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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 3-10-08



The House Great lakes and Environment Committee reported four bills designed to implement the proposed Great Lakes Compact.  The other four bills are scheduled for committee action this Wednesday (3/12).

SENATE

Passed:

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 Michigan ratify the proposed Great lakes Compact.

 

SB 723 – A bill to define the scope of the Water Resources Conservation Committee moving forward. 

SCR 27 - A concurrent resolution to urge the Great Lakes states to resist changes to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and to adopt the compact as presented in December 2005.

SR 154 - A resolution to urge the Great Lakes states to resist changes to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and to adopt the compact as presented in December 2005.

 

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.

 

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.

In committees:

Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday (3/5) to take up:

 

Presentation on Wal-Mart's environment sustainability efforts given by Janelle Kearsley, Director Corporate Strategy & Sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc

 

Appropriations: Department of Environmental Quality will meet on Wednesday (3/12) at 1:00 pm to put forward recommendation for the FY 2008-09 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.

 

HOUSE

Passed:

HB 5798 – A bill to provide for steam cost recovery.

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

HB 5589 prohibits land locking cemeteries by requiring a municipality to reject a plat division if it renders a cemetery inaccessible.

On the floor:

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

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 5073 - Provide department of environmental quality with rule-making

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 5678- A bill to exempt from personal property tax maple syrup equipment.

HB 5679- A bill to designate maple syrup producers as food processing plants.

HB 5680- A bill to classify maple syrup production areas as agricultural property.

 

 

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 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 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 bills establish a renewable energy program that requires utilities to provide 10% of their energy from renewable sources by 2015.  

In committee:

Energy and Technology will meet on Wednesday (3/12) at 9:00 am to take up:

 

HB 5593 – A bill to establish a utility shut-off notification method.

 

HB 5325 – A bill to delay the shut-off of utilities if they have medical conditions which require the utility to remain on. 

 

Presentation by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) regarding utility shut off protections

 

House Great Lakes and the Environment Committee is expected to meet at on Wednesday (3/12) at noon to up the remaining bills in the package to implement the proposed Great Lakes Compact in Michigan – HB 5065-5073.

 

Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources Committee will meet on Tuesday (3/11) at 10:30 am for presentation by Nick Lindeman of Baraga, Michigan on ORV/Snowmobile Trail Safety.  And to take up: 

HB 5865 – A bill to create and provide for funds for a Michigan promotion program to promote tourism.

HB 5866 – A bill to provide for the sale of residual interest for bonds issued in the  Michigan tobacco settlement finance authority act and to have the proceeds deposited in the Michigan Promotional Program.

HB 5867 – A bill to provide for the deposit and disposition of additional tobacco bond proceeds into the Michigan Promotional Program.

 

Submitted by:

James Clift

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539

www.mecprotects.org