Substitute For

HOUSE BILL NO. 5512

A bill to make, supplement, adjust, and consolidate appropriations for the department of natural resources for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025; to provide for certain conditions on appropriations; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

the people of the state of michigan enact:


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part 1

line-item appropriations

Sec. 101. There is appropriated for the department of natural resources for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025, from the following funds:

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

 

APPROPRIATION SUMMARY

 

 

 


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Full-time equated unclassified positions

6.0

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

2,539.3

 

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

526,379,800

Interdepartmental grant revenues:

 

 

 

Total interdepartmental grants and intradepartmental transfers

 

 

207,000

ADJUSTED GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

526,172,800

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Total federal revenues

 

 

96,140,700

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Total local revenues

 

 

0

Total private revenues

 

 

7,609,200

Total other state restricted revenues

 

 

353,865,900

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

68,557,000

Sec. 102. DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT

 

 

 

Full-time equated unclassified positions

6.0

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

150.1

 

 

Unclassified salaries--FTEs

6.0

$

964,400

Accounting service center

 

 

1,652,200

Executive direction--FTEs

11.6

 

2,326,600

Finance and operations--FTEs

110.5

 

18,701,600

Gifts and pass-through transactions

 

 

5,003,600

Legal services--FTEs

4.0

 

704,800

Minerals management--FTEs

20.0

 

3,080,500

Natural resources commission

 

 

77,100

Office of public lands--FTEs

4.0

 

1,478,200

Property management

 

 

3,440,600


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GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

37,429,600

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Interdepartmental grant revenues:

 

 

 

IDG, land acquisition services-to-work orders

 

 

207,000

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

449,100

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

5,003,600

Deer habitat reserve

 

 

168,100

Forest development fund

 

 

4,673,600

Forest land user charges

 

 

8,000

Forest recreation account

 

 

55,200

Game and fish protection account

 

 

8,146,200

Land exchange facilitation and management fund

 

 

4,553,700

Local public recreation facilities fund

 

 

226,300

Marine safety fund

 

 

887,200

Michigan natural resources trust fund

 

 

1,679,100

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

4,348,800

Nongame wildlife fund

 

 

14,100

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

700

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

245,800

Public use and replacement deed fees

 

 

30,200

Recreation improvement account

 

 

89,800

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

51,100

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

133,100

Sportsmen against hunger fund

 

 

500

State park improvement account

 

 

2,114,000

Turkey permit fees

 

 

81,000


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Waterfowl fees

 

 

3,400

Waterways account

 

 

933,500

Wildlife resource protection fund

 

 

44,600

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

3,281,900

Sec. 103. DEPARTMENT INITIATIVES

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

21.0

 

 

Great Lakes restoration initiative

 

$

2,904,200

Invasive species prevention and control--FTEs

21.0

 

7,109,200

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

10,013,400

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

2,904,200

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

7,109,200

Sec. 104. COMMUNICATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

136.3

 

 

Cultural resource management--FTEs

5.5

$

1,009,100

Marketing and outreach--FTEs

88.8

 

17,433,700

Michigan historical center--FTEs

42.0

 

6,446,400

Michigan wildlife council

 

 

1,400,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

26,289,200

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

2,654,700

State park improvement, federal

 

 

322,200

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Forest development fund

 

 

172,900

Forest recreation account

 

 

18,600

Game and fish protection account

 

 

9,239,300


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Land exchange facilitation and management fund

 

 

51,400

Marine safety fund

 

 

39,100

Michigan historical center operations fund

 

 

1,220,200

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

119,600

Nongame wildlife fund

 

 

11,900

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

118,400

Recreation passport fees

 

 

646,700

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

21,300

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

105,100

Sportsmen against hunger fund

 

 

250,000

State park improvement account

 

 

4,395,300

Waterways account

 

 

163,900

Wildlife management public education fund

 

 

1,400,000

Youth hunting and fishing education and outreach fund

 

 

43,500

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

5,295,100

Sec. 105. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

230.5

 

 

Natural resources heritage--FTEs

9.0

$

659,200

Wildlife management--FTEs

221.5

 

47,802,600

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

48,461,800

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

26,472,600

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

315,700

Cervidae licensing and inspection fees

 

 

85,100

Deer habitat reserve

 

 

1,824,600


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Forest development fund

 

 

277,600

Game and fish protection account

 

 

12,984,400

Nongame wildlife fund

 

 

480,700

Pheasant hunting license fees

 

 

175,000

Turkey permit fees

 

 

1,098,000

Waterfowl fees

 

 

114,100

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

4,634,000

Sec. 106. FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

227.5

 

 

Aquatic resource mitigation--FTEs

2.0

$

737,200

Fish production--FTEs

63.0

 

11,016,400

Fisheries resource management--FTEs

162.5

 

23,718,100

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

35,471,700

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

12,127,700

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

136,700

Fisheries settlement

 

 

737,100

Game and fish protection account

 

 

21,255,200

Invasive species fund

 

 

100

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

1,214,900

Sec. 107. LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

298.0

 

 

Body cameras for conservation officers--FTEs

5.0

$

857,500

General law enforcement--FTEs

293.0

 

54,037,500

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

54,895,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 


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Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

6,991,100

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Cervidae licensing and inspection fees

 

 

53,400

Forest development fund

 

 

45,400

Forest recreation account

 

 

72,800

Game and fish protection account

 

 

21,473,200

Marine safety fund

 

 

1,397,400

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

71,400

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

171,500

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

2,864,100

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

726,800

State park improvement account

 

 

72,800

Waterways account

 

 

21,700

Wildlife resource protection fund

 

 

1,160,700

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

19,772,700

Sec. 108. PARKS AND RECREATION DIVISION

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

1,102.4

 

 

Forest recreation and trails--FTEs

86.7

$

11,384,500

MacMullan Conference Center--FTEs

15.0

 

1,252,200

Michigan conservation corps

 

 

935,000

Nature awaits--FTEs

13.8

 

4,045,300

Recreational boating--FTEs

181.3

 

23,830,400

State parks--FTEs

805.6

 

101,791,400

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

143,238,800

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

144,200


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Michigan state waterways fund, federal

 

 

1,747,800

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

428,300

Forest recreation account

 

 

5,989,300

MacMullan Conference Center account

 

 

1,252,200

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

11,470,900

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

7,700

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

2,229,100

Pure Michigan trails fund

 

 

100

Recreation improvement account

 

 

585,500

Recreation passport fees

 

 

220,300

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

16,800

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

2,019,500

State park improvement account

 

 

85,658,300

State park improvement account - Belle Isle subaccount

 

 

875,000

Waterways account

 

 

22,109,200

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

8,484,600

Sec. 109. MACKINAC ISLAND STATE PARK COMMISSION

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

17.0

 

 

Historical facilities system--FTEs

13.0

$

1,913,300

Mackinac Island State Park operations--FTEs

4.0

 

342,300

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

2,255,600

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Mackinac Island State Park fund

 

 

1,697,500

Mackinac Island State Park operation fund

 

 

136,400

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

421,700


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Sec. 110. FOREST RESOURCES DIVISION

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

356.5

 

 

Adopt-a-forest program

 

$

25,000

Cooperative resource programs--FTEs

11.0

 

1,650,600

Forest fire equipment

 

 

931,500

Forest management and timber market development--FTEs

200.0

 

46,586,100

Forest management initiatives--FTEs

8.5

 

944,200

Wildfire protection--FTEs

137.0

 

22,019,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

72,156,400

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

5,249,500

Federal national forest timber fund

 

 

9,101,000

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

1,624,900

Commercial forest fund

 

 

26,000

Fire equipment fund

 

 

668,700

Forest development fund

 

 

42,138,700

Forest land user charges

 

 

246,000

Game and fish protection account

 

 

825,800

Waterways account

 

 

55,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

12,220,800

Sec. 111. GRANTS

 

 

 

Dam management grant program

 

$

350,000

Deer habitat improvement partnership initiative

 

 

200,000

Federal - clean vessel act grants

 

 

400,000

Federal - forest stewardship grants

 

 

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Federal - rural community fire protection

 

 

1,050,000

Federal - urban forestry grants

 

 

900,000

Fisheries habitat improvement grants

 

 

1,250,000

Grants to communities - federal oil, gas, and timber payments

 

 

3,450,000

Grants to counties - marine safety

 

 

3,074,700

National recreational trails

 

 

3,909,200

Nonmotorized trail development and maintenance grants

 

 

200,000

Off-road vehicle safety training grants

 

 

60,000

Off-road vehicle trail improvement grants

 

 

5,415,500

Recreation improvement fund grants

 

 

916,800

Recreation passport local grants

 

 

2,000,000

Snowmobile law enforcement grants

 

 

380,100

Snowmobile local grants program

 

 

7,090,400

Trail easements

 

 

700,000

Wildlife habitat improvement grants

 

 

1,502,500

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

34,849,200

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

13,276,600

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

100,000

Deer habitat reserve

 

 

200,000

Game and fish protection account

 

 

2,752,500

Local public recreation facilities fund

 

 

2,000,000

Marine safety fund

 

 

1,407,300

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

60,000


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Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

5,415,500

Permanent snowmobile trail easement fund

 

 

700,000

Recreation improvement account

 

 

916,800

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

380,100

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

7,090,400

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

550,000

Sec. 112. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

 

 

Information technology services and projects

 

$

10,769,100

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

10,769,100

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Commercial forest fund

 

 

2,100

Deer habitat reserve

 

 

61,600

Forest development fund

 

 

1,567,700

Forest land user charges

 

 

23,900

Forest recreation account

 

 

43,800

Game and fish protection account

 

 

3,916,600

Land exchange facilitation and management fund

 

 

30,600

Marine safety fund

 

 

165,200

Michigan natural resources trust fund

 

 

24,600

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

1,357,600

Nongame wildlife fund

 

 

30,500

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

10,400

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

24,300

Pure Michigan trails fund

 

 

100

Recreation improvement account

 

 

49,200

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

11,600

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

75,500


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Sportsmen against hunger fund

 

 

600

State park improvement account

 

 

1,513,500

Turkey permit fees

 

 

33,800

Waterfowl fees

 

 

3,300

Waterways account

 

 

506,400

Wildlife resource protection fund

 

 

42,100

Youth hunting and fishing education and outreach fund

 

 

2,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

1,272,100

Sec. 113. CAPITAL OUTLAY (1) RECREATIONAL LANDS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

 

 

 

Federal - land and water conservation fund payments

 

$

12,900,000

Off-road vehicle trail development and maintenance

 

 

1,000,000

Snowmobile trail development and maintenance

 

 

1,000,000

State parks repair and maintenance

 

 

20,050,000

Wetland restoration, enhancement and acquisition

 

 

3,000,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

37,950,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

12,900,000

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

4,600,000

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

1,000,000

Recreation passport fees

 

 

13,950,000

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

1,000,000


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Waterfowl hunt stamp

 

 

1,000,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

3,500,000

(2) WATERWAYS BOATING PROGRAM

 

 

 

Local boating infrastructure maintenance and improvements

 

$

3,500,000

State boating infrastructure maintenance

 

 

8,300,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

11,800,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

1,500,000

Michigan state waterways fund, federal

 

 

300,000

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Waterways account

 

 

10,000,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

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Sec. 114. ONE-TIME APPROPRIATIONS

 

 

 

State employees' retirement system implementation costs

 

$

800,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

800,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

800,000

 

part 2

provisions concerning appropriations

for fiscal year 2024-2025

general sections

Sec. 201. In accordance with section 30 of article IX of the state constitution of 1963, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025, total state spending under part 1 from state sources is $422,422,900.00 and state spending under part 1 from state sources


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to be paid to local units of government is $11,252,900.00. The following itemized statement identifies appropriations from which spending to local units of government will occur:

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

 

Dam management grant program

 

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175,000

Fisheries habitat improvement grants

 

 

125,000

Grants to counties marine safety

 

 

1,407,300

Invasive species prevention and control

 

 

2,360,000

Local boating infrastructure maintenance and improvements

 

 

3,500,000

Nonmotorized trail development and maintenance grants

 

 

100,000

Off-road vehicle safety training grants

 

 

60,000

Off-road vehicle trail improvement grants

 

 

903,500

Recreation improvement fund grants

 

 

91,700

Recreation passport local grants

 

 

2,000,000

Snowmobile law enforcement grants

 

 

380,100

Wildlife habitat improvement grants

 

 

150,300

TOTAL

 

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11,252,900

Sec. 202. The appropriations under this part and part 1 are subject to the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1101 to 18.1594.

Sec. 203. As used in this part and part 1:

(a) "Department" means the department of natural resources.

(b) "Director" means the director of the department.

(c) "FTE" means full-time equated.

(d) "IDG" means interdepartmental grant.

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the house appropriations subcommittee on agriculture and rural development and natural resources, the senate and house fiscal agencies, the senate and house policy offices, and the state budget office.

Sec. 204. The department shall use the internet to fulfill the reporting requirements of this part. This requirement includes transmitting reports to the standard report recipients by email and posting the reports on an internet site.

Sec. 205. To the extent permissible under section 261 of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1261, all of the following apply to the expenditure of funds appropriated in part 1:

(a) The funds must not be used for the purchase of foreign goods or services, or both, if competitively priced and of comparable quality American goods or services, or both, are available.

(b) Preference must be given to goods or services, or both, manufactured or provided by Michigan businesses, if they are competitively priced and of comparable quality.

(c) Preference must be given to goods or services, or both, that are manufactured or provided by Michigan businesses owned and operated by veterans, if they are competitively priced and of comparable quality.

Sec. 206. The department shall not take disciplinary action against an employee of the department for communicating with a member of the legislature or legislative staff, unless the communication is prohibited by law and the department is exercising its authority as provided by law.

Sec. 207. Consistent with section 217 of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1217, the department shall prepare


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a report on out-of-state travel expenses not later than January 1. The report must list all travel by classified and unclassified employees outside this state in the previous fiscal year that was funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated in the department's budget. The department shall submit the report to the standard report recipients and to the senate and house appropriations committees. The report must include all of the following information:

(a) The dates of each travel occurrence.

(b) The total transportation and related expenses of each travel occurrence and the proportions funded with state general fund/general purpose revenues, state restricted revenues, federal revenues, and other revenues.

Sec. 208. The department shall not use funds appropriated in part 1 to hire a person to provide legal services that are the responsibility of the attorney general. This section does not apply to legal services for bonding activities or to outside legal services that the attorney general authorizes.

Sec. 209. Not later than December 15, the state budget office shall prepare and submit a report that provides estimates of the total general fund/general purpose appropriation lapses at the close of the previous fiscal year. The report must summarize the projected year-end general fund/general purpose appropriation lapses by major departmental program or program areas. The state budget office shall submit the report to the standard report recipients and to the chairpersons of the senate and house appropriations committees.

Sec. 210. In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated an amount not to exceed $25,000,000.00 for


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state restricted contingency authorization. Amounts appropriated under this subsection are not available for expenditure until they have been transferred to another line item in part 1 under section 393(2) of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1393.

Sec. 211. The department shall cooperate with the department of technology, management, and budget to maintain a searchable website accessible by the public at no cost that includes, but is not limited to, all of the following for the department:

(a) Fiscal year-to-date expenditures by category.

(b) Fiscal year-to-date expenditures by appropriation unit.

(c) Fiscal year-to-date payments to a selected vendor, including the vendor name, payment date, payment amount, and payment description.

(d) The number of active department employees by job classification.

(e) Job specifications and wage rates.

Sec. 212. Not later than 14 days after the release of the executive budget recommendation, the department shall cooperate with the state budget office to provide an annual report on estimated state restricted fund balances, state restricted fund projected revenues, and state restricted fund expenditures for the previous 2 fiscal years. The report must be submitted to the standard report recipients and to the chairpersons of the senate and house appropriations committees.

Sec. 214. (1) Funds appropriated in part 1 must not be used to restrict or impede a marginalized community's access to government resources, programs, or facilities.

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interfere with the duties of a local health officer.

Sec. 215. To the extent permissible under the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1101 to 18.1594, the director shall take all reasonable steps to ensure geographically-disadvantaged business enterprises compete for and perform contracts to provide services or supplies, or both. The director shall strongly encourage firms with which the department contracts to subcontract with certified geographically-disadvantaged business enterprises for services, supplies, or both. As used in this section, "geographically-disadvantaged business enterprises" means that term as defined in Executive Directive No. 2019-08.

Sec. 216. On a quarterly basis, the department shall report on the number of full-time equated positions in pay status by civil service classification, including a comparison by line item of the number of full-time equated positions authorized from funds appropriated in part 1 to the actual number of full-time equated positions employed by the department at the end of the reporting period. The report must be submitted to the senate and house appropriations committees and to the standard report recipients.

Sec. 217. It is the intent of the legislature that the department maximize the efficiency of the state workforce, and, if possible, prioritize in-person work, and post its in-person, remote, or hybrid work policy on its website.

Sec. 219. The department shall receive and retain copies of all reports funded from appropriations in part 1. The department shall follow federal and state guidelines for short-term and long-term retention of records. The department may electronically retain copies of reports unless otherwise required by federal and state guidelines.


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Sec. 220. Not later than April 1, the department shall report on each specific policy change made to implement a public act affecting the department that took effect during the previous calendar year. The department shall submit the report to the standard report recipients, to the senate and house appropriations committees, and to the joint committee on administrative rules.

Sec. 222. To the extent possible, the department shall not expend appropriations under part 1 until all existing authorized work project funds available for the same purposes are exhausted.

Sec. 225. Funds appropriated under part 1 or this part may not be used for construction, repair, or remodeling of a building or structure owned or leased by this state unless the construction, repair, or remodeling is performed by individuals who have completed or are enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program, as that term is defined in 29 USC 50c, that is certified as approved by the United States Secretary of Labor as described in 29 USC 50c.

Sec. 226. (1) In addition to the money appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated, from the following state restricted funds and accounts of the Michigan conservation and recreation legacy fund, the following amounts to the following departments and officers:

(a) Department of technology, management, and budget:

Game and fish protection account

 

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505,600

Waterways account

 

 

124,000

State park improvement account

 

 

135,600

Forest development fund

 

 

265,600

(b) Department of attorney general:

Game and fish protection account

 

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(c) Legislative auditor general:

Game and fish protection account

 

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Waterways account

 

 

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(d) Department of treasury:

Game and fish protection account

 

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Waterways account

 

 

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Michigan natural resources trust fund

 

 

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(2) In addition to the money appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated from the following state restricted funds to the civil service commission the amount calculated for each fund pursuant to section 5 of article XI of the state constitution of 1963:

(a) Michigan conservation and recreation legacy fund.

(b) Forest development fund.

(c) Michigan natural resources trust fund.

(d) Michigan state parks endowment fund.

(e) Michigan nongame fish and wildlife trust fund.

Sec. 227. Pursuant to section 43703(3) of the natural resources and environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.43703, there is appropriated from the Michigan game and fish protection trust fund to the game and fish protection account of the Michigan conservation and recreation legacy fund, $6,000,000.00 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025.

Sec. 228. The department may contract with or provide grants to local units of government, institutions of higher education, or nonprofit organizations to support activities authorized by appropriations in part 1. As used in this section, contracts and grants include, but are not limited to, contracts and grants for research, wildlife and fisheries management, forest management,


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Sec. 229. To the extent permissible under section 261 of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1261, preference must be given to goods or services, or both, that are energy efficient and minimize noise pollution, if they are competitively priced and of comparable quality.

 

COMMUNICATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Sec. 240. (1) In addition to supporting the existing archeological responsibilities of the department within the Michigan History Center, the funds appropriated in part 1 for cultural resource management and cultural resource management one-time shall be utilized to continue the ongoing process of increased consultation with known lineal descendants and officials of Native American tribes on whose aboriginal lands a planned archeological activity will occur or an inadvertent discovery has been made. The consultation shall address the identification, treatment, and disposition of Native American cultural items.

(2) The department is encouraged to, whenever possible, repatriate or transfer from its collections Native American cultural items, including human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony, to the lineal descendants and to Native American tribes described in subsection (1).

 

DEPARTMENT INITIATIVES

Sec. 251. From the amounts appropriated in part 1 for invasive species prevention and control, the department shall allocate not


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less than $3,600,000.00 for grants for the prevention, detection, eradication, and control of invasive species.

Sec. 252. (1) In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, revenue deposited in the invasive species fund created in section 41311 of the natural resources and environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.41311, is appropriated and may be expended for invasive species immediate response efforts.

(2) The department shall annually notify the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on natural resources and the house and senate fiscal agencies of any expenditure of funds appropriated under subsection (1).

 

DEPARTMENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Sec. 302. The department may charge land acquisition projects appropriated for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025, and for prior fiscal years, a standard percentage fee to recover actual costs, and may use the revenue derived to fund the land acquisition service charges provided for in part 1.

Sec. 303. As appropriated in part 1, the department may charge both application fees and transaction fees related to the exchange or sale of state-owned land or rights in land authorized by part 21 of the natural resources and environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.2101 to 324.2165. To the extent consistent with part 21, fees shall be set by the director at a rate that allows the department to recover its costs for providing these services.

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Sec. 408. By December 1, the department shall submit to the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on natural resources a report on all land transactions approved by the natural resources commission in the prior fiscal year. For each land transaction, the report shall include the size of the parcel, the county and municipality in which the parcel is located, the dollar amount of the transaction, the fund source affected by the transaction, and whether the transaction is by purchase, public auction, transfer, exchange, or conveyance.

 

FOREST RESOURCES DIVISION

Sec. 802. (1) From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department shall, by January 1, prepare and submit to the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on natural resources and the standing committees of the senate and house with primary responsibility for natural resources issues a report on all of the following:

(a) The number of acres of state forestland prepared for timber harvesting in the prior fiscal year.

(b) The number of acres of state forestland timber sold in the prior fiscal year.

(c) The amount of revenue generated by the timber sale and harvesting of state land in the prior fiscal year.

Sec. 803. In addition to the money appropriated in part 1, the department may receive and expend money from federal sources to provide response to wildfires and hazard incidents as required by a compact with the federal government. If additional expenditure


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authorization is required, the department shall so notify the state budget office. The department shall notify the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on natural resources and the house and senate fiscal agencies by November 15 of the expenditures under this section during the prior fiscal year.

Sec. 807. (1) In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated from the disaster and emergency contingency fund up to $800,000.00 to cover department costs related to any disaster as defined in section 2 of the emergency management act, 1976 PA 390, MCL 30.402.

(2) Funds appropriated under subsection (1) shall not be expended unless the state budget director recommends the expenditure and the department notifies the house and senate committees on appropriations. By December 1 each year, the department shall provide a report to the senate and house fiscal agencies and the state budget office on the use of the disaster and emergency contingency fund during the prior fiscal year.

(3) If Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement is approved for costs paid from the disaster and emergency contingency fund, the federal revenue shall be deposited into the disaster and emergency contingency fund.

 

GRANTS

Sec. 1001. Federal pass-through funds to local institutions and governments that are received in amounts in addition to those included in part 1 for grants to communities - federal oil, gas, and timber payments and that do not require additional state matching funds are appropriated for the purposes intended. By November 30, the department shall report to the senate


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CAPITAL OUTLAY

Sec. 1103. The appropriations in part 1 for capital outlay shall be carried forward at the end of the fiscal year consistent with section 248 of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1248.

 

ONE-TIME APPROPRIATIONS

Sec. 1201. (1) From the unexpended and unencumbered funds appropriated in 2022 PA 166 and 2023 PA 119 for equipment lifecycle replacement and body cameras for conservation officers, the following appropriations shall be made:

(a) $3,000,000.00 for Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative's Border-To-Border trail.

(b) $1,000,000.00 for Upper Peninsula ski jump project.

(c) $1,000,000.00 for Michigan the Beautiful Initiative.

(2) The funds appropriated under subsection (1) are considered work project appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025. Any unencumbered or unallotted funds shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year and shall be available for expenditure in succeeding years. The following is in compliance with section 451a of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1451a:

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(b) The projects will be accomplished by state employees or by contracts.

(c) The total estimated cost of the projects is $5,000,000.00.

(d) The tentative completion date is September 30, 2029.

Sec. 1202. The funds appropriated in part 1 for state employees' retirement system implementation costs must be expended by the department to cover additional pension-related costs if the following bills of the 102nd Legislature are enacted into law:

(a) House Bill No. 4665.

(b) House Bill No. 4666.

(c) House Bill No. 4667.