MICHIGAN - Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure" Anti-Protest Bills
Updated Oct. 21, 2020.
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
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.
1 of 4 sponsors is a confirmed affiliates of the Council of State Governments:
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