2013-01-03 / Community

Snyder signs multitude of bills at 2012’s end

LANSING – Legislation requiring the consolidation of local substance abuse treatment agencies with their local mental health partners, synthesizing the management functions for all substance abuse services into common entities under Community Mental Health Services Programs. The bill was signed into law along with 29 other pieces of legislation.

HB 4862 and 4863 create administrative efficiencies and improve the continuity of care for patients, while ensuring that the same entity is responsible for managing both Medicaid and non- Medicaid substance abuse service prevention.

“These bills will help ensure a more coordinated effort when it comes to treating those in need of substance abuse services,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Greater efficiency and improved service will better ensure people get the help they need.”

Among the 29 other bills are:

-SB 1210, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Kowall, streamlines and improves the effectiveness of the brownfield grants and loans program, providing a sustainable revenue stream.

-HB 5835, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Farrington, repeals the outdated Savings and Loan Act of 1980 and any reference to it is removed. The Savings and Loan Act of 1980 no longer serves any purpose and no institutions are chartered under the Act.

-HB 4561, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Haveman, coincides with the national code cycle change and gives the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs the ability to determine if code changes are substantial enough to warrant updating the Michigan Residential Code more frequently.

-HB 4975, sponsored by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien, provides a framework for the regulation of Appraisal Management Companies.

-HB 5315, sponsored by state Rep. Patrick Somerville, amends the Mental Health Code to improve the safety and security of both patients and mental health professionals by allowing video security cameras to be used in common areas in psychiatric hospitals.

-HB 4851, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Cavanagh, amends the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act by creating a definition of a bona fide physician-patient relationship and further defines an enclosed, locked facility and provides clarification on the transporting of medical marihuana in a motor vehicle.

-HB 4853, sponsored by state Rep. Ed McBroom, amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to include a violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in the sentencing guidelines.

-HB 4834, sponsored by state Rep. Gail Haines, allows the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to contract for the processing and issuance of medical marihuana registry identification cards to help eliminate delays.

-SB 1172, sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher, extends the mortgage foreclosure modification sunset until June 30, 2013.

-SB 265, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson, amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to create an exception to seasonal weight restrictions for vehicles transporting heating fuel, helping to resolve the problem of fuel haulers making multiple trips to service their customers.

-HB 5422, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Haveman, enables colleges and community colleges to provide new employee training to new corrections officers, reducing costs that the Department of Corrections spends on training new recruits.

-HB 5600, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Haveman, permits a juvenile offender who has been adjudicated of not more than one felony or not more than three misdemeanors and who does not have an adult felony conviction to petition the adjudicating court(s) to set aside one felony adjudication and two misdemeanor adjudications, or up to three misdemeanor adjudications.

-HB 5459, sponsored by state Rep. Paul Opsommer, amends the Open Meetings Act to specify posting requirements for notices of special meetings or rescheduled meetings.

-HB 5487, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Potvin, allows authorized agents (weighmasters) of county road commissions to enforce activities related to the proper registration of commercial vehicles; and the height, weight, and width of vehicles and loads; and the safety of loads, among other things.

-HB 5805, sponsored by state Rep. Lisa Lyons, creates the Health Care Sharing Ministries Freedom to Share Act and acknowledges these ministries are not subject to the Insurance Code of 1956 and are not engaged in the business of insurance in Michigan.

Bills Vetoed by the Snyder include:

-HB 5415, sponsored by state Rep. Frank Foster, was vetoed by Governor Snyder. The bill would have created an advisory board for the Father Marquette Memorial and Mackinac Straits Area Museum.

-SB 703, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune, and SB 1236, sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson, were also vetoed. Snyder supported part of the bills that revise regulations protecting patrons of facilities that adopt bears, but other parts of the bills contradicted the primary goal of the Large Carnivore Act.

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