Comments: IN SB0581 | 2019 | Regular Session

Bill Title: Lake Michigan shore zone administrative rules. Defines "Lake Michigan shore zone" as the land between the ordinary high water mark of Lake Michigan and the lakeside property line of a privately owned lot or tract of land described by metes and bounds. Defines "ordinary high water mark". Provides that a Lake Michigan shore zone includes a seawall constructed on the lakeside property line of a privately owned lot or tract of land described by metes and bounds. Authorizes the natural resources commission (commission) to adopt rules concerning: (1) the movement of sand across a Lake Michigan shore zone through natural forces or otherwise and the return of the sand to the Lake Michigan shore; (2) the flow of water, including water from a source on a privately owned lot or tract of land, across a Lake Michigan shore zone; (3) permitting and specifications for any maintenance, construction, or another similar activity in the Lake Michigan shore zone related to beach grooming, sea walls, revetments, secondary erosion control, and retaining walls; and (4) other matters relating to the use of Lake Michigan shore zones. Provides that the rules adopted by the commission supersede an ordinance of a unit of local government, including a zoning ordinance, that is inconsistent with the adopted rules. Provides that a person who goes on the property of another for the purpose of: (1) going to or departing Lake Michigan public trust land: or (2) going to another destination upon leaving Lake Michigan public trust land; does not have assurance that the property is safe for the purpose, and the owner of the property is immune from liability, with certain exceptions, for an injury to a person or property caused by an act or omission of another person using the property.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 7-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-04-08 - Representative Speedy added as cosponsor [SB0581 Detail]

Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

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