What you might have missed this week

Categories: In Case You Missed It

With a busy week of session wrapping up around 10 p.m. Thursday, a few pieces of House legislation appear to have flown under the radar.

However, these bills are sound public policy and deserve their turn in the spotlight. So, here’s a brief look back at three lesser-known items approved by the House this week.

Updating printing requirements for legislative journals

Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby, House Bill 5610 tackles an issue lawmakers have left untouched for 85 years: printing requirements for House and Senate journals. Denby’s legislation allows these journals to be printed using new printing technologies that weren’t previously available, providing cost-savings for the state.

This updates the current law, which requires 500 copies of the journals to be printed annually on bible stock paper. However, many of these copies aren’t used and the old requirements aren’t as efficient or cost-effective as they could be.

Giving local governments more options for public notices
The update to public notice requirements in Michigan will provide local residents with even better access to public notices without costing taxpayer dollars or losing any government transparency in the process.

–Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township

State Rep. Amanda Price has been working hard this session to give locals more options for how to post public notices. Current law requires municipalities to print these notices in newspapers anywhere from one to six times, despite more and more people going online and away from newspapers for their news.

Price’s common-sense legislation allows governments to place public notices in places that previously weren’t available for them to use, such as TV and radio station websites as well as county and municipal websites.

Providing a safer environment for Michigan recreational vehicle users

A package of bills saw House approval Thursday in an effort to update the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers of snowmobiles, off-road vehicles and motorized watercraft. The current limit for these operators is .10, which is higher than the .08 BAC limit for automobile drivers.

Included in the package were House bills 4441 and 4442, sponsored by Rep. Matt Lori, would change the BAC limit for boaters to .08, as well as HBs 4443 and 4444, sponsored by Rep. Dave Pagel, which would make the same changes for snowmobilers. This update will provide those who choose to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors with a safer environment to do so.

Visit gophouse.org Monday for a full recap of legislation approved this week during the busy end to this legislative session.