WETLANDS: On Tuesday, the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee will take testimony on a destructive wetlands bill. HB 4892 would exempt county road commissions from having to mitigate for any wetland destruction within the right-of-way of a road, which could include adding miles of lanes to an existing roadway.
STATE PARKS: On Thursday, the House Conservation, Forestry, and Outdoor Recreation Committee will take up bills to create safeguards against the sale of state park land. Among other things, SB 971 and 972 would require the Natural Resources Commission to approve the sale of state park land, and would require legislative approval for sale parcels of state park land larger than 100 acres or 15% of the total acreage.
SB 1224 – A bill to clarify the rights of bicyclists to operate on public roads and sidewalks.
SB 1107 – A bill to revise county road commissions’ method of approving final plat.
On the calendar:
HB 5454 – A bill that would reduce rates paid by
property enrolled in the Commercial Forest Act program.
HB 5456 – A bill to define which facilities would be eligible for new forest products renaissance zones.
SB 912 – A bill to provide for tax incentive for managing private forestland by exempting them from the school mileage – with the state required to make up the difference.
SB 917 - A bill that would authorize a lower tax rate for properties that provides sustainable forestry conservation easements on their property.
SB 919 – A bill to create 20 new forest products renaissance zones.
SB 499 – A bill to allow for purple paint marks to designate a no trespassing area.
HB 5674 – A bill to authorize
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.
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday (5/23) at 3:00 pm to take up bills including:
**HB 4892 – A bill that would exempt county road commissions from having to mitigate for wetlands destruction within the right-of-way of a road.
HB 5125 – A bill to transfer authority from the Department of Natural Resources to the Natural Resources Commission to designate or establish special rules on lakes.
SB 684 – A bill to establish the land use leadership council.
SB 1159 – A bill to create a water improvement tax increment financing authority.
21st Century Jobs Funds Joint
Select Oversight Committee will meet this Thursday (5/25) at
1:30 pm to hear from Dwight D. Carlson, Chairman and CEO of Coherix.
On the calendar:
**HB 5711 - Presumption of compliance with environmental law
for farm participating in MAEAP program.
HB 5878 – A bill to require the DEQ to prepare a compliance booklet for agricultural processors.
SB 248 – A bill to revise procedures to establish and
issue vehicle fund-raising registration plates.
HB 5294-5296 – Establish grace period and limit fines
for zoning ordinance violations for cities and villages, counties, and
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 limit the use of eminent domain to
transfer private property to private entities.
Agriculture will meet on Tuesday (5/23) at 2:00 pm to take up:
HB 5952 – A bill that repeals the requirement that fuel meet ASTM standards. Tie barred to HB 1074.
HR 249 – A resolution to express support for the 25 x
25 vision that by 2025, Michigan and American farmers and forests will provide
25% of the total energy consumed in the U.S.
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.
Appropriations will meet on Tuesday (5/23) at 9:00 am to take up:
HB 5795 – The omnibus budget appropriations bill for FY 2006-07.
Conservation, Forestry, and Outdoor Recreation will meet this Thursday (5/25) at 8:30 am to take up:
SB 971 – A bill to require review and
recommendation of the Natural Resources Committee for
SB 972 – A bill to prohibit land within state parks from being designated surplus and being sold.
21st Century Jobs Funds Joint Select Oversight Committee will meet this Thursday (5/25) at 1:30 pm to hear from Dwight D. Carlson, Chairman and CEO of Coherix.
Tort Reform will meet this Tuesday (5/23) at 9:30 am to take up bills including:
HB 5851 – A bill to delineate conditions under which civil actions can be brought for damages that include asbestos and silicosis claims.
Transportation will meet this Tuesday (5/23) at 9:00 am to take up bills including:
SB 1182 – A bill to increase the limitation on funds that can be transferred from major street systems to local street systems.