Michigan Wolf Hunting Referendum (2014)
|Wolf Hunting Referendum|
|State code:||Public Act 520|
|Topic:||Hunting on the ballot|
|Status:||On the ballot|
Editor's note: In Michigan a 'Yes' vote upholds the law and a 'No' vote rejects it. This means that supporters of the referendum would vote 'No' on the ballot question itself.
- Humane Society of the United States
- Kalamazoo Humane Society
- Detroit Audubon Society
- Michigan Animal Shelter Rescue Network
For a complete list of endorsements from organizations and individuals, please see here.
Editor's note: In Michigan a 'Yes' vote upholds the law and a 'No' vote rejects it. This means that opponents of the referendum would vote 'Yes' on the ballot question itself.
The Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has declared its opposition to the referendum.
- Erin McDonough, executive director of MUCC, said, "The fact that HSUS was able to collect the required number of signatures tells us nothing about the issue other than if you are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and target areas of the state without a wolf population and refuse to educate the public about the issue, you can collect a lot of signatures. MUCC believes that HSUS has vastly underestimated the intelligence level of Michigan's residents and has grossly overestimated this state's tolerance for out-of-state extremists attempting to buy election results."
Tactics and strategies
- Sen. Tom Casperson (R-38) sponsored Senate Bill 288, a piece of legislation that essentially renders the referendum meaningless. The bill gives the Natural Resource Commission the authority to declare game animals and establish seasons without the need for action by the legislature. Before the bill's passage, game animals must be declared in law, which subjects them to referendum. The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on May 8, 2013.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Michigan signature requirements
In order to qualify the proposed referendum to the statewide ballot, supporters were required to collect 161,304 signatures (5% of the number of people who voted in the 2010 election for Governor) and turn them in 90 days after the final adjournment of the Legislature.
Supporters reported that they submitted 253,705 signatures on March 27, 2013. If the number required for ballot placement are verified, the law will be suspended until the statewide vote. The Board of State Canvassers then had 60 days from the date of submission to review the signed petitions.
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- MichiganRadio.org,"Referendum campaign will try to block wolf hunts," January 14, 2013
- MLive.com, "Debate over possible Michigan wolf hunt enters new phase with signature submission," March 27, 2013
- List of endorsements from campaign website
- Oakland Press, "Michigan groups work to get wolf hunting repealed," April 29, 2013
- Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Rick Snyder signs off on gray wolf hunt in the U.P.," May 8, 2013
- Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Proposal Status"
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