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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 12-1-06

Bills to phase out products containing mercury move out of the Senate (SB 123, 124, and 186).


Billboard restrictions move forward in the House (HB 567 & HB 568).







SB 123 – A bill to prohibit the sale or use of blood pressure devices that contain mercury.


SB 124 – A bill to prohibit the sale of thermostat devices containing mercury.


SB 186 – A bill to prohibit the sale of certain medical devices containing mercury.


SB 1418-1424 – Bills to revise the scrap tire program to, among other things, establish an advisory committee and extend the sunset for tire disposal surcharge.


SB 1481 – A bill to authorize general permits under the Inland Lakes and Streams Act for maintenance, repair or restoration of certain pipeline projects.


HB 5960 – A bill to authorize townships to regulate activities at a public boating access site or an inland lake or stream.


HB 5885 – A bill to shorten the period for a county to review municipal plans.


HB 5886 – A bill to shorten the period for a county to review township plans.



On the calendar:


SB 361 – A bill to require state agencies to avoid purchasing products containing mercury.



In committee:


Economic Growth Joint Select Committee will meet on Monday at 1:00 pm to discuss replacement of a business tax in Michigan. The Governor unveiled her proposal earlier this week.






SB 567 – 568 – These bills regulate billboards.  The bills place a cap on the number of permits for billboards in Michigan at today’s level.  Unbuilt billboards that have already been issued permits will be given 12 months to use the permits.  Unused permits can be moved to a new location if two other permits are retired. A new process is included regarding vegetation removal permits and new penalties are included.


SB 1004  - The bill would prevent the taxable value of property subject to a conservation easement from "popping-up" to the state equalized value when it is transferred.   



On the calendar:




SB 583 – A bill to revise Michigan Next Energy Authority Act to include items related to research, development, and manufacturing of an alternative energy system.


SB 584 – A bill to amend the Michigan Renaissance Zone Act to add requirements for alternative energy zones.


SB 803 – A bill to include alternative energy systems in the definition of personal property, providing it favorable tax treatment.


HB 4647 – Provide for a Single business tax credit for a production tax credit for wind energy from wind turbines.

HB 4648 – Provide for a definition and outline the regulation of wind energy systems by townships.

HB 4649 – Provide for a definition and regulation of wind energy systems by counties.


Public Land/Land Use:
HB 5814 – A bill to make payments in lieu of taxes on certain state lands subject to local governmental approval and to revise payment allocation.


HB 6045 – A bill to allow local governments to partner with private investments to purchase state land. The bill requires that if local government purchases state land and then within one year conveys the property for use other than public purpose, they must pay the state 50% of the net profit gained.


HB 6046 – A bill to allow local government to purchase land under the jurisdiction of DNR.


HB 5294-5296 – Establish grace period and limit fines for zoning ordinance violations for cities and villages, counties, and townships.

HB 5565-5567 – Bills to expressly allow for mixed use zoning in townships, counties, and cities and villages. 


HB 5711 (H-6) - New broad exemption for sewage discharges that occurs during a rain events.  Factory farms under the MAEAP would have no civil or criminal liability for discharges.

HB 5712 (H-4) – Exempts large CAFOs under the MAEAP program (or even those who have just applied) from having to get Clean Water Act permits. 

HB 5713 (H-4) - Requires the MDEQ to prepare a booklet identifying environmental laws of interest to farming operations. 

HB 5714 (H-4) – Prohibits anonymous complaints regarding factory farms.  If a party puts in three unverified complaints they can be assessed costs for further complaints.  


HB 5715 -16 – Makes some grant or loan money available to factory farms. 


HB 6219 (H-2) – Adds some new definitions, including one for MAEAP.  Some concerns have been raised that this program is not part of state law but is not providing exemptions for permits for enrollees.


HB 6220 – Gives priority for water quality monitoring grants to communities with high concentrations of livestock production facilities


HB 5878 – A bill to require the DEQ to prepare a compliance booklet for agricultural processors.


Public Health:

HB 5851 – A bill to delineate conditions under which civil actions can be brought for damages that include asbestos and silicosis claims. 


Committee Meetings:


Government Operations will meet on Tuesday (12/5) at 10:30 to take up a number of bills including:


HB 6639 – Which would define “blighted” for the purpose of governments condemning property.



Agriculture will meet on Tuesday (12/5) at 2:00 pm or immediately following session to take up bills including:


SB 840 – A bill to revise the regulation of fertilizers – provision regarding phosphorous in fertilizers are not expected to be included in the bill.



Submitted by:

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