From the 2017-18 budget to making female genital mutilation a crime to legalizing switchblades, the Michigan Legislature had a productive second quarter of the year, getting 88 bills passed through both chambers and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The $56.5-billion budget bills covering all the state government departments, K-12 education, community colleges and state universities were the last bills signed by the governor.
He did $5 million in line-item vetoes on those budgets, cutting money added in by legislators for a multitude of items: an online math program, civics education, digital assessments; the Albion Equestrian Center and draft beer delivery systems training; a drill core storage facility; Muskegon Covenant Academy; Northeast Michigan Community Services Agency; Early Neighborhood Community Collaborative; Genomic Opioid Abuse Demonstration Project; Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Project; Upper Peninsula Emergency Medical Services grant, and five grants for recreational projects.
He also signed a 13-bill package making female genital mutilation a state crime punishable by 15 years in prison, which is greater than the federal penalty for the crime of five years.
And a little-known law that makes carrying a switchblade a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $300 was repealed.
Bills signed into law by Snyder:
PA 23 (HB 4080): Provide for energy improvement financing for school districts. Sponsor: Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Paw Paw.
PA 24-25 (HB 4137 and SB 38): Allow for the fingerprinting and photographing of a child with special health needs that can be submitted to the statewide network of agencies upon request of a parent or guardian. Sponsors: Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso and Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
PA 26 (SB 119): Provide for the transfer of state-owned property in Marquette County to Northern Michigan University. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.
PA 27 (HB 4136): Clarify the administration of delinquent tax revolving funds. Sponsor: Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston.
PA 28 (HB 4057): Rename apportion of US-12 in Jonesville as the James Bondsteel Memorial Highway. Sponsor: Rep. Erick Leutheuser, R-Hillsdale.
PA 29-30 (HB 4063-4064): Prohibit and provide penalties for aiming a beam of light at an aircraft. Sponsors: Reps. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, Tom Barrett, R-Potterville.
PA 31-32 (HB 4203-4204): Allow the Secretary of State to share photographs taken for state identification cards with the Department of Stat Police. Sponsors: Reps. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, Triston Cole, R-Mancelona.
PA 33 (HB 4329): Provide for supplemental appropriation to pass $100 million in federal funding to help with the replacement of water pipes in Flint. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Yaroch, R-Richmond.
PA 34 (HB 4219): Expand the sentencing deferral and eligibility for dismissal for victims of human trafficking. Sponsor: Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian.
PA 35 (HB 4167) Increase the length limit for trucks and trailers transporting agricultural drainage tubing to 75 feet. Sponsor: Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso.
PA 36 (HB 4288): Modify the jurisdiction to establish a child support order to comply with federal law. Sponsor: Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township.
PA 37 (SB 46): Eliminate the requirement that emergency lights be mounted on the roof or an emergency vehicle. Sponsor: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida.
PA 38 (SB 102): Create the Michigan community foundation act. Sponsor: Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City.
PA 39 (SB 118): Allow the Department of Natural Resources to become a trail sponsor and provide limited liability for personal injuries. Sponsor: Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart.
PA 40 (SB 129): Establish a separate regulatory program for small copper mining operations. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.
PA 41 (SB 202): Allow social media Internet gambling game providing awards to players. Sponsor: Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township.
PA 42 (SB 359): Modify the deadline date for delivery of combined documents for personal property exemption. Sponsor: Sen. David Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.
PA 43 (HB 4131): Provide for the forfeiture of employer contributions to a retirement plan if public employee is convicted of a felony. Sponsor: Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Township.
PA 44 (HB 4058): Eliminate the requirement to send a report of the assessed values and ad valorem taxes to the Michigan Enterprise Zone Authority. Sponsor: Rep. Eric Leutheuser, R-Hillsdale.
PA 45 (SB 176): Revise the eligible attraction requirements for tourist-oriented directional signs. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.
PA 46-50 (SB 111-115): Package of bills providing tax incentives for transformational redevelopment of large brownfield sites. Sponsors: Sens. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, Steven Bieda, D-Warren.
PA 51-52 (HB 4209-4210): Increase compensation paid to jurors. Sponsor: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.
PA 53 (HB 4211): Allow the testimony of expert witnesses regarding behavior patterns of human trafficking victims. Sponsor: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.
PA 54 (HB 4532): Modify the recording of marital status in instruments conveying or mortgaging real estate. Sponsor: Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Township.
PA 55 (SB 43): Allow alternative case reserve options for employee health benefit pooled plans. Sponsor: Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart.
PA 56 (SB 126): Revise requirements for continuing education hours for real estate brokers and salespersons. Sponsor: Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake Township.
PA 57 (SB 158): Exclude certain business from the licensure of used motor vehicle parts dealers. Sponsor: Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
PA 58 (SB 168): Expand auto theft prevention authority assessment to commercial vehicles. Sponsor Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
PA 59 (HB 4013): Allow paperless auto registration and proof of insurance. Sponsor: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.
PA 60 (HB 4082): Require notification to township supervisor and 911 service of Department of Natural Resources prescribed burns. Sponsor: Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Township.
PA 61 (HB 4215): Repeal the portion of traffic control law that provides for tickets for having an unattended running vehicle in a driveway. Sponsor: Rep. Holly Hughes, R-White River Township.
PA 62 (HB 4286): Provide for the addition or removal of a county from a drainage district. Sponsor: Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville.
PA 63 (SB 239): Clarify the transfer of abandoned highways. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.
PA 64-65 (HB 4612-4613): Extend the sunset on permissible sentencing costs and create the trial court funding commission. Sponsor: Rep. Robert VerHeulen, R-Walker.
PA 66 (HB 4169): Extend the exemption from the prohibition on issuing liquor licenses within 500 feet of a church or school to licenses issued before a certain date. Sponsor: Rep. Tommy Brann, R-Wyoming.
PA 67 (HB 4325): Provide for continuing education carry over system for insurance producers. Sponsor: Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville.
PA 68-79 and 81 (HB 4636-4639, 4641-4642, 4661, 4690 and SB 337, 368-369, 410):Make female genital mutilation a state felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; provide penalties for transporting a person to a state for the procedure; set the statute of limitations for the crime to 10 years; revoke the medical license of a person who performs the procedure; allows for victims to file civil lawsuits; and creates an education outreach program to inform the public about the health risks of female genital mutilation. Sponsors: Reps. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, Diana Farrigton, R-Utica, Daire Rendon, R-Lake City, Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, Pam Faris, D-Clio, Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan, Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian, Sens. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton.
PA 80 (SB 159): Allow for a weight exemption of up to 2,000 pounds for vehicles that re powered by compressed natural gas. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.
PA 82 (HB 4575): Extend the sunset on annual increases in fee for publication of legal notices. Sponsor: Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain.
PA 83 (HB 4558): Provide for the regulation of liquor advertising displays. Sponsor: Rep. Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield.
PA 84 (HB 4186): Update the definition of animal, in order to allow animal shelters to do background checks of people adoption pets. Sponsor: Rep. Julie Alexander, R-Hanover.
PA 85 (HB 4427): Exempt some video from police body cams from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Sponsor: Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Township.
PA 86-87 (HB 4556-4557): Prohibit the sale, delivery of importation of beer and wine into Michigan. Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Bellino, R-Monroe.
PA 88 (HB 4559): Allow for the sampling of beer and wine by wholesaler’s employees for education purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville.
PA 89 (HB 4213): Prohibit the administration of an initial breath test in a minor in possession of alcohol case without the consent of the minor. Sponsor: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.
PA 90-91 (HB 4540-4541): Extend the sunset on several fees, including hazardous waste fees and operator certification fees. Sponsor: Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Township.
PA 92 (SB 401): Change the teacher retirement system to primarily a 401(k) type plan. Sponsor: Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair.
PA 93 (SB 76): Provide for Natural Resources Trust Fund spending on recreational projects in 87 communities across the state. Sponsor: Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.
PA 94 (SB 160): Adjust the definition of an autocycle to account for adjustments made to motorcycle. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.
PA 95 (SB 219): Modify the licensing process for a concealed weapon to require a county sheriff to notify the county clerk if an individual is ineligible for a license. Sponsor: Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville.
PA 96 (SB 245): Repeal the law that makes switchblades illegal. Sponsor: Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
PA 97 (SB 248): Create a World War I centennial commission in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Sponsor: Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor.
PA 98 (SB 249): Limit the ability of a local unit of government to restrict the sale, transfer or lease of property for educational purposes by a charter or private school. Sponsor: Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake.
PA 99 (SB 260): Extend the sunset for out-of-state education institutions that offer distance education courses and programs. Sponsor: Sen. David Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.
PA 100 (SB 267): Extend the sunset on the Student Safety Act that provides an anonymous hotline for students to report threats of violence. Sponsor: Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan.
PA 101 (SB 333): Amend the jurisdiction of business courts that have authority over business and commercial disputes. Sponsor: Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
PA 102 (SB 380): Extend the deadlines related to person property tax reimbursements to local governments. Sponsor: Sen. David Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.
PA 103 (SB 383): Modify the procedure for fingerprinting and photographing a child with special health care needs. Sponsor: Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
PA 104 (SB 394): Extend the sunset until Sept. 30, 2018, that requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to continue paying for certain foster care services. Sponsor: Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford.
PA 105 (SB 433): Amend the medical marijuana regulatory act to meet federal background check requirements. Sponsor: Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
SB 106 (HB 4769): Authorize the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to sell the Farnum building and adjacent parking lot that used to house the Michigan Senate offices. Sponsor: Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing.
PA 107-108 (HB 4313 and 4323): Provide the $56.5 billion budgets that will fund state government, schools, community colleges and universities for the 2017-18 budget year, which begins Oct. 1. Sponsors: Reps. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township, Laura Cox, R-Livonia.
For information on the bills signed into law, go to www.legislature.mi.gov.
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