Michigan Policy and Legislation

Michigan Policy and Legislation

Last updated on August 17th, 2017 

Michigan House Bills


House Bill No. 4862 — August 16, 2017

Makes clear that the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act of 2012 does not grant immunity to an emergency manager appointed by the governor.


House Bill No. 4861 — August 16, 2017

Amends the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act of 2012 to say that “an emergency manager appointed by the governor…shall post suitable bond of not less than $5,000,000.00…for the faithful performance of the duties of the office. An emergency manager forfeits the bond if his or her conduct as an emergency manager amounts to gross negligence or is willful and wanton misconduct, and the emergency manager is responsible for all damages, expenses, and costs associated with that gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.”


House Bill No. 4777 — June 20, 2017

This bill would require the Department of Environmental Quality to hold a hearing in any city, village, or township that would be affected by a hydraulic fracturing operation *before* issuing a permit.


House Bill No. 4776 — June 20, 2017

This bill would ban the use of flow-back water from hydraulic fracturing for ice, snow, or dust control or for stabilization purposes, on highways, roads, or streets.


House Bill No. 4569 — May 2, 2017

This bill would punish owners of petroleum-transportation vessels up to $500,000 per day for “discharges” or spills into any Michigan waterway.


House Bill No. 4498 — April 20, 2017

This bill would afford the state’s Public Service Commission jurisdiction over and power to regulate all rates, fares, fees, and charges of any water or sewerage system that provides water supply service or sewerage service, or both, to more than 20% of the population of this state.


House Bill No. 4497 — April 20,2017

This bill would consolidate local water systems into regional water and sewer alliances for the purposes of administration. These alliances would be “public corporations” governed by a 9-member board of directors appointed by the city mayors, city councils, the governor, and county executives.


House Bill No. 4394 — March 21, 2017

This bill would create a water affordability program whereby qualified residents would have their municipal water bill capped at a percentage of family income.


House Bill No. 4393 — March 21, 2017

This bill would set strict standards for customer communication and shutoff procedures for public and private municipal water distribution system operators.


House Bill No. 4391 — March 21, 2017

This bill would require all state departments and agencies to establish certain water affordability criteria and would establish a state-wide “right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water for human consumption, cooing, and sanitary purposes.”


House Bill No. 4390 — March 21, 2017

This bill would decriminalize tampering with a water utility line for the purpose of avoiding a water service shutoff due to an inability to pay for water service.


House Bill No. 4214 — February 15, 2017

This bill would establish a Water Resources Commission within the Department of Environmental Quality charged with exercising supervisory authority over the issuance, denial, revocation, suspension, or modification of water-related permits. The Commission would also help develop water-related rules, regulations, and policies, as well as preside over complaints of water pollution.


House Bill No. 4206 — February 14, 2017

This bill would require local water systems to adhere to EPA standards for water quality testing, especially with regard to copper and lead contamination.


House Bill No. 4125 — January 31, 2017

This bill would set strict standards for lead testing with the aim of gathering more accurate lead level data.


House Bill No. 4121 — January 31, 2017

This bill would require disclosures from public utilities regarding annual water rates and shut off statistics.


House Bill No. 4120 — January 31, 2017

This bill would require water testing at public schools by local water providers.


 

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