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2003 House Bill 5029: Authorize mourning dove hunt

Public Act 160 of 2004

  1. Introduced by Rep. Susan Tabor (R) on August 13, 2003, to list the mourning dove as a game species, which would authorize the Natural Resources Commission to establish an open season for hunting. The bill also repeals a law which states that only the legislature may designate a species as game. This would allow the Natural Resources Commission to designate a species as game.
    • Referred to the House Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Committee on August 13, 2003.
      • Reported in the House on October 29, 2003, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 4, 2003, to replace the previous version of the bill with one which does not include the provision repealing a law which states that only the legislature may designate a species as game. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 4, 2003.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Judy Emmons (R) on November 4, 2003, to attach a $350,000 appropriation to the bill to create a brochure for hunters about mourning dove hunting and management. Under the Constitution, a bill with an appropriation is not subject to a popular referendum. The Constitution provides that if a sufficient number of signatures are submitted (five-percent of the total votes cast for all governor candidates in the last gubernatorial election), a new law cannot go into effect until it is approved by a popular vote at the next general election. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 4, 2003.
  2. Passed 64 to 44 in the House on November 4, 2003, to list the mourning dove as a game species, and explicitly authorize the establishment of the first open season for mourning doves, under regulations to be promulgated by the Natural Resources Commission. The bill contains a $350,000 appropriation to create a brochure for hunters. Under the Constitution, a bill with an appropriation is not subject to a popular referendum. See Emmons amendment for details.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on November 5, 2003.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on November 5, 2003.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 12, 2004.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 31, 2004, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 31, 2004, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not include the $350,000 appropriation of the House-passed bill and the brochure this would pay for, and requires hunters to acquire a $2 dove hunting stamp. Half of the $80,000 the stamp is expected to generate will go to the state Game and Fish Protection Fund, and half to a non-game wildlife trust fund. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 31, 2004.
  4. Passed 22 to 15 in the Senate on March 31, 2004, to list the mourning dove as a game species, and explicitly authorize the establishment of the first open season for mourning doves, under regulations to be promulgated by the Natural Resources Commission. The bill requires hunters to acquire a $2 dove hunting stamp. Half of the $80,000 the stamp is expected to generate will go to the state Game and Fish Protection Fund, and half to a non-game wildlife trust fund. There are no appropriations in the bill, making it subject to a referendum.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on March 31, 2004.
  6. Passed 65 to 40 in the House on June 8, 2004, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which does not include the $350,000 appropriation of the House-passed bill (reportedly inserted to make the bill "referendum-proof), but does require hunters to acquire a $2 dove hunting stamp.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on June 18, 2004.

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