By Crystal A. Proxmire
Over a dozen Michigan Cities, including Ferndale, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit, could be stripped of their local human rights ordinances if Michigan HB 5039 passes.
The bill, introduced by Representative Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills), would amend the "Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act" to limit protected classes to those outlined in the 1976 law. HB 5039 states "A state agency or until of local government shall not adopt any ordinance, rule, regulation or policy that includes as a protected class, any classification not specifically included as a protected class under this act. Any existing ordinance, rule, regulation, or policy that includes, as a protected class, any classification not specifically included as a protected class under this act is void."