Johnson bills to repeal outdated state law signed by governor

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Three bills authored by Rep. Steve Johnson which repeal the duplicative and outdated Michigan Explosives Act have been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“This issue was initially brought to my attention by the Michigan State Police,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “When state requirements become duplicative due to federal law changes, state law needs to be updated so individuals can more easily comply with these rules and regulations. I have enjoyed working with the Michigan State Police as these bills moved through the legislative process.”

Laws regulating explosives have evolved since 1970, when the Michigan Explosives Act was originally enacted. This law mandating state-issued explosives permits was duplicative and ineffective, since a person cannot possess explosives in Michigan without first acquiring a federally issued permit. Federal explosive permitting laws protect and vet applicants much more thoroughly than state law by requiring a background check and information on handling, security and storage of explosives.

House Bills 4523, 5137 and 5138 are now Public Acts 27, 29 and 30 of 2018.

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