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Governor Whitmer Signs a Series of Bills Into Law



December 30, 2020 



Governor Whitmer Signs a Series of Bills Into Law 


LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed and vetoed a series of bills today. The bills are outlined below.   





Signed Bills  

HB 6313 

Amends the Occupational Code to allow a one-time extension to the license cycle for real estate professionals, for the purpose of continuing education requirements. 

Rep. Thomas Albert (R- Lowell)  

SB 1090 

Amends the Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act to abate, or suspend, child support responsibilities if the payer will be incarcerated for at least 180 consecutive days and will not have the ability to pay the support. 

Senator John Bizon (R- Battle Creek) 

SB 1091 

Amends the Friend of the Court Act to add a new section that requires monthly support payment be abated, by operation of law, when the parent becomes incarcerated for 180 days or more and has no ability to pay support. 

Senator John Bizon (R- Battle Creek) 

SB 1109 

Creates an appeals board within the Michigan Veterans Facility Authority (MVFA) to hear appeals regarding admissions decisions, involuntary dismissals, and requests for interment. Membership on this board would first be offered to the current members of the board of managers, who currently oversee Michigan veteran homes and facilities. 

Senator Winnie Brinks (D- Grand Rapids)  

SB 1110 

Modifies the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority to repeal all remaining statutes in Chapter 36 of the MCL, thereby dissolving the Michigan Veterans’ Facilities Board of Managers. 

Senator Tom Barrett (R- Charlotte)  

SB 1203  

Amends the General Property Tax Act to provide businesses with a one-year reprieve by freezing the location of all personal property (i.e. computers, printers, and other equipment) being used by remote workers and assessing it at the business’s ordinary location for the 2021 tax year. 

Senator Jim Runestad (R- White Lake) 

SB 1215 

Allows a city to enter into a public-private agreement for a public bridge.  

Senator Ken Horn (R- Frankenmuth) 

SB 1216 

Specifies that if a county board of commissioners previously approved the construction of a bridge across a navigable stream in the county, then any reconstruction, renovation, or replacement of that bridge will not require county approval.  

Senator Ken Horn (R- Frankenmuth) 

SB 1217 

Exempts all real and personal property constituting a public bridge facility from the collection of taxes under the act. 

Senator Jeremy Moss (D- Southfield)  

SB 1218 

Adds property that qualifies as a public bridge facility used by a concessionaire under a public-private agreement to the list of taxation exemptions.  

Senator Wayne Schmidt (R- Traverse City)  

SB 1244 

Provides that current provisions govern certain circumstances regarding when a governmental agency can pay for, engage, or furnish the services of an attorney. 

Senator Tom Barrett (R- Charlotte) 

SB 1256 

Amends the Small Wireless Communications Facilities Deployment Act to create a definition for "county road commission" and to include the term within the definition of "authority." 

Senator Dan Lauwers (R- Brockway) 

SB 464 

Requires financial institutions to implement a policy for training employees to recognize signs of covered financial exploitation and for reporting that activity to a law enforcement agency or Adult Protective Services.  

Senator Pete Lucido (R- Shelby Twp.) 

SB 465 

Amends the Social Welfare Act to allow a county department of social services to notify a financial institution of the status of a report of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation that was made by that financial institution. 

Senator Pete Lucido (R- Shelby Twp.) 

SB 54 

Amends the Income Tax Act to restore the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program.  

Senator Wayne Schmidt (R- Traverse City)  

SB 862 

Amends the Social Welfare Act to make the act’s FOIA provisions subject to the Financial Exploitation Prevention Act. 

Senator Pete Lucido (R- Shelby Twp.) 

SB 897 

Allows a person to hold an on-premises tasting room permit and an off-premises tasting room license in conjunction at the same location under certain conditions. 

Senator Kim LaSata (R- Bainbridge Twp.)  

SB 986 

Changes definitions and provisions pertaining to those who build, repair, or maintain residential structures. 

Senator Ed McBroom (R- Vulcan)  

HB 4816 

Allows certain counties that meet listed population parameters to establish an event center financing program under the Regional Event Center Financing Act. 


Rep. Brandt Iden (R- Oshtemo Twp.) 

Vetoed Bills 

HB 4042 

Would join Michigan to the interstate Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), taking away the state's authority to regulate the nursing profession. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Rep. Mary Whiteford (R- Casco Twp. 

HB 4792  

Would authorize the use of unattended self-service fuel pumps, and significantly restrict the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' ability to regulate safety. Click here to view the veto letter.  

Rep. Beau LaFave (R- Iron Mountain) 

HB 4866 

Would extend the definition of historical vehicle to include a military surplus vehicle that is over 25 years old, thereby allowing those vehicles to be used on public streets and roadsClick here to view the veto letter. 

Rep. Steve Johnson (R- Wayland)  

HB 4910 

Would create the Misrepresentation of Emotional Support Animals Act, which would create additional requirements for individuals seeking reasonable accommodation for emotional support animals. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Rep. Matt Hall (R- Emmett Twp.) 

HB 4911 

Would amend the Revised Judicature Act to allow a housing provider to recover possession of a premises by summary proceedings after termination of a lease under the proposed Misrepresentation of Emotional Support Animals Act. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Rep. Sarah Cambensy (D- Marquette)  

SB 1105 

Would create the Renewable Energy Facilities Payment in Lieu of Tax Act, which would allow the owner or lessee of a qualified renewable energy facility to obtain a property tax exemption and instead make an annual payment in lieu of tax (PILT). Click here to view the veto letter. 

Senator Curt VanderWall (R- Ludington) 

SB 1106 

Would amend the General Property Tax Act to provide an exemption for a facility that has received a renewable energy facilities exemption certificate described in SB 1105. It provides that only the facility would be exempt, not the land on which the facility is located. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Senator Kevin Daley (R- Lum)  

SB 1253 

Would amend the Public Health Code to create a 28-day limit on emergency orders issued to control an epidemic unless a request from the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to extend the order was approved by resolution of both houses of the Legislature. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Senator Lana Theis (R- Brighton)  

SB 1185 

Would create the Pandemic Health Care Immunity Act, which would provide immunity from liability for health care facilities for any injury, including death, sustained by an individual in relation to the provision of COVID-19-related services during the period from late October 2020 – mid-February 2021. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Senator Curt VanderWall (R- Ludington) 

SB 758 

Would enter Michigan into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact and amend the Public Health Code accordingly, thereby giving the commission the authority to promulgate rules that would have the effect of law in Michigan. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Senator Peter MacGregor (R- Rockford)  

SB 761 

Would allow airport authority officers to seize property and subject it to forfeiture without an associated criminal conviction. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Senator Curt VanderWall (R- Ludington) 

SB 857 

Would repeal the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, 1945 PA 302, MCL 10.31 to 10.33, which authorizes the governor to proclaim a state of emergency and gives them the power to promulgate reasonable orders, rules, and regulations as they deem necessary in response to that emergency. Click here to view the veto letter. 

Senator Tom Barret (R- Charlotte)  

SB 983 

Would transfer the Office of Children's Ombudsman to the Legislative CouncilClick here to view the veto letter. 

Senator Peter MacGregor (R- Rockford)  




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