2018 State and Federal Legislation Tracker

March 1, 2018

Outdoor Industry Association’s government affairs team actively monitors legislation at the local, state and federal levels and analyzes its perceived potential impact on the outdoor recreation industry.

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION

H.R. 3645/S.1791: The U.S. OUTDOOR Act

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA 8), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3); Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Summary: This bill would eliminate import tariffs on recreational performance outerwear. The Senate version would also create the Sustainable Textile and Apparel Research (STAR) Fund. LEARN MORE >

H.R. 2735/S. 2032: The GSP Footwear Act

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE 3) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3); Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Summary: This bill would make certain footwear products, including hiking boots, hiking shoes and trail running shoes, eligible for duty-free benefits in the Generalized System of Preferences. LEARN MORE >

H.R. 4318/S. 2108: The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-NE 3) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Summary: This bill would suspend or reduce import tariffs on certain products, including ten outdoor footwear products, for three years. LEARN MORE >

H.R. 4979: Renewing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA 8)

Summary: This bill would renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for three years, retroactive to January 1, 2018. LEARN MORE >

H.R. 3400/ S. 1633: Recreation Not Red-Tape

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT 1); Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Summary: The bipartisan and bicameral bill offers sensible proposals for identifying and appropriately managing important places for sustainable outdoor recreation by updating processes and policies on our national public lands system to improve the outdoor recreation experience.  LEARN MORE >

Update: the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 3400, clearing the way for the bill to be considered by the full House.

H.R. 3990- National Monument Creation and Protection Act

OIA Position: OPPOSE

Sponsor: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT 1)

Summary: This bill amends the Antiquities Act of 1906 by placing limits on land that may be declared as a national monument and by allowing the President to reduce the size of any current national monument. LEARN MORE >

H.R. 2862/S. 1842: Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID 2)/ Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Summary: This bill would stop the harmful practice of wildfire borrowing from land management agencies and rising percentage of agency budgets going to fighting wildfires. LEARN MORE >



H.R. 502/ S. 896: To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Raul Grijalva (D- AZ 3); Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)

Summary: This bill permanently reauthorizes and funds the Land and Water Conservation Fun, with no less than 1.5% of the annual authorized funding amount used recreation and access projects.LEARN MORE >

LOCAL & STATE LEGISLATION

Cailin O’Brien-Feeney and Stewart Lewis tell us what bills they are working on as of February 7, 2018.

Below is a list of bills that OIA is currently tracking. If there is a piece of legislation you think OIA should be aware of, or have questions about how you can engage in the legislative process, please contact Stewart Lewis at slewis@outdoorindustry.org.

 

Alaska

HCR 25: Requesting the Governor to Establish an Office of Outdoor Access and recreation

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins

Summary: This resolution would request the creation of a state office devoted to accelerating the growth and diversification of Alaska’s economy and signals the legislature’s support of the formation of an advisory council for the office. LEARN MORE >

 

California

AB 1918: Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Assembly Member Garcia

Summary: This bill would establish an Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation to promote economic development of and job growth in the state’s outdoor recreation economy. It would also require the office to create an advisory committee to provide advice, expertise, support and service to the office. LEARN MORE >


SB 100: California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Senator De Leon

Summary: This bill would transition California to a 100% renewable energy plan by 2045 while increasing the current renewable portfolio standard goals from 50% to 60% by 2030, supporting the state’s transition to a clean energy economy and addressing emissions. LEARN MORE >

 

Colorado

SB 66: Colorado Extended Operation of State Lottery Division

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Sen. Sonnenberg

Summary: This bill reauthorizes the Colorado Lottery, which allocates funds to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund (50% of proceeds), the Conservation Trust Fund (40% of proceeds) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (10% of proceeds) for the next 25 years, ensuring a sustainable and dedicated funding mechanism continues to fund Colorado’s outdoor recreation opportunities. LEARN MORE >

Update: SB 66 passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.


SB 112: Veterans Outdoor Terrain Restoration Grant Program

OIA Position: Support

Sponsor: Sen. Crowder

Summary: This bill would have created a veteran’s outdoor terrain restoration and recreation mental health grant program to provide funding to nonprofit and for-profit organizations that provide those activities for veterans. LEARN MORE >

Update: This bill died in committee.

SB 143: Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future Generations Act

OIA Position: MONITOR

Sponsor: Sen. Fenberg

Summary: This bill would increase the cost of resident and non-resident hunting and fishing licenses to provide additional funding for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. LEARN MORE >

Update: SB 143 passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.

 

District of Columbia

B22 658: D.C. State Park Amendment Act of 2018

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Councilmember Grosso

Summary: This bill would designate National Children’s Island as a District of Columbia state park named Kingman Island State Park. It also establishes the Office of State Parks within the Department of Parks and Recreation which will be responsible for the park’s management. Additionally, this bill would establish the State Parks Commission. LEARN MORE >

 

Georgia

HB 332: Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Watson

Summary: This bill, along with enabling legislation, will allow Georgia voters to consider establishing the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to provide a dedicated funding mechanism for the protection and preservation of conservation land. If approved by voters in November, revenue will be generated by allocating 40% of the state sales and use tax applied to sporting goods (~$20 million/year) to the fund.

Update: This bill, along with its enabling legislation, were signed into law by Governor Deal and will be considered by voters this fall.

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New Mexico

Adjourned in February

HM 15: Study Creating Office of Outdoor Recreation

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Small

Summary: This memorial would have requested the Tourism and Economic Development Departments to study the cost and financial impact of creating a state office of outdoor recreation and the economic potential of recruiting outdoor recreation products and service industries to the state.

This memorial did not pass this session.

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New York

AB 865: Legislative Task Force on Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Gunther

Summary: This bill would create a legislative task force on outdoor environmental education and recreation. It would benefit residents of New York state by fostering environmental stewardship and conservation as well as an appreciation of the importance of the wise use of natural resources. If passed, the bill will be acknowledgement of the health benefits of time spent in nature. LEARN MORE >


AB 9794: Outdoor Rx Act

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Assemblywoman Barrett

Summary: This bill would amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law to establish an outdoor Rx program to benefit residents of the state, particularly veterans and individuals recovering from substance abuse or a physical or mental trauma by establishing outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource based therapy programs and to amend the state finance law to establish the outdoor Rx program fund. LEARN MORE >

 

Oregon

Adjourned in early March

HB 4015: Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Introduced at the request of House Interim Committee on Energy and Environment

Summary:  This bill would have appropriated funds to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for protecting, maintaining or enhancing fish and wildlife resources. It would have establishedthe Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee to review department policies and to make recommendations regarding the use of funds for implementing and administering department activities.

This bill did not pass this session.

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Utah

Adjourned in March

HB 17: Community Reinvestment Agencies Revisions

OIA Position: MONITOR

Sponsor: Rep. Handy

Summary: Community Reinvestment Agencies revision. Authorizes a public entity to dispose of, or lease, that public entity’s property to an agency for less than fair market value.

Update: Passed legislature, has been signed by Governor Herbert.

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HB 136: Federal Designations

OIA Position: MONITOR

Sponsor: Rep. Noel

Summary: This bill would have stipulated that a governmental entity may not advocate or lobby for a federal designation within the state unless the legislature passes a concurrent resolution in favor of the proposed federal designation.

This bill did not pass this session.

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HCR 1: Concurrent Resolution on Climate Change

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Ward

Summary: This resolution would have acknowledged the scientific consensus that human behavior is a substantial cause of an increasing average global temperature and average Utahtemperature over recent decades. This resolution would have committed the legislature and the governor to basing decisions regarding state energy policies on the best scientific evidence available and would have urged individuals and corporations to conserve energy.

This resolution did not pass this session.

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HJR 1: Joint Resolution Urging Exemption from the Antiquities Act

OIA Position: OPPOSE

Sponsor: Rep. Albrecht

Summary: This resolution encourages Utah’s congressional delegation to pursue legislation exempting Utah from the Antiquities Act, similar to that of Wyoming and Alaska.

This bill passed the legislature, Utah’s congressional delegation will be notified of the action by the state legislature.

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SB 69: State Sovereign Lands Amendments

OIA Position: OPPOSE

Sponsor: Sen. Dayton

Summary: This bill modifies trespassing provisions regarding anchoring or beaching a vessel on state lands and repeals the “Leaf-It-To-Us-Children’s Crusade for Trees” program.

Update: This bill passed the legislature and has been signed by Governor Herbert.

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Virginia

Adjourned in March

HB 220: Local Parks, waterway activities, liability

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Morefield

Summary: This bill will allow a locality to establish parks, recreation facilities and playgrounds; and acquire land, buildings or other facilities. The locality may also establish and regulate a system of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. The locality may operate the use of local parks through a department or bureau of recreation.

Update: This bill passed, and will become law on July 1st

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Washington

Adjourned in March

SB 6203: Reducing carbon pollution by moving to a clean energy economy

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Sen. Carlyle

Summary: This bill would have established a price on carbon in WA to address pollution and support a transition to a clean energy economy in the state. It would have also generatedrevenue for important issues like water and forest resiliency, wildfire prevention, and other issues that impact Washington’s outdoors.

This bill did not pass this session.

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SB 6539: Ensuring compliance with the state’s fiduciary duty in managing state trust lands

OIA Position: MONITOR

Sponsor: Sen. Braun

Summary: This bill would have directed the state to evaluate its lands portfolio and revenue streams, management practices, and transition processes, and provide analysis to the state legislature of options that would leverage the earning potential of high value, low performing portions of state lands, with suggested legislative recommendations to enhance revenue generation from these types of lands, including the sale of these lands to convert the asset into one of the permanent funds managed by the state investment board.

This bill did not pass this session.

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West Virginia

Adjourned in March

SB 323: West Virginia Office of Outdoor Recreation

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Sen. Beach

Summary: This bill would have created an office of outdoor recreation. It would have: authorized the hiring of a director of the office and any other personnel necessary, set forth the duties of the office, required an annual report to the state legislature, required collaboration with the West Virginia Development Office, required consultation with the outdoor recreation community, and would have authorized the use of appropriated funds for a grant and loan program to further outdoor recreation in the state.

This bill did not pass this session.

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Wisconsin

AB 948: Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Agency

OIA Position: SUPPORT

Sponsor: Rep. Taylor

Summary: This bill would have required the Department of Tourism to conduct an analysis and assessment of Wisconsin’s outdoor recreation economy and the effects on the economy of each county and the overall economy of the state that are attributable to the outdoor recreation economy. LEARN MORE >

Update: This bill failed to pass out of the Senate.