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2017 Senate Bill 302: Revise state land ownership limits

Public Act 238 of 2018

Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on April 19, 2017
To eliminate a cap on the amount of acres the state can own in the northern part of the state, but require additional procedures for state land acquisitions. The bill would prohibit acquisitions if the state fails to make full “payments in lieu of property taxes” (PILT) on state land to local governments. The bill revises a number of details of current law to generally facilitate access to state land for recreation and resource use, and makes a number of other changes to state management details.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee on April 19, 2017
Amendment offered in the Senate on May 23, 2017
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 23, 2017
Substitute offered by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on October 19, 2017
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 19, 2017
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on October 19, 2017
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on October 19, 2017.
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Received in the House on October 19, 2017
Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on October 19, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. William Sowerby (D) on May 22, 2018
To require the forest management plans owners must adopt to get the tax break be one that "promotes the restoration and conservation of natural forests".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. William Sowerby (D) on May 22, 2018
To revise a provision of this law that provides for requests from a recreational users organization or a local government seeking the removal of a berm, gate, or other human-made barrier state land, by limiting the former to requests from a nonprofit organization.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. William Sowerby (D) on May 22, 2018
To eliminate restrictions in this law on using fish and game protection money to benefit nongame wildlife, and eliminate other provisions that essentially require forest to be managed for mixed use purposes, including economic values.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. William Sowerby (D) on May 22, 2018
To strip out a provision that allows the DNR to consider selling or exchanging land that is not designated as surplus land.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on May 22, 2018
To require more extensive notice requirements if the DNR considers designating land as "surplus" and subject to sale or exchange.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2018
Substitute offered by Rep. Gary Howell (R) on June 12, 2018
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2018
Passed 66 to 43 in the House on June 12, 2018.
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(same description)
To eliminate a cap on the amount of acres the state can own in the northern part of the state, but require additional procedures for state land acquisitions. The bill would prohibit acquisitions if the state fails to make full “payments in lieu of property taxes” (PILT) on state land to local governments. The bill revises a number of details of current law to generally facilitate access to state land for recreation and resource use, and makes a number of other changes to state management details.
Received in the Senate on June 12, 2018
Passed 24 to 12 in the Senate on June 12, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 27, 2018

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