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2013 Senate Bill 78: Restrict setting aside state land for “biological diversity”
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.   Official Text and Analysis.
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
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
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
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
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on March 5, 2013 (same description)
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.
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
Passed 59 to 50 in the House on December 18, 2014 (same description)
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.
Vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 15, 2015

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