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.
Rep. Meerman voted against a partisan plan this week that would radically alter Michigan’s energy policy. He voiced strong concerns that the new mandates will burden Michigan families with electricity that is more expensive and less reliable.
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