Senate Bill 61 — Authorize unposted 25 mph limit on non-subdivision residential streets: passed 35-1 in the Senate. To establish an unposted speed limit of 25 mph on streets including highway segments that are designated as “local,” if the local jurisdiction has designated the road to be part of their street system, and if it is within land zoned for residential use. This would apply until 2024, and by 2023 the Michigan State Police would have to complete a speed study on roads of this type to determine what the permanent limits and posting requirements should be. Under current law, subdivision streets are automatically considered to have a 25 mph speed limit and no speed limit signs need be posted; the bill would have the effect of extending this posting exception to other residential streets that are not in subdivisions.
Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville: Y
House Bill 4440 — Revise marijuana licensure deadlines and sanctions: passed 102-4 in the House. To make operating a marijuana facility without a license grounds for a one-year disqualification for a marijuana business getting a permanent license. This refers to the transition from a system of medical marijuana facility licenses to the voter-approved recreational marijuana legalization and licensure regime, which has been delayed several times due to officials’ inability to process applications in a timely manner, and other factors.
Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y
House Bill 4206 — Allow schools to not make up lost "polar vortex" school days: passed 101-7 in the House. To establish that public schools do not have to make up the three class days that were canceled during the extreme cold weather of Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Under current law, schools are allowed to miss six "snow days" without a financial penalty and without having to make up the lost days at the end of the school year. The bill lets schools that used up their six snow days avoid penalties for missing an additional three-day period "for which the governor has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency." Districts that missed up to 14 days but made up the lost hours on other school days would also avoid penalties. Also, to require school districts to compensate hourly workers for the pay they lost due to no school on those three days.
Rep. Jim Lilly: Y
Congress was not in session last week, so there are no votes to record for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.