A package of bills (SB 584 – 586) passed the Senate that would allow adults with a proper license to carry a concealed weapon through almost all “gun free zones”; The Board of State Canvassers is tentatively planning to meet Jan. 10, 2018 for consideration of the Protecting Michigan Taxpayer’s prevailing wage repeal petition; A no-fault auto insurance reform bill falls 10 votes short of passage in the House; Gov. Rick Snyder appointed his chief legal advisor Elizabeth Clement to the Michigan Supreme Court. Clement is the Governor’s fifth appointment; For the second time, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission was unable to issue an interpretation of state law to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited forms of sex discrimination. For more on these and other legislative issues, click November 2017 Karoub Report.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) says he is determined to pass legislation to allow private police forces with the authority to make arrests at colleges, hospitals, and malls under SB 594 and SB 595; A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has introduced an 11-bill alternative to no-fault auto insurance package that would reduce rates by 20 to 30 percent without cutting benefits; A House resolution has been introduced that would eliminate the State Board of Education and give the governor power to appoint the state superintendent, who would oversee the Department of Education; The Senate passed its version of Driver Responsibility Fee (DRF) elimination bills which frees drivers with an unpaid DRF of six or more years; Dr. Eden Wells, the state’s top medical director, is facing two more charges - involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office - in connection with the Flint water crisis. Click here for the October 2017 Karoub Report which highlights these and other legislative issues.

mapoThe Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) sent a letter to State Senators urging them to Vote NO on two bills that would permit private police forces in Michigan. On behalf of more than 17,000 members, including Michigan Association of Police (MAP), MAPO highlighted several reasons why Senate Bills 594 and 595 would have a negative impact on Michigan citizens and law enforcement.

Please click here for the MAPO letter to the Michigan Senate.

The Senate passed legislation (SB 335 and SB 336) that would allow Super PACS to exist under state law. Super PACS are independent committees able to raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions and other entities; A bipartisan coalition of 15 House members claim the “Fair and Affordable No-Fault Reform Package” will reduce auto insurance rates 20 to 30 percent without reducing benefits; After Dec.15, 2017, medical marijuana dispensaries still operating could have trouble getting licensed, according to the emergency rules the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs plans to push forward; and Democrats have introduced a seven-bill package to create a plan to test water and air quality annually in Michigan schools and create an environmental task force. Click here for the September 2017 Karoub Report featuring more information on these and other legislative issues.

With the Senate scheduled to return for the fall session Sept. 5 and the House on Sept. 6, 2017, topics expected to be addressed include: municipal pension reform, corrections reform, career technical training and streamlining the mental health system; Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law the “Good Jobs” package of legislation (SBs 242 through 244), which would allow a company seeking to relocate in Michigan to collect 100 percent of the state income tax withholdings for new employees for 10 years if it creates a minimum of 3,000 jobs at the average salary level for the local prosperity region; the state employment rate has dropped again; Gov. Snyder vetoed legislation that would phase out the sales tax on used car trade-ins, but there is talk of a possible override attempt on that or the Choose Life license plate he also vetoed; and Snyder signed an executive directive creating a Council on Opioid and Prescription Drug Enforcement (COPE) that will be headed by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. For more information on these and other legislative issues, click here for the August 2017 Karoub Report.