LANSING (WKZO)-- The Michigan State Senate has approved a measure that could effectively nullify two items on the November ballot that will ask voters to ban wolf hunts in Michigan.
It still needs State House approval. The bills would effectively turn the ballot items into what MIRS News calls "glorified opinion polls."
Matt Evans with the United Conservation Clubs says it keeps such decisions in the hands of scientists and experts.
The measure itself was put up by a petition drive that was organized by his organization, Safari Club International and the Trappers Association.
Once the petitions were certified, the legislature had 40-days to enact the measure.
Failure to act would mean the item would go to the ballot, along with the other two wolf questions.
Evans says the wolf hunt isn’t the big issue, it’s the method the state uses to manage species of all kinds.
Their fear is that if the wolf hunt goes down, in future years Michigan voters could be asked to ban dove hunting and other hunts.
The senate voted along party lines. Democrats say the issue for them comes down to who is running the state, the voters or the bureaucrats.
State House Rep and State Senate Candidate Sean McCann says first it was the minimum wage proposal, and twice now it’s been the wolf hunt.
He says citizens have the right to gain access to the ballot with petition iniatives.
If the legislature does not act, or the house rejects it, all three of the questions would appear on the ballot and it would be up to voters to decide.
Evans says they hope the house takes it up later this month, on the 27th, when they are scheduled to meet.
McCann says lawmakers really have much bigger fish to fry and would prefer it if that date was instead set aside to come up with a road funding measure, something the state really needs to deal with.
McCann says Wednesday was suppose to be one of those legislative work days, but it never came together.
No roll call was taken in the house Wednesday, and the only major action in the Senate was the wolf hunt vote.