By: - December 20, 2018 6:24 pm

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation that would bar municipalities besides Ann Arbor from sterilizing deer for more than three years.

The Republican governor gave his blessing to House Bill 5321, sponsored by Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), which blocks the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from issuing sterilization permits for large game until April 1, 2022.

Gov. Rick Snyder at his year-end press conference, Dec. 11, 2018 | Ken Coleman

Ann Arbor is the only municipality with such a program and it would be allowed to continue. The bill requires the DNR to submit reports on findings in Ann Arbor, as well as a recommendation on future programs. The bill is now Public Act 389 of 2018.

Snyder also signed more than three dozen bills into law this week that have not been met with rallies and protests.

They include legislation creating Michigan State Trooper Timothy O’Neill Memorial Highway in Kent County. The measure pays tribute to the late law enforcement officer who was killed last fall while on motorcycle patrol. A member of the Rockford post, the 28-year-old O’Neill was engaged to married.  

“Trooper O’Neill was dedicated to serving his community and gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Snyder said. “This legislation is a good way to honor his service.”

Senate Bill 960 was sponsored by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford).

Snyder signed a variety of other measures, including:

  • HB 4701, sponsored by Rep. Holly Hughes (R-Montague), exempts veterans from fees assessed to incorporate a business. The bill is now PA 380 of 2018.
    Holly Hughes

  • HB 4858, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell), amends the Preference in Employment Act to add a section regarding the setting of compensation when veterans are hired. The bill is now PA 381 of 2018.
  • HB 5199, sponsored by Rep. Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.), amends the Michigan Election Law to require the Secretary of State to provide an expedited canvass if unofficial results for a U.S. presidential election show a vote differential under 25,000 votes. The bill is now PA 382 of 2018.
  • HB 5719, sponsored by Rep. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), revises a state package liquor store quota system that allows just one store for every 1,000 residents in a community, by allowing more than one in a community of less than 1,000 under specified conditions. The bill is now PA 385 for 2018.
  • SB 1051, sponsored by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell), strengthens good government practices and financial transparency by codifying current fiscal practices including the presentation of a 2-year budget from the Governor’s Office; requiring a new, easy-to-understand annual report on the state’s financial condition to be posted on the internet; and requiring a five-year strategic plan to be presented by the Governor each year. The bill is now PA 388 of 2018.
  • HB 5711, sponsored by Cole, removes certain hunting age limits on public land. The bill is now PA 398 of 2018.

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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.