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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update - 11/24/04



The legislature will return on November 30, 2004 and be in session for 2-3 weeks.

Senate

Passed (prior to break):

SB 757 - This bill places penalties on landlords that fail to remediate known lead paint hazards in rental units. (Senate amended House amendments and sent it back to the House).

SB 925 – A bill to revise regulation of and provide immunity from liability for prescribed burning.

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.

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 and set fees.

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

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.

On the Calendar:

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

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

In committee:

Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday (11/30) at 3:00 PM to take up bills including

HJR Z
- A resolution to place before the voters in 2006 a constitutional provision to protect restricted funds related to conservation, recreation and game and fish activities from use for other purposes.

HB 5870 – A bill to implement a constitutional amendment (HJR Z) to create the Michigan conservation and recreation legacy fund and game and fish protection trust fund.

 Pending referral:

HB 5194 – A bill to allow for mail-in absentee ballot election for the directors of the conservation district.

HB 6235 - A bill to allow for grants from the scrap tires fund to fund capital expenditures. 

HB 6243 - A bill to regulate nonferrous metallic mining and reclamation.

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

Local, Urban & State Affairs will meet on Thursday (12/2) at 1:00 PM to take up a number of bills including:

HB 6164 - A bill to allow a local municipality to enter into a contract with a private developer – this technique can be used to tie rezoning of a parcel to one specific proposal – which if doesn’t proceed allows the parcel to revert to its former designation.  

HB 6166 - This bill allows counties to enter into a contract with a private developer – see HB 6164 above.  

HB 6206 - This bill allows townships to enter into a contract with a private developer – see HB 6164 above
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Finance will meet on Wednesday (12/1) at 1:00 PM to take up a number of bills including HB 6036, a bill to exempt from property taxes, property owned by a charitable organization for conservation purposes and open to the general public for educational and recreational use.  


House

Passed (Prior to break):

HB 6047 – Clarifies certain compliance provisions with the joint planning process (agreed with Senate amendments).

HB 6243 - a bill to regulate sulfide mining and reclamation in Michigan.

HB 6235 – A bill to expand the use of scrap tire regulatory fund for use as capital expenditure grants.

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

On the calendar:

HB 6314 a bill to allow utilities to use the right-a-way of limited access highways without the permission  of the local unit of government. This bill would reverse a Supreme Court decision which recognized the right of the City Of Lansing to veto a gasoline designed to pass around town following the path of I-96.  

SB 757 - This bill places penalties on landlords that fail to remediate known lead paint hazards in rental units. (House needs to vote on concurring with Senate amendments)

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.

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

SB 1458 / HB 4406  - Bills to ban certain PBDEs from production and use in Michigan.

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:

Conservation and Outdoor Recreation will met on Wednesday (12/1) at 10:30 AM to take up:

SB 111 – A bill to require posting at park entrances whether or not hunting or firearm usage is allowed within the state park.

SB 1148 – A bill to authorize military personnel to obtain hunting and fishing licenses from the Department of Natural Resources licensing agents for one dollar.

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

Great Lakes and Tourism will meet on Tuesday (11/30) at 9:00 AM to take up SB 1278 – A bill that regulates the operation of airboats.

Land Use and Environment will meet on Wednesday (12/1) at 11:00 AM, to take up SB 1416 – a bill to streamline the plat approval process for subdivisions under the Land Division Act.


Submitted by:

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