Senate approves Zorn’s rental property and local government bills

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate has approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s measures to increase flexibility for transferring rental property and serving on local boards.

On Wednesday, the Senate approved Senate Bill 16, which would allow rental property owners more flexibility when transferring property between entities. It is a reintroduction of a bill passed by the Legislature last year only to be pocket vetoed by the governor.

“While I was disappointed the governor didn’t sign this reform last year, I am hopeful that we can find common ground on ending this form of double dipping,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Currently, rental property in Michigan is subject to unnecessary and costly reinspections simply based on the transfer of a property from one type of entity to another — even if the owners of both entities are the same people. This fixes that for these limited types of transfers.”

On Thursday, the Senate approved SB 17, which would help more local communities fill first responder and public safety positions. A public servant of a Michigan township, city, village or county with a population of 25,000 or more cannot serve that community as an EMT, firefighter, police officer or public safety officer. SB 17 would expand the population limit to 40,000.

“Some Michigan townships are struggling to find enough first responders and police officers, especially those with populations just above the limit,” Zorn said. “This bill would give more communities much-needed flexibility by allowing more local public servants — who have the necessary training — to serve their communities in their lifesaving roles.”

Both bills have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.