Senate Bill 958: Authorize more misdemeanor arrest strip searches
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 27, 2014, to repeal a prohibition on strip searches of a person ordered by a court to be held in jail after being arrested or detained for a misdemeanor or an offense which is punishable only by a civil fine unless there is a reasonable cause to believe that the person is concealing a weapon or illegal drugs.
House Bill 4376: Repeal proprietary school solicitor permit mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to repeal a law that requires an individual operating as a proprietary school solicitor to obtain a permit from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Solicitors are responsible for recruiting potential students to proprietary schools that provide training in a specific trade, occupation or vocational field.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691477
House Bill 4378: Repeal interior designer registration
Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to repeal a law that establishes a government interior designer registry and makes it available to state or local government agencies. To be included on the registry a designer must have passed a test created by a national organization of incumbent interior designers. This organization has sought repeatedly in this state to impose a full licensure and regulatory regime on interior designers, with several bills introduced in previous legislatures.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691481
House Bill 4683: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to revise references in the state liquor code to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 476 to repeal a state registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691475
House Bill 4691: Revise carnival ride regulation detail
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to eliminate a state government carnival amusement safety board. The bill would not affect the regulations and inspection requirements for carnival rides.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691476
Senate Bill 959: Extend hazardous waste fees
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691528
Senate Bill 960: Extend hazardous waste fees
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691529
Senate Bill 961: Revise detail of letting certain disabled workers “buy” Medicaid
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on May 28, 2014, to amend a law that allows certain disabled individuals who otherwise are not eligible for Medicaid to pay a means-tested fee to get these benefits, so that it conforms with the federal health care laws Medicaid expansion adopted by the legislature in 2013. The bill would also cap the aggregate premiums collected under this program at $3 million annually.
Senate Bill 962: Revise industrial tax break detail
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on May 28, 2014, to revise a provision of the law that authorizes local property tax breaks for industrial facility tax breaks, which grants these even if the local clerk fails to meet certain procedural deadlines. The bill would amend the provision so it also applies to an amended application for a tax break, or a request to transfer or revoke a tax break.
House Bill 5594: Revise lender regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on May 21, 2014, to revise a law that imposes licensure and regulations on retail lenders who make relatively small loans to consumers ( such as for cars, household goods, or cash advances), so as to permit a lender to charge a monthly account service fee on outstanding closed-end loans, at a maximum rate of 9.75 percent of the original principal amount.
House Bill 5595: Place “Brass Roots” plaque on Capitol grounds
Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on May 21, 2014, to require a plaque honoring the Second Amendments recognition of the right of individuals to keep and bear arms to be placed on the Capitol grounds. This plaque was created by the “Brass Roots” organization, reportedly by melting down brass cartridge cases donated by citizens who gathered at the Capitol in 1994 to protest federal and state infringements on the rights recognized by the Second Amendment.
House Bill 5596: Mandate discretion in school expulsion rules
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on May 21, 2014, to prohibit public schools from having a policy that requires a student to be suspended or expelled for certain conduct and that does not give school officials discretion in exercising it, unless such a policy is required by state law.
House Bill 5597: Extend authority of public schools establishing public libraries
Introduced by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on May 27, 2014, to repeal a 2015 sunset on a law that allows a public school district to establish a public library.
House Bill 5598: Authorize biosimilar” dru substitutions
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on May 27, 2014, to permit a pharmacist to substitute FDA-designated biosimilar drugs for brand-name drugs.
House Bill 5599: Waive FOIA fees for elected officials
Introduced by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on May 27, 2014, to exempt an elected official acting in furtherance of his or her duties from having to pay fees charged by government entities to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests.
House Bill 5600: Revise conflict of interest to allow mayor on Detroit oversight panel
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on May 27, 2014, to revise a law that prohibits public officials from having various positions that may create a conflict of interest, so as to allow the mayor and a council member of a financially troubled city to be on a financial review commission for their city. This relates to legislation making a $195 million gift of state money to Detroit toward a possible bankruptcy settlement, which created a state oversight panel that includes the mayor and president of the city council.
House Bill 5603: Expand state drug prescription database sharing
Introduced by Rep. Bill LaVoy (D) on May 27, 2014, to revise http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164401
House Bill 5604: Extend heroin overdose treatment immunities
Introduced by Rep. Bill LaVoy (D) on May 27, 2014, to prohibit charging or prosecuting an individual for illegal drug possession or use based on the person seeking medical treatment for a heroin overdose, and grant immunity from lawsuits, criminal prosecution or administrative sanction to a person who in good faith administers an opioid antagonist (such as Naloxone) to such a person. The bill would also require the state-authorized medical control authorities responsible for establishing certain treatment protocols in a county or region to establish protocols that require ambulances to carry an opioid antagonist.
House Bill 5605: Mandate school football games be called if score too lopsided
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on May 28, 2014, to prohibit a public school from participating in an interscholastic football game unless the sponsoring organization has a rule that the game must be ended if one team has a lead of 17 points or more with one minute or less remaining, with that team declared the winner.
House Bill 5606: Revise auto dealer protectionism detail
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on May 28, 2014, to prohibit vehicle makers from preventing a dealer from charging customers a fee or charge allowed by the law that authorizes the state to enforce exclusive new car dealer territories and regulates commercial relationships between dealers and manufacturers.
House Bill 5607: Prohibit public schools immediately forcing out students who move
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on May 28, 2014, to require public school districts to allow a student to keep attending his or her geographically-assigned school for the rest of the school year if the family moves to another district after the official state supplemental count day in February or March (which is part of the basis for allocating state school aid funding).
House Bill 5608: Provide insurance to fallen public safety dependents
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on May 28, 2014, to require the state to provide the spouse and dependents of a firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency first responder who dies in the line of duty with health insurance comparable to and on similar terms as the coverage the decedent received from any source at the time of his or her death. This would end when these individuals get comparable coverage from another source.
House Bill 5609: Impose licensure on miniature goat keepers
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on May 28, 2014, to give counties the authority to impose licensure and regulation on people who keep miniature goats in a nonagricultural area.
House Bill 5610: Revise legislative journal printing detail
Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby (R) on May 28, 2014, to no longer require the legislature to print and bind up to 500 copies of the official House and Senate journals for the year and distribute these to members, state departments, colleges, universities, and other specified recipients. Instead, the clerk of the House and secretary of the Senate could decide how many copies to print. The journals would still have to be made available to the public on the internet.
House Bill 5611: Create school human trafficking curriculum
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on May 29, 2014, to require the Department of Education to develop or select a model curriculum of instruction on human trafficking, and encourage public schools to include it in their sex education curriculum.
House Bill 5612: Revise detail of large utility regulatory regime
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on May 29, 2014, to allow money in a state Utility Consumer Representation Fund to be used for participation in proceedings on utility cost allocation and rate setting methods. Large utilities are required to pay a certain amount to this fund, and to pass the cost to customers. Half the money in fund goes to the Attorney General and half to consumer advocates to contest rate hikes.
House Bill 5613: Require public schools to permit unenrolled children in extracurriculars
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on May 29, 2014, to require public schools to allow a child who lives in its district and is homeschooled or enrolled in a non-public school to participate in extracurricular activities on the same basis as the schools students.
House Bill 5614: Expand scope of reckless driving enhanced penalties
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on May 29, 2014, to expand the scope of a law that authorizes enhanced penalties including imprisonment for committing a moving violation that kills or injures another person, so that is also applies to driving in a parking lot or on a frozen lake.