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Michigan Votes

• Apr 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Here’s how your local state lawmakers voted on legislation last week:

Senate Bill 741 — Ban local dog regulations based on breed: Passed 22-13 in the Senate. To prohibit a local government from enacting or enforcing an ordinance or rule that regulates dogs based upon their breed or perceived breed, including pit bulls.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

House Bill 5001 — Impose licensure mandate on professional foresters: Passed 32-2 in the Senate. To impose a new licensure mandate on professional foresters (styled by the bill as registration), with a $200 fee, regulations, education and experience requirements and more. The bill would create a state board comprised of officials and individuals currently in this or related businesses, which would devise specific rules, requirements and restrictions. This is related to a recent small forestland property tax break law that requires owners to engage the services of a forester to apply for the special tax treatment.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 751 — Revise details of government's permission to give shampoos: Passed 37-0 in the Senate. To very slightly relax some of the extensive and detailed licensure restrictions imposed on cosmetology students before they can give a shampoo and blow-dry in a cosmetology establishment, subject to specified limits and conditions. One of these would be that a licensed cosmetologist be present during the act of student shampooing. Student-cosmetologists would still be prohibited from performing other cosmetology services until they get their license from the state, which requires 1,500 hours of training or apprenticeship.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 5438 — Define withholding drugs as human trafficking “coercion”: Passed 37-0 in the Senate. To expand the definition of coercion in a law addressing human trafficking, so it includes “controlling or facilitating access to controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose.”

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 4891 — Define parent eavesdropping on child as legal: Passed 105-3 in the House. To add a parental exception to a law that defines eavesdropping that is not otherwise prohibited by law. The bill would permit eavesdropping by a parent or guardian who listens in on the private conversations of a child who is a minor.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Here's how U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, voted on congressional legislation last week:

HR 4790 — Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act: Y

H.J.Res. 2 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States: Y

HR 4293 — Stress Test Improvement Act of 2017: Y

HR 4061 — Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017: Y

HR 4203 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended: Combat Online Predators Act: Y

HR 2219 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended: End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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