LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - State Representative Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) introduced House Bill 4227 in February to create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future, which would be responsible for making advisory legislative and policy recommendations to strengthen and develop sustainable mining practices in Michigan.
Tuesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation voted unanimously to refer the bill to the next level of review before the new House Ways and Means Committee.
“I was pleased to see my bill to create a Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future pass unanimously out of committee today, garnering the support of both Democratic and Republican House Natural Resources Committee members,” Cambensy said. “Our roots in the U.P. began in mining, and it was good to see this bill recognized and supported at our state capitol in Lansing. The next generation of mining will incorporate new technology and high-paying jobs while also protecting the environment, proving that it’s not an either-or decision when it comes to the economy and our natural resources.”
During consideration, an amendment was approved to include a local government representative as a member of the proposed committee to ensure better collaboration with local municipalities. The committee would still be comprised of 15 members with governor-appointed representatives from various state mining operations, environmental non-profits, Native American tribes and the International Steelworker’s Union. The committee would also include officials from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
“With more than 25 different organizations and individuals who formally supported this bill in committee, I am greatly encouraged that we could come together and take a solutions-oriented approach to ensuring an economically and environmentally sustainable future for mining in Michigan,” said Cambensy.