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Conservation Contingent Meets with Congressman

August 7th, 2013 by Drew YoungeDyke.

Representatives from Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Ducks Unlimited and the Metro West Chapter of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fisherman’s Association met with Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI) on Monday to discuss pressing conservation issues affecting the Great Lakes region, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Farm Bill and reducing phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie. […]

Conservation Contingent Meets with Congressman

Senate Bill 163: Wetland Program Reform

June 6th, 2013 by Amy Trotter.

Summary: SB 163 (S-2) reforms Michigan’s wetland protection statutes to comply with an EPA audit of Michigan’s program, as well as clarify some definitions and exempted activities. Current Status: Passed in House and Senate. Analysis: This bill provides many changes to activities that are exempted from applying for a wetland permit from the Department of Environmental Quality […]

Senate Bill 163: Wetland Program Reform

Senate Bill 16: Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

May 29th, 2013 by Drew YoungeDyke.

Summary: SB 16 makes Michigan a full participant in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, an agreement between many states to recognize each other’s game law enforcement actions.  This bill is a reintroduction of SB 1348 of 2012, which passed the Senate unanimously but did not reach a House vote before the end of the 2011-2012 session. Analysis: Michigan […]

Senate Bill 16: Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Different Versions of Farm Bill Pass House and Senate Ag Committees

May 20th, 2013 by Drew YoungeDyke.

The Farm Bill is the largest piece of conservation legislation in the nation, and Congress is working through this year’s version after they failed to pass one last year. A key component that conservationists are working toward is called “conservation compliance,” which ties conservation responsibilities to crop insurance subsidies rather than direct payments. The direct […]

Different Versions of Farm Bill Pass House and Senate Ag Committees

Senate and House Bills: Tax Break Reforms for Forest Management

May 14th, 2013 by Amy Trotter.

Summary: This package of bills has been reintroduced (formerly SB 1057-1062, 1287-1288 of 2012) after failing to reach a final vote at the end of 2012. The new package includes House Bills 4069, 4243-4244, 4320-4345 and Senate Bills 51-59. In the analysis, we have indicated which bill from the Senate or House is proposed to […]

Senate and House Bills: Tax Break Reforms for Forest Management

SB 288 & 289: Scientific Wildlife Management

May 8th, 2013 by Drew YoungeDyke.

Summary:  (Identical to HB 4552 & 4553) This bill package establishes a right to hunt, fish and trap; provides free licenses to active-duty members of the military; grants the Natural Resources Commission exclusive authority to issue fisheries regulations and concurrent authority with the legislature to designate a game species. Analysis:  The Scientific Wildlife Management Package accomplishes […]

SB 288 & 289: Scientific Wildlife Management

HB 4580: Protect Michigan Shooting Ranges

April 26th, 2013 by Drew YoungeDyke.

Summary:  HB 4580 amends the definition of “sport shooting range” under the Sport Shooting Range Act to specifically include those with “commercial activities.” The SSRA protects existing shooting ranges from nuisance lawsuits and restrictive zoning ordinances due to suburban sprawl. Analysis:  In a recent case – Addison Twp. v. Barnhartt – the Michigan Court of […]

HB 4580: Protect Michigan Shooting Ranges

Senate Bill 229 – Use of Trust Fund for Dredging

March 15th, 2013 by kwood.

Summary:  The bill would allow the use of Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund for dredging in local and recreational harbors. Analysis:  SB 229 is one of many legislative responses to this problem, and would allow the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (Trust Fund) to be used for dredging in local harbors. There is, however, serious […]

Senate Bill 229 – Use of Trust Fund for Dredging

Senate Bill 78 – Biodiversity Stewardship Areas (BSAs)

March 1st, 2013 by kwood.

SB 78 – Biodiversity Stewardship Areas Summary: Removes Department of Natural Resources authority to section off and create Biodiversity Stewardship Areas (BSAs) on state or private land under the Living Legacies program. Analysis: Starting in 2006, the DNR’s Living Legacies program was designed to protect and manage Michigan’s areas of unique biological diversity. To do […]

Senate Bill 78 – Biodiversity Stewardship Areas (BSAs)

Senate Bill 49: Exempt Identities of Registered Gun Owners from FOIA Requests

January 23rd, 2013 by Drew YoungeDyke.

Summary: SB 49 exempts the identities of legally-registered gun owners from Freedom of Information Act requests. Analysis: In New York, after the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, a newspaper reporter obtained the names and home addresses of registered gun owners through a Freedom of Information Act request and published the information in the newspaper, subjecting law-abiding gun owners and […]

Senate Bill 49: Exempt Identities of Registered Gun Owners from FOIA Requests

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