Zorn’s rental property and local government bills soon heading to governor

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

Senate Bill 16 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.

“I was disappointed the governor didn’t sign this reform last year, but I’m confident that this time she will help us end this form of double dipping,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Michigan rental properties are currently subject to unnecessary and costly reinspections if they are transferred 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.”

SB 17 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.

“Even before the pandemic, some of our communities were struggling to find enough first responders and police officers to protect their residents,” Zorn said. “This simple reform would give more communities much-needed flexibility in providing public safety by allowing more local elected officials — who have the necessary training — to also serve in lifesaving roles.”

Both bills have been returned to the Senate, which is expected to send them to the governor on Thursday.