Summary: (Identical to HB 4552 & 4553) This bill package establishes a right to hunt, fish and trap; provides free licenses to active-duty members of the military; grants the Natural Resources Commission exclusive authority to issue fisheries regulations and concurrent authority with the legislature to designate a game species. Analysis: The Scientific Wildlife Management Package accomplishes […]SB 288 & 289: Scientific Wildlife Management
Summary: HB 4580 amends the definition of “sport shooting range” under the Sport Shooting Range Act to specifically include those with “commercial activities.” The SSRA protects existing shooting ranges from nuisance lawsuits and restrictive zoning ordinances due to suburban sprawl. Analysis: In a recent case – Addison Twp. v. Barnhartt – the Michigan Court of […]HB 4580: Protect Michigan Shooting Ranges
Summary: The bill would allow the use of Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund for dredging in local and recreational harbors. Analysis: SB 229 is one of many legislative responses to this problem, and would allow the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (Trust Fund) to be used for dredging in local harbors. There is, however, serious […]Senate Bill 229 – Use of Trust Fund for Dredging
SB 78 – Biodiversity Stewardship Areas Summary: Removes Department of Natural Resources authority to section off and create Biodiversity Stewardship Areas (BSAs) on state or private land under the Living Legacies program. Analysis: Starting in 2006, the DNR’s Living Legacies program was designed to protect and manage Michigan’s areas of unique biological diversity. To do […]Senate Bill 78 – Biodiversity Stewardship Areas (BSAs)
Summary: SB 49 exempts the identities of legally-registered gun owners from Freedom of Information Act requests. Analysis: In New York, after the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, a newspaper reporter obtained the names and home addresses of registered gun owners through a Freedom of Information Act request and published the information in the newspaper, subjecting law-abiding gun owners and […]Senate Bill 49: Exempt Identities of Registered Gun Owners from FOIA Requests
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