Last week, the seed preemption bill (SB 777) passed the House, the Senate voted to concur with House changes, and it was presented to the Governor. If signed by the Governor, this bill will take away the ability of local governments to regulate genetically engineered seeds and eliminate important tools to protect farmers from contamination.
Next Tuesday, May 9, the House and Senate Natural Resources Committees will take public testimony on the DEQ’s report on the impacts of beach grooming.
On the calendar:
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.
SB 1051 – A bill to provide a cap on the collection of transportation fund revenue administrative expenses.
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday (5/2) at 3:00 pm to take up a number of bills, including:
HB 5554 – A bill to establish criteria for the designation of a school as a “green school”.
HB 5192 – A bill to reduce the minimum age for firearm hunting licenses.
HB 5408 – A bill to eliminate, under certain circumstances, the requirement for hunting license for transporting firearms and bows and arrows.
SB 1183 – A bill to create a board of review to review decisions denying a hunting or fishing license.
Transportation will meet on Tuesday (5/2) at 1:00 pm to take up:
SB 1224 – A bill to clarify the rights of bicyclists to operate on public roads and sidewalks.
Finance will meet on Wednesday (5/3) at 12:00 pm to take up bills including:
SB 1004 – A bill that would provide a tax break for people who donate property for conservation purposes.
Appropriations: Agriculture will meet on Thursday (5/4) at 3:30 pm to take up:
-Department of Agriculture Budget
Appropriations: Transportation will meet on Tuesday (5/2) at 2:00 pm to take up:
-Michigan Department of Transportation Budget
-Intercity bus and rail passenger service
**SB 777 – A bill to preempt local governments from regulating seeds, including genetically engineered seeds.
HB 5674 – A bill to authorize the
On the calendar:
**HB 5711 - Presumption of compliance with environmental law
for farm participating in MAEAP program.
HB 5960 – A bill to authorize townships to regulate public access sites on inland lakes and streams.
SB 248 – A bill to revise
procedures to establish and issue vehicle fund-raising registration
HB 5294-5296 – Establish grace period and limit fines
for zoning ordinance violations for cities and villages, counties, and
Government Operations will meet on Tuesday (5/2) at 10:30 am to take up a set of bills including:
HB 5821 – A bill to revise procedures regarding just compensation and notice to occupants of property.
HB 5060 – A bill to prohibit the use of eminent domain by state or local government to take private property for the primary benefit of a private entity.
SB 693 – A bill to prohibit the use of eminent domain to transfer private property to private entities.
Local Government and Urban Policy will meet on Thursday (5/4) at 9:30 am to take up:
HB 5885 and 5886 – Bills to shorten the period for counties to review municipal and township plans.
-DNR Budget for FY 2006-07 Subcommittee Recommendation
-HB 5788 – A bill to appropriate the DNR with zero budget for FY 2006-07
Appropriations: Environmental Quality will meet on Tuesday (5/2) at 1:30 pm or after session to take up:
-DEQ Budget for FY 2006-07 Subcommittee Recommendation
-HB 5779 – A bill to appropriate the DEQ with zero budget for FY 2006-07