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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 6-24-05
- Subject: E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 6-24-05
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- Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005 21:56:07 -0400
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SB 79 ? The House leadership improperly removed pending amendments to
this recycling bills that would have forced a roll call vote on whether
to tie the bill to the passage of the $7.50 / ton surcharge on solid
waste. The surcharge would ensure Michigan received some benefit from
the 30% of our trash that comes from outside the state.
The House appears to be ready to continue its shady procedural
practices this week when they pass budget bills that don?t authorize
any spending in order to avoid hard votes.
HB 4617 ? The House Government Operations Committee reported out a bill
that relieves polluters from their responsibility to clean up
contaminated sites and make it easier to sell contaminated property to
All Senate budgets were passed. The Senate passed the House Omnibus
Appropriation bill after it stripped all appropriations and language
from the bill (HB 4831).
On the calendar:
HB 4714 / 16 ? Bills to establish a nonnative species advisory council
and to clarify penalties.
SB 373 / HB 4465 - Natural resources; hunting; computer-assisted
hunting from a remote location; prohibit.
SB 583 ? Revise the Michigan Next Energy authorities to allow tax
breaks for the manufacturing of certain alternative energy technologies.
SB 584 ? Modify the definition of alternative energy zones.
SB 334 ? A bill to provide for the annual approval of a low-income and
energy efficiency charge to be placed on electrical and natural gas
bills. Only 10% of the money could be used for low-income energy
efficiency programs under limited circumstances. In addition, the bill
repeals the authority of the Public Service Commission to implement
demand side management programs.
SB 337 - A bill to create a tax credit for historical buildings
renovations. The bill however creates them as SBT credits, which
although generated by nonprofit groups would be sold to SBT tax payers.
A grant program to the nonprofits could serve the same purpose
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday (6/28)
at 3:00 p.m. to take up:
HB 4071 /HB 4145 - Allow individuals to donate game or to donate an
additional $1.00 when purchasing hunting or fishing licenses to the
sportsmen against hunger program.
HB 4679 ? A bill to provide for downtown development authorities inside
of townships under certain conditions. This bill is likely targeted to
allow a downtown development authority for the construction of
infrastructure to allow the building of a mega-mall.
HB 4217 ? A bill to require language be printed on front of ballot
petition if circulator is being paid and by whom. The problem with the
bill is that this information is not known at the time of the printing
of ballot forms and thus will serve to increase the cost of the
public?s access to the ballot.
HB 4328 ? A bill to revise the size of initiative and referendum
petition form in such a way to allow them on 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper
in some instances.
SB 79 ? A bill to authorize a local recycling fee. An amendment was
offered which would tie-bar this bill to the solid waste surcharge
bills (at which time further action was postponed on the bills.
HB 4860 ? A bill to clarify a municipality has no liability if it is
forced to take over a private waste water facility.
SB 356 ? Clarifies that private waste water facilities are subject to
SB 419 - Allows the Public Service Commission to set rates for private
waste water treatment facilities.
On the calendar:
HB 4617 ? A bill be require site specific testing in order for a
property to be considered a contaminated ?facility? under part 201.
This will result in responsible parties avoiding cleanups and sales to
SB 522 - A bill to exempt local authority over pipe line siting along
the right-of-way of limited access highways. This bill is a follow-up
to the City of Lansing?s denial of a proposal by Wolverine Pipeline to
bypass Lansing following a route along I-96.
SB 211 through SB 217, and SB 507 establish on nonnative species
advisory council, establish the duties, establish certain prohibit
insect and plant species, and clarify penalties for violations.
HB 4803 ? A bill to require school to begin after Labor Day.
HB 4576 ? A bill to establish the allowable uses at dedicated public
HB 4204 - This bill eliminates the 6 cent sales tax on gas to the
extent that it exceeds $2.30 gallon.
HB 4257 - The bill reduces the taxes that farmers would pay on their
property to $5 acre be providing them a tax credit against their income
or Single Business Tax payment to property taxes paid above that
amount. The program is limited to only 200,000 acres - in order to
limit the lost tax revenue to the state to $2-3 million. If applied to
all property the bill would cost the state more than $30 million a year
(depending on enrollment). Unlike the current program (PA 116), this
act has does not limit the property taxes credit based on the income
level of the taxpayer. The bill does not follow the recommendations of
the Michigan Land Use Leadership Council on this point.
HB 4235 a bill to require 2% biodiesel to be included in diesel fuel
sold within the state.
Appropriations will meet Tuesday at 10:00 am to take up all the Senate
budget bills are currently in this committee. It is expected that the
committee will remove all spending and pass the bills without any
substance in order to move them to conference committee but avoiding
votes on any controversial provisions.
Transportation will meet on Tuesday (6/21) at 9:00 am to take up:
HB 4892 ? a bill to exempt County Road Commissions from having to
mitigate for any wetland destruction within the right-a-way of a road.
HB 4190 ? Allow the abolishment of certain grade crossings on railroads
if fewer than 1,000 vehicles a day use that crossing.
Natural Resources, Great Lakes, Land Use, and Environment will meet on
Thursday (6/9) at 9:00 am for a presentation by: Steve Yencich with the
Michigan Hotel, Motel, and Resort Association.
Michigan Environmental Council
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Lansing, MI 48912
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