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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 9-23-08

House concurrence with Senate passed smoking ban fails on first attempt – reconsideration scheduled for later in the week – SB 760.


Legislature passed energy package – SB 213, HB 5524, SB 1048 – important steps toward cleaner energy for Michigan.  




Conference Committee Report SB 213 and Conference Committee report HB 5524 – Michigan Clean Energy Package

HB 1048 – New tax breaks for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.


On the floor:


HB 5686 – A bill to permit the taking of grey wolf under certain circumstances.

HB 6271 – A bill to extend the season for spearing certain fish.

SB 1227 – A bill to provide for fees for transfer of septage waste vehicle licenses.

SB 1466 – A bill to remove the yellow flag iris from the list of prohibited nonnative species.

HB 5748 -  Sets a deadline for promulgating a B20 biodiesel standard.

HB 5769 – Extends the life of the renewable fuels commission and increases their duties.

HB 5874/77 – Provides property and use tax exemption for certain equipment used to harvest biomass.

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

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


Energy related bills:

HB 5548/5549 – Bills to establish a renewable energy and energy efficiency program in Michigan.

SB 7 – Establishes energy efficiency standards for products other than those that have federal standards.

SB 1228 – This bill allow for the creation of a state energy efficiency program.

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. (Discharged from Committee)

HB 5100 - A bill to include agricultural crops in definition of renewable energy facility for renaissance zones purposes.

HB 5316 – A bill to require the use of high-efficiency light bulbs when replacing existing bulbs in state facilities. 




Conference Committee Report SB 213 and Conference Committee report HB 5524 – Michigan Clean Energy Package

HB 1048 – New tax breaks for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.

On the floor:

SB 152 – A bill to phase out the use of phosphorus in dishwashing detergent.

HB 6115 – A bill to limit the amount of phosphorus in lawn fertilizer.

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

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

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

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.

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

In committee:

Agriculture will meet on Thursday at 9:00 am to take up HB 5778 – which define who is eligible for tax deferment on agricultural lands.  The bill allows the use of this provision by limited liability companies.  


Submitted by:

James Clift

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539