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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.

Comments

Re: 2011 Senate Bill 248 (Limit state government land ownership )  by gypsy on December 12, 2011 

This is a bad bill, and should be defeated. Private interest will decimate the wild lands of the UP, as they did before.



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 248 (Limit state government land ownership )  by TaterSalad on December 12, 2011 

 Excellent bill that needs to move forward and pass.  Michigan does not need to be like Utah where the government owns the majority of the land.  Let the citizens of the U.S. purchase this unused land and it will provide a new source of revenue and then the liberals will enough money to use for their entitlements..........for a short period of time.



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 248 (Limit state government land ownership )  by Samuel Adams on October 23, 2011 

Senate Bill 248 (also known as the State Land Cap Bill) was
introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson and is being championed in the state
House by Rep. Ed McBroom. Local articles from Tim Kobasic and Bill Cook,
letters to the editor from MUCC and Heart of the Lakes have all
addressed this issue of public land ownership sounding the message
and/or agenda for the MDNR. That agenda is to buy more and control more
without regard to financial considerations. I personally would like to
thank our senator and representative for their strong dedication to
improving the quality of life in the U.P. by a balanced approach. To me
this bill is nothing more than a smart budget bill stating, "it stops
here and now."


You will hear from those that oppose this bill that
if the MDNR is not able to purchase more land, hunting, trapping,
fishing, recreation, timber production, you name it, opportunities will
be lost or reduced forever. In reality the opposite is true. Most of
these organizations and/or individuals that oppose this bill benefit
financially (follow the money) from the MDNR and/or have similar
agendas.


This bill simply puts a cap on how much land the state
(MDNR) can purchase and retain. Presently the state owns approximately
4.4 million acres and this bill would cap that amount at 4.65 million
acres. To put this bill in perspective lets look at just the U.P. The
land base in the U.P. is approximately 8.4 million acres. The state of
Michigan owns 2,080,252 million acres (25 percent); federal ownership is
over 1.9 million acres (23 percent); CFA ownership is 2,172,915.26
acres (26 percent); total acres under public ownership and/or varying
degrees of control in the U.P. are 6,153,167 (74 percent). So over 6
million acres (74 percent) is open to the public for hunting and
fishing, and varying degrees of recreational opportunities that are
regulated and controlled by public agencies. So this leaves approx. 26
percent as the real taxable land base.


According to the Michigan
Department of Treasury neither tax reverted (swamp tax), purchased lands
(PILT tax), or CFA taxes have been paid by the state (MDNR) in full in
the last three years. It seems that if general funds are not available
then taxes due get prorated based on the total due and money available
(where do we the people, real taxpayers, get that deal). So in other
words the MDNR continues to buy more land but can't pay their
liabilities (taxes) for that land.


Meanwhile our U.P. schools,
townships, counties and tax base takes the hit. According to financial
sources the U.P. already experiences a minus $1.5 billion GDP and a tax
loss some where between $30 million and $89.4 million depending on land
use. The GDP per 1,000 acres of forested land equals $41,000 under
public ownership, but equals $277,000 if privately owned. Another
important fact is that the MDNR remains constant in their attempt to
restrict recreational uses and access of these lands to a wide variety
of users all in the name of the environment. There have been over 600
land use restrictions adopted over the last nine years in contrast to
less than a dozen relaxed or removed restrictions.


Since the bills
introduction there have been 11 exemptions added by the bill sponsors
that basically ensure the U.P. remains as it is today with alternatives
for purchase just in case the people would want the state to buy that
special piece of property for public ownership and/or use.


In
closing, with current financial conditions that exist in the U.P. today,
we the people (residents of the U.P.) must consider two options: do we
want a tax base that provides opportunity to live here and keep our
children here (jobs and the services that most seem to require); or do
we eventually becomes tourists ourselves and visit the "Big Wild" on
vacation from some other state.


Rory Mattson


Ford River


 


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