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Aquatic Invasive Species Bills

SB 509, Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R-Traverse City) would amend the Natural Resources Protection Act to create a new “Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Council” comprised of MDA, DEQ, DNR, and MDOT directors and other stakeholders, to provide final recommendation of a draft a new management plan for state regulators that includes provisions for monitoring, control and eradication, and rapid responses. The council will also make recommendation to the funding mechanism to implement the plan.  The bill contains legislative “findings” including identifying certain industry sectors as “major potential vectors”.
 
SB 510, Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart) would amend the Natural Resources Protection Act to require that the new “Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Council” proposed by Senate Bill 509 to make recommendations for state regulators and the legislature, also include provisions related to commercial sources of invasive species, including the aquarium, bait, pet, water garden, horticulture, aquaculture, and shipping trades.