Bicycle Clearance, Extend the Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes, More

May 25, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

Senate Bill 123, Establish minimum clearance when passing bicycles: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate

To require drivers who are passing a bicyclist to their right that is going the same direction to stay at least three feet to the left. Also, to explicitly allow passing a bicycle in a no passing zone if there is enough room to make it safe to do so. Senate Bill 170 establishes the same rules for drivers passing a bicycle to the left of the vehicle.

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Senate Bill 653, Create environmental permit appeal panel: Passed 58 to 50 in the House

To create a state environmental permit appeal panel comprised of certain officials and representatives of specified interests including business and environmentalist organizations. A permit applicant aggrieved by permit denial could appeal to the panel, which would have the authority to revise or reject state environmental regulators' decision or conditions of a permit.


House Bill 6043, Require report to state of disclosures on prospective school employees: Passed 88 to 21 in the House

To expand a law that requires individuals who apply for a school job to sign a document that authorizes the applicant’s current or former employers to disclose any unprofessional conduct to the school. The bill would require the school to report to the Department of Education any information obtained this way about sex or other crimes involving a minor, or inappropriate conduct involving a minor. This would also apply if a school receives similar information about a current employee. The department would be required to keep these reports for six years.


Senate Bill 871, Extend statute of limitations criminal sexual conduct crimes: Passed 108 to 1 in the House

To extend the statute of limitations on prosecuting second and third degree criminal sexual conduct offenses in which the victim is a minor to 15 years after the offense is committed, or the alleged victim’s 28th birthday. In cases where an unknown offender is later identified by DNA evidence the statute of limitations would extend 15 years after the identification.


Senate Bill 872, Extend statute of limitations on criminal sexual conduct suits: Passed 99 to 10 in the House

To extend the statute of limitations to 10 years on filing civil lawsuits related to criminal sexual conduct offenses, or if the victim was a minor, until the individual turns 28 years of age. This would be retroactive for cases going back to 1997 that match the profile of offenses committed by convicted MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, except a victim would have to file a suit within three months of the bill becoming law.


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