September 26, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Pensions, hunting drones, automatic pay hikes & more

Senate Bill 730, Mandate restaurant manager food allergy training: Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate

To mandate that restaurants must post a window sticker or notice on the menu that customers have an obligation to inform the server about any food allergies. The bill would also mandate that restaurants employ at least one manager who has received training or viewed an approved video on food allergies (in addition to current requirements for one manager to have a food safety certification).

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House Bill 5405, Heroin overdose treatment immunity: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate

To grant immunity from criminal prosecution or administrative sanction to a medical professional or pharmacist who prescribes, dispenses, possesses, or administers an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone) to someone the person believes in good faith to be suffering a heroin or opioid related overdose. Senate Bill 857 grants lawsuit immunity to a layperson who does this, and also passed unanimously.

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Senate Bill 1011, Facilitate mentally ill prisoner staying on Medicaid: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate

To require the state to suspend but not terminate Medicaid eligibility for an individual with a “serious emotional disturbance” or mental illness if the person is in jail, prison, a state mental health inpatient program or a “youth correctional center.” This would permit the individual to start getting Medicaid benefits again immediately after release.

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Senate Bill 998, Establish rape evidence regulations and procedures; Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate

To create a government commission to establish regulations, procedures and timetables with deadlines that law enforcement agencies and health care providers must follow when collecting and using sexual assault kit evidence.

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Senate Bill 926, Ban using a drone to interfere with hunters: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate

To prohibit using an aerial drone to interfere with or harass a person who is hunting. This would expand an existing law that bans interfering with or harassing hunters. Senate Bill 927 bans using drones to hunt, and also passed unanimously.

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House Bill 5669, Revise private school teacher “professional development” detail: Passed 109 to 0 in the House

To permit a “state-approved nonpublic school” to provide teacher “professional development” for nonpublic school teachers, and credit this toward the issuance or renewal of a teaching certificate or a subject area “endorsement,” to the same extent as when this is provided for teachers in public schools.

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Senate Bill 922, Authorize more local “pension obligation bonds”: Passed 107 to 1 in the House

To extend for one year the sunset on 2012 law that allowed local governments to borrow money to cover unfunded employee pension liabilities, but only if they have closed their traditional “defined benefit” pension system to new employees.

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House Bill 5097, Exempt public safety employees from ban on certain automatic pay hikes: Passed 97 to 12 in the House

To exempt law enforcement and fire department employees from a 2011 law that banned automatic seniority-based pay hikes for individual government employees (“step increases”) when a union contract has expired and no new one signed.

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SOURCE: MichiganVotes.org, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. Please visit http://www.MichiganVotes.org.