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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 12-03-07



Senate and House leaders met over the weekend to repeal the new sales tax on services by increasing the recently enacted Michigan Business tax.  Not resolved were the fees for the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.  Those fees are included in the passed versions of both budgets, but will turn into massive cuts for those departments if not enacted by the middle of January.  

SENATE

Passed:

SB 174 – A bill to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or exchange of toys with lead content in excess of amount permitted by federal regulation.

On the floor:

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.

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 - 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.

HB 4597 - A bill to provide for hunting on Department of Natural Resources controlled land.

In appropriations subcommittees:

Appropriations: Natural Resources Department will meet Tuesday (12/4) at 1:00 PM for an Advice and Consent Hearing on Michael J. Bryanton, appointee to the Michigan State Waterways Commission.

In committee:

Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs may meet Wednesday (12/5) 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.

SB 727 – A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to make thresholds for permits consistent with SB 860 and other changes.

HOUSE

Passed: n/a

On the floor:

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

HB 5085 - to establish secured registration for snowmobiles.

In committee:

Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday (12/4) at 10:30 am to take up:

SB 530 – A bill to provide standards for noise emission from snowmobiles.
HB 5467 – A bill to provide for registration for street rods and custom vehicles.

Great Lakes and Environment may meet on Tuesday (12/4) at 9 am for a demonstration from the MDNR and MDEQ on the newly developed water use assessment tool.

Great Lakes and Environment may meet on Wednesday (12/5) 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.

Submitted by:

James Clift

Jamie Scripps

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539

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