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2018 Senate Bill 1197: Authorize Straits of Mackinac pipeline and utility tunnel

Public Act 359 of 2018

Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on November 8, 2018
To give the Mackinac Bridge Authority the authority to install a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. This would contain a controversial oil pipeline, power lines and other utility infrastructure. The bill authorizes the Authority to borrow and levy user fees to build and operate the tunnel.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on November 8, 2018
Reported in the Senate on November 29, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on December 5, 2018
To revise details of various provisions and definitions, and clarify details related to the proposed new authority and the existing Mackinac Bridge Authority.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 5, 2018
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on December 5, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To create a new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority governed by a three member board appointed by the governor with the duty of entering into agreements for the construction, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning of a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac, which among other things would contain a controversial oil pipeline. This is contingent on Gov. Rick Snyder finalizing a deal that has been in the works with Enbridge, the current oil pipeline owner, by the end of 2018.
Received in the House on December 4, 2018
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on December 4, 2018
Reported in the House on December 11, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Lee Chatfield (R) on December 11, 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 December 11, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on December 11, 2018
To increase the financial assurance bond requirements on the owner of the controversial oil pipeline that will use the tunnel.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Sneller (D) on December 11, 2018
To require contractors on the proposed tunnel to pay wages based on union pay scales that local union officials represent as prevalent in the area (dubbed "prevailing wages").
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on December 11, 2018
To require the existing oil and gas pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac to be decommissioned by July 1, 2024.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Donna Lasinski (D) on December 11, 2018
To require 75 percent of employees on the proposed tunnel to be Michigan residents, and half to be from northern Michigan.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Sara Cambensy (D) on December 11, 2018
To require the proposed tunnel agreement to include a plan on "how to engage this state’s labor pool in the project, including the means and methods for recruitment, training, and utilization".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2018
Passed 74 to 34 in the House on December 11, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To give the Mackinac Bridge Authority the authority to install a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. This would contain a controversial oil pipeline, power lines and other utility infrastructure. The bill authorizes the Authority to borrow and levy user fees to build and operate the tunnel.
Received in the Senate on December 11, 2018
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on December 11, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To create a new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority governed by a three member board appointed by the governor with the duty of entering into agreements for the construction, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning of a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac, which among other things would contain a controversial oil pipeline. This is contingent on Gov. Rick Snyder finalizing a deal that has been in the works with Enbridge, the current oil pipeline owner, by the end of 2018.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 11, 2018

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