Legislature united against drones to harass hunters

Steve Pardo
The Detroit News

Lansing – — State House members were united in their opposition to using an “unmanned aerial vehicle” — or drone — to buzz a sportsperson looking to bag game.

In the lame-duck session, legislators voted 108-0 with two absences to make harassing a hunter with the vehicle a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Penalties increase to up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500 for a second offense. An individual would violate the bill if they used a drone that “blocks, impedes, or harasses another individual who is engaged in the process of lawfully taking an animal.”

It also makes it illegal to use a device to block hunting ground or affect animal behavior in an effort to “hinder or prevent the lawful taking of an animal.”

Senators in September were of the same mind frame concerning the drones as the House members; they passed the bill 38-0.

The bill must be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder before it become law.

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