November 21, 2022
November 11, 2022
MichiganVotes.org is a free, nonpartisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to provide concise, nonpartisan, plain English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. This report was released on Friday, November 4.
Michigan’s House and Senate remain in recess, with the next sessions scheduled for Nov. 9. This report therefore describes some of the bills that have been introduced regarding state regulations and restrictions on agriculture.
House Bill 6143: Ban local bans on making maple syrup
Introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson R-Wayland, to prohibit local governments from imposing any ordinance, policy, or rule that prohibits or restricts an individual from tapping and collecting sap from a maple tree growing on their own property. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.
Senate Bill 1164: Revise caregiver privilege over details of abandoned farm animals
Introduced by Senator Jon Bumstead R-Fremont, to revise details of a 19th century law (last amended 1948) establishing that if an animal (i.e. farm stock) is abandoned in the care of person, the expenses incurred for this care become a lien on the animal, which can be sold to cover the amount owed. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.
House Bill 5700: Authorize Multi-State Aerial Pesticide Applicator License
Introduced by Rep. Sarah Lightner R-Springport, to review a state certification or registration mandate imposed on aerial pesticide applicators, establishing that if that state enters into a reciprocal registration agreement with another state or the federal government , out-of-state applicators covered by this would not need to get the Michigan version as well. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.
Senate Bill 802 and House Bill 4596: Designating an Official State Native Grain
Introduced by Sen. Adam Hollier D-Detroit’s North End and Rep. Ronnie Peterson D-Ypsilanti, to establish in law that henceforth the “manoomin” plant (Zizania palustris and Zizania aquatica), also known as Michigan wild rice , and no other plant , shall be designated as the official native grain of the State of Michigan. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.
Senate Bill 697: Granting Selective Tax Credits (Grants) for Certain Agricultural Sales
Introduced by Senator Kim LaSata R-Bainbridge Township, to authorize personal income tax credits of up to $32,000 for a property owner who sells a farm or other “farm assets” to a “beginning farmer” as defined in the bill, and smaller appropriations for leasing – property or assets, subject to approval by specified state officials. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.
House Bill 5406: Expand Department of Agriculture Functions to Make Grants to Businesses and Others
Introduced by Rep. Angela Witwer D-Lansing, to expand the functions of the State Department of Agriculture by adding an “Office of Rural Development”, responsible for promoting various government “economic development” programs and granting grants special interest grants. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.
House Bill 4896: Ban on Declaring Milkweed a “Noxious Weed”
Introduced by Rep. Samantha Steckloff D-Farmington Hills, to prohibit local governments from defining milkweed as a noxious or exotic weed. It would change a law empowering local noxious weed commissioners, who are required to “diligently investigate the introduction and existence of noxious weeds” and “persistently apply” timely remedies and treatments. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.
Senate Bill 42: Providing tax relief for agritourism
Introduced by Senator Roger Victory R-Hudsonville, to establish that a building on a farm used for agricultural tourism activities for part of the year is exempt from certain building code provisions if tourism revenue is less than the half of total farm income. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.