Chair and Lobbyist Resources

If you are unsure of your assigned position:

Adams Committee
HB 5751 Safe Haven Device - Sponsored by Adams Green
SUPPORTING POSITION: You want TO ALLOW Newborn Safety Devices (NSDs) to be installed and used at emergency service provider locations in order to ensure the safety of newborns who are being legally abandoned by parents who are unwilling to engage in face-to-face interaction while legally abandoning their child.

OPPOSING POSITION: You OPPOSE this bill. It does not address who will be held liable happens to a baby placed in an NSD as well as requiring standards for NSD to be outlined by the Michigan department of Health after the bill passes, rather than including those standards in the bill itself. This means that no one will know what those standards are until after this bill is signed into law.

Bill and Analysis – HB 5751 Safe Haven Device

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HB 6183 Lower Voting Age- Sponsored by Adams Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: Lower the voting age to 16.

OPPOSING POSITION: Keep the voting age at 18

Bill and Analysis – HB 6183 Lower Voting Age

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Freedom Committee
HB 4181 Ban Cell Phone Use for Minors While Driving - Sponsored by Freedom Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want TO BAN teenagers from using cell phones while driving for their safety and the safety of other drivers.

OPPOSING POSITION: You want MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO in that all drivers with a level 3 license can use their cell phone while driving, regardless of their age.

Bill and Analysis – HB 4181 Ban Cell Phone Use for Minors While Driving

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HB 4015 Repeal Ban on Ticket Scalping - Sponsored by Freedom Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want TO ALLOW individuals and others to resell tickets for more than face value without obtaining permission from the venue, treating tickets as the property of the ticketholder.

OPPOSING POSITION: You want TO KEEP THE CURRENT BAN ON TICKET SCALPING.

Bill and Analysis – HB 4015 Repeal Ban on Ticket Scalping

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Liberty Committee
HJR H Death Penalty - Sponsored by Liberty Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to REINSTATE THE DEATH PENALTY in Michigan.
*Note: While in real life, passing this resolution would bring the issue to the Michigan people to vote on, for LEAD, the students will be framing the debate as though passing this resolution would reinstate the death penalty.

OPPOSING POSITION: You want the death penalty to REMAIN UNCONSTITUTIONAL in Michigan.
*Note: While in real life, passing this resolution would bring the issue to the Michigan people to vote on, for LEAD, the students will be framing the debate as though passing this resolution would reinstate the death penalty.

Bill and Analysis – HJR H Death Penalty

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Washington Committee
SB 991 Right to Try - Sponsored by Washington Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: ALLOW TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS THE RIGHT TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS whose effectiveness, safety, or danger is still unknown.

OPPOSING POSITION: DENY TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS THE RIGHT TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS whose effectiveness, safety, and danger is still unknown.

Bill and Analysis – SB 991 Right to Try

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SB 98 Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation - Sponsored by Washington Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: Individuals who have spent time in prison for a crime they did not commit SHOULD BE AUTOMATICALLY COMPENSATED.

OPPOSING POSITION: THE STATUS QUO SHOULD BE PRESERVED allowing wrongfully imprisoned individuals to sue state for compensation. 

Bill and Analysis – SB 98 Wrongful Imprisonment

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Adams Committee
HB 4071 Abuse of a Vulnerable Child - Sponsored by Adams Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to create a legal definition for vulnerable children (i.e., a child with disabilities) and INCREASE PENALTIES for abusing a vulnerable child.

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to MAINTAIN THE PENALTIES FOR CHILD ABUSE. 

 

Bill and Sample Testimonies

SB 991 Right to Try - Sponsored by Adams Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to ALLOW TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS THE RIGHT TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS whose effectiveness, safety, or danger is still unknown.   

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to DENY TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS THE RIGHT TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS whose effectiveness, safety, and danger is still unknown.  

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Jefferson Committee
HB 4006 Cell Phones in Emergencies - Sponsored by Jefferson Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want wireless providers to be REQUIRED BY LAW TO PROVIDE the location information on a wireless device to a law enforcement officer in emergency conditions. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want wireless providers to have the FREEDOM TO DECIDE whether to release location information on a cell phone to a law enforcement officer in an emergency.  

 

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HB 4162 Prohibit Bullying at School - Sponsored by Jefferson Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want schools to be REQUIRED TO CREATE A POLICY formally prohibiting bullying with procedures and punishments. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want schools to have the FREEDOM TO DECIDE procedure and policy for bullying on a case by case basis.

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Madison Committee
SB 291 Remove Motorcycle Helmet Requirement - Sponsored by Madison Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to give motorcycle riders the FREEDOM TO CHOOSE to wear a helmet. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to REQUIRE HELMETS for all motorcycle riders. 

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HB 5751 Safe Haven Device - Sponsored by Madison Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want TO ALLOW Newborn Safety Devices (NSDs) to be installed and used at emergency service provider locations in order to ensure the safety of newborns who are being legally abandoned by parents who are unwilling to engage in face-to-face interaction while legally abandoning their child.

OPPOSING POSITION: You OPPOSE this bill. It does not address who will be held liable happens to a baby placed in an NSD as well as requiring standards for NSD to be outlined by the Michigan department of Health after the bill passes, rather than including those standards in the bill itself. This means that no one will know what those standards are until after this bill is signed into law. 

 

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Washington Committee
SJR T Lower Voting Age - Sponsored by Washington Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want TO LOWER THE VOTING AGE to 16.

OPPOSING POSITION: You want TO KEEP THE VOTING AGE AT 18.  

 

Bill and Sample Testimonies

SB 98 Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation - Sponsored by Washington Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to COMPENSATE INDIVIDUALS who have spent time in prison for a crime they did not commit.  

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to preserve the status quo allowing wrongfully imprisoned individuals to sue state for compensation. 

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Decommissioned
HB 4131 Allow Adoption by Any Couple - Sponsored by Adams Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to open up the adoption process to ALLOW TWO UNMARRIED PERSONS TO ADOPT. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to continue current policy which PROHIBITS JOINT ADOPTION by unmarried couples. 

NOTE: Students are deciding whether to pass this bill under the current system. Considering that homosexual marriage is legal and married couples are allowed to adopt, this bill would only affect unmarried couples’ (heterosexual or homosexual) ability to adopt. 

Bill and Sample Testimonies

HB 4039 Raise Smoking Age - Sponsored by Adams Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to  INCREASE THE LEGAL AGE FOR TOBACCO USE TO 21 and impose harsher punishments on those selling tobacoo and related products to those under 21. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to KEEP THE LEGAL AGE FOR TOBACCO USE AT 18 and maintain the current system “as is. 

 

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HB 4836 Bias Motivated Crimes - Sponsored by Madison Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to add STRICTER PENALTIES for ethnic intimidation (to be renamed “bias-motivated crimes”) and expand the current list of protected categories (race, color, religion, gender, or national origin) to include disability, gender identity or expression of gender, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or association with a person or group with one or more of the previous characteristics.

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to MAINTAIN CURRENT PENALTIES for ethnic intimidation (to be renamed “bias-motivated crimes”) and you oppose adding any new protected categories (such as disability, gender identity or expression of gender, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or association with a person or group with one or more of the previous characteristics) to the list which currently includes race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.

Bill and Sample Testimonies

 

SB 402 Distracted Driving - Sponsored by Washington Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want wireless providers to be REQUIRED BY LAW TO PROVIDE the location information on a wireless device to a law enforcement officer in emergency conditions. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to give drivers the freedom to text while driving. 

Bill and Sample Testimonies

Decommissioned
HB 4131 Allow Adoption by Any Couple - Sponsored by Adams Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to open up the adoption process to ALLOW TWO UNMARRIED PERSONS TO ADOPT. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to continue current policy which PROHIBITS JOINT ADOPTION by unmarried couples. 

NOTE: Students are deciding whether to pass this bill under the current system. Considering that homosexual marriage is legal and married couples are allowed to adopt, this bill would only affect unmarried couples’ (heterosexual or homosexual) ability to adopt. 

Bill and Sample Testimonies

HB 4039 Raise Smoking Age - Sponsored by Adams Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to  INCREASE THE LEGAL AGE FOR TOBACCO USE TO 21 and impose harsher punishments on those selling tobacoo and related products to those under 21. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to KEEP THE LEGAL AGE FOR TOBACCO USE AT 18 and maintain the current system “as is. 

 

Bill and Sample Testimonies

HB 4836 Bias Motivated Crimes - Sponsored by Madison Green

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want to add STRICTER PENALTIES for ethnic intimidation (to be renamed “bias-motivated crimes”) and expand the current list of protected categories (race, color, religion, gender, or national origin) to include disability, gender identity or expression of gender, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or association with a person or group with one or more of the previous characteristics.

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to MAINTAIN CURRENT PENALTIES for ethnic intimidation (to be renamed “bias-motivated crimes”) and you oppose adding any new protected categories (such as disability, gender identity or expression of gender, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or association with a person or group with one or more of the previous characteristics) to the list which currently includes race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.

Bill and Sample Testimonies

 

SB 402 Distracted Driving - Sponsored by Washington Blue

SUPPORTING POSITION: You want wireless providers to be REQUIRED BY LAW TO PROVIDE the location information on a wireless device to a law enforcement officer in emergency conditions. 

OPPOSING POSITION: You want to give drivers the freedom to text while driving. 

Bill and Sample Testimonies

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SSI LEAD Dates

Week 1: June 29, 2022
Week 2:
July 13, 2022
Week 3:
July 27, 2022

1:30pm – Arrive at Anderson House Office Building
1:45pm – Committee Meetings Begin
3:45pm – Committee Meetings End

Location
Anderson House Office Building
124 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI 48933

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