Below is a list of the legislation that came before the House this week (May 4th through May 8th). Please feel free to contact me (517.373.0826; firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or thoughts about any of the below bills.
Passed 5/4 – 5/8
Allow the hunting of game from a personal assistive mobility device.
HB 4239 5/5/2015, Passed 110-0
House Bill 4239 would allow individuals who need a personal assistive mobility device because of impaired mobility to still engage in hunting of game from that vehicle. A personal assistive mobility device is defined as "any device, including, but not limited to, one that is battery-powered, that is designed solely for use by an individual with mobility impairment for locomotion and is considered an extension of the individual."
Economics Requirements under the Michigan Merit Curriculum
HB 4390 (H-1) 5/5/2015, Passed 110-0
HB 4390 will allow for the ½ credit economics requirement under the social studies component of the Michigan Merit Curriculum to be fulfilled by taking a ½ credit course in personal economics or financial literacy.
Allow vehicles to proceed without stopping at inactive railroad track grade crossings if posted “exempt” by MDOT.
HB 4319 5/5/2015, Passed 110-0
HB 4320 5/5/2015, Passed 110-0
House Bills HB 4319 and HB 4320 amend the Vehicle Code and the Pupil Transportation Act, respectively, to make the two acts consistent with regard to: (1) prohibiting passenger buses and school buses from stopping at railroad crossings posted “exempt” by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT); and (2) establishing the same definition for “inactive railroad track,” which is distinct from track that has been “abandoned” pursuant to federal law. In general, MDOT may post crossings on rail lines no longer in service as exempt if they haven’t been officially abandoned.
Budget Bills for Conference Committee
HB 4113 (H-2) 5/7/2015, Passed 103-7
HB 4097 (H-2) 5/7/2015, Passed 102-8
HB 4093 (H-2) 5/7/2015, Passed 104-6
HB 4103 (H-2) 5/7/2015, Passed 102-8
HB 4105 (H-2) 5/7/2015, Passed 104-6
HB 4106 (H-2) 5/7/2015, Passed 103-7
HB 4091 (H-2) 5/7/2015, Passed 103-7
HB 4089 (H-2) 5/7/2015, Passed 86-24
House Bills 4113, 4097, 4093, 4103, 4105, 4106, 4091, and 4089 are all Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget bills for the following budgets: Community Colleges; Michigan Department of Education; Department of Environmental Quality; Higher Education; Judiciary; Licensing and Regulatory Affairs; Department of Natural Resources; and School Aid (K-12).
Private Correctional Facility
HB 4467 5/7/2015, Passed 57-53
HB 4467 would remove restrictions on the security classification levels of inmates that could be housed at the North Lake Correctional Facility in Webber Township (Lake County), which is owned by the Florida-based Geo Group.
Clarify the level of conduct that a defendant must act with in order for a court to score 50 points toward his or her minimum prison sentence under aggravated abuse.
HB 4463 5/7/2015, Passed 108-2
HB 4463 5/7/2015, Passed 105-5 (Reconsideration)
House Bill 4463 amends MCL 777.37 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to clarify the level of conduct that a defendant must act with in order for a court to score 50 points toward his or her minimum prison sentence under Offense Variable 7 (aggravated abuse).
Clarify that each of the employer members participating in a self-insurer group possesses ownership of its proportional share of the assets of the group in excess of group obligations.
HB 4362 (H-1) 5/7/2015, Passed 109-1
The Worker's Disability Compensation Act allows multiple employers in the same industry with combined assets of $1 million or more, and multiple public employers of the same type of unit, to form self-insured groups for workers compensation coverage. The groups must apply to the Workers' Compensation Agency, within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for form a group.
Designates US-12 from the intersection of M-60 to the intersection of US-31 in Berrien County as the “Tpr. Steven B. Devries Memorial Highway.”
HB 4389 (H-1) 5/7/2015, Passed 110-0
House Bill 4389 (H-1) designates US-12 from the intersection of M-60 to the intersection of US-31 in Berrien County as the “Tpr. Steven B. Devries Memorial Highway.” As with all designations under the Memorial Highway Act, private contributions are required for the placement and maintenance of the signs marking the designation.
Designates the portion of Business Loop I-94 in the city of Battle Creek as the “Detective LaVern S. Brann Memorial Highway.”
SB 99 5/7/2015, Passed 110-0
Senate Bill 99 designates the portion of Business Loop I-94 in the city of Battle Creek as the “Detective LaVern S. Brann Memorial Highway.” As with all designations under the Memorial Highway Act, private contributions are required for the placement and maintenance of the signs marking the designation.
Converting the governance of the Kent County-owned Gerald R. Ford International airport near Grand Rapids to a regional authority.
HB 4468 5/7/2015, Passed 110-0
House Bill 4468 allows a local government that owns or operates an airport to incorporate a regional authority to operate the airport. The bill is aimed at converting the governance of the Kent County-owned Gerald R. Ford International airport near Grand Rapids to a regional authority.
Child Custody Changes during Deployment of Military Members
HB 4071 (H-1) 5/7/2015, Passed 110-0
HB 4482 5/7/2015, Passed 110-0
House Bill 4071 would amend the “Child Custody Act of 1970” to revise how motions filed for parenting time changes are handled by a court during the time a parent is deployed for
Adoption Registry Fee
HB 4457 5/7/2015, Passed 110-0
HB 4457 removes the initial $100 fee prospective adoptive parents are charged for maintaining information in a registry and the $50 per year renewal fee the prospective adoptive parent must pay to remain on the registry.
Prohibiting New Agreements for MEGA Tax Credits
HB 4333 (H-1) 5/7/2015, Passed 105-5
HB 4334 (H-1) 5/7/2015, Passed 104-6
House Bills 4333 (H-1) and 4334 (H-1) amend the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) Act and the Michigan Business Tax (MBT) Act, respectively, to prohibit new agreements for certain tax credits claimed against MBT liability and to also prohibit amendments to existing agreements unless the amendment reduces the net amount of the credit to the taxpayer.
On-Premises Selling of Unlimited Quantity of Alcohol at Specific Prices
HB 4432 (H-1) 5/7/2015, Passed 106-4
HB 4432 Prohibits an on-premises licensee from selling an unlimited quantity of alcoholic liquor drinks at a specific price unless it is in connection with a private event; also prohibits a licensee from selling two or more identical alcoholic drinks to an individual for one price.