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Key Updates

Below are the current State bills we are tracking as Key Legislation, what that bill means to you, the Chamber’s position, and its status.

Key Bills

What the Bill Means to You

TC Area Chamber’s Position

Status

LARA Budget: Pure Michigan Funding Increase
Gov. Snyder has proposed a $1 million increase for the Pure Michigan campaign in his FY 2015-2016 budget. The Pure Michigan campaign has shown a 6 to 1 return on investment across the state and brings billions to northern Michigan’s economy.
SUPPORT. We support efforts to increase funding and effectiveness of the Pure Michigan campaign. $5 million increase for FY 2015-16 signed by Gov. Snyder
Post Labor Day School Start: HB 4396 Labor Day weekend has a huge positive impact on tourism and retail industries in Northern Michigan. OPPOSE. Introduced in House. Referred to Committee on Education.
Auto- No Fault Insurance Reform. SB 248 The proposed bill would make numerous amendments to the No-Fault Auto Insurance statute within the Insurance Code.  The key provisions including the following: Personal Protection Coverage and rehabilitation Coverage. Workers Comp Coverage as well as Motorcycle Coverage OPPOSE.  We currently oppose the Auto Insurance Reform Bill in its current form. While we believe insurance reform may be needed, the current bill does not guarantee reductions in rates for businesses and consumers and has an over $6 million impact on our area hospitals in increased costs. Passed Senate. Currently in House.
Community College baccalaureate degrees. The legislation would allow for Baccalaureate degrees in the following fields; bachelor of science in nursing degree,ski area management, wastewater treatment technology, allied health, information technology, or manufacturing technology.  Currently they can provide degrees in the following fields; cement technology, maritime technology, energy production technology, or culinary arts.  Support.We support allowing our community colleges to offer Baccalaureate Degrees in certain fields that help fill the need of our employers and advances our economic development opportunities.