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Michigan Votes

• Jan 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM

The new state Legislature has not voted on any bills yet, although committees are meeting and deliberating on bills. Rather than votes, this report contains some interesting or noteworthy new bill introductions. All have been referred to a committee.

Require state park "passport” fee to park at trailhead or forest campground — Introduced by Sen. Roger Victory (R), to prohibit parking at a designated state trailhead or state forest campground unless one has paid a state park “passport” surcharge when renewing a vehicle registration license plate tab.

Senate Bill 40: Review scope of occupational license mandates — Introduced by Sen. Lana Theis (R), to give a state Law Revision Commission the duty of reviewing whether current or proposed occupational licensure mandates use the least restrictive regulation necessary to protect consumers, as defined in the bill. 

Senate Bill 50: Repeal criminal sanctions on willfully causing a miscarriage (abortion) — Introduced by Sen. Erika Geiss (D), to repeal a 1931 law that defines willfully giving a pregnant women drugs or using instruments intended to procure a miscarriage (abortion) as criminal manslaughter. Enforcement of this state statute was prohibited by the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which held that restricting a woman's access to abortion violated a right to privacy recognized by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.

Senate Bill 60: Authorize state grants to environmental groups and others — Introduced by Sen. Stephanie Chang (D), to authorize state grants to environmental organizations and other unspecified nonprofit groups, local health agencies and school districts. The bill does not specify how much would be spent or where the money would come from.

House Bill 4046: Ban using zoning to ban Airbnb-type rentals — Introduced by Rep. Jason Sheppard (R), to prohibit local governments from using zoning laws to prohibit property owners from renting out a home or condo for vacation or short-term rentals, which would apply to owners who use services like Airbnb. The bill would not prohibit local regulations on noise, advertising, traffic, or other conditions if these are “applied on a consistent basis to rental and owner-occupied residences.” This would apply to the rental of any single-family residence, a condo or a unit in a 1-to-4-family structure for terms of less than 28 days at a time. 

House Bill 4060: Aretha Franklin honorary road designation— Introduced by Rep. Leslie Love (D), to designate a portion of the Lodge freeway (M-10) in Detroit as the "Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway."

House Bill 4071: Make kindergarten attendance compulsory for 5-year-olds — Introduced by Rep. William Sowerby (D), to extend the law makes school attendance compulsory for children age 6 and older to 5-year-olds. In other words, the bill would make kindergarten attendance compulsory, subject to the same exemptions that apply for homeschooling and private schools.

House Bill 4083: Ban local “sanctuary city” policies — Introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R), to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing a policy that limits officials or police from communicating or cooperating with appropriate federal officials concerning the status of illegal aliens. The state attorney general would have to sue if a resident filed a complaint, and local officials who enacted the policy would be liable for fines up to $7,500. House Bill 4090 would establish a similar ban for counties.

Source: MichiganVotes.org, a free, nonpartisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate.

Huizenga votes

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

HJ Res. 31 — Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes: N

HR 648 — Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019: N

H.Res. 61 — Providing for consideration of the bill (HR 648) making appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (HJ Res. 31) making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.: N

HR 328 — Hack Your State Department Act: Y

HR 676 — NATO Support Act: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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