Business Subsidies, Online Voter Registration, Licensure Reform and More

October 5, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

House Bill 6064, Authorize new corporate subsidy program: Passed 81 to 25 in the House

To authorize a new program to give up to $50 million in state taxpayer subsidies to some private business owners through a device the bill would create called a “rural development fund.”

Senate Bill 425, Authorize electronic voter registration: Passed 107 to 0 in the House

To require the Secretary of State to develop a system for online voter registration on its website. An individual would have to have a valid driver's license or state identification card to use the proposed system.

House Bill 4224, Repeal ticket scalping ban: Passed 71 to 36 in the House

To repeal a state law that bans ticket “scalping” at sports and entertainment events, but also authorizes jail time for interfering with an internet-based ticket distribution system used by an event's promoter.

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House Bill 6200, Criminalize anchoring in Straits of Mackinac: Passed 106 to 1 in the House

To make a crime to anchor a vessel in the Straits of Mackinac, subject to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

House Bill 6379, Allow pension double-dipping by some “retired” legislature employees: Passed 103 to 4

To permit some “retired” individuals formerly employed by the legislature to return to work and collect both a paycheck and a state pension check.

House Bill 6330, Legalize industrial hemp, impose licensure and regulation on growers: Passed 105 to 1 in the House

To establish and impose a comprehensive state licensure and oversight regime for growers and handlers of industrial hemp. The House also passed House Bill 6331, which would legalize the sale of products with CBD oil, which is contained in some food and beverage products, and may have therapeutic uses.

House Bill 6060, Authorize pre-application occupational licensure determinations: Passed 107 to 0 in the House

To establish a “pre-licensure” inquiry process for individuals seeking one of the many occupational licenses that are mandated by the state as a condition of earning a living in a particular profession. This would let an individual get a preliminary determination of whether any criminal convictions or court judgments against him or her would likely result in being denied a license under licensure provisions that require an applicant have “good moral character.”

House Bill 6110, Limit using criminal background to bar occupational licensure: 106 to 1 in the House

To limit the use of criminal records to determine whether an individual is eligible to get an occupational license mandated by the state, which is required to earn a living in many professions. Specifically, a licensing board or agency could not consider past civil judgments or lawsuits against an individual as evidence of a “lack of good moral character;” and also could not consider a criminal conviction, in and of itself, as conclusive evidence of this, unless the individual was convicted of a felony that is explicitly listed in statute as a disqualifying offense for the particular license.

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