Introduced just today, HB 5255 (Bumstead) is going to have a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday, February 2, likely at 9 AM and will be at the House Office Building (124 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933). And we are thankful to learn that it has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee (Chair Andrea LaFontaine). I will follow with the room number when the meeting is officially posted.
We would like a big show of force at this hearing, with all the major organizations/experts providing testimony and getting as many cards in support and grassroots phone calls in to committee members and House leadership as we can generate. Below my email is a list of committee members with links to their contact information.
The bill bans net pen aquaculture in the Great Lakes and connecting waters, up to the first dam (as defined by the bill). It does not touch on the issue of flow through facilities, which we will continue to work on through SB 526 (and legislative meetings are happening now gaining support for some amendments to get this through).
Thanks for all of your interest and support so far, now its go time!
93 Speaker Pro Tem Tom Leonard R 251 CB 5173731778 TomLeonard@house.mi.gov 99 Speaker Kevin Cotter R 164 CB 5173731789 KevinCotter@house.mi.gov 66 Majority Floor Leader Aric Nesbitt R 153 CB 5173730839 AricNesbitt@house.mi.gov 29 Democratic Leader Tim Greimel D 167 CB 5173730475 TimGreimel@house.mi.gov 69 Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh D 141 CB 5173731786 SamSingh@house.mi.gov