[Michlib-l] Fwd: House Bill 5219

Christine Hage christine.hage at rhpl.org
Thu Feb 25 15:08:51 EST 2016

My State Rep provided this information that I thought would be of interest
to everyone. It now moves on to the Michigan Senate.

Christine Lind Hage
2016 Candidate for President Elect of
the American Library Association
Library Director, Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Olde Towne Road <x-apple-data-detectors://1/0>
Rochester, MI 48307-2043 <x-apple-data-detectors://1/0>

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Begin forwarded message:

*From:* "Rep. Michael Webber (District 45)" <MichaelWebber at house.mi.gov>
*Date:* February 25, 2016 at 2:20:38 PM EST
*To:* "christine.hage at rhpl.org" <christine.hage at rhpl.org>
*Subject:* *House Bill 5219*

The House of Representatives passed House Bill 5219, which is meant to
bring clarification for Senate Bill 571 from last year. HB 5219 clarifies
that the restriction on using public resources to reference a local ballot
question only applies to radio or television advertisements, rather than
any communication over television or radio. As a result, public resources
would be restricted for the following types of communications: mass
mailings, prerecorded telephone messages, radio advertisements, television
advertisements. The bill also makes clear that the restriction on the use
of public resources to reference a local ballot question does not cover
meetings of a public body.

Additionally, the bill deletes the 60 day timeframe and provides that the
restriction on using public resources would not preclude an informative
communication that consists of any of the following:

·       The language of a local ballot question;

·       The date of an election;

·       Factual and strictly neutral information concerning the direct
impact of a local ballot question on a public body or the electorate,
except if the communication can reasonably be interpreted as an attempt to
influence the outcome of a local ballot question.
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