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Governor Rick Snyder signs bills improving services, streamlining regulations

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation to improve state efficiency and eliminate red tape.

“Each of these bills passed with strong bipartisan support and will ultimately help us better meet the needs of our citizens,” Snyder said.

Senate Bill 546, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Robertson, establishes a more consistent process for naming members to library governing boards. The bill establishes four-year terms for board members in cities or villages that hold local elections every four years, requires candidates to be members of the community they represent and specifies the terms and conditions under which a library governing board vacancy can be filled. It is now PA 131.

SB 574, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, allows county boards to rescind their previous decision to have the state of Michigan serve as their foreclosing governmental unit. Currently, 12 counties have elected to have the state as their foreclosing governmental unit, some of which now wish to operate as their own foreclosing governmental unit. It is now PA 132.

SBs 628 and 749, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, expand the definition of who may submit a victim impact statement on behalf of a crime victim who is under 18 or was under 18 at the time the crime was committed to include parents, custodians, guardians, or crime victims themselves. The bills are now PA 133 and 134, respectively.

SB 862, also sponsored by Schuitmaker, expands the scope under which the Michigan Liquor Control Commission can issue a temporary liquor license to a public university for use at an outdoor stadium. It will now include professional international soccer games in cases where both teams are sanctioned by an unincorporated nonprofit association. The temporary license can only be issued for up to 30 days to a university with a student population greater than 10,000. It is now PA 135 of 2014.

SB 612 and House Bill 5396, sponsored by state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood and state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, respectively reduce the number of training hours required to become a licensed barber. They also allow immigrant barbers to use documented experience from their country of origin as replacement for U.S. training hours. The bills bring Michigan in line with requirements in neighboring states. They are now PAs 136 and 137, respectively.

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