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E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update - March 17, 2009



The House Appropriations: Environmental Quality Subcommittee and the House Great Lakes and the Environment Committee will hold a joint hearing on Tuesday at 2 p.m. on whether the state should continue the wetland protection program.

 

The House Regulatory Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at noon for a discussion on a statewide smoking ban.

 

 

Senate

 

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 (3/18) at 3:00 pm with Subcommittee Recommendation and
Public Testimony.   


Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation will have a hearing Wednesday (3/25) at 8:30 am on the FY 09-10 budget, focusing on transit.

 

Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs will meet on Wednesday (3/18) 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. 

 

 

House

 

Passed:

 

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

 

On the calendar:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 (3/17) at 10:30 am to examine the Executive Recommendation, FY 2009-10 budget.  

 

Appropriations: Investigations, Intergovernmental Affairs and Oversight will meet on Thursday (3/19) 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 (3/18) at 8:30 am to begin decision making work on HB 4446 - the Executive Recommendation, FY 2009-10 budget focusing on forestry issues and cormorant population control.

 

Energy and Technology will meet Tuesday (3/17) at 9:00 am to take up:

 

HB 4521- A bill to provide an exemption for personal property tax for wind energy systems; include foundation, easement, and right of way in definition of personal property.

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

 

HR 46 - A resolution to encourage the citizens of the state of Michigan to participation in Earth Hour 2009.

HB 4579 - A bill to revise the nonnative species -- restricted and prohibited species lists.

 

PENDING REFERRAL TO COMMITTEE:

HB 4199 – A bill to provide for a fine for launching a boat with an aquatic plant attached.

 

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

 

Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs will meet Tuesday (3/17) at noon for a presentation by Paul Tait and Dave Burger of SEMCOG.

 

Regulatory Affairs will hold a hearing on Wednesday (3/18) at noon for a discussion on a statewide smoking ban.

 

Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday (3/17) at 10:30 am to take up:

 

HB 4501-02 – Bills to modify the definition of a pistol.

HB 4507 – Expand counties eligible for operation of off-road vehicles on road shoulders.

 

Urban Policy will meet Tuesday (3/17) at 9:00 am to take up:

 

Presentation from Paul Tait, Executive Director for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
Urban realities and opportunities

HB 4119 - Modify eligibility for deferral of delinquent property tax fees for certain individuals.

 

Submitted by:

James Clift

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette, Ste 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

(517) 487-9539

www.mecprotects.org