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Legislative Update Report

KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS AND TOURISM

This report will be update regularly with bills in the 2014 Kansas Legislature that potentially affect the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. If the KDWPT has provided testimony on the bill, the bill summary includes the department's position as of the date of this report. KDWPT's 2014 legislative agenda can be seen here.

SB = Senate Bills

HB = House Bills

The latest information update for each bill is shown in bold.

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Updated January 26, 2015

Legislative Update

2015 Bills

SB46 -- This bill would require domesticated deer that enter a premises alive or leave a premises alive or dead for any purpose, other than for direct movement to a licensed or registered slaughter facility in Kansas, have official identification, as prescribed by rules and regulations of the animal health commissioner. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture.

HB2029 -- This is the companion bill of SB46 regarding identification of domesticated deer. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and has a hearing scheduled for Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m., RM 346-S.

HB2116 -- This bill would designate the channel catfish as the official fish of the state of Kansas. The department supports this bill. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

HB2117 -- This will would require anyone born on or after January 1, 1995 to complete an approved boater safety education course before operating a motorboat or sailboat on Kansas waters. The current law only requires boater safety education of boaters younger than 21. The department supports this bill. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

House Concurrent Resolution No. 5008 -- This resolution would amend the state constitution to guarantee Kansas residents the right to hunt, fish and trap wildlife. If approved by two-thirds of the Senate and House, the proposed amendment would be voted on in a November general election.