Environment Picture
March 13, 2017
Both the House and the Senate continue to hold many committee meetings on both policy and budget. On the policy side, committees are starting to move from presentations to bills and budget testimony is starting to enter its final stages. This week House Commerce will be taking up a bill on healthy food access, and House Tourism will be hearing an update on the 2012 Blue Ribbon Panel State Parks report.

Senate

Passed:

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


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:


In Committee:


Appropriations: Agriculture and Rural Development will meet on Thursday (3/14) at 3:00 pm to take up:

 

FY 2017-18 Appropriations for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

 

 

Appropriations: Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday (3/14) at 1:00 pm to take up:

 

Discussion and presentation on Summer Youth Initiative.

Testimony on wetland mitigation banking.

Discussion on chronic wasting disease.

 

Appropriations: Transportation will meet on Thursday (3/16) at 9:00 am to take up:

 

Discussion of the FY 2017-18 Transportation Budget

 

Michigan Competitiveness will meet on Wednesday (3/15) at 8:00 am take up:

 

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

 

Natural Resources will meet on Wednesday (3/15) at 12:30 pm to take up:

 

SCR 7 -  A concurrent resolution to support the recommendations of the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

 

Testimony on the effects of USFS proposals and policies on users, communities, and neighbors of the Hiawatha National Forest.

 

Please Note Remote Locations available:

Manistique Location:

Community Room, Manistique High School

100 N. Cedar St.

Manistique, MI 49854

 

Marquette Location:

Teleconference Room, Marquette-Alger RESA

321 E. Ohio St.

Marquette, MI 49855

 

 

 

House

Passed:


On the floor:

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

 

HB 4148 – HB 4157 – Would open the governor’s office and legislature to FOIA


In Committee:

Agriculture will meet on Wednesday (3/15) at 10:30 am to take up:

HB 4070 – A bill that would have the state pay attorney’s fees if the state made an inappropriate taking of property

HB 4167 ­– A bill that would increase the length limit of trucks hauling drainage tile to 75 feet

Presentation by Michigan Agri-business Association

 

Presentation by Michigan Sugar Company

 

 

Appropriations: Environmental Quality will meet on Tuesday (3/14) at 10:30 am to take up:

 

Presentation by the Department of Environmental Quality on the following:

- Drinking Water & Municipal Assistance Division

  

Appropriations: Natural Resources will meet on Thursday (3/16) at 9:00 am to take up:

 

DNR Presentation on invasive species

 

Commerce and Trade will meet on Tuesday (3/14) at 10:30 am to take up:

 

HB 4207 – Would provide incentives to develop grocery stores that carry healthy food in food deserts

 

Energy Policy will meet on Tuesday (3/14) at 9:00 am to take up:


HB 4220 – A bill to make it easier to opt-out of smart meter usage by consumers

 

Presentation by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

 

Natural Resources will meet on Wednesday (3/15) at 9:00 am to take up:

 

HB 4082 – A bill to require notice to locals before the DNR does a prescribed burn

 

Regulatory Reform will meet on Wednesday (3/15) at 10:30 am to take up

 

HB 4326 – Would exempt campgrounds from having to pay for and receive a Groundwater discharge permit for their septic system

 

Tourism and Outdoor Recreation will meet on Wednesday (3/15) at 12:00 pm to take up:

 

Presentations by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

 

Update on the 2012 Blue Ribbon Panel's report on State Parks and Outdoor Recreation by Ron Olson, Chief of Parks and Recreation Division.

 

Promoting Outdoor Recreation in Michigan by Kristin Phillips, Chief of Marketing and Outreach Division.

 

Submitted by:

Sean Hammond, Deputy Policy Director

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