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Michigan Votes

• Mar 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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

House Bill 5220 — Increase allowable pepper spray concentration: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To revise a prohibition on the use of pepper spray with more than a 10 percent oleoresin capsicum concentration in the reasonable defense of one's person or property. The bill would increase the maximum concentration to 18 percent, and allow the formulas to contain an ultraviolet dye. Reportedly, 45 other states allow 18 percent pepper spray concentrations.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

House Bill 5097 — Cap fees on internet service right-of-way projects: passed 29-5 in the Senate. To cap at $300 the fee a county road commission can charge an internet or a cable TV provider for a permit to do work in a right of way, or a total of $1,000 for all permits per project. These amounts would be doubled in large counties (more than 250,000 residents). The bill would also limit the bonding requirements that can be imposed on ISP or cable company right-of-way projects.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 5257 — Make possession of ransomware a felony: passed 34-0 in the Senate. To make it a crime punishable by up to three years in prison to possess ransomware software with malicious intent. The bill defines ransomware as “a computer or data contaminant, encryption, or lock” that can be placed or introduced without authorization into a computer or network, and that restricts access in a manner that enables the perpetrator “to demand payment of money or other consideration” to remove it.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 839 — Revise mining permit amendment process: passed 23-11 in the Senate. To establish streamlined procedures for a mining company getting certain restrictions in its state operating permit revised, subject to many exceptions. This would specifically apply to the process for determining that a permit amendment does not “result in environmental impacts that are materially increased or different” from those specified in the original permit. Among other things this refers to allowing a permittee “to relocate, reconfigure, or modify surface or underground facilities, buildings or equipment, other than a tailings basin or a stockpile.”

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 5017 — Create adult “cyberbullying” crime: passed 91-17 in the House. To create a crime of “cyberbullying” another person, with sanctions ranging from 93 days in jail for a first offense to 10 years if the action causes an individual’s death. The bill defines “cyberbully" as intentionally using an electronic network to intimidate, frighten, harass or cause emotional distress. Similar bills and laws apply to minors and students, but this one applies to everyone.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

House Bill 5494 — Clarify operator liability for drone crimes: passed 108-1 in the House. To define unmanned aerial drones as “an extension of the person” for purposes of assigning responsibility for criminal misuse. Bills have been introduced to essentially add "also illegal if done with a drone" provisions to various criminal offenses, and this bill would make that presumption automatic.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 4265 — Mandate 3-foot clearance when passing bicycle: passed 98-10 in the House. To require drivers passing a bicyclist going the same direction to stay at least 3 feet to the left if practicable. The bill would facilitate this by also letting drivers cross the centerline in a no-passing zone while passing, if it is safe to do so. The same 3-foot margin would apply to passing a bicycle on the left where this is not prohibited under current traffic laws.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 4106 — Give high school graduation credits for internship or work: passed 104-4 in the House. To require school districts to give students in grades 9-12 credit toward state graduation requirements for spending at least four hours per week getting work experience or in an internship. The credit would equal that granted for taking one traditional course. Students would be excused from one class period of instructional time for each day they work or intern. This would not apply to students who are struggling in school as defined in the bill, and would be subject to various specified conditions.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Huizenga votes

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

HR 5089 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2018: Y

HR 4467 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Strengthening Aviation Security Act of 2018: Y

HR 1625 — Concurring in the Senate amendment, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2018: Y

HR 5131 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Surface Transportation Security Improvement Act of 2018: Y

HR 4227 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018: Y

HR 5247 — Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018: Y

HR 4566 — Alleviating Stress Test Burdens to Help Investors Act: Y

HR 4851 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Kennedy-King National Commemorative Site Act: Y

HR 835 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, To update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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