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2012 Senate Bill 1238: Revise state land acquisition procedures

Public Act 619 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on August 15, 2012, to establish new procedures, criteria and restrictions for the acquisition by the state of property paid for with Natural Resources Trust Fund money, and add two new members to the decision making board who would be appointed by the House Speaker and Senate Majority leader (subject to certain restrictions). Among other things, if land was acquired for transfer to a land conservancy without assurance it would have to be kept open for all types of recreational use.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on August 15, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 17, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on October 17, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 17, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on November 8, 2012. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 8, 2012.
  2. Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on November 8, 2012, to revise the procedures and criteria for the acquisition by the state of property paid for with Natural Resources Trust Fund money. Among other things, the bill would impose term limits on members of the board, require more transparency in the board's property selection process, and ban sales if the seller was harassed, intimidated, or coerced by the Department of Natural Resources, a local government, or a "qualified" conservation organization.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 8, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on November 8, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on December 5, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on December 13, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Timothy Bledsoe (D) on December 13, 2012, to eliminate a proposed preference for acquisitions on which motorized recreational use would be allowed. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on December 13, 2012, to strip out the proposed term limits on NRTC board members. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on December 13, 2012, to explicitly authorize the legislature to add its own projects to the NRTC acquisition list. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012.
  4. Passed 65 to 44 in the House on December 13, 2012, to revise the procedures and criteria for the acquisition by the state of property paid for with Natural Resources Trust Fund money. Among other things, the bill would require more transparency in the board's property selection process, and ban sales if the seller was harassed, intimidated, or coerced by the Department of Natural Resources, a local government, or a "qualified" conservation organization.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Moved to reconsider by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on December 13, 2012, the vote by which the bill was passed. Passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012.
  6. Received in the House on December 13, 2012.
    • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on December 13, 2012, to reconsider the vote by which the House adopted the Foster amendment. The motion passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012.
    • Moved to reconsider in the House on December 13, 2012, to not adopt the Foster amendment after reconsideration. The motion failed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012.
  7. Passed 65 to 41 in the House on December 13, 2012, to revise the procedures and criteria for the acquisition by the state of property paid for with Natural Resources Trust Fund money.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Received in the Senate on December 14, 2012.
  9. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 14, 2012, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 8, 2013.

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