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As prescribed by the Michigan Constitution, the Legislature will enter the second year of the 101st Legislature on the second Wednesday of the New Year, January 12. This report describes some general bills that were tabled in its first year.

Senate Bill 653: Allowing New Oakland and Wayne County to 4 Mills “Artistic tax”

Presented by Senator Marshall Bullock (D), to allow Oakland and Wayne counties to collect a “History and arts” property tax that would impose an additional levy of $ 0.4 million on landowners for a period of up to 20 years. A new Wayne County of 15 members “Historical commission” would, among other things, be responsible for outsourcing the management of the Charles H. Wright Museum and the Detroit Historical Museum. In December, the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Small Business introduced the bill to the Senate as a whole with a “favorable” recommendation.

Senate Bill 672: Limiting Liability For Data Breaches When Good Safeguards Are In Place

Introduced by Senator Wayne Schmidt (R), to limit the liability for data breaches of individuals, institutions and organizations who retain or access the personal information of others if they “Established, maintained and reasonably complied with a written cybersecurity program which contains administrative, technical and physical guarantees” as described in the bill. The bill would establish as “Strong policy of this state” at “Encourage compliance with a recognized cybersecurity standard or framework. “ Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

Senate Bill 675 and Bill 5373: Prohibit the release of toy balloons

Introduced by Senator Mallory McMorrow (R) and Representative Mari Manoogian (R), respectively, to define a toy helium balloon released into the atmosphere as trash, with discharges punishable by a fine of $ 250 for trash. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

Senate Bill 678: Extending the Offenses Triggering the Prohibition on Firearms

Presented by Senator Stephanie Chang (D), to redefine “crime” as used in a law prohibiting the possession of firearms by those convicted of a felony “Punishable by imprisonment for 4 years or more”, expanding it to include a “Offense involving domestic violence”, that is, violations defined in the bill and punishable by at least one year in prison.

Senate Bills 743 and 744: Allow Taxpayer Funded “green” subsidies to navigation and port interests

Introduced by Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R) and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D), for authorizing another selective taxpayer-funded public grant program for the benefit of private developers and corporations, this one distributing “Great Maritime Lakes” subsidies for schemes aimed at reducing ” greenhouse gas “ and other emissions related to ports and shipping, as well as more prosaic purposes, including spill prevention, stormwater management, waste management, etc. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 5316: Abandon the pursuit of certain federal unemployment benefit overpayments

Introduced by Representative Stephanie Young (D), to forgo state efforts to seek reimbursement from people who received inappropriate federal unemployment benefits during the coronavirus outbreak. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

Maison Bill 5422: Ban on industrial / commercial taxation “Carbon credit” industry mandates

Introduced by Representative John Damoose (R), to prohibit government agencies and officials from demanding and offering a “Carbon offset credit” to a commercial or industrial user of fossil fuel and electricity, defined as making him pay for certification that specified amounts of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas used by the operation have been reduced or ” held captive “. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 5424: Prohibition on using taxpayers ‘money to pay for expenses of the school employees’ union

Brought forward by Representative Pamela Hornberger (R), to make it illegal for public schools to contribute to the union or “Education association” contributions assumed by teachers, school superintendents, principals and administrators, building managers, school building “Connections”, “Administrators and central office staff” and related posts. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 5491: Revise the disease “carrier” warnings law

Presented by Representative Steven Johnson (R), to review the Michigan Public Health Code definition of disease “carrier” exclude people with COVID-19. The designation requires officials to give a warning notice to those who commit or are suspected of “Harbor a specific infectious agent” that they must cooperate in efforts to control the transmission of serious disease, and is enforceable with a court order. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

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