Substitute For

HOUSE BILL NO. 4290

A bill to make appropriations for the department of natural resources for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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, 2024, from the following funds:

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

 

APPROPRIATION SUMMARY

 

 

 

Full-time equated unclassified positions

6.0

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

2,529.5

 

 


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GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

575,833,200

Interdepartmental grant revenues:

 

 

 

Total interdepartmental grants and intradepartmental transfers

 

 

202,600

ADJUSTED GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

575,630,600

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Total federal revenues

 

 

100,409,600

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Total local revenues

 

 

0

Total private revenues

 

 

7,289,200

Total other state restricted revenues

 

 

356,126,400

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

111,805,400

Sec. 102. DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT

 

 

 

Full-time equated unclassified positions

6.0

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

149.1

 

 

Unclassified salaries--FTEs

6.0

$

918,400

Accounting service center

 

 

1,501,900

Executive direction--FTEs

11.6

 

2,286,200

Finance and operations--FTEs

109.5

 

18,204,800

Gifts and pass-through transactions

 

 

5,003,600

Legal services--FTEs

4.0

 

690,600

Minerals management--FTEs

20.0

 

3,023,100

Natural resources commission

 

 

77,100

Office of public lands--FTEs

4.0

 

1,459,200

Property management

 

 

4,541,200

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

37,706,100

Appropriated from:

 

 

 


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Interdepartmental grant revenues:

 

 

 

IDG, land acquisition services-to-work orders

 

 

202,600

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

369,300

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

5,003,600

Deer habitat reserve

 

 

162,700

Forest development fund

 

 

4,661,800

Forest land user charges

 

 

7,900

Forest recreation account

 

 

54,200

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

8,232,100

Land exchange facilitation and management fund

 

 

4,549,600

Local public recreation facilities fund

 

 

221,400

Marine safety fund

 

 

875,900

Michigan natural resources trust fund

 

 

1,634,600

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

4,326,700

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

905,100

Nongame wildlife fund

 

 

13,700

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

700

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

239,500

Park improvement fund

 

 

2,090,800

Public use and replacement deed fees

 

 

29,500

Recreation improvement account

 

 

85,600

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

50,400

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

128,100

Sportsmen against hunger fund

 

 

500

Turkey permit fees

 

 

79,600

Waterfowl fees

 

 

3,400


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Wildlife resource protection fund

 

 

43,700

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

3,733,100

Sec. 103. DEPARTMENT INITIATIVES

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

13.0

 

 

Great Lakes restoration initiative

 

$

2,904,200

Invasive species prevention and control--FTEs

13.0

 

5,086,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

7,990,200

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

2,904,200

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

5,086,000

Sec. 104. COMMUNICATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

151.3

 

 

Marketing and outreach--FTEs

88.8

$

17,152,000

Michigan historical center--FTEs

56.5

 

8,201,900

Michigan wildlife council

 

 

1,400,000

Office of the state archaeologist--FTEs

6.0

 

1,000,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

27,753,900

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

2,619,800

State park improvement, federal

 

 

322,200

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Forest development fund

 

 

167,200

Forest recreation account

 

 

17,800

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

9,126,700

Land exchange facilitation and management fund

 

 

49,800


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Marine safety fund

 

 

38,100

Michigan historical center operations fund

 

 

1,216,100

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

115,700

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

159,000

Nongame wildlife fund

 

 

11,500

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

115,300

Park improvement fund

 

 

4,295,800

Recreation passport fees

 

 

638,200

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

20,600

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

101,900

Sportsmen against hunger fund

 

 

250,000

Wildlife management public education fund

 

 

1,400,000

Youth hunting and fishing education and outreach fund

 

 

41,800

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

7,046,400

Sec. 105. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

230.5

 

 

Natural resources heritage--FTEs

9.0

$

655,200

Wildlife management--FTEs

221.5

 

46,993,400

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

47,648,600

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

26,171,000

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

315,700

Cervidae licensing and inspection fees

 

 

85,100

Deer habitat reserve

 

 

1,793,800

Forest development fund

 

 

277,600


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Game and fish protection fund

 

 

12,665,200

Nongame wildlife fund

 

 

449,900

Pheasant hunting license fees

 

 

175,000

Turkey permit fees

 

 

1,065,100

Waterfowl fees

 

 

114,100

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

4,536,100

Sec. 106. FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

227.5

 

 

Aquatic resource mitigation--FTEs

2.0

$

635,400

Fish production--FTEs

63.0

 

10,736,100

Fisheries resource management--FTEs

162.5

 

23,149,300

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

34,520,800

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

11,849,600

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

136,700

Fisheries settlement

 

 

635,300

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

20,697,900

Invasive species fund

 

 

100

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

1,201,200

Sec. 107. LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

296.0

 

 

Body cameras for conservation officers--FTEs

3.0

$

598,600

General law enforcement--FTEs

293.0

 

50,639,100

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

51,237,700

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 


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Federal funds

 

 

6,893,300

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Cervidae licensing and inspection fees

 

 

53,400

Forest development fund

 

 

45,400

Forest recreation account

 

 

72,800

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

20,846,600

Marine safety fund

 

 

1,355,700

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

71,400

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

21,700

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

166,100

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

2,787,200

Park improvement fund

 

 

72,800

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

725,300

Wildlife resource protection fund

 

 

1,116,200

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

17,009,800

Sec. 108. PARKS AND RECREATION DIVISION

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

1,088.6

 

 

Forest recreation and trails--FTEs

86.7

$

11,177,600

MacMullan Conference Center--FTEs

15.0

 

1,225,000

Michigan conservation corps

 

 

934,000

Recreational boating--FTEs

181.3

 

23,293,100

State parks--FTEs

805.6

 

99,720,800

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

136,350,500

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

144,200

Michigan state waterways fund, federal

 

 

1,695,400

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 


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Private funds

 

 

428,300

Forest recreation account

 

 

5,888,200

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

1,600

MacMullan Conference Center account

 

 

1,225,000

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

11,431,800

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

21,627,500

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

7,600

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

2,193,600

Park improvement fund

 

 

83,376,200

Park improvement fund - Belle Isle subaccount

 

 

1,201,800

Pure Michigan trails fund

 

 

100

Recreation improvement account

 

 

576,200

Recreation passport fees

 

 

220,300

Snowmobile registration fee revenue

 

 

16,500

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

1,979,400

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

4,336,800

Sec. 109. MACKINAC ISLAND STATE PARK COMMISSION

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

17.0

 

 

Historical facilities system--FTEs

13.0

$

1,884,200

Mackinac Island State Park operations--FTEs

4.0

 

339,800

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

2,224,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Mackinac Island State Park fund

 

 

1,672,000

Mackinac Island State Park operation fund

 

 

133,900

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

418,100

Sec. 110. FOREST RESOURCES DIVISION

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

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Adopt-a-forest program

 

$

25,000

Cooperative resource programs--FTEs

11.0

 

1,627,800

Forest fire equipment

 

 

931,500

Forest management and timber market development--FTEs

200.0

 

45,200,400

Forest management initiatives--FTEs

8.5

 

925,300

Wildfire protection--FTEs

137.0

 

20,918,100

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

69,628,100

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

5,083,900

Federal national forest timber fund

 

 

9,082,100

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

1,054,900

Commercial forest fund

 

 

26,000

Fire equipment fund

 

 

668,700

Forest development fund

 

 

41,255,300

Forest land user charges

 

 

241,200

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

811,700

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

54,200

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

11,350,100

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

 

 

2,000,000

Federal - rural community fire protection

 

 

1,050,000

Federal - urban forestry grants

 

 

900,000


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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

 

 

3,907,200

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

 

$

34,847,200

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

13,274,600

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

100,000

Deer habitat reserve

 

 

200,000

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

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

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

5,415,500

Permanent snowmobile trail easement fund

 

 

700,000


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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

 

$

10,692,600

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

10,692,600

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Commercial forest fund

 

 

2,100

Deer habitat reserve

 

 

61,600

Forest development fund

 

 

1,552,300

Forest land user charges

 

 

23,900

Forest recreation account

 

 

43,800

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

3,878,100

Land exchange facilitation and management fund

 

 

30,600

Marine safety fund

 

 

163,600

Michigan natural resources trust fund

 

 

24,600

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

1,344,300

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

506,400

Nongame wildlife fund

 

 

30,500

Off-road vehicle safety education fund

 

 

10,400

Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

24,300

Park improvement fund

 

 

1,498,600

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

Turkey permit fees

 

 

33,800

Waterfowl fees

 

 

3,300

Wildlife resource protection fund

 

 

42,100

Youth hunting and fishing education and outreach fund

 

 

2,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

1,279,300

Sec. 113. CAPITAL OUTLAY

 

 

 

(1) RECREATIONAL LANDS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

 

 

 

Federal - land and water conservation fund payments

 

$

12,900,000

Forest development infrastructure

 

 

3,250,000

Off-road vehicle trail development and maintenance

 

 

1,000,000

Shooting range development, enhancement, and restoration

 

 

5,000,000

Snowmobile trail development and maintenance

 

 

1,000,000

State game and wildlife area infrastructure

 

 

1,500,000

State parks repair and maintenance

 

 

22,850,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

47,500,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

18,525,000

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private funds

 

 

250,000

Forest development fund

 

 

3,250,000

Game and fish protection fund

 

 

375,000

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

4,500,000


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Off-road vehicle trail improvement fund

 

 

1,000,000

Other state restricted revenues

 

 

250,000

Recreation passport fees

 

 

16,850,000

Snowmobile trail improvement fund

 

 

1,000,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

1,750,000

(2) WATERWAYS BOATING PROGRAM

 

 

 

Local boating infrastructure maintenance and improvements

 

$

3,322,500

State boating infrastructure maintenance

 

 

8,152,500

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

11,475,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal funds

 

 

1,275,000

Michigan state waterways fund, federal

 

 

200,000

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

10,000,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

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Sec. 114. ONE-TIME APPROPRIATIONS

 

 

 

Aggregate mapping

 

$

5,000,000

AuSable and Manistee river restoration initiative

 

 

100

Belle Isle Park infrastructure

 

 

21,500,000

Brandon Road dam

 

 

100

Forest land management equipment

 

 

2,500,000

Invasive species prevention and control

 

 

5,758,500

Mass timber recreational trails lodge at Michigan Technological University

 

 

130,000

Michigan conservation corps

 

 

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Michigan natural resources trust fund

 

 

5,369,900

Michigan state parks endowment fund

 

 

8,249,900

Office of the state archaeologist one-time

 

 

1,500,000

Outdoor recreation recruitment, retention, and reactivation

 

 

5,000,000

State water trail organizations

 

 

250,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

56,258,500

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Forest development fund

 

 

2,500,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

53,758,500

 

part 2

provisions concerning appropriations

for fiscal year 2023-2024

general sections

Sec. 201. Pursuant to section 30 of article IX of the state constitution of 1963, total state spending from state resources under part 1 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024 is $468,931,800.00 and state spending from state resources to be paid to local units of government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024 is $10,892,100.00. The itemized statement below identifies appropriations from which spending to local units of government will occur:

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

 

Dam management grant program

 

$

175,000

Fisheries habitat improvement grants

 

 

125,000

Grants to counties marine safety

 

 

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Invasive species prevention and control

 

 

2,200,000

Local boating infrastructure maintenance and improvements

 

 

3,322,500

Nonmotorized trail development and maintenance grants

 

 

100,000

Off-road vehicle safety training grants

 

 

60,000

Off-road vehicle trail improvement grants

 

 

880,200

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

 

$

10,892,100

Sec. 202. The appropriations authorized 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.

Sec. 204. The departments and agencies receiving appropriations in part 1 shall use the internet to fulfill the reporting requirements of this part. This requirement shall include transmission of reports via email to the recipients identified for each reporting requirement, and it shall include placement of reports on an internet site.

Sec. 205. Except as otherwise provided in this part, all reports required under this part shall be submitted to the senate appropriations subcommittee on agriculture and natural resources,


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

Sec. 206. To the extent permissible under section 261 of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1261, all of the following apply:

(a) The funds appropriated in part 1 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. 207. The department shall not take disciplinary action against an employee of the department or departmental agency in the state classified civil service because the employee communicates with a member of the senate or house or the member of the senate or house's staff, unless the communication is prohibited by law and the department or agency taking disciplinary action is exercising its authority as provided by law.

Sec. 208. The department shall prepare a report on out-of-state travel expenses not later than January 1 of each year. The travel report shall be a listing of all travel by classified and unclassified employees outside this state in the immediately


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preceding fiscal year that was funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated in the department's budget. The report shall be submitted to the senate and house appropriations committees, the senate and house fiscal agencies, and the state budget director. The report shall include the following information:

(a) The dates of each travel occurrence.

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

Sec. 209. Funds appropriated in part 1 shall not be used by the department to hire a person to provide legal services that are the responsibility of the attorney general. This prohibition does not apply to legal services for bonding activities and for those outside services that the attorney general authorizes.

Sec. 210. Not later than December 15, the state budget office shall prepare and transmit a report that provides for estimates of the total general fund/general purpose appropriation lapses at the close of the prior fiscal year. This report shall summarize the projected year-end general fund/general purpose appropriation lapses by major departmental program or program areas. The report shall be transmitted to the chairpersons of the senate and house appropriations committees and to report recipients required in section 205 of this part.

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in this article under section 393(2) of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1393.

(2) In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated an amount not to exceed $3,000,000.00 for state restricted contingency funds. Authorized funds are not available for expenditure until they have been transferred to another line item in this article under section 393(2) of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1393.

(3) In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated an amount not to exceed $1,000,000.00 for private contingency funds. Authorized funds are not available for expenditure until they have been transferred to another line item in this article under section 393(2) of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1393.

Sec. 212. The department shall provide to the department of technology, management, and budget information sufficient 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.

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chairpersons of the senate and house appropriations committees and to report recipients required in section 205 of this part an annual report on estimated state restricted fund balances, state restricted fund projected revenues, and state restricted fund expenditures for the prior 2 fiscal years.

Sec. 214. The department shall maintain, on a publicly accessible website, a department scorecard that identifies, tracks, and regularly updates key metrics that are used to monitor and improve the department's performance.

Sec. 216. 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 as defined in Executive Directive 2019-08 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 geographically-disadvantaged business enterprises as defined in Executive Directive 2019-08 for services or supplies, or both.

Sec. 217. On a quarterly basis, the department shall report to the senate and house appropriations committees and to report recipients required in section 205 of this part a comparison by line item of the number of FTEs authorized from funds appropriated in part 1 to the actual number of FTEs employed by the department at the end of the reporting period.

Sec. 218. It is the intent of the legislature that departments maximize the efficiency of the state workforce and, where possible, prioritize in-person work. Each executive branch department, agency, board, or commission that receives funding under part 1 must post its in-person, remote, or hybrid work policy on its


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website.

Sec. 221. The departments and agencies receiving appropriations in part 1 shall receive and retain copies of all reports funded from appropriations in part 1. Federal and state guidelines for short-term and long-term retention of records must be followed. The department may electronically retain copies of reports unless otherwise required by federal or state guidelines.

Sec. 222. The department shall report no later than April 1 on each specific policy change made to implement a public act affecting the department that took effect during the prior calendar year to the senate and house appropriations committees, the senate and house subcommittees on natural resources, the joint committee on administrative rules, and the senate and house fiscal agencies.

Sec. 223. (1) From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department shall do all of the following:

(a) Report to the house and senate appropriations committees, the house and senate fiscal agencies, the house and senate policy offices, and the state budget office any amount of severance pay for a department director, deputy director, or other highranking department official not later than 14 days after a severance agreement with the director or official is signed. The name of the director or official and the amount of severance pay must be included in the report required by this subdivision.

(b) By February 1, report to the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on the department budget, the house and senate fiscal agencies, the house and senate policy offices, and the state budget office on the total amount of severance pay remitted to former department employees during the prior fiscal year and the total number of former department employees that were


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remitted severance pay during the prior fiscal year.

(2) As used in this section, "severance pay" means compensation that is both payable or paid on the termination of employment and in addition to either wages or benefits earned during the course of employment or generally applicable retirement benefits.

Sec. 224. Appropriations in part 1 shall, to the extent possible for the department, not be expended until all existing work project authorization available for the same purpose is exhausted.

Sec. 225. (1) No money appropriated in part 1 shall be used to restrict or interfere with actions related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); to restrict or impede a marginalized community's access to government resources, programs or facilities; or to diminish, interfere with, or restrict an individual's ability to exercise the right to reproductive freedom.

(2) From the funds appropriated in part 1, local governments shall report any action or policy that attempts to restrict or interfere with the duties of the local health officer.

Sec. 226. (1) In addition to the money appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated from the following state restricted funds up to the following amounts to the department of technology, management, and budget:

Game and fish protection fund

 

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588,400

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

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Park improvement fund

 

 

447,300

Forest development fund

 

 

307,800

(2) In addition to the money appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated from the following state restricted funds up to the


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following amounts to the department of attorney general:

Game and fish protection fund

 

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670,900

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

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(3) In addition to the money appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated from the following state restricted funds up to the following amounts to the legislative auditor general:

Game and fish protection fund

 

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34,800

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

12,600

(4) In addition to the money appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated from the following state restricted funds up to the following amounts to the department of treasury:

Game and fish protection fund

 

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3,621,700

Michigan state waterways fund

 

 

429,800

Michigan natural resources trust fund

 

 

3,354,500

(5) 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) Nongame wildlife 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 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, 2024.


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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, invasive species monitoring and control, and natural resource-related programs.

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 noise efficient if they are competitively priced and of comparable quality.

 

COMMUNICATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Sec. 240. (1) The funds appropriated in part 1 for office of the state archaeologist shall be used to establish an office of the state archaeologist to serve as the source of archaeological expertise for state government, provide archaeological services on behalf of state government, and lead the effort to identify, document, and protect archaeological resources that document the entire span of human history in this state.

(2) The funds appropriated in part 1 for office of the state archaeologist shall be used to support the following full-time equivalent positions:

(a) State archaeologist.

(b) Historical archaeologist.

(c) Maritime archaeologist.

(d) Prehistoric archaeologist.


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(e) Collections manager.

(f) Data coordinator.

 

DEPARTMENT INITIATIVES

Sec. 251. From the amounts appropriated in part 1 for invasive species prevention and control, the department shall allocate not 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, 2024, and for prior fiscal years, a standard percentage fee to recover actual costs, and may use the revenue derived to support 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


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21, fees shall be set by the director at a rate that allows the department to recover its costs for providing these services.

Sec. 304. In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, the department may receive and expend money from state restricted sources to pay vendor costs associated with administering sales of carbon offset credits.

 

COMMUNICATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

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 provide an annual report on the number of acres of state forestland marked or treated for timber harvesting.

(2) The department shall complete and deliver the annual report by December 1 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. The report must contain the following information:

(a) The number of acres prepared in the prior fiscal year.


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

(c) The amount of revenue generated by the 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 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.

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disaster and emergency contingency fund at the close of the fiscal year shall not lapse to the general fund and shall be carried forward and be available for expenditures in subsequent fiscal years.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Sec. 901. The appropriation in part 1 for snowmobile law enforcement grants shall be used by the department to provide grants to county law enforcement agencies to enforce part 821 of the natural resources and environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.82101 to 324.82161, including rules promulgated under that part and ordinances enacted pursuant to that part. The department shall consider the number of enforcement hours and the number of miles of snowmobile trails in each county in allocating these grants. Any funds not distributed to counties revert back to the snowmobile registration fee subaccount created under section 82111 of the natural resources and environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.82111. Counties shall provide semiannual reports to the department on the use of grant money received under this section.

Sec. 902. The department shall provide a report on the marine safety grant program to the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on natural resources and the senate and house fiscal agencies by December 1. The report must include the following information for the preceding fiscal year:

(a) The total amount of revenue received for watercraft registrations.

(b) The amount deposited into the marine safety fund.

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including the amounts expended for department administration, other state agencies, the law enforcement division, and grants to counties.

(d) The distribution methodology used by the department to distribute the marine safety grants.

(e) A list of the grants and the amounts awarded by county.

 

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 and house appropriations subcommittees on natural resources, the senate and house fiscal agencies, and the state budget director on all amounts appropriated under this section during the prior fiscal year.

 

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) The unexpended funds appropriated in part 1 for aggregate mapping are designated as a work project appropriation, and any unencumbered or unallotted funds shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year and shall be available for expenditure for the


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project under this section until the project has been completed. The following is in compliance with section 451a of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1451a:

(a) The purpose of the project is to map aggregate deposits in this state.

(b) The project will be accomplished by contracting with the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University.

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

(d) The tentative completion date is September 30, 2028.

(2) The department shall prepare a report detailing progress made on mapping aggregate deposits in this state. The report shall be transmitted to the report recipients required in section 205 of this part.

Sec. 1202. The unexpended funds appropriated in part 1 for AuSable and Manistee river restoration initiative are designated as a work project appropriation, and any unencumbered or unallotted funds shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year and shall be available for expenditure for the project under this section until the project has been completed. The following is in compliance with section 451a of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1451a:

(a) The purpose of the project is to restore and maintain fisheries, habitats, and ecosystems in the AuSable River and Manistee River.

(b) The project will be accomplished by utilizing state employees, contracts, or both.

(c) The total estimated cost of the project is $100.

(d) The tentative completion date is September 30, 2028.

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forestland management equipment are designated as a work project appropriation, and any unencumbered or unallotted funds shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year and shall be available for expenditure for the project under this section until the project has been completed. The following is in compliance with section 451a of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1451a:

(a) The purpose of the project is to acquire new forestland management equipment.

(b) The project will be accomplished by utilizing state resources or contracts.

(c) The total estimated cost of the project is $2,500,000.00.

(d) The tentative completion date is September 30, 2028.

Sec. 1205. From the one-time appropriation in part 1 for invasive species prevention and control, $5,758,500.00 from the general fund/general purpose revenue shall be deposited into the invasive species fund created in section 41311 of the natural resources and environmental protection act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.41311, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024.

Sec. 1206. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for Michigan natural resources trust fund, $5,369,900.00 from the general fund/general purpose revenue shall be deposited into the Michigan natural resources trust fund created in section 35 of article 9 of the state constitution of 1963.

Sec. 1207. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for Michigan state parks endowment fund, $8,249,900 from the general fund/general purpose revenue shall be deposited into the Michigan state park endowment fund created in section 35a of article 9 of the state constitution of 1963.

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office of the state archeologist one-time are designated as a work project appropriation, and any unencumbered or unallotted funds shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year and shall be available for expenditure for the project under this section until the project has been completed. The following is in compliance with section 451a of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1451a:

(a) The purpose of the project is to support the office of the state archaeologist.

(b) The project will be accomplished by utilizing state employees, contracts, or both.

(c) The total estimated cost of the project is $1,500,000.00.

(d) The tentative completion date is September 30, 2028.

Sec. 1209. The funds appropriated in part 1 for outdoor recreation recruitment, retention, and reactivation shall be used to establish a grant program to encourage the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, fishers, boaters, shooters, and birders. At least 75% of grants must support programs for individuals between the ages of 18 and 25, individuals with disabilities, or historically underrepresented communities.

Sec. 1210. The unexpended funds appropriated in part 1 for state water trail organizations are designated as a work project appropriation, and any unencumbered or unallotted funds shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year and shall be available for expenditure for the project under this section until the project has been completed. The following is in compliance with section 451a of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1451a:

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(c) The total estimated cost of the project is $250,000.00.

(d) The tentative completion date is September 30, 2028.