Saturday, May 07, 2016

Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen - Legislation and Events


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The Regular Session Ended May 4. However, with no passage of the Budget, a Special session will be held next week. Watchfulness is essential during the Special Session due to "RATS" which are usually included in the document. These are normally bills that weren't Raised by committee, didn't have a public hearing, or were defeated. The Budget bill is very long and must be reviewed looking for these add-ons. CCS will be there representing your interests.

LEGISLATION:

With the exception of HB 5054, we did well. Some very positive Sportsmen's bills were passed and we laid the groundwork for others next year. Animal Rights bills were killed or modified not to affect us. Gun bills other than HB 5054 were killed. Thanks to all who communicated with their legislators and to Chris Kopacki, Ph.D., our NRA-ILA State Liaison who spent a lot of time effectively defending our rights.

HB-5054 AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. OPPOSE Sponsored by the Governor, Rep. J. Brendan Sharkey, Speaker of the House, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, House Majority Leader, Sen. Martin M. Looney, Senate President Pro Tem, Sen. Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader, and Valerie Jarrett, who oversees the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and who is one of Obama’s closest and most influential advisers, called Sharkey to encourage him to call the bill for a vote.  White House Advisor Urges Passage of Bill To Combat Domestic Violence  All the heavy hitters. Without significant sportsmen input to legislators, which did not happen, the odds of defeating the bill were against us! The Bill PASSED the House. Those voting Yea 104; Nay 42. PASSED the Senate. Those voting Yea 23, Nay 13.  HB-5054 Connecticut State House April 27 Session Video Date Recorded: 4/27/2016 (6 hr 53 min)  SEE all, but most important-Begins 3:38 min. Senate approves gun seizures in violent domestic breakups  Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill To Protect Domestic Violence Victims From Firearms  Connecticut State Senate May 2 Session  
 Video Start min 6.14. PASSED. 
 

 
SB-139   AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO ESTABLISH A TROUT STAMP. SUPPORT.  Public Hearing 02/24  Joint Favorable Substitute (ENV) 3/16/2016. File Number 365. (Must Read-Additional items including Pheasant Program!) Senate Calendar Number 257. Referred by Senate to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding. Favorable Report. Senate Passed as Amended by Amendment A. On Consent Calendar. House Calendar Number 515. House Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment A. PASSED.   PUBLIC ACT 16-27

SB-136    AN ACT REGULATING THE USE OF JETTED ARTICULATED VESSELS AND CERTAIN
WATER SKIING DEVICES.Public Hearing 02/24  3/4/2016 (ENV) Joint Favorable Substitute. File No. 124 [pdf] Referred by Senate to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding. Favorable Report. No New File. Senate Passed Amendment A. Senate PASSED. House Calendar Number 513 NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

SB-81   AN ACT CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN AREAS OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER AS A WILD AND SCENIC RIVER.  SUPPORT. Public Hearing 02/11 2/24/2016 (ENV) Joint Favorable. File Number 30. Senate Calendar Number 75. Senate Passed Senate Amendment Schedule A. Senate Passed On Consent Calendar. House Calendar Number 544. House Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment A. PASSED.

HB-5315  AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVENTION OF THE HABITUATION OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANIMALS, THE POSTING OF INFORMATIONAL NOTICES CONCERNING ENCOUNTERS WITH WILDLIFE AND THE STATUS OF SNAPPING TURTLES UNDER STATE LAW. SUPPORT.  Public Hearing 02/24. 3/4/2016 (ENV) Joint Favorable. File No. 114 [pdf House Calendar Number 108. House Passed Amended by House Amendment A. Senate Calendar Number 515. File Number 739  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5316  AN ACT CONCERNING SPORT FISHING LICENSES FOR ANGLERS WHO ARE SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 02/24. Committee Deadline. NO ACTION.

HB-5384  AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE TURN IN POACHERS AND LOBSTER RESTORATION PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/04. Committee Deadline. NO ACTION.

HB-5408  AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT. Public Hearing 03/03.  3/10/2016 (PS)  Joint Favorable Substitute. File Number 240  3/29/2016  House Calendar Number 183.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5409  AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR A REVOLVER. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/03.  3/10/2016 (PS)  Joint Favorable Substitute. File Number 241 House Calendar Number 184.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5578   AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE AND TRADE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN. OPPOSE. Public Hearing 03/11. 3/16/2016 (ENV)  Joint Favorable Substitute  House Calendar Number 283. File Number 418  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5582  AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIVATE LAND REVOLVER HUNTING PERMIT. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/11. 3/16/2016 (ENV)  Joint Favorable Substitute. File Number 362  House Calendar Number 256. [See Amendment]   NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5597   AN ACT PROTECTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS SEEKING RESTRAINING ORDERS. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/14. Joint Favorable. House Calendar Number 391. File Number 611.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

SB-20   AN ACT CONCERNING CARRYING A FIREARM WHILE INTOXICATED OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/03.  3/10/2016 (PS)  Joint Favorable Substitute. File Number 254  Senate Calendar Number 199. Referred by Senate to Committee on Judiciary. No New File. Senate Passed On Consent Calendar. House Calendar Number 450. House Passed. PASSED.

SB-137  AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUSPENSION OF A HUNTING OR FISHING LICENSE FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR, PAY OR PLEA IN A HUNTING OR FISHING VIOLATION CASE. SUPPORTPublic Hearing 02/24. 3/4/2016  (ENV) Joint Favorable Substitute. File No. 125 [pdf] Senate Calendar Number 138. Referred by Senate to Committee on Government Administration and ElectionsJoint Favorable. Referred by Senate to Committee on Judiciary. No New File. Senate Passed. House Calendar Number 514.  House Passed. PASSED. 

H.B.- 5622 AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF ERASED RECORDS IN DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS A SUITABLE PERSON TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER. OPPOSE. Public Hearing 03/14. NO ACTION.

SB-227  AN ACT CONCERNING CECIL'S LAW. OPPOSE. Public Hearing 03/04. 3/16/2016 (ENV) Joint Favorable Substitute. Senate Calendar Number 288.  File Number 430 Senate Adopted Senate Amendment Schedule A 3898. Referred by Senate to Committee on Judiciary. Joint Favorable. No New File. Senate Rejected Senate Amendment Schedule B 4855. Passed Senate. House Calendar Number 499NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB 5623 AN ACT CONCERNING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, ACCESS TO MARSHALS, AND VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. OPPOSE FIREARMS SECTIONS.  Public Hearing 03/14. Joint Favorable Substitute. House Calendar Number 368. File Number 597.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

H.B. No. 5622 AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF ERASED RECORDS IN DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS A SUITABLE PERSON TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
 Public Hearing 03/14. NO ACTION.

ADDED H.B. No. 5344 AN ACT CONCERNING SUPPORT FOR ANIMALS THAT ARE NEGLECTED OR TREATED CRUELLY. (Title Change.) AN ACT CONCERNING SUPPORT FOR CATS AND DOGS THAT ARE NEGLECTED OR TREATED CRUELLY. Public Hearing Judiciary 02/24Joint Favorable. House Calendar Number 362.  File Number 591. See amendments. House Passed w/Amendment A. Applies ONLY to cats & dogs. Senate Calendar Number 520. File Number 740.Senate Passed Amended by House Amendment  A. PASSED. 

ADDED  SB 25 AN ACT CONCERNING SPECIAL POLICE FORCES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. Public Hearing 02/18 Higher Education and Employment Advancement. Joint Favorable Substitute.Senate Calendar Number 115. Referred by Senate to Committee on Appropriations. Joint Favorable. Senate Passed. On Consent Calendar. House Calendar Number 493. House Passed. PASSED. 

Regular Session Ended May 4. Special Session (Budget) next week!

POLITICS


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EVENTS

“Bear Hunt (Guided) for TWO”  Raffle Mountain View Sporting Camp – Portage, Maine
Tickets are going fast!!! Get yours NOW!!! Quantities are limited!!! CT Trappers Association
 ****Lodging, meals and licenses not included. Dates: Arrive Sunday, Sept. 4th – Hunt dates: September 5th – 11th, 2016  Winner to be announced May 1st, 2016 Proceeds support the fight to keep our trapping heritage!
Maine Non- Resident License Fee Info:Firearms    $115  Bow   $75   Crossbow   $56    Bear Permit: $74
**Must have proof of a hunter safety course completion or a signed affidavit. ***To obtain tickets send check or money order for the amount per ticket to: Connecticut Trappers Association, Inc.  Wallingford, CT  06492

May 14th Saturday NRA Dinner at Holiday Inn 110 Laura Ave, Norwich.  Doors open at 5:30 PM.  Price is $55.  Buffet dinner, three main courses.

May 14th, 2016 Saturday Eastern CT Chapter of Ducks Unlimited 11th Annual Dinner/ Auction  at Mystic Hilton 20 Coogan Blvd Mystic. Door Prizes, Raffles, Special Raffles, Silent Auction & Live Auction. Many, many gun raffles. TICKET PRICES: $75.00 (Single – includes membership) $115.00 (Couple) Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!

2016 Nutmeg State Games!!  Nutmeg State Games Shooting Competition:
- Location: Blue Trail Range, Wallingford, - Coordinator: Deb Lyman
- Dates & Events Offered:  Air Rifle - June 9th and 10th; 3-Position - June 11th; Prone - June 12th-
Age Groups: Sub-Junior, Inter-Junior, Junior, Open, Inter-Senior, Senior. -Entry Fee: $30.00
PRE-Registration Deadline: Fri., June 3rd. -Onsite Registration will be available each day of the tournament
Contact Information  - Phone #: (860) 788-7041  - Email: nutmeg@nutmegstategames.org

June 4, 2016 Celebration of Life for George Perry Finch at 1:00 P.M. at the Mystic Rod and Gun Club,  44 Gun Club Road,  (off Rt 201) Stonington CT 06378.   In Memory of Life, March 2, 1936 - January 30, 2016. Anyone familiar with George knew his passion for hunting, fishing, trapping and the outdoors. Please join us in this Celebration of Life to share stories, memories, and laughter as George wished that we would remember him.

October 1st, 2016 "Take A Vet" Fishing Event at Bozrah Rod & Gun Club
79 Santa Anna Rd, Lebanon


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