Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation strengthening statewide cybersecurity preparedness

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LANSING, Mich. – Under legislation signed today codifying the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, Governor Snyder is working to attract more individuals to assist in responding to cybersecurity incidents statewide. The new law comes as Gov. Snyder prepares to host the sixth North American International Cyber Summit, making Michigan a national leader in addressing cybersecurity awareness, preparedness and response.

“I’m proud that Michigan is a national leader in addressing cybersecurity, and this bill helps continue our efforts by boosting the network of experts who are ready to respond and assist should a cybersecurity threat occur,” Snyder said. 

House Bill 4508, sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, creates the “Cyber Civilian Corps Act”, or the MiC3 program, which authorizes the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to appoint individuals with cybersecurity expertise to respond and assist individuals or entities experiencing a cybersecurity incident. The bill creates a process by which DTMB would deploy members to respond to cybersecurity incidents and requires all volunteers to undergo a criminal history and records check. It is now Public Act 132 of 2017. 

Snyder also signed five additional bills:

House Bill 4457, sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, allows a community college to enter a multi-year contract with a service provider in order to finance energy efficiency improvements and conservation projects. It is now Public Act 133 of 2017. 

HB 4583, sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford, expands eligible uses of the Refined Petroleum Fund (RPF) and changes financial responsibility requirements for the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund (USTCF) New uses of RPF funds include reimbursement to local governments and county road commissions for up to $200,000 in costs associated with corrective actions related to regulated substances left on a public highway. It is now PA 134 of 2017.

HB 4999, sponsored by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, prohibits local governments from implementing a tax or fee on the sale, manufacture or distribution of food.  It is now PA 135 of 2017.

Senate Bill 49, sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher, amends the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) to expand the sources of compensation available to professional guardians or conservators, allowing them to receive compensation from third-parties. The billrequires that any compensation paid by a source that is not the state, a political subdivision of the state or a trust created by a court under EPIC must be disclosed to the court in writing and served on the protected person. It is now PA 136 of 2017.

SB 352, sponsored by state Sen. John Proos, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to frequently review the concussion awareness training program and make recommendations regarding the regularity of training. The bill also requires schools, parks and recreation departments to ensure all adults working in youth athletic activities receive training on sports concussions at least once every three years. It is now PA 137 of 2017. 

For more information on this and other legislation, visit www.legislature.mi.gov.

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