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Gov. Whitmer signs several bills into law

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bills 4449, 5195, 5313, 5315, 5341-5355, and 5400, as well as Senate Bill 963 into law on Wednesday.

House Bill 4449 expands access to chiropractic services by sunsetting the exclusion of chiropractic services from eligibility for no-fault insurance reimbursement. The bill was sponsored by Representative Beth Griffin, R-South Haven. 

House Bills 5195 and 5313 will increase available funding for infrastructure improvements by increasing vehicle registration transfer fees for the first time since 1987 (5195), and updating  a definition to ensure accurate collection of registration fees for hybrids (5313). The bills were sponsored by Representative Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance.

House Bill 5315 allows the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to issue Northern Michigan University’s Governing Board a license for the sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption on the licensed premises of a restaurant located on land owned and operated by the University if certain conditions are applied. Representative Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette. 

House Bill 5341-5355 and 5400 make up a bill package which amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to improve competition within Michigan’s three-tier system. HB 5343 allows microbreweries to self-distribute directly to retailers under limited circumstances.  

Senate Bill 963 requires the Legislature to present a general appropriations budget to the governor on or before July 1 of each year, beginning July 1, 2021. The bill was sponsored by Senator Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing.


Treasury: Ignore and delete unclaimed property text messages

The Michigan Department of Treasury is asking Michiganders to ignore and delete text messages coming from an unknown source that boasts about reuniting individuals with their unclaimed property.

Over the last week, the state Treasury Department has received reports about text messages going out to the public stating that individuals have unclaimed property at random dollar amounts. The text message asks the recipient to click on a link to claim their property, resembling a phishing scam.

“Please do not interact with or respond to these texts,” Deputy State Treasurer Ann Good said. “These messages are not affiliated with the state Treasury Department and could be a scam. If you have questions about unclaimed property, visit our website or contact us directly.”

The state Treasury Department is the custodian of millions of dollars in lost or forgotten assets from dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates.
Because these properties were considered abandoned and unclaimed by the bank or company entrusted with them, they are turned over to the state as required by law.

In the last five years, more than $400 million has been paid to claimants.

Individuals can search for unclaimed property on the Michigan Unclaimed Property website at www.michigan.gov/unclaimedproperty. Claimants may also call 517-636-5320 between 9 a.m. and noon Mondays and Fridays and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.


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