Friday, February 5, 2016

The following is a summary of legislation that passed the House 2.1.16-2.5.16. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or if you need additional information (517-373-5568).

Creating Inter-State Medical Licensure Compact
HB 4582 (Tedder) RC 23, 2/2/16 Passed 103-3
HB 4583 (H-2) (Tedder) RC 24, 2/2/16 Passed 103-3
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Health Policy
Description: HB 4582 (Tedder) modifies the licensing process to authorize allopathic and osteopathic physician holding an expedited license authorized under the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to engage in the practice of medicine. HB 4583 (H-2) (Tedder) creates the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which would create a process for expediting the licensing of physicians seeking to practice in multiple states.

Creating the Civil Air Patrol Employee Protection Act
HB 4537 (H-1) (LaFontaine) RC 25, 2/3/16 Passed 106-0
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Commerce and Trade
Description:
HB 4537 (H-1) (LaFontaine) The bill would create the "Civil Air Patrol Employment Protection Act," which would prohibit an employer from discriminating against, disciplining, or discharging an employee because he or she was responding to an emergency as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, if certain conditions were met.

Assessments to Cover Judgements Against Government Entities
SB 615 (Schmidt) RC 26, 2/3/16 Passed 106-0
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Judiciary
Description:
SB 615 (Schmidt) would provide that a judgment against a governmental entity that is collected as a tax could not be captured by any other governmental entity for any other purpose. The bill would apply retroactively to judgments entered after May 6, 2015. In short, the bill would prohibit tax increment finance authorities (TIF) and downtown development authorities (DDAs) from capturing revenues generated as a result of a county having a court-ordered judgment against it assessed and collected as a tax.

Flow-Through Entity Income Tax Withholding
HB 5131 (Farrington) RC 27, 2/4/16 Passed 105-1
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Tax Policy
Description:
HB 5131 (Farrington) would eliminate tax-withholding requirements for flow-through entities (i.e., limited liability companies, S corporations, and partnerships). For tax years that begin on or after July 1, 2016, withholding would not be required for the distributive share of the taxable income of their individual nonresident members or the distributive share of business income of members that are corporations or other flow-through entities. Without these requirements, members would be expected to pay their estimated taxes directly to the State.

Allowing Distribution of Use Tax to Local Units to Replace Lost Personal Property Taxes
HB 5176 (Farrington) RC 28, 2/4/16 Passed 105-1
Next: Sent to the Senate

Committee: Tax Policy
Description:
HB 5176 (Farrington) amends the Local Community Stabilization Authority Act to revise the formula for reimbursing cities for personal property tax (PPT) losses related specifically to the “small taxpayer exemption” in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Under the small taxpayer exemption, beginning in FY 2014, a property owner with personal property with a combined true cash value of $80,000 or less in value within a municipality is exempt from paying the PPT on that property.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The following is a summary of legislation that recently passed the House 1.25.16-1.29.16. Please contact me with any questions or if you need additional information (517-373-0826).

Exempting Police Officers from Pistol Licensing Requirements
HB 4535 (S-1) (Theis) RC 13, 1/26/16 Passed 101-6
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Judiciary
Description: HB 4535 (S-1) (Theis) would exempt an individual currently employed as a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards Act (MCOLES) certified police officer from pistol licensing requirements.

Upgrading MSP Officer Grades
SB 328 (S-1) (Schuitmaker) RC 14, 1/26/16 Passed 107-0
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Judiciary
Description: SB 328 (S-1) (Schuitmaker) would add certain officer grades and delete references to the officer grade “policewoman” from within the ranks of the Michigan State Police.
             
Allowing Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund
SB 303 (Knollenberg) RC 15, 1/26/16 Passed 106-1
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Local Government
Description: SB 303 (Knollenberg) amends Public Act 215 of 1937 to allow local units of government to invest cemetery perpetual care and maintenance fund money in certain types of mutual funds.

Deregulating Housing Inspections
SB 394 (H-1) (Robertson) RC 16, 1/26/16 Passed 73-34
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Local Government
Description: SB 394 (H-1) (Robertson) amends PA 167 of 1917, the Housing Law of Michigan, to eliminate the requirement that local units of government periodically inspect multifamily rental units. And, instead, that the municipalities will only be required to inspect these rental units only upon complaint from a tenant.

Allowing Out-of-State Physicians Affiliated with Athletic Teams to Practice in Michigan
HB 4792 (H-1) (WITTENBERG) RC 17, 1/27/16 Passed 101-6
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Regulatory Reform
Description: HB 4792 (H-1) (WITTENBERG) expands the list of health professionals that do not have to be licensed in Michigan to practice to include physicians working with out-of-state athletic teams.

Allowing Expansion of Promise Zones
SB 539 (H-1) (Hansen) RC 18, 1/27/16 Passed 101-6
SB 540 (ANANICH) RC 19, 1/27/16 Passed 101-6
Next: Return to the Senate (SB 539);
Presentation to the Governor (SB 540)
Committee: Workforce and Talent Development
Description: SB 539 (H-1) (Hansen) would repeal the Michigan Promise Zone Act and make needed revisions to the Michigan Promise Zone Authority Act. SB 540 (ANANICH) would amend the State Education Tax act to make an exception to the requirement that the State Education Tax revenue be deposited in the State School Aid Fund.

Increasing Solid Waste Civil Fines
HB 4783 (H-2) (Pscholka) RC 20, 1/28/16 Passed 77-29
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Appropriations
Description:
HB 4783 (Pscholka) increases fines for violating Michigan’s waste management laws.

Regulating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
HB 4868 (Heise) RC 21, 1/28/16 Passed 89-17
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Criminal Justice
Description:
HB 4868 (Heise) would subject unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly referred to as “drones”) used for hobby or recreational purposes to state regulation.

Flint Water Supplemental
HB 5220 (S-1) (PHELPS) RC 22, 1/28/16 Passed 106-0
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Appropriations
Description:
HB 5220 (PHELPS) The bill is expected to provide supplemental appropriations to a number of state departments in order to address the ongoing Flint Water Crisis. The total appropriations includes $28M ($22.6 GF/GP)


Friday, January 22, 2016


The following is a summary of legislation that recently passed the House 1.18.16-1.22.16. Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you need additional information (517-373-8692).

Emergency Contact Info on Driver Licenses and State ID Cards
HB 4459 (S-2) (Lucido) RC 5, 1/20/16 Passed 106-0
HB 4460 (S-2) (Lucido) RC 6, 1/20/16 Passed 106-0
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Transportation and Infrastructure
Description:
HB 4459 (S-2) (Lucido) amends the Vehicle Code with respect to driver’s licenses to allow, upon request, for emergency contact information to be contained within electronic or machine readable codes within a digitized driver’s license or State personal identification card. The Secretary of State is not required to implement the provision until the date that digitized licenses are manufactured under a new vendor contract for the manufacture of digitized licenses.

Criminal Penalties for Vandalizing Traffic Control Devices, Signs
HB 4187 (H-3) (DURHAL) RC 7, 1/20/16 Passed 88-18
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Criminal Justice
Description:
HB 4187 (H-3) (DURHAL) would establish criminal penalties for vandalizing or removing a traffic control device, light post, sign, etc. on a road or highway.

Establishing Regulation for Certification of Ignition Interlock Device Manufactures, Service Centers, and Installers
HB 4980 (Kesto) RC 8, 1/20/16 Passed 92-14
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Judiciary
Description:
HB 4980 (Kesto) is the sentencing guidelines companion bill to Senate Bill 176 (H-1) (Schuitmaker), which would establish regulations and procedures for the certification of alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) manufacturers, service centers, and installers. House Bill 4980 is technical in nature and would not revise the criminal penalties for the BAIID-related criminal offenses referenced in the bill.

Sales/Use Tax on Difference Amendments
SB 232 (S-1) (Robertson) RC 9, 1/20/16 Passed 101-5
SB 233 (S-1) (Robertson) RC 10, 1/20/16 Passed 101-5
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Tax Policy
Description:
Senate Bills 232 (S-1) (Robertson) and 233 (S-1) (Robertson) amend the Use Tax Act and Sales Tax Act, respectfully, to “clean up” provisions related to the “sales tax on the difference” legislation enacted last session regarding trade-in transactions for purchases of motor vehicles, RVs, and watercraft, including ensuring that the reduced sales/use tax burden applies to purchases from out-of-state dealers. In addition, language in each bill is stricken that links the annual increases in the tradein credit allowed to be claimed to offset sales/use tax liability on a purchase to maintaining Medicaid expansion.

Massage Therapist Licensing
HB 5001 (H-1) (Lauwers) RC 11, 1/20/16 Passed 105-1
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Regulatory Reform
Description:
HB 5001 (H-1) (Lauwers) amends the Public Health Code to remove the requirement that an applicant for a massage therapist license have completed high school, or its equivalent, to receive licensure. The legislation also increases the number of classroom instructional hours an applicant must have completed, if the applicant enrolled in a massage education program after August 1, 2016, from 500 hours to 625 hours. Applicants who enrolled in a massage education program prior to August 1, 2016 will still only be required to complete the current 500 hours of classroom training required.

Flint Water Crisis Supplemental
HB 5220 (H-1) (PHELPS) RC 12, 1/20/16 Passed 106-0
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Appropriations
Description:
HB 5220 (H-1) (PHELPS) is expected to provide supplemental appropriations to a number of state departments in order to address the ongoing Flint Water Crisis. The total appropriations includes $28M ($22.6 GF/GP)


  • For MDE - $935k GF/GP to hire additional school nurses, provide Early On and special education services, coordinating wraparound services, providing nutritional snacks to elementary students, and providing/coordinating communications for parents, educators, and the community.
  • For DEQ - $5,786,500 GF/GP for water system needs, potential payment to Flint to aid with utility issues, lab and testing costs, corrosion control procedures for one year, and an infrastructure integrity study using outside experts.
  • For DHHS - $17,207,000 gross ($11.8M GF/GP, $2.5M restricted, $2.8M federal) for purchases of bottled water, water filters, and replacement cartridges ($8M – says more funding is expected to be necessary in FY 16), DHHS field operations costs, epidemiological analysis and case management of individuals with elevated blood levels, nutrition support and community education, support for child and adolescent health centers and the Children’s Healthcare Access Program, assessment of potential linkages to other diseases (specifically mentions Legionnaire’s), food inspections, and crisis counseling and behavioral health services.
  • For LARA - $2M GF/GP to pay for plumbing fixture replacements in schools, child care and adult foster care centers, nursing homes, dialysis centers, and surgery centers within Flint.
  • For DMVA - $2M GF/GP to support National Guard water support efforts. This includes costs for Guard member salaries, travel, and lodging for three months.
  • For MSP - $100k GF/GP to provide operational funding for the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee created in EO 2016-1. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

The following is a summary of legislation that passed the House 1.11.16-1.15.16. Feel free to contact my office at 517-373-5568 or AndySchor@house.mi.gov with any questions or if you need additional information.

Amending “Earth Change” Permit Exemptions
HB 4604 (S-2) (B. Roberts) RC 1, 1/13/16 Passed 64-43
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Agriculture
Description:
HB 4604 (S-2) (B. Roberts) amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) part 91 (Soil Erosion) to allow municipal and county “earth change” permit exemptions.

Prohibit Collection of State Park Fees on Free Fishing Weekends
HB 4983 (S-1) (Rendon) RC 2, 1/13/16 Passed 93-14
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
Description:
HB 4983 (S-1) (Rendon) would amend the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to allow free parking and access to state parks, recreation areas, or state–operated public boating access sites during free fishing weekend.

Require Professional Development for Career and College Counseling
HB 4552 (H-3) (B. Roberts) RC 3, 1/13/16 Passed 78-29
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Workforce and Talent Development
Description:
HB 4552 (H-3) (B. Roberts) would require school counselors to attend training in college prep and career counseling as part of their licensing renewal process.

Increasing the Ratio for Apprentice Electricians on a Job Site
HB 4813 (H-4) (Price) RC 4, 1/13/16 Passed 58-49
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Workforce and Talent Development
Description:
HB 4813 (H-4) (Price) would amend the Electrical Administrative Act to increase the requirement that apprentices should be supervised on a 1 to 1 basis to a 1 to 3 basis.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The following is a summary of legislation that recently passed the House 12.14.15-12.18.15. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or if you need additional information (517-373-0826).

County Road Commissions: Eliminate Transfer-of-Duties Sunset
HB 4212 (S-1) (Victory) RC 476, 12/15/15 Passed 73-33
HB 4215 (S-1) (Victory) RC 477, 12/15/15 Passed 73-33
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Local Government
Description: HB 4212 (S-1) (Victory) adds language to require that county board of commissioners pass a resolution transfer the powers, duties and functions of county road commission to the county board of commissioners occur before January 1, 2020. Additionally, the substitute adds the ability for county board of commissioners to, if it is determined that a county road commission, which had been previously dissolved, would provide a cost savings to the county, the board of commissioners could, by majority vote of its members, reestablish a county road commission. HB 4215 (S-1) (Victory) added language to correspond with the January 1, 2020 language added by the S-1 substitute of House Bill 4212.

Revision of Electronic Filing Rules and Fees for Court Records; Electronic Filing Fund
SB 531 (H-2) (Jones) RC 478, 12/15/15 Passed 100-6
SB 532 (H-2) (Proos) RC 479, 12/15/15 Passed 97-9
SB 533 (H-2) (Schuitmaker) RC 480, 12/15/15 Passed 98-8
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Judiciary
Description:
SB 531 (H-2) (Jones) would authorize the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) to establish a statewide e-filing system. SB 532 (H-2) (Proos) would create the Judicial Electronic Filing Fund (JEFF) in the State Treasury Department. SB 533 (H-2) (Schuitmaker) would prohibit a court from charging a fee to retrieve and inspect a document on-site, including a document that was filed electronically. The court could, however, charge a copy fee.

Earmarks for Aeronautic Programs Based on Taxes on Aviation Fuel
SB 418 (S-1) (Schmidt) RC 481, 12/15/15 Passed 106-0
SB 425 (H-1) (Schmidt) RC 482, 12/15/15 Passed 105-1
SB 426 (H-1) (Schmidt) RC 483, 12/15/15 Passed 105-1
SB 612 (Schmidt) RC 484, 12/15/15 Passed 105-1
SB 613 (S-1) (Hansen) RC 485, 12/15/15 Passed 105-1
SB 614 (S-1) (Schmidt) RC 486, 12/15/15 Passed 105-1
Next: Presentation to the Governor (SB 418, SB 612, SB 613 & SB 614)
Return to the Senate (SB 425 & SB 426)
Committee: Transportation and Infrastructure
Description:
SB 418 (S-1) (Schmidt) makes technical, editorial changes to Aeronautics Code provisions concerning the assessment of the 3 cent per gallon tax on aviation fuel and the 1-1/2 cent per gallon refund on the tax for fuel used in interstate operations. SB 425 (S-1) (Schmidt) establishes requirements related to the new Qualified Airport Fund created in SB 426. SB 426 (S-1) (Schmidt) establishes the Qualified Airport Fund in the State Treasury and establishes provisions for depositing money for the fund derived from distributions of redirected General Fund dollars as provided in the Sales Tax Act and the Use Tax Act under Senate Bills 613 and 614. SB 612 (Schmidt) defines Qualified Airport for the purposes of the bill package to be an airport with 10 million or more enplanements in any 12-month period. Currently, only Detroit Metro Airport meets this criteria. SB 613 (S-1) (Hansen) would amend the General Sales Tax Act to require, beginning October 1, 2016, an amount equal to the collections of the 2% sales tax from the retail sale of aviation fuel to be distributed quarterly to the State Aeronautics Fund and the Qualified Airport Fund. SB 614 (S-1) (Schmidt) makes identical changes to the Use Tax Act as SB 613 (S-1) makes to the Sales Tax Act as described above.

Switch Bills
SB 616 (H-2) (Schuitmaker) RC 487, 12/15/15 Passed 61-45
SB 617 (H-2) (MacGregor) RC 488, 12/15/15 Passed 61-45
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Tax Policy
Description:
SB 616 (H-2) and SB 617 (H-2) provide, for a 20 year period, use tax and sales tax exemptions for the sale of data center equipment to the owner or operator of a qualified data center. The bills are linked to a proposed business investment in Gaines Township, near Grand Rapids, by the data center company Switch, Inc., but also would benefit existing data centers whose primary business is to manage third-party data.

Extend Sunset on Deer and Elk Feeding
SB 446 (H-1) (Jones) RC 489, 12/16/15 Passed 105-0
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Natural Resources
Description:
SB 446 (H-1) (Jones) amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) by removing a sunset on statute ordering the regulation of deer and elk feeding in Michigan.


References to the Model Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
SB 518 (H-1) (MacGregor) RC 490, 12/16/15 Passed 99-6
SB 519 (H-1) (Emmons) RC 491, 12/16/15 Passed 100-5
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Judiciary
Description: SB 518 (H-1) (MacGregor) technical in nature and would simply update references to UIFSA within the “Friend of the Court Act”, companion to HB 4742 (KOSOWSKI) that previously passed the House to repeal the current law “Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (“UIFSA”) and enact the version that was last updated and recommended by the Uniform Law Commission.
SB 519 (H-1) (Emmons) technical in nature and would simply update references to UIFSA within the “Office of Child Support Act”, companion to HB 4742 (KOSOWSKI) that previously passed the House to repeal the current law “Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (“UIFSA”) and enact the version that was last updated and recommended by the Uniform Law Commission.

Judgements and Claims Against the State: Information About Plaintiffs & Claimants
HB 4658 (S-1) (McCready) RC 492, 12/16/15 Passed 103-2
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Families, Children, and Seniors
Description:
HB 4658 (S-1) (McCready) outlines how judgments against departments are to be paid out to plaintiffs, claimants, or individuals for whose benefit the action was brought or claimed. The Senate S-1 adds “an order of restitution” to the list of liabilities that must be repaid prior to a judgment against a department being paid to the plaintiff/claimant.

Application of Employment Rules to Franchises
SB 492 (Brandenburg) RC 493, 12/16/15 Passed 59-46
SB 493 (Proos) RC 494, 12/16/15 Passed 60-45
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Commerce and Trade
Description:
SB 492 (Brandenburg) would amend the Franchise Investment Law to specify that, to the extent allocation of employer responsibilities between the franchisor and franchisee is permitted by law, the franchisee would be considered the sole employer of workers for whom it provided a benefit plan or paid wages except as otherwise specifically provided in the franchise agreement. SB 493 (Proos) would amend the Worker's Disability Compensation Act to provide that an employee of a franchisee would not be considered an employee of the franchisor for purposes of the Act unless certain conditions were met.

Establish Mens Rea as Default Standard in Criminal Statutes
HB 4713 (S-2) (McBroom) RC 495, 12/16/15 Passed 106-0
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Oversight and Ethics
Description:
HB 4713 (S-2) (McBroom) would establish a default mens rea (guilty mind) standard for certain criminal offenses that fall outside of the Michigan Vehicle Code, Public Health Code, Identity Theft Protection Act, Michigan Penal Code, and Chapter 752 of the Michigan Compiled Laws. The bill is aimed at rules, regulations, and other statutes that criminalize conduct.

Amending the Model Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
HB 4742 (S-2) (KOSOWSKI) RC 496, 10/16/15 Passed 101-5
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Judiciary
Description:
HB 4742 (S-2) (KOSOWSKI) would repeal the current “Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (Public Act 310 of 1996, hereinafter referred to as “UIFSA”) and would enact the 2008 version that was updated and recommended by the Uniform Law Commissioners. UIFSA provides universal and uniform rules for the enforcement of family support orders.

Property Tax Transfer of Ownership: Life Estates
HB 4930 (S-3) (Nesbitt) RC 497, 10/16/15 Passed 81-25
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Tax Policy
Description:
HB 4930 (S-3) (Nesbitt) eliminates the property tax “pop-up” for certain residential property tax transfers involving the expiration or termination of a life estate or life lease.

Revision of Electronic Filing Rules and Fees for Court Records; Electronic Filing Fund
HB 5029 (S-1) (Heise) RC 498, 10/16/15 Passed 93-13
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Judiciary
Description:
HB 5029 (S-1) (Heise) would create an “Electronic Filing System Fee (e-filing fee)” that would be collected in addition to any other fees that are authorized or required by law when a civil action is filed.

Application of Employment Rules to Franchises
HB 5070 (Leutheuser) RC 499, 12/16/15 Passed 59-47
HB 5071 (Somerville) RC 500, 12/16/15 Passed 59-47
HB 5072 (Jenkins) RC 501, 12/16/15 Passed 60-46
HB 5073 (Garcia) RC 502, 12/16/15 Passed 60-46
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Commerce and Trade
Description: HB 5070 (Leutheuser) would amend the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act to provide that the franchisee would be considered the sole employer of workers for whom it provides a benefit plan or paid wages except as otherwise specifically provided in the franchise. HB 5071 (Somerville) would amend the Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act to provide that the franchisee would be considered the sole employer of workers for whom it provides a benefit plan or paid wages except as otherwise specifically provided in the franchise agreement. HB 5072 (Jenkins) would amend the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act to provide that the franchisee would be considered the sole employer of workers for whom it provides a benefit plan or paid wages except as otherwise specifically provided in the franchise agreement. HB 5073 (Garcia) would amend the Michigan Employment Security Act to provide that the franchisee would be considered the sole employer of workers for whom it provides a benefit plan or paid wages except as otherwise specifically provided in the franchise agreement.

Rules for Separate Segregated Account for Campaign Contributions
SB 571 (Kowall) RC 504, 12/16/15 Passed 58-48
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Elections
Description:
SB 571 (Kowall) would amend the Michigan Campaign Finance Act to eliminate an annual affirmation (check-off) that must be gathered from employees and members of a for-profit or nonprofit corporation, a joint stock company, a domestic dependent sovereign, or a labor organization for contributions made to their separate segregated fund (SSF). In essence, this bill would allow for a one-time affirmation (check-off) by employees for subsequent annual contribution withdrawals to go to the connected organization’s SSF.

Elimination of Straight Ticket Voting
SB 13 (H-2) (Knollenberg) RC 505, 12/16/15 Passed 54-52
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Elections
Description:
SB 13 (H-2) (Knollenberg) a bill to eliminate the ability to vote a straight party ballot.


Friday, December 11, 2015


Here’s the summary of legislation that passed the House 12.7.15-12.11.15. Feel free to contact mewith any questions or if you need additional information (517-373-0826).

Allow for Municipalities to Fund Energy Conservation Improvements by Lease-Purchase Agreements
HB 4990 (H-1) (Pscholka) RC 448, 12/8/15 Passed 102-4
HB 4991 (H-1) (Pscholka) RC 449, 12/8/15 Passed 102-4
HB 4992 (H-1) (Pscholka) RC 450, 12/8/15 Passed 102-4
HB 4993 (H-1) (Pscholka) RC 451, 12/8/15 Passed 102-4
HB 4994 (H-1) (Pscholka) RC 452, 12/8/15 Passed 102-4
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Local Government
Description:
HB 4990 (H-1) (Pscholka) amends the Home Rule City Act to fund energy conservation improvements by lease-purchase agreements. HB 4991 (H-1) (Pscholka) amends the General Law Village Act to fund energy conservation improvements by lease-purchase agreements. HB 4992 (H-1) (Pscholka) amends the Home Rule Village Act to fund energy conservation improvements by lease-purchase agreements. HB 4993 (H-1) (Pscholka) amends the 1846 Revised Statute 16, which governs townships to fund energy conservation improvements by lease-purchase agreements. HB 4994 (H-1) (Pscholka) amends the County Board of Commissioners Act to fund energy conservation improvements by lease-purchase agreements.

Elimination of Sunset on Post-Conviction DNA Testing
SB 151 (BIEDA) RC 453, 12/8/15 Passed 106-0
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Criminal Justice
Description:
SB 151 (BIEDA) would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to eliminate the sunset for defendants to petition the court for post-conviction DNA testing of evidence.

Updating Liquid Industrial Waste Regulation
SB 400 (H-1) (Schmidt) RC 454, 12/8/15 Passed 106-0
SB 401 (S-1) (Stamas) RC 455, 12/8/15 Passed 106-0
SB 402 (S-1) (Schuitmaker) RC 456, 12/8/15 Passed 106-0
Next: Return to the Senate (SB 400);
Presentation to the Governor (SB 401, SB 402)
Committee: Natural Resources
Description:
The bill package amends part 121 (Liquid Industrial Wastes) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) by adopting beneficial use language, increasing container identification and response plan requirements, increasing penalties for non-compliance, updating references for government regulation regarding transportation of materials, and changing sentencing guidelines.

Creating a Successor Guardian for a Child Whose Permanency Plan Does Not Include Reunification or Adoption
SB 529 (H-1) (Emmons) RC 457, 12/8/15 Passed 106-0
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Judiciary
Description:
SB 529 (H-1) (Emmons) creates a successor guardian for a child whose permanency plan does not include reunification or adoption. SB 529 is a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) priority to ensure compliance with the Federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.
             
Amends the Definitions for “Relative” and Adds the Definition for “Sibling” into the Child Welfare Act
SB 530 (H-1) (Emmons) RC 458, 12/8/15 Passed 106-0
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Judiciary
Description:
SB 530 (H-1) (Emmons) amends the definitions for “relative” and adds the definition for “sibling” into the Child Welfare Act. SB 530 (H-1) is a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) priority to ensure compliance with the Federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.

Extending the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) Sunset
HB 5105 (Pscholka) RC 459, 12/8/15 Passed 83-23
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Appropriations
Description:
HB 5105 (Pscholka) would extend the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) sunset from December 31, 2017 to September 30, 2025 and removes language that would reimburse HICA payers when revenues exceed the statutory cap. It further would repeal language that would repeal the entire Act on January 1, 2018.

Revisions to the Credit Union Act
HB 5017 (H-2) (Forlini) RC 460, 12/9/15 Passed 104-2
HB 5018 (H-1) (Pettalia) RC 461, 12/9/15 Passed 105-1
HB 5019 (H-2) (CLEMENTE) RC 462, 12/9/15 Passed 89-17
HB 5020 (H-1) (Theis) RC 463, 12/9/15 Passed 105-1
HB 5021 (Barrett) RC 464, 12/9/15 Passed 105-1
HB 5022 (H-1) (LOVE) RC 465, 12/9/15 Passed 104-1
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Financial Services
Description:
HB 5017 (H-2) (Forlini) allows for more delegation by credit union boards, expands volunteer structure, increases the field of membership, provides technical updates and regulatory relief. HB 5018 (H-1) (Pettalia) amends the Credit Union Act to update the language to reflect changes in the tittles of certain positions. HB 5019 (H-2) (CLEMENTE) amends the Credit Union Act to allow credit unions to participate in credit union service organizations that perform investment administration services and that provide trust services. HB 5020 (H-1) (Theis) makes credit union examinations confidential, along with additional changes to the examination process. HB 5021 (Barrett) changes how proposed mergers between two credit unions must report the effective date of the merger. HB 5022 (H-1) (LOVE) allows for loan promotion raffles.

Elimination of Straight Ticket Voting
SB 13 (H-2) (Knollenberg) RC 466, 12/9/15 Passed 54-51
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Elections
Description:
SB 13 (H-2) (Knollenberg) a bill to eliminate the ability to vote a straight party ballot.

Allowing No-Reason Absentee Voting
HB 4724 (Lyons) RC 467, 12/9/15 Passed 59-46
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Elections
Description:
HB 4724 (Lyons) The bill would amend the Michigan Election Law to allow a type of in-person no reason absentee voting.

State Aid to Public Schools for Private and Home-Schoolers in Public Kindergarten
HB 4790 (S-1) (McBroom) RC 468, 12/10/15 Passed 106-0
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Education
Description:
HB 4790 (S-1) (McBroom) would expand the permissible uses of shared time service agreements to cover students in Kindergarten. Currently, shared time service agreements may only be used for students in grades 1-12. The bill is tie-barred to HB 4594.

Creating Governmental Immunity for Sidewalk Claims
HB 4686 (SANTANA) RC 469, 12/10/15 Passed 55-51
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Local Government
Description:
HB 4686 (SANTANA) amends PA 170 of 1964, the Governmental Liability for Negligence Act, to allow for a municipality to use an open and obvious defense in a civil action related to an injury due to a defect in a sidewalk.

Extending Sunset on Groundwater Discharge Permit Fees
SB 552 (Green) RC 470, 12/10/15 Passed 59-47
Next: Sent to the Senate
Committee: Appropriations
Description:
SB 552 (Green) would amend Part 31 (Water Resources Protection) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) by delaying the fee sunset on groundwater discharge permits from December 31, 2015 to September 30, 2019; creating a new sub facility group category to issue permits; and adjusting the fee schedule to include “Group 2A Facility” while holding the annual groundwater discharge permits fees at current funding levels.

Streamlining the Escheats Audit Process
SB 538 (H-2) (Brandenburg) RC 471, 12/10/15 Passed 106-0
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Commerce & Trade
Description: SB 538 (H-2) (Brandenburg) would amend the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act to update Michigan’s administration of escheats audits.


Amend Insurance Code to Provide for Model Updates Relating to the Regulation of Insurance holding companies
SB 177 (H-2) (Hune) RC 472, 12/10/15 Passed 106-0
SB 178 (H-1) (Hune) RC 473, 12/10/15 Passed 106-0
Next: Return to the Senate
Committee: Insurance
Description: SB 177 (H-2) (Hune) would amend the Insurance Code (Code) to adopt a number of model updates relating to the regulation of insurance holding companies. These changes are based up updates to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Insurance Holding Company System Regulatory Model Act. SB 178 (H-1) (Hune) would amend the Insurance Code of 1956 by adding a Chapter 17, which would address and require the use of a risk management framework by insurers.

Taxable Wage Limit Calculation
SB 500 (Horn) RC 474, 12/10/15 Passed 60-46
Next: Presentation to the Governor
Committee: Workforce and Talent Development
Description:
SB 500 (Horn) The bill would amend the Michigan Employment Security Act (Act) to require an annual, rather than quarterly, determination of the balance of the Unemployment Compensation Fund (Fund), for the purpose of setting the taxable wage limit.

Increase County Reward for Information Leading to Arrest & Conviction
HB 4292 (COCHRAN) RC 475, 12/10/15 Passed 104-2
Next: Sent to the Senate

Committee: Local Government
Description:
HB 4292 (COCHRAN) would amend PA 175 of 1927, the Code of Criminal Procedure, to increase the maximum allowable reward a county may award for information leading to arrest and conviction of someone that has committed a crime within the county.