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Michigan Votes

• Jul 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Michigan Legislature is on a summer campaign break with no sessions scheduled before the Aug. 7 primary election, except for one tentatively planned for July 25.

Rather than votes, this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. All were referred to a committee.

Senate Bill 937: Authorize “extreme risk” firearm seizures from individual. Introduced by Sen. David Knezek (D), to authorize courts to order firearms to be seized from an individual based on a “reasonable cause to believe” that the person poses “a significant risk of personal injury to himself or herself or others.” Family members, roommates or people in a close relationship with the target could petition a court to issue an order to seize the individual’s firearms, and the court could issue this order without any notice to the target. The bill prescribes standards and procedures for this, and an appeals process. The court order would be in effect for up to one year and could be renewed. House Bill 4706, introduced in the House by Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D), would enact similar provisions.

Senate Bill 944: Revise road tax revenue distribution formula. Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D), to revise the formula adopted in 1951 to allocate state road tax revenues between the state, county and local road agencies. The bill would change the formula from one based on the miles of roads in a jurisdiction to miles of lanes, which would have the effect of transferring more money to more densely populated jurisdictions that have more multi-lane roads. The formula has not been substantially changed since 1951 because there has never been a consensus on how to reallocate this money.

Senate Bill 967: Require police agencies have specific form for reporting police sexual abuse. Introduced by Sen. Ian Conyers (D), to require a state board to create a standard form for reporting sexual misconduct by employees of a law enforcement agency, and require the form be distributed to all police agencies. 

Senate Bill 971: Make drivers slow and move over when passing any stationary vehicle. Introduced by Sen. Morris Hood III (D), to revise a law that requires drivers to move over or slow down when passing a police car or other emergency vehicles on the side of the road, by expanding the requirement to include passing any stationary vehicle, not just emergency or service vehicles.

House Bill 5734: Mandate “sexual assault and dating violence” lessons in sex ed classes. Introduced by Rep. Tom Cochran (D), to require public school districts that offer sex education classes to include lessons on “sexual assault and dating violence,” and lessons on “affirmative consent.” Also, to require specified state officials and political appointees to develop a model curriculum for this.

House Bill 5804: Authorize unlimited tax credits for contributions for Department of Treasury spending programs. Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R), to authorize income tax credits of any amount for contributions made by a taxpayer to a separate state account. Tax credits that exceed a person’s tax liability for a year could be “carried forward” and used to offset future tax liabilities for up to five years.

House Bill 5857: Mandate painkillers come in lockable containers. Introduced by Rep. Joseph Bellino Jr. (R), to mandate that pharmacists dispense schedule 2 controlled substances (including pain killers) only in lockable vials that require patients to enter a password before they can get their drugs.

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Huizenga votes

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

HR 50 — Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017: NV

HR 6237 — Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019: Y

HR 3281 — Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act: Y

HR 200 — Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act: Y

HR 5749 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Options Markets Stability Act: Y

HR 5793 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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