Proposed policy resolutions approved by delegates at the county annual meeting

View the resolutions below that were approved at the county annual and submitted to the state policy development committee to be considered at the Michigan Farm Bureau annual meeting. 

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TitlePolicy
096-Highways And FundingPage 137, Line 96 Notes: Added additional language to cover electric vehicles We support adding a revenue collection component to the registration fees of all electric or alternative fuel vehicles, commensurate to the amount of lost fuel tax revenue. The formula should be based on average miles driven, average fuel economy, and average prices and should be indexed bi-annually.
039-Educational ReformsPage 52, Line 76 Notes: Add additional language to existing policy We oppose state funding for individual students in post-secondary education.
051-Labor Housing ZoningPage 67, Line 19 Notes: Additional language added to existing policy We support creation of a Right to Farm GAAAMP for ag labor housing. Ag labor housing should be treated the same as other farm accessory buildings for zoning purposes. (NR 30)
Local ResolutionWe are opposed to any extension of the current M-231 roadway due to the loss of farmland and possible acceleration of development.
 Reaffirmation of Submission 2018-70-2 We support the discontinuation of Daylight Savings Time in the State of Michigan and support a national effort to eliminate it altogether.
003-Animal Care Reaffirmation of Submission 2018-70-6 We are in favor of limiting access to proprietary data of all confined animal operations
047-Agricultural LaborWe believe that any employee covid-19 positive cases should be treated with the presumption that the source point was not with the employer, unless contact tracing can prove otherwise. We oppose the involvement of Mi-OSHA in cases of Covid-19 involving employees As the governor has repeatedly stated, Covid-19 is a global pandemic, therefore employers can and should not be held liable for employee illness, unless contact tracing can clearly demonstrate a link between the employer and the infection. We believe that employers who are providing proper training and PPE, and are working in good faith to protect employee health, should not be held liable for Covid-19 related illnesses or complications.
068-Streamlining Michigan GovernmentDuring most of 2020, the citizens and businesses of Michigan have been under Executive Orders imposed by Governor Whitmer during what she has declared a State of Emergency. The power afforded to Michigan’s Governor to impose such a State of Emergency for an extended period of time is in question, because of two conflicting state statutes passed as far back as 1945. We support the passage of a new statute, and repeal of the above two referenced laws The new statute would provide that any future State of Emergency Order would be in effect and expire after 14 calendar days, unless extended by a majority positive vote of both the House and Senate of the Michigan Legislature. We support Michigan Farm Bureau working with, and supporting, the citizen-initiated legislation to gather signatures to repeal the 1945 law.
047-Agricultural LaborThe existing agriculture recruitment program does not fill the needs of employers looking to hire workers for agriculture jobs. The current system has a dismal history of job placements. We support the use of the regular Talent Connect state/national system for seasonal agricultural work.
030-Right To Farm Page 67, Line 19 Notes: Additional language added to existing policy We support creation of a Right to Farm GAAAMP for ag labor housing. Ag labor housing should be treated the same as other farm accessory buildings for zoning purposes. (Labor 51)