Wildlife legislation passed by the House in September essentially renders moot the two referenda on the November ballot, however, residents will still have to vote on the proposals.
Farm Bureau encourages a 'yes' vote on the proposals because passage emphasizes the need to ensure fish and wildlife are managed with sound science and to protect hunting and fishing rights from attacks by activist organizations. If voters reject the proposals, activist organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States, could see support to renew their efforts to ban Michigan wolf hunting.
The language voters will see on the ballot (below) was approved by the Board of State Canvassers.
Farm Bureau Policy Reference: #85 Wildlife Management.
MFB Contact: Matt Kapp, government relations specialist
A REFERENDUM OF PUBLIC ACT 520 OF 2012, ESTABLISHING AN OPEN SEASON FOR WOLVES AND AUTHORIZING ANNUAL WOLF HUNTING SEASONS
Public Act 520 of 2012 would:
Should this law be approved?
A REFERENDUM OF PUBLIC ACT 21 OF 2013, GRANTING THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION THE POWER TO DESIGNATE WOLVES AND OTHER ANIMALS AS GAME WITHOUT LEGISLATIVE ACTION
Public Act 21 of 2013 would: