Senate rejects another Whitmer appointee to hunting panel

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For the second time this month, Michigan’s Republican-led Senate has blocked one of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing.

Thursday, the Senate rejected George Heartwell, a former mayor of Grand Rapids.

Gun-rights groups opposed his nomination in part because, as mayor, he backed an ordinance banning guns in public buildings and was a member of a gun-control group co-founded by former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Heartwell, who no longer hunts but fishes, has said he supports the Second Amendment and hunting.

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