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Legislature Takes Two-Week Break: The House and Senate adjourned last Thursday for a two-week break covering the Thanksgiving holiday. Session for both chambers will resume on November 28, and is scheduled for up to three weeks in December.


Promise Zone Expansion: The Governor Snyder signed into law Senate Bill 98 (Ananich), which would amend the Michigan Promise Zone Authority Act to permit the Department of Treasury to certify up to 15 governing bodies of eligible entities to establish a promise zone, rather than the current limit of 10. SB 98 is now Public Act 150 of 2017.


New Guidance Counselor Training: Governor Snyder signed into law House Bill 4181, which targets the 150 hours of professional development counselors must undertake in order to renew their license (see Bridge article on the new law). Now, at least 25 of those hours must cover instruction on improving the college preparation and selection process, and another 25 hours must be on career counseling. The new rules will apply to those renewing their high school guidance counselor credential two years after the new rules go into effect in January 2018. 


Dual Enrollment Provider Change: On November 9, the Senate Education Committee took testimony  but did not vote 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. HB 4735 would restrict the amount the state would reimburse an our-of-state provider.


Senate Passes Concealed Carry Legislation: On November 8, the Senate passed Senate Bills 584-586, which will allow individuals who obtain a special endorsement with their concealed pistol license to carry concealed weapons within areas they are currently prohibited, including community college campuses. The package passed 25-12 with Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) joining all of the Democrats in opposition. The bills are now before the House Judiciary Committee.


General Election: On November 7, voters filled vacancies in the 1st and 109th House districts. Tenisha Yancey, a former Wayne County assistant prosecutor, will represent the 1st House district, and Sara Cambensy, a Marquette city commissioner, will represent the 109th. This brings the House briefly back to a full 110 members, however, there will be a vacancy in the 68th district when third-term Representative Andy Schor resigns to become Mayor of Lansing starting January 1.




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


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