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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 1-28-08

During Break the Governor signed into law a number of legislative packages, including:

Regulation of lead in toys, lunch boxes, and extends the current sunset for the Michigan childhood lead poisoning prevention and control commission (SB 174, HBs 4132, 4399, 4936).

General amendments to brownfield redevelopment program (SBs 534, 539 and HBs 4711, 4712)

Regulation of composting activities (SB 513, HB 4837)



On the floor:

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.

SB 427 – A bill to provide a process for utilities to follow before building new facilities or entering into purchase power agreements, and to provide competitive bidding in that process.  (Discharged from Committee)

SB 947 - A comprehensive energy bill that would set a renewable energy standard, establish an energy efficiency program and set forth a process for building new energy capacity. (Discharged from Committee)

SB 1000 – A bill to require that the state purchase a certain portion of its energy from renewable facilities – growing from 3% in 2009 to 25% by 2020. (Discharged from Committee)

SB 1040 – A bill to provide an income tax credit of up to $200 for people that enrolled in voluntary renewable energy programs. (Discharged from Committee)

SB 1041 – A bill to require all utilities to offer renewable energy programs. (Discharged from Committee)

SB 385 – A bill to require that utilities provide a certain amount of their energy from renewable sources – starting at 7% by 2009, up to 20% by 2020.

SB 858 – A bill that would adopt the proposed Great Lakes Compact in Michigan.  

In appropriations subcommittees:

Appropriations: Environmental Quality, will meet on Tuesday (2/12) at 3:00 p.m. for a hearing on “Operational Memoranda Practices of the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program”



On the floor:

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

SB 530 – A bill to provide standards for noise emission from snowmobiles.

HB 4052 – This bill would exempt from the Land Division Act property that would remain perpetually in an undeveloped state undeveloped under a conservation easement.

HB 4981 - A bill which requires the state to grant easements for parcels that have no other means to access except for across state lands.  

HB 4905 – Allows methane digesters to be used in the process of considered composting dead animals.  

HB 4685 – Requires the MDEQ and MDA to prepare a booklet explaining environmental statute requirements that apply to farming operations.  

HB 4343 – A bill which would adopt the proposed Great Lakes Compact in Michigan.

HB 4222 – A bill that would provide a formula for the distribution of any trash surcharge fees authorized by the legislature.

HB 4484 – A bill to amend the Solid Waste planning process for counties.

HB 5383 –  Allows the establishment of member-regulated electric co-ops reducing the oversight by the Public service commissions over rates and terms of service.   

HB 5384 – Allows municipal electric companies to enter into joint ventures with a wide variety of new partners and protect some of the information from disclosure..

HB 5525 – This bill establishes an energy efficiency program in Michigan.  Utilities would be required to implement programs that would reduce energy use over time, or contribute to a fund which would be used for the same purpose.

HB 5548/5549 – These bill establish a renewable energy program that require utilities to provide 10% of their energy from renewable sources by 2015.  

In committee:

Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday (1/29) at 10:30 am to take up:

SB 338 – A bill to expand the use of gift cards issued by department of natural resources.

HB 5331 – A bill to eliminate participation licenses for bear and bobcat hunting.

HB 5607 – A bill to allow a disabled individual using boat with and electric motor in waterway prohibiting motorized watercraft.

HB 5630 - A bill to clarify the procedure for dissolution of a lake board.

HB 5648 – Provide for on certain municipal forest prime lands to be sold without a reverter clause back to the state.


Submitted by:

James Clift

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539