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Senate Hearing on Data Bills: The MCCA received confirmation that the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing September 27 on House Bills 4545 (Ellison) and 4546 (Howell). Together, HB's 4545 & 4546 would clarify that community colleges may access wage data for certain research purposes, and would require the Unemployment Agency to develop a process that entities such as colleges and universities could use to request such data. The bills would also clarify responsibility for misuse of wage data, allowing that liability to be assigned to the employee who actually handles the information, rather than a public official. Please contact your Senators to voice support for HBs 4545 and 4546 if you have not done so already.

 

Hearing on Energy Financing Option: On September 12, the Senate Local Government Committee held a hearing on House Bill 4457 (Iden), which would allow community colleges to use tax-exempt lease purchases to finance energy improvement projects. Similar bills have passed in recent months granting that authority to municipalities and K-12 school districts. The Committee did not vote on HB 4457 this week.

 

Committee Considers Dual Enrollment Providers: On September 14, the House Education Reform Committee took testimony on House Bill 4735 (Miller). The bill would expand the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (dual enrollment) Act so that "eligible postsecondary institution" could also include an out-of-state provider if the school district was in a border community. Committee members had a number of questions about the proposal and the precedent it would set. It is not immediately clear whether HB 4457 will be back before the Committee in the near future.

 
 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Michigan Legislature’s website (bill tracking and committee meetings)

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan Senate

Community College Legal Authority (Michigan Constitution)

Community College Act of 1966

 

For the map of the community college districts, click here.

 

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