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HB 4162: Weaker Billboard Regulations

Wed, 10/12/2011
Recommended Vote: 
No

Current Status: Waiting for a floor vote in the House - In February 2011, Rep. Kenneth Kurtz, R-Coldwater, introduced HB 4162, a bill which exempts billboards 40 square feet or smaller from any of the current "Highway Protection Act of 1972" and its amendments.

Currently the “Highway Protection Act of 1972” and its subsequent amendments provides various restrictions on billboards near highways and freeways.  These restrictions include: size of the billboard, design, its proximity to the road, and more.  HB 4162 would exempt billboards 40 square feet or smaller from any of the act’

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HB 4080: Increased Oil and Gas Well Protections

Thu, 01/13/2011
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

Great Water Priority - Current Status: Referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation -  In January 2011, Rep. Dian Slavens, D-Canton, introduced HB 4080 to the House, a bill which strengthens current oil and gas drilling protocol in residential areas.

A Great Water Priority

House Bill 4080 strengthens current oil and gas drilling protocol in residential areas.  Officials would not be allowed to issue permits for, or authorize the drilling of, an oil or gas well which falls under either of these restrictions:

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HB 4235: Study Effects of Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Thu, 02/10/2011
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

A Great Jobs Priority - Current Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Technology -In February, 2011 Representative Lisa Brown introduced HB 4235, a bill to require the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth to conduct a study concerning low-carbon fuel standards, renewable fuels, and vehicle electrification.

A Great Jobs Priority

The Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, in cooperation with relevant university partners, shall conduct a study to evaluate how a state low-carbon fuel standard encourages the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and new renewable fuels. It will also study how the potential for vehicle electrification and other low carbon fuels could create jobs and reduce carbon emissions within this state.

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HB 4398: Removal of Gasoline and Diesel Storage Tanks

Wed, 03/09/2011
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

Current Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy & Technology – In March 2011, Rep. Douglas Geiss, D-Taylor, introduced HB 4398, which holds owners of gasoline and diesel storage tanks responsible for removing and disposing of those tanks within three years of non-use.

House Bill 4398 holds owners of gasoline and diesel storage tanks responsible for removing and disposing of those tanks within three years of non-use.  The bill is an addition to current code that provides for environmental and safety provisions of aboveground storage tanks.

Sponsor: Douglas Geiss, D-Taylor
Current Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy & Technology

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HB 4021: Reduce Natural Resources Trust Fund Revenue

Thu, 01/13/2011
Recommended Vote: 
No

Current Status: Referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation. In January, 2011, Representative Agema introduced House Bill 4021 which reduces the amount of revenue the state Natural Resources Trust Fund receives from the sale of oil and gas leases on state property.

 

House Bill 4021 reduces the amount of revenue the state Natural Resources Trust Fund receives from the sale of oil and gas leases on state property.  The new revenue would be distributed as follows:  20% in the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, 20% in the State Aeronautics Fund, and 60% in the Michigan Transportation Fund.

Sponsor: Dave Agema, (R- Grandville)
Current Status: Referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation

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HB 4107: Faster Coal Plant Permits

Tue, 01/18/2011
Recommended Vote: 
No

Energy Priority - Current Status: Referred to Committee on Energy & Technology – In January 2011, Peter Petallia R- Presque Isle, introduced HB 4107, a bill that automatically allows approval for construction of a new coal plant if its permit is not acted upon within six months.

An Energy Priority

Currently, new coal plants in Michigan cannot be constructed without completing a permit process and receiving government approval.   Under House Bill 4107 if a coal plant permit is not approved or denied within six months the plant would automatically be approved.

Sponsor: Peter Petallia, R-Presque Isle

Current Status: Referred to Committee on Energy & Technology

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HB 4151: Equine Representative on Michigan Gaming Board

Wed, 04/13/2011
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

Current Status: Waiting for floor vote in the House - In January 2011, Cindy Denby, R- Handy Township, introduced HB 4151, which requires that one member of the Michigan Gaming Control Board be a member of the equine (horse-related) industry… 

House Bill 4151 requires one member of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, which oversees the Detroit casinos and the state's horse racing tracks, be a representative of the equine (horse-related) industry.  The board would continue to have five other board members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate. 

Sponsor: Cindy Denby, R-Handy Township
Current Status: Waiting for a floor vote in the House

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SB 0018: Prohibit the Use of Nonnative Species as Fishing Bait

Wed, 01/19/2011
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

Current Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes - In January 2011, Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced SB 0018, a bill that prohibits the use of nonnative species as fishing bait…

Currently Michigan law prevents the planting, placing, or releasing of nonnative species in any land or water where that organism is not already naturalized.  Senate Bill 0018 would add on to such law to also prohibit the use of nonnative species as fishing bait.  A list of prohibited species is included in Senate Bill 0018’s full bill description.

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