Legislative Update 9/5/2019

Here is an update of matters before the Michigan Legislature impacting Christian people. We hope you find in helpful.

State of Michigan – Legislative Branch

Bills or Resolutions House:

(House actions in lowercase, Senate actions in UPPERCASE)

HR 0072   (Rep. Wittenberg)

A resolution to declare May 2, 2019, as Holocaust Remembrance Day 

Last Action: 5/2/2019 – HJ 42 Pg. 488 – adopted

 

HB 4076

Crimes; internet; penalties for coercing vulnerable adult into providing sexually explicit visual material; provide for. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1 – 750.568) by adding sec. 145g.

Last Action:

1/23/2019 – HJ 7 Pg. 64 referred to Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors

6/19/2019 – HJ 63 Pg. 817 referred to Committee on Judiciary, with subs H-2

 

HB 4112 of 2019

Liquor; licenses; posting to warn of the potential problems of drinking alcohol during pregnancy; require on premises of retail liquor licensees. Amends 1998 PA 58 (MCL 436.1101 – 436.2303) by adding sec. 905a.
Last Action:

3/12/2019 – HJ 25 Pg. 240 passed; given immediate effect Roll Call # 14 Yeas 100 Nays 10 – transmitted

3/13/2019 – SJ 26 REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON REGULATORY REFORM

 

HB 4262

Labor; youth employment; parent or legal guardian of a minor being educated at the minor’s home; allow to issue a work permit for the minor (Allows parents of homeschool students to sign work permit). Amends sec. 2 of 1978 PA 90 (MCL 409.102).

Last Action:

2/26/2019 – HJ 19 Pg. 184 referred to Committee on Education

6/4/2019 – HJ 56 Pg. 664 referred to Committee on Ways and Means, with H-1

 

HB 4311-12

Gambling; Gaming; lawful internet gaming act; create. Creates new act. TIE BAR WITH: HB 4308’19

Last Action:

3/7/2019 – HJ 24 Pg. 234 referred to Committee on Regulatory Reform

3/19/2019 – HJ 28 Pg. 286 referred to Committee on Ways and Means

 

HB 4416 of 2019

Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for the crime of disclosing confidential information regarding abortion; eliminate. Amends sec. 13k, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.13k). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4417’19
Last Action:

3/21/2019 – HJ 30 Pg. 331 referred to Committee on Health Policy

 

HB 4417 of 2019

Health; abortion; additional abortion complication reporting; require. Amends secs. 2835 & 2837 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.2835 & 333.2837) & adds sec. 2839.
Last Action:

3/21/2019 – HJ 30 Pg. 331 referred to Committee on Health Policy

 

HB 4322 of 2019

Health; funding; prohibition for state to contract with providers that offer abortion services; provide for. Amends title & sec. 1 of 2002 PA 360 (MCL 333.1091).
Last Action:

3/12/2019 – HJ 25 Pg. 255 referred to Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors

 

HB 4435 of 2019

Civil rights; speech and assembly; campus free speech act; create. Creates new act.
Last Action:

4/9/2019 – HJ 31 Pg. 336 referred to Committee on Oversight

 

HB 4436 of 2019

Civil rights; speech and assembly; safeguards for exercise of free speech rights on community college and university campuses; provide for. Creates new act.
Last Action:

4/9/2019 – HJ 31 Pg. 336 referred to Committee on Oversight

8/29/2019- Expected in HJ 79 referred to Committee on Judiciary, with substitute (H-2)

 

HB 4523-24

Children; protection; allow for surrender of newborn to a newborn safety device (baby dropbox);  Amends secs. 5, 7, 10, 17 & 20, ch. XII of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712.5 et seq.) & adds sec. 3a. TIE BAR WITH: HB 4524’19

Last Action:

4/30/2019 – HJ 40 Pg. 470 referred to Families, Children, & Seniors

 

 

HB 4664 of 2019

Health; abortion; Creates new law protecting unborn life when fetal heartbeat detected with various exceptions; Current law protects all unborn life from point of conception except to save life of mother.
Last Action:

5/23/2019 – HJ 51 Pg. 621 referred to Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors

 

HB 4665 of 2019

Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for crime of performing an abortion without testing for a fetal heartbeat, performing an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, and performing an abortion without obtaining informed consent after a fetal heartbeat is detected; create. Amends sec. 13k, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.13k). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4664’19

Last Action:

5/23/2019-HJ 51 Pg. 620 referred to Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors


HB 4688 of 2019

Civil rights; general discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; include as categories protected under the Elliott-Larsen civil rights act. Amends title & secs. 102, 103, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 302, 302a, 402, 502, 504, 505 & 506 of 1976 PA 453 (MCL 37.2102 et seq.).

Last Action: 

6/4/2019 HJ 56 Pg. 670  referred to Committee on Government Operations

 

 Bills or Resolutions Senate:

SB 50-53HB 4113-16

Repeals Michigan’s law banning all abortions from conception except to save life of mother. Crimes; abortion; penalty for administering with intent to procure miscarriage; repeal. Repeals sec. 14 of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.14).

Last Action:

1/23/2019 – SJ 7 Pg. 72 REFERRED TO JUDICIARY AND PUBLIC SAFETY

1/29/2019 – HJ 9 Pg. 77 referred to Committee on Health Policy

 

SB 0351 of 2019

Civil rights; general discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; include as categories protected under the Elliott-Larsen civil rights act. Amends title & secs. 102, 103, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 302, 302a, 402, 502, 504, 505 & 506 of 1976 PA 453 (MCL 37.2102 et seq.).
Last Action:

6/5/2019 REFERRED TO GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

 

SB 0165 of 2019

Health; abortion; pain-capable unborn child protection act; enact. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1 – 750.568) by adding sec. 325.
Last Action:

3/5/2019 REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY AND HUMAN SERVICES\

 

SB 228

Health; suicide; provides for suicide prevention commission; Creates new act.

Last Action:

5/7/2019 – SJ 43 Pg. 426    PASSED ROLL CALL # 57 YEAS 38 NAYS 0

5/7/2019 – HJ 43 Pg. 511   read a first time; referred to Committee on Health Policy

 

SB 0229 of 2019; HB 4320

Health; abortion; partial-birth abortion provision; modify to include dismemberment abortion; (bans dismemberment abortion). Amends sec. 90h of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.90h).
Last Action:

5/14/2019 – SJ 46 Pg. 466 – PASSED ROLL CALL # 63 YEAS 22 NAYS 16

5/14/2019 HJ 46 Pg. 549 referred to Committee on Judiciary

5/14/2019 HJ 46 Pg. 539 passed; given immediate effect Roll Call # 85 Yeas 58 Nays 51 Excused 0 Not Voting 1

5/16/2019 SJ 48 Pg. 548 REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND PUBLIC SAFETY

 

SB 0230; HB 4321 

Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for the crime of dismemberment abortion; enact. Amends sec. 16d, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.16d). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0229’19

Last Action:

5/14/2019 – SJ 46 Pg. 467 – PASSED ROLL CALL # 64 YEAS 22 NAYS 16

5/14/2019 – HJ 46 Pg. 549 – referred to Committee on Judiciary

 

SB 272-274HB 4469-71

Prohibits placements and adoptions by a child placing agency based on religious or moral convictions. (Repeals religious liberty protections for adoption and foster care agencies) Repeals secs. 14e & 14f of 1973 PA 116 (MCL 722.124e & 722.124f). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0273’19SB 0274’19

Last Action

4/17/2019 – SJ 35 Pg. 316 REFERRED TO FAMILIES, SENIORS, AND VETERANS

4/17/2019 – HJ 35 Pg. 395 referred to Committee on Government Operations

 

SB 275HB 4472

Children; adoption; Provide for second parent adoption (Permits unmarried, second parent adoption) Amends secs. 24, 41 & 51, ch. X of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 710.24 et seq.).

Last Action:

4/17/2019 – SJ 35 Pg. 316 REFERRED TO FAMILIES, SENIORS, & VETERANS

4/17/2019 – HJ 35 Pg. 396 referred to Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors

 

SB 284HB 4515

Mental health; children; Prohibits conversion therapy; (Prohibits conversion therapy for minors) Amends 1974 PA 258 (MCL 330.1001 – 330.2106) by adding sec. 901a.

Last Action:

4/24/2019 – SJ 38 Pg. 360 REFERRED TO HEALTH POLICY & HUMAN SERVICES

4/25/2019 – HJ 39 Pg. 458 referred to Committee on Health Policy

 

SB 0463 of 2019

Civil rights; privacy; parental eavesdropping; allow under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 539g of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.539g).
Last Action:

8/28/2019 REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND PUBLIC SAFETY

 

SJR I of 2019

Children; other; consideration of best interests of the child in all parental termination cases, child custody cases, and out-of-home placement cases; require. Amends sec. 28, art. I of the state constitution.
Last Action:

8/20/2019 REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON FAMILIES, SENIORS, AND VETERANS

 

SJR J of 2019

Courts; judges; gubernatorial appointment of supreme court justice; amend constitution to require advice and consent of the senate. Amends sec. 23, art. VI of the state constitution.
Last Action:

8/20/2019 REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON ADVICE AND CONSENT

 

Special FEDERAL Update

SLG OPPOSES H.R.5. 

HR 5, a bill before Congress, targets Christian people and our sincerely held Christian values. It compels Christian people to endorse, accept, and embrace anti-Biblical sinful sexual conduct. Now before the House of Representative, HR 5 forces churches to wed same-sex couples and hire cross-dressing teachers. It permits men to use women’s restrooms and dressing rooms, If your church refuses, it loses its tax-exempt status. Under the bill Churches also face expensive litigation, fines and financially crippling court judgments. Most troubling, under the provisions of HR 5, your free exercise of religion is no longer a defense.

Under HR 5 Churches must host same-sex ceremonies. Nonconforming Churches lose tax-exempt status. Nonconforming Colleges lose accreditation. The bill prohibits nonconforming educational institutions at all level rom receiving students loans. Inevitably, Christian institutions will either cease to exist or bow to a secular god by compromising their core Christian mission.

The implications are real. If Christians schedule a mission trip, the proposed law prohibits the Christian organization from separating rooms by biological sex. Thus, men must have access to the women’s showers and bathrooms.  Additionally the proposed law prohibits churches from following Biblical precepts on sexuality when hiring church ministry and staff. Thus, it violates the proposed law to consider whether a candidate openly engages in sinful sexual conduct. The bill allows lawsuits by someone who believes a church did not hire or select them due to their sexual lifestyle. Thus, even if the church denied the job for other reasons, it could face costly “damages” in a court judgment.