With 2006 drawing to a close, here is the legislative status on the passage of the Great Lakes Compact.
On December 13, 2005, the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers signed agreements at the Council of Great Lakes Governors’ (CGLG) Leadership Summit that would provide protections for the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin. The historic agreements, which include a ban on new diversions of water outside the Basin with limited exceptions, were approved by the Governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and the Premiers of Ontario and Québec.
The Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (the Compact), is an agreement among the Great Lakes States that will be passed into law through an interstate compact. For information on the Compact: Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact
The compact won’t take effect until it is endorsed by the region’s eight states and then ratified by Congress. There are active bills in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and New York. Ohio and New York have bills that have passed one chamber. No state as passed bills in both chambers.
Status by state:
- Illinois – HB 4644, SB 3077 (Shell Bill)
- Indiana – no activity
- Michigan – HB 6657
- Minnesota – no activity
- Ohio – HB 574 (passed on December 13, 2006), SB 319
- Pennsylvania – no activity
- New York – A11968 (Passed on June 23, 2006), SO8187
- Wisconsin – no activity
Status by provence: