Major water withdrawal legislation will be taken up this week Wednesday in the House Great Lakes & Environment committee, and in the Senate Natural Resources committee.
Appropriations bills for DEQ and DNR passed with fee revenues included but with a deadline of January 15, 2008 to secure funding.
HB 4354: Appropriations for Department of Natural Resources for fiscal year 2007-2008. The bill is based on the assumption that the proposed license increase for game and fish hunters and fishers will pass. If the bills fail to pass before January 15, the appropriation will be adjusted to reflect available revenue.
HB 4358: Appropriations for Department of Environmental Quality for fiscal year 2007-2008. Conference report includes increased fee revenue for 8 different restricted funds -- $16,258,700, including; Air Emissions Fees of $5,903,800, Land & Water Fees of $2,730,800, Solid Waste Fees of $1,228,100 and Groundwater Discharge fees of $1,803,800. Again the state has until January 15, 2008 to pass fees, identify other revenues or adjust expenditures.
On the floor:
SB 572: Allows commission of natural resources to regulate the use of modified bows for hunting.
HB 4597: A bill to provide for hunting on Department of Natural Resources controlled land.
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet Wednesday (11/7) at 1:00 PM to take up:
SB 212: Ratify the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence river basin water resources compact.
SB 858: Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to implement the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence river basin water resources compact.
Provide penalties and remedies for water withdrawal violations.
Health Policy will meet on Wednesday (11/7) at 3:00 pm to take up:
SB 174 – A bill to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or exchange of toys with lead content in excess of amount permitted by federal regulation.
– A bill to prohibit certain lead-bearing consumer products or require
Hearing on physician incentives for patient wellness
Economic Development and Regulatory Reform
will meet Wednesday (11/7) at 1:00 pm to take up:
Finance will meet Tuesday (11/6) at noon to take up a bill to repeal the sales tax on services.
On the floor:
HB 5031: a bill to designate deer hunting season for certain disabled veterans to correspond with the special youth hunt
Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday (11/6) at 9:00 am to take up HB 5085 to establish secured registration for snowmobiles.
Great Lakes and Environment will meet Wednesday (11/6) at noon to take up:
HB 4343: Ratify the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence river basin water resources compact.
HB 5065: Regulate water withdrawals and water diversions.
HB 5066: Modify certain registration and reporting requirements for water withdrawals and require conservation measures.
HB 5067: Enhance enforcement of water withdrawal regulations.
HB 5068: Regulate water withdrawal.
HB 5069: Provide for a water withdrawal assessment tool.
HB 5070: Modify authority for water users committees and local ordinances.
HB 5071: Require evaluation of certain proposed waterworks systems.
HB 5072: Regulate bottled water facilities.
HB 5073: Provide department of environmental quality with rule-making authority over water withdrawals.
Energy and Technology will meet on Wednesday (11/7) at 9:00 am to take up:
HB 5383: A bill to create an electric cooperative
Transportation: Public Transit will meet on Wednesday (11/7) at 9:00 am for presentation by Presentation by Daniel Gilmartin, Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League
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