Kivela CWD Bill Passes Michigan House

By Nicole Walton

The State House has approved a bill that increases the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that has chronic wasting disease. 
 
Sponsored by Democratic Representative John Kivela, the bill aims to prevent CWD from entering the Upper Peninsula.  The region hasn't seen any infections, but Wisconsin communities close to the border with the U.P. have reported CWD cases. 

The legislation increases penalties up to a fine of between $500 and $2,000 and 90 days in jail. 

It now heads to the Senate for consideration.