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2013 House Bill 4768: Restrict DEQ groundwater discharge sodium limits

Public Act 180 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on May 23, 2013, to prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing limitations on the amount of sodium in groundwater discharges allowed under state water pollution regulations.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on May 23, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on June 4, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 6, 2013, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details; this was rejected in favor of a substitute that broadens the scope of the proposed regulation ban. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2013.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on June 6, 2013, to clarify that the prohibition would apply to rules promulgated under any state environmental law. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2013.
  2. Passed 65 to 43 in the House on June 11, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 12, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on June 12, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 5, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that does allow the DEQ to restrict these discharges above a specified level. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 7, 2013.
  4. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on November 12, 2013, to restrict the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing limitations beyond a level specified in the bill on the amount of sodium in groundwater discharges that allowed under state water pollution regulations.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on November 12, 2013.
  6. Passed 65 to 45 in the House on November 13, 2013, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which limit rather than prohibits DEQ imposing new restriction in this area.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on November 26, 2013.

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