The Legislature will be on break for the next two weeks.
Permits to pollute - no longer free
Only six months into the fiscal year, the legislature finally passed water discharge permit fees.
The second conference committee report was adopted by both the House and Senate. The law will:
The House passed the bill 74-31, no votes coming from Republicans and Rep. Virgil Smith from Detroit.
Groundwater program saved
The conference committee report for groundwater fees (SB 560) was also passed by both chambers this week. The bill will raise $1.7 million annually.
The Senate passed the measure on a vote of 34-4.
The House passed the measure by a vote of 56-49.
Director Steve Chester last week notified permit holders that they will discontinue the groundwater discharge permitting program on April 23, 2004 if fees are not passed by April 1.
SB 1066 --Department of Environmental Quality Budget -- The full Appropriations Committee voted out the Senate substitute he FY 2004-05 Budget for the Department of Environmental Quality. General fund is reduced to $38 million next year, down from $53 million last year, and $101 million in 2001.
Major changes proposed by Governor Granholm included:
Major changes proposed in the Senate version include:
pools and campgrounds, water and sewer facilities at manufactured housing communities, and to assist local health departments with inspection of septage waste facilities -- approximately $1.2 million in total.
The Governor proposed the following major change:
The Senate made the following significant changes:
HB 5029 - a bill to establish a season for hunting mourning doves in Michigan.
SR 224 - a resolution opposing new or revised administrative rules for businesses that are more stringent than Federal policies.
On the calendar:
SB 217 - The bill to amend the drain code was reported from the Agriculture Committee.
SB 532 and SB 533-- anti-littering legislation
SB 853 -- Reporting on the nature and the amount of litter collected under the adopt-a-river program
SB 854 - creates statewide recycling coordinator position
SB 855 - Reporting on the nature and the amount of litter collected under the adopt-a-shoreline program
SB 856 - Requires the state to conduct a comprehensive study on littering and create a marketing program to reduce litter
SB 857 - Reporting on the nature and the amount of litter collected under the adopt-a-trail program
SB 858 - Reporting on the nature and the amount of litter collected under the adopt-a-park program
SB 860 - Establishes a 1-800 number for reporting littering violations
SB 861 - Sets statewide goals for recycling rates (30% by 2009, 50% by 2014)
SB 653 -- to extend the sunset on the baseline environmental assessment fees.
HB 5671 - which requires notification to certain property owners of scheduled public hearings for annexation.
On the calendar:
SB 510 -- a bill to establish stormwater fees.
HB 5312 -- allows hunters to donate an additional $1.00 when purchasing hunting or fishing licensing to support the sportsmen against hunger program
SB 193 -- Provides for a specialty license plates for ducks unlimited