Senate Natural resources and Environmental Affairs Committees reported three
bills designed to implement the proposed Great Lakes Compact. The Great Lakes,
1. Only requires permits for new or expanded water withdrawals if they exceed 2 million gallons a day (regardless of the location).
2. Gives less
protection to cold water streams and small rivers that are the backbone of the
tourism industry for many
3. Fails to require the state to exercise its “public trust” authority over all waters of the state including groundwater.
is expected on a completing set of House bills which are scheduled for action
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.
On the floor:
SB 727, SB 858, 859 and SB 860 – Bills to implement water use regulation required under the proposed Great Lakes Compact.
SB 212 – A bill to have
SB 1037 - A bill to provide for the sale of certain municipal forest prime lands and allow for the relinquishment of reverter
1078-1083 – Bills to revise procedures to approve annexation petition for cities, villages, and townships. (SB 379-384 as passed the Senate in 2003)
HB 5032 - Consolidates the Township, Municipal and County Planning Acts into one Enabling Act.
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.
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday (3/5) to take up:
SB 723 – A bill
to define the scope of the Water Resources Conservation Committee moving
Energy Policy and Public Utilities will meet on Wednesday at 1:00 pm to:
- Continued discussion of energy issues by General Motors, Ford Motor
Company, and Chrysler LLC.
Local, Urban and State Affairs will meet on Tuesday (3/4) at 3:00 pm to take up:
HB 4868 - A bill to include in the definition of blight signage in right-of-ways without proper permits.
HB 5319 – A bill Local government expand to include right-of-way signage violations as blight violation under certain circumstances subject to penalties.
Appropriations: Department of Environmental Quality will meet on Wednesday (3/5) at 12:30 pm to take public comments on the MDEQ budget.
Appropriations: Natural Resources Department will meet Tuesday (3/11) at noon to make recommendation on the FY 2008-09 Department of Natural Resources Budget.
HB 5459 – A bill to expand eligibility requirements for commercial redevelopment as it relates to certain vacant or blighted properties.
On the floor:
HB 4703 – A bill to designate the northern spring peeper as the official state amphibian
HB 4820- A bill to exempt from permit requirements under certain circumstances application of oil field brine to county roads.
HB 5677- A bill to
include in the definition of agricultural use maple syrup production.
HB 5589 prohibits land locking cemeteries by requiring a municipality to reject a plat division if it renders a cemetery inaccessible.
HB 4247 adds “foundation, easement, or right of way associated with a tower” to “wind system” definition for purposes of personal property tax exemption.
SB 47 – a bill to create water improvement tax increment financing authorities.
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.
SB 206 Consolidates the Township, Municipal and County Planning Acts into one Enabling Act.
HB 5031 - a bill to designate deer hunting season for certain disabled veterans to correspond with the special youth hunt.
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
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 5525 – This bill establishes an energy efficiency program in
HB 5548/5549 – These bills establish a renewable energy program that requires utilities to provide 10% of their energy from renewable sources by 2015.
HB 5798 – A bill to provide for steam cost recovery.
Great Lakes and the Environment Committee will meet at on
Wednesday (3/5) at noon to take up the package to implement the proposed Great
Lakes Compact in
Appropriations: Transportation will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 28 to take up:
FY 2008-09 Transportation
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