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2015 House Bill 4190: Let adoption agencies refuse adoptions that violate moral convictions

Public Act 55 of 2015

Introduced by Rep. Eric Leutheuser (R) on February 13, 2015
To prohibit a state agency from discriminating or taking an “adverse action” against an adoption agency that refuses to assist or participate in an adoption or placement that violates its written religious or moral convictions. Specifically, to establish that an adoption agency that adopts this written policy is still eligible for required state licenses.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on February 13, 2015
Reported in the House on March 4, 2015
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 17, 2015
To require the written statements of religious or moral convictions the bill specifies must be available to the public on request.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 17, 2015
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4133, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4133 would provide for “second parent adoption” in Michigan law, whichy allows a party in a same-sex relationship to adopt his or her partner's biological or adoptive child without terminating the other party’s legal status as a parent.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Frank Liberati (D) on March 17, 2015
To add language stating that an agency exercising the choice the bill would sanction must comply with the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Frank Liberati (D) on March 17, 2015
To add language stating that an agency exercising the choice the bill would sanction must comply with the state's Elliott-Larsen civil rights law.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on March 18, 2015
To establish that if enacted the bill will go into effect 90 days afterwards.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 18, 2015
Received in the Senate on March 19, 2015
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on March 19, 2015
Referred in the Senate on April 28, 2015
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 11, 2015

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