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 Roll Call 628 on December 18, 2020.
Senate Bill 1049: Permit older offenders to avoid criminal record
to raise to 25 the age at which offenders are eligible for criminal defendant “youthful trainee status,” with permission of the prosecutor. This provides a mechanism for not including the offense on a youth’s permanent record, with exceptions for more serious crimes. Under current law a prosecutor must approve this for offenders under age 24 when the crime was committed
• House Roll Call 602 on December 17, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 463 on December 3, 2020.
Senate Bill 1006: Remove drug conviction as bar to food stamps
to establish that a having more than one drug crime felony conviction or not automatically make an individual ineligible to receive food stamps (but does bar cash welfare benefits)
• House Roll Call 583 on December 17, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 367 on September 30, 2020.
House Bill 6119: Fund shifts to accommodate 2020 fiscal year...
[Fund shifts to accommodate 2020 fiscal year coronavirus revenue shortfall] to transfer $17 million in a marihuana regulatory fund to the state general fund in the fiscal year that ends September 30, 2020
• House Roll Call 461 on September 24, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 347 on September 24, 2020.
House Bill 4993: Authorize charitable contribution income tax...
[Authorize charitable contribution income tax credits] to authorize an income tax credit of $100, $200 for couples, and up to $5,000 for a trust or estate, for gifts to community foundation
• House Roll Call 387 on September 22, 2020.
House Bill 5051: Expand state asbestos abatement regulations...
[Expand state asbestos abatement regulations and requirements] to modify details of the sanctions authorized by the state occupational health and safety law for asbestos-related violations by an employer
• House Roll Call 331 on July 22, 2020.
House Bill 5407: Ban replaceable-battery smoke alarms
to prohibit the sale of smoke alarms powered by a replaceable and removable battery starting on April 1, 2022, and instead mandate that all smoke alarms must be powered by a nonremovable and nonreplaceable battery that lasts at least 10 years, or by another power source utilizing new technology. This would not apply to alarms powered by a building electrical system and some other exceptions
• House Roll Call 274 on June 24, 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.
House Bill 6159: Medical providers liability waiver for actions...
[Medical providers liability waiver for actions early in coronavirus epidemic] to give medical care providers immunity from lawsuits seeking damages for their actions and treatments during the first months of the coronavirus epidemic.
• House Roll Call 481 on October 13, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 400 on October 13, 2020.
House Bill 6030: Authorize coronavirus liability shield for...
[Authorize coronavirus liability shield for business and facilities] to establish in a new law that a business, facility owner and others are not liable for a claim that arises from exposure of an individual to COVID-19 on the premises unless it was a deliberate act intended to cause harm, and as long as the facility was operated in compliance with federal and state statutes or regulations, executive orders, and state agency orders, etc. This would also apply any person in the distribution chain of personal protective equipment, medical devices, drugs and more used to treat or prevent the spread of COVID-19
• House Roll Call 487 on October 14, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 403 on October 14, 2020.
House Bill 5097: Authorize small non-payday loans by payday lenders
to allow payday lenders to make “small loans” of up $2,500 for 90 days, subject to restrictions specified in the bill. These would be 90-day to one-year loans that are not secured by a future paycheck
• House Roll Call 216 on May 27, 2020.
House Concurrent Resolution 17: To urge the United States Secretary of Health...
To urge the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to appeal the federal court ruling invalidating the waiver for Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements, defend the waiver, and uphold its intended purpose of encouraging self-sufficiency
• House Roll Call 151 on March 12, 2020.
House Bill 5479: Ban government gun "buybacks"
to prohibit local governments from using any public resources for firearm purchase (“buyback”) programs. Governments could only buy guns from licensed dealers for law enforcement purposes
• House Roll Call 133 on March 4, 2020.
House Bill 4042: Authorize interstate nurse licensure compact
to authorize Michigan’s participation in an interstate nurses licensure compact that would allow registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs/VNs) to get a multi-state license that is good in all states that join the compact
• House Roll Call 128 on February 26, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 531 on December 10, 2020.
Senate Bill 54: Give some developers tax breaks for rehabbing...
[Give some developers tax breaks for rehabbing “historic” structures] to grant certain developers approved by state or local officials business income tax credits that are worth up to 25 percent of the amount spent to restore a structure that meets various criteria for being “historic.” Developers could "carry forward" any unused credit amount for up to 10 years. The bill would explicitly authorize foregoing up to $5 million in state revenue each year in order to deliver these subsidies
• Senate Roll Call 464 on December 3, 2020.
House Bill 4213: Authorize 4:00 a.m. liquor licenses
to allow local governments to allow on-premises liquor sales between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., and if they do, allow a bar or restaurant to apply to the state Liquor Control Commission for a license that permits this
• House Roll Call 437 on September 24, 2020.
House Bill 4391: Restrict fire department PFAS use
to require the state occupational safety and health agency to promulgate rules for fire departments handling of chemicals called PFAS that are contained in fire-retarding foam, and ban it unless certain standards are in place by 2020
• House Roll Call 306 on July 21, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 238 on June 25, 2020.
House Bill 5024: Let townships impose property tax for mosquito...
[Let townships impose property tax for mosquito control] to permit townships to impose a 1 mill property tax for six years for mosquito abatement if voters approve
• House Roll Call 182 on March 17, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 599 on December 18, 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
• House Roll Call 625 on December 17, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 620 on December 18, 2020.
House Bill 4910: Criminalize false emotional support animal claim
to make it a crime to falsely represent to a housing provider that a person has a disability or is in possession of an emotional support animal prescribed by a licensed medical service professional, and permit a housing provider to require reliable documentation from the individual's health care provider to confirm this status. The bill would also establish procedures, standards and required credentials (including state licensure) for a medical professional prescribing an “emotional support animal.” Falsely claiming this status, or falsely prescribing for it, would be subject to fines, jail or community service
• House Roll Call 647 on December 21, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 594 on December 18, 2020.
Senate Bill 77: Allow nursing home electronic monitoring
to allow a nursing home resident or a resident's legal representative to use audio or visual electronic monitoring devices in nursing home rooms to monitor a resident’s care under certain circumstances. The bill authorizes the use of recordings from such a device as evidence in a civil or criminal trial in which abuse of residents is alleged, and prescribes detailed rules and disclosure requirements
• House Roll Call 609 on December 17, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 612 on December 18, 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.
• Senate Roll Call 577 on December 17, 2020.
House Bill 4792: Restrict regulations on unattended...
[Restrict regulations on unattended self-service gas stations] to prohibit state regulators from requiring unattended self-service gas stations to install measures to prevent public access, including locked dispensers, security fencing or other means. The bill would also subject these gas stations to state approval under rules specified in the bill
• House Roll Call 526 on December 16, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 527 on December 10, 2020.
Senate Bill 1219: Require concealed pistol permits be processed...
[Require concealed pistol permits be processed during state of emergency] to establish that the existence of a state of emergency declared by the governor does not relieve county clerks of their duty to process concealed pistol carry permits, or the State Police’s duty to provide fingerprinting services for this
• Senate Roll Call 542 on December 10, 2020.
Senate Bill 1153: Exempt certain goods-handling system from...
[Exempt certain goods-handling system from personal property tax] to exempt from the “personal property tax” levied on business tools and equipment a “fully automated consumer goods handling system,” which is defined in the bill in a way that suggests it may benefit a particular company
• House Roll Call 593 on December 17, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 1153 on December 3, 2020.
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 Roll Call 390 on October 1, 2020.
House Bill 4332: Permit airbows for hunting during firearms season
to permit the use of pneumatic air bows to hunt game during any open season in which a firearm may be used, and permit disabled hunters to use air bows during bow season. These devices are like crossbows but use compressed air to drive an arrow
• House Roll Call 154 on March 12, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 360 on September 30, 2020.
House Bill 5602: Revise low voltage electric security fence rules
to revise rules and restrictions on low voltage electric security fences, including siting and placement of the perimeter nonelectric fence or wall that under current law must enclose an electric fence
• House Roll Call 267 on June 24, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 380 on September 30, 2020.
Senate Bill 892: Make rules for ‘semi-autonomous personal...
[Make rules for ‘semi-autonomous personal delivery devices’ ('R2D2')] to establish regulations allowing semi-autonomous “personal delivery devices” to make deliveries on roads and sidewalks. The bill defines these as devices for transporting cargo on sidewalks or on the side or shoulder of a roadway “with the remote support and supervision of a human.” The bill would require that a human operator monitor the device and be able to promptly take control. It establishes that these are not “vehicles” subject to licensure, prescribes required safety equipment and specific “rules-of-the-road” (and sidewalks), addresses user liability issues and more. Local government regulation would be preempted, but local authorities could choose to ban the devices, with some exceptions
• Senate Roll Call 282 on September 10, 2020.
House Bill 5134: Increase carnival ride operator age requirement
to prohibit a person under age 16 from operating a carnival or amusement park ride
• House Roll Call 143 on March 10, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 277 on September 2, 2020.
House Bill 5488: Let courts keep imposing operations costs on...
[Let courts keep imposing operations costs on defendants] to extend until October, 2022 a law that permits courts to impose any costs on guilty defendants that are reasonably related to the actual costs of operating the court, including building maintenance expenses, court employee benefit expenses and more, and do so without tying those expenses to the particular case. The controversial 2014 law that authorized these impositions has already been extended once
• House Roll Call 204 on May 19, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 270 on September 1, 2020.
Senate Bill 935: Coronavirus epidemic response bills – use-tax...
[Coronavirus epidemic response bills – use-tax deadlines] to permit businesses negatively impacted by the state’s coronavirus epidemic lockdown to defer paying or turning over use taxes collected until December 31, 2020 without penalties and interest
• House Roll Call 280 on June 24, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 217 on June 18, 2020.
Senate Bill 718: Expand roadside drug testing pilot program
to authorize statewide roadside drug testing. This expands a five-county pilot program authorized by a 2016 law
• House Roll Call 211 on May 27, 2020.
• Senate Roll Call 152 on May 28, 2020.
Senate Bill 714: Ease high water erosion control permit mandates
to revise restrictions on Great Lakes waterfront property owners when water levels are high, so as to allow temporary erosion control structures without having to undergo the process of trying to get a state permit, subject to notification requirements and using approved materials. The material would have to be removed or a permit acquired within 78 weeks
• Senate Roll Call 32 on January 30, 2020.
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