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Senate Bill 1197 would amend Public Act 214 of 1952, the act that authorized the Mackinac Bridge Authority to build the Mackinac Bridge, to do all of the following:

  • Allow the Mackinac Bridge Authority to acquire and manage a utility tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac and to acquire property and property rights in connection with the construction of such a tunnel.
  • Create the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority within the Michigan Department of Transportation and create the Corridor Authority Board as its board of directors.
  • Provide for the transfer, from the Mackinac Bridge Authority to the Corridor Authority Board, of all duties, powers, and responsibilities related to a Straits of Mackinac utility tunnel.
  • Require the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority to enter into an agreement for the construction, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning of a utility tunnel by December 31, 2018.
  • Require that the tunnel agreement provide that a private party pay to construct,maintain, operate, and decommission the tunnel.
  • Provide that real or personal property owned or used by an entity leasing or otherwise using the utility tunnel is not exempt from taxation.
  • Require the attorney general to provide for the costs of representation a lawyer chosen by the Mackinac Bridge Authority or the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority if the attorney general declined to represent either body in a matter related to the utility tunnel.
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99 Anti-Environment
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