Legislature's latest bills take up hot button issues: abortion, family leave and pot

LANSING, MICH. - The hot-button issues of marijuana, abortion and parental leave time all were included in bills introduced in the Legislature last week. 

Democrats introduced the abortion and reproductive health bills in the hopes of rolling back legislation passed by Republican majorities in recent years. The bills would repeal laws that require a 24-hour waiting period between the time of asking for and getting an abortion, and an additional rider to insurance coverage if a woman wants an abortion covered by health insurance.

They also want to prohibit any future laws that would interfere with the doctor/patient relationship or impede access to an abortion.

“In recent years, we’ve seen legislation passed under the guise of ‘protecting women’s health’ that makes it nearly impossible for women to access abortion,” said Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor. “Once a woman has made a decision to end her pregnancy, politicians have no business interfering in her ability to access safe, high-quality medical care."

With significant Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, the bills are unlikely to get a hearing or a vote.

Other bills introduced last week include those banning billboard advertising for marijuana shops or sales and requiring employers to give up to eight hours of unpaid leave time to employees to attend their children's school activities.

House bills

HB 4744 and 4753: Modify the detention and violation definition of juveniles in certain circumstances. Sponsors: Reps. Jeff Noble, R-Plymouth, and Jim Runestad, R-White Lake.

HB 4745-4750: Increase the candidate filing fee for the state House of Representatives, Senate, county auditor, township officials, county road commissioner and county officials, and make it nonrefundable. Sponsors: Reps. Steve Marino, R-Harrison Township; Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township; Julie Calley, R-Portland; Tommy Brann, R-Wyoming, and Jim Lilly, R-Holland.

HB 4751: Clarify the enforceability of prenuptial agreements. Sponsor: Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township.

HB 4752: Revise the fee ratio and reporting requirement for probate wills and estates. Sponsor: Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township.

HB 4754: Authorize an inter-circuit court jurisdiction plan. Sponsor: Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville.

HB 4755: Prohibit employers from requiring noncompete agreements. Sponsor: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.

HB 4756: Revise the abstract of court records for minor-in-possession violations. Sponsor: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.

HB 4757: Require higher education institutions to provide an option for students to disclose mental health records to parents. Sponsor: Rep. Robert Kosowski, R-Westland.

HB 4758: Require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in public schools. Sponsor: Rep. Robert Kosowski, R-Westland.

HB 4764: Establish parental leave time from work to participate in school activities. Sponsor: Rep. Brian Elder, D-Bay City.

HB 4765: Prohibit health facilities from refusing to provide reproductive health services. Sponsor: Rep. Leslie Love, D-Detroit.

HB 4766: Revise the remedies for violations of the open-meetings act. Sponsor: Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy.

HB 4768: Provide for setting aside juvenile sentences after completion of the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy. Sponsor: Rep. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek.

HB 4769-4771: Modify the policy that allows unsuccessful state contract bidders to protest their rejection and require the state to announce procured bids. Sponsor: Rep. Steve Marino, R-Harrison Township.

Senate bills

SB: 447: Designate a portion of Williams Lake Road in Waterford as the “Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial Highway.” Sponsor: Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc.

SB 448: Allow township supervisors to perform marriages. Sponsor: Sen. James Marleau, R-Orion Township.

SB 450: Revise the requirements to authorize the restructuring of a municipal health facility corporation. Sponsor: Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake.

SB 455: Provide for a local treasurer to recommend financial institutions as depositories of public money. Sponsor: Sen. Ian Conyers, D-Detroit.

SB 456: Establish the authority of local municipalities to approve charitable roadside solicitations. Sponsor: Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights.

SB 457: Allow all religious organizations to put signs and billboards within highway right-of-way. Sponsor: Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph.

SB 458: Require free insurance coverage of birth control. Sponsor: Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights.

SB 459: Designate a portion of M-52 as the Trooper Calvin R. Jones Memorial Highway. Sponsor: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida.

SB 460: Provide additional penalties for delivery of controlled substances causing serious injury. Sponsor: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida.

SB 461-462: Allow fantasy sports betting. Sponsors: Sens. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, and Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing.

SB 465:  Allow engineers and surveyors to have a construction lien on recording a notice without an actual physical improvement on a project. Sponsor: Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.

SB 466: Create the human right to water act. Sponsor: Sen. Coleman Young, D-Detroit.

SB 467: Designate a portion of Woodward Avenue near Comerica Park as Mike Ilitch Boulevard. Sponsor: Sen. Coleman Young, D-Detroit.

House and Senate bills

HB 4760-4761 and SB 452454: Remove the 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed and repeal the law requiring a separate insurance rider for abortions. Sponsors: Reps. Pam Faris, D-Clio; Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills, and Sens. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, and Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing.

HB 4762-4763 and SB 451453: Prohibit government interference with physician-patient treatment programs or laws that place a burden on access to abortion. Sponsors: Reps. Vanessa Guerra, D-Bridgeport; Kristy Pagan, D-Canton, and Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor.

HB 4767 and SB 463: Prohibit the promotion of marijuana sales on billboards. Sponsors: Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, and Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

HB 4772 and SB 464: Make instruction and professional development in the warning signs for suicide mandatory in school curriculum. Sponsors: Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, and Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing.

HB 4773 and SB 468: Modify the population thresholds for eligibility for brownfield redevelopment incentives. Sponsors: Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, and Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland

SB 449 and HB 4759: Authorize the state to sell property it owns in Lansing. Sponsors: Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing, and Rep. Andy Schor, D-East Lansing.

For more information on legislation and to track bills, go to www.legislature.mi.gov.

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