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2013 Senate Bill 288: Give NRC duty of designating huntable game species

Public Act 21 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on April 9, 2013, to give the Natural Resources Commission (in addition to the Legislature) the power to designate a species as game and authorize an open hunting season. Also, to allow members of the military to obtain hunting and fishing licenses for free. The bill also contains a modest appropriation that makes it "referendum-proof".
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on April 9, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 16, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S 1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 23, 2013, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on April 25, 2013, to prohibit the commission from designating the mourning dove as a huntable game species. The amendment failed 12 to 24 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on April 25, 2013, to require a statewide referendum on the bill. The amendment failed 11 to 25 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on April 25, 2013, to prohibit any species from being designated a huntable game species if it has been the subject of a state referendum held before 2015. The amendment failed 14 to 22 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on April 25, 2013, to prohibit designating the sandhill crane as huntable game species. The amendment failed 11 to 25 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 25, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that does not include a modest appropriation intended to make it "referendum-proof," and which prohibits the commission from designating mourning doves as a game species. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
  2. Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on April 25, 2013, to give the state Natural Resources Commission (in addition to the Legislature) the power to designate a species as a huntable game species. Also, to allow members of the military to obtain hunting and fishing licenses for free. The bill was changed on the floor to prohibit the commission from designating mourning doves as a game species, and to remove a modest appropriation intended to make it "referendum-proof".
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 25, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on April 25, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on May 1, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on May 1, 2013, to prohibit the commission from allowing hunting on a species rejected by a popular initiative enacted before 2015. This would apply to a potential initiative on wolf hunting. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 1, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on May 1, 2013, to submit the proposal to a vote of the people on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 1, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on May 1, 2013, to prohibit creating a hunting season for cougars. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 1, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on May 1, 2013, to prohibit creating hunting seasons on robins, cardinals, kirtland’s warblers, trumpeter swans or sandhill cranes. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 1, 2013.
  4. Passed 72 to 38 in the House on May 2, 2013, to give the state Natural Resources Commission (in addition to the Legislature) the power to designate a species as a huntable game species. Also, to allow members of the military to obtain hunting and fishing licenses for free. The bill was changed on the floor to prohibit the commission from designating mourning doves as a game species, and to remove a modest appropriation intended to make it "referendum-proof".
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 8, 2013.

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