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2011 Senate Bill 821: Revise state land ownership cap

Public Act 294 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on November 10, 2011, to require rental boats to get government inspections annually, except for non-motorized canoes, kayaks or rafts, which would be subject to inspection every three years. Under current law, all inspections are required annually. Note: The rental boat inspection changes were enacted in House Bill 5164, and the House used this bill instead as a "vehicle" to amend a recently passed cap on state land ownership (see Senate Bill 248).
    • Referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Committee on November 10, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 6, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 21, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that eliminates the inspection mandate on non-motorized rental boats. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 21, 2012.
  2. Passed 33 to 5 in the Senate on March 22, 2012, to eliminate a requirement that rental boats that are non-motorized, including canoes, kayaks or rafts, must get government inspections. The bill would slightly increase the fees for annual rental motorboat inspections, and revise other details of boat rental regulations.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 22, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on March 22, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on July 18, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on July 18, 2012. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on July 18, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on July 18, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that uses it as a "vehicle" to amend a recently enacted cap on the amount of acres the state can own. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on July 18, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on July 18, 2012, to repeal a recently enacted state land ownership cap (see Senate Bill 248). The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on July 18, 2012.
  4. Passed 63 to 46 in the House on July 18, 2012, to establish that a recently enacted cap on the amount of acres the state can own (see Senate Bill 248) will remain in effect only until the state adopts a “strategic plan” for state land ownership. Also, to clarify that canoes and kayaks longer than 20 feet are included in a recent repeal of inspection mandates on rental canoes and kayaks (see House Bill 5164).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on July 18, 2012.
  6. Passed 28 to 9 in the Senate on July 18, 2012, to establish that a recently enacted cap on the amount of acres the state can own (see Senate Bill 248) will remain in effect only until the state adopts a “strategic plan” for state land ownership. Also, to clarify that canoes and kayaks longer than 20 feet are included in a recent repeal of inspection mandates on rental canoes and kayaks (see House Bill 5164).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Motion by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on July 18, 2012, to give the bill immediate effect. The motion passed 28 to 9 in the Senate on July 18, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on August 1, 2012.

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