Citizen-initiated Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act passes Legislature

LANSING—Citizen-initiated legislation that would ensure decisions affecting Michigan’s fish and wildlife are made using science and scientific methods received final approval from the Legislature with Tuesday’s passage by the Michigan House of Representatives.

“I applaud my colleagues in the House for their diligent work yesterday afternoon,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, who led support of the measure in the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, August 13. “It is imperative that the public policy decisions affecting Michigan’s great outdoors and wildlife are based on sound science, not partisan politics or emotions.

“This proposal – brought forth by the citizens of Michigan – does just that.”

The citizen-initiative was submitted to the Legislature with the verified signatures of more than 297,000 Michigan voters, well beyond the 258,000 needed. The state Senate and House had 40 days to either confirm or reject the proposal. An initiative is not presented to the governor for signature or veto.

The measure was previously approved in the Senate by a vote of 23-10 with five members excused and passed the House yesterday with a 65-43 vote. With House passage, it is now law and will go into effect next year.

Under the law:

·         Decisions affecting the taking of fish and game will be made using principles of sound scientific fish and wildlife management;

·         Active members of the military would be able to receive free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and

·         Additional appropriations would be provided for fishery management within Michigan and prevention, control and/or elimination of aquatic invasive           species, including Asian carp.

Green described the proposal as one that was beneficial to Michigan wildlife and the millions of sportsmen and women who call the state home.

“The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act was not a partisan proposal. It was a proposal to take politics and politicians out of wildlife management decisions and replace it with sound science we all agree on,” Green said. “With its passage, Michigan sportsmen and women can be confident that our fish and game will be properly managed and, when necessary, protected so that our outdoor traditions and way of life can be passed on to future generations.”

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Media Reminder: Green and Pavlov to host Port Sanilac town hall on protecting Lake Huron from nuclear waste

LANSING—State Sens. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, are inviting Bay and Thumb area residents in the 31st and 25th Senate districts to a public town hall on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Port Sanilac to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a Canadian nuclear waste dump.

Who:
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; and
Anyone interested in the topic.

What:
A public town hall meeting to inform residents about a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.

Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from residents of the Bay and Thumb regions.

Green and Pavlov are leading an effort in Lansing to halt construction of the dump. Their legislation has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously and awaits action in the House of Representatives. Dozens of local communities throughout the region have recently passed resolutions in support of the measures.

When:
Tuesday, Aug. 26
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:
Port Sanilac Waterside Gazebo
7299 Cedar St.
Port Sanilac, MI 48469

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

Pavlov and Green to host Port Sanilac town hall on protecting Lake Huron from nuclear waste

LANSING—State Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Mike Green, R-Mayville, are inviting Thumb residents in the 25th and 31st Senate Districts to a public town hall on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Port Sanilac to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a Canadian nuclear waste dump.

Who:
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township;
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville; and
Anyone interested in the topic.

What:
A public town hall meeting to inform residents about a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.

Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from residents of Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties.

Green and Pavlov are leading an effort in Lansing to halt construction of the dump. Their legislation has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously and awaits action in the House of Representatives. Numerous Thumb communities have recently passed resolutions in support of the measures, including Paris and Sebewaing townships in Huron County.

When:
Tuesday, Aug. 26
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:
Port Sanilac Waterside Gazebo
7299 Cedar St.
Port Sanilac, MI 48469

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

Citizen-initiated Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act passes Senate

LANSING—Citizen-initiated legislation that ensures decisions affecting Michigan’s fish and wildlife are made using science and scientific methods passed the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. 

“The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act places science at the forefront of Michigan’s wildlife management policy, not politicians or wealthy out-of-state extremists,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, who led support of the measure in the Michigan Senate. 

“One out of six Michigan residents regularly hunt or fish, spending nearly $5 billion and supporting 46,000 jobs in our state’s economy each year. As their representatives, we must ensure that public policy decisions affecting their way of life and their traditions in the great outdoors are based on sound science, not partisan politics or emotions.” 

In addition to requiring science-based decision making, the measure strengthens state fishery management programs, and efforts to combat the threat of aquatic invasive species such as Asian Carp. The act also establishes free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active duty members of the military as a demonstration of appreciation for their service to our nation.

The citizen-initiative was submitted to the Legislature with the verified signatures of over 297,000 Michigan voters, well beyond the 258,000 needed, giving the state Senate and House 40 days to either confirm or reject the proposal. An initiative is not presented to the governor for signature or veto.

“The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act is not a Republican or Democrat proposal, it is a proposal from the millions of Michigan sportsmen and women who come from every part of our state and from every political spectrum who want to preserve Michigan’s strong outdoor legacy for generations to come.”

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