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MichiganVotes.org is a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to provide concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. This report was released Friday, Sept. 11.

House Bill 5085: Let veterinarians consult on marijuana and CBD for animals

To require state health care regulators to create rules that would permit a veterinarian to “consult” with an animal owner on the use of marijuana or CBD oil on an animal.

Passed 107 to 0 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51)  YES

House Bill 5699: Decriminalize driving without having license in possession

To repeal the criminal sanctions for driving without having a driver’s license in the driver’s possession. The bill would instead make this a civil offense subject to fine.

Passed 106 to 0 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51)  YES

House Bill 4483: Create model cursive handwriting instruction program

To require the Department of Education to create a model program of instruction in cursive handwriting, and invite but not require schools to use it.

Passed 106 to 0 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51)  YES

House Bill 4488: Limit using criminal background to bar occupational licensure

To further limit the use of criminal records to determine whether an individual is eligible to get an occupational license mandated by the state, which is required to earn a living in many professions. Specifically, with some exceptions, a licensing board or agency could not consider past civil judgments or lawsuits against an individual as evidence of a “lack of good moral character,” and also could not consider a criminal conviction, in and of itself, as conclusive evidence of this. This would not apply if the individual was convicted of a felony that is explicitly listed in statute as a disqualifying offense for the particular license, or the offense was directly related to the licensed profession.

Passed 106 to 0 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51)  YES

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