Personal property tax bills signed into law

Personal property tax bills signed into law

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson joined Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Thursday for a ceremonial signing of a section of the personal property tax reform legislation.

Robertson was a sponsor of Senate Bills 1066 and 1068, now Publics Acts 398 and 400 of 2012.

“In the past, if a manufacturer wanted to make a critically important investment in Michigan that would build the economy and provide jobs, we don't send them a thank you card we send them a tax bill,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “By passing this legislation, we have moved Michigan toward a more competitive future.”
 

Legislation aimed at cracking down on impaired driving signed by governor

Legislation aimed at cracking down on impaired driving signed by governor

LANSING— State Sen. Dave Robertson joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 353 sponsored by Robertson

SB 353, now Public Act 543 of 2012, changes the definition of a controlled substance when driving.

Currently, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or a combination of the two. Robertson’s legislation addresses situations in which people are operating a vehicle under the influence of a “substance”, but that substance is not listed as a controlled substance.

For example, a police officer reported a situation in which an individual was evidently caught huffing computer duster from a can while operating a vehicle, which then caused damage to parked cars and could have caused injuries. The officer noted in the report that if the suspect's blood work had come back negative for alcohol or controlled substances, the police would only have been able to charge the person with a local ordinance violation.

“Hopefully, by this legislation being signed into law, a loophole has been closed and our streets and roads will be safer,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “If someone is under the influence they should not be on the road, and law enforcement must have the proper tools in place to get them off the roads.”