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2003 Senate Bill 854: Create "statewide recycling coordinator" position
  1. Introduced by Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R) on December 2, 2003, to create a "statewide recycling coordinator" office. The coordinator office would be required to gather information about recycling processes, markets, and rates; review local recycling programs; conduct and submit a study of the capacity, feasibility and ability of the state to sustain markets for products containing recycled content; and submit to the legislature recommendations for improving and expanding recycling in the state.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee on December 2, 2003.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 11, 2003, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on August 4, 2004, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on August 4, 2004.
  2. Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on August 4, 2004.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on August 4, 2004.
    • Referred to the House Land Use and Environment Committee on August 4, 2004.
      • Reported in the House on November 10, 2004, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Kathleen Law (D) on December 2, 2004, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4802, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 172 would to expand the state bottle deposit law (“bottle bill”) to include all other carbonated and noncarbonated beverages except for dairy based products. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2004.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Paul Gieleghem (D) on December 2, 2004, to change the name of the proposed "Office of Statewide Recycling Coordinator" to the "Cubicle of Statewide Recycling Coordinator". The amendment failed 33 to 55 in the House on December 2, 2004.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Failed 51 to 44 in the House on December 2, 2004.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 7, 2004. Passed 58 to 44 in the House on December 7, 2004.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Vetoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 28, 2004.

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