Introduced by Sen. Michelle McManus (R) on May 19, 2005
To remove the authority of a city, village, or township to block utility lines and structures, including pipelines, within the right-of-way of a limited access highway and intersecting streets, if the project is approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. The bill was introduced after the state Supreme Court found that the plain language of the current statute does not prohibit local governments from blocking such projects. That case involved the City of Lansing blocking a gasoline pipeline along Interstate 96. The court “invited” the legislature to revise this statute. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on May 19, 2005
Reported in the Senate on June 8, 2005
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Virg Bernero (D) on June 8, 2005
To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bills 562 and 563, which would allow local governments to collect "impact fees" from petroleum pipeline owners, and require that the Public Service Commission hold public hearings before allowing pipelines.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 8, 2005
Substitute offered by Sen. Virg Bernero (D) on June 8, 2005
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that would establish a "binding arbitration" system empowered to issue authoritative rulings when local governments seek to block utility infrastructure projects.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 8, 2005