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Michigan House votes to ban car theft tools

May 2, 2024
Owning tools designed to break into a car with the intent of stealing it could become a felony in Michigan. That’s under bills that passed the state House of Representatives Wednesday.
The package would apply to devices like auto pro pads, which can be used to program key fobs to start a car engine. A 1966 state law bans motor vehicle master keys except for by mechanics, law enforcement, and locksmiths.
Read more at WEMU

MI appeals court rejects challenge to concealed gun law

April 29, 2024

The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional challenge to the state’s concealed weapons law. The opinion was made public Friday.

A defendant was charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit as a passenger in a vehicle. Her lawyer argued that Michigan’s concealed weapons law is not consistent with the nation’s historical traditions of gun regulation at the time the Bill of Rights was adopted.

Read more at WGVU

Hotel excise tax proposal on ballots

April 17, 2024

House Bill 5048 went into effect on Tuesday, allowing localities to set their own lodging taxes that would only affect visitors, not local taxpayers.

Eight counties are taking advantage of the new legislation, including Kent, Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.

Read more Wood TV8

Michigan to offer free gun locks

April 15, 2024

Michigan to offer free gun locks to help owners comply with new secure storage laws

The program, announced Friday by the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, includes 75,000 cable-style gun locks that are now available at county MDHHS offices and some local health departments. All MDHHS offices should have gun locks available no later than June.

Read more at Detroit Free Press

Few guns confiscated in first months of ‘red flag’ law

April 12, 2024

Under the new law, police officers, family members and mental health professionals can go to a circuit court judge and ask for an extreme risk protection order (ERPO). A judge can then order police to temporarily take away someone’s guns if the petitioner shows specific examples of why the person is a threat. That can include prior acts or threats of violence, a serious history of mental illness or recent drug or alcohol abuse.

It’s aimed to keep guns out of the hands of people deemed to be dangerous

Read more at WoodTV8

Michigan relaxes driving restrictions for vintage cars

April 9, 2024

According to the way the law was previously written, a vehicle with historic or authentic license plates could only be used for “participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, and similar uses, including mechanical testing, but is not used for general transportation.” The new legislation expands the definition of “exhibition” considerably.

Read more at Hagerty Media via MSN

New law to protect milkweed in Michigan

April 8, 2024
A new law in Michigan bans noxious weeds and includes protections for milkweed.
The law is meant to help eradicate certain noxious weeds. Townships, villages, and cities can have a lien for expenses in controlling the weeds. Governing bodies can also appoint commissioners of noxious weeds, define their duties, and pay them.
Read more at WoodTV 8
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Reducing speed limits is easier under new Michigan law

April 4, 2024
Communities concerned about their local speed limits will have more freedom to make a change under a new Michigan law.
Signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday, April 2, the legislation gives municipalities more flexibility with their speed limit changes following a speed study, and reduces spending by removing a previously required engineering and safety study from the process.
Read more at mLive via MSN

As Michigan legalizes surrogacy, here's how families found ways around the ban

April 2, 2024

On Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation repealing that criminal ban and legalizing surrogacy contracts and compensated surrogacy.

Read more at NPR

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Michigan will become the last US state to decriminalize surrogacy contracts

March 20, 2024

Michigan is currently the only state in the nation where surrogacy contracts are criminally banned, according to the governor’s office. A 1988 law passed by Republicans makes it a misdemeanor or felony charge to take part in a compensated surrogacy contract.

Read more at WZZM 13

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