Senate Bill 16: Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Summary: SB 16 makes Michigan a full participant in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, an agreement between many states to recognize each other’s game law enforcement actions.  This bill is a reintroduction of SB 1348 of 2012, which passed the Senate unanimously but did not reach a House vote before the end of the 2011-2012 session.

Analysis: Michigan is already a participant in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, but under existing state law it cannot fully recognize other state’s enforcement actions. SB 16 will allow Michigan to be a full participant in the compact, helping to deter game law violations both in Michigan and other member states. For example, if a Michigan resident poaches an animal in another state, the DNR would suspend the resident’s Michigan license if the violation would have led to a suspension in the other state. Likewise, participating states will suspend the license of their residents who violate Michigan game laws.

Current Status: Signed into law as Public Act 37 of 2013.
Sponsor: Sen. Howard Walker (R – Traverse City)

MUCC Policy Resolution: AC280603: Work with the Natural Resources Commission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Michigan Legislature to join the Wildlife Violator Compact.

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