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MichiganVotes Weekly Report: February 14, 2020

Senate Resolution A: Oppose Heartwell's NRC nomination by defeating Mitterling's: Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate

To disapprove the appointment by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Anna Mitterling to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. Reportedly the real target of this action by the Senate Republican majority is Whitmer’s nomination of former Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell to be the chair of this commission, which has "exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sportfish," and designates which species may or may not be hunted. Heartwell’s nomination is opposed by the National Rifle Association because of his role as a “state membership coordinator” of antigun groups organized by former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.

House Bill 5117: Facilitate wrongful imprisonment compensation: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To exempt from state Court of Claims procedural restrictions and deadlines the claims that are made by former prisoners under a 2016 law that authorizes state payments to a person wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he or she did not commit. Reportedly these obstacles have prevented a number of former prisoners from getting the compensation the law entitles them to receive.

House Bill 4689: Allow school door barricades: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate

To allow temporary door locking devices on interior doors in school buildings subject to standards and notification requirements specified in the bill. State regulators would be required to create rules for this, and schools would need approval from regulators. Reportedly some 300 Michigan school districts have installed such devices in response to several school shootings in recent years.

House Bill 5124: Revise delinquent property tax forgiveness options: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate

To expand the authority and allowable options for a local government reducing or forgiving delinquent property taxes on a property subject to foreclosure. The bill would authorize eight different options for reducing the amount of delinquent taxes that must be paid by lower income homeowners under certain circumstances.

House Bill 4128: Revise detail of procedure for minor’s name-change: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate

To permit a minor to legally change their name with the permission of just one parent if the other parent has been convicted of murder. Under current law permission from just one parent is allowed if the other fails to meet specified child support and contact standards, or has been convicted of sex or child abuse crimes.

Most viewed bills

2019 House Bill 5229
Exempt local tax “partnership” property tax from Headlee tax limitation

  2020 Senate Resolution A
Oppose Mitterling NRC nomination

  2019 House Bill 4042
Authorize interstate nurse licensure compact

  2019 House Bill 4567
Revise commercial fishing law



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