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IBA Update Week 7


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Iowa Bowhunters Association

Legislative Update
Week 7
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The first procedural deadline of the 2023 Session of the Iowa Legislature arrives at the close of business on Friday. The so-called “First Funnel” is the date by which policy bills must be approved by a standing committee in its house of origin to remain eligible for further consideration that year. With that being said, the IBA may be sending additional messages this week on important legislation. Each piece of legislation below is linked so that you can read the current legislation. Legislation in bold text is newly introduced legislation. With all three branches of government controlled by the Republican party, all legislation sponsored by a Republican legislator will move quickly. It’s imperative that you contact legislators. Always be polite and respectful.

SSB1184 – Pertains to Depredation Tags (O)
Subcommittee: Zumbach, Celsi, and De Witt
Sponsored by the Natural Resource Committee and Sen. Sweeney
SF383 – Adds Physical Therapist to the list as to who OK’s disability permit. (O)
Allows a Physical therapist along with a doctor to decide who will receive a disabled crossbow permit
Sponsored by Sen. Sweeney – District 27 – Hardin Co. annette.sweeney@legis.iowa.gov

SJR8Constitutional Amendment right to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife (S)
Subcommittee recommended passage

HF322Transferable deer tags to landowners (O)
Two free tags to the landowner, then they may sell to the highest bidder.
Sponsored by Rep. Hora - District 92 - Washington Co. heather.hora@legis.iowa.gov

SF363 (formerly SF277)NR family member deer tags (O)
Nonresident Family Members Deer Tags (A) - This bill creates a special deer hunting license available to certain nonresident family members. The bill allows a nonresident who is a family member of a resident to purchase a nonresident family member deer hunting license for a fee that is one-half the fee of a nonresident deer hunting license established by the Natural Resource Commission by rule. A nonresident may only use a nonresident family member hunting license while hunting with a resident who is a family member of the nonresident Sponsored by Sen. Klimesh - District 32 - Winneshiek Co. mike.klimesh@legis.iowa.gov
Subcommittee: Driscoll, Trone Garriott, and Zumbach

SF255Nonresident deer tags to outfitters – (O)
Sponsored by Sen. Green (Boone)
The bill requires the Natural Resources Committee to reserve 500 of the nonresident antlered or any sex deer hunting licenses for nonresidents who have made a reservation with an outfitter, as defined in the bill, that is currently registered as a business entity with the secretary of state and has maintained registration since prior to July 1, 2022. Referred to Natural Resources

SF138 - Airbows (O) - This bill provides that an airbow is a legal method of take during any deer hunting season in which any firearm is a legal method of take.
Approved by subcommittee with an amendment

SF208 – (formerly SF175) Second Chance Bow Tags (O) -
This bill allows a person who was unsuccessful in taking a deer during a bow season while using a bow season deer hunting license, to use the license and unfilled tag during the late muzzleloader season or the January antlerless deer hunting season that follows the bow season for which the license and tag were valid. A person hunting pursuant to the bill is authorized to hunt using a crossbow during the January antlerless deer hunting season.
On Senate debate calendar

SF42 - Increases nonresident tag quota from 6,000 to 7,500 (O)
Sponsored by Sen. Klimesh (District 32)
The bill increases the number of nonresidents any sex deer tags from the current 6,000 to 7,500. The bill requires NRC to use a random draw process that is weighted to favor applicants with the most preference points to assign nonresident antlered or any sex deer hunting licenses until all available nonresident antlered or any sex deer hunting licenses have been issued. The bill also provides that when a nonresident uses the antlerless deer only deer hunting license and tag that the nonresident is required to purchase with an antlered or any sex deer hunting license to take an antlerless deer in a zone that is above the population goal determined by NRC, then NRC will assign one preference point to the nonresident.
Subcommittee: Driscoll, Bennett, and Rozenboom

- House File HSB - House Study Bill SF - Senate File SSB - Senate Study Bill
(S) Support
(M)- Monitoring; watching the bill closely for any changes that may occur
(NR)- Not registered; our lobbyist has not declared our position

Session Timeline:
January 9 - First day of session
Feb. 10 - Final day for individual Senator and Representative requests for bill and joint resolution drafts to the Legislative Services Agency (Senate Rule 27 and House Rule 29)
March 3 - Final date for Senate bills and join resolutions to be reported out of originating committees​
March 13-17 - Chambers considers their own bills & unfinished business
March 31 - Bills must be out of the second chamber’s committees
April 3-7 - Chambers consider other chamber’s bills
April 10 - Limited debate on Ways, Apropos, etc. (Joint Rule 20)
April 28 - Final scheduled Day of Session​

Absolute insanity. These open the flood gates to almost infinite amount of NR hunters or NR fam members in 2nd bill. That alone would ruin the state. Sink it. Crossbows in archery later, etc. Yikes. Thanks for update!!! Insanity!!!
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