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
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.
Economic Growth Joint Select Committee will meet
on Monday at 1:00 pm to discuss replacement of a business tax in
SB 567 – 568 – These bills regulate
billboards. The bills place a cap on the number of permits for billboards
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.
Public Land/Land Use:
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
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 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.
HB 5851 – A bill to delineate conditions under which civil actions can be brought for damages that include asbestos and silicosis claims.
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.