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Overview

Michigan has two anti-boycott laws in effect that require state contractors to certify that they are not engaging in boycotts of Israel. A similar bill that targeted state investments did not pass.

State Legislation

Legislation
HB 5822
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
January 2017
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts
Full Text
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This anti-boycott law prohibits state contracts for the construction, alteration, or repair of a state building or other state property unless the contract includes a written certification that the person does not and will not for the duration of the contract engage in a boycott of a person based in or doing business with a strategic partner. The law incorporates the definition of “strategic partner” from federal law, specifically 22 USC 8601 to 8606, which focus solely on Israel. Related bill: HB 5821.

Legislation
HB 5821
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
January 2017
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts
Full Text
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This anti-boycott law prohibits state contracts for supplies, services, or information technology unless the contract includes a written certification that the person does not and will not for the duration of the contract engage in a boycott of a person based in or doing business with a strategic partner. The law incorporates the definition of “strategic partner” from federal law, specifically 22 USC 8601 to 8606, which focus solely on Israel. Related bill: HB 5822.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
HB 5823
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
December 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Investments
Full Text
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This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment by public employee retirement funds in companies that “boycott a person based in or doing business with a jurisdiction with which Michigan can enjoy open trade.” The bill calls for the creation of a blacklist of restricted companies and requires state retirement funds to stop investing in these companies. The bill defines boycotts as refusals to deal based on a protected characteristic and excludes those based on the specific conduct of a targeted person, meaning that boycotts for Palestinian rights would not be within its scope. 

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