California Waterfowl's advocacy team works actively with lawmakers from both parties to promote legislation beneficial to wetlands and hunting. We also fight detrimental bills, either opposing them outright or, when they're certain to pass, working to minimize detrimental impacts.
While CWA is focused on waterfowl, we often take positions on legislation affecting other species or forms of hunting because we know our members have diverse conservation and hunting interests. We also lobby on firearm legislation that could negatively affect law-abiding hunters.
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The California Legislature convened Jan. 3. These are the bills we are following so far:
AB 1753 (James Gallagher, R-Yuba City): Would decrease opportunities for lenience for extreme poaching activities, including take of over three times bag limit, using bait or spotlighting for trophy big game).
AB 2387 (Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, and Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco): This $7.4 billion resources bond includes money to provide water for the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, as well as for infrastructure under the Central Valley Improvement Act, which ensures that wetlands receive water from the Central Valley Project.
Dedicated waterfowl funds
SB 1244 (Dave Cortese, D-San Jose): Will be amended to become a CWA-sponsored bill that would ensure cigarette tax monies earmarked for waterfowl – about $1.1 million per year – are spent on operation and maintenance of state wildlife areas.
Wild pig management
SB 856 (Bill Dodd, D-Napa): Would make a number of changes to management of wild pigs. CWA has concerns about decline of revenue to the Big Game Management Account, loss of game species status for pigs, allowance for night hunting and other provisions. Read our coalition letter of opposition (PDF).
Firearm disclosures to schools
SB 906 (Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge): Would require local educational agencies to require the parents or guardians of pupils to disclose whether any firearms are located at the pupil’s home and to answer questions about the ownership, storage and accessibility by the pupil of the firearms.
Firearm dealer requirements
SB 1384 (Dave Min, D-Irvine): Would require a licensed firearm dealer to have a digital video surveillance system on their business premise and would require that dealer to carry a policy of general liability insurance, as specified.