Posted on September 17, 2014 in Agriculture
In a recent request, SLC was asked to identify some of the innovative tactics our member states are employing to combat the growing population of feral hogs.
In 2014, Louisiana passed legislation to allow for the use of aircraft in hunting feral hogs. Senate Bill 681 allows the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to promulgate rules and regulations to allow for the use of aircraft in the taking of outlaw quadruped or outlaw birds that have become so destructive of property as to become a nuisance.
Source: “Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission seeks to establish aerial feral hog control”
Mississippi State University (MSU) is undertaking an economic impact study of wild hog damage to agriculture in Mississippi. The intent of the study is to provide data that will help researchers and industry representatives lobby state and federal legislators for increased funding and enhanced enforcement of laws.
Source: “Wild hog study set for Mississippi State University”
In addition, the MSU Extension Service and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System published A Landowner’s Guide for Wild Pig Management that offers details on several different methods for controlling wild pigs.
In 2012, Oklahoma passed Senate Bill 1751, which allows for the use of “Judas pig” tracking systems. The general idea of the Judas pig tactic is to catch and release a hog after outfitting it with some sort of tracking device. Hunters will then wait for the released hog to lead them to a larger group of feral hogs.
In early 2014, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources scheduled three, three-day hunting periods on North Island, during which hunters were allowed to hunt with dogs.
Source: “North Island hog hunts with dogs to remove destructive feral hogs”
South Carolina also has a Wild Hog Task Force that was established to coordinate resources and efforts at all levels to reduce the problems associated with wild hogs.
As part of a larger initiative to address the problem of feral swine, the USDA has proposed using thermal imaging weapons that will allow for easier identification of hogs in dark areas and at night.
Source: “U.S. turns to military gear in hunt for feral swine”
This and other tactics are detailed in a 2013 article that reviews different methods of monitoring wild pig populations.
Posted on May 27, 2014 in Government Operations
In a recent information request, the SLC was tasked with identifying state policies on rent for non-legislative organizations inside state capitols. We partnered with the National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA) to conduct a multi-state survey. The results of the survey, displayed below, revealed that these policies are as different as the states that craft them.
|Does your State and/or department charge rent to non-legislative organizations and authorities who occupy office space in State Capitols?|
|Arizona||Yes, the State of Arizona, through its Department of Administration, charges rent for the buildings under its jurisdiction to Arizona’s state agencies, boards, and commissions except the Legislative branch pursuant to statute.|
|Connecticut||The Department of Administrative Services does not have care and custody of the State Capitol Building; per the response, no non-legislative organization has space within the State Capitol.|
|Idaho||The Department of Administration charges rent to cover managing the Capitol. This includes Elected Officials, the Legislature, state agencies, and organizations.|
|Minnesota||Yes. Minnesota charges a lease rate to non-legislative entities that occupy the Capitol Building.|
|Nebraska||The State Capitol houses all three branches of government and none of the branches, agencies, or departments are charged rent. Operations are funded through an appropriation from the State’s General Fund.|
|New Hampshire||The cost for all the space in the State Capitol is included in the building operating budget 100% general funds. As such, no one is charged rent in the State Capitol, either legislative or executive.|
|Oklahoma||Only one. A barber shop has a $10 a month lease.|
The following entities are charged for rent in the State Capitol:
(Anthony Ifie with Enterprise Services)
|Yes. There are five non-legislative organizations and authorities that occupy office space on the Washington State Capitol Campus (2 news organizations, one lobby consortium, and a tribal nonprofit organization, and a visitor bureau) and they all pay rent.|
(Jordan Friedberg with Enterprise Services)
|All organizations renting any kind of space in the State Capitol are charged rent, regardless if they are legislative organizations, non-legislative organizations, state agencies, or private organizations.|
|West Virginia|| |
Some, but not all, non-legislative entities occupying space in our State Capitol are charged rent. These entities are:
|Wisconsin||No. The entire State Capitol building is rent-free.|