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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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>To: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
>Subject: Re: E-M:/ Sewer Backup Immunity
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>Senate Bill 109 was introduced by Sen. Shirley Johnson whose SE Michigan
>constituency has been plagued with sewer overflows and infrastructure 
>problems.
>The compromise version passed by the Senate allows municipalities off the 
>hook if,
>in essence,  they can show that they are working toward a solution.  It 
>does not
>prohibit compensation for actual damages.  Rep. DeVuyst's bill goes in 
>entirely
>the opposite direction, making municipalities immune from civil liability 
>unless
>gross negligence can be proved--a very high standard and probably the 
>status quo.
>DeVuyst took testimony in his own committee, Conservation and Outdoor 
>Recreation,
>then re-referred it to Rep. Jim Howell's committee on Civil Law and the 
>Judiciary.
>The MI Supreme Court has two cases this fall which should impact the liability
>issue.
>
>Rep. Bruce Patterson's bill, HB 4960 which states that a municipality is 
>liable
>for damages under trespass-nuisance law if negligence can be proved, 
>counters the
>DeVuyst initiative and four hearings have already taken place in the Civil Law
>committee.  The Senate version, SB 109 has just been referred to the Civil Law
>committee chaired by Representative Jim Howell. Other members of that 
>committee
>are: Adamany, Bisbee, Faunce, Hummel, Koetje, Lipsee, Miner, Voorhees and 
>Waters.
>
>All those concerned about water quality or plagued by sewer problems may 
>want to
>weigh in on this discussion. -- Sue Julian, MI Drain Code Coalition, 
>248-634-3513
>
>"Alex J. Sagady & Associates" wrote:
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> > Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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> > I see the the House Committee on Civil Law and Judiciary
> > is taking up HB 4960, 4706 and SB 109 concerning
> > giving government immunity from tort actions/liability
> > for sewer backups (meeting on 12/4/01, Tuesday, 327 House
> > Office Building; 3 PM or after house session).
> >
> > Anybody out there interested in or tracking this issue?
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