On January 4, 2013, Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) introduced legislation to protect over 32,500 acres of wilderness in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This area is on the mainland shore of Lake Michigan and is popular with hunters, anglers, hikers, and boaters. Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced companion legislation on January 22, 2013.
Reps. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), Dave Camp (R-MI), John Dingell (D-MI), Bill Huizenga (RMI), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Sander Levin (D-MI), Candice Miller (R-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Mike Rogers (R-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) are co-sponsors.
On March 14, 2013, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved this legislation. The Senate passed S. 23 by unanimous consent on June 19, 2013.
On July 23, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing.
On January 28, 2014, the House Natural Resources Committee approved the legislation.
On March 4, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation.
On March 13, 2014, the president signed the legislation into law.