Ban Pit Bull Bans, Licensure Mandates for Foresters and Shampooers, More

April 13, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

Senate Bill 741, Ban local dog regulations based on breed: Passed 22 to 13 in the Senate

To prohibit a local government from enacting or enforcing an ordinance or rule that regulates dogs based upon their breed or perceived breed, including pit bulls.


House Bill 5001, Impose licensure mandate on professional foresters: Passed 32 to 2 in the Senate

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To impose a new licensure mandate on professional foresters (styled by the bill as registration), with a $200 fee, regulations, education and experience requirements and more. The bill would create a state board comprised of officials and individuals currently in this or related businesses, which would devise specific rules, requirements and restrictions. This is related to a recent small forestland property tax break law that requires owners to engage the services of a forester to apply for the special tax treatment.


Senate Bill 751, Revise details of government's permission to give shampoos: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To very slightly relax some of the extensive and detailed licensure restrictions imposed on cosmetology students before they can give a shampoo and blow-dry in a cosmetology establishment, subject to specified limits and conditions. One of these would be that a licensed cosmetologist be present during the act of student shampooing. Student-cosmetologists would still be prohibited from performing other cosmetology services until they get their license from the state, which requires 1,500 hours of training or apprenticeship.


House Bill 5438, Define withholding drugs as human trafficking “coercion”: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To expand the definition of coercion in a law addressing human trafficking, so it includes “controlling or facilitating access to controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose.”


House Bill 4891, Define parent eavesdropping on child as legal: Passed 105 to 3 in the House

To add a parental exception to a law that defines eavesdropping that is not otherwise prohibited by law. The bill would permit eavesdropping by a parent or guardian who listens in on the private conversations of a child who is a minor.


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 www.MichiganVotes.org.


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