Category Archives: Legislative Actions

House Bill 4540

State lawmakers are considering a bill to make location and condition of energy pipelines secret. House Bill 4540 would exempt information about existing and proposed energy infrastructure from disclosure under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. This is supposed to … Continue reading

Posted in Legislative Actions, Uncategorized | Comments Off on House Bill 4540

Governor Snyder Vetoes SB78

Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder came out in support of conservation and good science when he vetoed Senate Bill 78, which would have blocked state agencies from designating land to protect biodiversity.

Posted in Legislative Actions | Comments Off on Governor Snyder Vetoes SB78

House Natural Resources Committee Approves SB78

Yesterday the natural resources committee approved Senate Bill 78. (See related posts.) It will proceed to a vote of the full House where it is expected to easily pass. It is not too late to ask your representative to vote … Continue reading

Posted in Legislative Actions | Comments Off on House Natural Resources Committee Approves SB78

Repeal Biodiversity?

Wrongheaded Bill Is Real Threat The Natural Resources Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives has scheduled action on Senate Bill 78 for its meeting at 8:30 AM Tuesday, December 9. This is a bad bill and if passed into … Continue reading

Posted in Legislative Actions, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repeal Biodiversity?

Singapore Dunes Sues Saugatuck

This lawsuit could effect how the recent amendments to the Michigan’s Sand Dune Protection and Management Act (SDPMA) is interpreted and enforced throughout the state. Summary of lawsuit: Singapore Dunes is arguing that (1) a local zoning ordinance cannot regulate … Continue reading

Posted in Building in the Dunes, Court Actions, Dune Protection, Legislative Actions | 1 Comment

Now the Legislature Has Attacked Wetlands Protection

We received the following email from Freshwater Future calling for action that can preserve the current protection for wetlands in Michigan. The law is also opposed by Michigan Environmental Council and Tip of the Mitt. Take a moment and make … Continue reading

Posted in Legislative Actions, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Now the Legislature Has Attacked Wetlands Protection

White River Township – DEQ Public Hearing

Over 200 attended the DEQ hearing on the G Bro application to build a house on land adjacent to the White River Township Critical Dunes Sanctuary in Montague last night. In the past, the owners had made three earlier applications. … Continue reading

Posted in Building in the Dunes, Dune Protection, Legislative Actions | Tagged | Comments Off on White River Township – DEQ Public Hearing

Follow up on White River Township Barrier Dunes Sanctuary

In an April 10 letter, Preserve the Dune informed the DEQ of our opposition to the permit. The decision maker for the permit had notified interested parties that the decision was going to be based on Part 353 (the critical … Continue reading

Posted in Building in the Dunes, Dune Protection, Legislative Actions | Tagged | Comments Off on Follow up on White River Township Barrier Dunes Sanctuary