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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 4-23-07



The House passed legislation authorizing a trash surcharge of $7.50 per ton.

 

Negotiations on the budget crisis continue.

 

 

SENATE

 

Passed:

 

SB 152 – A bill to phase out the use of phosphorus in dishwashing detergent by 2010.

 

SB 362 – A bill to put in statute the current restrictions placed on laundry detergent (currently in administrative rule).

 

In committee:

 

Appropriation subcommittees:

 

Environmental Quality will meet Thursday (4/26) at 1:00 for:

 

FY 2007-08 Department of Environmental Quality Budget

o        Air Quality

o        Environmental Science & Services

o        Geological Survey

o        Public Testimony

 

Natural Resources will meet Tuesday (4/24) at noon or after session for:

 

FY 2007-08 Department of Natural Resources Budget

o        Wildlife

o        Fisheries

o        Law Enforcement

o        Public Testimony

 

 

Standing committees:

 

Energy Policy and Public Utilities will meet Thursday (4/26) at 1:00 for:

 

SB 213 – Establishment of a portfolio standard for renewable energy (10% by 2015, waste-to-energy considered renewable).

 

SB 219  - Alternative proposal for establishment of a renewable portfolio standard (7% by 2015, waste-to-energy considered renewable).  

 

SB 385  - Alternative proposal for establishment of a renewable portfolio standard (13% by 2015, waste-to-energy not considered renewable).  

 

A presentation by the Michigan Sustainable Energy Coalition on Renewable Portfolio Standards.

 

 

 

HOUSE

 

Passed:

 

HB 4221 – Authorizes a trash surcharge of $7.50 per ton on all solid waste going to landfills.  The bill exempts waste going to a solid waste incinerator. 

 

On the floor:

 

HB 4047 - A bill to provide for a moratorium on construction of new landfills and limits on expansions of existing landfills.

 

HB 4485-86 – Bills to provide for changes to the solid waste planning process. 

 

In Committee:

 

Appropriations subcommittees:

 

Agriculture will meet Wednesday at 9:00 to continue work on the FY 2007-08 budget.

 

Standing committees:

 

Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources will meet Tuesday (4/24) at 10:30 for testimony on HB 4597 - which would provide for hunting on department controlled land; and SB 336 - which would repeal the sunset on operating requirements for airboats.

 

Transportation: Public Transit will meet Monday (4/23) at 2:30 for:

 

Presentation by Jackie Shinn from the Michigan Department of Transportation

Presentation by Clarke Harder from the Michigan Public Transit Association

 

Agriculture will meet on Wednesday (4/25) at 2:30 or after committees are given leave to meet for a presentation by Tom Coon, Michigan State University Extension Director.

 

 

Submitted by:

James Clift

Jamie Weitzel

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539

www.mecprotects.org