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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update - March 2, 2009



Wetlands – The House Appropriation Subcommittee on Environmental Quality will begin hearings this week on the MDEQ budget for FY 09-10.  A hot topic of discussion is the fate of Michigan’s Wetland Protection Program.  The Governor’s budget recommended sending this program back to the federal government.  However, major question are unaddressed, such as:

 

How much money will really be saved?

What will happen to parcels that are supposedly “protected” under past wetland permit agreements?

Will further projects (both developments and restoration projects) be delayed due to federal backlogs?

How will this impact efforts to protect water quality in Michigan moving forward.

 

The Michigan Environmental Council opposes this action and is concerned this “token” action does little to balance the budget and places water resources at risk in the long term.  

 

 

Senate

 

In committee:

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture will start hearings on the FY 09-10 budget next Wednesday (3/4) at 3:00 pm with:

 
State Services Fee Fund/Agriculture Equine Industry Development Fund
Horse Racing
Public Testimony

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation will have a hearing Wednesday (3/4) at 8:30 am on the FY 09-10 budget, focusing on:

 

Statistical comparisons with other states; efficiencies/effectiveness
New Technologies

 

Local, Urban and State Affairs will meet on Tuesday (3/3) at 3:00 pm to take up:

 

SB 222 – A bill to amend the Recreational Authorities Act to include school districts.

SB 284 – A bill to create additional exceptions to incompatible public offices for ethics purposes (pending referral).

 

 

House

 

Passed:

 

HB 4230 - A bill to revise income tax deductions for certain initial angel investment in competitive edge technology such as advanced automotive, manufacturing, and materials technology; alternative energy technology; homeland security and defense technology; and life sciences technology.

 

On the calendar:

 

HB 4353 – A bill to revise income tax deductions for certain initial angel investment in competitive edge technology such as advanced automotive, manufacturing, and materials technology; alternative energy technology; homeland security and defense technology; and life sciences technology.

 

HB 4145 – A bill to eliminate the sunset for special rules for inland lakes.

 

In committee:

 

Appropriations: Environmental Quality Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday (3/3) at 10:30 am to begin work on the Executive Recommendation, FY 2009-10 budget and for testimony from - Steve Chester, Department Director

 

Appropriations: Natural Resources Subcommittee will meet on Wednesday (3/4) at 8:30 am to begin work on the Executive Recommendation, FY 2009-10 budget with focus on Game and Fish Programs and the - FY 2008-09 Spending Adjustments

 

Commerce will meet on Wednesday (3/4) at 10:30 am for a presentation by:

 

Deb Dansby, Chief Operating Officer and James McBryde, Legislative Liaison
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

 

Energy and Technology will meet Tuesday (3/3) at 9:00 am for:

 

HB 4103 – A bill to exempt certain certified solar, wind, or water energy conversion devices from personal property tax.

 

Government Operations will meet on Tuesday (3/3) at noon to take up:

 

HB 4217 – A bill to require the use of high-efficiency lightbulbs and electronic ballasts in public facilities.

 

Great Lakes and the Environment  will meet on Thursday (3/5) at 9:00 am to take up:

 

HR 31 - A resolution to encourage the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Public Service Commission to promote Project Safe Passage (limit lights in urban building in the evening to assist bird migration).

HB 4402 – A bill to restrict the use of Lindane in the treatment of human lice.

 

Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday (3/3) at 10:30 am to take up:

 

HB 4286 – A bill to promote hunting on Department of Natural Resources controlled land.

 

Urban Policy will meet Tuesday (3/3) at 9:00 am to take up:

 

HB 4211 – A bill to require landlord to give tenants 30-day notice of foreclosure of property.


Submitted by:

James Clift

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539

www.mecprotects.org