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2018 Senate Bill 1211: Revise restrictions on owners of property deemed “wetland”
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on November 27, 2018
To revise many rule and process details related enforcement of restrictions imposed by state laws and regulations on owners of land that is deemed “wetland.” Among other things the bill would increase the minimum size of wetlands subject to state restrictions from five acres to 10 acres.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee on November 27, 2018
Reported in the Senate on December 4, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass. The substitute does not have the provision raising the minimum size of an area deemed a wetland subject to use restrictions.
Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on December 4, 2018.
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To revise many rule and process details related to enforcement of restrictions imposed on owners of property deemed to be a wetland. The bill is said to give state officials less discretion in interpreting regulations in a way that restricts use or subjects landowners to sanctions. Among other things it would authorize damage awards to property owners harmed by such actions unless the state demonstrated that its position was "substantially justifiable".
Received in the House on December 4, 2018
Referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness on December 4, 2018
Reported in the House on December 18, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Triston Cole (R) on December 21, 2018
To adopt a version of the bill that removes or modifies many but not all of the provisions intended to reduce the discretion this law give to government officials to interpret the law, issue orders to landowners and pursue civil or criminal penalties.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 21, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Triston Cole (R) on December 21, 2018
To remove a sign-up sheet provision for getting notice of pending wetland permit applications, and replace it with a requirement that the department post these on the internet and email them to anyone who requests this.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 21, 2018
Passed 61 to 46 in the House on December 21, 2018.
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(same description)
To revise many rule and process details related to enforcement of restrictions imposed on owners of property deemed to be a wetland. The bill is said to give state officials less discretion in interpreting regulations in a way that restricts use or subjects landowners to sanctions. Among other things it would authorize damage awards to property owners harmed by such actions unless the state demonstrated that its position was "substantially justifiable".
Received in the Senate on December 21, 2018
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on December 21, 2018.
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To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.

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