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2013 Senate Bill 51: Expand forest property tax breaks

Public Act 42 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on January 16, 2013, to expand the eligibility for certain forest property tax breaks, increase the size of the tax breaks to owners, double the number of acres eligible for the tax breaks from 1.2 million to 2.4 million statewide, authorize a new 2 mill property tax on property in this program that would go to proposed "Private Forestland Enhancement Fund" to subsidize private forestland management activities, and revise other details of this tax break program.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on January 16, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on February 5, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 7, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 7, 2013.
  2. Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on February 12, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on February 12, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on February 12, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 6, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on May 22, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that among other changes does not double the number of acres eligible for these tax breaks, but does increase eligibility by means of new exemptions from an existing 1.2 million acre cap. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on May 22, 2013, to move back the date the bill goes into effect. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on May 22, 2013, to require the legislature to reimburse local school districts for any foregone tax revenue resulting from these tax breaks. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2013.
  4. Passed 79 to 28 in the House on May 23, 2013, to expand certain exemptions to a state wetland permit mandate, increase some wetland permit fees and reduce others, require permit denials to document their rationale and authority, authorize grants to local governments to create “wetland mitigation banks,” slightly reduce wetland regulatory burdens imposed on county drain commission projects, slightly increase the state's burden to justify restrictions on an owner's use of his or her property, prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing regulations that are beyond the scope those required by federal law, and make other changes to these land use restrictions.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on May 28, 2013.
  6. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 29, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 6, 2013.

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