Bill Would Clarify that Foster Children are Allowed to Hunt

At the same time that the NRC is taking public comments on the Mentored Youth Hunting Program for children under 10 years old, a legislative tweak has been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives to clarify the rights of foster children in Michigan.

Representative Harold Haugh (D-Roseville) introduced HB 5226 in December, which was recently taken up for testimony in the House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation. The bill would amend Section 9 of 1935 PA 220 to specify that the Superintendent of the Michigan Children’s Institute, or a designee, is authorized to allow a child that has been committed to the Institute to hunt through the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

The Michigan Children’s Institute (MCI) was created to assure the proper care of children needing services from the state. The law established the MCI superintendent as the legal guardian for children committed to MCI when parental rights have been terminated. The Superintendent is also authorized to consent to adoption, emancipation, and marriage of MCI wards.

MUCC believes this is an important clarification as it will ensure that some of our most vulnerable youths are able to enjoy the healthy benefits of outdoor recreation under the important guidance of a mentor.

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