Lawmaker closes 2013-14 session with 6 laws on the books and 3 awaiting the governor’s approval
Late legislative nights to close out Michigan’s 2013-14 House session were productive for state Rep. Bruce Rendon, who saw one bill signed into law and three more awaiting the governor’s signature before the end of the year. “I believe this has been a good term because I was able to successfully work on issues and ideas that our local residents were having, and get them fixed,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “There are always more items to work on, so I’ll get back on them in the new year and also continue to listen to people’s concerns to be their voice in our government.” House Bill 5472 was signed into Public Act 373 of 2014, a law creating an alternative court track docket for individuals chronically behind in child support payments. Those with eligible medical, psychological, substance abuse, illiteracy, homelessness or unemployment conditions could qualify for an alternative compliance plan. Three other bills awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s consideration after the Legislature’s approval include:
- HB 4485, which addresses insurance licensing requirements and notifications for self-storage owners who only sell policies for stored property;
- HB 5036, that requires Michigan community colleges to inform applicants that military, National Guard or reserve service transcripts may qualify for class credit; and
- HB 5743 to allow all adoption hearings to be held in the same county where parental rights were terminated so the same judge can preside over the proceedings.
In total, Rendon introduced 16 bills and seven resolutions in the House during his second term in office. Previous Rendon bills signed into law include revising qualified forest property tax rules; using military experience toward building license training qualifications; restructuring the state’s snowmobile advisory council; allowing optional ORV helmet use on private property, similar to snowmobile rules; and creating a college tuition assistance program for Michigan National Guard members. His resolutions, which all passed, indicated Michigan’s support of hunting and fishing rights, gun safety, Stand4Change, Hispanic Senior Citizens Day, America Recycles Week, Sons of the American Revolution Day and Hispanic Heritage Month. Rendon can be contacted by addressing letters to the State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; calling his toll-free Lansing office number at 1-888-DIST-103 (1-888-347-8103); sending e-mail to email@example.com or visiting his online office website at www.RepBruceRendon.com.