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, one of the co-chairs of the Michigan House School Safety Task Force, talks about the recommendations of the panel, including plans to create a special commission to improve the mental health of school-age students and hire additional staff who are dedicated to ensuring school safety.
State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) joined the Michigan Legislature in approving a bipartisan budget that supports key public services, such as law enforcement and road improvements while paying down debt.