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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 12-11-06

Bills to phase out products containing mercury advance in House and now await House floor vote (SB 123, 124, and 186).


Billboard restrictions head to Governor’s desk (HB 567 & HB 568).







On the calendar:


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


HB 4257 – A bill to create agricultural security areas and reduce taxes paid on farmland to $5 per acre. Introduced with SB 192, this bill has been modified to increase penalties for leaving the program.


HB 6245 – A bill to modify regulations for privately owned cervidae producers.


HB 5872 – A bill to modify cleanup standards for dioxin.


In committee:


Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. or immediately following session to take up:


HB 5351 – A bill to repeal the payment of bounties for killing of starlings and crows.


HB 6474-6475 – Bills to update the scrap tire program.


HB 6576 – A bill to provide for meeting between permit applicant and MDEQ to review inland lakes and streams permit application.


HB 6577 – A bill to provide expedited permits for waterworks systems.  Agencies have backlogs of permits because they do not have adequate resources for issuing, monitoring, and enforcing permits. Expediting the permits essentially creates a “first class” for certain users will not solve the overarching funding problem.


HB 6668 – A bill to create and provide for expedited permits for sewage infrastructure and construction. We oppose creating a “first class” permitting system for certain users. Instead, we should adequately fund agencies so they can issue, monitor, and enforce permits in a timely manner.

Transportation will meet on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. to take up bills including:


HB 6638 – A bill to revise procedures relating to condemnation of blighted property in neighborhood improvement areas.


HB 6639 – A bill to revise procedures in blighted area rehabilitation.


Pending referral:


HB 5078 – A bill to prohibit the use of eminent domain to take private property for the benefit of private entities.






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

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


HB 6474 – Bills to update the scrap tire program.


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 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. 


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


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

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:

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 update the scrap tire program.

Committee Meetings:


Submitted by:

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