Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on October 12, 2017
To adopt the U.S. Coast Guard standards for ballast water discharges from oceangoing vessels. Michigan adopted its own standards in 2006, which was before the Coast Guard finalized theirs in 2012. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Commerce and Trade Committee on October 12, 2017
Reported in the House on October 31, 2017
With the recommendation that the amendments be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the House on November 2, 2017
To establish that if the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality determines that any future changes in the Coast Guard standards are less protective of Great Lakes waters, vessels would have to abide by the previous standards.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 2, 2017
To require oceangoing vessels to comply with a "Federal Aquatic Nuisance Rule" on ballast water discharges as a condition of using Michigan ports, unless the rule is weakened or other states in a Great Lakes Compact adopt more stringent rules, in which case those would apply instead. Michigan adopted its own standards in 2006, which was before the Coast Guard finalized theirs in 2012.
Received in the House on June 12, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on June 12, 2018
To require ships to abide by more stringent ballast water restrictions.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2018