The Legislature has officially passed legislation overhauling the state’s energy laws. Governor Rick Snyder helped broker the deal and plans on signing the final version of the bills.
SB 437 passed with a vote of 79-28 in the House and 33-4 in the Senate. SB 438 passed 76-31 in the House and 33-4 in the Senate. These bills put strict parameters around how the Public Service Commission (PSC) calculates the charge alternative electric suppliers pay Consumers Energy or DTE if they did not reach a contract to supply power to customers with an entity. The PSC can choose between levying the charge or using the federal process.
A bill to fix local road financing passed the House on Thursday. It is unclear whether Governor Rick Snyder will sign the legislation.
SB 1068 is similar to a bill vetoed by Governor Snyder earlier this year. House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mount Pleasant) commented the chamber did not expect the Governor to veto the bill, but that is still a possibility. A large change made to the new version of the bill exempts major projects from being the sole financial responsibility of the municipality. In other words, the local communities would not have to pay for a road they do not own.