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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, July 12.

The legislature is on break through July, with no votes until at least August. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions.

House Bill 4610: Mandate schools with low vaccination rates post warnings

Introduced by Rep. Brian Elder (D), to require that if a local school board determines that more than 5 percent of the students enrolled in a particular school have not been tested for and immunized against specified diseases, the school must post a signs at each entrance stating this fact, and also post it on their website. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

House Bill 4614: Mandate FAFSA submission as condition of public school diploma

Introduced by Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D), to mandate that students in Michigan public schools complete and submit the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as a condition of getting a high school diploma. School districts would be allowed but not required to grant individual exceptions upon request. The FAFSA is an eligibility determination form that the federal government requires from individuals seeking federal higher education grants or loans; applicants may be required to disclose extensive family financial information. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

Senate Bill 342: Ban police use of face recognition technology

Introduced by Sen. Peter Lucido (R), to prohibit law enforcement officials to obtain, access, or use any face recognition technology or any information obtained from the use of face recognition technology to enforce the law. Evidence gathered with this technology could not be admitted in court. Referred to committee, no further action at this time.

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