Environmentalist claims bill ignores need for biodiversity

Jan 12, 2015

Michigan’s new state legislators have been sworn in and are already laying out their priorities for 2015. But there remains some unfinished business from last year’s lame duck legislative session. Among the bills still awaiting Governor Rick Snyder’s signature is one that’s drawing criticism from scientists and environmental groups. Senate Bill 78 would restrict the state’s Department of Natural Resources from considering biodiversity when managing state land.

State Senator Tom Casperson, who sponsored the bill, says it balances environmental stewardship with economic development, but critics say the bill could damage the state’s natural areas and hurt wildlife.

Current State speaks with Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director at the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, about the opposition to the pending legislation.