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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.
      • Reported in the House on December 9, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Charles Smiley (D) on December 16, 2014. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 16, 2014.

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