Michigan House of Representatives

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Retired federal law enforcement officers would be able to carry a concealed weapon in "gun-free" zones under a bill approved by the Michigan House.

The bill was approved 73-37 Wednesday in the Republican-controlled House.

It would let retired federal law enforcement officers with concealed weapons license carry a concealed weapon in "gun-free" zones such as schools, daycare centers and bars.

The bill applies to retirees who were required to carry a firearm on the job and who retired in good standing.

House GOP calls for savings from health department merger

Mar 25, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's House signaled it won't try to block the proposed merger of the state's Community Health and Human Services departments, but it will seek cost savings as a result. 

A budget approved for Community Health on Tuesday by a House Appropriations subcommittee included around $2.2 million less for administrative costs. That signals the House Republican majority will let the merger advance but demand increased efficiencies.

Bill would let landlords e-vict

Mar 19, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has approved legislation that would let landlords email eviction notices to tenants or notify them via social media.

State law says landlords must deliver eviction notices in writing, either on site or by mail. The bill passed 85-24 Wednesday would permit electronic eviction notices only if tenants consent.

The measure now moves to the Senate.

The bill would prohibit landlords from refusing to enter leases because prospective tenants decline to consent to electronic eviction notices.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state House has approved a package of bills that would revise prison sentences and alternatives for young offenders in a program that offers a second chance after conviction. 

The package was approved with broad bipartisan support in the House on Thursday. It would change the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which now allows judges to sentence 17- to 20-year-olds who have pleaded guilty to a crime to prison or probation without having a conviction on their record.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Student athletes at Michigan’s public universities would be banned from unionizing under a bill approved by the state House on Tuesday. 

House Bill 6074 passed on a party-line vote.

“I don’t think we want to send the message to high school athletes that, gee, we want you to come to college and be a part-time university employee,” said Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, who sponsored the bill.

Lawmaker wants MI residents to pay online tax

Dec 9, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers are breathing new life into bills that would force retailers such as Amazon.com to collect the state's sales tax on Internet purchases. 

The House on Tuesday is expected to prepare the legislation for a possible vote later this week. Similar bills are pending in the Senate after a committee approved them last week.

Retailers with stores in Michigan must collect the 6 percent sales tax when selling items online. But Internet-only stores like Amazon don't have to assess the sales tax unless they have a physical presence in the state.

MI House holds hearing on electoral system

Dec 2, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A debate over dividing Michigan's electoral votes among presidential candidates is resuming in the Legislature. 

A House panel on Tuesday will hold its second hearing in weeks on legislation to move the state away from a winner-take-all presidential election system.
A Republican-sponsored bill would give at least nine of Michigan's 16 electoral votes to the top vote getter, while the second-place finisher could win up to seven depending on the race's closeness.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state House panel is scheduled to meet Monday to consider changing the way Michigan awards its Electoral College votes for president.

Right now, the state assigns all of its 16 electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. A new Republican proposal would allow the runner-up to get up to seven of those votes – depending on how close the vote is.

“What this does is it says, if you want to do well in Michigan, you got to actually come here and talk about our issues,” said bill sponsor state Rep. Pete Lund, R-Shelby Twp.

Parties vie for control of state House

Oct 13, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Democrats who need a five-seat swing to upend Republican control of the Michigan House face a number obstacles in the November 4th election. 

They include gerrymandered districts, a financial disadvantage and historical trends favoring the GOP in a non-presidential election year.

But Representative Brandon Dillon, who's leading House Democrats' campaign to retake power for the first time since 2010, says there are enough chances to pick up seats.

Republicans, however, like their chances to fatten a current 59-50 edge in the House.

House to vote on forfeiture bill

Sep 16, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers plan to proceed with a bill making it easier for the government to seize property linked to suspected illegal activity. 

The legislation up for a vote Tuesday in the state House allows for the forfeiture of homes, cash and other assets in home invasion and rape cases. It's designed to crack down on human trafficking.

The bill lets law enforcement take property and not give notice of forfeiture for 56 days. The current deadline is seven days.