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2009 Senate Bill 375: Authorize remonumentation of Michigan-Indiana state line

Public Act 260 of 2010

  1. Introduced by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R) on March 12, 2009, to appropriate up to $500,000 to pay for the remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana state line proposed by Senate Bill 374. The money would not come from a state "Land Survey and Remonumentation Fund" created for projects like this, and funded by a fee imposed on recording deeds (originally $2 per deed, but increased to $4 by House Bill 6490 of 2002). That's in part because the fund was depleted in a "fund raid" by the legislature for $15 million in 2006 to avoid spending cuts and reforms.
    • Referred to the Senate Local, Urban, & State Affairs Committee on March 12, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 30, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 5, 2009, 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 May 5, 2009.
  2. Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on May 6, 2009, to appropriate up to $500,000 to pay for the remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana state line proposed by Senate Bill 374. Because of a $15 million "fund raid" in 2006, the money would come out of the state general fund.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 6, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on May 6, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on May 12, 2009, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on December 2, 2010, to remove the "tie-bar" to Senate Bill 374, which means this bill can become law without that one also passing. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2010.
  4. Passed 60 to 38 in the House on December 2, 2010, to appropriate up to $500,000 to pay for the remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana state line proposed by Senate Bill 374. Because of a $15 million "fund raid" in 2006, the money would come out of the state general fund.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 2, 2010.
  6. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 2, 2010, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 14, 2010.

Comments

Re: 2009 Senate Bill 375 (Authorize remonumentation of Michigan-Indiana state line )  by FreeSpeaker on May 14, 2009 


It seems to me that one of government’s fundamental tasks is
to accurately and reliably, survey, map and mark borders and various land division
boundaries.  This establishes reference
points as a basis for all land surveys that follow.


 


Over time surveyed boundary markers
(monuments) get moved, lost, obscured, etc.  Confirming, reestablishing and documenting the location of
monuments – simple maintenance, really -- is an important and basic task. 






Re: 2009 Senate Bill 375 (Authorize remonumentation of Michigan-Indiana state line )  by jmd364 on May 14, 2009 

Yes, it is imperative that they highlight the border between Michigan and Indiana so that everyone will be able to see clearly the line that separates the territory governed by idiots from the rest of the country!  With Michigan's deplorable financial condition and astronomical unemployment this expenditure is mandatory to protect the unsuspecting non-resident from wandering into our wasteland. If the governor signs this bill and authorizes this absolute waste of money while the residents of this state suffer, she's a moron!  



Re: 2009 Senate Bill 375 (Authorize remonumentation of Michigan-Indiana state line )  by tfaber2933 on March 24, 2009 

Well, Damn it!


That's my money too. Why do these people think the well is bottomless?


What are we doing? sure $500,000.00 is chump change, right!?



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