The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is having an impact on more than a few priorities
during the month of December’s legislative session, often referred to as “Lame Duck” session.
Earned Sick Time Amendments (Amend & Support) (SB 1175)
Update: 12/6/18 – The House (H-4) version passed on 12/4, was concurred by the Senate, and is headed to the Governor. The changes include most of the amendments recommended by the Chamber Alliance. More to come on this as proponents of the initiated law have vowed to put the issue on the ballot again in 2020. If so, they are confident Governor-elect Whitmer would not sign amendments that go as far as those in SB 1175.
Minimum Wage Amendments (Amend & Support) (SB 1171)
Update: 12/6/18 – Minimum wage amendments passed alongside the amendments to the Earned Sick Time Act, SB 1175. Michigan will still see the minimum wage rise to $12 over time, but the tip credit beloved by restaurant service workers was restored. This bill is on its way to the Governor and will likely be signed.
Salt Bill (Oppose) (SB 363)
Update: 12/6/18 – While a recent capitol article had House Committee chair Rep. Eric Leutheuser saying this bill was not moving out of his committee, there have been rumblings about proponents making efforts to substitute this language in a bill on the House floor.
Large Special events fund (Amend) (SB 1065)
Update: 12/11/18 – Still no formal activity on SB 1065. It remains in the Senate Committee on Economic Development and International Investment. It seems unlikely at this point, with only 5 days left to go, that the Large Special Events fund moves before the end of Lame Duck.
Small Cell/5G wireless bill (Support) (SB 637)
Update: 12/10/18 – SB 637 passed the House on 11/28 and is on the Governor’s desk.
Brownfield Funding – Tipping Fees (SB 943)
Update: 12/6/18 – Senate Republicans caucused on this on 12/6, but there is still uncertainty. The bill is still stuck in the Senate Government Ops committee. A Lansing article reported that incoming Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey suggested using $45 million in insurance fees collected by the states Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) instead of raising tipping fees. See SB 1266.
CVB Bills (SBs 703-707)
Update: 12/11/18 – This package, which would clarify and bring transparency to Convention and Visitors Bureaus, has been on the House floor since 11/28. Rumblings are it would be on the floor this week, but was not included in the 12/11 floor agenda.
Line 5 Tunnel (SB 1197)
Update: 12/12/18 – (Gov. Snyder signed SB 1197 on 12/12). The House made quick work of this legislation in an afternoon. They took it up and passed it out of committee, passed it on the floor, sent it to the Senate who concurred with changes, and then sent it on to Governor Snyder who likely to sign it immediately. SB 1197 authorizes a utility tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac that would house Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, among other potential future utility uses. The tunnel deal with Enbridge and this legislation has been Governor Snyder’s number 1 priority in Lame Duck.
Stay tuned for more information and updates on these priorities.