Environment Picture
April 24, 2017
The House is planning to pass the omnibus budget out of full Appropriations this week. In the Senate, Senator Casperson will be taking up his reintroduced public lands bills in his Natural Resources Committee.

Senate

Passed:


HB 4080 - A bill to increase financial and options for schools looking to increase energy efficiency On the floor:

SB 157 – A bill to change the procurement process for water pipes to include all types of pipe

In Committee:

Natural Resources will meet on Wednesday (4/26) at 12:30 pm to take up:
SB 302 – Would change numerous provisions surrounding public land use and management
SB 303 – Changes the uses for the Land Exchange Facilitation Fund

Transportation will meet on Thursday (4/27) at 8:30 am to take up among other bills:
HB 4167 ­– A bill that would increase the length limit of trucks hauling drainage tile to 75 feet

House

Passed:


HB 4080 - A bill to increase financial and options for schools looking to increase energy efficiency

SCR 6 - A concurrent resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to appropriate funds from the Nuclear Waste Fund for the establishment of a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste or reimburse electric utility customers that paid into the fund.

SCR 8 - A concurrent resolution to urge the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to fulfill their obligation to establish a permanent solution for handling high-level nuclear waste.

SCR 9 - A concurrent resolution to urge the President and Congress of the United States to explore and support policies that will lead to the establishment of facilities within the United States for the reprocessing and recycling of spent nuclear fuel.

On the floor:

SB 119 - Would convey a parcel of land to Northern Michigan University for $1 for the purposes of forensic anthropology activities

SB 129 – A bill that would set up a separate regulatory scheme for native copper mines underneath a certain acreage and tonnage cap

HB 4286 – A bill to provide for a way to add or remove districts from an intercounty drain district

HB 4205 – Would prevent the state from promulgating rules that are more stringent than the federal government’s rules

In Committee:

Appropriations will meet on Tuesday (4/25) at 9:00 am to take up among other bills:
HB 4323 – Omnibus budget for FY 2017-18:
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Budget
Department of Corrections Budget
Department of Education Budget
Department of Environmental Quality Budget
General Government Budget
Department of Health and Human Services Budget
Department of Insurance and Financial Services Budget
Judiciary Budget
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Budget
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Budget
Department of Natural Resources Budget
Department of State Police Budget
Department of Transportation Budget

Appropriations will meet on Wednesday (4/26) at 9:00 am to take up among other bills:
HB 4323 – Omnibus budget for FY 2017-18:
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Budget
Department of Corrections Budget
Department of Education Budget
Department of Environmental Quality Budget
General Government Budget
Department of Health and Human Services Budget
Department of Insurance and Financial Services Budget
Judiciary Budget
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Budget
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Budget
Department of Natural Resources Budget
Department of State Police Budget
Department of Transportation Budget

Appropriations will meet on Thursday (4/27) at 9:00 am to take up among other bills:
HB 4323 – Omnibus budget for FY 2017-18:
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Budget
Department of Corrections Budget
Department of Education Budget
Department of Environmental Quality Budget
General Government Budget
Department of Health and Human Services Budget
Department of Insurance and Financial Services Budget
Judiciary Budget
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Budget
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Budget
Department of Natural Resources Budget
Department of State Police Budget
Department of Transportation Budget

Energy Policy will meet on Tuesday (4/25) at 9:00 am to take up:
Presentation by Jerry Norcia, President and COO of DTE

Natural Resources will meet on Wednesday (4/26) at 9:00 am to take up among other items:
HR 38 - A resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to repeal the standards set forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency on portable fuel container design

Transportation and Infrastructure will meet on Tuesday (4/25) at 10:30 am to take up among other items:
Presentation from Ray Lang, Senior Director for State Government Affairs for Amtrak

Submitted by:
Sean Hammond, Deputy Policy Director
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