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Posted on 10.13.2017 Under Legislative, Recent Post

Judy Augenstein, Legislative Consultant

A concurrent resolution has been introduced by members of the Senate urging Congress to cut funding for sanctuary cities and pass a law stiffening penalties for illegal aliens convicted for illegally re-entering the country.

SCR 20 expresses support for a U.S. House resolution that would increase the penalties for re-entering the country after previously being departed and urges the Senate to pass it as well.

SCR 20 was introduced by Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. Senator Schuitmaker is term-limited and a running for the Office of Attorney General.

Legislation restricting the ability of state departments to craft and issue rules that go beyond federal regulations has passed the House and awaits consideration by the full Senate. HB 4205 would require that the Legislature make decisions to set stricter laws beyond federal law, not state departments.

Under the bill, a department could still promulgate rules exceeding federal authority if the director could demonstrate a preponderance of the evidence shows a need to do so. Sponsor Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona testified in the House and the Senate committees that the bill “creates a level playing field” for businesses. Environmental groups oppose the bill as business groups support the bill.

Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a similar bill in 2011. During the 2015-16 session, another similar bill passed the House but was placed in the Senate Government Operations Committee, a common place for bills to be placed by the majority leader when there is no intention of ever taking them up.

Work continues between MDOT and the Office of Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona to amend HB 4464. The bill will be re-drafted to include the original multiple use permit fee of $264.00 instead of the reduced number discussed last week at the committee hearing. I expect to receive the substitute bill early next week and get the bill set for final committee debate and vote very soon.

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