (Equus quagga), mountain zebra (Equus zebra), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), and striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), this includes any part, product, or the dead body or parts thereof, excluding fossils, whether or not included in a manufactured product or in a food product of any species protected by this part.

Status: 02/20/20: Introduced

03/05/20: Legislative Committee oppose approved/03/12/20 Position approved by board

03/10/20: Opposition letter submitted to Senate Committee on Water & Natural Resources

Active / Pending hearing Senate NR&W

SB 914: Portantino: Firearms: hunting exemptions.

POSITION: Oppose

This bill would require Department of Justice (DOJ) to define a valid and unexpired hunting license. Additionally, his bill would require the DOJ, for sales of firearms to persons under 21 years of age who are eligible to purchase a firearm based upon their possession of a hunting license, to confirm the validity of the hunting license as part of the background check.

Status:
02/03/20: Bill introduced / to committee on RLS for assignment
03/12/20: Position approved by board
05/12/20: due to significant Amendments Oppose position recommended and approved
Senate Public Safety Hearing- May 20th at 9am. Click here to view hearing.

 

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