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2017 Senate Bill 118: Expand DNR role in “Rails to Trails” projects

Public Act 39 of 2017

Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen R-Hart on February 8, 2017
To allow the state Department of Natural Resources to become a National Trails System “sponsor” for purposes taking over unused railroad right-of-ways for rails to trails projects, or paths along operating rail lines. The DNR would assume full responsibility for liability, for which the railroad would have to pay fair compensation, as spelled out in a mutual agreement between them.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Committee on February 8, 2017
Reported in the Senate on February 23, 2017
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Received in the House on March 1, 2017
Referred to the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee on March 1, 2017
Reported in the House on April 19, 2017
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on May 4, 2017
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 23, 2017