A Michigan House panel has approved legislation that could block a group's effort to ban wolf hunting in Michigan.
The bill was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the House Natural Resources Committee. It would empower the Natural Resources Commission to decide which types of wildlife can be hunted, which currently only the Legislature can do.
One Democratic member of the panel abstained.
The bill was approved by the Senate last week and now heads to the House floor.
Earlier this month, opponents gathered more than 240,000 signatures to request a statewide vote on whether the animals should be hunted.
If the bill is signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, the commission could approve wolf hunting anyway even if voters strike it down in 2014.