Senate Bill 458: Require governor notify legislature when traveling out of state: Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate
To require that when leaving the state and on return, the governor must notify the lieutenant governor, and require this person to notify legislative leaders in writing within 12 hours.
Senate Bill 458: Irwin legislative leader "domestic terrorist" amendment: Failed 16 to 20 in the Senate
To add an exception to SB 458, waiving the "governor has left the state" reporting requirement for a legislative leader believed to present "a security risk to this state because of his or her affiliations with a domestic terrorist organization." This was proposed by Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor.
Senate Bill 429: Establish sand and gravel mining regulatory regime, fees: Passed 19 to 17 in the Senate
To impose a state permit mandate on "aggregates" mining (sand and gravel), which are needed for road repair and reconstruction projects. The bill would preempt locally-imposed restrictions and permit mandates (with exceptions), with $5,000 permit application fee and the restrictions and requirements.
House Bill 4631: Reduce a limit on government “civil asset forfeiture” takings: Passed 77 to 33 in the House
To create an exception to a 2019 law that prohibited government “civil asset forfeitures,” which are takings of property that may be associated with a suspected drug-related crime, unless the individual is actually convicted or accepts a plea bargain. That only applies to police seizures of property worth $50,000 or more, and the bill would lower this to $20,000 for property seized by public airport authority police.
House Bill 4823: Shift more online gambling tax revenue to horse race industry: Passed 88 to 21 in the House
To remove a cap on the amount of state online gambling tax revenue that can be given to the horse race industry and tracks. Fiscal agency analysts note this could cause a modest reduction in revenue for schools.
House Bill 4667: Ban government “vaccination passport": Passed 62 to 47 in the House
To prohibit the state or local governments from producing or issuing a COVID-19 vaccine passport, subject to a $1,000 penalty per violation. The bill would also ban governments from providing an incentive to a person to require or use a vaccination passport.
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