A few days ago, the Michigan State Senate held an “emergency” one-day session. You know, the Rust Belt's unemployment rate is through the stratosphere, Detroit is pretty much on fire, etc. Except, the Michigan Senate only voted on one issue, which is apparently much more urgent.
Michigan has two competing ballot measures — both concerning trophy hunting of wolves — coming up in the next election. Both initiatives already have more than enough valid signatures to qualify. One initiative — being promoted by Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, among other groups — would maintain protection for Michigan's small wolf population. The other initiative would allow the trophy hunting of wolves. And there's more: this other pro-hunting initiative would not only allow trophy hunters to ejaculate all over the wilderness — it would permanently lock in the rights of trophy hunters to hunt and shoot and kill wolves forever; to ejaculate all over themselves 'til they collapse in ecstasy. This initiative would be irreversible, with no chance of ever being changed or over-ridden.
Basically, if one side wins, they've won a battle. If the other side wins, they've won the war and annihilated the enemy. If the 49ers beat the Seahawks, both teams congratulate each other and go on to the next game. If the Seahawks beat the 49ers, every player on the 49ers will get kneecapped and blinded before the next game. Or something.
Anyway, so we have two totally different mindsets; two opposing initiatives on the ballot. Michigan voters will make this decision. Right?
And this is why the Michigan Senate held their emergency one-day session. They voted Yes on a bill which is identical to the pro-trophy-hunting initiative. Presto! The pro-hunting initiative is now the law, and the wolf protection initiative has just evaporated into thin air. Poof! It never existed. And that's not all: the trophy hunters' rights bill is technically an “appropriations” bill, which means it can't ever be overturned by a referendum.
This legislative sleaze is all legal under the Michigan Constitution. Legal, but about as slippery and underhanded as anyone can get.
The Michigan House will be taking up this issue on August 27th. Let's hope they have a little less contempt for voters than their counterparts in the state senate.
Here is a link to the Humane Society's website, where I first heard about this.
Labels: Humane Society, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, Michigan state senate