Michigan Legislature: 2017 Preview

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Michigan Legislature: 2017 Preview

 

The Michigan State House of Representatives and Senate have a busy year ahead in 2017. Potential upcoming bills will affect all citizens of Michigan; the topics and issues addressed in these bills including: children, offenders, voting and voter registration, vehicles and taxation. With so many bills to cover, below are outlined some of the key potential bills likely to impact the people of Michigan in a substantial way –

 

Children:

 

SB 0052 adds crimes involving sexual conduct or abuse of a child under 18 years of age to the list of crimes with no statute of limitations.

 

HB 4042 includes people involved with school and recreational youth sport to those people responsible for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

 

Offenders

 

SB 0022 mandates, where possible, for inmates aged approximately 18-22 to be housed only with inmates of similar ages and all within the same correctional facility.

 

HB 4065 outlines the new Department of Corrections policy allowing individuals convicted of a felony to work within the Department. These individuals must have disclosed their felony prior to employment and the felony must not be of such a nature as to negatively impact public safety or the running of the Department.

 

Voting

 

SB 0056 allows voter registration to take place online, with an online form submitted to the Secretary of State. A voter may update their address on the same website.

 

HB 4037 creates automatic voter registration for individuals when they are issued a driver’s license or a change of address notification for their existing driver’s license.

 

Vehicles

 

HB 4013 make vehicle registration shown in electronic form acceptable when it is required to be displayed to a police officer.

 

Taxation

 

SB 0059 allows a taxpayer to claim a tax credit on their state income tax equal to 50% of their yearly repayment of a student loan. However the total of this repayment must not exceed 20% of the average yearly tuition for Michigan’s public universities. This is a non-refundable tax credit.

 

HB 4014 allows a taxpayer to claim a tax credit on their state income tax equal to fees paid throughout the tax year for a dependent of the taxpayer to take part in any sport, program or other extracurricular activity offered through a school. This is a non-refundable tax credit.

 

SB 0060 allows a taxpayer who is eligible for a refundable tax credit under s21 of the Internal Revenue Code (regarding expense for household and dependent care services necessary for gainful employment) to claim a percentage of that credit against their state income tax. Percentages determined by annual income are:

  • Less than $25,000 = 110%
  • Greater than or equal to $25,000 but less than $40,000 = 100%
  • Greater than or equal to $40,000 but less than $65,000 = 80%
  • Greater than or equal to $65,000 but less than $100,000 = 30%

 

What do you think the Michigan Legislature should focus on in 2017?

 

Jackie Morgan contributed to this post

 

 

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