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Quote, "Valentine says some opposed to the bill are falsely misleading Michigan residents. She believes the bill protects groundwater for future
generations and it would not mean people using it would have to pay fees."
"I would be totally against that and I can not think of any legislator who would ever promote such a thing. This is something to protect our water
for future generations," Valentine said. "Residential use is exempt and we will build in protections for agriculture...Anytime there is change,
people are afraid."
This bill says nothing about protecting residential use . . .
HOUSE BILL No. 5319
September 9, 2009, Introduced by Reps. Scripps, Roberts, Valentine, Geiss, Warren, Smith and Bledsoe and referred to the Committee on Great Lakes and
A bill to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled
"Natural resources and environmental protection act,"
(MCL 324.101 to 324.90106) by adding part 4.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
PART 4. 1 PUBLIC TRUST RESOURCES
2 SEC. 401. (1) THE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATURAL
3 RESOURCES OF THE STATE ARE OF PARAMOUNT PUBLIC CONCERN IN THE
4 INTEREST OF THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND GENERAL WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE,
5 AND THE AIR, WATER, AND OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE STATE SHALL
6 BE PROTECTED FROM POLLUTION, IMPAIRMENT, AND DESTRUCTION.
7 (2) THE WATERS OF THE STATE, INCLUDING GROUNDWATER, ARE HELD
8 IN TRUST BY THE STATE. THE STATE SHALL PROTECT THESE WATERS AND
9 OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES THAT ARE SUBJECT TO THE PUBLIC TRUST FOR
THE BENEFIT OF 1 PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS.
2 (3) THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, ON BEHALF OF THE STATE, OR ANY OTHER
3 PERSON MAY MAINTAIN AN ACTION IN THE CIRCUIT COURT HAVING
4 JURISDICTION TO ENFORCE THE PUBLIC TRUST IN THE STATE'S NATURAL
5 RESOURCES, EITHER ALONE OR IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER PROVISIONS OF
6 THIS ACT OR OTHER LEGAL REMEDIES THAT ARE APPROPRIATE. THE CIRCUIT
7 COURT MAY APPORTION COSTS, INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES, IF THE
8 INTERESTS OF JUSTICE REQUIRE.