12.31.14: Gov. Snyder signed 44 bills Tuesday
Lansing (AP) — Governor Synder signed 44 bills into day on Tuesday.
Some of those new laws include:
- a law prohibiting college athletes at public universities from unionizing. The measure blocks collective bargaining for university athletes by saying they aren’t public employees. It’s a pre-emptive move after Northwestern University football players in April held a secret vote on whether to unionize at the private school in Evanston, Illinois.
— Make candidates put down a deposit of $25 per precinct instead of $10 and require a $125-a-precinct deposit if the number of votes separating the winner from the loser is more than 50 or 0.5 percent, whichever is greater.
— Allow the state Department of Natural Resources to issue shooting permits with guidelines in areas where bears are damaging crops.
— Let municipal utilities create programs so residential customers can pay installments on their monthly bills to finance improvements that make their homes more energy efficient.
— Let the state permanently revoke licenses for health workers as a disciplinary action.
— Remove a requirement that people gathering signatures for political petitions be a registered Michigan voter.
— Remove licensing requirements for people in the mortgage industry whose primary responsibility is helping delinquent home loan borrowers renegotiate loans, aligning state law with federal rules.
— Require the state to pay a 3 percent bonus interest on Michigan Business Tax refunds not paid within a specified amount of time.
— Allow wild game meat from more than one hunter to be used in sausage making.
— Name various highways and roads in honor of troopers, police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Another law names a portion of Interstate 75 in honor of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
— Designate roads previously known as “Michigan Heritage Routes” as “Pure Michigan Byways.”