Senate Bill 115: Mandate corporate board female membership quota. Introduced by Sen. Sylvia Santana (D), to mandate that publicly held corporations (those that have sold stock to the public) must have a specified number of females on their board of directors. If the board contains four members, the bill would mandate that at least one would have to be female, or two females on a five-member board, or at least three females on a board with six or more members.
Senate Bill 121: Give tax breaks to some homebuyers. Introduced by Sen. Kenneth Horn (R), to authorize a $5,000 state income tax deduction, and $10,000 for joint filers, if the income is contributed to a specialty savings account for home purchases by individuals who have not bought or owned a home in the past three years (dubbed by the bill a "first-time homebuyer"). A taxpayer could claim this deduction for up to 20 years for purposes of buying a principal residence. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018.
Senate Bill 156 and House Bill 4283: Authorize “extreme risk” firearm seizures from individuals. Introduced by Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D) and Robert Wittenberg (D), respectively, 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, a former or current spouse, an individual who has a child in common with the target, roommates, or a person in a “dating 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 for an appeals process. The court order would be in effect for up to one year and could be renewed.
Senate Bill 167: Establish official state butterfly. Introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D), to establish that henceforth the black swallowtail butterfly (papilio polyxenes) and no other butterfly or moth shall be Michigan’s official butterfly. This is also the official butterfly of Oklahoma and New Jersey.
Senate Bill 222: End state oversight of post-bankruptcy Detroit bail-out reforms. Introduced by Sen. Sylvia Santana (D), to repeal the state oversight provisions that were included in the 2014 law granting a bailout to the bankrupt city of Detroit, and terminate the state oversight commission that was created to monitor the city’s finances going forward.
House Bill 4148: Expand Open Meetings Act to administrative law agencies. Introduced by Rep. John Cherry (D), to expand the scope of Michigan’s Open Meetings Act to include state and local agencies that are authorized to promulgate administrative rules that have the force of law. These entities would have to produce and post on their websites audio or video recordings of all of their meetings that are required to be open to the public.
House Bill 4187: Expand data breach response requirements. Introduced by Rep. Diana Farrington (R), to establish detailed rules for data breaches that expose sensitive personal identification information about individuals. The bill would establish notice and reporting requirements, guidelines and more for businesses, associations and state agencies. It authorizes $5,000-per-day civil penalties for noncompliance, up to a maximum of $250,000.
House Bill 4188: Increase cigarette tax by $1.50, expand to “electronic smoking devices.” Introduced by Rep. Rachel Hood (D), to increase the state cigarette tax from $2 to $3.50 per pack, increase the tax on other tobacco products from 32 percent of the wholesale price to 81 percent, and expand the latter to include purchases of “electronic smoking devices” (“vapes” and more) as defined in the bill.
House Bill 4221: Reduce student test score measures in teacher ratings. Introduced by Rep. Julie Alexander (R), to reduce from 40 percent to 25 percent the amount that student growth and assessment data (meaning test results) contributes to annual year-end evaluation ratings of classroom teachers, with the rest of the measure based on more subjective factors determined by local school administrators. A 50 percent standard for “core content areas” would remain.
Here's how U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, voted on congressional legislation last week:
H.Res. 124 — Expressing opposition to banning service in the armed forces by openly transgender individuals: N
HR 7 — Paycheck Fairness Act: N
H.Amdt. 114 — An amendment numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 116-19 to exempt employers with fewer than 100 employees from reporting compensation data under Section 8 of this act: Y
HR 297 — Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019: Y
HR 1388 — Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2019: Y
H.J.Res. 46 — Objections of the president to the contrary notwithstanding, relating to a national emergency declared by the president on Feb. 15: N
HR 1616 — European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2019: Y