Friday, February 27, 2015

House of Representatives Legislative Activity: January 1st – February 27th

Hello Friends,

Below is a list of the legislation that has come before the House so far this term. Please feel free to contact me (517.373.0826; andyschor@house.mi.gov) if you have any questions or thoughts about any of the below bills.

Thank you!

Andy Schor
State Representative
68th District

Passed 2/2 – 2/27
Appropriates funding through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund
HB 4078, Passed: 103-7
House Bill 4078 is a FY 14-15 appropriations bill that includes funding for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) capital outlay projects. The bill appropriates $24,729,500 Gross, all restricted funds.

Amends the Michigan Election Code to provide for precinct consolidation in certain elections
HB 4068, Passed: 109-0
House Bill 4068 would amend the Michigan Election Law to allow a county, city, or township to consolidate precincts that are currently located within the same polling location for statewide special elections dealing with ballot proposal questions.

FY 15 Mid-year School Aid Fund supplemental
HB 4110, Passed: 62-48
House Bill 4110 is a FY 15 mid-year School Aid Fund supplemental, affecting appropriations for School Aid (K-12), Community Colleges, and Higher Education. HB 4110 (H-1) includes a combination of budget reductions and fund shifts totaling $183.4 million Gross ($250.3 million GF/GP).

FY 15 Mid-year multi-departmental General Fund supplemental
HB 4112, Passed: 66-44
House Bill 4112 is a FY 15 mid-year multi-departmental General Fund supplemental, affecting the Departments of Community Health, Corrections, Education, Environmental Quality, Human Services, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Military and Veterans Affairs, Natural Resources, State, State Police, Technology, Management, and Budget, Transportation, and Treasury. HB 4112 (H-1) includes caseload-related adjustments, appropriates funding for new expenditure needs in various departments, and reduces certain GF/GP expenditures. The bill’s net effect is a $120.2 million Gross ($169.4 million GF/GP) reduction in the state budget.

Require that a statewide presidential primary election be conducted on the third Tuesday in March
SB 44, Passed: 72-38
Require that a statewide presidential primary election be conducted on the third Tuesday in March, instead of the fourth Tuesday in February.

Move the February regular election date to March
SB 45, Passed: 74-36
Move the February regular election date from the fourth Tuesday in February to the third Tuesday in March, in each presidential election year when a statewide presidential primary was held.

Changes to Michigan’s wage garnishment procedures
HB 4119, Passed: 109-1
HB 4120, Passed: 109-1
HBs 4119 and 4120 would change the way that wage garnishment is done in Michigan, specifically what is required when an order is directed to a third party (the garnishee/employer) to withhold periodic or non-periodic payment of assets.

Delete a reference to the statutory definition of “lawful purpose”
HB 4076, Passed: 110-0
House Bill 4076 amends the Michigan Firearms Law to delete a reference to the statutory definition of “lawful purpose” which no longer exists in the Michigan Penal Code.

Allow certain licensed officers to carry a concealed pistol in a pistol-free or no carry zone
HB 4159, Passed: 89-21
House Bill 4159 (Johnson) would certain licensed corrections officers, and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed pistol in a “pistol-free” or “no carry” zone.

Define in the MI Penal Code what it means to “brandish” a firearms
HB 4160, Passed: 95-16
HB 4161, Passed: 108-2
Together, House Bill 4160 (Johnson) and House Bill 4161 (Hughes) (H-1) define in the Michigan Penal Code what it means to “brandish” a firearm.

Reform the concealed pistol licensing (CPL) process and eliminate concealed weapons licensing boards
SB 34, Passed: 76-34
SB 35, Passed: 81-29
Senate Bill 34 and Senate Bill 35 (both sponsored by Senator Green) reform the concealed pistol licensing (CPL) process and eliminate concealed weapons licensing boards, effective November 30, 2015. Effective December 1, 2015, all duties would be transferred to the county clerks and Michigan State Police.

Repeals regulations and penalties for the use or possession of BB handguns by minors
HB 4151, Passed: 80-29
House Bill 4151 repeals Public Act 186 of 1959 (Spring, Gas, or Air Operated Handguns) which regulate and penalize the use or possession of BB handguns by minors.

Align the Michigan definition of firearm with the federal definition of firearm
HB 4152, Passed: 87-22
HB 4153, Passed: 85-24
HB 4156, Passed: 89-20
House Bill 4152, House Bill 4153, and House Bill 4156 would amend various statutes to align Michigan’s definition of firearm with the federal definition of firearm.

Amends the definition of firearm to include certain pneumatic guns
HB 4154, Passed: 87-22
House Bill 4154 would amend sections of the National Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to align Michigan’s definition of firearm with the federal definition of firearm.

Amends the definition of “firearm” and creates provisions for pneumatic guns in the Michigan Penal Code
HB 4155, Passed: 88-21
As part of the National Rifle Association (NRA) “Airgun Reclassification Package,” House Bill 4155 (Cole) would amend several sections of the Michigan Penal Code to align Michigan’s definition of “firearm” with the federal definition of firearm and create special provisions for pneumatic guns.

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

House of Representatives Week in Review: December 15th - December 19th

Hello Friends,

Below is a list of the legislation that came before the House just before we recessed in December (December 15th-December 19th). Please feel free to contact me (517.373.0826; andyschor@house.mi.gov) if you have any questions about any of the below bills.

Note that you can check whether or not each bill was signed into law before the end of the term at www.legislature.mi.gov.

Thank you,

Andy Schor
State Representative
68th District

Passed 12/15 – 12/19

Prohibit DEQ from promulgating a rule that limits emissions from wood
SB 910, 12/16/14, Passed: 68-41
Prohibit DEQ from promulgating a rule that limits emissions from wood heaters or from enforcing a federal regulation that limits emissions from wood heaters.

Creates an appeals process for unclaimed property
HB 4703 (S-1), 12/16/14, Passed: 108-0
Creates an administrative appeals process for holders of unclaimed property (escheats) who believe Treasury erroneously determined that they underreported unclaimed or abandoned property.

Revises hazardous waste release and cleanup procedures
SB 891 (H-2), 12/16/14, Passed: 56-52
SB 891 (H-2) revises hazardous waste release and cleanup procedures as contained in Part 201 (Environmental Remediation) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), reducing oversight by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and weakening requirements for cleanup.

Prohibit use of drones to interfere with or harass another individual who is hunting
SB 926 (H-2), 12/16/14, Passed: 108-0
Senate Bill 926 (H-2) amends the Natural Resources Environmental Protection Act, Part 401, by prohibiting the use of an unmanned aerial or submersible vehicle to obstruct or interfere with the legal taking of game. Senate Bill 927 amends the Natural Resources Environmental Protection Act to prohibit an individual from taking game using an unmanned aerial or submersible vehicle.

Exempt certain mortgage servicers from licensure as a mortgage originator
SB 1087, 12/16/14, Passed: 107-1
Senate Bill 1087 would amend the Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing Act (MLOLA) to exempt certain mortgage servicers (or their employees) from licensure as a mortgage originator. The exemption would cover those services who modify residential mortgage loans when the borrower is behind on payment (i.e. employees engaged in loss mitigation).

Designate section of M-6 as “David Warsen Memorial Highway”
SB 1099 (Jansen), 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
Designate the section of M-6 in Kent County between Kalamazoo Avenue and Byron Center Avenue as the “David Warsen Memorial Highway.”

Sentencing guidelines for operating a watercraft while intoxicated
HB 4442, 12/17/14, Passed: 80-28
Sentencing guidelines for operating a watercraft vessel while intoxicated or impaired or with a bodily alcohol content above .08 grams.

Designate a bridge on US-24 as the "Matt Urban Memorial Bridge"
HB 4814, 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
Designate a bridge on US-24 as the "Matt Urban Memorial Bridge.”

Designate a portion of I-94 as "Trooper Rick Johnson Memorial Highway"
HB 4923, 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
Designate a portion of I-94 in Van Buren County as the "Trooper Rick Johnson Memorial Highway.”

Designate a portion of M-57 County as the "Joseph Prentler Memorial Highway"
HB 5543, 12/17/14, Passed: 109-0
Designate a portion of M-57 within Montcalm County as the "Joseph Prentler Memorial Highway.”

Exempt individuals from criminal penalties who brandish a firearm
HB 5091 (H-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 104-5
Exempt individuals from criminal penalties who brandish a firearm.

Expands the issuance of crop damage hunting permits to include bear
HB 5226, 12/17/14, Passed: 105-4
House Bill 5226 would provide that, except during an open season for bear, bear may be taken if the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) determines that bear have caused damage to emerging, standing, or harvested crops or to feed properly stored in accordance with normal agricultural practices.

Correct drafting error by switching a reference to “mortgagor” with “purchaser”
HB 5794 (S-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 109-0
House Bill 5794 would amend the Revised Judicature Act to correct a drafting error created by previous legislation. The bill would switch a reference to “mortgagor” with the word “purchaser.”

Include areas in which the Children's Ombudsman can investigate alleged violations
HB 4650 (S-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 109-0
Include the Resource Families Bill of Rights Law under areas in which the Children's Ombudsman can investigate alleged violations.

Provide for the regulation and licensing of Navigators required under the ACA
HB 4576, 12/17/14, Passed: 102-7
The bill would amend the Michigan Insurance Code of 1956 (Code) to provide for the regulation and licensing of Navigators required for the Health Benefit Exchange established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Require the state to suspend Medicaid eligibility of incarcerated individuals
SB 1011, 12/17/14, Passed:109-0
Require the state to suspend Medicaid eligibility of incarcerated individuals instead of terminating the eligibility.

Allow certain cemeteries to establish and maintain irrevocable endowment funds
SB 1125 (H-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
Senate Bill 1125 (H-1) amends PA 215 of 1937, which authorizes municipalities to own and control cemeteries and to provide for their maintenance and endowment, to allow those municipalities with municipally-owned cemeteries to establish and maintain irrevocable endowment and perpetual care funds as a component fund within a community foundation by entering into an irrevocable agreement with the foundation. Amounts deposited into the fund must be held in perpetuity by the community foundation except for two disbursements of interest and earnings that may be used by the municipality for maintenance and care of the cemetery. The community foundation may have its fees and costs paid out of the principal of the fund. The bill also allows municipally-owned cemeteries to establish and maintain irrevocable endowment and perpetual care funds and allow them to invest in community foundations.

Creates the Continuing Care Community Disclosure Act
SB 886 (H-2), 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
SB 886 (H-2) provides for the regulation of continuing care communities, which could include a retirement community, home for the aged, independent living, nursing home, home care agency, and/or a hospice. Each of these facilities are defined and regulated in other parts of Michigan statute, and this statute allows for the creation of an organization to oversee these facilities and services.

Excludes certain homes for the aged from the definition included in the Public Health Code
SB 887 (H-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
SB 887 (H-1) excludes homes for the aged that are regulated and included in the Continuing Care Community Disclosure Act from the definition included in the Public Health Code. SB 887 (H-1) also states that rules promulgated under the Public Health Code relating to homes for the aged are subject to requirements outlined in the Continuing Care Community Disclosure Act.

Excludes certain adult foster care facilities from the definition of adult foster care facilities within the Adult Foster Care Facility Licensing Act
SB 888 (H-2), 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
SB 888 (H-1) excludes adult foster care facilities regulated and included in the Continuing Care Community Disclosure Act from the definition of adult foster care facilities within the Adult Foster Care Facility Licensing Act. SB 888 (S-3) also states that rules promulgated under the Adult Foster Care Facility Licensing Act are subject to requirements of the Continuing Care Community Disclosure Act.

Repeals sentencing guidelines for violations of the living care disclosure act
SB 889 (S-2), 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
Senate Bill 889 (S-2) removes references in the Code of Criminal Procedure for sentencing guidelines for the Living Care Disclosure Act and replace the guidelines with the Continuing Care Community Disclosure Act. SB 889 (S-2) also removes felony guidelines for violations of a repealed section of the Land Sales Act.

Create the Underground Storage Tank Corrective Action Fund
SB 791 (H-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
Creates the Underground Storage Tank Corrective Action Fund.

Add aquatic invasive species violations to offenses that would trigger seizure and forfeiture
SB 797 (H-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 104-4
Expands the list of offenses that would trigger the seizure and forfeiture of personal and real property to include aquatic invasive species violations.

Provides suspension procedures for aquatic prohibited species violations
SB 799 (S-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 104-4
Revise administrative procedures for an individual’s commercial or sport fishing license or permit that is suspended for an aquatic invasive species violation.

Delay the sunset date on requirement that auto insurers provide policy info to DCH
SB 738, 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
The bill would amend the Insurance Code to delay the sunset date on a requirement that auto insurers provide policy information to the Department of Community Health (DCH).

Modifies the State Survey and Remonumentation Act
SB 1043, 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
Makes the State Survey and Remonumentation Act consistent with the changes already made in complementary state statutes.

Designate Scott Lake Road as the “Trooper James R. Deloach and Trooper Steven J. Niewiek Memorial Highway”
SB 1146 (S-1), 12/17/14, Passed: 108-0
Designate Scott Lake Road in Oakland County as the “Trooper James R. Deloach and Trooper Steven J. Niewiek Memorial Highway.”

Expand the annual reporting requirements for the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF)
HB 4480 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 108-1
HB 4480 would expand the annual reporting requirements for the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). This bill is part of a package that deals with the MSF and includes Senate Bills 269, 270, 271, 272, and 278, as well as House Bills 4071, 4480, 4481, and 4482. Generally, the bills would expand the authority of, and provide greater latitude to, the MSF. Additionally, the bills would consolidate and eliminate reporting requirements.

Modifies the Next Michigan Development Act
SB 398 (H-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 81-28
Determining whether to designate a Next MI Development Corp, the MSF would have to give preference to an eligible act 7 entity that is the largest city in a county with a population of 1,500,000 or more (Detroit).

Require food service establishments to publicly post info about food allergies
SB 730 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 90-19
Require food service establishments to publicly post info about food allergies as well as require additional training on food allergies.

Authorizes a county treasurer to create a delinquent property tax installment payment plan for a principal residence
HB 4882 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
House Bill 4882 (S-2) authorizes a county treasurer to create a delinquent property tax installment payment plan for a principal residence, the title to which is held by a financially distressed person. The treasurer may withhold a property subject to a payment plan from a petition for foreclosure if the person makes the initial payment under the plan.

Revises the effective date for accelerated filers of sales tax
HB 4920 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
HB 4921 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
Amend the General Sales Tax Act to correct a subsection reference related to the scheduling sales and use tax payments by large tax filers.

Allows the county treasurer to reduce the interest on delinquent taxes
HB 5421 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 108-0
Allows the county treasurer to reduce the interest on delinquent taxes from 1.5% per month (18% per year) to 1% per month (12% per year).

Increases fire insurance withholding maximum escrow
HB 5862 (S-1),12/18/14, Passed: 94-14
Increases the maximum amount municipalities may withhold and escrow from an insurance settlement to take action on fire-damaged property.

Prohibit residents who are delinquent on property taxes from bidding on foreclosed properties
SB 295, 12/18/14, Passed: 107-2
Senate Bill 295 (H-1) provides foreclosing governmental units (FGUs) more statutory authority to ensure that tax foreclosed properties are conveyed to good actors rather than speculators. Under the bill, purchasers would be required to sign an affidavit that they do not have delinquent property taxes or blight fines. The bill would also require payment of property taxes before a deed is issued. The FGU could cancel sales if purchasers do not comply with these provisions.

Revisions to nonprofit corporation act requested by the State Bar
SB 623 (H-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 77-32
SB 624 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 78-31
SB 929, 12/18/14, Passed: 78-30
SB 623, 624 and 929 make changes to the Nonprofit Corporation Act, the Limited Liability Company Act, and Public Act 169 of 1965 regarding the set-up and operation of nonprofit corporations. These bills come at the request of the State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section’s Nonprofit Corporation Committee.

Increases funding that goes to Michigan Strategic Fund from tobacco settlement revenue
SB 269 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 82-26
SB 270 (H-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 82-26 [voted on twice]
SB 271 (H-4), 12/18/14, Passed: 83-25
SB 269 increases the funding that goes to the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) out of tobacco settlement revenue. The bill is part of a larger MSF package that includes Senate Bills 269, 270, 271, 272, and 278, as well as House Bills 4071, 4480, 4481, and 4482. Generally, the bills would expand the authority of, and provide greater latitude to, the MSF. Additionally, the bills would consolidate and eliminate reporting requirements.

Designate a portion of I-375 as the “First Michigan Colored Infantry Regiment Memorial Highway”
SB 93 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 108-0
Designate a portion of I-375 as the “First Michigan Colored Infantry Regiment Memorial Highway.”

Designate a portion of M-29 as the "Staff Sergeant Ergin V. Osman Memorial Highway"
SB 317, 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
Designate a portion of M-29 as the "Staff Sergeant Ergin V. Osman Memorial Highway."

Requires local zoning restrictions for amateur radio to conform to federal regulations
SB 493 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
Codify a provision of federal regulation regarding amateur radio service station antenna structures and would require local government to reasonably accommodate such communications.

Prohibit DNR from enforcing a rule for the purpose of achieving biological diversity
SB 78, 12/18/14, Passed: 59-50
Prohibit DNR and the Natural Resources Commission from promoting or enforcing a rule or an order that designates of classifies an area of land specifically for the purpose of achieving or maintaining biological diversity.

Protect municipalities from remedies and penalties for a discharge from three or fewer on-site wastewater treatment systems
SB 753, 12/18/14, Passed: 76-33
Protect municipalities from remedies and penalties for a discharge from three or fewer on-site wastewater treatment systems.

Revisions to scrap tire enforcement and regulation
SB 941 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 107-2
Senate Bill 941 (S-1) amends several sections of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to revise provisions governing scrap tires.

Eliminate requirement that state funded printing must occur in Michigan
SB 1055 (H-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 68-41
Eliminate a requirement that all printing for which the State is chargeable, or that is paid for with money appropriated by the State, be printed within Michigan.

Revises the date a lien attaches to certain special assessments
SB 1007 (H-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 107-2
The bill limits a lien to only one installment payment at a time, meaning that a property can be transferred without a lien placed on the property that forces the owner to pay off the entire assessment before the transfer.

Exempts oil, gas, and mineral landmen from eligibility for unemployment benefits
SB 427, 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
Exclude contractual services that an oil, gas, or mineral landman performed under a contract with a private entity under certain circumstances.

Fix error keeping Hamtramck recycling business from benefitting from certain tax credit
SB 852, 12/18/14, Passed: 103-6
SB 962, 12/18/14, Passed: 104-5
Fix a clerical error preventing a Hamtramck recycling business from benefitting from a plant rehabilitation and industrial development tax credit.

Implement the child welfare performance based funding model that is being pursued by Kent County
SB 974 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
SB 975 (S-4), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
SB 1086 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 105-4
Implement the child welfare performance based funding model that is being pursued by Kent County.

Require DNA samples to be taken of individuals arrested committing a felony
SB 105 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 92-17
SB 106 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 92-17
SB 107 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 92-17
Amendments to the DNA Identification Profiling System Act to require the collection of DNA samples for individuals arrested for committing or attempting to commit a felony offense.

Expand investment options for certain community college funds
SB 1088 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 103-6
Expand the investment options for various community college funds to include obligations of the state / its political subdivisions that are rated investment grade.

Allow for the training of police to carry opioid antagonists for treatment of drug overdoses
SB 1049 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 105-4
Allow law enforcement agencies to offer and train officers to carry and administer opioid antagonists for the treatment of drug overdoses.

Allow a drain commissioner to remove obstructions from watercourses
SB 1082 (H-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 99-10
Senate Bill 1082 (H-1) amends the Drain Code of 1956 to allow a drain commissioner to, after inspection and with approval from landowners, remove obstructions from watercourses that are not existing drains if the obstruction is causing a problem with an established drain. Specifically, the bill allows a drain commissioner or drainage board, after inspection by a licensed professional engineer, to remove ice, fallen trees, logjams, or other debris on a watercourse that is not an existing drain if it has caused or is causing flooding, an imminent risk of flooding, increased erosion, channel instability, reduction in capacity, or damage to at least one county or intercounty drain. The drain commissioner or drainage board must obtain written permission from the property owners where the obstruction is located. Costs incurred must be charged to the benefitting drainage districts.

Increase number of satellite SmartZones that can capture school taxes from three to nine
SB 1097, 12/18/14, Passed: 81-28
Increase the number of satellite SmartZones that can capture school taxes from three to nine and would set a hard deadline to create a satellite.

Amend the Social Welfare Act to make changes to the “Freedom to Work” program
SB 961, 12/18/14, Passed: 108-1
Amend the Social Welfare Act to make changes to the “Freedom to Work” program.

Allow eligibility for kindergarten early entry for school of choice students
SB 492 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-0
Extend the kindergarten age requirement exception to a child who is eligible to enroll in and be counted in membership in a school district.

Modifies standards for fire drills for colleges and universities
SB 1142 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 105-5
Removing post-secondary educational institutions from the current safety drill requirements for their dormitories and add establishing fire drill requirements only.

Increases penalties for prohibited species violations
SB 795 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 105-4
SB 796 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 100-9
SB 800 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 103-6
Add the seizure and forfeiture of property to the list of penalties for individuals who possess or introduce aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Require a petition circulator be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the US
SB 1167 (H-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 92-17
Require a petition circulator be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the US.

Provide that a person is not entitled to personal protection benefits if the vehicle was taken unlawfully
SB 1140 (H-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 101-8
Provide that a person would not be entitled to paid personal protection insurance benefits for accidental bodily injury if, at the time of the accident, the person were willingly operating or using a motor vehicle or motorcycle that was taken unlawfully, and the person knew or should have known that the motor vehicle/motorcycle was taken unlawfully.

Provide presumption for firefighters regarding occupational cancer
SB 211 (S-4), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-1
Provide presumption for firefighters regarding occupational cancer.

Specifies that a medical retainer agreement is not insurance
SB 1033 (H-4), 12/18/14, Passed: 60-50
Specify that a medical retainer agreement is not insurance and entering into a medical retainer agreement is not the business of insurance and neither are subject to the Insurance Code.

Require that certain information be provided to a patient whose mammogram demonstrates dense breast tissue
SB 879 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 92-18
Require that certain information be provided to a patient whose mammogram demonstrates dense breast tissue.

Modifies parts of Occupational Code pertaining to collection agencies
SB 947 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 66-44 [Voted on twice]
Senate Bill 947 (S-2) amends sections of the Occupational Code that relate to collection agencies. Specifically, SB 947 (S-2) removes a requirement that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) audit collection agencies on a biennial basis, and instead states that LARA may audit a collection agency’s records when determined necessary by the Director of LARA.

Change the monetary cap on the Community College Jobs Training Program
SB 1074, 12/18/14, Passed: 108-2
Change the monetary cap on the Community College Jobs Training Program, remove the sunset on the program, and fix references to the minimum wage bill.

Designate a portions of US-41 as the “Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway”
HB 5447, 12/18/14, Passed: 110-0
Designate a portion of US-41 as the "Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway"

Name an M-64 bridge "Ontonagon County Veterans Memorial Bridge"
HB 5715, 12/18/14, Passed: 110-0
Designate the M-64 bridge over the Ontonagon River in Ontonagon as the "Ontonagon County Veterans Memorial Bridge".

Allow DTMB to sell space on the state's public safety communications towers
HB 4237 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 108-2
Allow DTMB to sell space on the state's public safety communications towers to both private and public entities.

Create a fund-raising registration plate for Michigan veterans
HB 4788 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 110-0
Create a fund-raising registration plate for Michigan veterans.

Alter the amount of federal LIHEAP that must be used for weatherization
HB 4544 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 93-17
Alter the amount of federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that must be used for weatherization.

Provides for foster parent bill of rights
HB 4649 (H-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 110-0
Amends the Foster Care and Adoption Services Act to include a list of rights that each foster parent is to be ensured by DHS.

Authorizes expedited partner therapy
HB 4736 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 88-22
HB 4736 authorizes the use of EPT in Michigan and requires the Department of Community Health (DCH) to promulgate rules for the administration of the use of EPT, including a list of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for which EPT is "appropriate." DCH must consult the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health professionals within the state when developing this list.

Make charitable housing properties exempt from property taxes for up to five years
HB 5182 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 90-20
Make residential property owned by a charitable nonprofit housing organization (e.g., Habitat for Humanity) exempt from property taxes for up to five years if the property is intended for ultimate occupancy by low-income persons as a principal residence.

Eliminates certain special assessments on property being placed as a lien on property
HB 5202 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-1
House Bill 5202 (S-2) specifies that if a township board provides that a special assessment is payable in installments, then the amount of any lien on the parcel is limited to each individual installment and shall not attach to the property until that individual installment is due. In effect, the bill is limiting a lien to only one installment payment at a time, meaning that a property can be transferred without a lien placed on the property that forces the owner to pay off the entire assessment before the transfer.

Eliminates filing fee requirements for actions involving Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Act
HB 5744 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 110-0
Remove filing fee requirements if the party is filing a child protective action or a delinquency action under the Probate Code or the Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Act.

Creates Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board
SB 596 (H-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 96-14
Creates a seven member Governor appointed “Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board” (“Board”) to address the medical needs of human trafficking survivors.

Eliminates licensing requirements for the sale of insurance for self-storage units
HB 4485 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 57-53
House Bill 4485 (H-3) would eliminate licensing requirements for persons who sell insurance solely to individual renters of self-service storage facility units under a lease agreement of less than one year.

Allows acceptance of American council on education transcript
HB 5036 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 110-0
The bill requires that Board of Trustees at community colleges ensure the college is informing qualified veterans, reserve members, and members of the Michigan National Guard of options relating to the transfer of military education and training for college credit.

Remove sunset precluding a servicer of septage waste from storing the waste at the person’s facility
HB 4874 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 72-38
House Bill 4874 will remove the sunset that would preclude a person working as a servicer of septage waste from storing the waste at the person’s facility. The bill also will eliminate local ordinances that are stricter than state laws concerning the disposal of septage waste over land.

Allows courts to appoint “parent coordinators” to resolve parenting disputes
HB 5082 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 106-4
House Bill 5082 allows courts to appoint “parent coordinators” to resolve parenting disputes.

Establishes abandoned vehicle disposal process for watercraft, snowmobiles, and ORVs
HB 5563 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 110-0
HB 5563 (H-2) would amend the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to state that a person shall not abandon a vessel, ORV, or snowmobile in the state. If any of these are abandoned the bill establishes processes to identify ownership, dictate fees, and create a Fund to help with the remediation of abandoned vehicles. Update: The Senate (S-1) increased the fine for abandoning an ORV in section 81151(4) and for abandoning a snowmobile in section 82161(4) from $50 to the amount provided for in section 8905a, ($500 to $2500 for the first violation).

Allows operation of a golf cart on a public highway without no-fault insurance
HB 5636 (S-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 105-5
HB 5636 would add “golf cart” to a list of vehicle-like transportation devices that are exempt from the requirement that they be insured under a no fault automobile insurance policy. The bill would also define that term as “a vehicle designed for transportation while playing the game of golf.” Additionally, Rep. Segal offered a substitute that added “motorized wheelchair” to the list of things that are not required to be insured under the Act.

Provide for record expunction for certain offenders under certain circumstances
HB 4186 (H-5), 12/18/14, Passed: 110-0
House Bill 4186 would expand the set aside (expungement) statute to allow certain offenders to have more crimes removed from their criminal records. The (H-5) substitute nearly mirrors House Bill 5545.

Impose additional interest on the state's late payments of MBT refunds owed to taxpayers
HB 4760 (S-3), 12/18/14, Passed: 109-1
House Bill 4760 (S-3) amends the Revenue Act to impose additional interest on the state's untimely payments of Michigan Business Tax (MBT) refunds. Under current law, interest begins to accrue, at a rate of one percentage point above the adjusted prime rate per year (currently 3.25%), on refunds owed by the state beginning 45 days after the claim is filed or 45 days after the date established by law for filing the return, whichever is later.

Reduces the frequency for testing lawn sprinkler backflow preventers
HB 5317 (H-1), 12/18/14, Passed: 70-40
House Bills 5317 (H-1) and 5318 (H-3) will reduce the number of times the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) can require testing of a backflow preventer on an already installed residential lawn sprinkler system.

Prohibits reinstatement on a permanently revoked license or registration
HB 5482 (S-2), 12/18/14, Passed: 100-10
This bill was originally part of a bill package related to the ability of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to permanently revoke health professional licenses.

Requires competitive bidding by county road commissioners on certain projects
HB 4251 (S-3), 12/19/14, Passed: 108-2
House Bill 4521 (S-3) requires a county road commission to use competitive bidding for a road project in which a township, or combination of two townships, contributes 50% or more of the cost of the project and requests the road commission to use competitive bidding. The requirement is limited to projects involving paved roads with an estimated cost of more than $50,000 or unpaved roads with an estimated cost of more than $25,000.

Changes bidding requirements entered into by a transportation dept.
HB 5167 (S-2), 12/19/14, Passed: 107-3
House Bill 5167 (S-2) amends Public Act 51 to require local road agencies and MDOT to make greater use of competitive bidding and performance-based contracting for road construction and maintenance services.

Increase the sales tax from 6% to 7%, exempting motor fuel
HB 4539 (H-1) (CR-1), 12/19/14, Passed: 88-22
House Bill 4539 (H-1) CR-1 is the General Sales Tax Act bill that is part of the agreed-upon transportation funding package. The bill would increase the sales tax rate from 6% to 7% and would exempt motor fuel from the tax. Under the bill, beginning October 1, 2015, sales tax would not apply to the sale of gasoline or diesel fuel used to operate a motor vehicle on Michigan public roads or highways.

Amend motor fuel taxes to be taken at 14.9% of the average price
HB 5477 (S-14) (CR-1), 12/19/14, Passed: 93-17
HB 5477 (S-14) CR-1 amends the Motor Fuel Tax Act to, beginning October 1, 2015, increase motor fuel taxes and change the method of taxation. The bill changes the fixed cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline (19 cents per gallon) and diesel (15 cents per gallon) to an annually adjusted cents-per-gallon rate of 14.9% of the average wholesale price of gasoline and diesel, respectively, as determined by the Department of Treasury.

Change diesel fuel tax to correspond with changes in HB 5477
HB 5493 (S-1), 12/19/14, Passed: 87-23
HB 5493 (S-1) amends the Motor Carrier Fuel Tax Act to change the tax on diesel fuel for interstate trucks to correspond with the rate established under changes to the Motor Fuel Tax Act in HB 5477.

Amends the vehicle code regarding registration, depreciation allowance, and other items
HB 4630 (S-1) (CR-1), 12/19/14, Passed: 67-43
House Bill 4630 (S-3) amends the Vehicle Code, including but not limited to: eliminating the depreciation allowance on the vehicle registration tax paid on passenger vehicles registered on or after January 1, 2016; redirecting revenue from late payment fees on registration renewals from the General Fund to the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF); requiring that a person immediately pay the difference in registration tax when transferring a plate to a higher-priced vehicle; increasing the registration tax for historic plates, dealer plates, mopeds, and motorcycles; eliminating certain special registration categories with reduced tax rates; and increasing certain service fees and redirecting certain fee revenue to the Transportation Administration Collection Fund to support Secretary of State administrative costs.

Amends warranty requirements for MDOT Projects
HB 5460 (H-5), 12/19/14, Passed: 99-11
HB 5460 (H-5) amends warranty requirements for MDOT projects, establishes warranty provisions for the first time for local road agency projects, and establishes reporting requirements for MDOT and local road agencies for warranty and certain non-warranty projects.

Require that school districts disclose certain information
SB 80 (H-2), 12/19/14, Passed: 102-8
SB 80 (H-2) amends section 18 of the State School Aid Act of 1979 adding as a requirement that a district, (traditional public schools, charter schools and the State School Reform District) include as part of the blue mitten disclosures links to its written policies on procurement, reimbursable expenses, and its accounts payable check register or a statement of the total amount of expenses incurred that were reimbursed expenses. It is tie-barred to SB 81, which amends the Revised School Code to expand the requirement for reimbursement policies from just traditional school districts to include charter schools and the EAA.

Restores EITC to 20% of the federal level beginning in 2016
SB 847, 12/19/14, Passed: 78-32
Senate Bill 847 (H-1) restores the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 20% of the federal level beginning in tax year 2016. The bill would also change the homestead property tax credit (HPTC) calculation for senior citizens, paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic, totally and permanently disabled, deaf, or blind to provide those with lower incomes a larger tax credit. The bill is part of the transportation funding package, and is contingent upon passage of a sales tax increase from 6% to 7% on the May 2015 ballot.

Requires DTMB to contract a study to determine sufficient resources per pupil
SB 423 (H-3), 12/19/14, Passed: 72-38
The bill adds a section 1281A to the Revised School Code which requires the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to contract for a comprehensive statewide cost study to determine the sufficient resources per pupil to provide a public education.

Main Street Fairness Act
SB 658 (S-3), 12/19/14, Passed: 83-27
SB 659 (S-3), 12/19/14, Passed: 83-27
Senate Bills 658 (S-3) and SB 659 (S-3) require sales- and use-tax collection on internet and catalog purchases made from a seller outside of Michigan if the seller has an "affiliate" located in Michigan or is presumed to meet other designated criteria. These bills are often referred to as Main Street Fairness Acts, affiliate nexus laws, or "Amazon taxes" (after the Internet retailer).

Provisions for raising the sales tax; allocation of revenue
HJR UU, 12/19/14, Passed: 94-16
Provisions for raising the sales tax; allocation of new revenue.

Set parameters pertaining to the M-1 RAIL
SB 695, 12/19/14, Passed: 72-38
SB 696 (S-1), 12/19/14, Passed: 72-38
SB 697, 12/19/14, Passed: 72-38
Senate Bills 695-697 do the following: amend the definition of “street railway” under the Nonprofit Street Railway Act to clarify certain incorporation issues related to M-1 RAIL and the receipt of federal tax credits; amend the Nonprofit Street Railway Act to allow and set parameters for operating agreements between M-1 RAIL and road agencies whose right-of-way is used by M-1 RAIL; address utility issues within M-1 right-of-way; and provide a property tax exemption for property owned by the M-1 RAIL nonprofit organization.

Exempts aquaculture production facilities from the property tax
SB 786, 12/19/14, Passed: 94-16
SB 787, 12/19/14, Passed: 93-17
Senate Bill 786 (H-1) and Senate Bill 787 (H-1) are tie-barred bills that provide a tax rate for hydroponics production facilities and indoor aquaculture production facilities that, beginning in 2015, is 25% of the normal property tax rate in a given jurisdiction. The full tax rate would apply to new millages after the effective date of the bill.

Allows MSF to become involved with port facilities and dredging
SB 272, 12/19/14, Passed: 79-31
SB 272 expands the powers given to the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) under the Michigan Strategic Fund Act ("the Act") to allow the MSF to become involved with port facilities and dredging of certain harbors. The bill is part of a larger MSF package that includes Senate Bills 269, 270, 271, 272, and 278, as well as House Bills 4071, 4480, 4481, and 4482. Generally, the bills would expand the authority of, and provide greater latitude to, the MSF. Additionally, the bills would consolidate and eliminate reporting requirements.

Provides for transfer of certain land located in Wayne County
HB 5179, 12/19/14, Passed: 106-4
House Bill 5179 would allow the State Administrative Board to convey to the state land bank all or part of the state-owned Western Wayne Correctional Facility, formerly known as the Detroit House of Corrections, in Plymouth Township for $1.00.

Limit certain uses of school district funds
SB 81 (S-2), 12/19/14, Passed: 110-0
SB 81 (S-2) amends Section 1254 of the Revised School Code to expand the ability to reimburse actual and necessary expenses to its members and employees to include charter schools and the EAA. Additionally it expands the current allowance for a school district to issue credit cards to board members in compliance with the law to include board members of ISDs, charter schools and the EAA. Finally, the bill amends Section 1814 of the Revised School Code to expand the current ISD prohibition on purchasing booze, baubles –expensive or otherwise-, gifts, rounds of golf, or any time the purchase or possession of which is illegal to include school districts, charter schools, and the EAA.

Re-establish sentencing guidelines commission
HB 5928 (S-9), 12/19/14, Passed: 106-4
House Bill 5928 would re-establish a sentencing guidelines commission in Michigan. It will be called the “Criminal Justice Policy Commission” and have the general task of monitoring changes to Michigan’s sentencing practices and potential impacts.

Revisions to the Community Corrections Act
HB 5929, 12/19/14, Passed: 106-4
House Bill 5929 makes revisions to the “Community Corrections Act,” which provides locally-operated alternatives to criminal offenders, as opposed to incarceration in prison.

Clarify that a person isn’t entitled to certain insurance benefits if vehicle was taken unlawfully
SB 1140 (H-2), 12/19/14, Passed: 100-10
The bill would amend the Insurance Code to provide that a person would not be entitled to paid personal protection insurance benefits for accidental bodily injury if, at the time of the accident, the person were using a motor vehicle or motorcycle that was taken unlawfully, unless the person believed that he or she or the driver was entitled to use it.

Add certain DHS employees to list of individuals that can access restricted information
HB 5198 (S-2), 12/19/14, Passed: 110-0
House Bill 5198 adds Department of Human Services (DHS) employees involved in a disciplinary action to the list of individuals and groups that can access certain restricted information.

Creates uniform child abduction prevention act
SB 325, 12/19/14, Passed: 95-15
Senate Bill 325 creates the “Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act” which would permit a court to order abduction prevention measures in a child-custody proceeding if a court finds that there is a credible risk of a parental abduction of a child.

Prohibits the use of aerial drones for taking game
SB 927, 12/19/14, Passed: 109-1
Senate Bill 927 (Pavlov) amends the Natural Resources Environmental Protection Act prohibiting an individual from taking game using an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Investment in a hazardous waste deep disposal well facility
SB 1105, 12/19/14, Passed: 70-40
Investment in a hazardous waste deep disposal well facility by an investment fiduciary of a large sponsored system.

Requires schools to update their bullying policies
SB 74, 12/19/14, Passed: 65-45
Requires schools to update their bullying policies within 6 months of the effective date of this bill to include cyberbullying as a form of bullying, include an assurance of confidentiality for an individual who reports an act of bullying with procedures to safeguard that confidentiality, and require the department to establish forms and procedure for school districts, including charters, to publicly report bullying on an annual basis.

Eliminates concealed weapons licensing boards
SB 789, 12/19/14, Passed: 84-26
Eliminates concealed weapons licensing boards.

Updates reference in certain sentencing guidelines
SB 790, 12/19/14, Passed: 85-25
Senate Bill 790 will make technical revisions to the sentencing guidelines to comport with changes made by SB 789 (MCL 777.11b). The bills would take effect July 1, 2015.

Earmark 1% of use tax revenue for road funding
HB 5492 (S-2), 12/19/14, Passed: 88-22
Earmark 1% of use tax revenue for road funding.

Revisions to the Motor Carrier Act
HB 5714 (S-1), 12/19/14, Passed: 98-12
Revisions to the Motor Carrier Act

Modifies statewide standards for FOIA costs
HB 4001 (S-1), 12/19/14, Passed: 101-9
Modifies statewide standards for FOIA costs

Implements a dining assistant program at nursing homes
HB 5389 (S-1), 12/19/14, Passed: 96-14
Implements a dining assistant program at nursing homes

Friday, December 12, 2014

House of Representatives Week in Review: December 8th - December 12th


Hello Friends,

Below is a list of the legislation that came before the House this week (December 8th through December 12th).  Please feel free to contact me (517.373.0826; andyschor@house.mi.gov) if you have any questions or thoughts about any of the below bills.

Thank you!

Andy Schor
State Representative
68th District

Passed 12/8 – 12/12
Permit Corrections to award a certificate of employability.
HB 5216 (S-1), 12/9/14, Passed: 109-0
This bill permits the Department of Corrections to award a certificate of employability to a former offender in certain instances. It is part of a “Parolee Hiring Package” that includes HB 5217 and HB 5218.

Limits liability of an employer if employee has a certificate of employability from MDOC
HB 5217 (S-1), 12/9/14, Passed: 65-44
This bill severely limits the liability of an employer if the employee has a certificate of employability. This bill is tie-bared to HB 5216 and is part of the greater Parolee Hiring Package with HBs 5216 and HB 5218.

Allows LARA to consider a certificate of employability when making licensing decisions
HB 5218, 12/9/14, Passed: 109-0
HB 5218 applies to applications for licensing that require proof of good moral character. In such cases, if a judgment of guilt in a criminal prosecution is used as evidence in the determination of an individual’s good moral character, the licensing board or agency must also consider the individual’s certificate of employability.

Allows a temporary traffic control signal to be located on, over, or adjacent to the traveled portion of the roadway
SB 1092, 12/9/14, Passed: 109-0
Allow a temporary traffic control signal to be located on, over, or adjacent to the traveled portion of the roadway. Current law requires all signals to be placed only over the traveled portion of a roadway.

Updates relating to appraiser qualification criteria and the professional appraisal practice
HB 5860 (H-2), 12/9/14, Passed: 109-0
HB 5860 (H-2) amends sections of the Occupational Code relating to appraiser qualification criteria and the professional appraisal practice.

Allows DNR to purchase certain property from Commerce Twp.
HB 5952, 12/9/14, Passed: 109-0
Creates a new Act to allow the DNR to purchase certain property from Commerce Township, and subsequently reconvey the property to the township with a modified public use requirement.

Allow DTMB to sell space on the state's public safety communications towers
HB 4237 (H-4), 12/9/14, Passed: 107-2
House Bill 4237 would amend the act pertaining to the Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) to allow the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) to sell space on the state's public safety communications towers (collocation) to both private and public entities, with certain restrictions.

Adopt Standard Valuation Model Law that was approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners
HB 5932, 12/9/14, Passed: 102-7
HB 5932 adopts the 2009 NAIC revisions to the Standard Valuation Law, including the adoption of a new manual for valuing life insurer reserves and a principle-based approach to determining reserve levels and a group-wide supervision standard for international insurance companies.

Allows liquor licensing and transfer fees to prorate quarterly
HB 4573 (H-2), 12/9/14, Passed: 97-12
House Bill 4573 will require that fees required for the various types of liquor licenses be prorated on a quarterly basis for a portion of the effective period of the license. The substitute changed language from prorating the sale and transfer of licenses to instead allow for a license to be renewed annually on the date the license was issued or transferred to a licensee. The substitute will include an effective date of six months after passage of the bill.

Creates Governor appointed “Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board”
SB 596 (H-1), 12/9/14, Passed: 97-12
Creates a seven member Governor appointed “Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board” (“Board”) to address the medical needs of human trafficking survivors.

Prohibits student athletes from collective bargaining
HB 6074, 12/9/14, Passed: 59-50
Prohibit student athletes from being represented by a collective bargaining agreement.

Creates fundraising license plates for the Girl Scouts of America
HB 4101 (H-1), 12/10/14, Passed: 107-1
Requires the Secretary of State to develop and issue a fundraising license plate recognizing the Girl Scouts of America.

Creates fundraising license plate for the “Thin Blue Line”
HB 5245, 12/10/14, Passed: 108-0
Establishes a new fundraising license plate for the nonprofit organization, Thin Blue Line of Michigan, which provides assistance to families of deceased or injured officers of public safety agencies.

Creates fundraising plate for the “Be a Match” organization
SB 903 (S-1), 12/10/14, Passed: 108-0
Establishes a “Be the Match” fundraising license plate to support the “Be the Match” bone marrow donation organization.

Allow a foreclosing entity to provide notice of forfeiture online or inserted into a notice publication
HB 4298 (H-2), 12/10/14, Passed: 75-33
This bill amends the notice provisions for tax forfeitures and tax foreclosures to allow a foreclosing entity to provide notice of forfeiture online or inserted into a notice publication. The bill would provide requirements for notices inserted into notice publications.

Authorize the legal use on public roads of a commercial quadricycle
HB 5408, 12/10/14, Passed: 102-7
Authorize the legal use on public roads of a commercial quadricycle.

Allow for quadricycle passengers to transport alcohol in an open container
HB 5409 (H-2), 12/10/14, Passed: 97-12
Allow for the transport of alcohol by quadricycle passengers in an open container unless prohibited by a local ordinance.

Allow the State Treasurer to disclose the address of housing units that are part of a housing project exempt from property taxes under MSHDA
HB 5831 (H-2), 12/10/14, Passed: 109-0
House Bill 5831 (H-1) amends the Revenue Act to allow the State Treasurer to disclose the address of housing units that are part of a housing project exempt from property taxes under the State Housing Development Authority Act or under the auspices of a Municipal Housing Commission, and whether the unit is subject to a service charge in lieu of property tax. The bill further allows the Treasurer to disclose the millage rates of property taxes.

Prohibit individuals with certain property violations from receiving property at a tax auction    
HB 5960 (H-2), 12/10/14, Passed: 108-2
Prohibit an individual that has delinquent property taxes, special assessments, or blight violations from receiving property at a tax auction.

Alters amount of LIHEAP that must be used for weatherization
HB 4544 (H-2), 12/10/14, Passed: 92-17
House Bill 4454 (H-1) amends the Income Tax Act of 1967 to alter the amount of federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that must be used for weatherization. Under current law, the amount used for weatherization from LIHEAP funds cannot exceed $9.0 million less the amount used for weatherization from the emergency contingency funds received in the immediately preceding years.

Modify state employees’ investment committee duties to be in line with the Detroit Bankruptcy Plan of Adjustment
HB 5961, 12/10/14, Passed: 108-2
House Bill 5961 would change some terms in Section 13g of the Public Employee Retirement System Investment Act to make the Act consistent with the Detroit Bankruptcy Plan of Adjustment.

Cap county treasurer charges for electronic copies of records at 25 cents per record
HB 5822 (H-1), 12/10/14, Passed: 110-0
House Bill 5822 (H-1) amends PA 161 of 1895, which requires county treasurers to provide certain transcripts and records for a fee, to cap the fee charged for the provision of electronic copies. Under current law, county treasurers must provide copies of certain records on payment of specific fees. The bill would cap charges for electronic copies of records in a qualified data file at 25 cents per record, not to exceed $1,500.00 for each request. These copies could not be resold for commercial purposes.

Increases fire insurance withholding maximum escrow
HB 5862, 12/10/14, Passed: 97-13
Increases the maximum amount municipalities may withhold and escrow from an insurance settlement to take action on fire-damaged property. Under current law, the maximum amount that the municipality may withhold is $8,426, and the bill would increase this maximum to $12,000, annually adjusted to inflation thereafter.

Expand the authority of District Court Magistrates to issue arrest and search warrants
SB 845 (S-1), 12/10/14, Passed: 97-13
Amends MCL 764.1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to allow both judges and district court magistrates to issue arrest warrants. Under current law, MCL 764.1 allows only “magistrates” to issue arrest warrants.

Expand the authority of District Court Magistrates to issue arrest and search warrants electronically
SB 931, 12/10/14, Passed: 96-14
Expand the authority of District Court Magistrates to issue arrest and search warrants electronically.

Allow a district court magistrate to hear and preside over motions to set aside defaults or withdraw admissions
SB 932 (S-1), 12/10/14, Passed: 96-12
Allow a district court magistrate to hear and preside over motions to set aside defaults or withdraw admissions.

Creates a process under which an individual’s rights to a specific cemetery space are terminated
HB 4890 (S-3), 12/11/14, Passed: 105-2
House Bill 4890 (H-3) creates a process under which an individual’s rights to a specific cemetery space are terminated.

Allow for a county clerk to determine which electronic voting system will be used in that clerk’s county
HB 5667, 12/11/14, Passed: 99-8
House Bill 5667 would amend the Michigan Election Law to allow a county clerk, in consultation with each of the city, township, and village clerks located in that particular county, to determine which electronic voting system will be used in the county.

Amend procedures by which a lottery prize winner’s liabilities are deducted
SB 528 (H-1), 12/11/14, Passed: 104-3
Senate Bill 528 (H-1) amends the procedures by which a prize winner’s liabilities are deducted from his or her lottery prize.

Allow a vehicle load width of up to 108 inches for a vehicle hauling ferrous pipe
SB 940 (S-1), 12/11/14, Passed: 106-1
Senate Bill 940 (S-1) allows a vehicle load width of up to 108 inches for a vehicle hauling ferrous pipe, which is longer than the normal statutory limit of 96 inches. The 108 inch limit currently applies to concrete pipe, agricultural products, and unprocessed logs, pulpwood, or wood bolts.

Amends various parts of the Vehicle Code
HB 4630 (S-3), 12/11/14, Failed: 1-106
House Bill 4630 (S-3) amends the Vehicle Code, including but not limited to: eliminating the depreciation allowance on the vehicle registration tax paid on passenger vehicles registered on or after January 1, 2016; redirecting revenue from late payment fees on registration renewals from the General Fund to the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF); requiring that a person immediately pay the difference in registration tax when transferring a plate to a higher-priced vehicle; increasing the registration tax for historic plates, dealer plates, mopeds, and motorcycles; eliminating certain special registration categories with reduced tax rates; and increasing certain service fees and redirecting certain fee revenue to the Transportation Administration Collection Fund to support Secretary of State administrative costs.

Senate Changes: The S-3 substitute makes several changes to the House-passed bill. Key changes include: eliminating the depreciation allowance on the vehicle registration tax paid on passenger vehicles as of January 1, 2016; increasing the registration tax for historic plates, mopeds, and motorcycles; requiring additional dealer plates to be purchased at a higher registration rate; eliminating special registration categories for hearses, moving vans, and passenger-for-hire vehicles; eliminating House language excluding vehicles under 8,000 pounds from reduced tax rates in various special registration categories; increasing certain service fees and redirecting certain fee revenue to the Transportation Administration Collection Fund to pay for Secretary of State administrative costs.

Exempts the sale of gasoline and diesel fuel from the collection of the state sales tax
HB 4539, 12/11/14, Failed: 0-106
House Bill 4539 exempts the sale of gasoline and diesel fuel from the collection of the state sales tax.

Provides for a conveyance of a Calhoun County property
SB 1056 (S-1), 12/11/14, Passed: 104-2
Allow Gov. to request conveyance of certain swamplands in Clarence Township (Calhoun County) from the US to MI, to require DNR to determine the de facto owners of this property, and to convey a portion of the property.

Include human trafficking among offenses that could trigger a nuisance abatement process
HB 5230 (H-3), 12/11/14, Passed: 72-34  
House Bill 5230 (H-3) amends the public nuisance abatement law to list human trafficking among the offenses that could trigger a nuisance abatement process. It also increases the penalty for violating a nuisance abatement order, among other changes.

Revise the definition of firearms so that it aligns with the federal definition
SB 964 (S-2), 12/11/14, Passed: 100-6
SB 965 (H-3), 12/11/14, Passed: 95-11
SB 966 (H-1), 12/11/14, Passed: 98-8
The “Air Gun Reclassification Package” is designed to align Michigan’s definition of “firearm” with the federal definition of “firearm” so that pellet and air guns are excluded from the same licensing and registration requirements as traditional firearms.

Prohibit certain regulations by local governments of air guns
SB 979 (S-2), 12/11/14, Passed: 71-35
Senate Bill 979 (S-2) would prohibit local units of government from regulating pneumatic guns. Under the bill, a “pneumatic gun” would mean “any implement, designed as a gun that will expel a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air, including a paintball gun that expels pneumatic pressure plastic balls filled paint for the purpose of marking the point of impact.”

Extends the implementation date for regulation of Michigan investment markets
HB 6079, 12/11/14, Passed: 105-1
Changes the effective date of HB 5273 (PA 355’14) to May 1, 2015 to allow the Administration more time to prepare regulations for the microenterprise investing for intrastate transactions authorized by PA 355.

Exempts Ontonagon County from certain ambulance licensing requirements
HB 5454, 12/11/14, Passed: 95-11
The bill amends the Public Health Code to exempt only Ontonagon County from the licensing requirements that ambulance service provide advanced life support on a 24- hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis.