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.”