2010 House Bill 5784 (Mandate "in person" accident and ticket reporting to Secretary of State)
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on Feb. 9, 2010, to require individuals involved in a car crash or who get a ticket to report this "in person" within seven days to the Secretary of State, subject to a $500 fine and 93 days in jail for not doing so. The person would have to bring in proof of insurance at the time of the incident, and if the vehicle wasn't insured the Secretary of State would report this to the local police or sheriff.
House Bill 5811 (Require maintaining more Secretary of State offices)
Introduced by Rep. Mary Valentine (D) on Feb. 16, 2010, to impose a moratorium on cost-cutting closures of Secretary of State offices until certain bureaucratic procedures specified in the bill are adopted. These would require balancing cost savings, public convenience and access to public transportation systems when closures are considered, and require that advance notice be given to local governments and the legislature.
House Bill 5817 (Authorize "academic distress commissions" in failing schools)
Introduced by Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D) on Feb. 16, 2010, to authorize the creation of "academic distress commissions" with authority over curriculum in school districts where for the preceding three years 50 percent of the schools failed to meet student performance improvements required under the federal "no child left behind" law. If the school district already is operating under an "emergency financial manager," the governor could give this manager authority over academic matters as well as financial ones. The bill was introduced as Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb is seeking authority over academic matters.
House Bill 5829 (Let municipalities with failing schools authorize charter schools)
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on Feb. 17, 2010, to allow municipalities with poor performing school districts to authorize charter schools.
Permission to reprint this blog post in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author (or authors) and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy are properly cited.
Permission to reprint any comments below is granted only for those comments written by Mackinac Center policy staff.