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SUPPORT                                                                                 HB = House Bill    SB = Senate Bill

SB 25 - require all state departments and agencies to establish certain water affordability criteria

This act may be cited as the "human right to water act".

SB 90 -  A bill to amend 1976 PA 453, entitled "Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act”

Generally, the ELCRA prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations and public services, educational facilities, and housing and real estate based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status.

The bill would define "race" as inclusive of traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles. "Protective hairstyles" would include such hairstyles as braids, locks, and twists.

SB 137 & 138 - bills to amend 2008 PA 260, entitled "Guardianship assistance act”.

Senate Bills 137 and 138 would amend the Guardianship Assistance Act to provide for guardianship assistance program (GAP) eligibility for guardianship arrangements made by tribal and out-of-state courts.

SB 802  & HB 6323 - "Manoomin (Zizania palustris and Zizania aquatica), also known as Michigan wild rice, is designated as the official native grain of this state. Let it be known that Manoomin is a sacred and important component to many wetlands and has a cultural significance to the indigenous people of this state." PASSED

Michigan Lawmakers Introduce "Michigan Indigenous Culture and Heritage Package"

HB4853 and HB4854  are designed to protect the rights of Indigenous students wearing ceremonial regalia at graduation ceremonies and those who wear traditional regalia or bring cultural objects to their schools and universities.

HB4852, would declare Manoomin, or wild rice, as the state’s official native grain. Designating wild rice as the state grain will enable Michigan to create a stewardship plan to protect the cultivation of wild rice.  PASSED!

The remaining bills in the package would protect Michigan’s pollinators and vital plants:

HB4857 would make milkweed exempt from the designation of noxious plants, ensuring the plant would no longer subject to state and local eradication efforts. 

HB4858 would prohibit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on public land and require the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to produce a report to the legislature detailing the costs and benefits of the use of the pesticides.