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2005 House Bill 4071: Establish government wild game to the needy program

Public Act 116 of 2005

  1. Introduced by Rep. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on January 27, 2005, to establish a state program to collect donations of legally taken game from licensed hunters and distribute them or other food to people in need. Also, to require hunting licenses sales agents to ask whether a person buying a license would like to donate $1.00 to the program, and if so, to collect the donation with the license fee. Note: Several private organizations already collect and distribute wild game to the needy without government assistance, including Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger and ”Hunters for the Hungry”.
    • Referred to the House Conservation, Forestry, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on January 27, 2005.
      • Reported in the House on May 26, 2005, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 2, 2005, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that leaves to House Bill 4145 the provision requiring hunting licenses sales agents to ask whether a person buying a license would like to donate $1.00 to the program. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 2, 2005.
  2. Passed 106 to 0 in the House on June 7, 2005, to establish a state program to collect donations of legally taken game from licensed hunters and distribute them or other food to people in need. House Bill 4145 would require hunting licenses sales agents to ask whether a person buying a license would like to donate $1.00 to the program.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 8, 2005.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee on June 8, 2005.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 30, 2005, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on August 31, 2005, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on August 31, 2005.
  4. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 7, 2005, to establish a state program to collect donations of legally taken game from licensed hunters and distribute them or other food to people in need. House Bill 4145 would require hunting licenses sales agents to ask whether a person buying a license would like to donate $1.00 to the program.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on September 7, 2005.
  6. Passed 106 to 0 in the House on September 8, 2005, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on September 21, 2005.

Comments

Huh?  by MCP-001 on May 28, 2005 
If there are already several organizations that currently provide this service, WITHOUT GOVERNMENT "ASSISTANCE", then what is the rationale behind this bill.

Hopefully the rest of the house sees this as well and lets this one die in committee.

sportsman  by papajoe on May 28, 2005 
I honestly believe that the government should leave this up to the organizations that are doing such an outstanding job, now. Perhaps the legislature could agree to subsidize these organizations. One must remember, these organizations are made up of sportspeople who really care about the less fortunate people and do a very good job at feeding them. Give these groups of sportspeople some financial backing and watch what they can do.

government wild game to the needy  by Anonymous Citizen on May 28, 2005 
I believe the government should stay out of this one. Why don't they just agree to subsidize the organizations who are already doing such a good job. You must remember, these organizations are made up of sportsmen and women who care and work very hard at feeding the less fortunate. Give these organizations a helping hand and realize what a true group of sportspeople can do.

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