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2014 House Bill 5684: Expand drain commission powers

Public Act 550 of 2014

Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on June 12, 2014 To allow government drainage districts to “acquire interests in real or personal property by gift, purchase, or any other method, including condemnation” (through eminent domain). Current law lets drain districts “hold, manage, and dispose of real and personal property,” but not to acquire it. Drainage districts create and maintain the “drains” (usually networks of ditches) that remove surplus water from land, allowing it to be farmed or developed.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Local Government Committee on June 12, 2014
Reported in the House on October 2, 2014 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 103 to 3 in the House on November 13, 2014 (same description)
To allow government drainage districts to “acquire interests in real or personal property by gift, purchase, or any other method, including condemnation” (through eminent domain). Current law lets drain districts “hold, manage, and dispose of real and personal property,” but not to acquire it. Drainage districts create and maintain the “drains” (usually networks of ditches) that remove surplus water from land, allowing it to be farmed or developed.
Received in the Senate on December 2, 2014
Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on December 2, 2014
Reported in the Senate on December 15, 2014 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 17, 2014 (same description)
To allow government drainage districts to “acquire interests in real or personal property by gift, purchase, or any other method, including condemnation” (through eminent domain). Current law lets drain districts “hold, manage, and dispose of real and personal property,” but not to acquire it. Drainage districts create and maintain the “drains” (usually networks of ditches) that remove surplus water from land, allowing it to be farmed or developed.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on December 17, 2014 The vote by which the bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 17, 2014
Received in the Senate on December 17, 2014
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 17, 2014 (same description)
To allow government drainage districts to “acquire interests in real or personal property by gift, purchase, or any other method, including condemnation” (through eminent domain). Current law lets drain districts “hold, manage, and dispose of real and personal property,” but not to acquire it. Drainage districts create and maintain the “drains” (usually networks of ditches) that remove surplus water from land, allowing it to be farmed or developed.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 10, 2015

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