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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 4-28-08



Legislation to restrict the use of Lindane (a neurotoxin) for the treatment of head lice is scheduled for action before the House Great Lakes and Environment Committee.  Use of the drug for this purpose is banned in 52 countries and the State of California.  

SENATE

Passed:

HB 5972-5977 – Bills to give Hemlock Semiconductor tax breaks in order to reduce its electricity costs.  The special rate could apply to up to 1.4 million megawatts of electricity per year.

SB 1234 – A bill to regulate the speed airboats near residences.

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.

 

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 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 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.

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

SB 1122 – A bill to create additional alternative energy renaissance zones.

 

HB 4905 – A bill to allow dead animal bodies to be utilized in methane digesters.

SB 1085 - A bill to eliminate the sunset for the taking of raptors for falconry.

In committees:

Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet on Wednesday (4/30) at 12:30 p.m. for:  

HB 4981 – A bill to revise the policy for granting easements across state owned land.

SB 1257 – A bill to increase allowable annual expenditures and provide for the issuance of bonds to be paid back out of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

SJR M -- A bill to place a ballot measure before the voters that would increase allowable annual expenditures and authorize bonds to be paid back out of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust fund.

Transportation will meet Tuesday (4/29) at 1:00 p.m. for a presentation on the use of rubberized asphalt as a road surfacing material.

Appropriations:

Agriculture – Will meet on Wednesday (4/30) at 3:00 p.m. to take testimony on the Department of Agriculture budget for FY 2008-09 on horse racing and public testimony. 

Transportation – Will meet on Friday (5/2) in the Conference Room, Rapid Commission for Oakland County, 31001 Lahser Road, Beverly Hills, MI  at 11:00 a.m. for the following testimony FY 2008-09 Department of Transportation Budget
- Informational Hearing/Public Testimony on Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and Road Construction Best Practices & Warranties

 

HOUSE

Passed:

HB 5983 – A bill to eliminate the sunset for taking of raptors for falconry.

On the floor:

Water package:

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 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

HR 294 - A resolution to urge the Great Lakes states to reject changes to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and enact it as presented in December 2005.

HCR 76 - A concurrent resolution to urge the Great Lakes states to reject changes to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and enact it as presented in December 2005.

Other:

HR 309 - A resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to enact strong legislation to end the flow of new aquatic invasive species into the Great Lakes from ballast water.

HR 89 - A resolution to encourage the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Public Service Commission to promote the Safe Passage Initiative.

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.

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 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 5697 - Natural resources; wildlife; taking of raptors for falconry; eliminate sunset.

HB 5969 – A bill to clarify and create exception for certain licensure provisions under certain circumstances for the definition of resident for registration requirements for certain weapons.

SB 115 – A bill to provide for phased transfer of powers and duties to joint planning commission.

SB 658 – A bill to expand the options for local government to make investments of gas and oil trust funds.

In committee:

Great Lakes and the Environment Committee will meet on Wednesday (4/30) at noon to take up HB 4569 - a bill to restrict the use of Lindane for use of human lice treatments.

 

Agriculture will meet on Wednesday (4/30) at 2:30 pm to take up:

 

SB 1007 - A bill to revise the grade A milk law.

SB 1008 – A bill to revise the law on manufacturing of milk.

Presentation by the Michigan Agri-Business Association on various aspects of the agricultural industry impacting the rising costs of agricultural commodities

 

Energy and Technology will meet on Wednesday (4/30) at 9:00 a.m. to take up a number of bills, including, HB 4950 - a bill to create special renaissance zones for wind and solar facilities. 

 

Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday (4/22) at 10:30 am to take up:

 

SB 296 - Revise requirements for organized events operation of off-road vehicle by children.

SB 531 – A bill to prohibit the use of tranquilizer shots for hunting. 

SB 1234 – A bill to regulate the speed of airboats near residences.

HB 5163 - A bill to revise the definition of marina.



Submitted by:

James Clift

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539

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