In addition to the Governor’s
announcement of 90% mercury reductions from power plants by 2015, this month,
Governor Granholm issued an Executive Directive that the Public Service
Commission propose an Energy Plan for the State of
SB 1074 – A bill to impose a
temporary 12 cents per gallon tax on certain alternative fuels.
SB 1076 – A bill to create a grant program and incentives to convert fuel delivery systems to provide biodiesel blends.
SB 1077 – A bill to create a commission to investigate and recommend strategies to promote the use of alternative fuels.
SB 1078 – A bill to designate up to 10 additional renaissance zones for renewable energy facilities. **A floor amendment was introduced to require that by-products of these facilities not be sold or distributed to CAFOs.
SB 1079 – A bill to extend regulations of certain fuels.
SB 1132 – A bill to create a local federal match program to fund transportation projects.
SB 912 – A bill to provide for tax incentive for managing private forestland by exempting them form the school mileage – with the state required to make up the difference.
HB 5456 – A bill to define which facilities would be eligible for new forest products renaissance zones.
SB 919 – A bill to create 20 new forest products renaissance zones.
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 directly.
SB 1167 – A bill to create an agricultural roundtable to discuss the commercialization of agricultural products.
SB 1168 – A bill to establish a grant and revolving loan program for the commercialization of agricultural value-added products, processes, and services.
SB 1169 – A bill to create and administer the agricultural development fund.
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday (4/25) at 3:00 pm to take up:
HB 5554 – A bill to establish criteria for the designation of a school as a “green school”.
SB 1107 – A bill to revise county road commissions’ method of approving final plat.
Transportation will meet on Tuesday (4/25) at 1:00 pm to take up:
SB 1051 – A bill to provide a cap on the collection of transportation fund revenue administrative expenses.
SB 1182 – A bill to create increase the local limitation on transfer of funds from a major street system to a local street system.
Appropriations: Agriculture will meet on Thursday (4/27) at 3:30 pm to take up:
-Department of Agriculture Budget
Appropriations: Transportation will meet on Tuesday (4/25) at 2:00 pm to take up:
-Road and bridge funding
On the calendar:
**SB 538 – A bill to make methane digesters and similar technologies eligible for small business pollution prevention loans. The use of methane digester is only viable for large scale confined animal feeding operations, many of which have been shown to be chronic violators of environmental laws, or as designed, are expected to become violators during certain weather conditions. The Michigan Environmental Council opposed the legislation because we do not believe scarce state resources should be used to subsidize these types of farms.
**HB 5711 - Presumption of compliance with environmental law
for farm participating in MAEAP program.
HB 5674 – A bill to authorize the
HB 5294-5296 – Establish grace period and limit fines
for zoning ordinance violations for cities and villages, counties, and
Conservation, Forestry, and Outdoor Recreation will meet on Thursday (4/27) at 8:30 am to take up bills including:
**SB 971 – A bill to require review
and recommendation of the citizens committee for
**SB 972 – A bill to prohibit land within state parks from being designated surplus and being sold.
Government Operations will meet on Wednesday (4/26) at 2:00 pm or after session to take up a set of bills including:
HB 5749 – A bill to give local units of governments the ability to regulate the use of certain vessels and equipment on inland lakes by adoption of a local ordinance.
HB 5960 – A bill to authorize townships to regulate public access sites on inland lakes and streams.
Appropriations: Agriculture will meet on Tuesday (4/25) at 10:30 am to take up:
-Agriculture budget decision making
Appropriations: Environmental Quality will meet on Tuesday (4/25) at 1:30 pm or after session to take up:
-Water Quality Monitoring FY 2006-7 decision making
-HB 5779 – A bill to provide the Department of Environmental Quality $0 in FY 2006-7.