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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update - 11/3/04



And after that brief interlude, its back to work .... sulfide mining, banning PBDEs and more

Senate

Passed:

SB 953 - provide loans for agriculture energy production

On the Calendar:

SB 757 - This bill places penalties on landlords that fail to remediate known lead paint hazards in rental units. (Waiting for Senate to concur in House amendments).
SB 955 - tax exemption for agriculture energy production (concur in House amendments).
SB 925 – A bill to revise regulation of and provide immunity from liability for prescribed burning.

SB 1181 – A bill to modify the term of submerged log removal permits.

SB 1432 – A bill to regulate the formation of watershed agencies.

SB 735 - A bill to allow posting of tourism directional signs on highways with certain local government approval.

HB 4703
- A bill to require campgrounds and public swimming pools to meet health codes.

HB 5364 - A bill to prohibit reinstatement of driving privileges to owners of abandoned vehicles who fail to pay fines.

SB 1329 – A bill to allow the operation of snowmobiles on the right-of-way of limited access highways.

HB 5055 – A bill to restrict fees under certain circumstances under the soil erosion and sedimentation control.

HB 6047 – Clarifies certain compliance provisions with the joint planning process.

In committee:

Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs will meet on Wednesday (11/4) at 8:00 AM to take up bills including

SB 1416 - A bill to provide county level approval for subdivisions and require at board meeting comprised of each department involved.

SB 1458  - A bill to ban certain PBDEs from production and use in Michigan.

Agriculture, Forestry & Tourism will meet on Thursday (11/4) at 9:00 AM to take up SR 216 - A resolution to urge the United States Forest Service to review its forest management plan to revise timber practices and address declining timber yields in the country's national forests.

House

On the calendar:

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 manufactured homes.

HB 4882 -- Eliminate use tax on manufactured home sales.

HB 5034 -- a bill to access mobile homes as real property (vote taken, insufficient votes, vote reconsidered and passed for the day - 8/4/04)

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

HB 5942 - a bill to require that diesel fuel sold in Michigan should include 2% biodiesel.

In committee:

Agriculture and Resource Management will meet on Tuesday (11/9) at 10:30 AM to take up HB 6243 - a bill to regulate sulfide mining and reclamation in Michigan.

Land Use and Environment will meet on Wednesday (11/10) at 2:00 PM or after session to take up:

HB 6235 – A bill to create a Natural Resources Trust Fund capital expenditure grant.

HB 6295 -  A bill to allow nonjudicial process for extinguishing certain platted easements under the land division act.

SB 790 – A bill to establish the recycling advisory council.

SB 854 - A bill to establish the Office of the Statewide Recycling Coordinator in statute.

Submitted by:

James Clift
Brad Garmon
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 487-9539
www.mecprotects.org