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Michigan Governor Vetoes Bill to End Deer Baiting Ban

Michigan Governor Vetoes Bill to End Deer Baiting Ban Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: December 19, 2019 11:54 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed legislation that would have ended the state's ban on using bait to hunt deer or elk.

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She said Thursday the restriction curbs the spread of animal diseases. The Democratic governor says more than 68% of voters approved a 1996 referendum on a law giving the state Natural Resources Commission authority to regulate hunting.

Baiting deer and elk is prohibited throughout the entire Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Michele Hoitenga, says the ban is not preventing the spread of disease and is instead driving people away from hunting.

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