MICHIGAN GOVERNMENT RELATIONS- August 2017
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HEALTH POLICY /EDUCATION
1. HB 4171,4173 and 4174 – 3 Bills became public acts on 11/9/2017. clarify Do Not Resuscitate directives. This is a nationwide problem due to multiple interpretations of DNR directives.
2. SB 784, SB 786, and SB 827- referred to the Committee of the Whole- would amend the Michigan Do-Not-Resuscitate Procedure act to allow a parent or guardian to execute a do-not-resuscitate order on behalf of their minor child- an individual under 18 who has been diagnosed by an attending physician as having an advanced illness.) These bills clarify DNR orders like the house bills that were passed in November.
3. HB 5592 and 5593- would allow epinephrine to be dispensed in school under certain circumstances/ mainly epi pens. Epinephrine injection is used along with emergency medical treatment to treat life-threatening allergic reactions caused by insect bites or stings, foods, medications, latex, and other causes.
4. HB 5152 and 5153 would allow patients to opt out of being administered an opioid and guardians to opt out for minors or protected persons.
5. HB 5463- prohibit the sale of nitrous oxide to minors.
6. HB 5460 and 5461- require drug overdose training for First Responders/Paramedics and Peace Officers. This is done on a city by city basis and they want to require all to have this training.
7. SB 0047, 0166, 0167, 270, 273 and 274: These bills became Public Acts on 12/28/2017 and will regulate Schedule II-V prescription drugs and sanction Doctors who fail to report prescriptions to the Michigan Automated Prescription System/MAPS.
8. HB 4061: School lockdown drills- Require reporting to the State Police within 5 days of completing drills. These include drills for Tornado safety, Hazardous materials, and potentially dangerous individuals on or near school property. There are already requirements for the number of drills that must be performed each year, this law would insure that the drills are being done and reported in a timely manner.
- HB 4787- enacted 2/14/2018- Ice Shanty regulations- Require the owner of a fishing shanty to identify himself or herself by posting on the shanty his or her name and address (as currently required), or by posting his or her driver license or sportcard number. – Specify that the shanty identification requirement would not apply to a tent or temporary structure if it were removed from the ice at the end of the day's fishing activity. – Require a person placing a shanty on the ice of any water within the State's jurisdiction to remove it before ice conditions were unsafe or before a date set by the Department of Natural Resources and require the Department to set the date of removal.
- HB 4533- enacted 1/30/2018- allows for a 3-day non-resident small game license.
- Gov. Rick Snyder has rejected three recommendations from a state advisory board tied to operation of Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline, including one that proposed a temporary shutdown where it crosses the Straits of Mackinac. In a Jan. 26 letter to members of the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, Snyder thanks them for the resolutions put forward at the board's Dec. 11 meeting before explaining why he is not acting on any of the three advisory board resolutions asked for revisions of the agreement, a new analysis of the public need for Line 5 and a temporary shutdown until damage to the pipeline's protective coating can be inspected and repaired. Shriberg disagreed, saying the state should force a shutdown based on recent revelations that there were significant gaps in the pipeline's protective coating.
"The solution is not to allow Enbridge more time to conduct its own analyses," he said. "If the protective coating is not intact, it is the responsibility of the state to enforce its easement to protect the Great Lakes and work toward propane delivery alternatives that meet Michigan's interests, not Enbridge's."The advisory board's second resolution would have recommended the state revise the section of its agreement with Enbridge regarding operations in severe weather conditions, specifically requiring a temporary shutdown when waves reach 3 feet rather than 8 feet. The flow of oil beneath the Straits was stopped for about five hours on Dec. 5 after forecasts called for waves of more than 9 feet in the area. It was likely the first shutdown ever triggered by weather conditions, according to the company.
I have interactive maps of the contaminated sites in Kent County that I can email to you.
November 13, 2017 PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The number of dump sites the state is checking in the Wolverine Worldwide PFAS contamination investigation has grown to 75, state officials told Target 8 Monday. That’s 18 more sites than when Target checked with the state about two weeks ago. State Department of Environmental Quality officials said that of the sites it has investigated so far, about 30 percent were confirmed tied to the Rockford-based shoe manufacturer Crews have uncovered layers of leather several feet deep. Now, crews are trucking the hazardous materials 153 miles away to Wayne Disposal in Belleville, the state’s only commercial hazardous waste landfill. They will dump it into containment cells lined with clay and two layers of thick plastic. The PFAS, a likely carcinogen, comes from the Scotchgard Wolverine used for years to treat shoes at its now-closed tannery in Rockford. Tests recently revealed 490,000 parts per trillion of PFAS on the tannery site on the Rogue River, as well as high levels in river-bottom sediment and lower levels in the Rogue’s surface water. The DEQ says many of the 75 sites it’s investigating are based on tips from residents.
5. January 29, 2018 PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The Boulder Creek dump site in Plainfield Township is one of several sites that has residents concerned about contaminated drinking water. While shoemaker Wolverine Worldwide has been at the center of the issue, state documents from the 1990s show other companies are potentially responsible for dumping harmful chemicals at the same site, which likely contaminated local groundwater.
Throughout the late 1980s into the 1990s, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality investigated Northeast Gravel Company's dumping practices at the Boulder Creek site after concerns arose over potential soil and groundwater contamination. FOX 17 obtained verified records through a third party which show that, in addition to Wolverine Worldwide, companies such as Consumers Energy, Kysor Industrial, Keeler Brass Company, and Plastic-Plate Inc (owned by Lacks Enterprises) dumped waste with Northeast Gravel Company at this site, making them potentially responsible parties. Documents show Amway also has a history of dumping at the site. Amway sent FOX 17 a statement, reading in part:
"When chemicals are used, Amway employs specialized facilities to dispose of them properly – such as the state-approved facility in Swartz Creek that was referenced in the documents provided by Fox 17. Northeast Gravel was a state-licensed site where Amway’s common trash (such as paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, string, etc.) was disposed. Our records show nothing to indicate activity by Amway that would negatively impact waterways or public health."
Consumers Energy tells FOX 17 they will need more time to respond to these findings.
While many in Plainfield Township and Rockford worry about a group of chemicals called PFAS, a variety of other dangerous chemicals have been detected at the Boulder Creek site. High levels of cadmium, copper, hexavalent chromium, lead, nickel and other substances were detected at high levels by an MDEQ study in 1995. According to this study, these chemicals had the potential to leach into groundwater. Some members of the Plainfield Township board say the water contamination issue is new for them. Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the first time they learned about the problem was in late 2013, but according to obtained documents, every time a potentially responsible party was sent a notice by the MDNR or MDEQ, notice was sent to Plainfield Township. Now, the township is struggling to explain to its residents what exactly is going on, what they're drinking, and who may be responsible for their health problems.
1. Watch out for potholes and if you believe your vehicle has sustained damages on a state road, from a pothole or other cause, you can contact the MDOT office in the region where the damages occurred, about filing a damage claim. The state will consider an award only for the damages beyond what has been paid by your insurance company. Note: Please be advised that under governmental immunity laws MCL 691.1402 and MCL 691.1403, you must show that MDOT failed to maintain the actual roadbed of the highway in reasonable repair to prove a highway defect claim. You also must show that MDOT knew of the condition and had an opportunity to repair it, or that the condition existed for more than 30 days.
2. HB 5040- became public act on 3/6/2018
Driver responsibility fees, ranging from $100 to $2,000, were passed in 2003 to help fill a budget hole when Michigan’s economy faltered. And the money raised — between $99 million and $115 million a year — did help the state’s general fund. According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, nearly 350,000 Michigan drivers still owed $634 million in driver responsibility fees as of Wednesday. The new law will officially end the fee program on Oct. 1 and stop state collections from most individuals, including anyone who had entered into a payment plan prior to February. Michigan would also temporarily waive the $125 reinstatement fee for motorists who lose their license over failure to pay the fees. The amnesty law is projected to cost the state about $82.2 million in lost revenue over the next four years, according to the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency.
1. SB 184- allow you to get tax credits for making your home ADA compliant. For the taxpayer or someone living in the home who is handicapped.
2. HB 5261- would amend the General Property Act regarding filing for a personal property exemption on commercial or industrial personal property with a true cash value of less than $80,000. This applies to our Lodges. Currently you file for an exemption once a year by February 10th of each year. The new law has the following changes: The owner would file an exemption by February 20th of the first year the exemption is claimed and the exemption granted would remain in effect until the personal property is not longer elibible for the exemption. That makes it easier for our Lodges. Personal property= the physical inventory in your Lodge.
3. HB 5443- The bill would repeal the “Michigan estate tax act”- just introduced 1/24/2018. It’s unsure how this will go, especially since the Driver responsibility fees were rescinded.
1. HB 4081: this bill is still stalled along with the other bills that would allow internet gaming and sports betting at casinos. Dave and I were told that the Speaker of the House is against gambling, so we aren’t sure where this is going now. We were assured by Sen. Jones that the Millionaire party bill was not going to die
2. HB 5260 and SB 0662- Update, these bill have passed and are on the way to the Governor to be signed. Currently, a club license allows the licensee to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the licensed premises only to bona fide members of the club who are at least 21 years of age. HB 5260 passed 108 to 0 on 3/7/2018. House Bill 5260 and Senate Bill 662, which are identical, would revise the Michigan Liquor Control Code to specify that bona fide member means an individual admitted as a charter member or admitted in accordance with a club’s bylaws who meets all of the following:
· He or she maintains current membership by paying annual dues. · His or her name and address are entered on the list of members. · He or she has voting rights to regularly elect the board of directors, officers, executive committee, or similar body that conducts the affairs and management of the club. Similarly, for an incorporated or unincorporated nonprofit veteran’s organization that is a branch or chapter of a national or congressionally chartered organization, a bona fide member would include a member of another branch or chapter who possesses an identification card indicating current membership in the same national or congressionally chartered veterans’ organization.
For a branch, chapter, lodge, aerie, or other local unit of a national fraternal nonprofit association that is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(8) or (10) of the Internal Revenue Code, a bona fide member would include a member of another branch, chapter, lodge, aerie, or local unit who possesses an identification card indicating current membership in the same national fraternal nonprofit association.
There is a bi-partisan call in Washington by Michigan Legislators to fund the testing of self-driving cars. The funding will allow expansion of the American Center for Mobility at Willow run. Subaru has invested $2 million in the center too. I saw one of the self-driving Teslas unfortunately I hurt my son-in-law’s feelings because I thought it was a new Chevy Volt. A dashboard with no dials freaked me out.
Local News: Crain’s Business Weekly:
1. A 435-job, $29 million automotive seating assembly plant will be built on Flint's long-vacant Buick City complex. At a board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $4.35 million state grant to the Lear Corporation - to build a 150,000-square-foot building at the location of the former administration building at Buick City. Lear chose to develop the historic Flint site over moving production to Mexico, according to a state memo.
2. Icahn Automotive Group LLC added four service centers in metro Detroit to its portfolio. Each location will be transformed into Pep Boys Service and Tire Centers, a news release said.
3. GREENVILLE, MI - A Wisconsin dairy processor's plan to build a $57.9 million processing plant in Greenville won the support of the Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Michigan ranks fifth in the nation for total milk production, with dairy farmers contributing $15.7 billion to the state's economy.
4. A $10 million, 20,000-square-foot Great Lakes Nature Center will be constructed in Macomb County, the Detroit Zoological Society announced 2/13/2018. The facility will combine features of nature and science centers, with educational programming and a focus on Great Lakes water and wildlife conservation. The zoo hasn't yet determined a location but is considering a variety of spots along the lakefront and riverfront. The site selection is expected to be announced this spring.
5. FCA/ Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will add 2500 jobs in the Warren Truck Plant shifting Heavy Duty RAM Trucks from Mexico.