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2013 Senate Bill 613: Permit keeping road kill

Public Act 255 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on October 10, 2013, to allow a driver who kills or injures a game animal other than bird on the road to keep it, and give the driver first priority if more than one person wants it. The Department of Natural Resources would be required to issue a “salvage tag” if requested, which would be required to get the carcass stuffed or tanned by a taxidermist. The driver would have to keep a record of the circumstances until the game is consumed or discarded.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on October 10, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 18, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 25, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 25, 2014.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to allow a driver who kills or injures a game animal other than bird on the road to keep it (with various exceptions), and give the driver first priority if more than one person wants it. The Department of Natural Resources would be required to issue a “salvage tag” if requested, which would be required to get the carcass stuffed or tanned by a taxidermist. The driver would have to keep a record of the circumstances until the game is consumed or discarded.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 26, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on March 26, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on June 10, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
  4. Passed 109 to 1 in the House on June 12, 2014, to allow a driver who kills or injures a game animal other than some birds including turkeys, badgers, bobcats, elk, moose, deer fauns, wolves and bear cubs to keep it, and give the driver first priority if more than one person wants it. The Department of Natural Resources would be required to issue a “salvage tag” if requested, which would be required to get the carcass stuffed or tanned by a taxidermist. The driver would have to keep a record of the circumstances until the game is consumed or discarded.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on June 12, 2014.
  6. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 26, 2014.

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