MICHIGAN - Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure" Anti-Protest Bills

  • Posted on: 18 February 2019
  • By: Connor Gibson

Updated Oct. 21, 2020.

See Full Report: State Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest of Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure"

2015 HB 4643:

  • Introduced May 26, 2015
  • Approved by the House on Dec. 7, 2016
  • Died in Senate Commerce committee after referral on Dec. 8, 2016

ICNL analysis:

Would have dramatically increased penalties for picketing and protesting, and made it easier for a court to order that a demonstration cease. Under the bill, individuals who return to a disruptive demonstration already blocked by a court would face fines of up to $1,000 per day, with unions or other groups liable to up to $10,000 per day. The bill allows employers or others affected by mass picketing to bring an action against the demonstrators in local circuit court. It also lowers the threshold required for a court to order picketers and protesters to stop demonstrating. Under the bill, employers can obtain injunctive relief in some cases.

ALEC legislators:

2 of 4 sponsors are confirmed MI ALEC affiliate legislators: Rep. Gary Glenn and Rep. Amanda Price.

CSG legislators:

1 of 4 sponsors is a confirmed affiliates of the Council of State Governments:

  • Rep. Amanda Price was in CSG’s Henry Toll Fellowship Program in 2015, and was a member of CSG Midwest in 2016.

Oil & Gas Campaign Contributions:

Co-sponsors received $13,350 from oil and gas companies & employees

Media Reports & References:

Glenn proposes bill to ban ‘mass picketing’ at private residences, Midland Daily News, July 8, 2016

Corey Williams, Anti-pipeline group protests outside Michigan AG’s home, Associated Press, July 7, 2016

Paul Egan, Schuette's Midland home targeted in Line 5 protest, Detroit Free Press, July 6, 2016