Gov. Snyder signs legislation empowering parents with performance information for public schools


LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Public schools in Michigan will earn letter grades based on student achievement and performance under legislation signed Friday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Michigan’s parents and students deserve transparent and useful information regarding the successes and challenges of their local public schools,” Snyder said. “This legislation will enhance the information parents receive and empower involvement in their children’s education.”

House Bill 5526, sponsored by state Rep. Tim Kelly, establishes a letter grade system for ranking public schools in Michigan.
Snyder also signed the following bills:

SB 331, sponsored by state Sen. Judy Emmons, requires licensing of genetic counselors.

SB 706, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, makes changes to the Convention and Tourism Marketing Act.

SB 707, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, makes changes to the Community Convention or Tourism Marketing Act.

SB 1095, sponsored state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, clarifies the process for filing nominating petitions for city elections.

SB 1127, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, modifies nominating petition deadlines for certain board of trustee candidates.

SB 1177, sponsored by state Sen. Margaret O’Brien, provides recognition in the state Capitol for veterans and eliminates the report from the former custodian of the Michigan veterans' headquarters.

SB 1180, sponsored by state Sen. Hildenbrand, modifies role of the director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs within the Michigan Veterans' Facility Authority.

SB 1211, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson, changes the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act by narrowing definitions and to require negligence as an element of violations while also requiring award of costs to prevailing party other than this state.

SBs 1238-1242, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Kowall, implement rules related to voter registration and absentee voting.

HB 4205, sponsored by state Rep. Triston Cole, prohibits state agency rules from being more stringent than federal regulations. The governor noted his administration has worked tirelessly to eliminate more than 3,000 unnecessary rules. It is appropriate for state agencies to take extra care in justifying regulatory decisions when adding rules. These rules and regulations are still allowed to be more stringent than federal law when accompanied by the appropriate explanation and support. This bill replaced a previous version that was vetoed. The Governor's concerns that led to the prior veto were addressed in HB 4205. This law would not have impacted the state’s efforts to address changes to the lead and copper rule, or any work done by the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team.

HB 5123, sponsored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide information regarding foster children's assurance of quality foster care policy to foster children.

HB 5454, sponsored by state Rep. Peter Lucido, extends principal residence exemption to owners temporarily absent while rebuilding a demolished or destroyed dwelling.

HB 5907, sponsored by state Rep. Ben Frederick, requires notification of opportunities for advanced placement testing, college level program testing and DSST subject standardized tests.

HB 5939-5941, sponsored by state Rep. John Chirkun and Jim Lilly, respectively, give local governments more control over when fireworks can be used in their communities.

HB 5943, sponsored by state Rep. Scott VanSingel, enacts sentencing guidelines for threatening a school with a firearm or other deadly or dangerous weapon.

HB 5992, sponsored by state Rep. Steve Marino, establishes election forgery as a chargeable offense.

HBs 6006 and 6007, sponsored by state Rep. James Lower, eliminates the Michigan Capitol Committee and references to it in other parts of the law.

HB 6011, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Noble, enters Michigan into national driver's license compact.

HB 6269, sponsored by state Rep. Gary Howell, defines coal ash impoundment, sets fees and requirements for new impoundment areas or lateral expansions of coal ash landfills.

HBs 6330 and 6331, sponsored by state Reps. Dan Lauwers and Steve Johnson, respectively, establish licenses and oversight related to industrial hemp and modifies definitions of hemp and marijuana.

HB 6355, sponsored by state Rep. Triston Cole, allows a person to purchase minnows from a person with a license, without obtaining a license.

HB 6374, sponsored by state Rep. Roger Victory, requires drains to be assessed to public corporations.

HB 6375, sponsored by state Rep. Roger Victory, provides for relinquishment to the state transportation department with respect to intercounty drain boards for public health.

HB 6376, sponsored by state Rep. Victory, makes county and intercounty drain provisions consistent regarding necessity for public health and recovery of attendant expenses.

HB 6377, sponsored by state Rep. Victory, revises petition requirements for county drainage districts and for maintenance on county and intercounty drains.

HB 6380, sponsored by state Rep. Dan Lauwers, excludes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana plant.

HBs 6393-6394, sponsored by state Rep. Julie Alexander, update the grade A milk law and amends the manufacturing milk law of 2001.

HB 6406, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Graves, makes changes to the identity theft protection act for corresponding data breaches.

HB 6595, sponsored by state Rep. James Lower, requires a petition circulator for constitutional amendments, initiatives, or referendums to indicate if he or she is paid or a volunteer and provides limitations on certain petition signatures. The governor noted that this law will promote geographic diversity in support of ballot proposals similar to the way gubernatorial candidates are required to have when they file for election.

The above bills have been filed with the Office of the Great Seal.

The governor also vetoed:

SB 822, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Shirkey, would have clarified that memorandums of understanding stay intact beyond the term of a governor. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that while the aim of the legislations appears to be a noble purpose, which is transparency, it also has the potential to lead to more routine legislative encroachment into regulating the activity of future governors.

HB 6553, sponsored by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, would have created the right for the Legislature to intervene in any court proceeding. In his veto letter, Snyder wrote that he believes the current process has worked well to ensure the Legislature’s position is considered. He also considered that if this legislation were in place during his term as governor, it would have limited his office’s ability to coordinate and manage the defense of the state in lawsuits.

The veto letters are linked in this story.

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