Michigan House of Representatives

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Any accredited Michigan medical school could receive dead body donations under legislation that's passed the state House. 

Michigan residents can currently donate their bodies to one of three older medical schools, which allocate some donations to other schools and hospitals. Michigan's three new medical schools want to receive bodies independently to promote donations in their areas and streamline the process.

Bill would lift ban on scalping tickets

Feb 28, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation to repeal Michigan's ban against ticket scalping is moving forward in Lansing. 

The Republican-led state House voted 66-42 on Thursday to make it legal to resell a ticket for an event at a price higher than face value.

The scalping ban is rarely enforced, and lawmakers say it's time to take the prohibition off the books. But professional sports teams, universities and venues oppose the bill now headed to the GOP-controlled Senate, warning it would help ticket brokers gouge customers.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has voted to let off-road recreation vehicle drivers go without a crash helmet and protective glasses on their own private property.  

The proposed exemption approved 99-9 Tuesday is similar to one that exempts helmet requirements for snowmobile operators on their land.

Michigan generally requires off-road vehicle operators to wear helmets.  The legislation would exempt property owners, family members, and invited guests from the requirement while riding on the property owner's land.


LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation requiring hospitals to distribute materials to new parents regarding safe sleeping practices for infants is moving forward in Lansing. 

The Michigan House on Tuesday voted 105-3 in favor of the bill that also would make parents sign an acknowledgement form stating that they've read and understand the information.

The bill would require the state health department to provide instructional materials to hospitals and health professionals at their request at no cost.


LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation to cut state taxes for a specific method of oil and gas drilling is moving forward in Lansing. 

The state House last week voted 85-25 to lower the severance tax for carbon dioxide-related projects. The technique involves using C02 to pull oil from the bottom of wells that otherwise is unrecoverable.

Supporters of the four-bill package say it would boost Michigan's economy and reduce the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   So-called “juvenile lifers” in Michigan would not get a chance at parole under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House. That’s unless the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court rule otherwise. 

Senate Bill 319 would bring Michigan into compliance with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It said automatically sentencing minors to life in prison without the possibility of parole is cruel and unusual. But it did not say whether the ruling applied to those already serving those sentences.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has voted to increase penalties for soliciting sex from a minor, making it a felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison. 

State law now classifies it as a misdemeanor with a top sentence of 93 days in jail.
The House approved two bills Wednesday, sending them to the Michigan Senate for consideration.

Republican Rep. Dale Zorn of Ida sponsored one measure and says children who are forced into the sex trade need to be protected.

Bill would give 'safe harbor' to teen prostitutes

Dec 5, 2013

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has voted to give legal protection to teen prostitutes in an attempt to address human trafficking.  

A bill approved unanimously Wednesday would require that when people under age 18 are charged with prostitution, it's presumed that they were coerced into it. They would be subject to temporary protective custody, and police would have to immediately report a suspected human trafficking violation to state social workers.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation moving forward in Lansing would exempt property taxes on vacant buildings sold by school districts for five years.  

The Republican-led state House voted 62-44 to send the bill to the Senate, with many Democrats in opposition.

The goal is to create incentives for buying unneeded school buildings and putting them to new use. Property taxes aren't being paid now because they are school property.  Local governments could decide to still tax the sold buildings if they act within 60 days of the bill becoming law.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers are looking to let people not pay sales taxes on certain over-the-counter drugs.  

The state House has unanimously approved legislation that would provide a tax exemption for over-the-counter drugs when obtained under a prescription.  The state already exempts prescription drugs from the 6-percent sales tax.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

A nonpartisan fiscal analysis says the measure could reduce tax revenue by $8.2 million a year.  Public schools get the bulk of sales tax revenue.