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2014 Senate Bill 795: Increase banned species introduction penalties

Public Act 537 of 2014

Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall R-White Lake on February 19, 2014
To increase the penalty for illegally introducing a prohibited non-native aquatic species. The current penalty for introducing banned species is up to two years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The bill would make this three years and $100,000 in the case of a banned aquatic species. It would also authorize seizure and forfeiture of vehicle, equipment, or other property used to knowingly possess or introduce a prohibited aquatic species. Senate bills 796 to 802 would add additional sanctions.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on February 19, 2014
Reported in the Senate on May 27, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 3, 2014
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 3, 2014
To authorize seizure and forfeiture of vehicle, equipment, or other property used to knowingly possess or introduce a prohibited aquatic species. Senate bills 796 to 802 would add additional sanctions .
Received in the House on June 4, 2014
Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on June 4, 2014
Reported in the House on December 2, 2014
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine R-Richmond on December 17, 2014
To revise the procedures and standards for adding a species to the prohibited list.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 17, 2014
To authorize seizure and forfeiture of vehicle, equipment, or other property used to knowingly possess or introduce a prohibited aquatic species. Senate bills 796 to 802 would add additional sanctions. Also, to revise the procedures and standards for adding a species to the prohibited list.
Received in the Senate on December 18, 2014
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 10, 2015

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