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Chamber Members: Call Your State Senator to Oppose Senate Bill 171

September 26, 2023

Senate Bill 171 is expected to come up for a vote in the Michigan Senate this week. The Detroit Regional Chamber opposes this legislation and asks for your support in opposition as it will increase complexity for businesses and add new mandates that change depending on where the business is located.

Why it matters: Currently, Michigan law keeps the employer-employee relationship regulated at the state level for oversight, especially for labor laws. Senate Bill 171 would allow the more than 1,800 local governments the green light to adopt, enforce, and administer a patchwork mess of ordinances, policies, and regulations around private sector wages, paid or unpaid leave requirements, other fringe benefits, work stoppages or strikes, and the types of questions included on employment applications or during job interviews.

What you can do: Please call and/or email your state senator and share your opposition to Senate Bill 171. Visit to find your senator.

Questions? Read the full memo signed by the Chamber and provided to the Michigan Legislature for more details, below, or contact members of the Chamber’s Government Relations team.