Proos co-sponsors bills to create smartphone apps for hunting and fishing licenses

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos recently co-sponsored Senate legislation that would enable hunters and anglers to show proof of a license on their smartphones.

“Smartphones put a world of information in our hands in virtually any location,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “With an abundance of game animals and birds, Michigan attracts the third-most number of hunters in the nation. Through an easy-to-use app, we can give outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan the ability to have their hunting and fishing licenses on their phones — which would be much more convenient.”

Senate Bills 1073-1075 would require the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide smartphone applications that display base hunting, waterfowl and all-species fishing licenses for customers by March 1, 2018.

The legislation would also require the DNR to further implement mobile technology into other services, such as providing information on points of public access, nearby trails, descriptions of game species and hunting boundaries.

Proos said that residents of Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties in 2015 purchased more than 35,000 fishing licenses and nearly 74,000 hunting licenses.

“It is important to support our hunting heritage, because it plays a key role in our way of life — contributing more than $2 billion annually to Michigan’s economy,” Proos said. “Smartphone technology can improve convenience for all sportsmen and also help enhance the outdoor experience in Southwest Michigan — with access to invaluable information about the area’s 57 state-managed boating access sites and more than 200 miles of local trails.”

SBs 1073-1075 have been referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee for consideration.

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Editor’s note — Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.