The state House has approved a bill that would allow hunters to shoot mourning doves in Michigan.
The 64-44 vote came just hours after several hundred hunters wearing orange caps held a rally in front of the state Capitol in support of the bill.
The measure changes the dove's classification from a songbird to a game bird.
Several representatives said the change would create an important new hunting opportunity in the state.
The bill now goes to the state Senate. Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema says his chamber won't take up the bill until lawmakers resolve the budget deficit.
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