We would like to thank all the groups that made our Earth
Day event at the Capitol a big success.
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)
Technology & Energy will meet on Wednesday (4/28) at 3:00 PM to continue its discussion on Public Act 141 of 2000 (Electric restructuring).
Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday (4/27) at 3:00 PM to take up:
Presentation by the Michigan 4-H Conservation Council
SB 722 -- To expand the types of eligible projects for pollution prevention funding.
SB 723 -- To revise eligibility criteria small business pollution prevention assistance revolving loan fund.
SB 927 -- Establishes a legislative workgroup to examine game and fish program revenue -- made up of legislators, Natural Resource Commission members and other interested parties.
SCR 41 -- A concurrent resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to provide funding for the dredging of canals around the city of Gibraltar.
SR 234 -- A resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to provide funding for the dredging of canals around the city of Gibraltar.
Agriculture -- will meet on Thursday (4/29) at 1:00 PM to take up HB 5509 -- the budget for the Department of Agriculture for fiscal year 2004-2005.
Transportation - will meet on Tuesday (4/27) at 1:00 PM to take up HB 5528 -- Department of Transportation; provide for fiscal year 2004-2005.
On the calendar:
HB 5313 -- Substantially revises and provide for distribution
of proceeds upon
HB 5673 -- Expands the definition of livestock under the agricultural classification for property tax purposes. Language that include commercial facilities and game preserves were removed in committee. Horse farms will be included
HB 5681 -- Establish penalties for destruction to vegetation or property in Mackinac Island state park.
SB 221 -- Allows an individual to carrying a pistol in area frequented by game; allow if individual has, or is exempt from having, a concealed weapon permit.
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
Agriculture and Resource Management will meet on Tuesday (4/27) at 10:30 AM to take up:
HCR 51 -- A concurrent resolution to disapprove Executive Order No. 2004-3, that transfer regulations over privately owned deer and elk captive cervidae livestock facilities and operationsthe captive from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Natural Resources. Environmental and Conservation have been calling for the transfer due to inaction by the Department of Agriculture to address issue such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
HB 5665 -- Give preference under State purchasing to paper products that derive from sustainably managed forests or procurement systems.
Transportation will meet on Thursday (4/29) at 9:00 AM to take up a number of bills, including:
HB 5273 -- A bill that reduces the penalties for improper transportation of hazardous materials.
For testimony only -- HB 4358 -- To increase the length limit for trucks to 65 feet.
Local Government and Urban Policy will meet on Tuesday (4/27) at 9:00 AM to take up HB 5741 -- A bill to enact comprehensive changes to the Campaign Finance Act.
Natural Resources and Environmental Quality will meet on Tuesday (4/27) at 9:00 AM to take up
SB 1068 -- The Department of Natural Resources budget for fiscal year 2004-2005.