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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update - 12/2/04

Next week may be the last week of session for the years.  Any bills that do not pass will need to be reintroduced next year.

House passes bills to phase out the sale of thermostats containing mercury, and hospital's use of blood pressure recording devices utilizing mercury (see House action).


On the Calendar:

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.

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

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.

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 is expected to meet on Tuesday (12/7) at 3:00 PM -- agenda to be announced.

Technology and Energy is scheduled to meet on Wednesday (12/8) to take up a number of bills and continued discussion of Public Act 141 and the recent final orders in Detroit Edison's rate case.



HB 6196
A bill to prohibit the sale of thermostat devices containing mercury.

HB 6198
A bill to prohibit the sale or use of blood pressure recording devices that contain mercury.

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 (referred to Government Operations where no further action expected this year).  

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 allow the Governor to establish a recycling advisory council (no funding allocated).

HB 4406  - A bill to ban certain PBDEs from production and use in Michigan

n the calendar:

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

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

SB 854 - A bill to establish the Office of the Statewide Recycling Coordinator in statute (insufficient votes received first time - vote reconsidered and still pending before the House.

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

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

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.

SB 1278 – A bill that regulates the operation of airboats.

HB 4141 -
A bill to establish allowable uses at road endings.  Discharged from committee, but insufficient votes received for passage.

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.

Submitted by:

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