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2013 House Bill 4874: Limit local protectionist septic waste facility restrictions
  1. Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on June 20, 2013, to restrict a local government's ability to mandate that septic tank servicers may only dispose of waste in a "receiving facility" in the same area as the property from which the waste was removed. The bill would also preempt local governments' authority to impose rules on application of septage waste to land that are stricter than state rules (although they could still ban this).
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on June 20, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on May 13, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on June 4, 2014, to establish that if enacted the bill will go into effect 90 days afterwards. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 4, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on June 4, 2014, to exempt a Grand Traverse County septic waste receiving facility from the bill's restriction on local mandates that septic servicers may only dispose of waste in a "receiving facility" in the same area as the septic tank from this facilith is charging much higher prices than other facilities, and under current law property owners are not allowed to have their waste removed to a less costly facility. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 4, 2014.
  2. Passed 69 to 41 in the House on June 10, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on June 11, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 12, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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