HB-4227, As Passed Senate, June 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE SUBSTITUTE FOR

 

HOUSE BILL NO. 4227

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     A bill to create a committee on Michigan's mining future; to

 

provide for the powers and duties of certain governmental officers

 

and agencies; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1. As used in this act, "committee" means the committee

 

on Michigan's mining future created in section 2(1).

 

     Sec. 2. (1) The committee on Michigan's mining future is

 

created within the department of environment, Great Lakes, and

 

energy.

 

     (2) The committee shall consist of the following members:

 

     (a) Ten members appointed by the governor as follows:

 

     (i) A member of a local chapter of an international steel

 

workers union representing workers at an ongoing ferrous mining

 


operation in this state or workers from an idled ferrous mining

 

operation in this state.

 

     (ii) A member representing a ferrous mining operation in this

 

state.

 

     (iii) A member representing a metallic nonferrous mining

 

operation in this state.

 

     (iv) A member representing an aggregate mining operation in

 

this state.

 

     (v) Two members, each representing an environmental nonprofit

 

organization in this state, with expertise in mining.

 

     (vi) Two current or former research faculty members at a

 

university in this state that hold a master's or doctorate degree

 

in mining or geology.

 

     (vii) A member representing a municipality in this state where

 

a ferrous, metallic nonferrous, or aggregate mining operation is

 

located.

 

     (viii) A resident of this state who is a member of a federally

 

recognized Indian tribe that has trust lands in this state.

 

     (b) The directors of the following, or their designees:

 

     (i) The Michigan economic development corporation, as defined

 

in section 4 of the Michigan strategic fund act, 1984 PA 270, MCL

 

125.2004.

 

     (ii) The department of natural resources.

 

     (iii) The department of environment, Great Lakes, and energy.

 

     (c) A designee of each of the following:

 

     (i) The state senator for the senate district with the highest

 

production from metallic mineral mines in this state in the


calendar year preceding the year in which the appointment is made.

 

     (ii) The state representative for the house district with the

 

highest production from metallic mineral mines in this state in the

 

calendar year preceding the year in which the appointment is made.

 

     (3) The members first appointed to the committee under

 

subsection (2)(a) shall be appointed within 30 days after the

 

effective date of this act.

 

     (4) If a vacancy occurs on the committee for a position under

 

subsection (2)(a) or (c), the vacancy shall be filled in the same

 

manner as the original appointment.

 

     (5) The governor may remove a member of the committee

 

appointed under subsection (2)(a) or (4) for incompetence,

 

dereliction of duty, malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in

 

office, or any other good cause.

 

     (6) The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the

 

director of the department of environment, Great Lakes, and energy

 

or his or her designee. At the first meeting, the committee shall

 

elect from among its members a chairperson and other officers as it

 

considers necessary or appropriate. After the first meeting, the

 

committee shall meet at least quarterly, or more frequently at the

 

call of the chairperson or if requested by 3 or more members.

 

     (7) A majority of the members of the committee constitute a

 

quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting of the

 

committee. A majority of the members present and serving are

 

required for official action of the committee.

 

     (8) The business that the committee may perform shall be

 

conducted at a public meeting of the committee held in compliance


with the open meetings act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 to 15.275. A

 

writing prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or retained by

 

the committee in the performance of an official function is subject

 

to the freedom of information act, 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 to

 

15.246.

 

     (9) Members of the committee shall serve without compensation.

 

However, members of the committee may be reimbursed for their

 

actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their

 

official duties as members of the committee.

 

     Sec. 3. The committee shall do all of the following:

 

     (a) Recommend actions to strengthen and develop a sustainable,

 

more diversified mining and minerals industry in this state while

 

protecting the environment and natural resources of this state.

 

     (b) Evaluate government policies that affect the mining and

 

minerals industry.

 

     (c) Recommend public policy strategies to enhance the growth

 

of the mining and minerals industry, especially for research and

 

development in mining and mineral processing technology, including

 

pellet production, for the next generation of mining.

 

     (d) Advise on the development of partnerships between

 

industries, institutions, environmental groups, funding groups, and

 

state and federal resources and other entities.

 

     Sec. 4. Within 2 years after the effective date of this act,

 

the committee shall submit a report on its work to the governor,

 

the legislature, this state's United States Senators, and members

 

of this state's United States congressional delegation.

 

     Sec. 5. (1) The committee is dissolved 60 days after the


report is submitted under section 4.

 

     (2) This act is repealed 90 days after the deadline for the

 

report to be submitted under section 4.

 

     Enacting section 1. This act takes effect 90 days after the

 

date it is enacted into law.