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SB 429 passes out of the Senate

Labor-Business Coalition Congratulates the Michigan Senate on Bi-Partisan Passage of New EGLE Permitting Plan for Aggregate Mining
LANSING – The Build It Michigan Strong labor and business coalition today congratulated the Michigan Senate on its bi-partisan passage of Senate Bill 429, the new EGLE-based aggregates permitting plan sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich.
“We are very encouraged to see Governor Whitmer and the legislature working toward a solution that ensures we have the aggregate materials necessary to fix our roads, while stopping government waste, protecting the environment and ensuring public input,” said coalition member James Holcomb, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
After multiple hearings, SB 429 and its companion bills were passed by the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure earlier today by a vote of 7-0 (with two abstentions).
The package then passed the full Senate this afternoon with bi-partisan support, including six Democrats voting “yes”.
The bills now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Ananich’s bill represents a new direction in the effort to increase access to the sand and gravel the state needs to efficiently rebuild its roads. The plan will create a modernized, uniform statewide permitting process for aggregate mining inside the well-regarded Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. This will treat aggregate mining in a similar fashion to other extractive industries already under EGLE’s purview, protect our environment, ensure local input and stop government waste.
The bi-partisan plan is necessary because countless aggregate mining permits are being endlessly delayed or denied under the current broken system, at great cost to Michigan taxpayers.
While Michigan is undertaking the most expensive road building effort in its history, the sand and gravel necessary to make concrete and asphalt is being hauled to job sites from longer distances due to local denials—wasting tax dollars before any actual road work can be started.
The new plan in SB 429 will:  
The Build It Michigan Strong Coalition includes 11 major labor and business groups that support SB 429:
Operating Engineers 324
Michigan Teamsters
Michigan Laborers
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan
Homebuilders Association of Michigan
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
Michigan Aggregates Association
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Concrete Association
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