Several of these bills have been voted out of the House, but are
tie-barred to several additional bills which have not yet been voted
on. On Wednesday May 21, 2008, HB 5065, 5066, 5070, and 5073 were
HB5065 contains the language which defines “adverse resource
impacts”, and limits the amount of impact that can be caused to fish in
coldwater streams to a less than 1% predicted decrease in abundance.
Essentially this states that large-quantity water withdrawals can expand
in the future, but only up to the point where they are predicted to
cause damage. The votes cast on this bill yesterday (passed 57-50)
clearly indicate where Representatives stand on protecting coldwater
Michigan. Please take note on who supported it and who didn’t,
and let them know that you were watching.
– Accavitti, Cushingberry, Jackson, Miller,
Angerer, Dean, Johnson, Polidori, Bauer, Dillon, Jones, Robert, Rocca,
Bennett, Donigan, Lahti, Sak, Bieda, Ebli, Law (K), Scott,
Brandenburg, Espinoza, LeBlanc, Smith (A), Byrnes, Farrah,
Leland, Smith (V), Byrum, Gaffney, Lemmons, Tobocman, Cheeks, Gillard,
Lindberg, Vagnozzi, Clack, Gonzales, Mayes, Valentine, Clemente, Hammel,
McDowell, Ward, Condino, Hammon, Meadows, Warren, Constan, Hood, Meisner,
Wojno, Corriveau, Hopgood, Melton, Young, Coulouris.
- Acciavatti, Green, Meltzer, Proos, Agema,
Griffin, Moolenaar, Robertson, Amos, Hansen, Moore, Schuitmaker, Ball,
Hildenbrand, Moss, Shaffer, Booher, Hoogendyk, Nitz, Sheen, Brown, Horn,
Nofs, Sheltrown, Calley, Hune, Opsommer, Simpson, Casperson, Jones (R),
Palmer, Spade, Caswell, Knollenberg, Palsrok, Stahl, Caul, LaJoy,
Pastor, Stakoe, Elsenheimer, Law (D), Pavlov, Steil, Emmons, Marleau,
Pearce, Walker, Garfield, Meekhof.
Senate Bill 860 (S-6)
The details of the votes on the other bills can be found in the
attached journal record for the House vote.
encourage you to read through the attachments as they will show how your
legislators voted on each bills, if they introduced amendments, and if
they provided testimony for or against the bills. In many cases
Representatives from areas with lots of great coldwater fisheries, that
support the local economy, voted against protections for those
resources. As the House still has several bills in this package to vote
on, please take the opportunity to contact your Representative about how
they voted on May 21, 2008, and encourage them to support the remaining
House bills that are part of this package.
- the less protective option for our
aquatic resources. This bill was voted on May 15, 2008.
Senator Prusi offered an amendment to SB860 to reduce the
allowable damage to coldwater fisheries from 3% to less than 1%. The
amendment was not passed, it received a tie vote, 19-19, with the
following votes cast:
– Anderson, Clark-Coleman, Kahn, Scott, Barcia, Clarke,
Olshove, Switalski, Basham, Gleason, Prusi, Thomas, Brater, Hunter,
Richardville, Whitmer, Cherry, Jacobs, Schauer
– Allen, Cropsey, Jansen, Patterson, Birkholz, Garcia,
Jelinek, Sanborn, Bishop, George, Kuipers, Stamas, Brown, Gilbert,
McManus, Van Woerkom, Cassis, Hardiman, Pappageorge
This vote should very clearly show which Senators favor protecting our
coldwater fisheries (Yeas) and which do not (Nays). This was a very
specific amendment, and an opportunity for senators to support
protecting Michigan's coldwater fisheries. Those voting Nay were only
voting against our coldwater fisheries. Please take note of this.
Several other amendments were introduced that would have improved the
implementation of the new legislation, would have allowed great public
input, or would have been in the public’s best interest. You can read
how Senate votes were cast on each of these amendments in the attached
(which can also be found online at
. On the overall vote for the SB860 the following votes were cast
– Allen, Cropsey, Jansen, Patterson, Barcia, Birkholz,
Garcia, Jelinek, Richardville, Sanborn, Bishop, George, Kahn, Kuipers,
Stamas, Brown, Gilbert, McManus, Van Woerkom, Cassis, Hardiman,
Pappageorge, Switalski, Gleason
– Anderson, Clark-Coleman, Scott, Clarke, Olshove, Basham,
Prusi, Thomas, Brater, Hunter, Whitmer, Cherry, Jacobs, Schauer
This information was derived from an e-mail by Dr.
Bryan Burroughs, Executive Director, Michigan Chapter of Trout
For more on his views click here