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2013 Senate Bill 78: Restrict setting aside state land for “biological diversity”
  1. Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on January 24, 2013, to prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from designating an area of land specifically for the purpose of achieving “biological diversity," no longer require the DNR to manage forests in a manner that promotes "restoration," and remove from statute a legislative "finding" that most losses of biological diversity result from human activity.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on January 24, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on February 26, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 28, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on March 5, 2013, to define "conservation" in the law as including "efforts necessary to maintain or restore...and sustain viable populations of native species and communities". The amendment failed 12 to 24 in the Senate on March 5, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on March 5, 2013, to strip out a provision deleting a requirement that the DNR manage the quality and distribution of wildlife habits by "developing and implementing stand and landscape level forest treatment measures". The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on March 5, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on March 5, 2013, to strip out a provision deleting from statute a legislative "finding" that most losses of biological diversity result from human activity. The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on March 5, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Substitute offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on March 5, 2013, to adopt a substitutute that would leave in statute more specific requirement that state land be managed for "biological diversity". The substitute failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on March 5, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on March 5, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 5, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on March 5, 2013.

Comments

Re: 2013 Senate Bill 78 (Restrict setting aside state land for “biological diversity” )  by truckingal on January 31, 2013 
This is long-overdue! For far too long, the university elites and their miseducated acolytes have been performing a land-grab on the rural areas of the State. This Gaia worship has gone on for too long: it is time to begin using actual science to determine what lands actually need to be preserved and stop using taxpayer dollars and loss of property rights to restrict the use of said 'protected' land from the average citizen. Any and every area creates its own unique eco-system, same as every square inch of land is a part of one watershed or another. Restricting usage based on these definitions is simply an effort to reduce us all to government-sponsored tenants in some high-rise apartment so that they and their chosen few may enjoy OUR land at OUR expense without having to pay the actual cost of owning and maintaining that land! We left the Old World to be able to own land and escape the feudal tyranny 350 years ago! Lets put a stop to its resurrection right here and right now.

2013 Senate Bill 78 (Restrict setting aside state land for “biological diversity” )  by admin on January 31, 2013 
Introduced in the Senate on January 24, 2013

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