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2012 House Bill 5414: Establish more “dark sky preserves”

Public Act 251 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on February 21, 2012, to designate Wilderness State Park, and state forestland within Bliss Township, Cross Village Township, and Wawatam in Emmet County as “dark sky preserves.” The term is not defined in a statute authorizing such a zone at Lake Hudson in Lenawee County, but in general it means restricting outdoor lighting to a minimum. For more information, click the “text and analysis” link on 2001 Senate Bill 430, and scroll down to “HFA – First Analysis”.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on February 21, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on March 27, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 19, 2012, to also extend this designation to a portion of Port Crescent State Park in Huron County. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 19, 2012.
  2. Passed 80 to 28 in the House on April 24, 2012, to designate Wilderness State Park, a portion of Port Crescent State Park in Huron County, and state forestland within Bliss Township, Cross Village Township, and Wawatam in Emmet County as “dark sky preserves.” The term is not defined in statute, but in general it means restricting outdoor lighting to a minimum.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 25, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on April 25, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 12, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 12, 2012, to adopt a version that prohibits establishing a dark sky preserve in the Upper Peninsula and makes other changes. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 12, 2012.
  4. Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate on June 14, 2012, to designate Wilderness State Park, a portion of Port Crescent State Park in Huron County, and state forestland within Bliss Township, Cross Village Township, and Wawatam in Emmet County as “dark sky preserves.” Also, to prohibit establishing a dark sky preserve in the Upper Peninsula, and prohibit restrictions on motorized and nonmotorized recreational use based on the designation.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 14, 2012.
  6. Passed 81 to 28 in the House on June 14, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which would prohibit establishing a dark sky preserve in the Upper Peninsula among other changes.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25, 2012.

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