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2019-01-09 / News

Snyder Signs, Vetoes Nearly 200 Bills in Final Days in Office

With previous governor Rick Snyder’s term ending in December, the politician faced nearly 200 lame duck bills in his final days in office. While he chose to veto nearly 30 bills, a majority of them were signed.

Signed Bills

HB 5806 – 5808 move participation of minors from traditional problem-solving courts into specific juvenile mental health courts.

SB 404 provides for a waiver on state identification cards for veterans.

SBs 906 and 907 provide for a sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of a school bus or school bus service under certain circumstances.

SB 991 requires a school’s governing body to update the Michigan State Police biannually of the emergency contact points through which an official for the school is able to receive information acquired by a school safety hotline.

SB 1034 modifies language relating to property tax exemptions for qualified forest property.

SB 1136 establishes an inland lake aquatic invasive plant species control and eradication program.

SBs 1195 - 1196 will impose a fee on the disposal of certain radioactive waste in landfills as well as regulating the disposal of certain radioactive waste in landfills.

HB 4319 allows the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran to use disabled veteran registration plate.

HB 4333 enacts sentencing guidelines for crimes of animal cruelty.

HB 4474 allows for possession of concealed pistols on military premises.

HB 4747 and 4748 allow candidates for township offices to pay a filing fee in lieu of nominating petition and makes the fee nonrefundable.

HB 4780 designates the Michigan Compiled Laws Database as an official source of law.

HB 4990 revises vehicle registration fees for vehicles owned and operated for nonprofit food banks and food pantries.

HB 5090 modifies penalties for certain vehicles failure to stop at weigh station.

HB 5372 allows medication assisted treatment program to be required for certain individuals as part of their sentence.

HB 5439 creates a psychiatric bed registry.

HB 5639 requires the Secretary of State to issue a vehicle identification number and title under certain circumstances.

HB 5801 modifies the information required for a notice of an election concerning a millage increase.

HB 5810 replaces certain alternative mental health treatments with assisted outpatient treatment.

HBs 5818 - 5819 allow guardians authority to consent to mental health treatment.

HB 5820 revises procedures for involuntary mental health treatment and judicial admissions.

HB 5837 allows qualifying out-of-state municipalities/ political subdivisions and Canadian provinces to become members in a Michigan joint agency.

HB 6049 provides for a shift of certain assessment functions to county equalization departments.

HB 6108 sets sentencing guidelines for signing a petition with multiple names.

HB 6129 - 6131 provides for powers and duties of a directed trustee.

HB 6147 designates a portion of M-53 as the “Sergeant Wouters Memorial Highway.”

HB 6344 consolidates district courts in East Lansing, Lansing and Ingham County to one countywide district court.

HB 6465 adopts Coast Guard standards for permits for ballast water discharge from oceangoing vessels.

HB 6475 provides for general amendments to the State Police Retirement Act.

HBs 6476 - 6481 updates references to the state police retirement act.

HB 6484 provides exception to abolition of tort liability for damage to property.

HB 6486 allows electronic title for vehicles with a lienholder for watercraft.

HB 6491 enacts insurance data security model law.

HB 6498 revises regulation of motor vehicle manufacturers and dealers and requirements for dealer agreements.

HB 5526 establishes a letter grade system for ranking public schools in Michigan.

SB 331 requires licensing of genetic counselors.

SB 706 makes changes to the Convention and Tourism Marketing Act.

SB 707 makes changes to the Community Convention or Tourism Marketing Act.

SB 1095 clarifies the process for filing nominating petitions for city elections.

SB 1127 modifies nominating petition deadlines for certain board of trustee candidates.

SB 1177 provides recognition in the state Capitol for veterans and eliminates the report from the former custodian of the Michigan veterans’ headquarters.

SB 1180 modifies role of the director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs within the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority.

SB 1211 changes the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act by narrowing definitions and to require negligence as an element of violations while also requiring award of costs to prevailing party other than this state.

SBs 1238 - 1242 implement rules related to voter registration and absentee voting.

HB 4205 prohibits state agency rules from being more stringent than federal regulations. The governor noted his administration has worked tirelessly to eliminate more than 3,000 unnecessary rules. It is appropriate for state agencies to take extra care in justifying regulatory decisions when adding rules. These rules and regulations are still allowed to be more stringent than federal law when accompanied by the appropriate explanation and support. This bill replaced a previous version that was vetoed. The Governor’s concerns that led to the prior veto were addressed in HB 4205. This law would not have impacted the state’s efforts to address changes to the lead and copper rule, or any work done by the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team.

HB 5123 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide information regarding foster children’s assurance of quality foster care policy to foster children.

HB 5454 extends principal residence exemption to owners temporarily absent while rebuilding a demolished or destroyed dwelling.

HB 5907 requires notification of opportunities for advanced placement testing, college level program testing and DSST subject standardized tests.

HB 5939 - 5941 give local governments more control over when fireworks can be used in their communities.

HB 5943 enacts sentencing guidelines for threatening a school with a firearm or other deadly or dangerous weapon.

HB 5992 establishes election forgery as a chargeable offense.

HBs 6006 and 6007 eliminate the Michigan Capitol Committee and references to it in other parts of the law.

HB 6011 enters Michigan into national driver’s license compact.

HB 6269 defines coal ash impoundment, sets fees and requirements for new impoundment areas or lateral expansions of coal ash landfills.

HBs 6330 and 6331 establish licenses and oversight related to industrial hemp and modifies definitions of hemp and marijuana.

HB 6355 allows a person to purchase minnows from a person with a license, without obtaining a license.

HB 6374 requires drains to be assessed to public corporations.

HB 6375 provides for relinquishment to the state transportation department with respect to intercounty drain boards for public health.

HB 6376 makes county and intercounty drain provisions consistent regarding necessity for public health and recovery of attendant expenses.

HB 6377 revises petition requirements for county drainage districts and for maintenance on county and intercounty drains.

HB 6380 excludes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana plant.

HBs 6393 - 6394 update the grade A milk law and amend the manufacturing milk law of 2001.

HB 6406 makes changes to the identity theft protection act for corresponding data breaches.

HB 6595 requires a petition circulator for constitutional amendments, initiatives, or referendums to indicate if he or she is paid or a volunteer and provides limitations on certain petition signatures. The governor noted that this law would promote geographic diversity in support of ballot proposals similar to the way gubernatorial candidates are required to have when they file for election.

SB 763, 931 and 932 expand acceptable usage of the fund to include renovation and redevelopment projects. The bills also increase potential investments in state and local parks.

SB 110 allows local units of government to provide incentives for affordable rental housing.

SB 671 adds language to statute relating to preserving claims against a title.

SB 729 exempts some financial institutions from requirements for some gift cards.

SB 752 allows an extension for a certain period of time for when services, financial assistance and other benefits are eligible to a spouse after marriage.

SB 838 extends the time period for issuance of a security to pay off unfunded pension or postemployment health care liabilities.

SB 844 extends the expiration of the Criminal Justice Policy Commission to Jan. 12, 2023.

SB 1108 makes certain technical modifications to the 21st Century Jobs Fund.

SB 1118 allows for sale of certain state-owned property in Muskegon County.

SB 1205 modifies claims utilization and cost information compilation for public service employment.

SB 1232 eliminates sunset provisions related to pilot programs pertaining to juvenile justice services for child welfare services.

SB 1234 allows for transportation of police dogs in ambulances.

SB 1244 modifies cleanup criteria for hazardous substances.

SBs 1262 – 1263 modify requirements for applicants for medical marihuana facility licensing, enacts sentencing guidelines for operating a medical marihuana facility without a license resulting in a death or serious injury, and other general amendments.

SB 1264 requires that the Secretary of State forward a digitized photograph for applicants for a state registry identification card to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

HB 4066 creates the interstate medical licensure compact.

HB 4525 modifies the definition of autocycle and motorcycle.

HB 5098 requires certain notifications and procedures for relocation of facilities.

HB 6012 modifies procedures when non-resident motorists do not comply with a traffic citation in this state.

HB 6017 updates HIV testing and reporting procedures.

HB 6025 designates certain portions of US 131 as the “PPC Nicholas H. Blogett,” “CPL Ross A. Smith,” and “SPC Eric T. Burri Memorial Highway”.

HB 6090 modifies Board of Review hearings under the county public improvement act of 1939.

HB 6021 updates HIV testing and reporting procedures.

HB 6153 repeals the forest and mineral resource development grant and loan program.

HB 6397 exempts certain information from certain disclosures and clarifies investigation procedures.

SB 601 and 149 form a supplemental investment plan of more than $500 million as a result of increased revenue collections and lapsed funding from state agencies. Funding is provided for environmental cleanup, roads, school safety, rainy day fund and more.

HB 4505 modifies reimbursement for medical procedures and services related to sexual assault medical forensic examinations.

HB 4506 modifies use of expenditures from the sexual assault victims’ medical forensic intervention and treatment fund.

HB 4067 creates the interstate medical licensure compact and modifies the licensing process to incorporate the compact.

HB 4608 excludes painters and decorators from the licensing requirement for residential maintenance and alteration contractors.

HB 5018 enacts sentencing guidelines for cyberbullying in Michigan.

HB 5025 provides for administrative procedures for withholding tax refunds for unpaid city income taxes.

HB 5152 and 5153 create a form to opt out of being prescribed or administered an opioid and allows guardians to fill it out for minors.

HB 5411 provides for classification definitions for corrections security inspector and corrections security representative.

HBs 5505 - 5506 modify the licensing of adult foster care facilities.

HB 5542 eliminates requirements that police officers take security from nonresident motorists for civil infractions in Motor Carrier Safety Act.

HB 5606 allows for the sale of nonalcoholic beverages by a licensed wine maker.

HBs 5854 and 5855 create a voluntary wetland restoration permit.

HB 5866 moves certain authority from the Department of Natural Resources to the Natural Resources Commission.

HB 5913 provides for taxexempt status for 501(c)(19) organizations.

HB 5926 removes the term of validity for certificates of employability for parolees.

HB 5942 provides penalties for threatening a school with a firearm or other deadly or dangerous weapon.

HB 5945 provides for exemption in truck routes designated for local authorities and county road commissions for agricultural equipment.

HB 5609 allows up to $100 to insured from property casualty insurer.

HB 5622 designates portion of M-15 as the “Purple Heart Trail.”

HB 5647 allows for use of handheld dental X-ray systems under certain circumstances.

HB 5672 designates portion of M-15 in Oakland County as the “Deputy Eric Overall Memorial Highway.”

HB 5718 provides for disposal of certain stolen or abandoned property by donation in certain circumstances.

HB 5725 designates portion of M-5 as the “Staff Sergeant Duane J. Dreasky Memorial Highway.”

HBs 5828 - 5829 provide for a comprehensive school safety plan and fund as well as requiring public schools, public school academies and nonpublic schools to designate school safety liaisons and submit to inspections by state police.

HB 5850 eliminates the sunset in the student safety act .

HB 5851 requires reporting of attempted acts of school violence.

HB 5852 adds active shooter training in the Michigan commission on law enforcement standards.

HBs 6016, 6018 - 6020 and 6022 - 6023 update HIV testing and reporting procedures.

HB 6052 creates the economic development incentive act.

HBs 6053 and 6054 modify the penalties for filing essential services assessment late.

HB 6063 prevents local ordinances from prohibiting signage for veterans or first responders who die in the line of duty.

HBs 6087 - 6088 allows municipalities to borrow money from the state infrastructure bank and exempts loans from the state infrastructure bank from the definition of municipal security under the Revised Municipal Finance Act.

HB 6123 creates the Water Use Advisory Council .

HB 6360 removes the sunset on requirement for auto insurers to provide policy information to Department of Health and Human Services.

HB 6361 expands requirement to notify Department of Health and Human Services of legal action in which Medicaid may have a right to recover.

HB 6378 creates a procedure for granting service credit to certain employees of a tax-supported community or junior college and revises method to calculate unfunded actuarial accrued liability.

HB 6400 exempts certain adult care facilities from special or conditional use permits.

HB 6403 modifies county veteran service fund distribution.

HBs 6428 - 6430 modify provisions on delivery of electric service outside of corporate limits of a city.

HB 6472 modifies issuance of floodplain permits for minor and general projects.

HB 6487 allows electronic title for vehicles with a lienholder for off-road vehicles.

HB 6520 enacts corporate governance annual disclosure model act.

HB 6573 modifies law enforcement separation from service record act and allows Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards to obtain records.

HB 6572 modifies the employment record information employers can release for a law enforcement employee.

HB 6582 requires certain identifying information from Freedom of Information Act requests.

Vetoed Bills

SB 1176 would have prohibited the disclosure of certain donor information. In his veto letter, Gov. Snyder wrote that the broad prohibitions in this bill would impair the executive branch’s ability to protect donors. In addition, he wrote that he believes this legislation is a solution that is in search of a problem that doesn’t exist in Michigan.

SB 822 would have clarified that memorandums of understanding stay intact beyond the term of a governor. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that while the aim of the legislations appears to be a noble purpose, which is transparency, it also has the potential to lead to more routine legislative encroachment into regulating the activity of future governors.

HB 6553 would have created the right for the Legislature to intervene in any court proceeding. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that he believes the current process has worked well to ensure the Legislature’s position is considered. He also considered that if this legislation were in place during his term as governor, it would have limited his office’s ability to coordinate and manage the defense of the state in lawsuits.

SBs 100 - 101 would have removed certain restrictions on recovery of costs and fees in action involving this state and exempts parole hearings from the administrative procedures act and makes general revisions to contested case provisions. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that the legislation could create legal uncertainty considering it contains a substantially justifiable standard coupled with a clear and convincing standard, which neither federal law nor other state laws contain.

SB 721 would have amended statute pertaining to sand dunes protection and management. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that allowing large-scale contour changes proposed by the legislation is not protective to the dune ecosystem. Further, it would provide opportunities to degrade, erode and destabilize critical dunes, which is what this statute was originally enacted to protect.

SB 1040 would have expanded the definition of historical vehicles to include certain military surplus vehicles. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that vehicles that were never manufactured or intended for on-road passenger use could be registered and permitted on public streets and roads and he does not believe that is appropriate.

SB 1198 would have removed the sunset on the prohibition of telemedicine examination prior to a physician diagnosing and prescribing a medical abortion. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that providing patients with the ability to remotely receive safe and proper medical care, at a time-sensitive period for the patient, is significant. It was with this in mind that the bill was returned without signature.

SB 1249 would have changed the Code of Criminal Procedure to set a fiveyear statute of limitations on indicting an individual for committing a violation of the Campaign Finance Act. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that the Code of Criminal Procedure currently provides that an indictment may be filed within six years of a crime being committed. Shortening the statute of limitations to five years results in minimal to no functional change.

HB 5143 and 5680 would have modified the exemption for alternative energy personal property and excluded placement of solar panels on residential real property from assessment of true cash value. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that HB 5143 included several technical issues it failed to resolve including differential treatment based on the effective date of the bill. Although HB 5680 was more straightforward and acceptable, due to the tiebar, it too was returned without approval.

HB 5634 would have eliminated prohibitions on window tinting and obstruction of a driver’s vision. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that the bill would have increased the potential risk of harm to law enforcement personnel, particularly when approaching a vehicle during traffic enforcement stops by making it more difficult for law enforcement personnel to view a vehicle’s interior and contents, including the number and location of occupants inside the vehicle.

HBs 5916 and 5917 would have clarified pet shop regulations in the sale of dogs and prohibited local governments from enacting or enforcing an ordinance, policy, resolution or rule regulating a qualified pet shop. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that any concerns these bills might have addressed are manifestly local in nature, and local officials should be afforded the discretion to address them.

HB 6205 would have modified the Animal Industry Act. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that language was added at the lastminute that was already vetoed in Senate Bill 660, so House Bill 6205 is being vetoed for the same reason.

HBs 6206 – 6210, 6211 - 6214 and 6216 would have modified the Animal Industry Act. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that since these bills were all tiebarred to House Bill 6205, which he previously vetoed, none of the bills would take effect.

HB 6499 would have increased the number of children receiving care at certain childcare institutions. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that increasing the capacity and concentration of fostered youths would negatively impact the goals of providing foster youth care.

HBs 6549 and 6550 would have exempted certain aviation equipment from sales tax and use tax. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that he vetoed identical legislation on October 16, 2018 and is therefore vetoing this legislation again.

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