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September 16 MichiganVotes.org Roll Call Report


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The Michigan House and Senate convened but held no votes this week, so this report describes some bills that would revise traffic laws and other vehicle-related proposals.

Senate Bill 351: Require drivers slow down, move over for farm equipment

Introduced by Sen. Kim LaSata R-Bainbridge Township, to expand the duty for drivers to slow down and move over when passing pulled-over police and emergency vehicles, tow trucks, garbage trucks and maintenance and utility vehicles that have amber lights flashing, subject to a $400 fine. The bill would extend this to tractors, farm-combines and other farm vehicles stopped on the side of a road. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 5356: Ban police pulling over driver for chipped windshield only

Introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson R-Wayland, to prohibit police from stopping and inspecting a motor vehicle or writing a ticket solely on the basis that the motor vehicle has a chipped or cracked windshield. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 6018: Add freeway traffic flow lessons to drivers ed

Introduced by Rep. Nate Shannon D-Sterling Heights, to require drivers education courses to include class time on freeway rights-of-way and proper traffic flow. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 4139: Make jaywalking a civil offense only

Introduced by Rep. Beau LaFave R-Iron Mountain, to establish that jaywalking (“improperly crossing a road or street”) is a civil offense subject to fine only. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 4179: Expand local road agency authority to designate “HOV lanes”

Introduced by Rep. Tim Sneller D-Burton, to give the agency with jurisdiction over local roads the power to designate a lane on a highway for the exclusive use of high-occupancy vehicles. House Bill 4178 would give similar authority to the state Department of Transportation. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 4660: Revise funeral procession traffic rule

Introduced by Rep. Robert Bezotte R-Howell, to require vehicles in a funeral procession to have specific hazard warning lights described in the bill. Passed 105 to 0 in the House, referred to committee in the Senate.

Senate Bill 560: Regulate “automated delivery devices”

Introduced by Sen. Jeff Irwin D-Ann Arbor, to set standards and require registration for semi-autonomous “automated delivery devices,” defined as one up to 40 inches wide that weighs up to 400 pounds including cargo, can go a maximum of 25 mph, has an automated driving system, and is used to transport goods (not people) or perform services on a sidewalk or other areas open to pedestrian traffic, or on a highway or street. The bill establishes equipment, control, liability insurance requirements and more.

House Bill 5363: Authorize prepaid Mackinac Bridge pass system

Introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson R-Wayland, to authorize an optional prepaid electronic pass system for paying Mackinac Bridge fares. Note: The Bridge is reportedly ineligible to join a multi-state “E-Z Pass” toll collection system because the volume of traffic is comparatively low. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 5882; Expand “historic vehicles” season

Introduced by Rep. John Roth R-Traverse City, To revise a law that limits the use of "historic vehicles" on roads to August only, so as to expand this to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. These are defined as a vehicle more than 25 years old that is owned solely as a collector's item and for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, and similar uses, including mechanical testing. Passed in the House, referred to committee in the Senate.

House Bill 5510: Let truckers bypass backed-up weigh stations

Introduced by Rep. Luke Meerman R-Coopersville, to permit trucks to bypass a highway weigh station if the ramp to the weigh station is full. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 4165: Let tractors cross Mackinac Bridge if fast enough

Introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson R-Wayland. To allow tractors and farm equipment to cross the Mackinac Bridge if they can get up to and maintain the minimum required speed. This is one of four bills making the proposal, all referred to House or Senate committees with no further action at this time.

House Bill 4983: Revise child car seat rule

Introduced by Rep. Bronna Kahle R-Adrian, to base child car seat regulations on height and weight, not just age. To avoid penalties a driver would have to present evidence of having received training car seat use from a “certified child passenger safety technician.” Such a certification does not appear to exist in Michigan law, but a private organization appears to offer one at a cost. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

Senate Bill 184, Impose drinking water safety mandate on schools: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate
To require schools and child care facilities to develop a “drinking water safety plan” that meets detailed standards and reporting requirements, and have at least one “filtered bottle-filling station” for every 100 occupants. State grants would be authorized, but no funding source is specified.
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House Bill 5732, Increase spending on some communities' road patrol subsidies: Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate
To earmark $15 million in liquor tax revenue to a “secondary road patrol and training fund,” with the intention of increasing subsidies for some local governments that come in the form of having State Police patrol their local roads.
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House Bill 6195, Revise laws to reflect lessons learned from epidemic: Passed 62 to 36 in the House
T cap at 28 days the authority of the state health department to impose emergency orders in response to a “menace to public health,” after which legislative approval would be required to extend the order. This is one of a number of Republican bills to add various limits and reporting requirements to state agency emergency response measures.
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House Bill 5956, Let courts keep imposing building and personnel operations costs on defendants: Passed 98 to 10 in the House
To extend for three more years a law that permits courts to impose a portion of their operating expenses on guilty defendants, such as building maintenance, employee benefit costs and more more.
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House Bill 5751, Prescribe standards for “emotional support animal” certification: Passed 108 to 0 in the House
To make it a civil infraction subject to fines up to $2,000 for a health care provider to falsely certify that an individual has a need for an emotional support animal, for the purpose of allowing the individual to have an animal on or in property where pets are not allowed. A 2015 law requires the Department of Civil Rights to create credentials and vests for service animals to permit bringing them into a rental unit or public accommodations where animals are not allowed.
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House Bill 6369, Extend driverless car facilitation law: Passed 106 to 2 in the House
To extend until 2027 the 2022 expiration of a 2016 law that prohibits local governments from imposing a local fee, registration, franchise, or regulation on an “on-demand automated motor vehicle network” devised for driverless cars.
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Senate Bill 1081, Stop naming roads after politicians: Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate
to no longer name Michigan roads after politicians, and instead name them only after individuals who died in service to the state or a local community, or members of the military who were killed or performed acts of great heroism or valor without regard for their own safety. The bill would assign the duty of naming roads to a state transportation asset management council
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