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June 29, 2022
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Governor Whitmer signs food and agriculture legislation to boost Michigan’s economy
LANSING, Michigan- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a package of bills supporting Michigan’s agricultural economy by providing Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Free Sale Certificates, which allow businesses Michigan agribusinesses to export their products. This brings the total number of bipartisan bills signed by Governor Whitmer to 878.
“Agriculture is the lifeblood of Michigan’s economy, and today’s bipartisan legislative package allows our food and agriculture businesses to grow and create more good-paying jobs,” said Governor Whitmer. “These bipartisan bills will build on our efforts to support rural communities by investing in high-quality infrastructure, high-speed internet, affordable child care, accessible housing, and regional economic development. I will work with anyone to get things done that put the Michiganders first.
“Michigan food and agriculture businesses continue to succeed because they have embraced creativity, innovation and sustainability,” said Gary McDowell, MDARD Director. “I thank Governor Whitmer for signing this bipartisan legislation to help pave the way for MDARD to better assist our $104.7 billion food and agriculture industry’s goods exports, increasing the global footprint of the Michigan.”
House Bills 5742, 5743, 5744, 5745, 5747, and 5748, along with Senate Bill 1058, together constitute a set of bills that would allow MDARD to certify the quality of agricultural products manufactured in Michigan and to issue certificates of free sale. This would boost Michigan’s economy by ensuring that Michigan agribusinesses are able to export their products to other countries.
Free sale certificates are often required of companies to export their products.
House Bill 5742 was sponsored by Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, and a copy can be found here.
House Bill 5743 was sponsored by Rep. Richard Steenland, D-Roseville, and a copy can be found here.
House Bill 5744 was sponsored by Rep. Julie Alexander, R-Hanover, and a copy can be found here.
House Bill 5745 was sponsored by Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord, and a copy can be found here.
“I am thrilled to have led this effort to help Michigan farmers. As a fifth generation farmer, I understand the challenges we face as an industry every day, and I will continue to work to enable Michigan to feed the world more easily.” – Representative Bryan Posthumus, Township of R-Cannon
House Bill 5747 was sponsored by Rep. Bryan Posthumus, Township of R-Cannon, and a copy can be found here.
House Bill 5748 was sponsored by Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt, and a copy can be found here.
Senate Bill 1058 was sponsored by Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lapeer, and a copy can be found here.
The governor also signed House Bills 5696 and 5726 which address staffing shortages, 5876 which streamlines hospital sales, 5588 and 5589 which update laws regarding microchipping in dogs.
Shortage of staff
Together, House Bills 5696 and 5726 would help address staffing shortages at alcohol wholesalers by lowering the age at which a person can perform specific tasks from 18 to 16 and allowing minors to be issued permits. work permit to work in establishments where alcoholic beverages are distributed. . This bill would improve staffing shortages for liquor wholesalers, boosting Michigan’s economy.
“Thank you to Governor Whitmer for legalizing a practice that is happening right now across the state. It’s common sense legislation that’s a win-win for teens looking for jobs and employers looking of workers in this difficult labor market.”- Representative Stephanie Young, D-Detroit
“We commend Governor Whitmer for signing this legislation, which will help address unprecedented labor shortages in the beer and wine industry and prepare Michigan’s youth for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “These new laws will support the many employers who operate Michigan’s three-tier system of manufacturing, delivery and retail.”
House Bill 5696 was sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Young, D – Detroit and House Bill 5726 was sponsored by Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes and copies can be found here and here.
Sales to hospitals
House Bill 5876 would be make it easier for hospitals to partner with or sell to another health system, removing costly asset transfer requirements. It helps small hospitals remain viable and provide continuity of health care in our communities.
House Bill 5876 was sponsored by Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, R-Norton Shores, and a copy can be found here.
Taken together, House Bills 5588 and 5589 update and bring consistency to state law and now prohibit the use of tattooed dogs for identification purposes. Legislation now includes the modern practice of microchipping.
“I am thrilled to see Governor Whitmer enacting these bills today – they are a victory for ALL Michiganders, including all of our furry friends. Together, these bills change technical language to prohibit the use of dog tattoos as a form of identification. Provisions for tattooing were in place long before the advent of microchip technology, and many veterinary professionals now consider dog tattooing to be ineffective and cruel. I am proud to have been part of such an important set of bills with my colleague, Rep. TC Clements. – Rep. Ranjeev Puri, D-Canton
House Bill 5588 was sponsored by Rep. TC Clements, R-Lambertville, House Bill 5589 was sponsored by Rep. Ranjeev Puri, D-Canton, and copies can be found here and here.