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2012 Senate Bill 1052: Repeal state “beach grooming” regulations and restrictions

Public Act 247 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 28, 2012, to essentially repeal state regulations mandating a permit for “beach grooming.” The restrictions were passed in 2003 during a period of low Great Lakes water levels, when many lakefront property owners and resorts were unable to access or use beaches because of excessive weed growth.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on March 28, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 8, 2012, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 22, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 22, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on May 23, 2012, 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 Senate on May 23, 2012.
  2. Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on May 23, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 23, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on May 23, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on June 13, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 13, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 13, 2012.
  4. Passed 82 to 28 in the House on June 14, 2012, to essentially repeal state regulations mandating a permit for “beach grooming.” The restrictions were passed in 2003 during a period of low Great Lakes water levels, when many lakefront property owners and resorts were unable to access or use beaches because of excessive weed growth. The bill would not apply in the St. Clair flats portion of Lake St. Clair.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on June 14, 2012.
  6. Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on June 14, 2012, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25, 2012.

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