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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update - 3/7/05

First hearing by Joint House and Senate Transportation Committees on Governor's Granholm's "Fix it First" approach to roads will take place in Canton tonight.  Opponents are expected to argue for more new roads at the hearing.


On the Calendar:

In committee:

Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday (3/8) at 3:00 PM to take up:

SB 79 ? Requires voter approval for imposing up to a $2.00 fee per household to fund waste reduction programs.  Counties currently have this authority without having to go to the voters. .

SB 282 ? Provides for an exemption from the soil erosion and sedimentation control program for certain residential projects and a general permit for the maintenance of others, such as seawalls.

And presentations given by:

Jon W. Allan, Director of Environmental Services, Consumers Energy Company (Member of the Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council)

Kurt L. Heise, Director of Wayne County Department of Environment (Member of the Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council)

James Clift, Policy Director for the Michigan Environmental Council

Technology and Energy is scheduled to meet on Wednesday (3/9) for a presentation by the Michigan Public Service Commission on their annual report.


On the calendar:

In committee:

Energy and Technology will meet on Wednesday (3/9) at 9:00 AM for a presentation on the 2004 Status of Electric Competition in Michigan report
by Dr. Michel Hiser, Director, Competitive Energy Division, MPSC

Energy and Technology: Energy will meet on Thursday (3/10) at 11:00 AM or after committees are given leave by the House to meet, whichever time is later to continue discussion of Renewable Portfolio Standards

Joint Committees:

Joint House and Senate Transportation Committee will be held on Monday (3/7) at 6:30 pm at the Canton Township Hall, Freedom Room, Lower Level, 1150 S. Canton Center Road, Canton

On the agenda Presentation & public testimony on the 5-Year Transportation Program by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

This is the first of a number of hearing around the state that will advocate for new roads instead of fixing our current roads first.

Submitted by:

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