The Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee reported out the following bills on Tuesday (12/4):
HB 5038 - Provides for notice to other jurisdictions of the adoption of township plans
HB 5252 Provides for notice to other jurisdictions of the adoption of county plans
HB 5267 Provide for notice to other jurisdictions of the adoption of municipal plans
MEC is disappointed that after years of work on trying to get the legislature
to adopt the
Coordinated Planning Act the best they could do was legislation to provide notice, but no
coordination of efforts among adjourning communities.
House Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Committee
HB 5118 Directional drilling below the Great Lakes - The Committee
took some testimony on the bill on Thursday (12/6). They have scheduled
a meeting on Tuesday
(12/11) at 9:00 a.m. to complete action on the bills.
HB 5380, SB 27 Scrap Tire Regulation - These bills place greater restrictions on the collection and disposal of scrap tires, and removes the sunset and increases the fees used for the scrap tire program. MEC opposed the final version of HB 5380 because it lowered the bond requirements for the operators of whole tire collection sites from $100,000/acre to $25,000/acre. HB 5380 was reported out of committee and passed the entire House on Thursday (12/6). SB 27 remains on the House calendar.
HB 5478 - The committee reported this bill to transfers from the legislature to the Natural Resources Commission the ability to designate "game" species.
SJR T and SBs 796-801 Natural Resources Trust Fund / Parks
Endowment Fund This Constitutional amendment (must go to the ballot)
and bills do basically four things; raise the overall cap on the Natural
Resources Trust Fund from $400 million to $500 million; raise
the trigger for relying on interest only (they currently can now also spend
1/3 of each year incoming revenue stream plus interest) from $200 million
to $500, increase the amount of money that can be diverted from the State
Parks Endowment Fund from
$5 million a year adjusted for inflation to $6.5 million a year adjusted for inflation and allow investments in these and other related funds in all investment types currently allowed for the state retirement system. Negotiations continue on this package of bills
Land Use and Environment Committee
The committee reported SB 105, SB 106, and HB 4926 that provide more funding to address sewer overflow issues.
House Civil Law and Judiciary Committee
SB 109 Municipal liability for sewer backups The committee
reported this bill to provide a procedure for homeowners to receive compensation
for sewer backups that are the result of a defect that a local government
has notice of and has not addressed.
House Energy and Technology Committee
Reported out HCR 49 a resolution to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate and adjust (increase) Michigans cap on nitrogen oxide emissions. Based on input from the MEC, the resolution was improved by adding language regarding public health impacts and the need for greater support for energy efficiency programs.
HB 5467 The bill took testimony on this bill to create a Regional Transportation Authority in Southeast Michigan. The committee plans to continue to work on the legislation.
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