Showing posts with label Legislation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Legislation. Show all posts

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Illinois Governor Signs Four Hunting/Fishing Related Bills

Yesterday, the Governor signed four hunting/fishing related bills:


  • HB 2685-Green Hides 
    • Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that except as provided in the Code, it is unlawful to have in his or her possession the green hides of fur bearing mammals without a valid hunting or trapping license.  Learn More
  • HB 3093-Electronic Licenses
    • Amends the Wildlife Code. Defines "hunting license" as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of animal during a specified period of time. Effective immediately. Learn More
  • HB 3272- Commercial Fishing 
    • A Department of Natural Resources initiative  providing that all trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish may not be taken by commercial fishing devices, including gill or pound net. Learn More
  • HB 3273- Lake Michigan Fishing
    • Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may issue a maximum of 5 commercial fishing licenses for taking from the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan yellow perch, bloater chub, and other commercial fish species designated by Department rule. Learn More
There are still two bills that we are waiting for Governor Action on:



He has until the end of September (60 days from when he was sent them) to either Veto
or Sign them or they become law. 

Be Informed!  Follow us on social media and check back often for updates! 



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Legislative Wrap Up for First Section of 100th General Assembly

Legislative Wrap-up for First Year of 100th General Assembly


The legislative deadline for the first year of the 100th G.A. (May 31st) has come and gone.  This year, the general assembly was focused on major reforms to try and combat the budget deficit and ultimately pass a budget.



The political back and forth and blame game continued throughout the session and no real reform happened and unfortunately this state is still without a budget.

Speaker Madigan has called for continuous session throughout the summer in an attempt to pass a budget before the June 30th deadline. 


In between all the budget discussions, there were in fact some hunting and fishing bills that made it through both chambers and now sit on the Governor's desk.    

If you would like more information on each bill, click on the link.

Bills that passed both chambers:


There are still some major hot button issues that sit in either chamber to be potentially voted on. Such as the Bobcat Prohibition Bill, Lead Ammunition Ban and the Crossbow Hunting bill

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Commercial Fishing, Electronic License, & Volunteer Trail Awaiting Governor

Commercial Fishing, Electronic License, & Volunteer Trail Awaiting Governor



There's been movement on the Illinois Senate floor.  All these bills have passed both the house and senate and now wait Governor Rauner's signature. 

With the legislative deadline approaching what else will come up for a vote?  Stay informed by following us. 

  • Wildlife-Hunting License-100th GA - HB 3093

  • COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATION-100th GA - HB 3272

  • FISH-LAKE MICHIGAN COMMERC LIC-100th GA - HB 3273

  • DNR-VOLUNTEERS-TRAIL PROGRAM-100th GA - HB 3455

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Friday, April 28, 2017

DNR- Ashes in State Parks-100th GA - SB 1586

DNR- Ashes in State Parks-100th GA - SB 1586



Senator Bill Cunningham
Filed: SB 1586 on 2-9-17

Amends the State Parks Act. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may establish rules for the public to safely and appropriately scatter cremated remains in a State park. Defines "cremated remains."

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Crematory Regulation Act. Provides that "scattering area" also includes property used for outdoor recreation or natural resource conservation owned by the Department of Natural Resources and designated as a scattering area.

  • Date Chamber Action
    • 2/9/2017 Senate Filed with Secretary by Sen. Bill Cunningham
    • 2/9/2017 Senate First Reading
    • 2/9/2017 Senate Referred to Assignments
    • 2/28/2017 Senate Assigned to Public Health
    • 3/8/2017 Senate Postponed - Public Health
    • 3/15/2017 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Bill Cunningham
    • 3/15/2017 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
    • 3/17/2017 Senate Rule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As April 7, 2017
    • 3/22/2017 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Public Health
    • 3/28/2017 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted
    • 3/29/2017 Senate Do Pass as Amended Public Health; 008-000-000
    • 3/29/2017 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 30, 2017
    • 4/6/2017 Senate Second Reading
    • 4/6/2017 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 25, 2017
    • 4/27/2017 Senate Third Reading - Passed; 056-000-000
    • 4/27/2017 House Arrived in House
    • 4/27/2017 House Chief House Sponsor Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
    • 4/27/2017 House First Reading

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Fish & Aquatic Life Code-100th GA - HB 2028

Fish & Aquatic Life Code-100th GA - HB 2028

Rep. Tony McCombie

Filed: HB 2028 on 2-2-17

Floor Amendment #1:

Amends the Fish & Aquatic Life Code by changing the date when Aquatic Life Dealer Licenses expire to correspond with the expiration date of hunting and fishing licenses.

Latest Action: 
  • 5/30/2017 House Passed Both Houses

Friday, March 31, 2017

Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Introduces a Bipartisan Sportsmen's Package of Legislation (S. 733)

Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Introduces a Bipartisan Sportsmen's Package of Legislation (S. 733)



During this Congress a new sportsmen package was introduced to enhance opportunities for recreation throughout the United States. Below is a press release from the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus explaining this package of legislation.

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March 29, 2017 (Washington, DC) - This week, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Members Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Senator Martin Heinrich (NM), along with CSC leaders, Senators Jim Risch (ID), Joe Manchin (WV), Deb Fischer (NE), and Heidi Heitkamp (ND), introduced a bipartisan sportsmen's package of legislation (S. 733) in the Senate.

Provisions within this bill would increase access to public lands for outdoor recreation, and enhance opportunities for pursuing hunting, angling, and recreational shooting traditions. Key provisions within S. 733 include:

  • Reauthorizing federal land open to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting;
  • Reauthorizing the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act;
  • Exempts commercial filming permits for film crews of three or fewer, or for news gathering purposes;
  • Authorizing the Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act
  • Amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to allocate funds for construction and expansion of public target ranges on federal land;
  • Permanently establishes the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting.
  • Allows the transport of bows or crossbows across National Park Service (NPS) land;
  • Allows use of qualified hunter volunteers to manage wildlife on NPS land.

Sen. Murkowski: 
"For too long, sportsmen's access to our federal lands has been restricted without reason or transparency. Our bipartisan Sportsmen's Act will ensure that our federal lands are open unless closed, provide new opportunities for more Americans to enjoy those lands, and require federal agencies to expand and enhance access in accordance with their missions. The bill we introduced is an important first step as we seek to have these priorities signed into law."
Sen. Heinrich: 
"The number one issue for sportsmen across the country is access. This widely supported, bipartisan bill will open more areas to hunting and fishing and grow America's thriving outdoor recreation economy. Hunting and fishing are a way of life for millions of Americans - especially in New Mexico where outdoor recreation as a whole is directly responsible for 68,000 jobs. Sportsmen have a deep connection to the outdoors and benefit from the recreation, wildlife, and water that our public lands provide and I remain deeply committed to conserving these treasured places for our children and all future generations to enjoy."
Sen. Risch:
 "With more than half-a-million sportsmen and women in Idaho alone, this legislation will ensure they can continue to access their favorite hunting or fishing spot. This year, I am confident we can get the Sportsmen's Act to the White House."
Sen. Manchin: 
"As an avid sportsman, I know firsthand that our hunting and fishing heritage is so important to who we are as West Virginians and as Americans. This bipartisan bill will boost West Virginia's economy while expanding hunting and fishing rights and allowing people a greater ability to enjoy the outdoors. I truly believe that people in the Mountain State and across this nation should be able to enjoy hunting and recreational shooting and have the ability to go out and enjoy the outdoors. We should protect these traditions that help define who we are and I'm proud to join my colleagues to introduce this important piece of legislation."

S. 733 is expected to be marked up in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, March 30.

Action from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee:
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Parks and Recreational Facility Construction Act-100th GA - HB 2828


Parks and Recreational Facility Construction Act-100th GA - HB 2828

Representative Charles Meier

Filed: HB 2828 on 2-9-17


Amends the Parks and Recreational Facility Construction Act of 2009. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning priorities for projects.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Parks and Recreational Facility Construction Act of 2009. Requires the Department of Natural Resources to prioritize projects under the Act that create parks universally designed to meet everyone's needs, ages, and mobility and where all equipment, and the park itself, is handicap-accessible over projects that would create parks where only some equipment, or only the park itself, is handicap-accessible. Effective immediately.


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Movement in House Committee Expected this Week

Movement in House Committee Expected this Week


There will be movement this week in the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee.  Chairman Costello will most likely be calling several bills and some of those will be hunting or fishing related.  Some may be a clarification of law while others may add new devices for deer hunting.  The only question that remains is which bill will be called upon.  Below you'll see a list of bills that may be called in committee on Tuesday.



Bourne, Avery WILDLIFE-CROSSBOW DRAW WEIGHT

Bourne, Avery WILDLIFE-IN-LAW FARM HUNT 

Wheeler, Barbara DNR-CONVEY REAL ESTATE 

 Costello II, Jerry CROSSBOW HUNTING-ARCHERY SEAS

Bryant, Terri WILDLIFE-DUCK BLIND OR PIT 

Phelps, Brandon W. DEER HUNTING-AIR GUNS 

 Costello II, Jerry WILDLIFE-TRAPPING-GREEN HIDES 

Butler, Tim DNR-CONSULTATION FEES 

Bourne, Avery WILDLIFE-HUNTING LICENSE 

Swanson, Daniel WILDLIFE-DISABLED PERSON-HUNT 

Jesiel, Sheri COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATION 

Jesiel, Sheri FISH-LAKE MICHIGAN COMMERC LIC 

 Beiser, Daniel V. 5 YR HUNTING & FISHING LICENSE 

 Sosnowski, Joe CROSSBOW HUNTING-COYOTES 

 Spain, Ryan DNR-VOLUNTEERS-TRAIL PROGRAM 

 Halbrook, Brad WILDLIFE-DEER BAIT 

 Stuart, Katie FISH & HUNT LICENSE-POLICE


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WILDLIFE-DEER BAIT-100th GA - HB 3583

WILDLIFE-DEER BAIT-100th GA - HB 3583

Representative Brad Halbrook


Filed: HB 3583 on 2-10-17

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person may place or scatter deer bait otherwise prohibited when not in active deer hunting season. Provides that person who unlawfully baits deer is guilty of a petty offense subject to a mandatory fine of not less than $500 and shall lose hunting privileges in this State for a period of not less than a year.


Previous Actions:

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DNR-VOLUNTEERS-TRAIL PROGRAM-100th GA - HB 3455

DNR-VOLUNTEERS-TRAIL PROGRAM-100th GA - HB 3455

Representative Ryan Spain

Filed: HB 3455 on 2-10-17

Amends the Department of Natural Resources Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides in the Department of Natural Resource's Adopt-A-Park program that volunteers may assist with vegetation management, providing building and facility repair, or other appropriate services. Creates the Adopt-A-Trail Program. Provides that the Department shall establish and maintain Adopt-A-Trail programs with individual or group volunteers, if requested by an individual or group volunteers, in an effort to reduce and remove litter from trails and to provide other services. Provides that the Department shall retain the ability to approve or deny an individual or group volunteer's request; however, the Department must state the reason for the request denial. Provides that by engaging in volunteer activities under the Act, volunteers fully acknowledge and understand that there shall be neither a (1) promise or expectation of compensation of any type, including benefits, nor (2) creation of an employer-employee relationship. Makes other changes.

Latest Actions: House Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 113-000-000
  • Date - Chamber - Action
    •  2/10/2017HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Ryan Spain
        2/10/2017HouseFirst Reading
        2/10/2017HouseReferred to Rules Committee
        2/22/2017HouseAssigned to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
        3/9/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Ryan Spain
        3/9/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
        3/14/2017HouseDo Pass / Short Debate Agriculture & Conservation Committee; 012-000-000
        3/14/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 40
        3/15/2017HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
        3/15/2017HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Sonya M. Harper
        3/15/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Litesa E. Wallace
        3/21/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Ryan Spain
        3/21/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
        3/22/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
        4/4/2017HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
        4/4/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
        4/4/2017HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
        4/5/2017HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 113-000-000
        4/5/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y. Lilly
        4/5/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Mark Batinick
        4/5/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Allen Skillicorn
        4/5/2017HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Allen Skillicorn
        4/5/2017HouseRemoved Co-Sponsor Rep. Allen Skillicorn
        4/6/2017SenateArrive in Senate
        4/6/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading
        4/6/2017SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Chuck Weaver
        4/6/2017SenateFirst Reading
        4/6/2017SenateReferred to Assignments
        4/25/2017SenateAssigned to State Government
        5/1/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Tim Bivins
        5/4/2017SenateDo Pass State Government; 007-000-000
        5/4/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 5, 2017
        5/4/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Steven M. Landek
        5/19/2017SenateSecond Reading
        5/19/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 22, 2017
        5/25/2017SenateThird Reading - Passed; 056-000-000
        5/25/2017HousePassed Both Houses

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FISH-LAKE MICHIGAN COMMERC LIC-100th GA - HB 3273

FISH-LAKE MICHIGAN COMMERC LIC-100th GA - HB 3273

Representative  Sheri Jesiel

Filed: HB 3273 on 2-9-17



Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may issue a maximum of 5 commercial fishing licenses for taking from the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan yellow perch, bloater chub, and other commercial fish species designated by Department rule. Provides that, at times determined by the Director, the Department shall advertise a public drawing to accept new qualified commercial fishing candidates and establish a ranking order for these new candidates to fill open Lake Michigan commercial fishing licenses. Provides that the ranking order shall continue to be used until the list of eligible candidates is exhausted. Removes provisions concerning the issuing of commercial licenses.

Latest Action:
  • 5/25/2017 House Passed Both Houses

COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATION-100th GA - HB 3272

COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATION-100th GA - HB 3272

Representative  Sheri Jesiel

Filed: HB 3272 on 2-9-17


Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that all trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish may not be taken by commercial fishing devices, including gill or pound nets. Provides that any incidental catch of trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish taken in legal sized gill or pound nets must be returned immediately to the water. Provides that the methods of taking are subject to modification by administrative rule based upon lake-wide scientific assessment data or fishery management need. Repeals a Section concerning commercial fishing.


Latest Action:
  • 5/25/2017 House Passed Both Houses 

DNR-CONSULTATION FEES-100th GA - HB 3033

 DNR-CONSULTATION FEES-100th GA - HB 3033

Representative  Tim Butler

Filed: HB 3033 on 2-9-17



Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may assess specified consultation fees up to $500 (rather than assess a $500 fee). Deletes language providing that the Department shall not assess any fee for consultations requested by a State agency or federal agency.




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