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Default Re: Nebraska's the next State to ban felt bottom boots.

Wish I'd seen your post earlier today. Someone (reading same early this AM) a link that covered just that. Also added an up date to States considering the ban.

I'll see if I can find the post/link.

Fred

---------- Post added at 06:08 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:49 PM ----------

Here you go. This lap top doesn't allow me to lift links (no idea why not) but can do a cut and paste.

Jump Directly To:
States With Felt Bans
Alaska
Maryland
Missouri
Nebraska
Rhode Island
Vermont
States Which Have Considered Bans
Idaho
Maine
Montana
New Mexico
New York City
Oregon

Status of Felt Restrictions in the United States
Since 2009 there has been an increasing move toward restricting the use of felt soled waders and wading boots. As of January 1, 2012 four states (Alaska, Maryland, Rhode Island & Vermont) have implemented bans. Other states are discussing possible restrictions or are in the process of implementing a ban at a future date.

There are two basic approaches to creating these restrictions. In some states the bans are created through legislative action. That is, their legislatures have debated and passed a law that has been signed by the Governor. Other bans are created by administrative action. These bans are implemented by the action of a Fish & Game Commission, by Agency rule making authority or through other administrative action. Understanding the process through which new regulations are developed is important for anyone who wishes to have a voice in the process.

The following tables offer a brief overview of the status of felt restrictions in the US. This page is updated with any significant changes in an attempt to provide a comprehensive listing of felt restrictions. If you have information about any felt restriction proposals that are not included please contact us with information.

States With Felt Bans In Place

State or Jurisdiction

Alaska
Proposal

Statewide ban on use of felt
Proposal Status

Adopted by unanimous vote 3/19/2010
Implementation Date

January 1, 2012
Type of regulation

Administrative - State Fisheries Commission
Bill Number

N/A
Additional information

Last Updated

2-25-2011

State or Jurisdiction

Maryland
Proposal Status

Styatewide ban implemented March 21, 2011
Proposal

Bans use of felt in all Maryland waters
Implementation Date

3-21-2011
Type of regulation

Administrative
Bill Number

Additional information

News Story
Last Update

2-25-2011

State or Jurisdiction

Missouri
Proposal Status

Ban Approved subject to final implementation
Proposal

Ban use of felt
Implementation Date

3-1-2012
Type of regulation

Administrative Rule
Bill Number

Additional information

The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved a regulation change banning the use of porous-soled waders or footwear incorporating or having attached a porous sole of felted, matted, or woven fibrous material when fishing in trout parks and other specific trout waters. Pending public comment through the Secretary of State’s office, the new regulation will go into effect March 1, 2012, the opening day of catch-and-keep fishing at Missouri’s four trout parks
Last Update

10-20--2011

State or Jurisdiction

Nebraska
Proposal

Statewide ban on use of felt
Proposal Status

Effective January 1, 2013 as published in 2013 Fishing Regulations
Implementation Date

January 1, 2013
Type of regulation

Administrative
Bill Number

N/A
Additional information

2013-2014 Fishing Regulations
Last Updated

3-21-2013

State or Jurisdiction

Rhode Island
Proposal Status

Statewide ban in place
Proposal

It is prohibited that any person use foot gear with external felt soles in any state waters, inclusive of freshwater, tidal, or marine. This shall include any waters shared with adjacent states in which any Rhode Island Fishing Regulations apply.
Implementation Date

January 1, 2012
Type of regulation

Administrative - Regulation Change
Bill Number


Additional information

2012/2013 fishing regulations Regulation 1.17, page 9
Last Update

12/28/2011

State or Jurisdiction

Vermont
Proposal Status

Passed and signed into law on 5/12/2010
Proposal

Unlawful to use external felt-soled boots or external felt-soled waders
Implementation Date

April 1, 2011
Type of regulation

Legislative
Bill Number

H. 488
Additional information

Bill Text and Status
Last Update

2-25-2011

Other Felt Related Legislation - No Current Restrictions
State or Jurisdiction

Idaho
Proposal Status

Resolution Adopted 4-7-2011
Resolution

Idaho congratulates those fishing tackle manufacturers that offer alternatives to felt soles, for their foresight and efforts to offer products that reduce the threat and potential transfer of aquatic nuisance species. Other manufacturers, both domestic and foreign, are encouraged to engineer, develop, manufacture and sell similar products that reduce and/or help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.
Implementation Date

Immediate
Type of regulation

Legislative
Bill Number

Senate Concurrent Resolution 101
Additional information

Bill Status Bill Text
Last Updated

4-30-2011

State or Jurisdiction

Maine
Proposal Status

Signed into law 4-25-2011
Proposal

Law states: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection shall examine issues related to the control of invasive aquatic species, including but not limited to the use of felt-soled waders and the spread of invasive aquatic species, and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by January 15, 2012. The report may include any recommendations concerning legislation. News Story
Implementation Date

Type of regulation

Legislative
Bill Number

HP 205, LD252
Additional information

Bill Text News Story
Last Update

4-30-2011

State or Jurisdiction

Montana
Proposal Status

Did not pass from Committee - 2/24/2011
Proposal

Ban on sale and use of felt
Implementation Date

October 1, 2012
Type of regulation

Legislative
Bill Number

SB230
Additional information

Bill Status Bill Text
Last Update

2-25-2011


State or Jurisdiction

New Mexico
Proposal Status

Tabled by Commission - December 2009
Proposal

Ban on use of felt
Implementation Date

N/A
Type of regulation

Administrative
Bill Number

Additional information

Fish & Game agency requested approval from commission who tabled request. Press Release
Last Update

2-25-2011

State or Jurisdiction

New York City
Proposal Status

Active - agency has authority to implement Ban if desired
Proposal

Rubber bottomed boots only in City owned waters
Implementation Date

TBD
Type of regulation

Administrative
Bill Number

Additional information

New York City owns sections of many popular Catskill waters which supply water to the City. News Article
Last Update

2-25-2011

State or Jurisdiction

Oregon
Proposal Status

Died in committee
Proposal

Ban sale and use of felt by 2015
Implementation Date

Jan 1, 2015
Type of regulation

Legislative
Bill Number

2338
Additional information

Bill Status Bill Text
Last Update

4-30-2011

State or Jurisdiction

Vermont 2
Proposal Status

Died in Committee
Proposal

Requires stores to educate about felt ban
Implementation Date

TBD
Type of regulation

Legislative
Bill Number

H. 210
Additional information

Bill Status Bill Text
Last Update

3-25-2011

State or Jurisdiction

Vermont 3
Proposal Status

Died in Committee
Proposal

Changes implementation of felt ban to 4/1/2012 and mandates state education efforts
Implementation Date

TBD
Type of regulation

Legislative
Bill Number

H. 211
Additional information

Bill Status Bill Text
Last Update

3-25-2011
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