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2009 Senate Bill 436: Establish expedited environmental permit application process
  1. Introduced by Sen. Jud Gilbert (R) on April 2, 2009, to establish a system of expedited review for permits and “remediation action plan” approvals required under state environmental laws. Under the bill, if a permit applicant hired an independent engineer who has been certified as competent by the Department of Environmental Quality, and submitted a determination by that engineer attesting that the application or approval request meets relevant standards, the department would have to process the application within 21 days (with some exceptions), and if it did not the application would be considered approved.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee on April 2, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 9, 2009, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 16, 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 June 16, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on June 17, 2009, to ban Canadian trash from Michigan landfills. The amendment passed because Lt. Gov. John Cherry broke the 18-18 tie with a vote in favor. It was reconsidered the next day and defeated. Note: Such a ban may be prohibited by international trade treaties. The amendment passed 18 to 18 in the Senate on June 17, 2009.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Motion by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on June 17, 2009, to postpone further consideration of the bill temporarily. The motion passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on June 17, 2009.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Moved to reconsider by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on June 18, 2009, to reconsider the Brater amendment to ban Canadian trash from Michigan landfills. The motion passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on June 18, 2009.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

      • Amendment offered in the Senate on June 18, 2009, to ban Canadian trash from Michigan landfills. Although a majority of those present voted in favor, the amendment failed because it was not supported by the required majority of Senators "elected and serving". The amendment failed 18 to 17 in the Senate on June 18, 2009.
        Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 19 to 17 in the Senate on June 18, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 18, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Great Lakes and Environment Committee on June 18, 2009.

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