Michigan Legislation Affecting Immigrants, Farmworkers, and Immigrant Workers

  • 2021-2022 Session
  • Updated June 2, 2021

 

Bill Number / Primary Sponsor Title Description MIRC position Status
IMMIGRATION
Senate Bill 0066 (2021) - Senator Chang (D) Equal Language Access to State Services This bill would require state agencies to create and implement equitable policies for individuals with limited English proficiency. Support 02/02/2021 - Referred to Committee on Government Operations
House Bill 4197 (2021) – Representative Hornberger (R) Local Government Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act The bills would ban a local unit of government from enacting or enforcing any law or policy that limits or prohibits local officials, law enforcement officers and employees of those entities from "communicating or cooperating" with federal officials concerning the immigration status of an individual in the state of Michigan. Oppose 02/10/2021 - Referred to Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security
House Bill 4539 (2021) – Representative LaFave (R) County Law Enforcement Protection Act This bill would prohibit counties from enacting or enforcing any law, ordinance, policy, or rule that limits peace officers or local officials, officers, or employees from communicating or cooperating with appropriate federal officials concerning the immigration status of individuals; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state and local officials, officers, and employees; and to prescribe penalties and remedies. Oppose 03/23/2021 - Referred to Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security
Senate Bills 0433and 0434 (2021) – Senator Chang (D) and Senator Brinks (D) Drive SAFE (Safety, Access, Freedom, and Economy) bills The bills would make noncommercial Michigan driver's licenses and state identification cards available to applicants who do not have proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status. The bills eliminate the "legal presence" requirement for standard licenses, and they would specify types of documentation allowable for proving Michigan residency and identity. One bill would modify the section of the Michigan Vehicle Code relating to driver's licenses and the other would modify the section relating to state identification cards. The bills would forbid discrimination against – and heightened police scrutiny of – individuals holding standard licenses issued under the new section of the law. Support 05/11/2021 – Referred to Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
House Bills 4835and 4836 (2021) – Representative Kuppa (D) and Representative Hood (D) Drive SAFE (Safety, Access, Freedom, and Economy) bills The bills would make noncommercial Michigan driver's licenses and state identification cards available to applicants who do not have proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status. The bills eliminate the "legal presence" requirement for standard licenses, and they would specify types of documentation allowable for proving Michigan residency and identity. One bill would modify the section of the Michigan Vehicle Code relating to driver's licenses and the other would modify the section relating to state identification cards. The bills would forbid discrimination against – and heightened police scrutiny of – individuals holding standard licenses issued under the new section of the law. Support 05/13/2021 – Referred to Committee on Rules and Competitiveness
EMPLOYMENT
House Bill 4031 (2021) – Representative Kahle (R) Violations of Reports of Injuries and Death As originally written this bill would deny Michigan farm workers working at certain agricultural businesses the same protections that other workers receive when they are injured or die at work. Currently, MIOSHA requires that all employers report all workplace deaths within eight hours and this bill would increase the reporting time to seven days. This not only puts farm workers at risk but also contravenes federal OSHA laws. In addition, the bill would reduce civil penalties for not timely reporting a death or injury of a farmworker from $10,000.00 to $500.00, greatly disincentivizing agricultural businesses from alerting MIOSHA of injuries and death on time. Neutral 05/11/2021 – Read a Third Time; Passed House; Referred to Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
Senate Bill 0161 (2021) – Senator McCann (D) Workers Compensation for Essential Workers This bill presumes essential workers who test positive for COVID-19, without knowing their time of infection, contracted the virus during their employment and are therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits retroactive to March 10, 2020. Support 02/23/2021 - Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
House Bill 4748 (2021) – Representative Pohutsky (D) Workers Compensation for Essential Workers This bill presumes essential workers who test positive for COVID-19, without knowing their time of infection, contracted the virus during their employment and are therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Support 04/29/2021 – Referred to Committee on Workforce, Trades, and Talent
Senate Bill 0162 (2021) – Senator Chang (D) Increase on Penalties for MIOSHA Violations This bill encourages collaboration among MIOSHA and other state regulatory agencies to create general industry standards to mitigate COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. It also increases MIOSHA fines and penalties to strengthen accountability. Support 02/23/2021 - Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
House Bill 4756 (2021) – Representative Scott Increase on Penalties for MIOSHA Violations This bill encourages collaboration among MIOSHA and other state regulatory agencies to create general industry standards to mitigate COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. It also increases MIOSHA fines and penalties to strengthen accountability. Support 04/29/2021 – Referred to Committee on Workforce, Trades, and Talent
Senate Bill 0163 (2021) – Senator Santana (D) Employer taking Adverse Employment Action for Unsafe Working Conditions This bill will protect employees from adverse action if they report unsafe work conditions to MIOSHA. Support 02/23/2021 - Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
House Bill 4758 (2021) – Senator Stone (D) Employer taking Adverse Employment Action for Unsafe Working Conditions This bill will protect employees from adverse action if they report unsafe work conditions to MIOSHA. Support 04/29/2021 – Referred to Committee on Workforce, Trades, and Talent
Senate Bill 0164 (2021) – Senator Moss (D) Employers taking Adverse Employment Action for Absences  This bill would protect employees from adverse action if they were unable to come into work for any reasons related to COVID-19. Support 02/23/2021 - Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
House Bill 4755 (2021) – Representative Hood (D) Employers taking Adverse Employment Action for Absences  This bill would protect employees from adverse action if they were unable to come into work for any reasons related to COVID-19. Support 04/29/2021 – Referred to Committee on Workforce, Trades, and Talent
Senate Bill 0165 (2021) – Senator Brinks (D) Information Regarding COVID-19 Testing Locations This bill requires employers to obtain, publicly post, and make readily available to employees a list of testing sites from their local public health department. Support 02/23/2021 - Referred to the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development
House Bill 4751 (2021) – Representative Morse (D) Information Regarding COVID-19 Testing Locations This bill requires employers to obtain, publicly post, and make readily available to employees a list of testing sites from their local public health department. Support 04/29/2021 – Referred to Committee on Workforce, Trades, and Talent
House Bill 4753 (2021) – Representative Breen (D) Long-term health issues from COVID-19 This bill would address long-term health issues resulting from COVID-19. It would state that “illness or disease related to a COVID-19 infection is not an ordinary disease of life” as described in current workers' comp law. Support 04/29/2021 – Referred to Committee on Workforce, Trades, and Talent

This is a list of bills that have been compiled by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. This list is not a comprehensive list of all bills affecting the immigrant community. The status of each bill is subject to change quickly, please refer to https://www.legislature.mi.gov for an updated status. For questions please contact, Public Policy Coordinator Eva Alvarez at ealvarez@michiganimmigrant.org