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Enviro-Mich message from Julie Stoneman <juliemec@voyager.net>


Your calls helped!  On Thursday night, the Michigan House voted down an
amendment that would have stripped Rep. Bill Byl's (R-Grand Rapids)urban
sprawl impact language from the DEQ budget before it passed the House.  By
taking that action, the House took a historic step forward in the debate on
sprawl and the impacts of state spending on land use.  Byl's language met
with stiff opposition from the development lobby, but bi-partisan support
for the measure led to a 59-46 vote that kept it in.  A big thank you to
all who responded to our request for calls to legislators.

The language requires DEQ to only consider the impacts of grants, loans or
technical assistance on urban redevelopment and existing public utilities
and infrastructure.  It also directs the Department to encourage
inter-governmental cooperation and coordination as well as to consider the
compatibility of its assistance with local comprehensive plans and zoning
ordinances.  The Michigan Environmental Council asked Byl, who chairs the
House DEQ Appropriations Subcommittee, to add language to the budget bill
to ensure that the department consider any impacts it may have on local
governments' efforts to address urban sprawl.

The amendment to remove the language was introduced by Rep. Tony Stamas
(R-Midland).  The floor debate that followed would lead an observer to
believe that state representatives all agree sprawl is a problem, but many
argue the budget process was not the place to do it.  That debate helps
pave the way for a comprehensive approach to land use in Michigan.

Opposition to Byl's language was led by the Michigan Association of Home
Builders, the Michigan Association of REALTORS, and the Michigan State
Chamber of Commerce.  In addition to MEC, Byl was supported by the Michigan
United Conservation Clubs, the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan Farm
Bureau, and the County Road Association of Michigan.  

The DEQ budget, SB 364, will move on to conference committee for Senate
concurrence and keeping Byl's language in will be an extremely tough fight.
Although not finalized, conference committee members representing the House
are likely to be Reps. Bill Byl, Rep. Dave Mead (R-Mead--who did not
support the language) and either Rep. Paul Tesanovich (D-L'Anse) or Rep.
Deb Cherry (D-Burton).  For the Senate, Senators Loren Bennett (R-Canton),
Harry Gast (R-St. Joseph) and Alma W. Smith (D-Salem)will likely serve.
Bennett led the fight to  defeat a similar amendment in the DEQ budget when
it was before the Senate.

The House votes are listed below.  MEC encourages letters to House members
either praising their vote to support consideration of state spending on
sprawl or expressing your disappointment that they did not.  We also urge
calls to members of the conference committee asking that they keep Sec. 224
of the SB 364, in the DEQ budget.

What follows is the House vote on the Stamas amendment to strip Byl's
sprawl impact language from the DEQ budget, SB 364.  A NAY vote was the
correct vote:

Allen	Jason	R	Nay
Baird	Laura	D	Nay
Basham	Raymond	D	Nay
Birkholz Patty	R	Not Voting
Bisbee	Clark	R	Yay
Bishop	Michael R	Yay
Bogardus Rose	D	Nay
Bovin	Douglas	D	Yay
Bradstreet	Ken	R	Yay
Brater	Elizabeth	D	Nay
Brewer	Lingg	D	Not Voting
Brown	Bob	D	Nay
Brown	Cameron	R	Yay
Byl	William	R	Nay
Callahan	William	D	Nay
Cassis	Nancy	R	Yay
Caul	Sandy	R	Yay
Cherry	Deborah	D	Nay
Clark	Irma	D	Nay
Clarke	Hansen	D	Nay
Daniels	Ken	D	Nay
DeHart	Eileen	D	Nay
Dennis	Julie	D	Nay
DeRossett	Gene	R	Yay
DeVuyst	Larry	R	Yay
DeWeese	Paul	R	Nay
Ehardt	Stephen R.	R	Nay
Faunce	Jennifer	R	Yay
Frank	A.T.	D	Yay
Garcia	Valde	R	Yay
Garza	Belda	D	Nay
Geiger	Terry	R	Yay
Gieleghem	Paul	D	Nay
Gilbert	Jud	R	Yay
Godchaux	Patricia	R	Nay
Gosselin	Robert	R	Yay
Green	Mike	R	Not Voting
Hager	Lauren	R	Yay
Hale	Derrick	D	Nay
Hanley	Michael	D	Nay
Hansen	John	D	Nay
Hardman	Artina	D	Nay
Hart	Doug	R	Nay
Howell	Jim	R	Nay
Jacobs	Gilda	D	Nay
Jamnick	Ruth Ann	D	Nay
Jansen	Mark	R	Nay
Jelinek	Ron	R	Yay
Jellema	Jon	R	Nay
Johnson	Ruth	R	Yay
Johnson	Rick	R	Nay
Julian	Larry	R	Nay
Kelly	Thomas	D	Nay
Kilpatrick	Kwame	D	Not Voting
Koetje	James	R	Yay
Kowall	Mike	R	Yay
Kuipers	Wayne	R	Yay
Kukuk	Janet	R	Yay
LaForge	Ed	D	Nay
LaSata	Charles	R	Nay
Law	Gerald	R	Yay
Lemmons	LaMar	D	Nay
Lockwood	Patricia	D	Nay
Mans	George	D	Nay
Martinez	Lynne	D	Nay
Mead	David	R	Yay
Middaugh	Mary Ann	R	Yay
Minore	Jack	D	Nay
Mortimer	Mickey	R	Nay
Neumann	Andy	D	Yay
O'Neil	William	D	Yay
Pappageorge	John	R	Yay
Patterson	Bruce	R	Yay
Perricone	Charles	R	Yay
Pestka	Steve	D	Yay
Price	Hubert	D	Nay
Prusi	Michael	D	Nay
Pumford	Mike	R	Nay
Quarles	Nancy	D	Nay
Raczkowski	Andrew	R	Yay
Reeves	Triette Lipsey	D	Nay
Richardville	Randy	R	Yay
Richner	Andrew	R	Yay
Rison	Vera	D	Not Voting
Rivet	Joseph	D	Nay
Rocca	Sue	R	Yay
Sanborn	Alan	R	Yay
Schauer	Mark	D	Nay
Schermesser	Gloria	D	Nay
Scott	Martha	D	Nay
Scranton	Judith	R	Nay
Shackleton	Scott	R	Yay
Sheltrown	Dale	D	Yay
Shulman	Marc	R	Yay
Spade	Doug	D	Nay
Stallworth	Keith	D	Nay
Stamas	Tony	R	Yay
Switalski	Michael	D	Nay
Tabor	Susan	R	Yay
Tesanovich	Paul	D	Nay
Thomas	Samuel	D	Nay
Toy	Laura	R	Yay
VanderRoest	Jerry	R	Yay
VanWoerkom	Gerald	R	Nay
Vaughn	Ed	D	Nay
Vear	Steve	R	Yay
Voorhees	Joanne	R	Yay
Wojno	Paul	D	Nay
Woodward	Dave	D	Nay
Woronchak	Gary	R	Yay


Julie Stoneman
Director of Land Programs
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Dr., Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
Ph:	517-487-9539
Fax:	517-487-9541
Email:	juliemec@voyager.net

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