Budget - Conference Committee on SB 1066 will meet on
Wednesday (9/8) at 8:30 AM to take up the MDEQ
budget for FY 2004-05.
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
MDNR Budget - Conference Committee on SB 1068 will meet on Wednesday (9/8) at 8:45 AM to take up the MDEQ budget for FY 2004-05.MDNR Budget for fiscal year 2004-05 - The House 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
Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday (9/7) at 3:00 PM for a briefing on Annex 2001 Draft Agreements given by Ken DeBeaussaert, Director of the Office of the Greal Lakes, Noah Hall, National Wildlife Federation and Jon Allan, Consumers Energy and for a briefing on the current status of the NSWMA v. Granholm (solid waste litigation) given by Robert Reichel, Assistant Attorney General.
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 unlimitedIn committee:
Land Use and Environment will meet on Wednesday (9/8) at 9:30 AM to take up:
HB 5771 – A bill to increase and revise
land disposal of septage.
Agriculture and Resource Management will meet on Wednesday (9/8) at 8:30 AM to take up:
SB 953 - State; funds;
loans to certain farmers for qualified agricultural energy production;
Energy and Technology: Alternative Energy
at the Ottawa County Administrative Building, West Olive on Tuesday
1:30 PM to take testimony from: