After Senate task force hearings across the state and a comprehensive report (including recommendations for action) the Senate Republicans moved a package of bills that will do virtually nothing to address Michigan's Recycling rate. Calls for a Recycling Advisory Council to “study” this problem is just another example of the legislature avoiding its duty under the Michigan Constitution (Art. 4, Sec. 52) to protect the air, water, and other natural resources of the state from pollution, impairment and destruction. The landfilling of recyclable materials wastes millions of gallons of oil each year unnecessarily in this country. Michigan can, and should be, doing more to address this critical problem.
The legislature acted on potential revenue sources, but took no actions on budgets yet.
The Legislative is scheduled to return Wednesday (8/25).
SB 1066 -- MDEQ Budget - fiscal year 2004-05, the House
approved a budget for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
that reinstated the Hazardous Waste Management Program, but retained
reductions in staffing levels
by 8%, and reduces general fund support for the department by 15%.
(f) That liability for response activities to address environmental contamination should be imposed upon those persons who are responsible for the environmental contamination.The use of CMI money to pay for a study to benefit the Dow Chemical Company is an inappropriate use of those funds - and breaks a promise to voters who supported the CMI bonds.
At the same time, no new sites of environmental contamination are being addressed by the state due to budget shortfalls.
MDEQ Budget Conference Committee Named - Senate - Senators McManus, Goschka, Barcia -
House - Representatives Pastor, Moolenaar, Brown
1068 -- MDNR Budget for fiscal year 2004-05 -
version removes travel cuts made by the Senate, removed timber cut
mandate language and returned to a version closer to that recommended
by the administration. Senate conferees: Sens.McManus, Johnson, Barcia
- House conferees - Reps. Pastor, Walker and Brown
SB 790 – Establishes the recycling advisory council. The council would "study" a variety the issues including funding for recycling, and whether to "change" the bottle bill. The fifteen person "advisory" council would be dominated by industry representatives.
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 in
statute (already exists in the department) - with reporting
requirements (however, no new money was allocated and no one has a duty
to report how much they recycle).
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 (27% by 2009 - a level below the national average).
Senate Energy and Technology meeting on Wednesday (8/4) to take up SB 1331-1336 regarding the regulation of electrical markets was canceled.
On the calendar:
SB 757 - This bill places penalties on landlords that fail to remediate known lead paint hazards in rental units.
SB 722/723 - Expands the eligible businesses for pollution prevention loans and increases the size of the available loans.
HB 5441 – a bill to clarify when "feasible and prudent" alternatives should be considered to a project that will impact wetlands. An amendment was added in committee regarding when the MDEQ must issue a permit that may jeopardize Michigan's delegation of the Clean Water Act - section 404 program.
HB 4106 -- Provide for state real estate transfer tax on transfer of certain manufactured homes.
HB 4879 -- Provide for exemption from sales tax on used
HB 4882 -- Eliminate use tax on manufactured home sales.
HB 4880 -- Create and implement a manufactured housing
HB 5844 -- Include for homestead property tax credit
amounts paid for Michigan manufactured housing specific tax.
HB 4111 -- Exempt from property taxes manufactured housing
to specific tax.
HB 4868 -- Create a mobile homes manufactured home owners
HB 4869 -- Establish and clarify owners rights under the
home owners association act.
HB 5035 -- Revise membership of the mobile home commission.
HB 5034 -- a bill to access mobile homes as real property.
HB 4358 -- To increase the length limit for trucks to 65 feet.
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