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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Proposed bill protects Michigan hunters, fishers from unwarranted officer stops


By Savannah Howe | Mar 5, 2020


If House Bill 5466 passes, Michigan outdoor enthusiasts may no longer have to worry about being stopped by nature officers while out fishing, trapping or hunting, unless there is strong evidence of wrongdoing. 

The bill, introduced by Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Kentwood), would bar conservation officers, police officers and other nature authorities from asking people to produce their hunting, fishing or trapping license without probable cause. 

Officers are currently able to ask for a person's sporting documents at any time with or without suspecting a violation of the law. 

“This change would restore a presumption of innocence to law-abiding individuals who are simply trying to enjoy Pure Michigan without unnecessary interruptions or suspicion,” Johnson told Michigan House Republicans. “We need to be encouraging lawful enjoyment of our natural resources and not discourage Michiganders from enjoying what our great state has to offer.”

The House Natural Resources Committee will review HB 5466 further to determine if it should move forward.

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