HB 4257 – Emergent Coastal Wetland - The Senate passed on a vote of 38-0 legislation that will regulate activities in the bottomlands of the Great Lakes. Lakefront property owners will be able to continue to groom a path 6 feet wide for the purpose of access. A new pilot program will allow the removal of vegetation in areas that that are predominantly sand or rock beach, or non-native or invasive species. The department will also be able consider former use of the property, but ignore it if the area has significant wildlife value.
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee met jointly with the House Land Use and Environmental on the issue of out-of-state trash in Northville on Wednesday (5/28). The last of this series of three hearings will take place on Tuesday (6/3) in Lansing (Senate Hearing Room, Boji Tower).
Budget Hearings - The subcommittee on Environmental Quality and Natural Resources is expected to report proposed budgets this week. The Budget both still contain substantial cuts that will significant impact department programs.
MDNR – Tuesday (6/3), at 12:00 noon.
NPDES Permit Fee Workgroup – Wednesday (6/4) at 8:00 am – This workgroup is working on a user fee proposal to operate the water pollution discharge program. The Governor’s budget proposes $7.2 million in NPDES permit fees to make up for budget shortfalls.
House of Representatives
House Appropriation Subcommittee on Environmental Quality will hold a hearing on Tuesday (6/3) on Permits and the Use of Restrictive Funds
Land Use & Environment - Joint meeting with the Senate committee - see above
House Appropriation Subcommittee - Transportation - SB 265 -
Governor Granholm's "Preserve First" agenda for transportation
The Senate included an amendment to the MDOT budget bill on a promise to restore all 34 new-and-wider road projects, but the house did not concur in the decision.
The next meeting is June 3rd at 8:30 am.
DARTA - After months of legislative roadblocks and dead ends,
the elected leaders of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and the City
of Detroit decided to come
The original DARTA legislation took nearly two years to craft. Gov.