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

Public Act 554 of 2012

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.   Official Text and Analysis.
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
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.
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
Passed 65 to 43 in the House on December 6, 2012 (same description)
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.
Received in the Senate on December 11, 2012
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 11, 2012
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 2, 2013

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