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Michigan Votes

• Jul 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The state Legislature remains on a summer campaign break with no sessions scheduled until after the Aug. 7 primary election. Rather than votes, this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions.

All bills were referred to a committee with no further action at this time.

Senate Bill 1041: Mandate pill jar labels have overdose hotline number. Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D), to require prescription pill jar labels to have the number of a substance abuse hotline on them.

Senate Bill 1045: Require gun dealers notify police upon failed background check. Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R), to require firearms dealers to notify law enforcement officials when a person tries to buy a gun but fails the instant background check required by federal law.

Senate Bill 1049: Ban governments taking a cut of tow truck fees. Introduced by Sen. Jim Stamas (R), to prohibit a local government from paying a commission or a cut of vehicle tow-truck (wrecker) recovery or towing service fees from a towing service in exchange for steering business to that company; and ban towing services from offering this.

House Bill 5918: Pull retirement health benefits from wantonly neglectful state officials. Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R), to take away the post-retirement health insurance benefits granted to a state employee who is fired or resigns for willfully and wantonly neglecting his or her duty. Note: Unlike pension benefits, providing post-employment health insurance benefits is not a binding obligation on the state.

House Bill 5924: Ban out-of-state garbage if Congress allows. Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R), to prohibit the disposal in Michigan landfills of out-of-state and out-of-country solid waste if Congress passes a law authorizing states to do so. Under current federal law and international treaties, states may not prohibit solid waste imported from other states or Canada.

House Bill 5947: Ban local bans on renting out barns for weddings. Introduced by Rep. Tom Barrett (R), to ban local zoning ordinances from banning the use of a barn or other facilities located on land zoned for agricultural purposes as a commercial venue for weddings or similar events. Local governments could still regulate noise, advertising, traffic, hours of operation, or other related conditions.

House Bill 5949: Let banks hold back suspected financial abuse disbursements from seniors. Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R), to allow bank and financial institution officials who in good faith and with good cause suspect that financial exploitation is being committed to delay the disbursement of funds from the account of an individual who is age 65 or older, or under some form of court-ordered protection or guardianship. The bill would require notice be given to specified officials and family members. The delay would expire in 15 days unless the bank determines the disbursement is legitimate, or a court orders the hold to be extended.

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Huizenga votes

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

HR 5515 — John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019: Y

HR 6199 — Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018: Y

HR 6311 — Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018: Y

HR 5864 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act: Y

HR 184 — Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2018: Y

HR 4881 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018: Y

HR 2345 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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