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2017 House Bill 4616: Sanction local governments for gun ban preemption violations
Introduced by Rep. Gary Howell (R) on May 17, 2017 To authorize private lawsuits against a local government that violates a state preemption on local firearms ownership or use restrictions, which would allow plaintiffs to collect actual damages and costs if they prevail. Courts could also order the head of a governmental body that willfully violated a law to send a letter to every voter notifying them of the violation and how much it cost taxpayers.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Local Government Committee on May 17, 2017
Reported in the House on June 7, 2017 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on September 27, 2017 To strip out a provision that would have authorized a court to order an elected or appointed official who knowingly and willfully enacted or enforced a restrictive gun ordinance or rule that violates state law to pay a fine of up to $2,500.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 27, 2017
Passed 69 to 39 in the House on September 27, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To authorize private lawsuits against a local government that violates a state preemption on local firearms ownership or use restrictions, which would allow plaintiffs to collect actual damages and costs if they prevail.
Received in the Senate on September 28, 2017
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on September 28, 2017

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