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2012 Senate Bill 1280: Give governor power to fire NRC commissioners and more

Public Act 622 of 2012

Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson R-Escanaba on September 19, 2012
To add “maximizing natural resource-based economic activity and recreational opportunities” on state land to the mission of the Department of Natural Resources, in addition to its current mission to “protect and conserve” natural resources. Also, to establish term limits of two four-year terms on individuals appointed to the state Natural Resources Commission, and give the governor the power to remove a commissioner at will.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on September 19, 2012
Reported in the Senate on October 17, 2012
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on October 17, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 17, 2012
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof R-West Olive on November 8, 2012
The vote by which the bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 8, 2012
Received in the Senate on November 8, 2012
To add “maximizing natural resource-based economic activity and recreational opportunities” on state land to the mission of the Department of Natural Resources, in addition to its current mission to “protect and conserve” natural resources; and revise details of the DNR's sale of surplus state land. The bill would also establish term limits of two four-year terms on individuals appointed to the state Natural Resources Commission, and generally transfer authority over the DNR from this commission to the governor.
Received in the House on November 8, 2012
Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on November 8, 2012
Reported in the House on December 4, 2012
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Jon Bumstead R-Newaygo on December 13, 2012
To replace the previous version of the bill with a much more limited version - see House-passed version for details. Also see Senate Bill 1238, which contains some of the deleted provisions.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012
To require the Department of Natural Resources sell state land considered "surplus" only if it will promote forest products industry and mineral extraction and use industry, and increase a cap on the fund that collects sale revenues .
Received in the Senate on December 14, 2012
To concur with the (much more limited) House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 8, 2013

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