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2012 Senate Bill 939: Give special treatment to firms submitting to “environmental leader” process

Public Act 554 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on February 14, 2012, to give certain businesses special treatment in awarding state contracts, eligibility for government subsidies, environmental permits, fees and inspection mandates, and more, if the firm submits itself to a government “environmental leader” designation process. This would require a company to demonstrate that it has no outstanding permit violations or serious past ones, adopt certain practices not required by law, submit to certain additional reporting mandates, participate in “workshops,” etc.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on February 14, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 20, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 10, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 10, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on May 15, 2012, to specify that the program will have to follow the regular rulemaking procedures outlined by the administrative procedures act. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 15, 2012.
  2. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on May 15, 2012, to give certain businesses special treatment in awarding state contracts, eligibility for government subsidies, environmental permit and inspection mandates, and more, if the firm submits itself to a government “environmental leader” designation process. This would require a company to demonstrate that it has no outstanding permit violations or serious past ones, adopt certain practices not required by law, submit to certain additional reporting mandates, participate in “workshops,” etc.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 15, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on May 15, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on November 27, 2012, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on December 4, 2012, to clarify some wording in the bill. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2012.
  4. Passed 65 to 43 in the House on December 6, 2012, to give certain businesses special treatment in awarding state contracts, eligibility for government subsidies, environmental permit and inspection mandates, and more, if the firm submits itself to a government “environmental leader” designation process. This would require a company to demonstrate that it has no outstanding permit violations or serious past ones, adopt certain practices not required by law, submit to certain additional reporting mandates, participate in “workshops,” etc.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 11, 2012.
  6. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 11, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 2, 2013.

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