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OHA is opposed to the bill.

 

 

 

 

HB 2566 – Adult Hunter Mentor Program

What the bill does: This is an OHA bill.  The bill in its original form gave ODFW the authority to adopt a hunter mentoring program.  At the request of OHA an amendment has been drafted that will extend the youth mentor program through age 17. 

Bill Status:  The bill has been scheduled for a hearing on March 7th before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

This is an OHA bill.

 

Other Bill Updates

House Bill 2487 – Deer or Elk Tag Guarantee Bill

What the bill does: The bill would require the ODFW Commission to, as part of the current preference point system for controlled hunt permits, guarantee issuance of one deer or elk controlled hunt permit to any applicant who is 75 years of age or older and has a resident annual pioneer license. 

Bill Status: The bill has not been scheduled for a hearing.

 

HB 2107 – Cougar Hunting with Dogs Bill

What the bill does:  This is an OHA cougar bill that OHA asked the House Interim Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources to introduce this session.  HB 2107 would allow a county to exempt itself from the banning of the use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approved a county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to the people by the governing body of the county.

Bill Status: The is in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee awaiting to be scheduled for a hearing.

This is an OHA bill.

 

SB 458 Cougar/Dog Controlled Hunt Program

What this bill does: The bill requires the ODFW Commission to adopt a controlled hunt program for hunting cougars with dogs.

Bill Status: The bill is in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee awaiting to be scheduled for a hearing.

 

HB 2589

What the bill does:  The bill provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.

Bill Status:  The bill is in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee awaiting to be scheduled for a hearing.

 

SB 371

What the bill does:  The bill provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or through referred to people by governing body of county.

Bill Status:  The bill is in the Senate Natural Resources Committee awaiting to be scheduled for a hearing.

Elliott State Forest Update

Submitted by OHA staff: Jim Akenson, Ken McCall, Al Elkins

The Department of State Lands (DSL) Board has voted 2 to 1 to support the privatization of the Elliott Forest and sell it to a logging company, which bid ($221 is the offered price in the proposal) in conjunction with some Native American tribes and The Conservation Fund.  The lone no vote was Governor Brown, with Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read both voting in favor of accepting the bid.  DSL staff was then directed to move forward with negotiating the terms of the sale of the Elliott State Forest.

Brown will look at options to keep the Elliott State Forest as public state land.

State Treasurer Reed proposed amendments to the plan which included an option to buy back $25 million of the acreage for use as a possible state park or wildlife refuge.  He also added a requirement to log the land under restrictive standards.

At the meeting OHA submitted a statement that in part said:

“The Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the future of the Elliott State Forest in Southwest Oregon.   In particular, OHA is strongly in support of this property remaining in public ownership and available to hunters and a host of other recreationalists in Oregon.

Historically, hunting has been an important use of Elliott Forest and our organization would like to see that heritage maintained. We understand that the State Land Board is evaluating ownership options for this land which, to this date, has been managed by the Common School Trust.  OHA opposes the privatization of the Elliott State Forest for fear of lost access for hunters, as well as for conservation concerns given the unique ecological condition of this forest within the broader Oregon Coast Range. “

 

 

Legislative Update: Bills in Play

Please Note:  There has been no activity on any of the cougar bills. 

 

 HB 2566 OHA Youth Mentor Program

3/5/17 Update:  There is a hearing scheduled on this bill on Tuesday March 7th. 

2/28/17 Update: OHA has amended the bill to extend the current youth mentor program from age 14 through 17. 

 

SB 6 Modifies Trap Check Requirements

3/5/17 Update:  No movement on the bill.

2/28/17: No movement on the bill.

2/15/17 Update:  This bill was scheduled for a hearing but was abruptly pulled off the agenda. 

Background

A coalition made up of representatives from organizations representing trappers, hunters, agriculture, the forest industry and the cattle and sheep ranchers was formed to oppose SB 6.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Courtney (D-Salem), would require that traps be checked every twenty-four hours instead of the current forty-eight, provide for signage on certain traps, and require reporting requirement changes.

 

SB 372 Wildlife Salvage Permits

3/5/17 Update:  Amendments are being discussed still.  Not much movement still from what I can tell. 

2/28/17:  ODFW and the bill sponsors are still working on amendments to the bill.  The amendments being discussed are language that would say that meat if for human consumption only and that the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State Police are not required to certify the meat.

2/15/17 Update:  The bill has had one hearing. 

 

HB 2634 Disabilities Under Wildlife Laws

3/5/17 Update:  No movement on this bill.

2/28/17: This bill was up for a hearing on Thursday, February 16th and at that time I cautioned the committee that there would be great changes in outdoor recreation if this bill passed. 

 

Wildlife Services Budget Deficit

2/28/17 Update:  There was a budget hearing last week on the Oregon Department of Agriculture budget.  OHA testified in support of restoring the general fund into budget for the Wildlife Services program.  Others testifying in support were: Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Oregon Outdoor Council and various fishing groups.

Background

Wildlife Services Budget Meeting

Those in attendance: Representatives from organizations representing, farmers, ranchers, sheep growers, hunters, timber, and counties.  Also in attendance were representatives from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  There were County Commissioners in attendance also.

 

Meeting Summary: Dave Williams gave an overview of the funding cuts in the Governor’s Recommended Budget (GRB) along with a history of program funding and cuts.  The agency budget person then presented a take on the result of no funding for the program from both the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Agriculture.  Some $900,000 in all.



 

 

 

 

Legislative Bills Seeing Action

SB 6 Modifies Trap Check Requirements

What the bill does: SB 6 would modify trap check requirements by changing the current 48-hour trap check period to every 24 hours.  It would also require signage be posted within five feet of any trap set on public land that warns the public of the existence and location of the trap and the danger to human and animal safety posed by the trap.

Bill Status: This bill was scheduled for a hearing in early January but was abruptly pulled off the agenda.  The bill has not been rescheduled for a hearing as of this writing.
OHA is opposed to the bill.

 

SB 372 Wildlife Salvage Permits

What the bill does:  SB 372 requires the Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules for issuance of wildlife salvage permits to salvage deer or elk accidentally killed as result of vehicle collision. 

Bill Status:  A hearing was held on the bill in early January.  There are several raised about the bill and amendments may be drafted to ensure that the meat would be for human consumption only and that the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon State Police are not required to certify the meat.  The bill has not been rescheduled for a hearing as of this writing.

OHA is watching this bill with interest.

 

HB 2634 Disabilities Under Wildlife Laws

What the bill does: The bill redefines the disabilities definition under the wildlife laws and establishes a new disabilities permit.

Bill Status:  The bill had a hearing in February.  One of the issues raised at the hearing on the bill was how this bill would be implemented and what the impact on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would be.  The bill has not been scheduled for another hearing as of this writing. 

OHA has serious concerns about this bill as written.

 

HB 2365 Task Force on Transfer of Federal Land Ownership in Oregon

What the bill does:  This bill establishes a Task Force on the Transfer of Federal Land Ownership in Oregon.

Bill Status:  This bill had a hearing in mid-February. The bill generated a great deal of interest, but not a great deal of support.  The chair of committee that heard the bill, Rep. Brain Clem (D-Salem) has since said that the bill is dead.

OHA Legislative Report

OHA Lobbyist Al Elkins Email: alvinelkins@yahoo.com

2017 Legislative Session

Ed Note:  Looking for bills?  Try these links:

This one takes you to the main Bills page, where you can search by bill number:

 

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws

 

This page allows you to subscribe for bill updates and alerts:

 

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Pages/e-Subscribe.aspx

 

You'll see a "sign up" box towards bottom of page, which allows you to sign up and customize the bills you want to get updates on.

 

NOTE: For updates on the Elliott State Forest sale and other issues outside the Legislature, see recent issues of the OHA Tracker:

http://www.oregonhunters.org/pub.html#tracker

       

May 17, 2017

Bills Seeing Action

 

HB 2566 Youth Mentor

The expands the age of the youth mentor program to sixteen.  The bill passed has passed the floor of the House. The vote was fifty-six “yes” votes and there were not any “no” votes.  The bill passed the Senate with thirty “yes” votes and there were no “no” votes.  The bill was then sent to the Governor for her signature.  The Governor signed the bill on May 17th.  This is the OHA bill.

 

HB 2030 Spring Bear Tag Cap Removal

The purpose of this removal is to allow for more bear tags to be sold both to resident hunters and nonresident hunters. The bill has passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and now goes to the floor of the House for a vote.  The bill passed the floor of the House with thirty-nine “yes” votes and 16 “no” votes.  The bill went to the Senate for consideration.  The bill was assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  The bill passed out of that committee with a unanimous vote.  The bill then went to the floor of the Senate for a vote where it passed by a vote of twenty-eight “yes” votes and one “no” vote.

 

HB 2883 Outfitters and Guides

This bill increases penalties for outfitters and guides.  This bill authorizes the ODFW Commission to revoke all licenses, tags and permits issued to a person who is convicted of violations of wildlife laws involving taking or killing of wild life with culpable mental state if that person was an outfitter or guide registered with the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB). The bill prohibits the person from applying for another such license, tag or permit.  It increases the length of time OSMB may suspend an outfitter and guide registration from 24 to 60 months.  The bill has passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and now goes to the floor of the House for a vote.  The bill passed the floor of the House with a vote of fifty-seven “yes” votes and no “no” votes. The bill then went to the Senate where it was assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.  The bill is scheduled for a hearing in late May.

 

HB 3158 Poaching Bill

This bill directs ODFW to set up an awards program to report poaching.  The bill passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  The bill then went to the floor of the House for a vote where it passed with fifty -six yes votes and no “no” votes.  The bill went to the Senate where it was assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources where it passed out of the committee unanimously.  The bill then went to the Senate floor where it was passed by a vote of twenty-seven “yes” votes to three “no” votes.  The bill now goes to the Governor for her signature.

 

SB 372 Wildlife Salvage Permits

SB 372, introduced by Senator Hansell (R-Athena) and Rep. Barreto (R-Cove), requires the State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules for issuance of wildlife salvage permits to salvage deer or elk accidentally killed as result of vehicle collision.  The bill has passed the Senate and has gone to the House for further consideration.  The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The bill has had one hearing and is scheduled for another hearing in late May.

 

SB 373 Urban Deer Conflict

This bill requires ODFW to adopt pilot program for urban deer population control.  The bill has passed the Senate and has gone to the House for further consideration.  The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The bill has had one hearing and is scheduled for another hearing in late May.

 

Dead Bills

SB 6 Modifies Trap Check Requirements

Bill is dead.

 

HB 2634 Disabilities Under Wildlife Laws

Bill is dead.

 

HB 2487 – Deer or Elk Tag Guarantee Bill

Bill is dead.

 

HB 2107 – Cougar Hunting with Dogs by County Vote

Bill is dead.

 

HB 2589 Cougar Hunting with Dogs by County Vote

Bill is dead.

 

HB 3228 Wildlife Policy

Bill is dead.

 

SB 371 – Cougar Hunting with Dogs by County Vote

Bill is dead.

 

SB 458 Cougar/Dog Controlled Hunt Program

Bill is dead.