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E-M:/ MEC Capitol Update - December 7, 2001



Senate Action:

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 Action:

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) Michigan’s 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.

House Transportation

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.

Submitted by:

James Clift
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 487-9539
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