Capitol Recap for the Week of June 9, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

In order to keep you and your neighbors better informed about the legislation we discuss, I am posting the agenda for any scheduled committee meetings at the beginning of the week and an update with any votes that were taken that week in committee or on the House floor. I hope you find this information helpful and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Week of June 9, 2014: House Votes

For votes of the full legislature, I will include a summary of each bill with the sponsor, the vote totals and the next step in the legislative process for the bill. If you would like to read more information about a given bill you can head to www.legislature.mi.gov.

Exempt Gun Records from FOIA

HB 4155 (Nesbitt) Passed: 81-28

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 4155 (Nesbitt) amends Michigan’s gun licensure law to mandate that access to and disclosure of firearm records only be made according to a statutorily prescribed protocol.

Include definition of “firearms record” in P.A. 327

HB 5325 (Crawford) Passed: 88-21

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

This bill amends MCL 28.421 of P.A. 327 to include a definition of “firearms record,” which would mean any form, information, or record required for submission to a government agency for a gun license or concealed pistol permit or any form, permit, or license issued by a government agency under the Act. This fact sheet contains information intended for the exclusive use of the Democratic Caucus and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 5324; House Bills 5326 through House Bill 5329; and Senate Bill 49.

Delete exemptions from certain information from disclosure under FOIA

HB 5328 (Cotter) Passed: 88-21

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

This bill amends MCL 28.425b of P.A. 372 to delete provisions that would exempt the following information from disclosure under FOIA and thus not subject to disclosure to any person except for purposes of under the Act or law enforcement purposes: ? - An applicant’s legal name, date of birth, and address. ? - Medical records and personal identification information received by the concealed weapon licensing board.

Allow courts to order involuntary treatment to individuals who present imminent danger

HB 4486 (Walsh) Passed: 102-8

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 4486 (S-2) (Walsh) would allow courts, under certain circumstances, to order involuntary treatment for individuals who present an imminent danger or threat to themselves, family, or others as a result of a substance abuse disorder.

Amends licensure requirements for residential building contractors

HB 4582 (Foster) Passed: 109-1

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 4582 (Foster) amends requirements associated with individuals seeking licensure or relicensure as a residential building or a residential maintenance and alteration contractor. The substitute S-1 removes the language “licensed as a proprietary school by the Department” from “a trade association” when relating to the subject matter of prelicensure and continuing competency activities.

Allows Builders Board to exempt certain individuals from taking the builder’s exam

HB 5284 (S-1) (Lane) Passed: 109-1

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 5284 (LANE) allows the Builders Board to exempt certain individuals from being required to take the builder’s exam.

The substitute S-1 removes language that would have added certain crafts and trades included in a license.

Creates an “automatic enrollment” option for public employers for retirement plans for their employees

HB 4964 (S-1) (Walsh) Passed: 108-2

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

HB 4964 (S-1) creates an “automatic enrollment” option for public employers for retirement plans for their employees.

Reduce regulation of solid and low hazard industrial waste

HB 5400 (Schmidt) Passed: 70-40

Environmental protection; solid waste; low-hazard industrial waste, beneficial use by-products, and inert material; reduce regulation of.

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 5400 (H-2) would amend sections 8504, 8505, 11502, 11503, 11504, 11505, 11506, 11542, 20101, 20114e & 20115 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) and & adds sections 3112e, 11551, 11551a, 11552, 11553 & 11554 to reduce regulation of solid and low hazard industrial waste, beneficial use byproducts and other inert material.

The S-2 substitute for HB 5400 calls for beneficial use Category 3 products to meet the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials’ Statement of Uniform Interpretation and Policy #25, also known as the heavy metals rule. The AAPFCO heavy metals rule does not directly address heavy metal limits on soil conditioners, liming materials and certain types of fertilizer. Substitute (S-2) clarifies the maximum allowable heavy metal concentration that all soil conditioners, liming materials and certain fertilizers would need to meet when they are a beneficial use 3 product.

Eliminates population threshold to allow employees designated by county clerks to solemnizing marriages in that county

SB 153 (Hood) Passed: 98-12

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

This bill eliminates a population threshold in law to allow employees designated by county clerks to solemnizing marriages in that county. Previously, this right only applied to Wayne County; however, the (H-1) adopted in Committee opens up the ability to all counties.

Removes sunset preclude a servicer of septage waste from storing the waste at own facility

HB 4874 (Goike) Passed: 69-41

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 4874 (Goike) will remove the sunset that would preclude a person working as a servicer of septage waste from storing the waste at the person’s facility. The bill also will eliminate local ordinances that are stricter than state laws concerning the disposal of septage waste over land.

Exclude J-1 and H-2B Visa Holders from Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance system

HB 4958 (Foster) Passed: 105-5

Next: Returned to the Senate

HB 4958 amends the Michigan Employment Security Act (the Act) to exclude from the term “employment” any nonagricultural work performed by a holder of an H-2B visa and any work performed by the holder of a J-1 visa. The bill also requires an employer to certify in its quarterly reports to the UIA that federal UI taxes do not apply to its J-1 and H-2b visa holding employees and to retain records on each such employee for six (6) years.

Revise Forbes Mechanical Contractor Act to provide fee waiver for certain veterans

HB 5506 (Santana) Passed: 110-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

The bills revise various statutes that provide fee waiver for certain veterans. House Bill 5506 (SANTANA) would amend the Forbes Mechanical Contractor Act to apply tofees otherwise required under the Act.

Allow community mental health services program to enter into agreements with other providers

SB 713 (Booher) Passed: 109-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

The bill amends the Mental Health Code to allow a community mental health services program (CMHSP) to enter into agreements with other providers or managers of health care or rehabilitative services to foster interagency communication, cooperation, coordination, and consultation. A CMHSP activities under such an agreement would have to be consistent with Section 206 of the Code.

Exempt certain veterans from fees to be paid to the administrator under the Michigan Limited Liability Act

HB 5491 (Walsh) Passed: 109-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

This bill exempts certain veterans from fees to be paid to the administrator under the Michigan Limited Liability Act.

Exempt certain veterans from fees to be paid under the Electrical Administrative Act

HB 5497 (Kosowski) Passed: 109-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 5497 (KOSOWSKI) would amend the Electrical Administrative Act to apply to waived fees under the Act. It amends the provision that requires the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to issue an electrical journeyman’s license to any individual who, while on active duty as a member of the armed forces, served as an interior electrician or in an equivalent job classification.

Exempt certain veterans from fees to be paid under the Nonprofit Corporation Act

HB 5498 (Lori) - Passed: 109-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 5498 (Lori) amends the Nonprofit Corporation Act to apply to fees otherwise required under that act.

Require fees for liquor licenses be prorated on a quarterly basis

HB 4573 (H-2) (DIANDA) Passed: 105-4

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 4573 (DIANDA) will require that fees required for the various types of liquor licenses be prorated on a quarterly basis for a portion of the effective period of the license. The substitute changed language from prorating the sale and transfer of licenses to instead allow for a license to be renewed annually on the date the license was issued or transferred to the licensee. The substitute will include an effective date of six months after passage of the bill.

Amends racketeering definition to include “meth-smurfing” violations as a predicate offense

HB 5615 (Kivela), RC 385, 6/10/2014, Passed: 107-2

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

HB 5615 (KIVELA) amends the racketeering definition to include various “meth-smurfing” violations as a predicate offense.

Exempt local tax collecting unit from collection of property taxes for 7 years

SB 536 (H-5) (Proos), RC 386, 6/10/2014, Passed: 70-39

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 536 (H-5) would allow a local tax collecting unit to exempt from the collection of property taxes for up to 7 years, specific property of an eligible economic development group, which is defined as “a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose was the economic development of real property or combining parcels of real property for economic development purposes.” The State Treasurer must approve the exemption.

Penalties for repeat offenders of dealing in stolen motor vehicles

HB 4895 (Kesto) Passed: 95-14

HB 4896 (Kesto) Passed: 95-14

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 4895 enhances penalties for repeat offenders of dealing in stolen motor vehicles. House Bill 4896 is the sentencing guidelines companion bill.

Allow public officials to serve on a board of directors for a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

HB 5131 (SANTANA) Passed: 108-2

HB 5132 (SANTANA) Passed: 108-2

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

HBs 5131 & 5132 would allow public officials or their appointees to serve on the board of directors (BOD) for a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (Authority) or a municipality’s economic development corporation.

Allow minors to shoot pistols under the supervision of adult who has completed safety course

HB 5085 (Potvin) Passed: 109-1

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 5085 would revise the restriction that requires minors shooting a pistol to do so only under the supervision of a parent or guardian, so as to allow this supervision to be provided by an adult age 21 or older who has successfully completed a pistol safety training course that meets the requirements of the state’s concealed pistol law.

Eliminate county administrative rate for foster care services

HB 5507 (MacGregor) Passed: 110-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 5507 (MacGregor) requires the state to pay 100% of the administrative rate for providers of foster care services. This is a budget implementation bill necessary due to Public Act 34 of 2014, which provided additional funds to have the state pay 100% of private child placing agency administrative rates for new foster care cases, instead of splitting this cost with the counties.

Requires lodging owners to pay reasonable attorney fees and court costs incurred in collecting delinquent assessments from the owner

SB 611 (Kowall) Passed: 88-22

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 611 requires a lodging owner to pay reasonable attorney fees and court costs incurred by a convention and visitor bureau incurred in collecting delinquent assessments from the owner. The bill also specifies that assessments collected but not paid to a bureau by an owner shall be considered trust funds and shall be remitted to the bureau.

Includes Pure Michigan Trails in statewide trail network

SB 873 (H-2) (Moolenaar) Passed: 108-2

SB 875 (H-1) (Hildenbrand) Passed: 108-2

SB 876 (H-1) (Hansen) Passed: 108-2

SB 877 (H-1) (Casperson) Passed: 108-2

Next: Returned to the Senate

This is a legislative package that amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to codify recommendations made in the Michigan Comprehensive Trail Plan report, including the creation of the Pure Michigan Trails program.

Enable Director of WCA to authorize reimbursement from Compensation Supplement Fund

SB 900 (S-1) (Brandenburg) Passed:

Next: Returned to the Senate

The bill would amend the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act (Act) to enable the Director of the Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) to authorize claims for reimbursement from the Compensation Supplement Fund (Fund) to be filed for periods of time different from those prescribed in the Act.

Eliminates prescription requirement for physical therapy in certain cases

SB 690 (H-1) (Moolenaar) Passed: 108-2

Next: Returned to the Senate

The bill would permit a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to treat an individual without a prescription for physical therapy services.

Allows insurance to withhold reimbursement for physical therapy unless patient has prescription

SB 691 (Warren) Passed: 106-4

Next: Returned to the Senate

SB 691 H-1 (WARREN): Notwithstanding any other provision of the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act, which governs Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), if a BCBSM certificate or coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement provided for benefits for services provided by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under a licensed physical therapist’s supervision, BCBSM would not have to provide benefits or reimburse for a practice of physical therapy service or practice as a physical therapist assistant service unless the service was provided pursuant to a prescription from a health professional.

Allows insurance to withhold reimbursement for physical therapy unless patient has prescription

SB 692 (H-1) (Casperson) Passed: 106-4

Next: Returned to the Senate

SB 692 H-1 (Casperson): If coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement provided for benefits for services provided by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under a licensed physical therapist’s supervision, the Prudent Purchaser Act would not require that coverage or reimbursement to be provided for a practice of physical therapy service or physical therapy assistant service, unless the service was provided pursuant to a prescription from a health professional.

Allows insurance to withhold reimbursement for physical therapy unless patient has prescription

SB 693 (Hildenbrand) Passed: 106-4

Next: Returned to the Senate

SB 693 H-1 (Hildenbrand): Under the Worker’s Disability Compensation Act, an employer would not have to reimburse or cause to be reimbursed charges for physical therapy service unless it was provided by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist pursuant to a prescription from a health professional.

Allows insurance to withhold reimbursement for physical therapy unless patient has prescription

SB 694 (Green) Passed: 106-4

Next: Returned to the Senate

SB 694 H-1 (Green): Under Chapter 31 of the Insurance Code, personal protection insurance benefits are payable for allowable expenses consisting of all reasonable charges incurred for reasonable necessary products, services and accommodations for an injured person’s care, recovery, or rehabilitation. Under the bill, reimbursement of coverage for expenses within personal protection insurance coverage would not be required for a practice of physical therapy services or practice as a physical therapist’s assistant service, unless the services was provided by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under his or her supervision pursuant to a prescription from a health professional.

Create the “Eye Care Consumer Protection Law” within the Public Health Code

SB 853 (Jones) Passed: 108-2

Next: Returned to the Senate

The bill specifies that, except as otherwise provided, spectacles and contact lenses would be medical devices and would be subject to the requirements of the part created under this bill (Part 55A) for the protection of consumers. It would not apply to a diagnostic contact lens that was used by a licensee during an examination and evaluation, an optical instrument or device that was not intended to correct or enhance vision, or an optical instrument that is not made, designed, or sold for a particular individual.

Requires hazardous waste facility operating license applicant to disclose criminal convictions

SB 20 (Hopgood) Passed: 110-0

Next: Returned to the Senate

SB 20 (H-1) would amend Part 111 (Hazardous Waste Management) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to require an applicant for a hazardous waste facility operating license to disclose criminal convictions for violations committed in furtherance of obtaining a license, and authorize the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to deny a license because of such a conviction.

Adds vapor products and alternative nicotine products to the list of items that are prohibited from minors under the Youth Tobacco Act

SB 667 (Anderson) Passed: 194-16

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 667 (H-1) (ANDERSON) adds vapor products and alternative nicotine products to the list of items that are prohibited from minors under the Youth Tobacco Act. Committee: Regulatory Reform 13 Yeas, 0 Nays, 1 Pass, 1 Absent

Prohibits the selling, giving, or furnishing of vapor products or alternative nicotine products to minors

SB 668 (Jones) Passed: 96-14

Staff: Mitch Albers (3-5165)

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 668 (H-2) (Jones) prohibits the selling, giving, or furnishing of vapor products or alternative nicotine products to minors.

School Aid Omnibus Budget

HB 5314 (Conference Report) (Rogers) Passed: 60-50

Next: Transmitted back to Senate

HB 5314 is the appropriations to K-12, community colleges, and higher education.

Amend the Aquatic Nuisance Control Section of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

SB 444 (Casperson) Passed: 60-50

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 444 (S-5) (Casperson) amends the Aquatic Nuisance Control Section of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA).

Rules for Treasury Department conduct

SB 327 (Robertson) Passed: 109-1

Next: Returned to the Senate

The Revenue Act (MCL 205.4) requires that the Department of Treasury develop guidelines to govern departmental employee responses to inquiries from the public and standards for tax audit activities. The guidelines are to explicitly exclude the use of a collection goal or quota for evaluating an employee, and are to be compiled into an employee handbook.

Creates “Methamphetamine Abuse Reporting Act”

SB 535 (Proos) Passed: 107-0

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

Senate Bill 535 (S-2) (Proos) creates the “Methamphetamine Abuse Reporting Act” to create a mechanism for certain methamphetamine related convictions to trigger a “stop-sale alert” to prevent an individual from purchasing products with pseudoephedrine or ephedrine (“PSE”).

Requires stop-sale alerts for persons who are ineligible yet attempt to buy ephedrine

SB 756 (Proos) Passed: 110-0

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 756 would require the NLPEx system to generate stop-sale alerts for persons who are ineligible yet attempt to buy ephedrine or pseudoephedrine (PSE) under the “Methamphetamine Abuse Reporting Act.” The bill further prohibits retailers from selling to such individuals when a stop sale alert is generated.

Omnibus budget appropriations bill for FY 2015

HB 5313 (Haveman) Passed: 100-10

Next: Transmitted

Provides appropriations for all departments of the state.

Allow strict discipline academies to enroll students from juvenile facilities

SB 644 (Hildenbrand) Passed: 96-14

Next: Sent to the Senate

SB 644 (S-1) (Hildenbrand) amends the Revised School Code to allow strict discipline academies to enroll students who are placed in high or medium security juvenile facilities, mental health facilities, or child caring institutions operated by private agencies.

Teacher and Administrator Evaluations

SB 817 (Pappageorge) Passed: 110-0

Next: Returned to Senate

SB 817 (S-2) as amended in the House on June 11, 2014 is the Senate version of teacher and administrator evaluation.

Prohibit issuing a certificate of insurance that would alter the coverage provided by an insurance policy

SB 715 (H-1) (Casperson), RC 416, 6/12/2014, Passed: 109-1

Next: Returned to Senate

SB 715 would prohibit issuing a certificate of insurance that would alter the coverage provided by an insurance policy referred to in the certificate, or which contained false or misleading information concerning a policy, or requiring the issuance of a certificate with false or misleading information regarding a policy. The bill also establishes that a person would have a right to notice of cancellation only under the terms of an insurance policy.

Increases regulations on pharmaceutical facilities that provide compounding services for sterile pharmaceuticals

SB 704 (S-3) (Hune), RC 418, 6/12/2014, Passed: 110-0

SB 904 (H-2) (Hune), RC 419, 6/12/2014, Passed: 110-0

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 704 (S-3) (Hune) increases regulations on pharmaceutical facilities that provide compounding services for sterile pharmaceuticals. Senate Bill 904 (Hune) establishes felonies related to violating regulations proposed in SB 704 (S-3).

Expands public on premise liquor licenses in redevelopment and development project areas

SB 846 (Hildenbrand), RC 420, 6/12/2014, Passed:

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 846 (Hildenbrand) expands the issuance of public on premise liquor licenses in redevelopment and development project areas in villages and townships, in addition to cities.

Require background checks prior to an individual adopting and animal

HB 4534 (H-7) (Muxlow), RC 421, 6/12/2014, Passed: 98-12

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 4534 (H-7) amends Public Act 287 of 1969 (Pet Shops, Dog Pounds, and Animal Shelters) to establish “Logan’s Law,” which would require animal control shelters and animal protection shelters to conduct criminal background checks prior to allowing an individual to adopt an animal.

Restricts pet ownership for animal abusers

HB 4755 (H-2) (SANTANA), RC 422, 6/12/2014, Passed: 93-17

HB 5061 (H-2) (SANTANA), RC 423, 6/12/2014, Passed: 89-21

HB 5062 (H-2) (SANTANA), RC 425, 6/12/2014, Passed: 92-18

Next: Sent the Senate for consideration

House Bill 4755 (H-2) (SANTANA) restricts pet ownership and possession for animal abusers. House Bill 5061 (H-2) (SANTANA) allows animal control shelters or animal protection shelters to consider an individual’s criminal background history prior to adopting out animals. House Bill 5062 waives the $10.00 ICHAT fee for animal shelters and animal protection shelters conducting criminal background checks prior to adopting out animals.

Prohibits the practice of soliciting business as the scene of an accident

HB 4545 (H-4) (Zorn), RC 424, 6/12/2014, Passed: 105-5

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

HB 4545 (H-2) (Zorn) prohibits a person from traveling to the scene of an accident to solicit business for a wrecker, recovery, or towing service.

Creation of the “Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act”

SB 674 (WARREN), RC 426, 6/12/2014, Passed:108-2

Next: Returned to the Senate

The bill creates the “Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act.”

Provides health insurance for family of public safety officers who die in the line of duty

HB 5608 (H-2) (Schmidt), RC 427, 6/12/2014, Passed: 110-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 5608 (H-2) (Schmidt) would require the state to provide health insurance to the surviving spouses and dependents of public safety officers who died in the line of duty.

Creates an offer-in-compromise tax program

HB 4003 (S-3) (Walsh), RC 428, 6/12/2014, Passed: 109-1

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

This bill will create an offer-in-compromise program in Michigan where specific taxpayers with unpaid taxes can negotiate with the state to pay less than what is owed to clear the debt.

Create the “municipal utility residential clean energy program act”

HB 5397 (Haveman), RC 429, 6/12/2014, Passed: 108-2

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 5397 would create the “municipal utility residential clean energy program act.”

Increase max. penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance

HB 4567 (H-2) (Kowall), RC 430, 6/12/2014, Passed: 99-11

HB 4568 (H-2) (Kowall), RC 432, 6/12/2014, Passed: 98-12

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 4567 (H-2) and House Bill 4568 (H-2) (Kowall) increase the statutory maximum penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol or a schedule 1 controlled substance.

Funds for Michigan State Capitol Site Fund

SB 678 (Kahn), RC 431, 6/12/2014, Passed: 109-1

Next: Senate Bill 678 (H-1) (Kahn) provides on-going funding for the Michigan State Capitol Site Fund to help restore and maintain the Capitol Building.

Eliminate regulation and registration of foresters

SB 481 (Jansen), RC 433, 6/12/2014, Passed: 57-53

SB 484 (Jansen), RC 434, 6/12/2014, Passed: 61-49

HB 4379 (Crawford), RC 435, 6/12/2014, Passed: 59-51

HB 4380 (Crawford), RC 436, 6/12/2014, Passed: 59-51

Next: Returned to the Senate

These bills repeal Article 21 of the Occupational Code, which regulates and provides for the registration of foresters. The bill also rescinds administrative rules and deletes provisions of the Code related to foresters.

Penalties for residential squatters

HB 5069 (Heise), RC 437, 6/12/2014, Passed: 98-12

HB 5070 (Heise), RC 438, 6/12/2014, Passed: 94-16

HB 5071 (Heise), RC 439, 6/12/2014, Passed: 95-15

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

Collectively, House Bills 5069-5071 penalize residential squatters.

Increase list of family members who are not subject to use tax while transferring a vehicle

HB 5261 (Cotter), RC 440, 6/12/2014, Passed: 109-1

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 5261 (S-2) would amend the Use Tax Act to add in-laws to the list of family members who are not subject to the use tax when transferring a vehicle, effective January 1, 2014. Relationships to be included for the exemption under the bill are: father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and grandparent in-law.

Provide tuition assistance to members of the Michigan National Guard

HB 5451 (S-3) (Rendon), RC 441, 6/12/2014, Passed: 110-0

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

The bill would create a new Act known as the “Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Act” to provide tuition assistance to members of the Michigan National Guard. The Senate S-3 would require that an eligible person would be required to have completed the course of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Exempt stamp sands from the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

SB 872 (H-1) (Casperson), RC 442, 6/12/2014, Passed: 67-43

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 872 (H-1) (Casperson) would exempt stamp sands from Part 201 (Environmental Remediation) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), and provide that property where stamp sands were deposited would not be subject to Part 201 unless excessive hazardous substances also were present.

Bills to take effect after 90 days after the date they are filed

HJR FF (McBroom), RC 443, 6/12/2014, Passed: 60-50

Next: Postponed, vote reconsidered

Legislature; rules; bills take effect upon the expiration of 90 days after the date they are filed with the secretary of state; provide for. Amends sec. 27, art. IV of the state constitution.

Repeal driver responsibility fees

HB 5414 (Haveman), RC 444, 6/12/2014, Passed: 110-0

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

This bill phases out and ultimately repeal the often criticized driver responsibility fees.

Clarify how CTE programs work in conjunction with Michigan Merit Curriculum

SB 66 (S-8) (Proos), RC 445, 6/12/2014, Passed: 110-0

Next: Returned to the Senate

SB 66 (S-8) addresses concerns regarding the establishment of career and technical education (CTE) programs and how they work in conjunction with the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).

Amends Michigan Merit Curriculum for certain subjects

HB 4465 (H-3) (McBroom), RC 446, 6/12/2014, Passed: 89-21

HB 4466 (H-3) (Johnson), RC 447, 6/12/2014, Passed: 90-20

Next: Sent to the governor’s office

House Bill 4465 (McBroom) amends section 1278a of the Revised School Code to alter the current Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) standards as they relate to Algebra II, foreign language and Physical Education

Week of June 9, 2014: Committee Meetings

Regulatory Reform

HB 5095 - (Rep. McCready) - Animals; animal shelters; pet shop, dog pound, and animal shelters act; modify to include large-scale commercial dog breeders and to make other general revisions.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 11-2

SB 846 - (Sen. Hildenbrand) - Liquor; licenses; issuance of additional licenses in certain redevelopment project areas or development districts; clarify and provide for.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 14-0

SB 481 - (Sen. Jansen) - Occupations; foresters; regulation of foresters; repeal registration requirements and rescind administrative rules.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 8-6

SB 484 - (Sen. Jansen) - Occupations; foresters; registration fee for foresters; repeal.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 8-6

SB 704 - (Sen. Hune) - Health; pharmaceuticals; compounding pharmacies; regulate, require all pharmacies, manufacturers, and wholesale distributors to designate a pharmacist in charge, and provide penalties.

Testimony Only

SB 904 - (Sen. Hune) - Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for felonies being created under the new regulations applicable to compounding pharmacies and violations of those regulations; enact.

Testimony Only

Transportation and Infrastructure

HB 4411 - (Rep. Price) - Highways; name; naming of a portion of M-231; designate as the “Sgt. Henry E. Plant Memorial Highway”.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 15-0

HB 4757 - (Rep. Muxlow) - Transportation; funds; funding for rail grade crossing surface repair and construction; establish.

Testimony Only

HB 5142 - (Rep. McCready) - Traffic control; other; fee for commercial look-up service; provide for additional fee for web portal development, and allow private entities to provide a commercial look-up service.

SB 277 - (Sen. Hune) - Vehicles; trucks; requirement that commercial vehicles weighing over 5,000 pounds display certain identification information; revise to apply to vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds.

Testimony Only

SB 915 - (Sen. Casperson) - Vehicles; registration; fraudulently indicating that there is no security interest in a vehicle; prohibit.

SB 916 - (Sen. Nofs) - Vehicles; title; electronic title for vehicles with a lienholder; allow.

Testimony Only

SB 917 - (Sen. Bieda) - Vehicles; title; electronic title for vehicles with a lienholder; allow.

Testimony Only

SB 918 - (Sen. Brandenburg) - Vehicles; title; electronic title for vehicles with a lienholder; allow.

Testimony Only

Natural Resources

SB 613 - (Sen. Booher) - Natural resources; wildlife; game killed by a vehicle; allow salvaging of.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 8-1

SB 872 - (Sen. Casperson) - Environmental protection; cleanups; use of and development on stamp sands; allow.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 8-1

Tax Policy

SB 758 - (Sen. Hildenbrand) - Taxation; hotel-motel tax; collection of delinquent excise taxes; provide for.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 15-0

HB 4882 - (Rep. Cavanagh) - Property tax; delinquent taxes; interest imposed on delinquent taxes in distressed communities; revise.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 14-0-1

Appropriations

Legislative Transfer 2014-6 was approved by a vote of 25-0-1

Commerce

SB 398 – (Sen. Casperson) - Economic development; other; next Michigan development act; modify.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 14-2

HB 4783 – (Rep. McBroom) - Economic development; other; next Michigan development act; modify.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 14-2

House Fiscal Agency Governing Committee

Quarterly report presented by Mary Ann Cleary, Director of the House Fiscal Agency

Agriculture

HB 5666 – (Rep. Outman) – Counties; boards and commissions; certain counties to levy a special tax or appropriate from the county general funds for the purpose of advertising agricultural advantages; revise to allow.

Reported favorably from committee by a vote of 10-6