Lawmakers want to repeal unenforced law that makes cohabitating a crime

LANSING, MICH. - If some Michigan laws were enforced, lots of Michiganders could end up in jail.

But lawmakers are trying once again to repeal a law that makes it a crime for an unmarried couple to live together in a “lewd and lascivious manner.”

The penalty for the misdemeanor crime, which is no longer enforced, is up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The bill was introduced last year also and easily made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but never got a vote in the full Senate.

Other bills introduced last week would amend the state's Elliott Larsen civil rights act to include a prohibition on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It's another bill that has been introduced in several of the last legislative sessions, but won't get a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate or House of Representatives.

HB 4664: Change the definition of an adult in the Michigan indigent defense act to 18 years of age. Sponsor: Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township.

HB 4665: Modify the enrollment eligibility for strict discipline academies. Sponsor: Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker.

HB 4666: Amend provisions relating to process serving in civil lawsuits. Ssponsor: Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake.

HB 4667-68: Change the name of the grape and wine council to Michigan craft beverage council. Sponsor: Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Township, Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township.

HB 4669 and SB 413-414: Amend the sentencing guidelines for crimes against animals. Sponsors Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Township, Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage.

HB 4670: Enact guidelines for false declaration in a proof of service in a criminal procedure. Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Bellino, R-Monroe.

HB 4671: Permit county clerks to perform election administration duties for local governments. Sponsor: Rep. Michael Webber, R-Rochester Hills.

HB 4672: Create the automobile insurance fraud authority. Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Linden.

HB 4673: Modify the maximum number of disabled veteran registration plates allowed to be issued to an individual. Sponsor: Rep. Darrin Camilleri, D-Brownstown Township.

HB 4674: Require an impact study on the needs of long-term care. Sponsor: Rep. Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo.

HB 4675-76: Modify factors to consider when determining which court has jurisdiction over juveniles. Sponsors: Rep. Vanessa Guerra, D-Bridgeport, LaTanya Garrett, D-Detroit.

HB 4677-78: Establish a family advisory board in the Department of Corrections and establish permissible purposes for closing a meeting of the board. Sponsors: Reps. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, Martin Howrylak, R-Troy.

HB 4679: Require a fiscal note on the financial impact of legislation. Sponsor: Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township.

HB 4680-82: Increase fees for process serving and mileage in civil and criminal procedures. Sponsors: Reps. Julie Alexander, R-Hanover, Martin Howrylak, R-Troy.

HB 4683: Establish privilege rights for victims of human trafficking. Sponsor: Rep. Robert Kosowski, D-Westland.

HB 4684: Allow for limited guardianship to supervise access to incapacitated individual’s relative. Sponsor: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.

HB 4685: Revise age limit for procedures for sentencing juveniles prosecuted for personal protection order violations. Sponsor: Rep. Michael Webber, R-Rochester Hills.

HB 4686-87: Authorize local units of government to impose rent limitations for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit.

HB 4688: Repeal the prohibition on unmarried people living together. Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit.

HB 4689 and SB 424: Amend the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights act to include a prohibition on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Sponsors: Rep. Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo, Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor.

HB 4690: Extend the statute of limitations on prosecutions of cases of female genital mutilation. Sponsor: Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Clinton.

HB 4691: Mandate joint custody of children in dispute between parents. Sponsor: Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake.

Senate bills

SB 409: Provide for the use of bottom lands for harbors. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.

SB 410: Provide for the permanent revocation of a medical license if a person is convicted of female genital mutilation. Sponsor: Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton.

SB 411: Expand vision screening to certain school grades. Sponsor: Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

SB 412: Prohibit government interference with physician-patient treatment programs. Sponsor: Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing.

SB 415: Require security measures to combat credit card skimmers on retail motor fuel pumps with scanning devices. Sponsor: Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

SB 416: Allow adoption of certain seized animals used in fighting operations. Sponsor: Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights.

SB 417-18: Expand premises for posting of human trafficking notices and provide for public awareness of human trafficking hotine. Sponsors: Sens. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan.

SB 419-421: Modify the considerations for returning a child to the custody of a parent. Sponsors: Sens. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

SB 422: Create a land bank housing program for certain disabled veterans. Sponsor: Sen. Ian Conyers, D-Detroit.

SB 423: Clarify the prohibition of aquaculture in the Great Lakes or inland lakes and streams. Sponsor: Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

For more information or to follow legislation, go to www.legislature.mi.gov.

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