Representative Curt Vanderwall introduced two types of legislation this week. The first was regarding License plate registration. “We’re getting more into the computer age in society.” Said Vanderwall, “[People] are renewing their license tabs via the internet. When they do that, if they request them a day before or are renewing them a day before they are due, they are not going to have those tabs mailed in time to have them on their vehicle.” The license plate tab bill would provide a 30-day grace period for motorists who have renewed their tabs but have yet to receive them.
Representative Vanderwall also introduced legislation making hunting more tempting for out-of state hunters.
“What we’re trying to do is basically grow the Michigan outdoors with making it a little bit more accessible for people that live out of state, and a little more reasonable on the price. Hopefully, they’ll come up and spend a weekend, enjoy the outdoors, find out that ‘You know next year, I’m going to buy a full season license instead of just one weekend license’” The hunting bill would create a three-day version of the seven-day out-of-state small game license at half the cost.
Vanderwall also created a hunting bill to allow out-of-state hunters owning land in Michigan to hunt on their own property with a base license of half the cost of the non-resident license. “I had somebody come to me and say, ‘you know what, I own a bunch of property and I’m paying some pretty high taxes here in the state. Is there a way that if we own a pretty sizable piece of property that we can get a discount on our hunting license?’ and I feel that is a legitimate request.” said Representative Vanderwall
Spending by hunters in Michigan totals around $2.5 billion annually.