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Calley signs four bills into law

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - With the governor out of the country on a trade mission to Asia, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today signed four bills into law.

Article V Section 26 of the Michigan Constitution gives authority to the lieutenant governor when the governor is outside the state.

Senate Bill 212, sponsored by state Sen. Roger Kahn, allows fire departments to partner with school districts to provide firefighter training to students who are at least 16 years old and who, upon completion of the program, would be provisionally licensed until age 18 when they could begin fighting fires.  The bill is now Public Act 153 of 2011.

S.B. 213, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson, allows pharmacists to fill prescriptions received electronically from dentists licensed outside of Michigan.  Pharmacists are already allowed to fill prescriptions for controlled substances written by doctors in other states that are sent to the pharmacy electronically.  The bill is now P.A. 155 of 2011.

House Bill 4360, sponsored by state Rep. Gail Haines, amends the Motor Carrier Safety Act to allow the Michigan State Police to grant medical waivers, so that drivers with diabetes may operate a school bus if they meet qualifications already established in current law.  The bill is now P.A. 156 of 2011.

House Bill 4788, sponsored by state Rep. Harvey Santana, lowers the population threshold for a city to classify a Federal Reserve Bank as industrial property that is eligible for a property tax abatement.  The change was needed to accommodate Detroit's falling population.  The bill is now P.A. 154 of 2011.