Introduced in the Senate on March 22, 2005, to expand the scope of the state water pollution law by defining ballast water discharged from ocean-going ships that contains harmful invasive or nuisance species as “pollution” subject to regulation by the state. Also, to authorize the establishment of a multi-state Great Lakes Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Coalition. The bill would require ocean ships stopping in Michigan ports to get a permit. (Michigan has no authority if a ship does not enter a port here.) Ships would be required to demonstrate that they would use environmentally sound technology and methods to prevent the discharge of aquatic nuisance species
The vote was 38 in favor, 0 opposed and 0 not voting
(Senate Roll Call 89 at Senate Journal 36)Click here to view bill details.