Snyder Signs Traffic Control Device Bill, Five Other Bills

Tampering with traffic control devices through intentional destruction or removal now has higher penalties attached to repeat offenses.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation Tuesday, along with five other bills, making them part of official state Legislation. He said the traffic control device bill will help ensure safety and deter vandalism.

“The safety of all motorists is critically important, and this bill helps to deter vandalism to traffic control devices by increasing the penalties for repeat offenses,” Snyder said.

Destruction or removal of traffic control devices is considered a misdemeanor. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Fred Durhal, increases the fine amounts for repeat offenses in a tiered form.

The legislation’s new name is Public Act 111 of 2016.

Snyder also signed a bill that repeals the Urban Land Assembly Act.

The legislation, now known as PA 116, requires all money in the Urban Land Assembly Fund to be transferred by the State Treasurer to the Land Bank Fast Track Fund.

The money will be used by the Michigan Land Bank, which is said to promote economic growth through the acquisition, assembly and disposal of public property to foster development and promote local and county-level land bank operations. This bill was sponsored by Representative Kurt Heise.

Another bill Snyder signed makes an amendment to the Insurance Code.

Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Rendon, the legislation PA 114 allows customers of self-service storage facilities to receive offers of insurance without requiring the storage facilities to get an insurance producer license.

Snyder also signed a bill that is expected to reduce the resale of stolen tires and wheels by requiring commercial buyers to track purchases and prohibiting parts dealers from buying tires and wheels with cash. The legislation is now called PA 112, and was sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones.

Petition filings and clinical certificates for getting someone committed to mental health treatment by a court must now be done so by the court under confidential record. This is according to PA 113, sponsored by Rep. Peter Lucido.

Another bill Snyder signed is expected to allow intercounty drainage boards and the drain commissioner to have equal opportunity to assess charges for preliminary costs when projects are terminated before complete. This legislation is called PA 115, and sponsored by Rep. Ben Glardon.