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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 11-5-07



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.  

SENATE

Passed:

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.

In committee:

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.

SB 859: Provide penalties and remedies for water withdrawal violations.

SB 860: Authorizes the use of the water withdrawal assessment tool as part of the water withdrawal regulation process.

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.

HB 4132 – A bill to prohibit certain lead-bearing consumer products or require labeling.

HB 4399 - A bill to prohibit the sale of lunch boxes containing lead.

HB 4936 – A bill to remove the sunset for the Michigan childhood lead poisoning prevention and control commission.

Hearing on physician incentives for patient wellness

Economic Development and Regulatory Reform will meet Wednesday (11/7) at 1:00 pm to take up:

SB 534: A bill to modify the brownfield redevelopment authority requirements. 

SB 539: A bill to provide for general amendments to the brownfield redevelopment authority.

HB 4711-2: Bills to provide for general amendments to the brownfield redevelopment authority.

SB 686 and a new bill pending referral: A bill to modify definition of renewable energy facility for renaissance zones designation purposes. 

HB 5100: A bill to include agricultural crops in definition of renewable energy facility for renaissance zones purposes.

Finance will meet Tuesday (11/6) at noon to take up a bill to repeal the sales tax on services. 

HOUSE

Passed:

On the floor:

HB 5031:  a bill to designate deer hunting season for certain disabled veterans to correspond with the special youth hunt

In committee:

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 member-regulation act.

HB 5384 – A bill to revise the energy employment act.

 

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

 

 

Submitted by:

James Clift

Jamie Scripps

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539

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