State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) voted on Wednesday to eliminate a mandate recently put in place by the unelected Natural Resources Commission (NRC) that could result in criminal penalties for deer hunters who fail to comply.
The NRC mandate that takes effect this year requires all hunters to report detailed information to the Department of Natural Resources within 72 hours of harvesting a deer in Michigan. Anyone who does not complete the online report can be charged with a misdemeanor. House Bill 6354, approved by the House on Wednesday, would prohibit the NRC from requiring hunters to report harvested deer.
“Fining hunters due to noncompliance goes way beyond the scope of the DNR’s purpose and is a serious overstep by the members of the NRC,” Meerman said. “Unelected bureaucrats do not, and should not, have the power to impose rules and penalties on Michiganders. Especially one as thoughtless as this. It’s entirely unreasonable to expect hunters to access the internet from deep inside our state’s dense forests.”
House Bill 6354 now advances to the Michigan Senate for further consideration.
“The innocent lives of the unborn are threatened by the passage of Proposal 3 and this bill package goes even further than what Michigan voters approved in November,” Meerman said. “The mislabeled ‘Reproductive Health Act’ not only eliminates health and safety standards in abortion clinics, it also removes protections that ensure women are not coerced into receiving an abortion.”
“The governor’s radical energy policy comes at a time when Michiganders are forced to tighten their budgets and brace for rising costs everywhere form the grocery store to the fuel pump. The timeline laid out by the governor and Lansing Democrats is untenable and will come at a cost to our economy, agricultural production, and the authority of local governments.”