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2011 Senate Bill 248: Limit state government land ownership

Public Act 240 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 9, 2011, to cap the amount of state-owned Department of Natural Resources land at 4,475,000 acres, and require the DNR to post on its website how much land it owns.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on March 9, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 7, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 16, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details, including the size of the ownership cap. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 16, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on June 22, 2011, to adopt a version that reflects Democratic members' preferences for a less stringent cap and divestment policy. The substitute failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 22, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on June 22, 2011, to allow the DNR to use methods other than appraisal to determine land sale prices. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 22, 2011.
  2. Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on June 22, 2011, to cap the amount of state-owned Department of Natural Resources land at 4,650,000 acres, with some exceptions; require the DNR to post on its website how much land it owns; and require land the DNR received through the delinquent tax reversion process to be auctioned if it can't be sold within six months.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 22, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on June 22, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on June 5, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 12, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that applies the northern portion of proposed land caps only to the Upper Peninsula. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Harold Haugh (D) on June 12, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not include an acreage cap. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on June 12, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that also imposes a 3,910,000 acreage cap on land north of a line between Mason and Arenac counties. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2012.
  4. Passed 58 to 52 in the House on June 13, 2012, to cap the amount of state-owned Department of Natural Resources land at 4,650,000 acres, with some exceptions, and not more than 3,910,000 acres north of a line between Mason and Arenac counties. Also, to require the DNR to post on its website how much land it owns and to develop a strategic plan to guide the acquisition and disposition of state lands.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on June 13, 2012.
  6. Passed 24 to 12 in the Senate on June 13, 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 28, 2012.

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