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Governor Snyder signs Lame Duck Legislation sponsored by lawmakers from South West Michigan


LANSING (WKZO)-- One new piece of Lame Duck legislation has been signed by the Governor will make it easier for juvenile offenders to wipe crimes off their record. The current law allows only one crime to be expunged. The new law will allow the past offenders to ask a judge to erase up to three offenses a year after the case has been adjudicated, instead of waiting five.

West Michigan Sponsor Joe Haveman says it will give more young adults who face barriers to college, jobs or the military a second chance to turn themselves around.

The bill from the Holland Republican cleared both houses by wide margins.

Several other bills that were sponsored by local lawmakers passed in the Lame Duck session have now been signed by the Governor.

---One bill drafted and pushed by Aric Nesbitt of Lawton would ban employers and educational institutions from asking applicants, employees and students for their internet account passwords. Nesbitt says it’s a personal privacy issue. He says people should be judged by their skills and abilities and not by their private on-line activity.

---A measure sponsored by Rep. Margaret O’Brien would exempt new construction from being assessed school operating taxes for up to three years, or until the property Is purchased or used for commercial uses. It relieves developers of a tax burden while they wait for speculative construction to move on the market. O’Brien was a real estate agent before running for office.

---Governor Snyder has signed a bill backed by Senator Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton that will require that video recordings be made of police interrogations at certain stages in the investigations of major felonies. Schuitmaker was a practicing attorney.

---A bill sponsored by Rep. Al Pscholka of Stevensville would exclude up to $10,000 in wages paid to volunteer firefighters from what they are permitted to earn before it affects their unemployment benefits.