JULY MEETING DATE AND TIME CHANGE – Due to a scheduling conflict with the the International Conference in Washington DC, the July General Membership has been moved to Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.  The Executive Board meeting is rescheduled for Monday July 20th at 5:30 p.m.  Please note that the General membership meeting time is now back to 5:30.

LANSING, MI — A bill precluding local governments from regulating wages and benefits, among other items, has passed both the House and Senate — but bounced back and forth again between the two chambers amid more changes.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Earl Poleski, R-Jackson, is meant to prevent local communities from establishing ordinances on prevailing wages or sick days that go beyond statewide standards. Liberal activists labeled HB 4052 the “Death Star” bill as it was moving through the legislative process. The bill is supported by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

The Senate made changes to the bill before passing it, which meant the House needed to approve it once more. They were slated to do that on Tuesday, but instead made more changes, tightening language around what the bill would affect and stripping the bill of its previously retroactive nature regarding existing ordinances.

The version the House passed on its second go-around specified that the law wouldn’t affect the terms of an agreement a company voluntarily offered to a local governmental body by a property developer. It also specified the law would only apply to local ordinances adopted after Dec. 31, 2014.

Since the House made changes, the Senate had to re-approve the bill with those alterations.

But the House’s changes on its second go-around didn’t win over Democrats, who voted against it along with Republican Reps. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage; Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights; and Dale Zorn, R-Ida.

It passed the Senate 22 to 16. The Senate did not adopt an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint.

The House ordered the bill enrolled, and it next goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

Emily Lawler is a Capitol/Business reporter for MLive. You can reach her atelawler@mlive.com, subscribe to her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter:@emilyjanelawler.


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