Domestic violence victims get protections under bills in House, Senate

Monday, 13 November 2017, 09:27:52 PM. Domestic violence victims' wages, benefits, confidentiality would be protected under bills in both House and Senate
LANSING – Victims of domestic violence would get protections under bills introduced last week by Democrats in the House of Representatives and Republicans in the Senate. The Democrats' bills would protect the wages and benefits for victims of domestic violence and prohibit landlords from discriminating against victims. The Republican legislation would protect the confidentiality of the victims by prohibiting the disclosure of addresses in voter records or release of school records to parents who are the subject of personal protection orders. Another bill would exempt victims from jury duty. "This is a package of bills that will conceal where a victim of domestic violence lives so they can't be stalked," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, one of the sponsors of the GOP package of bills. "Most states are doing this now and you have to deal with all the different ways you can find people."        Bills introduced last week in the House and Senate: HB 5221: Authorize late fees to be awarded in a summary legal action for late rental payments. Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Linden. HB 5222: Require warning labels on marijuana products sold in Michigan. Sponsor: Rep. Tom Albert, R-Lowell. HB 5223: Require manufacturers of prescription drugs to complete an annual report on the costs associated with prescription drugs. Sponsor: Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville. HB 5224: Revise the education and training requirements for cosmetology and barber licenses. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Yaroch,...Read more
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