House Bill 5881: Criminalize “ballot harvesting”
to establish sentencing guidelines for violations of the crime proposed by Senate Bill 977 of turning-in an absent voter ballot application using another person's name and personal information
• House Roll Call 463 on September 24, 2020.
Senate Bill 1215: Authorize local government bridge operation...
[Authorize local government bridge operation deals with developers] to establish rules for a city that contracts with a private developer (a “public-private partnership”) to build and operate a toll bridge for as long as 75 years. This is said to be focused on Bay City
• House Roll Call 513 on December 15, 2020.
Senate Bill 1258: Exempt critical energy infrastructure workers...
[Exempt critical energy infrastructure workers from certain epidemic requirements] to include employees deemed to be "essential critical energy infrastructure workers," and state health department employees involved in administering and enforcing coronavirus restrictions and mandates, in a list of professions exempt from a ban on reporting to work after close contact with an individual with a positive COVID test, or if they show symptoms of the disease. The bill would also give the director of the state health department the authority to add more exempt categories
• House Roll Call 640 on December 21, 2020.
Senate Bill 991: Let casinos do multijurisdictional internet poker
to authorize the Michigan gaming control board “to enter into agreements with other jurisdictions, including Indian tribes, to facilitate, administer, and regulate multijurisdictional internet gaming for poker by internet gaming operators,” meaning Michigan’s Indian and Detroit casinos
• House Roll Call 631 on December 17, 2020.
Senate Bill 1133: Create government “propane commission” with...
[Create government “propane commission” with interest groups and officials] to create a new government “propane commission” comprised of specified officials and political appointees, with the power to impose a "marketing assessment" between 1/10 and 1/2 of one cent per gallon on retail propane sellers, if a majority of firms in the business vote for this. The mission of this new government entity would be to provide incentive programs including rebates for consumers to buy more efficient appliances
• House Roll Call 568 on December 16, 2020.
Senate Bill 1217: Authorize local government bridge operation...
[Authorize local government bridge operation deals with developers] to exempt the developers who enter a contract with a city to build and operate a toll bridge as proposed by Senate Bill 1215 from property tax on the bridge facility. This is said to be focused on Bay City
• House Roll Call 515 on December 15, 2020.
House Resolution 277: Discourage local police defunding
to discourage local units of government from defunding or abolishing their local police departments
• House Roll Call 241 on June 17, 2020.
House Resolution 282: Affirm House support of Mackinac pipeline tunnel
to express the support of the House for "the timely issuing of permits for the construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel Project," meaning the Line-5 gas pipeline tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac
• House Roll Call 265 on June 24, 2020.
Senate Bill 761: Allow forfeiture without conviction for...
[Allow forfeiture without conviction for airport seizures] to exclude property seizures at airports from provisions of the 2019 law from that limits property forfeiture actions unless the owner has actually been convicted of a crime, unless the value exceeds $20,000
• House Roll Call 573 on December 17, 2020.
Senate Bill 117: Allow email return of military absentee ballots
to allow active duty military voters and their spouses to return their absentee ballots by email if sent from a military-issued email address, using a military “common access card” smart-card to verify identity
• House Roll Call 420 on September 24, 2020.
House Bill 5576: Gov. Whitmer’s “Michigan Reconnect”...
[Gov. Whitmer’s “Michigan Reconnect” scholarship proposal] to authorize a college and trade school grant program for individuals age 25 and above, with grants in the amount needed to cover tuition and fees for career-oriented classes at a community college that is above the amount covered by other scholarships and government aid. It would also authorize one-time grants of $1,500 for completing a private apprenticeship program. This is the “Michigan Reconnect” program proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her 2019 State of the State address, and is projected to cost $46.3 million
• House Roll Call 160 on March 12, 2020.
Senate Bill 172: Revise insurance privacy notice detail
to create an exception to a requirement that insurance companies must annually notify customers of their personal information privacy policies, if the company only provides nonpublic personal information to a nonaffiliated third party, or if its privacy policies and practices have not changed since the last notice
• House Roll Call 222 on June 3, 2020.
House Bill 5897: Preempt local fireworks bans on Juneteenth
to revise the state law on consumer fireworks to preempt local governments from banning fireworks on the day before and day of “Juneteenth” (June 18 and 19). This celebration commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought news to slaves in Texas that that the Civil War had ended, and under Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation they had been free since Jan. 1, 1863
• House Roll Call 494 on November 5, 2020.
House Bill 6233: Create exclusive Tesla exception to auto...
[Create exclusive Tesla exception to auto dealer cartel law (as introduced)] to revise the definition of "selling" in a state law that prohibits car makers from selling directly to a Michigan consumer, rather than selling through a dealer, and repeal a section of that law prescribes certain details of dealer/manufacturer arrangements on customer warranty claims. It is not clear whether this accommodates the bill's original purpose of bringing the state into compliance with a court ruling that invalidated a law prohibiting Tesla from using a sales model other than the franchised new car manufacturer and dealer territory arrangements otherwise required by state law
• House Roll Call 512 on December 2, 2020.
Senate Bill 106: Ban selling “e-cigarettes” to minors
to ban selling or giving minors electronic "vapor products" ("vapes") or any device that delivers nicotine. The bill would also authorize imposing 16 hours of community service and a “health promotion and risk reduction assessment program” on a minor who possesses or tries to buy a nicotine vapor product, along with a $50 fine. The community service penalty would double and triple for second and subsequent offenses, but the fine would still be $50. A person who sells tobacco or vapes to a minor would be subject to fines of $100 to $2,500 for a third offense. See also Senate Bill 155
• House Roll Call 90 on May 15, 2019.
House Bill 4185: Expand scope of police property vandalism law
to expand the crime of malicious destruction of tools and equipment (personal property) that belong to a police and fire department so that it also applies to land and buildings (real property)
• House Roll Call 43 on April 9, 2019.
Senate Bill 1077: Use marijuana business fee money to help clear...
[Use marijuana business fee money to help clear criminal records] to transfer $24,000,000 in 2020 from a state “marijuana registry fund” to an account created to facilitate giving more people a “clean record” by expunging and setting aside more lower level criminal convictions
• House Roll Call 642 on December 21, 2020.
House Bill 4816: Authorize local hotel and motel tax
to give Kalamazoo county (primarily) and also Ingham, Ottawa, Muskegon and Washtenaw counties the power to impose a 4 percent room tax on lodging facilities, and use the money to subsidize "urban recreational services," including an event center that the Kalamazoo 'economic development' agency has lobbied 10 years for, according to the House Fiscal Agency. The tax would go into effect when the owners controlling at least 40 percent of the “transient facility” (hotel and motel) rooms in the jurisdiction, with lodging owners getting one vote per room
• House Roll Call 21 on January 16, 2020.
House Bill 5217: Permit student athletes to earn endorsement...
Permit student athletes to earn endorsement revenue
• House Roll Call 648 on December 21, 2020.
Senate Bill 1185: Adopt a tort liability "Pandemic Health Care...
[Adopt a tort liability "Pandemic Health Care Immunity Act"] to establish that health care provider and facility, including a psychiatric unit or "care and recovery center" that provides health care services in support of this state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is not liable for an injury, including death, sustained by an individual by reason of those services, regardless of how, under what circumstances, or by what cause those injuries are sustained, unless it is established that the provision of the services constituted willful misconduct, gross negligence, intentional and willful criminal misconduct, or intentional infliction of harm by the health care provider or health care facility.” This would apply retroactively to the period from March 28, 2020 through July 13, 2020, and to the period from October 29, 2020 and before February 14, 2021
• House Roll Call 624 on December 17, 2020.
Senate Bill 1253: Limit state health department epidemic orders...
[Limit state health department epidemic orders without legislative approval] to restrict emergency orders issued by state health department (the Department of Health and Human Services) in response to an epidemic to 28 days unless an extension is approved by the legislature. The bill would also prohibit imposing restrictions on the capacity of persons at a place of worship or the administration of a sacrament. If an order otherwise forces a business to close but it observes all the safety precautions required of one allowed to remain open, the firm would be allowed to remain open. The provisions also apply to local health departments
• House Roll Call 625 on December 17, 2020.
Senate Bill 970: Impose license fee on stores that sell tobacco
to expand the restrictions, requirements, license mandates, certain fees and more that are imposed on sales of tobacco products from out of state. In general the bill extends tobacco taxes and fees to more sales and products
• House Roll Call 636 on December 17, 2020.
Senate Bill 1048: Make non-jail and non-probationary sentences...
[Make non-jail and non-probationary sentences the norm for low level crimes] to establish a rebuttable legal presumption that non-jail and non-probationary sentences are preferred in non-serious misdemeanor cases
• House Roll Call 601 on December 17, 2020.
Senate Bill 241: Restrict shutting off some delinquent water...
[Restrict shutting off some delinquent water service customers] to prohibit a public water service from shutting off service to someone who hasn’t paid their bills through March 31, 2021
• House Roll Call 612 on December 17, 2020.
Senate Bill 1150: Exempt certain goods-handling system from use tax
to exempt from use tax “the sale of a fully automated consumer goods handling system or system parts to a wholesaler for fulfillment of orders to persons engaged in the business of making sales at retail of consumer goods”
• House Roll Call 592 on December 17, 2020.
House Resolution 342: Subpeona Detroit and Livonia clerks for 2020...
[Subpeona Detroit and Livonia clerks for 2020 election irregularities information] to grant the House Standing Committee on Oversight the authority to issue subpoenas, administer oaths and examine books and records of persons, agencies or institutions related to the 2020 primary and general elections. The committee issued subpoenas to the Livonia and Detroit clerks on the same day the resolution was adopted
• House Roll Call 517 on December 15, 2020.
Senate Bill 681: Expunge juvenile criminal offense records
to establish a process by which most crimes committed by a minor that are not “assaultive” or very serious would be automatically expunged from the individual’s record two years after reaching age 18, with various exceptions and qualifications
• House Roll Call 557 on December 16, 2020.
Senate Bill 1105: Create alternative tax for multi-acre...
[Create alternative tax for multi-acre industrial solar installations] to exempt large industrial solar energy arrays covering many acres from the state “personal property tax,” and instead levy a tax on an installation equal to $3,500 per megawatt of the solar panels’ nominal “nameplate capacity,” with the revenue allocated to different taxing units using the same formula as regular property taxes. Senate Bill 1105 authorizes the new tax and Senate Bill 1106 authorizes the personal property tax exemption. The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates the bill would likely reduce local collections by a modest amount, but that state school tax receipts potentially could be reduced
• House Roll Call 561 on December 16, 2020.
House Bill 4717: Assert immunity of "Michigan-made" gas cans...
[Assert immunity of "Michigan-made" gas cans from federal regulation] to establish that portable fuel containers that are completely made in Michigan and sold here are not subject to federal regulations
• House Roll Call 385 on September 15, 2020.
House Bill 4307: Permit, regulate and tax internet gambling
to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill
• House Roll Call 371 on December 11, 2019.
House Bill 4020: Legalize “stun guns”
to repeal a ban on the sale, possession or use of tasers or stun guns by adults, defined as a “device that is capable of creating an electro-muscular disruption…capable of temporarily incapacitating or immobilizing an individual by the direction or emission of conducted energy." Stun gun does not include a launchable device
• House Roll Call 13 on January 14, 2020.
House Bill 4360: Ban government operating vehicle storage lots
to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill
• House Roll Call 533 on June 12, 2018.
Senate Bill 1047: Issue summons not arrest warrant for low level...
[Issue summons not arrest warrant for low level offenses] to require court officers to seek a court summons instead of an arrest warrant for a person who is wanted on a "bench warrant" unless the case involves assault or domestic violence, or there is reason to believe this would not be safe
• House Roll Call 600 on December 17, 2020.
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