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Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Bills To Protect Seniors and Promote Development and Jobs in Detroit


June 15, 2021    



Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Bills To Protect Seniors and Promote Development and Jobs in Detroit 


LANSING, Mich. --?Today, Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 4325, which standardizes criminal background check procedures for employees and volunteers in area agencies on aging, and Senate Bill 437, which will promote development on Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit. In October 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services successfully implemented the protections for seniors codified by HB 4325. 


"When we work together we can craft great legislation that makes a difference in the lives of Michiganders," said?Governor Whitmer "House Bill 4325 codifies important protections for seniors that MDHHS implemented in October 2020. Additionally, Senate Bill 437 will promote development, investment, and jobs in Detroit, accelerating our state's recovery from the pandemic. " 


"I'm pleased state government was able to come together for the protection of vulnerable people in our state," said Rep. Matt Hall, R - Marshall, who sponsored House Bill 4325. "The overwhelming support for this legislation in both the House and Senate and the quick action to sign it into law underscores the importance of this issue. People and their families depend on services provided through local AASA agencies and they depend on those services to be reliable and safe. With standardized background checks and needed uniformity, we are working to ensure elderly people are not put in an environment with potentially dangerous individuals." 


Senate Bill 437 will amend the Michigan Business Tax Act to extend the time in which a development project in Detroit could be completed and still be eligible for preapproved brownfield tax credits. 


Senate Bill 437 was sponsored by Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R - Traverse City, and a copy can be found here 


House Bill 4325 will amend the Older Michiganians Act to require each area agency on aging to have a criminal background check and a central registry criminal background check for each new employee, employee, subcontractor, subcontractor employee, and volunteer who has specified kinds of client contact or access to client information. 


House Bill 4325 was sponsored by Rep. Matt Hall, R - Marshall and a copy can be found here 


The governor also signed House Bill 4445, which amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to revise provisions concerning motorsports event licenses issued to the owners of a motorsports entertainment complex. 


House Bill 4445 was sponsored by Rep. Sarah Lightner, R - Springport, and a copy can be found here.