Electric Bicycles, Lawsuits against Unlawful Local Government Gun Restrictions

September 29, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

House Bill 4616, Make local governments liable for gun ban preemption violations: Passed 69 to 39 in the House

To authorize private lawsuits against a local government that violates a state preemption on local firearms ownership or use restrictions. The bill would allow plaintiffs to collect actual damages and costs if they prevail.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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House Bill 4781, Regulate electric bicycle use of improved or forest trails: Passed 107 to 0 in the House

To regulate electric bicycles on paved, gravel or converted rail trails. Low-power, “Class 1” electric bikes would be allowed unless specifically prohibited from a trail by state or local officials. Faster and more powerful Class 2 and 3 e-bikes would be banned from trails unless specifically allowed. All electric bikes would be prohibited from non-motorized forest trails unless specifically allowed on one.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4782, Permit and regulate electric bicycles on roads: Passed 107 to 0 in the House

To regulate and define classes of electric bicycle for use on streets and highways. “Class 1” are the lowest power bikes, and Classes 2 and 3 have more power and can go faster. The bill would ban individuals less than age 14 from using a Class 3 bike, and allow electric bicycles to be used on streets, bike-lanes and highways (not freeways) subject to the same rules and restrictions as regular bikes. Minors would have to wear a helmet.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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