Republican lawmaker Earl J. Poleski introduced legislation to override the 38 municipal LGBT civil rights ordinances passed in cities across Michigan. House Bill 4052, the “Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act,” seeks to limit the units of local government to adopt, enforce or administer certain local mandates for employers. The bill would prohibit local units of government from creating a “community benefits ordinance” under which contractors or developers would enact new rules for engaging in business with other companies; prohibit local units from establishing any requirement related to employee wages or benefits except as provided by law; and void any community benefits ordinance or similar ordinance adopted by a local unit in violation of the act.
Michigan does not have protections for sexual orientation and gender identity listed under the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Local government bodies would therefore be prohibited from adopting, enforcing or administering an ordinance, local policy or resolution regulating the relationship between an employer and its employees or potential employees if the resolution contains requirements exceeding those imposed by the state or federal government.
We oppose this legislation.