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2019 House Bill 4687: Permit deer baiting, clarify scope
Introduced by Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R) on June 4, 2019
To explicitly permit deer and elk baiting for hunting, and feeding deer and elk during hunting season. Separately, the bill would also establish that feeding wild birds or other wildlife is permissible if done in such a manner as to exclude wild, free-ranging white-tailed deer and elk from gaining access to the feed. The bill is a response to a baiting ban imposed by a state Natural Resources Commission in 2018.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on June 4, 2019
Reported in the House on November 5, 2019
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Brian Elder (D) on November 5, 2019
To limit the amount of deer and elk bait to 5 gallons in any one bait site.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D) on November 5, 2019
To insert a new section in the bill that would revise details of regulations and penalties for a range of game laws.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. James Lower (R) on November 5, 2019
To insert a new section in the bill that would revise details of deer hunting regulations and licenses.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Albert (R) on November 5, 2019
To insert a new section in the bill that would revise details of deer hunting licenses and regulations.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R) on November 5, 2019
To ban deer or elk baiting in an area where bovine tuberculosis has been detected in deer.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2019
Passed 57 to 49 in the House on November 5, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To explicitly permit deer and elk baiting for hunting, and feeding deer and elk during hunting season. Baiting would be limited to 5 gallons of bait at each bait site. Separately, the bill would also establish that feeding wild birds or other wildlife is permissible if done in such a manner as to exclude wild, free-ranging white-tailed deer and elk from gaining access to the feed. The bill is a response to a baiting ban imposed by a state Natural Resources Commission in 2018.
Received in the Senate on November 7, 2019
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on November 7, 2019
Reported in the Senate on November 13, 2019
With the recommendation that the amendments be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on November 13, 2019
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 13, 2019
Passed 21 to 14 in the Senate on November 13, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To explicitly permit deer and elk baiting for hunting, and feeding deer and elk during hunting season. Baiting would be limited to 5 gallons of bait at a bait site, and one bait site per hunting site, with bait items that are no larger than a sugar beet. Separately, the bill would also establish that feeding wild birds or other wildlife is permissible if done in such a manner as to exclude wild, free-ranging white-tailed deer and elk from gaining access to the feed. The bill is a response to a baiting ban imposed by a state Natural Resources Commission in 2018.
Received in the House on November 20, 2019
Passed 61 to 44 in the House on December 3, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which limited baiting to one bait site per hunting site, with bait items that are no larger than a sugar beet.

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