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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update - March 9, 2009

The Senate Appropriation: Transportation Subcommittee will focus on transit issues in their hearing on Wednesday.




On the floor:


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


In committee:


Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture will have a hearing on the FY 09-10 budget next Wednesday (3/11) at 3:00 pm with focus on:

Bovine TB Update
Commodity groups
Public Testimony   

Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation will have a hearing Wednesday (3/11) at 8:30 am on the FY 09-10 budget, focusing on transit.


Energy Policy and Public Utilities will meet on Thursday (3/12) at 1:00 pm for a hearing on:


SB 320, SB 326-31, SB 337-39 – Regarding the use of service limiters and procedures for shutting off utility customers and penalties for non-compliance.


Continued discussion regarding the MPSC's annual Status of Electric Competition report.

Continued discussion regarding the Capacity Needs Forum.


Health Policy will meet on Wednesday (3/11) at 9:00 am for a presentation on:

Creating a 21st Century Intelligent Health System in Michigan, given by Newt Gingrich, Founder of the Center for Health Transformation.


Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet on Wednesday (3/11) at 1:00 pm to take up:


SB 256 - A bill to be introduced that would authorize local units of government to form storm water utilities

SB 280 – A bill to add certain species to the restricted and prohibited species lists including a hybrid or genetically engineered variant of those species already on the list. 


Transportation will meet Tuesday (3/10) at 1:00 pm for a presentation by MDOT Director Kirk Steudle on the transportation portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).






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


On the calendar:


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


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).


In committee:


Appropriations: Environmental Quality Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday (3/10) at 10:30 am to examine the Executive Recommendation, FY 2009-10 budget.  


Appropriations: Investigations, Intergovernmental Affairs and Oversight will meet on Thursday (3/12) at 9:00 am to look at:

- Health Care (various issues)
- Education (various issues)
- State Fair Funding
- Inventory of all state-owned real property


Appropriations: Natural Resources Subcommittee will meet on Wednesday (3/11) at 8:30 am to begin decision making work on the Executive Recommendation, FY 2009-10 budget.


Energy and Technology will meet Tuesday (3/10) at 9:00 am to take up:


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


Great Lakes and the Environment will meet on Thursday (3/12) at 9:00 am for a hearing on :


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


And, a presentation by Doug Farquhar, Program Director
Environmental Health
National Conference of State Legislatures

Great Lakes and the Environment and the Appropriations: Environmental Quality Subcommittee will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday (3/17) at 2:00 pm or after session to take public testimony on the future state of the Wetlands Protection Program


Urban Policy will meet Tuesday (3/11) at 9:00 am to take up:


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

And a presentation on Land Banks by: Dan Kildee, Genesee County Treasurer.

Submitted by:

James Clift

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539