ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - A dispute over homing pigeons in a Detroit suburb could lead to a change in decades-old Michigan law.
Democratic state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor sponsored a bill to allow municipalities to regulate pigeon-keeping practices. Hopgood tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1foIyiq ) the bill would prevent outright bans.
Michael Morris has dozens of homing pigeons that roost in specially made lofts behind his Allen Park home. The 56-year-old loves driving the birds hundreds of miles away, then going back home to sit in a lawn chair and watch as they come back.
Neighbor Mary Ferenc says she's tired of hosing pigeon droppings off her property.
Current law allows people to obtain permits to keep pigeons if they can prove housing is clean and orderly.
Senate Bill 631: http://1.usa.gov/1mESg4h
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com
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