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Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012
Michiganvotes.org ^ | 12/9/12 | Cripplecreek

Posted on 12/09/2012 5:00:49 AM PST by cripplecreek

Make Michigan a "right-to-work" state: Passed 58 to 52 in the House To prohibit employers from enforcing a union contract provision that compels employees to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment. The bill also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof." All Democrats voted "no" and all Republicans voted "yes" except for Reps. Forlini, Goike, Horn, McBroom, Somerville and Zorn.


, Make Michigan a "right-to-work" state: Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate The Senate vote on the same "right-to-work" measure described above. All Democrats voted "no" and all Republicans voted "yes" except for Sens. Casperson, Green, Nofs and Rocca.


, Extend "right-to-work" to government and school employees: Passed 22 to 4 in the Senate To prohibit Michigan governments and schools from enforcing a union contract provision that compels employees to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment.


, Subsidize new Red Wings Stadium: Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate To allow property tax revenue "captured" by the Detroit "Downtown Development Authority" to pay the debt on money borrowed to provide taxpayer subsidies for a particular developer's new sports stadium and associated projects (Mike Ilitch). The bill would also exempt DDAs from property and other taxes, and revise details of public officials' appointments to DDA boards.


, Create Detroit streetlight authority: Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate To authorize a Detroit streetlight authority with the power to borrow money to restore the city's streetlights, 70 percent of which are reportedly out. The bill requires passage of House Bill 5705, which would let Detroit earmark current utility tax revenue to pay off the new debt, and Senate Bill 970, which would suspend a required city income tax reduction until the new debt is paid off. It also allows Detroit's city unions to bargain for the unionization of the authority's employees.


, Create Detroit regional mass transit authority: Passed 57 to 50 in the House To create a new Detroit area regional transportation authority covering Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, and potentially others. Among other powers, the authority could levy property taxes (special assessments) and higher local vehicle registration taxes if approved by a majority of voters in the region, meaning a particular community could not “opt out” of the tax increase. The authority would be specifically authorized to create “rolling rapid transit” corridors along some streets and highways, potentially with dedicated lanes that other motorists could not use. It would be run by a board appointed by the counties and the City of Detroit.


, Authorize Detroit regional transit vehicle registration tax: Passed 57 to 50 in the House To give the regional transit authority proposed by Senate Bill 909 (above) the power to impose a higher vehicle registration tax in the region to pay for buses and other public transportation. A vote of the people would be required, but if approved region-wide the tax would still be imposed on individual communities that vote against it (no local "opt-out").


, Ban abortion coverage from "Obamacare“ exchange: Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate To prohibit health insurance acquired (and subsidized) through an “exchange” created under the federal health care law from including coverage for elective abortion.


, Give county officials power to halt recall as "non-factual": Passed 65 to 43 in the House To require county election commissions to determine whether the reasons for a recall petition are stated both "factually and clearly." Under current law, they must simply determine whether the recall language is clear. Note: This may violate Article 8, Section 8 of Michigan's constitution, which asserts that recallers don't have to justify their reasons, but only make them clear.


, Require parental permission to place student with "ineffective" teacher: Passed 60 to 49 in the House To require a public school district to get the written consent of a parent or guardian before placing a child in a classroom with a teacher who is rated “ineffective” under a new state rating system.

Authorize “essential services” tax on industrial plants: Passed 57 to 52 in the House To give local governments the power to impose targeted property taxes on industrial and commercial property deemed by the bill to be “especially benefited” by fire, police and ambulance services. This would replace some of the revenue from proposed reductions in the property tax imposed on business tools and equipment ("personal property tax").


, Repeal BCBS tax exemption, regulate like other insurers: Passed 61 to 49 in the House To convert Blue Cross Blue Shield into a “nonprofit mutual insurance company” (technically "owned" by the policy holders), make it subject to the same regulations as regular health insurers, and no longer exempt BCBS from state and local taxes.


, Give special treatment to firms submitting to “environmental leader” process: Passed 65 to 43 in the House To give certain businesses special treatment in awarding state contracts, eligibility for government subsidies, environmental permit and inspection mandates, and more, if the firm submits itself to a government “environmental leader” designation process. This would require a company to demonstrate that it has no outstanding permit violations or serious past ones, adopt certain practices not required by law, submit to certain additional reporting mandates, participate in “workshops,” etc.


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Senate Bill 673: Designate road after fallen police officer
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on November 12, 2013, to designate a section of I-96 in Ottawa County as the “Officer Trevor Slot Memorial Highway”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161341

Senate Bill 674: Establish statutory right to breastfeed in public
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on November 12, 2013, to establish in law that a woman has a right to breastfeed a baby in a “place of public accommodation” or public facility. A woman would be entitled to “the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations” in this places, and if denied them could sue for actual damages or up to $200 in “presumed” damages.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161342

Senate Bill 675: Revise crime of knowingly telling lies about a political candidate
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on November 12, 2013, to revise a law which makes it a crime to disseminate statements about a politician who running for office, if one knows the statements are “false, deceptive, scurrilous, or malicious,” and if this is done without disclosing who is circulating the assertions. The bill would revise this to make it a crime to recklessly and intentionally “participate in the preparation, dissemination, or broadcast of paid political advertising or campaign material,” or a letter to the editor, about the “political or personal character or acts” of a politician running for office, or about a ballot question, if one knows its statements are false, and if it is “designed or tends to elect, injure, promote, or defeat a candidate or a ballot question”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161343

Senate Bill 676: Impose drug information subscription service mandate on insurers
Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on November 12, 2013, to mandate that health insurance companies or administrators of plans that cover prescription drugs or devices, must establish a free subscription service to notify beneficiaries about the cost and availability of drugs and medical devices.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161344

Senate Bill 677: Create exception to municipal liability for sewer backups
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on November 12, 2013, to create an exception for an “extreme weather event” (more than 1.4 inches of rain in an hour or 2.9 inches in a day) in a 2001 law that gives local governments immunity from civil liability for noneconomic damages caused by sewer backups, as long as they are not “substantially” at fault. Also, to allow local governments to create an administrative hearings process to adjudicate these claims.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161345

Senate Bill 678: Revise tobacco tax revenue earmarks
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on November 12, 2013, to earmark $3 million of annual state tobacco tax revenue to the state Capitol upkeep fund proposed by Senate Bill 665; earmark $10.0 million to a state trauma system; and redirect some tobacco tax revenue from Wayne County indigent health care spending and into state Medicaid spending.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161346

Senate Bill 679: Establish scrap metal theft legal presumption
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on November 13, 2013, to establish a “rebuttable presumption” that a person caught stripping more than $100 or 100 pounds of metal from a building or structure does not have the permission of the owner, and so is committing larceny as defined in a 2008 scrap metal theft law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161355

Senate Bill 680: Exclude county road commissions as waterfront road end decision maker
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on November 13, 2013, to establish that county road commissions may not exercise the local government authority to permit and regulate seasonal public docks or wharf at road ends, as specified by a 2012 law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161356

Senate Bill 681: Ban charter school managers from also leasing property to school
Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on November 13, 2013, to prohibit charter schools from leasing property from a management company contracted to operate the school, or from a holding company affiliated with the management company.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161357

Senate Bill 682: Impose additional charter school restrictions, mandates and taxes
Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on November 13, 2013, to impose property taxes on charter schools; prohibit for-profit firms from managing charter schools; prohibit charter school authorizing bodies from authorizing any new schools unless students in the ones they have already chartered outperform conventional schools in the same school district by at least 20 percent; prohibit one charter school authorizer from delegating its monitoring functions to another authorizer; require charter schools to post their management contracts online; and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161358

Senate Bill 683: Ban credit card fraud “skimming” devices
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on November 13, 2013, to revise a 2012 law banning the possession, manufacture or sale of an automated sales suppression device for falsifying electronic cash register records (also called a “zapper” or “phantom-ware”), so that it also bans “skimming” devices intended to covertly obtain information allowing access to an individual’s financial accounts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161359

Senate Bill 684: Ban credit card fraud “skimming” devices
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on November 13, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the credit card fraud “skimming” device penalties proposed by Senate Bill 683.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161360

Senate Bill 685: Revise weights and measures law detail
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on November 14, 2013, to update a date reference in the state’s uniform weights and measures law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161369

Senate Bill 686: Exempt employers of work visa aliens from unemployment payroll tax
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on November 14, 2013, to exempt employers of legal aliens who have work visas from having to pay unemployment benefit payroll taxes (“assessments”) if certain conditions specified in the bill apply.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161370

Senate Bill 687: Prohibit government utility terminations
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on November 14, 2013, to prohibit a local government that provides water, sewer or electric service under contract to other communities or residents of the region from terminating the service or refusing to renew the contract, subject to certain conditions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161371

Senate Bill 688: Authorize “patient centered” Medicaid alternative
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on November 14, 2013, to require the state Department of Community Health to seek permission (“waivers”) from the federal government allowing it to provide the “patient centered” alternative to the Medicaid medical welfare program proposed by Senate Bill 689.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161372

Senate Bill 689: Authorize “patient centered” Medicaid alternative
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on November 14, 2013, to create a “patient centered” alternative to the Medicaid medical welfare program that would include low-cost “direct primary care” contracts between individuals and a physician for routine and preventative health care services, high-deductible type insurance plans, “health savings accounts” and more. The bill would also require the state to seek permission from the federal government to allow employers subject to the federal health care law (Obamacare) “employer mandate” to provide high-deductible insurance policies to workers as an alternative to paying the mandate’s penalties.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161373

Senate Bill 690: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on November 14, 2013, to repeal a ban on licensed physical therapists providing therapy unless it has been prescribed by a physician.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161374

Senate Bill 691: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on November 14, 2013, to allow Blue Cross Blue Shield to not reimburse services provided by a licensed physical therapist unless the service has been prescribed by a physician. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed, while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161375

Senate Bill 692: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on November 14, 2013, to allow “prudent purchaser” type health care coverage plans to not reimburse services provided by a licensed physical therapist unless the service has been prescribed by a physician. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed, while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161376

Senate Bill 693: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on November 14, 2013, to allow workers compensation insurance plans to not reimburse services provided by a licensed physical therapist unless the service has been prescribed by a physician. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed, while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161377

Senate Bill 694: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on November 14, 2013, to allow health insurance companies to not reimburse services provided by a licensed physical therapist unless the service has been prescribed by a physician. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed, while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161378

Senate Bill 695: Revise subsidized Detroit Woodward streetcar detail
Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on November 14, 2013, to broaden the definition of “nonprofit street railway” operators authorized by a legislative package enacted in 2008 to create a Detroit “light rail” line (namely, a Woodward Avenue streetcar) that would be subsidized through Tax Increment Financing, public debt, state road tax money, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161379

Senate Bill 696: Exempt Detroit Woodward streetcar from “legacy cost” liability
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on November 14, 2013, to revise a Detroit “light rail” line legislative package enacted in 2008 to create a Woodward Avenue streetcar, so as to establish that the operator would not be liable for any “legacy costs” incurred by the Detroit Transportation Department (presumably including unfunded employee pension liabilities).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161380

Senate Bill 697: Exempt Detroit Woodward streetcar from property tax
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on November 14, 2013, to exempt the operator of a Detroit “light rail” line authorized by a legislative package enacted in 2008 from property taxes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161381

House Bill 5141: Transfer state property to Kent county
Introduced by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on November 12, 2013, to transfer the state owned “Rogue River Streambank Access” property in Kent county to the county.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161351

House Bill 5142: Revise driver record commercial “look-up” service
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on November 12, 2013, to allow the Secretary of State to contract-out operation of a commercial “look-up” service that (mostly) provides individual driver license records requested by insurance companies, and to charge an additional “web portal development fee” for this service in addition to fees already authorized by statute.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161352

House Bill 5143: Reduce allowable truck weights
Introduced by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on November 12, 2013, to reduce the maximum weight of trucks allowed on Michigan roads from 164,000 to 80,000 pounds. This would not necessarily reduce the maximum weight per axle, but would require more trucks and trailers to carry the same amount as currently on Michigan highways.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161353

House Bill 5144: Require more third grade reading interventions
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on November 12, 2013, to require the state Department of Education to develop and phase-in programs to achieve more student proficiency on the third grade state reading assessment test. The programs would have to include “diagnostic evaluation,” early intervention, tutoring, mentoring and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161354

House Bill 5145: Revise professional employer organizations regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on November 12, 2013, to delay for one year certain provisions of a 2012 law that revised details of unemployment insurance premium assessments on professional employer organizations (PEOs) and their client firms. PEOs are companies that “lease” employees to other firms on a long term basis but remain the employer of record.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161362

House Bill 5146: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on November 12, 2013, to revise provisions of a law governing group life insurance policies provided by employers, so that it conforms with a national model.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161363

House Bill 5147: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on November 12, 2013, to establish that a variable life insurance or annuity product approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is by definition compliant with Michigan’s state law governing these products.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161364

House Bill 5148: Allow insurance reserve Canadian stock and bond investments
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on November 12, 2013, to revise the law governing the amount and type of assets insurance companies are required to maintain as reserves against future claims, so as to explicitly allow Canadian securities, stocks and governmental bonds.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161365

House Bill 5149: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Introduced in the House on November 12, 2013, to clarify that long-term care insurance benefits are not subject to state regulations on “accelerated benefits,” which are benefits that may be provided under life insurance policies in anticipation of a beneficiary’s death from specified life-threatening conditions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161366

House Bill 5150: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Ben Glardon (R) on November 12, 2013, to revise state life insurance regulations to permit electronic applications, and revise details of regulations on variable annuity contract refunds.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161367

House Bill 5151: Revise insurance claim payment regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on November 12, 2013, to clarify details of a law that mandates insurance benefits be paid within a certain period of time after a claim is filed, and which imposes a statutory interest rate charge on late payments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161368

House Bill 5152: Exempt voter registration-related Social Security numbers from FOIA
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on November 14, 2013, to specifically include Social Security numbers among certain voter registration information that is exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act, and establish that candidate nominating petition signatures are not valid if they do not contain the date and the signer’s street address in addition to the signature.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161385

House Bill 5153: Raise and index judges’ compensation
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on November 14, 2013, to increase judges’ salaries, and index them going forward to increases in the salaries paid to state “civil service” employees.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161386

House Bill 5154: Revise criminal prosecution preliminary procedures
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on November 14, 2013, to authorize and establish procedures for “probable cause” conferences in advance of the criminal prosecution “preliminary examinations” required under current law. The subject matter would include possible plea bargains, bail, procedural aspects of a case and more. These conferences could be waived if both sides agree. This and House Bill 5155 would also revise “preliminary examination” procedures, and timetables for both types of proceeding.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161387

House Bill 5155: Revise criminal prosecution preliminary procedures
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on November 14, 2013, to authorize and establish procedures for “probable cause” conferences in advance of the “preliminary examinations” authorized under current law for criminal prosecutions. The subject matter would include possible plea bargains, bail, procedural aspects of the case, and more. These conferences could be waived if both sides agree. This and House Bill 5154 would also revise “preliminary examination” procedures, and timetables for both types of proceeding.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161388

House Bill 5156: Court of claims change “cleanup” bill
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on November 14, 2013, to establish that a person who has the right to a jury trial in a claim against the state can file the claim in their local circuit court. This is meant to clarify changes made in a new law enacted two weeks before this bills introduction, which changed the state’s “court of claims” from the Ingham County circuit court, instead making it the state Court of Appeals.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161389

House Bill 5157: Clarify “aggravated physical abuse” sentencing guidelines
Introduced in the House on November 14, 2013, to clarify “offense variables” included in the state sentencing guidelines for the crime of “aggravated physical abuse”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161390

House Bill 5158: Create state “human trafficking commission”
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on November 14, 2013, to create a government “human trafficking commission” to seek grants, fund research and training for criminal justice and social service personnel, recommend changes to current law and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161391

House Bill 5159: Expand commercial smoking ban exceptions
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on November 14, 2013, to revise the 2009 law that prohibits a restaurant or business owner from choosing whether to allow smoking in his or her establishment, so as to permit them to allow smoking in an area that is “less than 50 percent enclosed”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161392

House Bill 5160: Allow local governments to transfer tax functions to county
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on November 14, 2013, to allow cities, townships and villages to enter agreements with counties to administer functions related to property tax collections.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161393

House Bill 5161: Let township supervisors officiate marriages
Introduced in the House on November 14, 2013, to allow township supervisors to perform (“solemnize”) marriages.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161394

House Bill 5162: Allow funeral arrangements in wills and advance directives
Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on November 14, 2013, to allow an individual to designate in a will or other “advance directive” a person to serve as a “funeral representative,” and include directions for the funeral arrangements to be provided after his or her death, and the disposition of his or her remains.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161395


101 posted on 11/20/2013 5:07:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Joint Resolution X: Revise legislative vacancy filling process
Introduced by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on September 4, 2013, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to give the legislature discretion in to how state senator or representative vacancies are to be filled when they occur before the general November general election.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160723

House Joint Resolution V: Repeal ban on same-sex marriage
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on July 18, 2013, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state ban on same-sex marriage added by a 2004 ballot initiative.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160400

Senate Joint Resolution P: Revise property tax assessment provisions
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on September 25, 2008, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to revise the Proposal A cap on property tax increases, which limits increases in a property’s “taxable value” to the lesser of 5 percent or the inflation rate for the preceding year. The resolution would change this to prohibit the taxable value from going up by more than the percentage increase in the property’s state equalized value (which is based on market value), and to require taxable value to go down if SEV goes down. See also House Bill 5647 and HJR MM, which revise the way property taxes are calculated and levied to reflect an environment in which property values are falling rather than increasing.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=68406

Initiated Legislation 1: Ban abortion coverage through federal health care law “Obamacare“ exchange
Introduced in the House on December 3, 2013, to prohibit health insurance policies sold in Michigan through the federal health care law’s “exchange” from including abortion coverage. Individuals could use their own money to purchase a policy “rider” for this outside the exchange if they choose, but no federal subsidy would cover the cost. The initiated legislation was placed before the legislature through a petition drive organized by Right to Life of Michigan, after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a pair of 2012 insurance bills that contained the same provision. The legislature has 40 days to pass initiated legislation (with no approval from the Governor required), or else it automatically goes on the Nov. 2014 ballot for the people to decide.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161407

House Bill 4242: Raise burden of proof to justify new government regulations
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on December 3, 2013, to require government agencies to demonstrate that a rule they want to impose is “necessary and suitable to achieve its purpose in proportion to the burdens it places on individuals”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675615

House Bill 5002: Designate road after fallen police officer
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 3, 2013, to designate a section of I-96 in Ottawa County as the “Officer Trevor Slot Memorial Highway”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675616


102 posted on 12/04/2013 12:28:33 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 373: Require pharmacy best practices pilot programs
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on December 4, 2013, to allow the Michigan Board of Pharmacy to establish a process for the approval of up to 10 pilot projects designed to provide better pharmacy products or more efficient pharmacy services.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675703

Senate Bill 509: Authorize new state Senate office building
Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on December 4, 2013, to authorize the sale of the Farnum Senate office building in Lansing and construction of a new building for Senators’ offices.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675740

Senate Bill 516: Convert certain bank tax breaks to cash subsidies
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 4, 2013, to revise details of the “franchise tax” imposed on financial institutions, including the “apportionment” of the tax to earnings generated in other states, and the application of the tax given different ownership structures.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675738

Senate Bill 642: Revise unclaimed property law (“escheats”) detail
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 4, 2013, to revise details of the disposition of funds taken under an ”escheats law” that lets the state government take possession of unclaimed property if the owner does not claim it within three years. Specifically, the bill amends references in this law to a “senior care respite fund” to reflect the 2013 law authorizing conversion of Blue Cross to non-profit “regular” insurance company.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675730

Senate Bill 656: Require certain drug price limits in medical welfare programs
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on December 4, 2013, to revise the formula and procedures prescribed for a “maximum allowable cost” scheme used by the state’s medical welfare programs to determine how much they will reimburse pharmacies for prescription drugs dispensed to beneficiaries.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675744

Senate Bill 671: Waive some licensure fees for veterans
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 4, 2013, to waive fees charged for state-imposed occupational licensure mandates if the applicant is an honorably discharged military veteran.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675734

Senate Bill 672: Waive some licensure fees for veterans
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 4, 2013, to waive fees charged for a state-imposed security guard or security system contractor licensure mandates if the applicant is an honorably discharged military veteran.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675736

House Bill 4021: Include child pornography in “kidnapping” law
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 4, 2013, to define as “kidnapping” the holding of a child for purposes of producing child pornography.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675706

House Bill 4867: Revise financial exploitation of vulnerable adult sentencing
Passed 107 to 2 in the House on December 4, 2013, to establish that “predatory conduct” committed before a “financial exploitation of a vulnerable person” offense may be considered in the sentencing guidelines for this crime, even if the conduct was directed at a law enforcement official posing as a potential victim.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675707

House Bill 4895: Increase concealing stolen car penalties
Passed 101 to 8 in the House on December 4, 2013, to increase the penalty for second and subsequent convictions for concealing a stolen vehicle.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675700

House Bill 4896: Increase concealing stolen car penalties
Passed 100 to 9 in the House on December 4, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the increased penalties proposed by House Bill 4895 for second and subsequent convictions for concealing a stolen vehicle.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675702

House Bill 5012: “Human trafficking” criminal law package
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 4, 2013, to create a legal presumption that a minor who is engaged in prostitution is being coerced.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675699

House Bill 5026: Expand grounds for court supervision of juveniles
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 4, 2013, to expand the grounds under which a court may order the removal of a child from a home and into foster care to individuals age 18 (that is, who are not a “minor”), if there is a “danger of substantial physical or psychological harm” because the young person is not living with a parent or legally responsible adult, or has repeatedly run away and is considered “beyond the control of a parent,” or has committed “commercial sexual activity” that is the result of “force, fraud, coercion, or manipulation by a parent or other adult”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675701

House Bill 5138: Authorize breast cancer “awareness” specialty license plate
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 4, 2013, to authorize a specialty license plate for “breast cancer awareness,” and give the net revenue from its sale to a state government breast and cervical cancer control program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675705

House Bill 5156: Court of claims change “cleanup” bill
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on December 4, 2013, to establish that a person who has the right to a jury trial in a claim against the state can file the claim in their local circuit court. This is meant to clarify changes made in a new law enacted two weeks before this bill’s introduction, which changed the state’s “court of claims” from the Ingham County circuit court, instead making it the state Court of Appeals.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675709


103 posted on 12/05/2013 9:50:14 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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enate Bill 404: Revise landfill performance bond detail
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on December 5, 2013, to revise details of the financial instruments that may used by a landfill operator to satisfy the performance bond-like “perpetual care fund” requirements related to the future upkeep of closed landfills.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675913

Senate Bill 434: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Passed 101 to 9 in the House on December 5, 2013, to require a credit union that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to ensure it does not allow a person to use a welfare benefits “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675911

Senate Bill 556: Ban welfare “bridge card” ATM cash at liquor or “adult” store
Passed 100 to 10 in the House on December 5, 2013, to require state agencies to “work with” ATM cash machine suppliers to establish a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash in a liquor store or “adult entertainment establishment.” “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675912

Senate Bill 636: Facilitate “land line” phone service transition to cell phones
Passed 31 to 4 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to streamline regulations on “landline” telephone service providers so as to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allow phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016. The bill authorizes appeal procedures for individual customers for whom the replacement service does not work well.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675896

Senate Bill 679: Establish scrap metal theft legal presumption
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to establish a “rebuttable presumption” that a person caught stripping more than $100 or 100 pounds of metal from a building or structure does not have the permission of the owner, and so is committing larceny as defined in a 2008 scrap metal theft law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675871

House Bill 4064: Authorize all-electronic court records
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to allow court papers and records to be filed and kept electronically. The bill replaces a number of statutory record keeping requirements, in some cases specifying instead that these must be in accordance with rules established by the state Supreme Court. It also requires the court system to develop a records retention and disposal schedule and procedures.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675864

House Bill 4467: Don’t impose “insurance” regulations on extended service contracts
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on December 5, 2013, to establish that service contracts covering the future maintenance, repair or replacement of vehicles, building or other property are not “insurance” subject to the licensure mandates and regulations imposed by the state insurance code.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675920

House Bill 4532: Establish digital court records
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to require all courts in the state to keep writs, processes, proceedings and records in a manner and medium to be determined by the state Supreme Court, which would include electronic records and signatures.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675865

House Bill 4571: Increase aviation gas tax
Passed 84 to 26 in the House on December 5, 2013, to increase the tax imposed on aviation and jet fuel from 3 cents per gallon to 2 percent of the wholesale price (which would mean around 10 cents per gallon at current prices for avgas and jet fuel). House Bill 4572 would exempt aviation fuel from sales tax; at current prices the two bills combined represent a slight net tax increase, but at higher fuel prices the increase could be substantially more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675929

House Bill 4572: Stop imposing sales tax on aviation fuel
Passed 85 to 25 in the House on December 5, 2013, to no longer impose the 6 percent sales tax on aviation fuel sales. See also House Bill 4571, which would increase the aviation fuel excise tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675930

House Bill 4677: Earmark some sales tax on gasoline to public transportation subsidies
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on December 5, 2013, to earmark an additional $17 million of sales tax revenue to school funding.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675931

House Bill 4729: Formalize statewide “intrastate Michigan emergency management assistance agreement”
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on December 5, 2013, to automatically enter all local governments into a statewide “intrastate Michigan emergency management assistance agreement,” unless a community’s governing body passes a resolution against participating. The agreement would formalize mutual aid procedures and obligations (and limitations on obligations) for locally declared emergencies, serious threats to public health and safety, etc.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675919

House Bill 4858: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to require a bank that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to ensure it does not allow a person to use a welfare benefits “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675867

House Bill 4859: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to require a savings bank that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to “work with” state agencies to find a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675868

House Bill 5014: Ban welfare “bridge card” ATM cash at liquor stores
Passed 33 to 2 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to require liquor stores to “work with” state agencies to find a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash from an ATM on the premises. This would not apply to grocery stores that also sell liquor. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675869

House Bill 5015: Ban welfare “bridge card” ATM cash at race track
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to require state agencies to “work with” ATM cash machine suppliers to establish a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash at a horse racing track. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675870

House Bill 5017: Expand certain developer tax breaks
Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to expand a 2012 law that exempts land on which homes and apartments built “on spec” by residential real estate developers from school operations property tax for three years (or until the property is occupied, whichever occurs first). The bill would extend the exemption to new structures, not just the land.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675891

House Bill 5017: Expand certain developer tax breaks
Passed 86 to 24 in the House on November 13, 2013, to expand a 2012 law that exempts homes and apartments built “on spec” by residential real estate developers from school operations property tax for three years (or until the property is occupied, whichever occurs first). The bill would extend the exemption to the land, not just the new structures.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675220

House Bill 5121: Revise judgeships
Passed 104 to 6 in the House on December 5, 2013, to increase the number of judgeships in the 16th circuit court in Macomb County.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675914

House Bill 5122: Revise judgeships
Passed 102 to 8 in the House on December 5, 2013, to increase the number of judgeships in the sixth circuit court in Oakland County.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675915

House Bill 5123: Revise judgeships
Passed 102 to 8 in the House on December 5, 2013, to increase the number of judgeships in the 17th circuit court in Kent County.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675916

House Bill 5124: Revise judgeships
Passed 67 to 42 in the House on December 5, 2013, to reduce the number of district judgeships in Wayne County.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675917

House Bill 5125: Revise judgeships
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2013, to add procedural obstacles to a provision consolidating judgeships in Genesee County.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161289

House Bill 5125: Revise judgeships
Passed 75 to 35 in the House on December 5, 2013, to consolidate and revise the number of judgeships in several district courts around the state.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675918


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Senate Bill 698: Un-do county canvasser transfer
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on December 3, 2013, to reverse the provisions of House Bill 4171, now Public Act 51 of 2013, which provides for the replacement of city and township “boards of canvassers” with county-level boards. The primary function of these boards is to tabulate votes in elections.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161408

Senate Bill 699: Establish scrap metal theft presumption
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on December 3, 2013, to establish a “rebuttable presumption” that a person caught stripping more than $100 or 100 pounds of metal from a building or structure does not have the permission of the owner, and so is committing larceny as defined in a 2008 scrap metal theft law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161409

Senate Bill 700: Specify catalytic converter regulation in auto recycler law
Introduced by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on December 3, 2013, to include catalytic converters in the definition of major recyclable vehicle components in the state vehicle law, which among other things regulates automotive recyclers. This is one of a number of bills targeting “scrap metal” theft; its introduction comes after news reports of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in state “park-and-ride” lots.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161410

Senate Bill 701: Encourage teaching America’s founding documents
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on December 3, 2013, to require public school boards to encourage teachers to read aloud or post in classrooms writings, documents, and records that reflect the founding and history of the United States, including but not limited to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161411

Senate Bill 702: Revise state competitive bidding criteria
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on December 3, 2013, to require state agency procurement contracts for goods or services worth$100,000 or more to use a “bid scorecard system” that assesses bids based on technical and critical performance requirements, cost evaluation and labor evaluation, with specified weightings for each factor.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161412

Senate Bill 703: Revise community rehabilitation state purchase detail
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on December 3, 2013, to add a seventh member, who must be a veteran, to a government “committee on the purchase of goods and services from community rehabilitation organizations,” which is tasked with helping “establish and review fair market prices for goods and services to be purchased by the state from community rehabilitation organizations”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161413

Senate Bill 704: Require “pharmacist in charge” at pharmacies
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on December 3, 2013, to require all pharmacies, manufacturers, and wholesale distributors to designate a pharmacist in charge, and provide penalties. This relates to a recent “drug compounding” scandal in New England that led to contaminated drugs causing meningitis in several people.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161414

Senate Bill 705: Revise court records detail
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on December 4, 2013, to revise a law that requires audio recordings of court hearings involving a minor to be a “permanent record.” The bill would specify that how long these recordings need be retained would be set in rules determined by the state Supreme Court.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161416

Senate Bill 706: Restore ban on nude entertainment in liquor license law
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on December 4, 2013, to ban fully nude performers at “topless” bars, or the display of explicit pornography at bars. This relates to a 2007 federal appeals court ruling that struck down Michigan’s previous law banning fully nude performers in bars, holding it was a violation of the First Amendment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161417

Senate Bill 707: Expand scrap metal regulatory regime
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on December 4, 2013, to impose a full licensure mandate on scrap metal dealers, in addition to an extensive regulatory regime that is already in place (and would be expanded by a number of other proposed new laws.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161418

Senate Bill 708: Revise second hand and junk dealer licensure
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on December 4, 2013, to revise a law mandating local licensure of second hand and junk dealers, so as to eliminate this mandate if a dealer is operating with the state scrap metal dealer license that is proposed by Senate Bill 707.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161419

Senate Bill 709: Restrict no fault auto insurance gamesmanship
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on December 4, 2013, to require Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) auto insurance premium surcharges to be paid up front for the entire period of a policy, rather than pro-rated by installment payment, and prohibit an MCCA refund if the person cancels his or her insurance. This is intended to prevent individuals from purchasing a personal injury policy (required under Michigan’s no-fault insurance law in order to register a vehicle) and then cancelling the coverage after he or she gets the license plate or tab. MCCA is a reinsurance provider established by the no-fault law that covers unlimited vehicle accident medical claims above $500,000.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161420

Senate Bill 710: Restrict no fault auto insurance gamesmanship
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on December 4, 2013, to prohibit an auto insurer from issuing an auto insurance policy for a term less than one month. This is intended to prevent individuals from purchasing a personal injury policy (required under Michigan’s no-fault insurance law in order to register a vehicle) and then cancelling the coverage after he or she gets the license plate or tab.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161421

Senate Bill 711: Extend Cobo sales tax exemption
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on December 4, 2013, to extend until 2016 a current 2014 sunset on a 2008 law that exempted from sales tax material which is used in repairs or improvements to a regional convention facility, including Cobo Hall in Detroit.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161422

Senate Bill 712: Extend remonumentation of Michigan-Indiana state line authorization
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on December 4, 2013, to extend until 2018 a current 2015 sunset on a 2010 law that authorized the remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana state line.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161423

Senate Bill 713: Revise mental health services law
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on December 4, 2013, to accommodate rehab to expand the powers of governing board of a community mental health services authority, explicitly authorizing “partnering with entities that provide health care and rehabilitative services” directly related to community mental health programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161424

Senate Bill 714: Adopt “collaborative law” law
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on December 5, 2013, to adopt a “uniform collaborative law act” similar to a national uniform state law commission model bill, which would establish a statutory framework for an “amicable, non-adversarial dispute resolution” process similar to mediation.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161467

Senate Bill 715: Adopt “universal certificates of insurance act”
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on December 5, 2013, to adopt a “universal certificates of insurance model act” based on a National Conference of Insurance Legislatorsmodel bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161468

House Bill 5163: Revise large carnivore ban detail
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on December 4, 2013, to create exceptions to a 2000 law that bans possession of large carnivores. The bill would allow possession by a “approved science-based breeding program” undertaken for “conservation purposes,” but not for commercial purposes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161425

House Bill 5164: Mandate posting names of “issue ad” contributors
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on December 4, 2013, to mandate that an individual or organization who buys a political “issue ad” that references a candidate or ballot question (but does not necessarily engage in campaign-related “express advocacy”) within 60 days of an election must file a report with the Secretary of State within seven days containing the full name and street address of each person who contributed for the ad. The Secretary of State would then have to post this information on the internet within 24 hours.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161426

House Bill 5165: Repeal transportation-related business subsidy program
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on December 4, 2013, to repeal the state “Transportation Economic Development Fund,” which is essentially a form of corporate subsidy in which the state pays for transportation infrastructure projects related to a particular investor’s or developer’s new plant or project.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161427

House Bill 5166: Repeal transportation-related business subsidy program
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on December 4, 2013, to end transportation tax earmarks to the state “Transportation Economic Development Fund,” which is essentially a form of corporate subsidy in which the state pays for transportation infrastructure projects related to a particular investor’s or developer’s new plant or project. The earmarks would continue until money borrowed for past TEDF projects has been repaid.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161428

House Bill 5167: Require competitive bidding on some road maintenance
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on December 4, 2013, to allow the Department of Transportation to borrow unused state road tax money previously distributed to a local road agency, for the purposes of meeting state matching-fund requirements associated with federal transportation funding. Also, to require the department to seek bids and contract out administration and road maintenance in one of its seven state transportation regions, and require local road agencies that receive at least $20 million in state road tax dollars to also seek bids and contract out at least 20 percent of its road maintenance functions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161429

House Bill 5168: Facilitate federal money for Woodward streetcar
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on December 4, 2013, to authorize the Detroit area regional transportation authority authorized by a 2012 law to enter agreements with the entity that was authorized by 2008 law to create a Woodward Avenue streetcar in Detroit, for purposes of securing federal funding for that project.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161430

House Bill 5169: Facilitate federal money for Woodward streetcar
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on December 4, 2013, to revise details of the 2012 law that created a Detroit area regional transportation authority, so as to facilitate the proposal in House Bill 5168 to help secure federal funding for the Woodward Avenue streetcar project authorized by a 2008 law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161431

House Bill 5170: Mandate claw back (penalty) in “economic development” business subsidies
Introduced by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on December 4, 2013, to require that state “economic development” agreements granting tax breaks, loans or cash subsidies to particular corporations or developers must include a “clawback” provision, requiring the recipient firm to repay the benefits if it does not meet the job or investment promises specified in the agreement.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161432

House Bill 5171: Revise environmental law details
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on December 4, 2013, to extend for another year a number of rules promulgated by the Department of Environmental Quality related to environmental contamination response activities, and to PCBs, which under a 2012 law were supposed to be rescinded at the end of 2013. The bill would also modify other technical details of the law governing environmental cleanup criteria.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161433

House Bill 5172: Ban assessors entering property without written permission
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on December 4, 2013, to prohibit government property tax assessors from entering a private dwelling or structure without the written permission of the owner, and prohibit assessors from increasing assessments based on an assumption that unobserved improvements may exist.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161434

House Bill 5173: Ban assessors entering property without written permission
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on December 4, 2013, to require the state property tax assessors manual to explain that a property owner is not required to grant permission for an assessor (or an assessor’s “agent”) to enter the property; and that assessors are prohibited from entering without the owner’s written permission. The bill also establishes a process for assessors to formally request entry in writing, bans assessors from taking pictures of the inside, and specifies that an owner who refuses entry shall not have his or her assessment increased because of this, or be penalized in any other way. See also House Bill 5172.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161435

House Bill 5174: Require retail refund policy on receipt
Introduced by Rep. David Nathan (D) on December 4, 2013, to require retail businesses to print a written notification of their return policy on each customer receipt.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161436

House Bill 5175: Permit non-husband-and-wife state income tax joint filing
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on December 4, 2013, to establish that individuals who file a joint federal income tax return may also file a joint state income tax return, even if they are not husband and wife.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161437

House Bill 5176: Ban investigating health professional based on “reality” TV show
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on December 4, 2013, to prohibit state authorities from investigating a report or allegation of misconduct by a licensed health care professional if it is based on information seen on a reality television show.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161438

House Bill 5177: Mandate employer give notice of discipline record
Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on December 5, 2013, to require an employer who retains a record of an employee’s disciplinary report, letter of reprimand, or other record of disciplinary action for more than 30 days to provide notice of the record to the employee.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161470

House Bill 5178: Expand property owner recreation liability waiver
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on December 5, 2013, to expand a property owner liability exemption that currently applies to someone fishing, hunting, trapping, camping, hiking, sightseeing, motorcycling, or snowmobiling on a person’s land, so that it also applies to operating non-commercial aircraft (“aviation activities”). In other words, someone can’t sue a landowner for injuries sustained doing any of these things, as long as the individual hasn’t paid for the privilege.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161471

House Bill 5179: Transfer western Wayne correctional
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on December 5, 2013, to land bank to transfer the former western Wayne correctional facility property to a government “land bank” authority, which in turn would be required to sell it in a manner and on terms that the authority “in its discretion” calculates will “realize the greatest benefit to this state”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161472

House Bill 5180: Revise animal feed regulatory regime
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on December 5, 2013, to revise and update details of a law that imposes regulations (including some licensure mandates) on commercial animal feed manufacturers and sellers, and which among other things specifies what may or may not be included in animal feed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161473

House Bill 5181: Allow more school retiree “double dipping”
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on December 5, 2013, to extend for another two years a July 2014 sunset on a law that allows a former school employee to work as a teacher and still collect a pension in addition to the current pay, subject to specified limitations and qualifications.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161474


105 posted on 12/11/2013 12:47:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 94: Prohibit Michigan National Guard executing federal “indefinite detention”
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 10, 2013, to prohibit members of the Michigan National Guard or other state and local government employees from participating in the investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person under a recent federal law giving the current or a future President the power to order the indefinite detention of persons arrested on U.S. soil, without charge or trial (“Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Year 2012”).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676379

Senate Bill 373: Require pharmacy best practices pilot programs
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 10, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676291

House Bill 4064: Authorize all-electronic court records
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 10, 2013, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676340


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Initiated Legislation 1: Ban abortion coverage through federal health care law “Obamacare“ exchange
Passed 62 to 47 in the House on December 11, 2013, to prohibit health insurance policies sold in Michigan through the federal health care law’s “exchange” from including abortion coverage. Individuals could use their own money to purchase a policy “rider” for this outside the exchange if they choose, but no federal subsidy would cover the cost. The initiated legislation was placed before the legislature through a petition drive organized by Right to Life of Michigan, after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a pair of 2012 insurance bills that contained the same provision. No approval from the Governor is required for initiated legislation to go into effect.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676609

Initiated Legislation 1: Ban abortion coverage through federal health care law “Obamacare“ exchange
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to prohibit health insurance policies sold in Michigan through the federal health care law’s “exchange” from including abortion coverage. Individuals could use their own money to purchase a policy “rider” for this outside the exchange if they choose, but no federal subsidy would cover the cost. The initiated legislation was placed before the legislature through a petition drive organized by Right to Life of Michigan, after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a pair of 2012 insurance bills that contained the same provision. No approval from the Governor is required for initiated legislation to go into effect.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676608

Senate Bill 68: Create new ORV regulation category
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on December 11, 2013, to create a new category of off-road vehicle in the statute authorizing ORV regulations, to be called an “ROV,” defined as “a vehicle with four or more wheels that is designed for off-road use, has nonhighway tires, is more than 50 inches but not more than 65 inches in width, and is powered by a 50cc to 1,000cc gasoline engine, an engine of comparable size using other fuels, or an electric motor of comparable power.” Current law bans travel on designated forest pathways by vehicles wider than 50 inches.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676477

Senate Bill 90: Vehicle trade-in “use tax on the difference” only
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which extended the tax break to vehicles purchased from a used care dealer.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676595

Senate Bill 90: Vehicle trade-in “use tax on the difference” only
Passed 102 to 7 in the House on December 11, 2013, to exempt from sales tax the value of a trade-in when buying a motor vehicle, titled watercraft or recreational vehicle, but phase this tax break in over 24 years. The phase-in would be suspended if the federal health care law’s (”Obamacare”) Medicaid expansion (authorized by House Bill 4714) is rescinded, but legal experts are divided over whether this would be allowed. See also Senate Bill 89.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676459

Senate Bill 94: Prohibit Michigan National Guard executing federal “indefinite detention”
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676539

Senate Bill 120: Authorize public school “American heritage” instruction without religious censorship
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to require school districts to “permit” grade-level instruction and reading of “America’s founding documents” including those related to the country’s “representative form of limited government, the Bill of Rights, our free-market economic system, and patriotism.” School districts would be prohibited from censoring or restraining reading that includes “religious references in original source documents, writings, speeches, proclamations, or records”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676553

Senate Bill 321: Exempt legal process servers from trespassing laws
Passed 57 to 27 in the House on December 11, 2013, to exempt legal action process servers from the state law against trespassing.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676478

Senate Bill 374: Create statewide school violence “hotline”
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on December 11, 2013, to require the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to seek bids, including one from the State Police, to create and operate a “hotline” manned 24 hours a day all year long to collect anonymous reports regarding concerns of potential harm, self-harm, or criminal acts against students, school employees, or school property, which reports could include cell phone camera and video images.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676470

Senate Bill 397: Expand a corporate/developer subsidy regime
Passed 87 to 22 in the House on December 11, 2013, to authorize creation of a sixth “Next Michigan Development Corporation,” which is a government agency that gives tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers selected by political appointees on the entity’s board for projects meeting extremely broad “multi-modal commerce” criteria (basically, any form of goods-related commerce). The new entity would be in the Upper Peninsula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676458

Senate Bill 423: Require schools teach American foundational principles
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to encourage public schools to provide instruction that focuses on the core principles of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and State Constitution, and require the state Board of Education to update curriculum and testing standards to cover these subjects.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676557

Senate Bill 437: Revise “interlocal agreement” procedural detail
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to require “interlocal agreements” (which formalize a joint exercise of power, privilege or authority between two or more government entities) to create a “separate legal entity” to collect and spend money to carry out the purpose of the agreement, rather than just a separate administrative body.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676564

Senate Bill 440: Revise local electronic campaign finance disclosure threshold
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on December 11, 2013, to reduce from $20,000 to $5,000 the amount a candidate or other type of election campaign committee can raise or spend before being required to file mandated campaign finance reports by electronic means rather than on paper.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676513

Senate Bill 441: Let counties create electronic campaign finance disclosure systems
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on December 11, 2013, to allow counties to establish electronic versions of the local government campaign finance reporting requirements they are required to operate, and to require election campaigns that raise or spend an amount over either $1,500 or $5,000 (the county may choose one of these) to file mandated campaign finance reports by electronic means rather than on paper.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676514

Senate Bill 536: Expand real estate development tax breaks
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to authorize property tax exemptions of five to seven years for property owned by a nonprofit organization whose purpose is real estate development, if the local government agrees, and if the organization is approved by the political appointees on the board of the state agency responsible for granting and overseeing selective tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers (the “Michigan Economic Development Corporation,” an arm of the “Michigan Strategic Fund”).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676551

Senate Bill 541: Revise government employee health benefit detail
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on December 11, 2013, to clarify that the 2011 law requiring government employees to contribute a certain amount toward the cost of their health care benefits does not apply to contributions to a post-retirement Health Savings Account system.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676471

Senate Bill 542: Permit more generous government employee health benefits
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 10, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that increases the cap on spending by a smaller amount.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160873

Senate Bill 542: Permit more generous government employee health benefits
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on December 11, 2013, to increase from $11,000 to $12,250 the “hard cap” on the amount that a local government or school district can spend for an “individual-plus-spouse” employee health care policy under a 2011 law limiting such benefits.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676472

Senate Bill 543: Revise government employee health benefit detail
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on December 11, 2013, to revise details of the procedures used by a local government or school district to select either an annual dollar-amount cap or percentage cap on the amount it can spend on employee health benefits under a 2011 law. Also, to include elected officials in the base used to establish a local government’s “average” cost per employee, exclude payments to employees who take cash instead of insurance benefits, and revise some other details in the formula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676473

Senate Bill 544: Revise government employee health benefit detail
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on December 11, 2013, to retroactively move back the effective date of a 2011 law that capped the amount that a local government or school district could spend on government employee health benefits. As passed, the caps apply to union labor contracts signed on or after Sept. 15, 2011. The bill moves this back to Sept. 27, 2011, meaning contracts offering more generous benefits that were entered before that date would remain valid.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676474

Senate Bill 545: Revise government employee health benefit detail
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on December 11, 2013, to clarify the annual deadline by which a local government’s governing body may exempt its employees from the 2011 law that capped the amount they could spend on employee health benefits. Under that law, local governments (but not school districts) can exempt themselves from the cap for one year at a time with a 2/3 vote of their governing body.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676475

Senate Bill 557: Revise mental health criminal diversion details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to allow state money to be used to pay for mental health services provided to jail inmates under a community mental health program’s agreement with a county or county sheriff. This relates to a 2009 Attorney General opinion that jails were required to cover all of these costs in their own budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676558

Senate Bill 558: Revise mental health criminal diversion details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to revise details of a law that requires counties to enter a written agreement to divert individuals with serious mental illness from the criminal justice system and into treatment. The bill specifies certain provisions these agreements must contain. See also Senate Bill 557.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676559

Senate Bill 574: Revise county tax foreclosure detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to allow a particular county that elected to have the state foreclose tax delinquent property in the county to rescind that decision for one year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676565

Senate Bill 642: Revise unclaimed property law (“escheats”) detail
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on December 11, 2013, to revise details of the disposition of funds taken under an ”escheats law” that lets the state government take possession of unclaimed property if the owner does not claim it within three years. Specifically, the bill amends references in this law to a “senior care respite fund” to reflect the 2013 law authorizing conversion of Blue Cross to non-profit “regular” insurance company.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676476

Senate Bill 661: Increase political contributions limits
Passed 56 to 52 in the House on December 11, 2013, to double the maximum campaign contributions allowed by state election law, index these to inflation, and require additional finance reports from candidates. The bill would also establish that organizations that run third party “issue ads” which do not “expressly advocate” for or against a candidate or ballot issue need not disclose the names and addresses of who paid for the ad (but do have to disclose the sponsoring organization), and require political “robocalls” that do not engage in “express advocacy” to include who paid for the calls.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676512

Senate Bill 665: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 11, 2013, to create a commission to employ a manager and staff who would take over the functions of maintaining, restoring and improving the state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site.” The bill would also create a statutory “fund” (account) to hold money for these purposes, but does not itself appropriate or earmark any specific revenue. Currently, these functions are generally performed by an existing staff using annual appropriations that are not mandated by statute.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676456

Senate Bill 666: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 11, 2013, to revise the current “legislative council” law to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 665 to create a “Michigan Capitol State Commission” to take over management of the facility.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676457

House Bill 4369: Codify “education achievement authority” for failed schools
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to codify in statute the powers and structure of a state “education achievement authority” (already created by means of an administrative “interlocal agreement”), which is an office in the Department of Education tasked with managing, overseeing or contracting-out the operations of public schools deemed to have failed academically.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676620

House Bill 4393: Revise school ballot proposal filing deadline
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to require a school board that wishes to submit a ballot question to the voters to adopt the resolution calling for this at least 12 weeks before the election, moving the current deadline back two weeks. Also, to require the same deadline for “metropolitan district officer” candidacy filings. Under current law the deadlines for these is 70 days.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676578

House Bill 4394: Revise township annual meeting reestablishment procedures
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to revise the procedures for a township to reestablish an annual meeting of voters, by moving the deadline for submitting a petition for this to at least 15 weeks before the next primary or general election. This is two weeks earlier than the current deadline.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676579

House Bill 4395: Move back deadline to place local tax and bond issues on ballot
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to revise a community swimming pool authority to place a 1 mill public swimming pool tax on the ballot at least 12 weeks before the election, moving the current deadline back two weeks. Under current law the deadline is 70 days before the vote.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676580

House Bill 4396: Move back deadline to place local tax and bond issues on ballot
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to require a local government to place an increased building authority debt request (“bond issue”) on the ballot at least 12 weeks before the election, moving the current deadline back two weeks. Under current law the deadline is 70 days before the vote.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676581

House Bill 4397: Move back deadline to place local tax and bond issues on ballot
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to require a “metropolitan authority council” to place a property tax increase request on the ballot at least 12 weeks before the election, moving the current deadline back two weeks. Under current law the deadline is 70 days before the vote.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676582

House Bill 4546: Increase marketing “assessments” imposed on potato growers
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to increase the maximum “assessment” that can be levied on growers under a government potato marketing scheme, with exceptions for smaller growers, and revise the constituents represented on the board of political appointees authorized to determine the level of assessments.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676566

House Bill 4593: Expand scrap metal regulatory regime
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to expand a scrap metal dealer regulatory regime authorized by a 2008 law that imposed new regulations and record keeping requirements on sales of nonferrous scrap metal, so that it also applies to sales of scrap iron (ferrous metals). The bill would require the scrap metal industry to create a real time database of each purchase by a scrap metal dealer of “scrapped” catalytic converters, air conditioners and stripped copper wire; until it did so the bill would impose a three-day delay on payments to individuals who sell these things. It would also require dealers to check sellers against this database, keep photographs of the purchased scrap metal, and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676621

House Bill 4695: Authorize “mental health courts”
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by a prescribed mental health treatment program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676544

House Bill 4696: Authorize “mental health courts”
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill establishes procedures and duties for both the defendant and the court, including making available and accepting related mental health services; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676548

House Bill 4697: Authorize “mental health courts”
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill would require the state court administrative office to establish standards for such courts, and reporting requirements for the courts themselves; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676550

House Bill 4782: Expand another corporate/developer subsidy regime
Passed 31 to 6 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to authorize creation of a sixth “Next Michigan Development Corporation,” which is a government agency that gives tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers selected by political appointees on the entity’s board for projects meeting extremely broad “multi-modal commerce” criteria (basically, any form of goods-related commerce). The new entity would be in the Upper Peninsula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676563

House Bill 4865: Authorize mobile dental facilities
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on December 11, 2013, to allow dental services to be provided in a mobile dental facility if the state grants a permit, subject to an extensive set of regulations and restrictions specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676502

House Bill 4889: Increase drug trafficking penalties
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to authorize more rigorous sentencing guidelines for illegal drug convictions involving travel from another state with the intent to deliver.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676560

House Bill 5074: Revise delinquent property tax interest detail
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on December 11, 2013, to give counties discretion over whether to impose an interest rate that is lower than the 1 percent per month currently imposed on amounts due to county delinquent tax revolving funds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676503

House Bill 5134: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to revise a “Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Act” to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 665 to create a “Michigan Capitol State Commission” to maintain, restore and improve the Michigan state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676576

House Bill 5135: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 15, 2013, to revise the law that establishes the duties of the state Department of Management and Budget to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 665 to create a “Michigan Capitol State Commission” to take over the functions of maintaining, restoring and improving the Michigan state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675466

House Bill 5138: Authorize breast cancer “awareness” specialty license plate
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to authorize a specialty license plate for “breast cancer awareness,” and give the net revenue from its sale to a state government breast and cervical cancer control program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676561


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Senate Bill 64: Revise business tax liability detail
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013, to place certain limits on the personal liability of a business owner or manager for taxes the firm collects from another person and fails to pay the collected amount to the state.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676791

Senate Bill 101: Authorize “breast cancer awareness” specialty license plate
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013, to authorize a specialty license plate for “breast cancer awareness,” and give the net revenue from its sale to a state government breast and cervical cancer control program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676669

Senate Bill 101: Authorize “breast cancer awareness” specialty license plate
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 5, 2013, to authorize a specialty license plate for “breast cancer awareness,” and give the net revenue from its sale to a state government breast and cervical cancer control program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675866

Senate Bill 121: Declare Michigan “celebrate freedom week”
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to encourage public schools to designate one week each school year as “Patriot Week,” during which instruction would be offered on the sacrifices of military veterans, and on America’s founding documents and core principles.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676555

Senate Bill 169: Allow driverless car testing
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on December 12, 2013, to allow the operation on highways of an automated “driverless” vehicle for testing purposes, subject to a range of regulations and conditions specified in the bill. A human operator would have to to be present to monitor performance and intervene if necessary. Gov. Rick Snyder called for this in his 2013 State of the State address.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676664

Senate Bill 308
Passed 95 to 14 in the House on December 12, 2013, to revise the criteria in the law that authorizes tax breaks for the rehabilitation and reuse of “obsolete structures” in a way that will allow granting these tax breaks to a particular business in Charlotte, and another in Wayne County.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676671

Senate Bill 312: Revise college scholarship “promise zone” criteria
Passed 96 to 13 in the House on December 12, 2013, to revise a 2008 law authorizing “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities (TIFA) to subsidize college tuition for students in low educational attainment areas, by allowing these subsidies for vocational education or training; allowing an authority to also pay for books and supplies; and giving authorities more latitude in setting academic performance standards for aid, including excluding students who score belolw a certain grade point average. The bill would also expand the power of an authority to reset the “base year” for determining its future tax increment “capture” amounts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676672

Senate Bill 367: Revise business profits tax detail
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on December 12, 2013, to revise details of the state tax on business profits to clarify when related companies are considered an “affiliated group” for tax purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676670

Senate Bill 442: End automatic tax increases to pay union contract lawsuit judgments
Passed 76 to 32 in the House on December 12, 2013, to revise a provision that requires school property taxes be raised to pay off lawsuit-related judgments against a school district, by establishing that this does not apply if the lawsuit was to enforce a school employee union contract or other contract that specifically relates to school operations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676665

Senate Bill 443: End automatic tax increases to pay union contract lawsuit judgments
Passed 33 to 5 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to revise a provision that requires school property taxes be raised to pay off lawsuit-related judgments against a school district, by establishing that this does not apply if the lawsuit was to enforce a school employee union contract or other contract that specifically relates to school operations. The House added a number of exceptions, including for certain schools under the receivership of an Emergency Manager, for certain disputes between a school district and an Intermediate School District or the school employee pension system, and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676846

Senate Bill 443: End automatic tax increases to pay union contract lawsuit judgments
Passed 76 to 33 in the House on December 12, 2013, to revise a provision that requires school property taxes be raised to pay off lawsuit-related judgments against a school district, by establishing that this does not apply if the lawsuit was to enforce a school employee union contract or other contract that specifically relates to school operations. The House added a number of exceptions, including for certain schools under the receivership of an Emergency Manager, for certain disputes between a school district and an Intermediate School District or the school employee pension system, and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676666

Senate Bill 660: Authorize and regulate “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis”
Passed 87 to 22 in the House on December 12, 2013, to establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for production and sale by pharmacies of “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis” to individuals with a debilitating medical condition, contingent on the federal government reclassifying marijuana from an illegal drug to a prescription drug. Michigan’s voter-initiated medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, establishes a regulatory framework for patients or authorized caregivers growing their own; companies seeking “commercialized” distribution lobbied for this bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676688

Senate Bill 663: Waive automaker liability for “automated vehicle” modifications
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013, to waive the liability of a vehicle or parts manufacturer for damages resulting from a person trying to retrofit a vehicle into an automated vehicle (“driverless car”). See also Senate Bill 169.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676657

House Bill 4044: Ban mandating all health insurance go through “Obamacare“ exchange
Passed 72 to 37 in the House on December 12, 2013, to prohibit a state “exchange” created under the federal health care law from mandating that insurance companies must sell all health insurance policies through the exchange. The Michigan legislature elected to let the federal government create an exchange here rather than create a state-run version, so the measure would only have effect if that choice is later reversed.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676685

House Bill 4816: Require insurers disclose “Obamacare” price hikes in bills
Passed 67 to 42 in the House on December 12, 2013, to require bills sent to customers for health insurance policies or HMO plans to include an estimate of the amount that any price increase was caused by mandates and regulations imposed by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676684

House Bill 5104: Authorize medical “marijuana infused products”
Passed 100 to 9 in the House on December 12, 2013, to authorize the use of “marijuana infused products” under the state’s medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008 . This is defined to include any “topical formulation, tincture, beverage, edible substance, or similar product intended for human consumption in a manner other than smoking”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676681


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Senate Bill 275: Require drug testing of welfare applicants
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to require that welfare benefit recipients or applicants who test positive on the drug tests authorized by House Bill 4418 must be referred to a state-authorized regional substance abuse agency, and cut benefits if the individual refused to enter a drug treatment program. This would begin as a one-year pilot program in three counties.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676868

Senate Bill 584: Eliminate statute of limitations on child sex trafficking
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecution of child sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation of children offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676797

Senate Bill 588: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to establish as an “affirmative defense” for a person being prosecuted for a prostitution-related offense that the individual did it only because of his or her status as a victim of a human trafficking crime.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676798

Senate Bill 591: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to establish that an individual could have prostitution or other criminal convictions cleared from his or her record if the offense was due to being a victim of a human trafficking crime.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676799

Senate Bill 661: Increase political contributions limits
The motion passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to reject as out-of-order an amendment proposed by Sen. Bieda to make enactment of this bill conditional on passage of Senate Bill 168, which would mandate extensive candidate disclosures of their personal finances.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676732

Senate Bill 674: Establish statutory right to breastfeed in public
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to establish in law that a woman has a right to breastfeed a baby in a “place of public accommodation” or public facility. A woman would be entitled to “the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations” in these places, and if denied them could sue for actual damages or up to $200 in “presumed” damages.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676832

House Bill 4125: Repeal osteopath school “advisory board”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to eliminate an advisory board created as part of a 1969 law authorizing a state-supported school of osteopathic medicine.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676746

House Bill 4204: Rename highway in Shiawassee County
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to rename a portion of M-71 in the village of Vernon in Shiawassee County as the “Graham Barlow Jr. WWII Memorial Highway Memorial Highway”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676750

House Bill 4271: Authorize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries
Passed 95 to 14 in the House on December 12, 2013, to authorize and establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for medical marijuana dispensaries, including municipal licensure or prohibition, with civil and criminal penalties for violations. The provisions of the state’s voter-authorized medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, were ambiguous, and the state Supreme Court banned them early in 2013.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676668

House Bill 4327: Allow “tax increment finance” scheme reset to make up for property value declines
Passed 33 to 5 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to allow “corridor improvement authorities” to “reset” their tax increment financing schemes (TIF) to reflect declining property assessments, which undermine their ability to divert property tax revenue from local governments and other taxing units to pay for the authority’s debt-funded spending projects and subsidies. A TIF “captures” the extra local property tax revenue that supposedly will result from these projects; this revenue is then used to repay money borrowed to fund that spending. The bill allows these authorities to change the base year from which future tax revenue increases (”increments”) are measured.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676748

House Bill 4353: Mandate schools have “epi-pens”
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to mandate that public schools must have at least two staffers who are trained in the administration of an epinephrine auto injector, and at least two of these “epi-pens” on site. This is a syringe prefilled with epinephrine which is used to treat anaphylactic reactions. This bill and House Bill 4352 extend legal immunity to school districts, boards, officials, staff and pharmacists for harm arising from use of the devices, except for gross negligence.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676838

House Bill 4576: Regulate federal health care law “navigators”
Passed 102 to 7 in the House on December 12, 2013, to impose regulation and a “certification” requirement on the “navigators” authorized by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”) to assist persons applying for government-subsidized health insurance benefits through agency this law creates (the “exchange”). The bill authorizes background checks, testing and training requirements, and more. Among other things it would prohibit an individual, firm or other entity licensed as a “navigator” from steering a person toward any particular insurance policy, as opposed to just providing information on the policies.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676682

House Bill 4622: Revise drain code district procedures
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to revise details of the procedures for changing drainage district boundaries (and imposing the cost of new or repaired drains on particular property owners), including notice requirements and procedures for challenging proposed changes, plus details of the drainage district’s interaction with the state transportation and agriculture departments.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676817

House Bill 4629: Authorize fees and regulations on electronic billboards
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to amend the state billboard law to authorize regulations and extra fees for digital signs, and revise a wide range of other details of this law, in part so as to conform with federal billboard laws and regulations. Among other changes the bill places new conditions and restrictions on removing vegetation from in front of signs, “grandfathering” provisions for existing signs, and more. The Senate added a provision requiring billboard owners to surrender three existing permits for regular signs in or order to get one digital billboard permit, with certain exceptions and additional restrictions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676874

House Bill 4770: Ban vehicle accident-related commercial solicitations (“ambulance chasing”)
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to restrict public access to vehicle accident reports for 30 days after the crash by requiring outside parties who want the report to file a statement that they will not use it for commercial solicitation (”ambulance chasing”). Violations would be subject to a $15,000 fine, and subsequent violations with up to one year in jail.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676790

House Bill 4793: Update eminent domain provisions
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to repeal eminent domain property condemnation provisions in the state Drain Code and replace them with the provisions of a 1980 “Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act.” This would codify in statute what is already the current practice.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676818

House Bill 4810: Revise lower homestead tax for assisted living residents
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013, to revise a 2012 law that allows an individual who moves into an assisted living facility to retain the principal residence property tax exemption on his or her own residence, by removing a condition that the home must not be for sale.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676691

House Bill 4821: Revise motor carrier safety law detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to revise details of how a state “motor carrier safety” law applies to certain categories of buses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676833

House Bill 4831: Clarify prescription drug sales tax exemption
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to exempt over-the-counter drugs from sales tax if they are obtained under a prescription.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676803

House Bill 4966: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to non-public information in the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676736

House Bill 4967: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to non-public information in the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676737

House Bill 4968: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to non-public information in the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676738

House Bill 4993: Use some increased hunting and fishing fee money for PR campaign
The amendment failed 14 to 24 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to prohibit money in the proposed government account (”fund”) from meing used to support or oppose citizen-initiated referendums on new laws enacted by the legislature.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676753

House Bill 4993: Use some increased hunting and fishing fee money for PR campaign
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to use $1 of the increased hunting and fishing license fees authorized by a 2013 law for ads promoting hunting and fishing. The bill would create a state “wildlife council” and “wildlife management public education fund” with political appointees on the council board representing various interests deciding what advertising agency to hire and helping to design the public relations campaign.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676755

House Bill 4996: Exempt some small stock offerings from state registration
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to exempt certain small company stock offerings from state registration requirements if they meet various conditions specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676771

House Bill 5020: Eliminate sunset on “sobriety court interlock project”
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to make permanent the “sobriety court interlock project” pilot program authorized by a 2010 law intended to “reduce recidivism among alcohol offenders”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676758

House Bill 5021: Eliminate sunset on “sobriety court interlock project”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to make permanent the “sobriety court interlock project” pilot program authorized by a 2010 intended to “reduce recidivism among alcohol offenders”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676761

House Bill 5041: Revise business tax detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to clarify details of the application of state business tax breaks authorized under the repealed Michigan Business Tax to a “flow-through entity” and “unitary business group”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676807

House Bill 5046: Allow customer’s wine in restaurants
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to allow a customer to bring his or her own bottle of wine to a restaurant that has a liquor license, and let the restaurant set and charge a fee for this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676830

House Bill 5048: Revise drunk or stoned doctor penalties
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to slightly expand access to non-public records of first offenses of a health care professional practicing while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, where the sentence was deferred if, if the offender meets conditions and terms imposed by the court.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676743

House Bill 5049: Revise “veteran’s court” detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to establish that if a defendant in a “veteran’s treatment” specialty court authorized by a 2012 does not meet the conditions and terms imposed by the court then the record of the proceedings would become a public record. These courts adjudicate offenses related to alcohol and drug use, which can include traffic and other violations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676744

House Bill 5050: Ban credit card fraud “skimming” devices
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to authorize criminal penalties of up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine for the possession or use of a “skimmer” device designed to gain access to a person’s financial accounts (for example, when a person is using an ATM machine).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676769

House Bill 5051: Clarify identity theft penalties
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to increase the penalties provided in the state criminal code for identity theft so they match those called for in a 2004 identity theft law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676762

House Bill 5073: Revise local “angle parking” restrictions
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to allow local governments to permit angle parking on a state “trunkline highway” if the state Department of Transportation allows it.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676774

House Bill 5086: Revise homestead income tax credit
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to establish that a person who is blind is considered equivalent to “disabled” for purposes of eligibility for an income tax credit against property taxes imposed on a person’s primary residence.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676811

House Bill 5102: Replace paper tax rolls with electronic
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013, to eliminate a requirement that local governments keep a hard (paper) copy of tax rolls if the information is maintained on computerized database.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676689

House Bill 5103: Stagger snowmobile council member terms
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to stagger the ending dates of political appointees on a state “snowmobile and trails advisory council”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676745

House Bill 5107: Revise seawall repair permit mandate
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013, to authorize less restrictive permit requirements for the repair or replacement of a failed seawall than the requirements which apply to erecting a new seawall.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676690

House Bill 5140: Revise package liquor store quotas
Passed 102 to 7 in the House on December 12, 2013, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676776

House Bill 5140: Revise package liquor store quotas
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to gradually phase-in a modest relaxation of package liquor store quota rules, so as to facilitate a store moving from one community to another community in the same county. Also, to slightly increase the “quota” on the number of these liquor stores allowed in certain communities over 50,000, where they are “designed to accommodate tourists and visitors to a resort area”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=676834


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Senate Bill 716: Ban schools from practicing religious discrimination
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on December 10, 2013, to prohibit public schools and state universities from discriminating against a student or parent on the basis of religious views, or restricting the expression of those views on any otherwise permissible subject, in a manner that does not apply to the expression of non-religious views. This would apply to coursework and homework assignments in addition to classroom speech. Also, to require schools to give religious groups the same access to facilities as non-religious groups.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161525

Senate Bill 717: Ban property owner association group child care home bans
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on December 10, 2013, to prohibit property owners associations from adopting rules prohibiting a person using his or her property as a family child care home or a group child care home.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161526

Senate Bill 718: Revise environmental law details
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on December 10, 2013, to extend for another year a number of rules promulgated by the Department of Environmental Quality related to environmental contamination response activities, and to PCBs, which under a 2012 law were supposed to be rescinded at the end of 2013. The bill would also modify other technical details of the law governing environmental cleanup criteria.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161527

Senate Bill 719: Allow renegotiation of state environmental cleanup and recreation loans
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on December 10, 2013, to allow the state to renegotiate the duration, interest rate and payment terms of loans it has made to local governments and others with money the state itself has borrowed under the 1998 “Clean Michigan Initiative” ballot proposal that authorized $675 million of new government debt (“bond sales”) for environmental cleanup and recreation projects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161528

Senate Bill 720: Increase unemployment benefits
Introduced by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on December 12, 2013, to repeal the 2011 law that reduced from 26 weeks to 20 weeks the maximum period a person is eligible for state unemployment benefits. That law was part of a package responding to a $3.8 billion debt this state had had incurred due to borrowing from the federal government to pay-out benefits boosted by higher unemployment and a 2002 law that boosted benefit levels.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161586

Senate Bill 721: Extend liability immunity to drug overdose treatment
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on December 12, 2013, to expand an existing “good Samaritan” law by extending its liability exemptions to an individual who in good faith administers Naloxone to someone he or she believes is suffering the immediate effects of a heroin or other opioid overdose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161587

Senate Bill 722: Give new school employees 401(k), not pensions
Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on December 12, 2013, to revise details of the school employee pension law to accommodate the proposal in Senate Bill 727 to close the current “defined benefit” pension system to new school employees hired starting July 1, 2014, and instead provide 401(k) contributions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161588

Senate Bill 723: Give new school employees 401(k), not pensions
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on December 12, 2013, to revise details of the school employee pension law to accommodate the proposal in Senate Bill 727 to close the current “defined benefit” pension system to new school employees hired starting July 1, 2014, and instead provide 401(k) accounts. See Senate Bill 727.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161589

Senate Bill 724: Give new school employees 401(k), not pensions
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on December 12, 2013, to prohibit school employees from increasing their defined benefit pension benefits by purchasing “service credits” that artificially boost the years-on-the-job component of the formula used to calculate post-retirement benefit levels. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 722 to 728, which would close the current “defined benefit” pension system to new school employees hired starting July 1, 2014.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161590

Senate Bill 725: Give new school employees 401(k), not pensions
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on December 12, 2013, to revise details of a disability early retirement allowance provision the school employee pension law to accommodate the proposal in Senate Bill 727 to close the current “defined benefit” pension system to new school employees hired starting July 1, 2014, and instead provide 401(k) accounts. See Senate Bill 727.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161591

Senate Bill 726: Give new school employees 401(k), not pensions
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on December 12, 2013, to grant public school retirees with income less than 133 percent of federal poverty level health insurance benefits in which the state will pay 90 percent of the cost of “coverage in the plan authorized by the retirement board.” This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 722 to 728, which would close the current “defined benefit” pension system to new school employees hired starting July 1, 2014.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161592

Senate Bill 727: Give new school employees 401(k), not pensions
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on December 12, 2013, to close the current “defined benefit” pension system to new school employees hired starting July 1, 2014, and instead provide 401(k) benefits. Employees could contribute up to 5 percent of salary to their account, and the local school district would have to contribute an amount equal to 80 percent of this. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 722 to 728.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161593

Senate Bill 728: Give new school employees 401(k), not pensions
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on December 12, 2013, to revise details of the school employee pension law to accommodate the proposal in Senate Bill 727 to close the current “defined benefit” pension system to new school employees hired starting July 1, 2014, and instead provide 401(k) accounts. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 722 to 728.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161594

Senate Bill 729: Impose prosecution cost reimbursement on retail fraudsters
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on December 12, 2013, to expand a law that requires individuals convicted of certain offenses to reimburse state or local governments for emergency response and prosecution costs, so that it also applies to retail fraud cases.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161595

Senate Bill 730: Mandate restaurant manager food allergy training
Introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) on December 12, 2013, to mandate that restaurants employ at least one manager who has received training or viewed an approved video on food allergies.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161596

Senate Bill 731: Make enforceable funeral arrangements in wills and advance directives
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on December 12, 2013, to allow an individual to designate in a will or other advance directive a person to serve as a “funeral representative” to execute the decedent’s funeral arrangement directions, including the disposition of his or her remains.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161597

House Bill 5187: Expand tool and die tax breaks
Introduced by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on December 11, 2013, to require the state agency responsible for granting and overseeing selective tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers (the “Michigan Strategic Fund”) to “aggressively work with cities, villages, and townships and with tool and die businesses to maximize” the number of these businesses granted an extensive array of tax breaks authorized by a 2004 law, and subsequent expansions of that law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161566

House Bill 5188: Ban TIFA tax “captures” without local government permission
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on December 11, 2013, to prohibit tax increment finance authorities from extending or expanding current projects, or authorizing new ones, that are funded by property tax revenue “captured” from local governments or other local taxing bodies, unless these entities have approved these potential reductions of their own tax revenue. These TIF schemes use the “increment” of extra property tax revenue that supposedly will result from economic growth generated by an authority’s projects or subsidies to repay the debts incurred to fund the projects or subsidies.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161567

House Bill 5189: Mandate late-night convenience store security provisions
Introduced by Rep. Collene Lamonte (D) on December 11, 2013, to mandate that gas stations and convenience stores which are open between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. must either have a security camera system operating continuously at all times, or have at least two employees on the job.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161568

House Bill 5190: Revise “habitual offender” criteria
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on December 11, 2013, to allow certain serious juvenile criminal offense violations to be considered when determining whether an adult offender is deemed a “habitual offender” subject to an enhanced sentence.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161569

House Bill 5191: Establish ORV helmet exceptions
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on December 11, 2013, to provide an exception to the law that requires operators and riders of ORVs to wear a helmet, which would apply as long as the vehicle is being operated on private land, or at less than 10 m.p.h. in a licensed game bird hunting preserve, or if the vehicle has a roof that meets specified safety standards and the user wears a seatbelt.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161570

House Bill 5192: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on December 11, 2013, to allow life insurance companies to use “preferred class structure mortality tables” to determine future-claim reserve levels, subject to specified limitations and restrictions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161571

House Bill 5193: Restrict closed-door local government lawsuit meetings
Introduced in the House on December 11, 2013, to prohibit government legislative bodies from holding closed-door sessions to discuss trial or settlement strategies, unless the matter being discussed is already being litigated.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161572

House Bill 5194: Increase Open Meeting Act rigor
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on December 11, 2013, to establish that if a public body takes an action while in violation of the state Open Meetings Act, and then later re-enacts the decision while in compliance with the OMA, this does not exempt public officials from the misdemeanor and civil fine penalties the OMA authorizes for knowingly holding a meeting that violates its public notice and open-door requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161573

House Bill 5195: Allow multiple-customer deer sausage processing
Introduced in the House on December 12, 2013, to allow a butcher to produce wild game sausage using game caught by multiple customers if the butcher provides notice to these customers. This refers to hunters who pay to have game processed for their own private consumption and not for sale to the public.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161574

House Bill 5196: Mandate school physical education hours
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on December 12, 2013, to mandate that public schools provide at least 30 minutes of physical education twice a week, and an additional 60 minutes of physical activity per week, to children in grades K-5; and 45 minutes of physical education daily for one semester annually in grades 6-8.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161575

House Bill 5197: Expand scrap metal regulatory regime
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on December 12, 2013, to authorize sentencing guidelines for violations of new scrap metal dealer regulations and requirements proposed by House Bill 4593.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161576

House Bill 5198: Revise child services worker discipline procedure
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on December 12, 2013, to allow access to confidential records contained in a state database of serious child abuse incidents to a state employee undergoing a disciplinary action, to his or her union representative, or to an arbitrator or official conducting a hearing involving the employee’s dereliction or malfeasance. This access would be for use of records solely in connection with that action or hearing.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161577

House Bill 5199: Establish rental unit bedbug procedures
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on December 12, 2013, to establish the duties of both landlords and tenants related to a rental unit that is infested with bedbugs. A landlord would be prohibited from renting a unit that he or she knows is infested with bedbugs; required to have the premises treated by pest control professional; required to notify subsequent rental applicants that the unit was treated, and more. Tenants would be required to grant reasonable access to pest control personnel and comply with the control protocols established by the landlord. The bill authorizes penalties and legal remedies. See also Senate Bill 657.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161578

House Bill 5200: Establish rental unit bedbug procedures
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on December 12, 2013, to include pest infestations as a reason the state or a local health department may issue an order to a building owner to correct the condition, or correct it themselves and charge the owner for the costs for refusing to comply with the order. See also House Bill 5199 and Senate Bill 657.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161579

House Bill 5201: Establish rental unit bedbug procedures
Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on December 12, 2013, to require the Department of Community Health to develop a model policy regarding bedbug infestations for use by local governments and health departments. See also House Bill 5199 and Senate Bill 657.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161580

House Bill 5202: Revise special assessment property tax detail
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on December 12, 2013, to revise a detail of a law authorizing special assessment (property tax) payment installment plans by a township.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161581

House Bill 5203: Move back teacher rating process deadlines
Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on December 12, 2013, to move back by one year the deadlines imposed by a 2011 law establishing a process for determining whether teachers are “effective” or not, and basing school employment decisions on these ratings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161582

House Bill 5204: Require state give locals chance to buy surplus snow equipment
Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D) on December 12, 2013, to require the state Department of Transportation to give local governments the right of first refusal when it chooses to sell or dispose of surplus snow removal equipment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161583

House Bill 5205: Facilitate “advanced waste energy recovery”
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on December 12, 2013, to streamline state regulations so as to facilitate the use of “advanced waste energy recovery” methods.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161584


110 posted on 01/09/2014 3:51:20 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 732: Ban employers asking about employee contraceptive use
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on January 8, 2014, to prohibit employers from asking employees or job applicants about their use or nonuse of contraceptives.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161914

Senate Bill 733: Increase government legal immunity to roadway defect claims
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on January 8, 2014, to exempt governments from liability for property damage, injury or death of a pedestrian or “other person not traveling in a motor vehicle” on a highway, unless the plaintiff proves that at least 30 days before the event the governmental agency knew or should have known of the existence of a roadway defect as defined in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161915

Senate Bill 734: Establish utility worker safety day
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on January 8, 2014, to establish that henceforth, December 6 shall be designated “Utility Workers Safety Awareness Day” in the state of Michigan.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161916

House Bill 5182: Give tax break to nonprofit housing organizations
Introduced by Rep. Dale W. Zorn (R) on December 10, 2013, to exempt dwellings owned by a charitable nonprofit housing organization from property tax for five years, or until the property is transferred to a low income person. Under current law, local governments may grant this tax break but are not required to.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161948

House Bill 5183: Expand homeowner income tax credit
Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on December 10, 2013, to increase and index to inflation certain income and home value caps that limit the principle residence property tax credit that homeowners can claim on their state income tax.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161949

House Bill 5184: Repeal limit on electric utility competition
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on December 10, 2013, to essentially repeal the core provisions of the 2008 law that limited electric utility competition to 10 percent of the commercial customers in large utilities’ service areas, and revise regulated utility rate-setting rules to accommodate this expansion of consumer choice.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161950

House Bill 5185: Authorize and regulate “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis”
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on December 10, 2013, to establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for production and sale by pharmacies of “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis” to individuals with a debilitating medical condition, contingent on the federal government reclassifying marijuana from an illegal drug to a prescription drug. Michigan’s voter-initiated medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, establishes a regulatory framework for patients or authorized caregivers growing their own; companies seeking “commercialized” distribution lobbied for this bill and the identical Senate Bill 660.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161951

House Bill 5186
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on December 10, 2013, Revise charitable “millionaire party” gambling regulations to revise the law governing charitable “millionaire party” gambling events that include casino games, in a manner that facilitates charitable organizations essentially contracting out the operation of these events to certain facilities, subject to various restrictions, and with a requirement that an organization have at least two members working at the events.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161952

House Bill 5206: Establish “Blue Star Mothers” recognition day
Introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on January 8, 2014, to declare that February 2 of each year be known in Michigan as “Blue Star Mothers Day”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161919

House Bill 5207: Ban prosecution of overdose victim or friend who seeks treatment
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on January 8, 2014, to prohibit prosecutors from prosecuting an illegal drug case against an individual if the person was seeking medical attention for an overdose or bad reaction, either for him or herself, or for another person.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161920

House Bill 5208: Suspend truants’ drivers licenses
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on January 8, 2014, to require courts to notify the Secretary of State of minors prosecuted for truancy, so the Secretary of State can suspend or withhold their drivers license for six months as proposed by House Bill 5209.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161921

House Bill 5209: Suspend truants’ drivers licenses
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on January 8, 2014, to suspend for six months the drivers license of a minor who is prosecuted for “willful and repeated” school absence (or withhold a license from a minor who doesn’t have one yet).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161922

House Bill 5210: Repeal state land ownership cap
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on January 8, 2014, to repeal a cap on the amount of state-owned Department of Natural Resources land that was imposed by a 2012 law, and approve a “strategic plan” this law required the DNR to produce as a condition of removing the cap on state-owned land.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161923

House Bill 5211: Extend no-fault “mini-tort” exemption
Introduced by Rep. Bill LaVoy (D) on January 8, 2014, to motorcycles to extend to motorcycles a $1,000 “mini-tort” exception to the prohibition on vehicle crash lawsuits under the state no fault insurance law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161924

House Bill 5212: Require conviction for drug defendant property forfeiture
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on January 8, 2014, to establish that property seized from a defendant in an illegal drug prosecution is not subject to forfeiture unless the individual is actually convicted.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161925

House Bill 5213: Ban using juveniles as police informants without parent’s permission
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on January 8, 2014, to prohibit law enforcement agencies from using a juvenile as an enforcement-action participant or informant without first obtaining written consent from the child’s parent or legal guardian.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161927

House Bill 5214: Prohibit working seven days a week for an employer
Introduced by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on January 8, 2014, to mandate that employers must give employees “at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every calendar week,” with some exceptions. The bill would also impose a related record-keeping mandate on employers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161928

House Bill 5215: Reimburse locals for disabled veteran’s tax exemption
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on January 8, 2014, to require the state to reimburse local governments and school districts for the foregone revenue generated by the expansion of a principal residence property tax exemption for disabled veterans that was mandated by a new state law enacted two months before this bill’s introduction.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161929

House Bill 5216: Authorize goverrnment “certificate of employability” for ex-cons
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on January 9, 2014, to authorize the Department of Corrections to issue (at its discretion) a “certificate of employability” to prisoners being released who have behaved well in prison, got counseling, earned a GED, and met other criteria (some of which are undefined and subjective).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161953

House Bill 5217: Authorize goverrnment “certificate of employability” for ex-cons
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on January 9, 2014, to give employers limited liability in personal injury, property damage and wrongful death lawsuits arising from the actions of an employee who is an ex-convict hired after the individual was granted a “certificate of employability” by the state Department of Corrections, as proposed by House Bill 5216.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161954

House Bill 5218: Authorize goverrnment “certificate of employability” for ex-cons
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on January 9, 2014, to revise details of the “good moral character” prerequisite in occupational licensure mandates to conform with the ex-convict “certificate of employability” proposed by House Bill 5216. Specifically, the bill would allow but not require licensure boards to consider criminal prosecutions or lawsuit judgments as evidence of an individual not having “good moral character,” but require that they take notice of whether an ex-convict was granted the state “certificate of employability” proposed by House Bill 5216.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161955


111 posted on 01/14/2014 12:45:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 337: Revise certain tax collection procedures and deadlines
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on January 15, 2014, to require the Department of Treasury to release a business’s known tax liability to a purchaser of the business within 60 days if the owner waives confidentiality. If the department fails to do so, the buyer would not be liable for the firm’s unpaid taxes. Also, to establish notification requirements if the department initiates an examination of a taxpayer’s records, and establish deadlines for completing this. Finally, to establish that if a claim for tax overpayment refund is not approved within one year, it can be treated as denied, and the taxpayer can appeal to the state tax tribunal or court of claims.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=678714

House Bill 4288: Restrict use of “indirect” tax audits
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 15, 2014, to prohibit the Department of Treasury from levying a delinquent sales tax assessment on a person or business based on an “indirect audit,” if a taxpayer has filed all the required returns and has maintained and preserved adequate records as required. The bill also establishes minimum standards for such “indirect audits”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=678710

House Bill 4292: Restrict use of “indirect” tax audits
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 15, 2014, to prohibit the Department of Treasury from levying a delinquent use tax assessment on a person or business based on an “indirect audit,” if a taxpayer has filed all the required returns and has maintained and preserved adequate records as required. The bill also establishes minimum standards for such “indirect audits”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=678711

House Bill 4629: Authorize fees and regulations on electronic billboards
Passed 101 to 6 in the House on January 15, 2014, to authorize regulations for digital highway billboards, including a requirement that sign owners surrender three existing regular-sign permits to get one digital billboard permit, subject to certain exceptions and restrictions. The bill would also revise a wide range of other details of state billboard regulations, including conditions and restrictions on removing vegetation from in front of signs, increased fees and fines, and more..
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=678709

House Bill 4866: Authorize new bicycle rider hand signals
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on January 15, 2014, to establish new signals for bicycle riders. Left turns would be indicated by extending the left arm straight out; right turns by either extending the right arm, or the left arm with forearm raised (which is the current standard), and slowing or stopping by “extending the left hand and arm downward”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=678698


112 posted on 01/17/2014 3:52:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 735: Extend Cobo use tax exemption
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on January 14, 2014, to extend for another two years the 2014 sunset on a law that exempts from use tax material used to fix or renovate Cobo Hall in Detroit.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162098

Senate Bill 736: Expand court authority over medical marijuana patients’ children
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on January 15, 2014, to expand the authority of a court to order actions that potentially could result in a medical marijuana patient losing his or her parental rights. Specifically, the bill would authorize the court to order an independent medical examination to determine that medical marijuana is indicated for the parent’s condition, order the parent to stop using it if the independent exam does not support this prescription, or impose “any other order” within the court’s authority that it considers “in the best interests of the child”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162310

Senate Bill 737: Expand “lemon law” to include RV chassis
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on January 16, 2014, to extend the state “lemon law” for cars to cover the chassis of recreational vehicles.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162455

House Bill 5219: Exempt certain pension income from state income tax
Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D) on January 14, 2014, to reverse the provision of the 2011 income and business tax overhaul that partially eliminated some state income tax exemptions for pension income.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162120

House Bill 5220: Revise accounting firm licensure details
Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R) on January 14, 2014, to revise details of the licensure mandate imposed on certain officers of public accounting firms.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162123

House Bill 5221: Mandate school employees report student harm
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on January 15, 2014, to mandate that if a public school official or employee witnesses or receives information regarding the maltreatment or injury of a child at school, either intentional or accidental, then he or she must inform the child’s parent or legal guardian of the details, in writing, as soon as practicable.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162311

House Bill 5222: Revise political speech regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on January 15, 2014, to revise the application of a regulation that requires sponsors of “issue ads” or flyers that reference a candidate or ballot initiative to disclose their sponsor if posted within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election. The bill would impose the 60 day mandate in both kinds of election.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162312

House Bill 5223: Reduce “student growth” portion of teacher rating criteria
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on January 15, 2014, to delay and change many details in the teacher evaluation criteria specified in a 2011 legislative package overhauling the “teacher tenure” and ratings system, which unless amended goes into effect in the fall of 2015. Among other changes the bill would reduce the amount of a teacher’s performance rating based on empirical student growth data collected by the state from at least 50 percent to 20 percent, with 30 percent based on “locally” selected growth assessments whose details and rigor may vary. Also, the requirement that a teacher who is rated “ineffective” three years in a row must be dismissed would not apply if any changes were made to the rating system during that period. The bill is cosponsored by Republicans Bill Rogers and Lisa Posthumus Lyons, and Democrat Adam Zemke.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162313

House Bill 5224: Revise school administrator rating criteria
Introduced by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on January 15, 2014, to delay until the 2017-2018 school year a public school administrator rating system that under a 2011 law overhauling the “teacher tenure” and ratings system that without change goes into effect in the fall of 2015. Along with House Bill 5223, the bill would reduce the portion of these ratings that is based on empirical student growth data collected by the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162314


113 posted on 01/22/2014 4:23:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 337: Revise business tax collection procedures and deadlines
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on January 21, 2014, to place specified limits on the personal liability of a business owner or manager for taxes the firm collects from another person but then fails to pay to the state. Also, to require the Department of Treasury to release a business’s known tax liability to a purchaser of the business within 60 days if the owner requests this, and limit the buyer’s liability for the firm’s unpaid taxes subject to various circumstances. Also, to establish that if the department initiates a tax audit it must be completed and the taxpayer “cleared” within specified time limits. Finally, to establish that if a claim for tax overpayment refund is not approved within one year, it can be treated as denied, and the taxpayer can appeal to the state tax tribunal or court of claims. Note: After Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed Senate Bill 64 following objections by the Department of Treasury to details in certain provisions, that bill’s other provisions were folded into this one. The measures respond to complaints from the business community that the department is being overly and unreasonably aggressive in enforcing various business-related tax provisions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=679792

House Bill 4209: Increase solicitation of sex from minor penalties
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on January 22, 2014, to make it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to solicit a 16-year-old or 17-year-old for prostitution or other “lewd or immoral” acts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680049

House Bill 4210: Increase solicitation of sex from minor penalties
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on January 22, 2014, to revise the sentencing guidelines for the penalty increase proposed by House Bill 4209 for the crime of soliciting a minor 16 or 17 years of age or older to commit prostitution.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680050

House Bill 5158: Create state “human trafficking commission”
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on January 22, 2014, to create a government “human trafficking commission” to seek grants, fund research and training for criminal justice and social service personnel, recommend changes to current law and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680047


114 posted on 01/24/2014 4:34:16 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 705: Revise court records detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on January 23, 2014, to revise a law that requires audio recordings of court hearings involving a minor to be a “permanent record.” The bill would specify that how long these recordings need be retained would be set in rules determined by the state Supreme Court.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680276

Senate Bill 738: Require auto insurers give potential Medicaid info to state
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on January 21, 2014, to extend for another four years the sunset on a 2011 law that requires auto insurers to provide the Secretary of State with all vehicle owners’ insurance policy and identification information, which it then forwards to the Department of Community Health for purposes of claiming from insurers money for services already reimbursed by government health care welfare programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162798

Senate Bill 739: Revise local “economic development authority” board detail
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on January 21, 2014, to allow “local development financing” tax increment finance authority board members to be an elected or appointed government official, with their board membership ending at the same time their term or official position ends.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162799

Senate Bill 740
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on January 21, 2014, Revise local “corridor improvement authority” board detail to allow “corridor improvement” tax increment finance authority board members to be an elected or appointed government official, with their board membership ending at the same time their term or official position ends.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162800

Senate Bill 741: Give temporary health care professional occupational license to military spouse
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on January 22, 2014, to grant a temporary Michigan health care specialty license to the spouse of a member of the military from another state if the person has an equivalent license from that state. The license would expire in one year unless the individual meets the background check and other Michigan requirements in that time.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162884

Senate Bill 742: Give temporary occupational license to military spouse
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on January 22, 2014, to grant a temporary occupational license mandated by Michigan law to earn a living in certain professions to the spouse of a member of the military from another state if the person has an equivalent license from that state. The license would expire in one year unless the individual meets the background check and other Michigan requirements in that time.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162885

Senate Bill 743: Repeal mandate that lawyers belong to certain private organization
Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on January 23, 2014, to repeal the law that an individual who has attained a Michigan attorney license must also belong to and pay annual dues to the Michigan Bar Association, a private organization for lawyers, as a condition of being able to practice law in Michigan. The bill has been dubbed “right to work” for lawyers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162976

House Bill 4003: Expand state Treasurer tax dispute deal making authority
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 23, 2014, to authorize the state treasurer to compromise disputed tax matters under certain conditions, and establish associated disclosures and record keeping requirements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680326

House Bill 4715: Ban felons having ammo
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on January 23, 2014, to expand current prohibitions on convicted felons having a gun for three to five years after all their fines are paid and sentences served, so that their possession of ammunition is also banned. The gun ban applies to individuals convicted of a crime punishable by four years or more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680277

House Bill 4716: Ban felons having ammo
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on January 23, 2014, to revise the state sentencing guidelines to reflect the prohibition proposed by House Bill 4715 on convicted felons possessing ammunition.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680278

House Bill 4717: Ban felons having ammo
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on January 23, 2014, to revise a reference in the law allowing a convicted felon to petition for the restoration of his or her right to possess a gun, to reflect the proposal in House Bill 4715 to also prohibit convicted felons whose rights have been suspended from possessing ammunition.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680279

House Bill 5146: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 23, 2014, to revise provisions of a law governing group life insurance policies provided by employers, so that it conforms with a national model.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680327

House Bill 5147: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 23, 2014, to establish that a variable life insurance or annuity product approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is by definition compliant with Michigan’s state law governing these products.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680328

House Bill 5148: Allow insurance reserve Canadian stock and bond investments
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 23, 2014, to revise the law governing the amount and type of assets insurance companies are required to maintain as reserves against future claims, so as to explicitly allow Canadian securities, stocks and governmental bonds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680329

House Bill 5149: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 23, 2014, to clarify that long-term care insurance benefits are not subject to state regulations on “accelerated benefits,” which are benefits that may be provided under life insurance policies in anticipation of a beneficiary’s death from specified life-threatening conditions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680330

House Bill 5150: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 23, 2014, to revise state life insurance regulations to permit electronic applications, and revise details of regulations on variable annuity contract refunds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680331

House Bill 5227: Increase income tax personal exemption
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on January 21, 2014, to increase the state income tax personal exemption from $4,000 to $4,100.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162883

House Bill 5228: Waive patient confidentiality in certain child abuse investigations
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on January 22, 2014, to require health care and mental health professionals including doctors, psychologists and others, to turn over records related to a patient’s “substance use disorder” records to the Department of Human Services, if this is requested due to a child abuse or child neglect investigation that has been initiated involving a patient. The usual patient confidentiality requirements privileges would be waived in these cases.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162890

House Bill 5229: Revise school expulsion-related procedural detail
Introduced by Rep. Collene Lamonte (D) on January 22, 2014, to allow a school board to delegate to a “designee” the duty to appoint a committee to review a petition for readmission from a student who has been expelled due to weapons or violent behavior violations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162891

House Bill 5230: Authorize new human trafficking sanctions
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on January 22, 2014, to define property on which human trafficking crimes are committed conducted as a nuisance subject to being closed, which also allow moveable property found there to be seized and sold.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162892

House Bill 5231: Make prostitution law gender neutral
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on January 22, 2014, to eliminate gender references in state laws outlawing prostitution.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162893

House Bill 5232: Make prostitution law gender neutral
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on January 22, 2014, to revise the state sentencing guidelines to conform to the proposal in House Bill 5231 to eliminate gender references in state laws outlawing prostitution.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162894

House Bill 5233: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on January 22, 2014, to include human trafficking in the crimes covered by a state criminal forfeiture law, which allows property used in a crime or acquired with the proceeds of a crime to be seized and sold, and which authorizes turning over the sale proceeds (after liens, crime victim restitution amounts, etc. are paid off) distributed to the government entities that are “substantially involved in effecting the forfeiture”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162895

House Bill 5234: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on January 22, 2014, to revise and update definitions in the state criminal law that covers human trafficking.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162896

House Bill 5235: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on January 22, 2014, to revise the state sentencing guidelines to conform to the proposal in House Bill 5234 to update definitions in the state criminal law that covers human trafficking.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162897

House Bill 5236: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on January 22, 2014, to revise the state criminal forfeiture law to conform to the proposal in House Bill 5234 to update definitions in the state criminal law that covers human trafficking.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162898

House Bill 5237: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on January 22, 2014, to include human trafficking crimes in the state’s victim restitution law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162899

House Bill 5238: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on January 22, 2014, to revise the law authorizing expunction of an individual’s criminal records, so as to allow prostitution offenses to be removed if they were due to an individual being the victim of a human trafficking crime. The bill would waive the time limits on filing a expunction request petition, establish procedural and burden of proof standards and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162900

House Bill 5239: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on January 22, 2014, to require Department of Human Services employees to promptly report to law enforcement suspected child abuse or child neglect involving human trafficking crimes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162901

House Bill 5240: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Rep. Brain Banks (D) on January 22, 2014, to lengthen the statute of limitations for prosecutions related to human trafficking, with no limitation for human trafficking crimes punishable by life in prison.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162902

House Bill 5241: Place soliciting a prostitute offenders on public sex offender registry
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on January 22, 2014, to require individuals convicted of soliciting a prostitute to be entered in the state’s public sex offender registry.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162903

House Bill 5242: Place soliciting a prostitute offenders on public sex offender registry
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on January 22, 2014, to require individuals convicted of soliciting a prostitute to be entered in the state’s public sex offender registry.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162904

House Bill 5243
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on January 22, 2014, Extend civil rights law workplace prohibitions to interns to specifically include individuals working as interns in the state civil rights law prohibitions on illegal workplace discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, or marital status.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162905

House Bill 5244: Increase income tax pension deduction
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on January 22, 2014, to establish that for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 tax years, individuals born after 1952 may deduct pension income from state income tax, up to $7,500 for a single return and $15,000 for a joint return. Combined with House Bill 5249 the bill is designed to reduce an increased tax liability “cliff” effect of a tax reform and business tax cut law that partially eliminated some of the state income tax exemptions for pension income.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162906

House Bill 5245: Authorize a “Thin Blue Line” specialty license plate
Introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on January 23, 2014, to authorize a “Thin Blue Line” specialty license plate, with the net revenue going to the “Thin Blue Line” organization, to be used solely to assist and support the families of injured or deceased law enforcement officers within the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162988

House Bill 5246: Revise arrest warrant procedural details
Introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on January 23, 2014, to revise the procedures that currently authorize arrest warrant complaints to be phoned in or submitted by other electronic means of communications. The bill would explicitly include “electronic video” in these means, and allow judges to swear-in the plaintiff using electronic video (under current law this step must be done in person).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162989

House Bill 5247: Exempt hospital pools from lifeguard mandate
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on January 23, 2014, to exempt small hospital-owned health and wellness center pools from a state law that mandates lifeguards at swimming pools that are open to the public (with various exceptions).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162990

House Bill 5248: Waive some licensure fees for veterans
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on January 23, 2014, to waive fees charged for state-imposed dental assistant and hygienist licensure mandates if the applicant is an honorably discharged veteran who performed these roles in the military.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162991

House Bill 5249: Increase income tax pension
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on January 23, 2014, to increase the state income tax deduction for pension income for individuals born after 1952. Combined with House Bill 5244 the bill is designed to reduce an increased tax liability “cliff” effect of a tax reform and business tax cut law that partially eliminated some of the state income tax exemptions for pension income.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162992


115 posted on 01/29/2014 12:56:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 31: Revise regulation of trusts detail
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on January 28, 2014, to establish that a trustee of a trust has an “insurable interest” in the life of an individual insured under a life insurance policy owned by the trustee acting in a fiduciary capacity for the trust, given certain conditions specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681000

Senate Bill 32: Revise regulation of trusts detail
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on January 28, 2014, to establish that a trustee of a trust has an “insurable interest” in the life of an individual insured under a life insurance policy owned by the trustee acting in a fiduciary capacity for the trust, given certain conditions specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681001

Senate Bill 255: Clarify building code standards on fireworks sellers
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on January 28, 2014, to clarify that state building code standards, not a National Fire Protection Association standard, would apply to a permanent building or structure used to sell fireworks, notwithstanding provisions in a 2011 fireworks law that regulated rather than banned the sale of many “consumer fireworks” (including firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, etc.).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680999

Senate Bill 273: Impose licensure on “psychological associates”
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 30, 2014, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=157731

Senate Bill 273: Impose licensure on “psychological associates”
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on January 30, 2014, to impose licensure and regulation on “psychological associates,” with license fees, continuing education mandates, a mandate to have accumulated 6,000 hours of experience prior to being eligible for a license, and other requirements imposed on potential new entrants to this profession by a board of existing practitioners.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681249

Senate Bill 711: Extend Cobo sales tax exemption
Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on January 29, 2014, to extend for another two years the 2014 sunset on a law that exempts from sales tax the purchase of tools and equipment by a contractor if these are used to fix or renovate Cobo Hall in Detroit.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681081

Senate Bill 735: Extend Cobo use tax exemption
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on January 30, 2014, to extend for another two years the 2014 sunset on a law that exempts from use tax the purchase of tools and equipment by a contractor if these are used to fix or renovate Cobo Hall in Detroit.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681250

House Bill 4629: Authorize fees and regulations on electronic billboards
Passed 104 to 6 in the House on January 29, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681283

House Bill 4716: Ban felons having ammo
Passed 86 to 22 in the House on January 28, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680997

House Bill 4717: Ban felons having ammo
Passed 101 to 7 in the House on January 28, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=680998

House Bill 5131: Revise “Brownfields” authority board detail
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on January 29, 2014, to allow “brownfield” authority board members to be an elected or appointed government official, with their board membership ending at the same time their term or official position ends. These authorities were originally created to facilitate redevelopment of polluted industrial sites, but the law has been gradually revised to let them deliver more conventional direct and indirect “economic development” subsidies to particular developers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681284

House Bill 5132: Revise local “economic development” authority board detail
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on January 29, 2014, to allow regional “economic development” agency board members to be an elected or appointed government official, with their board membership ending at the same time their term or official position ends. These agencies are essentially the local arms of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state agency through which tax breaks and subsidies are delivered to particular companies and developers selected by political appointees on the MEDC board.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681285


116 posted on 02/01/2014 6:12:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 744: Exempt hospital pools from lifeguard mandate
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on January 28, 2014, to exempt small hospital-owned health and wellness center pools from a state law that mandates lifeguards at swimming pools that are open to the public (with various exceptions).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163164

Senate Bill 745: Authorize high school/college concurrent enrollment
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on January 29, 2014, to explicitly allow public school districts to let high school students take college-level concurrent enrollment courses at one or more postsecondary institutions that enter a partnership with the district, subject to various conditions and requirements specified in the bill. These allow a student to earn both high school and college credits. Tuition would be paid by the school district at a negotiated rate. Senate Bills 745 and 746 would establish as the “intent of the legislature” – but would not require – that tuition would be at a rate that covers the college or university’s marginal cost for the class and which does not exceed its in-state tuition rate.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163210

Senate Bill 746: Authorize high school/college concurrent enrollment
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on January 29, 2014, to explicitly allow community colleges to enter agreements with public school districts to let high school students take college-level concurrent enrollment courses, subject to various conditions and requirements specified in the bill. These courses allow a student to earn both high school and college credits. Tuition would be paid by out of the district’s per-pupil foundation allowance at a negotiated rate. The bill would establish as the “intent of the legislature” – but would not require – that tuition would be at a rate that covers the college’s marginal cost for the class and which does not exceed its in-state tuition rate. See also Senate Bill 745.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163211

Senate Bill 747: Authorize high school/college concurrent enrollment
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on January 29, 2014, to explicitly allow state universities to enter agreements with public school districts to let high school students take college-level concurrent enrollment courses, subject to various conditions and requirements specified in the bill. These courses allow a student to earn both high school and college credits. Tuition would be paid by out of the district’s per-pupil foundation allowance at a negotiated rate. Tuition would be paid by the school district at a negotiated rate. The bill would establish as the “intent of the legislature” – but would not require – that tuition would be at a rate that covers the university’s marginal cost for the class and which does not exceed its in-state tuition rate. See also Senate Bill 745.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163212

Senate Bill 748: Revise limousine regulations and special Detroit powers
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on January 30, 2014, to revise the population threshold in a law that authorizes Detroit to impose a protectionist city regulatory regime on “limousines” that pick up passengers in the city. Currently limousines are licensed by the state (with no limit on the number of licenses) and defined as a vehicle for hire capable carrying from seven to 15 people. The bill would change this to only include vehicles seating between 10 and 15 people (thereby excluding most of the vehicles commonly called “limos,” and largely limiting this category to vans). The bill is cosponsored by Oakland County Republican Mike Kowall.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163257

Senate Bill 749: Revise crime victim impact statement detail
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on January 30, 2014, to restrict a parent or guardian’s right to submit a “victim impact” statement authorized by a state victims rights law, by excluding a parent or guardian who is in jail or prison, or who is a defendant in the crime in which the minor was the victim.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163258

Senate Bill 750: Revise crime victim impact statement detail
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on January 30, 2014, to restrict a parent or guardian’s right to submit a “victim impact” statement authorized by a state victims rights law, by excluding a parent or guardian who is in jail or prison, or who is a defendant in the crime in which the minor was the victim.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163260

House Bill 5225: Revise NRC member details
Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on January 21, 2014, to specify additional qualifications for membership on the state Natural Resource commission, and update the duties of members.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162881

House Bill 5226: Expand crop damage deer shooting permit to bears
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on January 21, 2014, to expand a state law that authorizes special crop damage deer hunting permits so that this also allow these for bears that are causing damage to crops or feed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162882

House Bill 5250: Mandate criminal asset forfeiture disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on January 23, 2014, to require law enforcement agencies to file monthly reports on number of criminal asset forfeiture proceedings concluded, pending or “negotiated.” The bill would also require the reports to disclose for each property seizure the alleged violation; the date the property was seized; whether any person was charged or convicted; a description of the property; its value; whether there was a plea or other agreement; the property’s final disposition; whether the seizure was based on arrangements with federal, state or local agencies (“adoptive” seizure); details of the costs and expenses associated with the seizure and more. The State Police would be required to analyze these disclosures and make recommendations on making the process less unfair. See also House Bill 5212, which would require an actual conviction for property forfeitures in drug cases.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162993

House Bill 5251: Mandate criminal asset forfeiture disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Rose Mary Robinson (D) on January 23, 2014, to amend the illegal drug law provisions of the Public Health Code to conform with the criminal asset forfeiture disclosures proposed by House Bill 5250.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162994

House Bill 5252: Mandate criminal asset forfeiture disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on January 23, 2014, to amend the state law authorizing the abatement of nuisances (which includes things like drug houses) to conform with the criminal asset forfeiture disclosures proposed by House Bill 5250.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162995

House Bill 5253: Revise tax assessor certification detail
Introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on January 23, 2014, to exempt directors of local property tax assessment bureaus who have held their position for at least two years from having to attain a more rigorous certification if the requirement to do so was triggered by the community’s total property value increasing to a level that requires the higher certification. Also, to allow a person with a lower certification to be hired for this position if no one with the higher level applies.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162996

House Bill 5254: Establish enhanced hydrocarbon recovery CO2 pipeline regulations
Introduced by Rep. Rick Outman (R) on January 23, 2014, to revise the state law imposing permit requirements on gas, oil and other pipelines, to include pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used to produce hydrocarbons in secondary or “enhanced recovery’ operations. Senate Bill 5255 and 5256 would apply property condemnation powers and the state preemption of local pipeline restrictions to these pipelines. See also House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162997

House Bill 5255: Establish enhanced hydrocarbon recovery CO2 pipeline regulations
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on January 23, 2014, to apply the state law authorizing private property condemnation by eminent domain for gas, oil and other pipelines, so it also includes pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used to produce hydrocarbons in secondary or “enhanced recovery” operations. See also House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162998

House Bill 5256: Exempt certain pension income from state income tax
Introduced by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on January 28, 2014, to revise the provision of Gov. Rick Snyder’s tax reform and business tax cut that partially eliminated some income tax exemptions for pension income. The bill would expand the law’s age-based pension income exemptions by eliminating restrictions based on the year a person was born.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163182

House Bill 5257: Redesignate a highway
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on January 28, 2014, to designate a portion of highway M-116 in Mason county the “Trooper Paul K. Butterfield, II Memorial Highway”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163183

House Bill 5258: Expand disabled veteran license plate eligibility
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on January 28, 2014, to allow partially disabled veterans to get a special license plate that is currently available only to totally disabled veterans.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163184

House Bill 5259: Give temporary teaching certificate to military spouse teachers
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on January 29, 2014, to grant a temporary Michigan teaching certificate to the spouse of a member of the military from another state if the person has an equivalent license or certification from that state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163248

House Bill 5260: Require disclosures in utility choice marketing calls
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on January 29, 2014, to require telephone marketing solicitations from electric or natural gas service providers to disclose at the start of the call the full name of the company offering the service.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163249

House Bill 5261: Exempt vehicle sale to relatives from sales tax
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on January 29, 2014, to exempt from sales tax the sale of a vehicle to a relative, including parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, spouses, in-laws and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163250

House Bill 5262: Revise crime victim impact statement detail
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on January 29, 2014, to restrict a parent or guardian’s right to submit a “victim impact” statement authorized by a state victims rights law, by excluding a parent or guardian who is in jail or prison, or who is a defendant in the crime in which the minor was the victim.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163251

House Bill 5263: Revise crime victim impact statement detail
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on January 29, 2014, to restrict a parent or guardian’s right to submit a “victim impact” statement authorized by a state victims rights law, by excluding a parent or guardian who is in jail or prison, or who is a defendant in the crime in which the minor was the victim.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163252

House Bill 5264: Allow more school retiree “double dipping”
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on January 29, 2014, to extend for another two years a July 2014 sunset on a law that allows a former school employee to work as a teacher and still collect a pension in addition to the current pay, subject to specified limitations and qualifications.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163253

House Bill 5265: Cut state income tax rate
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on January 29, 2014, to cut the state income tax from 4.25 percent to 4.15 percent on Oct. 1, 2014.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163254

House Bill 5266: Cut state income tax rate
Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R) on January 29, 2014, to cut the state income tax to 4.05 percent starting in 2016. House Bill 5265 cuts the current 4.25 percent rate to 4.15 percent on Oct. 1. 2014. House Bill 5266 authorizes future cuts contingent on state revenue collections meeting specified annual targets.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163255

House Bill 5267: Cut state income tax rate
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on January 29, 2014, to reduce the state income tax by 0.1 percent each year starting in 2017, but only if in the previous year the amount extracted by this tax grew by at least $300 million, and the increase exceeded the inflation rate. This would begin on Oct. 1, 2017. See also House Bills 5265 and 5266, which would cut the current 4.25 percent rate to 4.05 percent in 2016.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163256

House Bill 5268: Eliminate state takeovers of academically failed schools
Introduced by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on January 30, 2014, to replace an existing state “education achievement authority” in the Department of Education, which is tasked with managing, overseeing or contracting-out the operations of public schools deemed to have failed academically, with a new system of academic performance audits and “technical support.” State takeovers of failed schools would no longer be authorized, but a proposed “reform office” could impose an “implementation plan” if, following appeals of dismal audit findings, a failed school’s “stakeholders” did not agree on a program to address those findings. Failed schools whose management has already been taken over by the state would be returned to their previous governing body’s control.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163266

House Bill 5269: Require audit to determine “adequate funding” for public schools
Introduced by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on January 30, 2014, to require the state Department of Education to hire an auditor to determine how much money per student is needed for a public school to provide an “adequate” and “equitable” education that meets “established performance standards” and “assures academic success for all.” The bill is silent on whether the audit would also examine expenses at low cost, high performing non-public schools.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163267

House Bill 5270: Mandate recording of child abuse/neglect interviews
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on January 30, 2014, to require interviews of children by state officials in alleged or suspected neglect or abuse cases to be recorded on video.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163268

House Bill 5271: Revise child abuse/neglect interview details
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on January 30, 2014, to allow the child interview video recordings mandated by House Bill 5270 to be considered by a hearing officer in an alleged or suspected neglect or abuse case.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163269

House Bill 5272: Revise child abuse/neglect interview details
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on January 30, 2014, to allow the child interview video recordings mandated by House Bill 5270 to be used in a court proceeding on an alleged or suspected neglect or abuse case. The bill would also increase the penalty for a person who improperly and intentionally releases such a recording, authorizing up to one year in prison.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163270

House Bill 5273: Authorize, regulate Michigan stock exchange
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on January 30, 2014, to authorize and establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for local stock exchanges for transactions in Michigan securities (stocks). See also House Bill 4897, which is not related to this bill, but would require a state agency to “facilitate” creating a Detroit futures exchange.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163271

House Bill 5274: Establish enhanced hydrocarbon recovery CO2 pipeline regulations
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on January 30, 2014, to give the state Public Service Commission authority to regulate pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used to produce hydrocarbons in secondary or “enhanced recovery” operations, under the same law that gives the PSC authority over the transportation of gas and oil. This is related to House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163272


117 posted on 02/04/2014 3:53:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 146: Extend enterprise zone tax breaks to a particular development
Passed 93 to 17 in the House on February 4, 2014, to revise a law that authorizes tax breaks for developers whose projects are in an area deemed a “neighborhood enterprise zone,” in a way that would allow the tax break for a particular developer’s project, notwithstanding this developer’s failure to request the tax break before getting a building permit, which the current law requires.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681906

Senate Bill 319: Repeal mandatory life sentences for minors
Passed 62 to 48 in the House on February 4, 2014, to revise the sentencing guidelines related to Michigan’s mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for certain very serious crimes committed by minors. Life without parole would no longer be automatic in these cases but prosecutors could request it. Otherwise, the minimum sentence would be 25 to 40 years, and the maximum at least 60 years. These provisions would only apply prospectively, to cases still open as of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Miller v Alabama decision in June, 2012. Language in the bill would apply the new standard retroactively to the approximately 350 current prisoners in this category if future court rulings require this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681915

Senate Bill 533: Revise “brownfield” reporting detail
Passed 98 to 12 in the House on February 4, 2014, to delay a 2013 deadline for a brownfield redevelopment authority to apply to receive revenue from the state school property tax, which is intended to replace property tax revenue the authority would have “captured” but for certain personal property tax exemptions enacted in 2007.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681907

House Bill 4493: Expand scope of child abuse reporting mandate
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on February 4, 2014, to expand the law that requires health care professionals, social workers, teachers, clergy and other officials and to report suspected child abuse, so that it also requires reporting by all school employees. This would individuals who work for a firm under contract with the school, unless the employment is “incidental or temporary” and does not involve regular interaction with children.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681905

House Bill 4570: Exempt college students from jury duty
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 4, 2014, to require the chief judge of a judicial circuit or district to postpone jury duty for a full time student in a college or other educational institution until the end of the current school term, if the student provides evidence the duty will interfere with his or her class schedule.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681784

House Bill 5157: Clarify “aggravated physical abuse” sentencing guidelines
Passed 97 to 13 in the House on February 4, 2014, to clarify “offense variables” included in the state sentencing guidelines for the crime of “aggravated physical abuse”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=681908


118 posted on 02/06/2014 4:49:35 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 396: Restrict replacement-construction property tax hikes
Passed 82 to 27 in the House on February 11, 2014, to revise a provision restricting property tax assessment increases on construction that replaces parts of a structure damaged by accident or an Act of God. The bill would prohibit an assessment hike as long as the construction is of substantially the same materials and square footage. This restriction would also apply to improvements that do increase property value but are undertake to meet current health, sanitary, zoning, safety, fire, or buiding code requirements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=682906

Senate Bill 581: Correct citation reference in jail law
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on February 11, 2014, to correct a citation reference in a statute requiring verification of school enrollment or employment of an individual released from jail for either of these.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=682907

House Bill 5198: Revise child services worker discipline procedure
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on February 11, 2014, to allow access to confidential records contained in a state database of serious child abuse incidents to a state employee undergoing a disciplinary action. Access would be limited only to the individual’s union representative, or the arbitrator or official conducting a hearing involving the employee’s dereliction or malfeasance. This access would be for use of records solely in connection with that action or hearing.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=682905


119 posted on 02/12/2014 5:29:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 446: Revise hospital “swing bed” regulations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 12, 2014, to revise details in a state “Certificate of Need” medical facility rationing scheme related to hospitals with “swing beds” in short-term nursing care programs (meaning beds that can be used for either acute care or skilled nursing care).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683174

Senate Bill 719: Allow renegotiation of state environmental cleanup and recreation loans
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 12, 2014, to allow local governments with financial problems to negotiate more favorable terms on loans made to them by the state using money the state itself borrowed under the 1998 “Clean Michigan Initiative” ballot proposal, which authorized $675 million of new government debt (“bond sales”) for environmental cleanup and recreation projects.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683172

Senate Bill 749: Revise crime victim impact statement detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 12, 2014, to restrict a parent or guardian’s right to to allow the parent or guardian of a crime victim who was less than 18 years when the crime was committed to make a “victim impact statement” at specified points of the trial and sentencing, even though the victim has reached the age of majority (turned 18) by that time. This would not apply if the parent or guardian is the defendant or is incarcerated. Under current law, only parents or guardians of minors can make this statement.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683175

Senate Bill 750: Revise crime victim impact statement detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 12, 2014, to allow the parent or guardian of a crime victim who was less than 18 years when the crime was committed to make a “victim impact statement” at specified points of the trial and sentencing, even though the victim has reached the age of majority (turned 18) by that time. This would not apply if the parent or guardian is the defendant or is incarcerated. Under current law, only parents or guardians of minors can make this statement.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683176

House Bill 4808: Revise first degree murder lifer law for minors
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on February 12, 2014, to revise Michigan’s mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for certain very serious crimes committed by minors. The bill is linked to Senate Bill 319, which would make life without parole no longer be automatic in these cases, but prosecutors could request it. Otherwise, the minimum sentence would be 25 to 40 years, and the maximum at least 60 years. This and SB 319 respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Miller v Alabama decision. The bills would not apply the new standard retroactively to the approximately 350 current prisoners in this category, but include a provision authorizing parole hearings for them if a future ruling requires this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683173

House Bill 5025: “Human trafficking” criminal law package
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on February 12, 2014, to allow and facilitate the expungement of a prostitution offense from a person’s criminal record if the person was the victim of a “human trafficking” violation.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683209

House Bill 5231: Make prostitution law gender neutral
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on February 12, 2014, to eliminate gender references in state laws outlawing prostitution. Also, to change the crimes of “pandering” and “accepting the earnings of a prostitute” from a Class G to a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683210


120 posted on 02/14/2014 4:16:37 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 428: Ban governments placing foreign-made American flags on veterans’ graves
Passed 101 to 9 in the House on February 13, 2014, to prohibit local governments from buying American flags made outside this country to place on veteran’s graves, unless no competitively-priced American-made flags are available.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683520

House Bill 4486: Authorize “involuntary assessment and stabilization” for substance abuse
Passed 102 to 8 in the House on February 13, 2014, to allow relatives or other interested persons to petition a court to take an individual abusing drugs or alcohol into protective custody for involuntary assessment and stabilization, if there is reason to believe the individual is incapacitated, has lost the power of self-control, and is incapable of making a rational decision regarding treatment. The bill would also expand the authority police currently have to lock up (”stabilize”) public drunks to include people publically intoxicated on drugs, subject to various procedural requirements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683524

House Bill 4885: Cut tax on oil and gas from “enhanced recovery”
Passed 85 to 25 in the House on February 13, 2014, to reduce the “severance tax” or royalty paid to the state on oil and gas extracted from state land to 4 percent for hydrocarbons extracted using “enhanced recovery” technology, which injects carbon dioxide into wells to force out more product (this is different from hydraulic fracturing.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683521

House Bill 5008: Revise business income tax details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 13, 2014, to revise the details of certain definitions in the business income tax law. The bill affects the “apportionment” of certain income earned in other states, and the deductibility of losses in certain situations where a firm acquires another corporation.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683481

House Bill 5009: Revise business income tax details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 13, 2014, to revise the details of certain definitions in the business income tax related to taxing members of “unitary business group” arrangements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683482

House Bill 5010: Revise business income tax details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 13, 2014, to exempt “domestic international sales corporations” from the state’s corporate income tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683486

House Bill 5011: Revise past business tax credit detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 13, 2014, to revise details of “claw back” provisions for a business that was granted a selective tax break under the repealed Michigan Business Tax in return for acquiring a certain asset, but which later sells that asset.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683487

House Bill 5254: Establish enhanced hydrocarbon recovery CO2 pipeline regulations
Passed 93 to 17 in the House on February 13, 2014, to revise the state law imposing permit requirements on gas, oil and other pipelines, so it also applies to pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used to produce oil and gas in secondary or “enhanced recovery’ operations. Senate Bill 5255 and 5256 would apply property condemnation powers and the state preemption of local pipeline restrictions to these pipelines. See also House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683522

House Bill 5255: Authorize eminent domain for oil well CO2 pipelines
Passed 69 to 41 in the House on February 13, 2014, to extend the state law authorizing eminent domain takings for gas, oil and other pipeline easements, so it also includes pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used to produce hydrocarbons in secondary or “enhanced recovery” operations. See also House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683523

House Bill 5274: Preempt locals from restricting CO2 pipelines
Passed 99 to 11 in the House on February 13, 2014, to expand the law that gives the state Public Service Commission authority to regulate oil and gas pipelines so it also applies to pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used in hydrocarbon “enhanced recovery” operations. This law preempts local governments from restricting pipelines in their jurisdiction. This is related to House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=683525


121 posted on 02/15/2014 4:56:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 760: Appropriations: Department of Agriculture
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Agriculture and Rural Development budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163424

Senate Bill 761: Appropriations: Capital outlay
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 capital outlay budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163425

Senate Bill 762: Appropriations: Community Colleges
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Community Colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163426

Senate Bill 763: Appropriations: Department of Community Health
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Community Health budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163427

Senate Bill 764: Appropriations: Department of Corrections
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Corrections budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163428

Senate Bill 765: Appropriations: Department of Education
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department Of Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163429

Senate Bill 766: Appropriations: Department of Environmental Quality
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department Of Environmental Quality budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163430

Senate Bill 767: Appropriations: General Government
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 General Government budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163431

Senate Bill 768: Appropriations: Higher Education
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Higher Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163432

Senate Bill 769: Appropriations: Department of Human Services
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Human Services budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163433

Senate Bill 770
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on February 11, 2014, Appropriations: Department of Insurance and Financial Services to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Insurance and Financial Services budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163434

Senate Bill 771: Appropriations: Judiciary budget
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Judiciary budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163435

Senate Bill 772: Appropriations: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Corrections budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163436

Senate Bill 773: Appropriations: Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Military and Veterans Affairs budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163437

Senate Bill 774: Appropriations: Department of Natural Resources
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department 0f Natural Resources budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163438

Senate Bill 775: Appropriations: K-12 School Aid budget
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2014-2015 K-12 School Aid budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163439

Senate Bill 776: Appropriations: State Police
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 State Police budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163440

Senate Bill 777: Appropriations: Department of Transportation
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Transportation budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163441

Senate Bill 778: Appropriations: “Omnibus” education budget
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2014-2015 “Omnibus” school aid, higher education and community colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163442

Senate Bill 779: Appropriations: 2014-2015 “Omnibus” budget
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2014-2015 “Omnibus” budget funding all state departments. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163443

Senate Bill 780: Appropriate $27.7 million for state land acquisitions and recreation projects
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on February 11, 2014, to appropriate $27.6 million from the state Natural Resources Trust Fund for various land acquisitions and recreation projects. State oil and gas well royalty money is earmarked for this fund.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163444

Senate Bill 781: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163445

Senate Bill 782: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163446

House Bill 5288: Appropriations: K-12 School Aid budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2014-2015 K-12 School Aid budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163451

House Bill 5289: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163452

House Bill 5290: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163453

House Bill 5291: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163454

House Bill 5292: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163455

House Bill 5293: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163456

House Bill 5294: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163457

House Bill 5295: Appropriations: Department of Agriculture
Introduced by Rep. Phil Potvin (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Agriculture and Rural Development budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163458

House Bill 5296: Appropriations: Department of Community Health
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Community Health budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163459

House Bill 5297: Appropriations: Department of Corrections
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Corrections budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163460

House Bill 5298: Appropriations: Department of Environmental Quality
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Environmental Quality budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163462

House Bill 5299: Appropriations: Department of Human Services
Introduced by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Human Services budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163463

House Bill 5300: Appropriations: Department of Natural Resources
Introduced by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department 0f Natural Resources budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163464

House Bill 5301: Appropriations: General Government
Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 General Government budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163465

House Bill 5302: Appropriations: Judiciary budget
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Judiciary budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163466

House Bill 5303: Appropriations: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163467

House Bill 5304
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on February 11, 2014, Appropriations: Department of Insurance and Financial Services to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Insurance and Financial Services budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163468

House Bill 5305: Appropriations: Department of Education
Introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163469

House Bill 5306: Appropriations: State Police
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 State Police budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163470

House Bill 5307: Appropriations: Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Military and Veterans Affairs budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163471

House Bill 5308: Appropriations: Department of Transportation
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Department of Transportation budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163472

House Bill 5309: Appropriations: Capital outlay
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 capital outlay budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163473

House Bill 5310: Appropriations: K-12 School Aid budget
Introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2014-2015 K-12 School Aid budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163474

House Bill 5311: Appropriations: Community Colleges
Introduced by Rep. Paul Muxlow (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Community Colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163475

House Bill 5312: Appropriations: Higher Education
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Higher Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163476

House Bill 5313: Appropriations: 2014-2015 “Omnibus” budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2014-2015 “Omnibus” budget funding all state departments. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163477

House Bill 5314: Appropriations: “Omnibus” education budget
Introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2014-2015 “Omnibus” school aid, higher education and community colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163478

Senate Bill 757: Allow deadly force to defend nuclear plants
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on February 11, 2014, to explicitly allow an officer providing security at a nuclear generating plant to use deadly force if he or she “honestly and reasonably believes (it) is necessary to prevent” a person from breaking in with the intent to inflict harm, engage in radiological sabotage or steal nuclear material.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163421

Senate Bill 758: Authorize more stringent sanctions for delinquent hotel tax
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 11, 2014, to empower counties that choose to impose a tax of up to 5 percent on hotel and motel room charges to enforce the tax with the more stringent sanctions authorized by the state property tax law for delinquent “special assessment” levies. Currently, the maximum penalty permitted by the law authorizing this tax is 25 percent of the delinquent amount, plus interest.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163422

Senate Bill 759: Revise beaver trap license restriction
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on February 11, 2014, to repeal a prohibition on a person with a state “fur dealer license” also having a license to trap beaver.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163423

Senate Bill 783: Ban medical marijuana use on property open to the public
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on February 12, 2014, to prohibit the possession or use of medical marijuana on any portion of private property that is open to the public, or where it is banned by the property owner.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163483

Senate Bill 784: Give tuition subsidy for student’s pledge of future income
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on February 12, 2014, to establish a college tuition subsidy pilot program for 100 students whose family income is less than $250,000. In return for giving the student the statewide average tuition for one year of community college, the student would be obligated to pay the state 2 percent of his or her adjusted gross income for five years. For each year of subsidized state university tuition, the student would be obligated to pay 4 percent of his or her adjusted gross income for five years. The obligations would kick-in once the student’s income exceeded the federal poverty level. The pilot program would continue for five years, and $2 million would be appropriated in the first year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163484

Senate Bill 785: Expand auto theft prevention authority to scrap metal
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on February 13, 2014, to expand the duties of a state automobile theft prevention authority to include thefts from dwellings and other structures. The bill would impose a new $1 tax on each property and casualty insurance policy sold in the state. Under current law the auto theft entity is supported by a $1 tax on auto insurance policies.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163493

Senate Bill 786: Give tax breaks to aquaculture and hydroponics
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on February 13, 2014, to exempt aquaculture and hydroponics production facilities from property taxes. Senate Bill 787 would instead impose a new “specific” tax equal to 25 percent of the regular property tax.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163494

Senate Bill 787: Give tax breaks to “aquaculture” and hydroponics
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on February 13, 2014, to impose a new “specific” tax on aquaculture and hydroponics production facilities, equal to 25 percent of the regular property tax rate; Senate Bill 786 would exempt these operations from the regular property tax.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163495

Senate Bill 788: Codify property owner trespasser liability waiver
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on February 13, 2014, to establish in statute (in addition to existing case law or common law) that a property owner, leaseholder, lien-holder or occupant is not liable for physical harm to a trespasser caused by the property owner or possessor’s failure to exercise reasonable care to make the property reasonably safe and not endanger the trespasser. The bill authorizes exceptions for willful and wanton misconduct by the property owner or possessor, or “active negligence,” or in the case of harm to a child, knowing that an “attractive nuisance” exists.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163496

House Bill 5286: Create government “progress board”
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on February 11, 2014, to require state departments to direct their activities toward achieving the strategy and goals determined by the government “progress board” proposed by House Bill 5287.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163449

House Bill 5287: Create government “progress board”
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on February 11, 2014, to create a state government “progress board” to hold public hearings and “develop an initial strategy that addresses the economic, social, cultural, environmental, and other needs and aspirations of the people of this state,” including education, “workforce development,” “public and private cooperation,” environment, infrastructure, taxes and spending, and “quality of life.” The board would also create a “series of goals for Michigan’s progress for 20 years . . . (including) measurable indicators of success”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163450

House Bill 5315: Give tuition subsidy for student’s pledge of future income
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on February 11, 2014, to establish a college tuition subsidy pilot program for 100 students whose family income is less than $250,000. In return for giving the student the statewide average tuition for one year of community college, the student would be obligated to pay the state 2 percent of his or her adjusted gross income for five years. For each year of subsidized state university tuition, the student would be obligated to pay 4 percent of his or her adjusted gross income for five years. The obligations would kick-in once the student’s income exceeded the federal poverty level. The pilot program would continue for five years, and $2 million would be appropriated in the first year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163486

House Bill 5316: Allow no-reason absentee voting if application made in person
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on February 11, 2014, to eliminate the requirement that a person give a specific reason for requesting an absentee ballot if the individual instead applies in person and shows a picture ID.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163487

House Bill 5317: Restrict residential water “cross connection” inspections
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on February 11, 2014, to restrict state or local regulators from imposing a requirement that a “testable backflow preventer” on a residential lawn sprinkler system be inspected more than once every three years after initial installation, with certain specified inspections. This refers to a state regulation intended to prevent cross-contamination of municipal water supply systems.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163488

House Bill 5318: Restrict residential water “cross connection” inspections
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on February 11, 2014, to restrict local governments from imposing a requirement that a “testable backflow preventer” on a residential lawn sprinkler system be inspected more than once every three years after initial installation, with certain specified inspections. This refers to a state regulation intended to prevent cross-contamination of municipal water supply systems.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163489

House Bill 5319: Mandate condo board members know the law and read the bylaws
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on February 11, 2014, to mandate that condominium association board members must certify that they “are familiar” with the state condominium law and have read the bylaws of the association.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163490

House Bill 5320: Impose licensure on home inspectors
Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on February 11, 2014, to impose licensure, fees, “apprentice” requirements, government regulation, entrance exams to enter the occupation, and more on home inspection services. The bill would create a Michigan Home Inspectors Board comprised of incumbent providers to establish requirements on new entrants, and would establish regulations on home inspector training, contracts, operations, disclosures, and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163491


122 posted on 02/18/2014 4:01:18 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 263: Revise unused rail line divestiture detail
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on February 18, 2014, to revise details of the law that establishes timetables for the state divesting itself of unused rail right of ways, removing certain restrictions how the buyers can use the property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684557

Senate Bill 463: Exempt “historic military vehicles” from displaying license plate
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on February 18, 2014, to no longer require license plates to be mounted on a “historic military vehicle,” regardless of its size, weight, or age, if it was manufactured for use in any country’s military forces and is maintained to accurately represent the military design and markings. The owner would instead have to keep the plate inside the vehicle, and show it upon a police officer’s demand.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684558

Senate Bill 553: Extend already-extended renaissance zone tax breaks longer
Passed 87 to 21 in the House on February 18, 2014, to allow an eight year extension of the extensive tax breaks granted to residents and businesses in a particular “renaissance zone” located in Saginaw County. This would be in addition to a previous seven-year extension.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684549

Senate Bill 586: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2014, to authorize diverting individuals under age 18 arrested for violating prostitution laws into probate (family) court supervision rather than criminal court prosecution, which could place the minor in foster care depending on circumstances specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684500

Senate Bill 587: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2014, to require a state agency supervising a child found to be the victim of human trafficking to provide psychological counseling services.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684501

Senate Bill 590: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2014, to allow human trafficking victims to sue violators for damages.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684502

Senate Bill 592: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2014, to revise the general state welfare law to authorize medical and psychological assistance benefits for having been a victim of a human trafficking crime.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684503

House Bill 4487: Authorize DDA debt and spending to promote local agriculture
Passed 81 to 27 in the House on February 18, 2014, to empower Downtown Development Authorities to borrow and spend the loan proceeds on “marketing initiatives,” “infrastructure improvements” and more that “promote local agriculture products and farmers markets.” The debt incurred by these “tax increment financing” schemes is repaid by “capturing” from other local taxing units the increased property tax revenue that the DDA’s subsidies and spending are presumed to generate.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684550

House Bill 4781: Revise motorcycle “learner’s permit” detail
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on February 18, 2014, to revise details of a motorcycle operators license “learners permit,” which applies to license applicants who have not yet passed a motorcycle skills test and have not taken an optional safety course. Under current law the 180-day “learner’s permit” only allows riding under the supervision of a person who has a regular motorcycle license (“indorsement”). The bill would prohibit more than two such “learners permits” in a 10-year period.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684556

House Bill 4962: Mandate SIDS information distribution & parent acknowledgement
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on February 18, 2014, to mandate that hospitals give mothers a copy of a pamphlet on the risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome and sudden unexpected infant death ( SIDS and SUID) and require parents to sign a statement acknowledging that they were given the pamphlet. This would also apply to a health professional in charge of a birth or newborn’s care outside of a hospital. The Department of Community Health would be responsible for producing the pamphlets and related material.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684548

House Bill 5005: Revise solid waste detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2014, to exempt “waste diversion centers” from certain landfill regulations. These centers separate certain items from household garbage, including hazardous waste, pharmaceuticals, electronics, batteries, light bulbs, pesticides, thermostats and other devices that contain mercury, medical waste and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684504

House Bill 5191: Establish ORV helmet exceptions
Passed 99 to 9 in the House on February 18, 2014, to provide an exception to the law that requires operators and riders of ORVs to wear a helmet (with certain exceptions) if a person is operating the vehicle on his or her own property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=684551


123 posted on 02/20/2014 4:25:39 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 557: Revise mental health criminal diversion details
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on February 19, 2014, to allow state money to be used to pay for mental health services provided to jail inmates under a community mental health program’s agreement with a county or county sheriff. This relates to a 2009 Attorney General opinion that jails were required to cover all of these costs in their own budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685054

Senate Bill 558: Revise mental health criminal diversion details
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on February 19, 2014, to revise details of a law that requires counties to enter a written agreement to divert individuals with serious mental illness from the criminal justice system and into treatment. The bill specifies certain provisions these agreements must contain. See also Senate Bill 557.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685055

House Bill 5141: Transfer state property to Kent county
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on February 19, 2014, to transfer the state owned “Rogue River Streambank Access” property in Kent county to the county.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685053


124 posted on 02/21/2014 3:59:06 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 520: Revise details of child support order procedures
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to revise notification details of alimony or child support orders, and of restitution orders imposed on individuals who are delinquent in these payments.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685235

Senate Bill 521: Streamline delinquent child support, parenting time enforcement
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to essentially streamline procedures and the issuance and enforcement of subpoenas, bench warrants and contempt of court rulings in divorce-related parenting time orders and child support delinquencies.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685236

Senate Bill 522: Repeal child support “service fee”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to repeal a $2 monthly fee imposed on court-ordered child support payers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685237

Senate Bill 526: Revise child support recipient detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to establish that court-ordered child support payments should go to the person who is actually caring for the children, not necessarily the person who is “legally responsible” for this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685238

Senate Bill 527: Revise child support motion filing fee detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to require fees for legal actions involving child custody, support, or parenting time to be paid when the action is filed.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685239

Senate Bill 528: Clarify procedures to seize delinquent child support payer’s lottery winnings
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to clarify procedures related to seizing a delinquent child support payer’s lottery winnings to pay the arrearage.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685240

Senate Bill 529: Revise child support guidelines detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to establish that a state “Office of Child Support” has the duty to “develop and implement guidelines for the allocation and distribution of all child support payments”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685241

Senate Bill 530: Revise and update Friend of the Court procedures and powers
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to revise and update various details related to the powers, procedures and duties of Friend of the Court offices. For details see this Senate Fiscal Agency summary.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685242

Senate Bill 535: Mandate retailers check pseudoephed buyers against “meth offender registry”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to require the State Police to submit information on methamphetamine-related offenders to a national database, and mandate that retailers check the names of anyone buying cold medicines containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine against this list, with failure to do so punishable by jail and fines.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685243

Senate Bill 563: Create pseudoephed “shadow buyer” crime
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to authorize sentencing guidelines for the methamphetamine-related crime proposed by Senate Bill 564.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685244

Senate Bill 564: Create pseudoephed “shadow buyer” crime
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to create a new crime of purchasing of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine for another individual who intends to manufacture methamphetamines. See also Senate Bill 535.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685245

Senate Bill 608: Authorize additional state spending, projects, debt, and Medicaid expansion fund source shifts
The amendment failed 14 to 24 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to strip out $5.5 million for a “public/private partnership, Pyramid P20 education hub” project located in a former Steelcase building that appears to have become a real estate market “white elephant”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685230

Senate Bill 608: Authorize additional state spending, projects, debt, and Medicaid expansion fund source shifts
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to adjust spending in the current year budget to reflect fund source changes triggered by adoption of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion starting in April, and authorize additional spending on roads (including $100 million for extra winter maintenance costs), government preschool programs, “land bank” authorities, low income heating bill subsidies, National Guard armory improvements, veterans programs, harbor dredging projects, and much more. The bill would also authorize $60.3 million in new debt for state college and university construction projects. For more details see a summary prepared by the Senate Fiscal Agency.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685234

Senate Bill 756: Revise pseudoephed “instant background check” law details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 20, 2014, to revise details of a 2011 law that requires retailers selling pseudoephedrine cold medications to perform an “instant check” on each customer using the “National Precursor Log Exchange” (Nplex) administered by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). See also Senate Bill 535.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685246

House Bill 5152: Exempt voter registration-related Social Security numbers from FOIA
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on February 20, 2014, to specifically include the last four digits of a individual’s Social Security numbers among certain voter registration information that is exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act, and establish that candidate nominating petition signatures are not valid if they do not contain the date and the signer’s street address in addition to the signature. The bill also revises details of candidate filing deadlines when an office becomes vacant.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685282

House Bill 5154: Revise criminal prosecution preliminary procedures
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on February 20, 2014, to authorize and establish procedures for “probable cause” conferences in advance of the criminal prosecution “preliminary examinations” required under current law. The subject matter would include possible plea bargains, bail, procedural aspects of a case and more. These conferences could be waived if both sides agree. This and House Bill 5155 would also revise “preliminary examination” procedures, and timetables for both types of proceeding.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685284

House Bill 5222: Revise political speech regulation detail
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on February 20, 2014, to revise the application of a regulation that requires sponsors of “issue ads” or flyers that reference but do not “expressly advocate” a candidate or ballot initiative to disclose their sponsor if posted within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election. The bill would impose mandate starting 60 days before the primary election and leave it in place through the general election. See also Senate Bill 661, now Public Act 252 of 2013.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685283


125 posted on 02/22/2014 12:34:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 789: Revise concealed pistol license procedures
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 18, 2014, to eliminate county concealed weapon licensing boards, and transfer the responsibility for issuing concealed pistol licenses to county commissions. The bill revises a number of other details in the CPL law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163522

Senate Bill 790: Revise concealed pistol license procedures
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 18, 2014, to revise references in the criminal sentencing guidelines to reflect changes proposed by Senate Bill 789 to details of the concealed pistol license law (CPL).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163523

Senate Bill 791: Revise, make permanent non-transportation 7/8th cent gas tax
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 18, 2014, to eliminate the 2016 sunset on a 7/8ths cent-per-gallon gas tax that was originally supposed to expire in 1998 and be used to clean up leaking underground fuel tanks, but which has been extended several times and was diverted to other government spending by a 2004 “fund raid.” The bill would also earmark $20 million annually from this tax (which extracts around $50 million annually from motorists) to a segregated account for carrying out the original purpose of the tax, and revise details of the related regulatory regime for leaking tank clean-ups. The 2004 “fund raid” was enacted to avoid state spending cuts and reforms in that year’s budget, and remains in effect.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163524

Senate Bill 792: Disclose unfunded liabilities in state budget
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on February 18, 2014, to require the official “executive budget’ the governor is constitutionally required to submit to the legislature each year to include an accounting by department of the unfunded liabilities incurred to pay future pension and post- retirement health benefits promised to retired employees (“legacy costs”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163525

Senate Bill 793: Require drivers license organ donor inquiries
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on February 18, 2014, to require the Secretary of State to specifically inquire orally or in writing whether a drivers license or renewal applicant wishes to participate in an organ donor registry.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163526

Senate Bill 794: Ban employer sanctions for emergency CAP service
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on February 18, 2014, to prohibit an employer from discriminating against, disciplining or discharging an employee who is absent from work due to serving with the Civil Air Patrol during an emergency declared by the governor.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163527

Senate Bill 795: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on February 19, 2014, to increase the penalty for illegally introducing a prohibited non-native aquatic species. The current penalty for introducing banned species is up to two years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The bill would make this three years and $100,000 in the case of a banned aquatic species. Senate bills 796 to 802 would add additional sanctions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163554

Senate Bill 796: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on February 19, 2014, to revise the state sentencing guidelines to reflect the higher penalties proposed by Senate Bill 795 for introducing a prohibited non-native aquatic species.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163555

Senate Bill 797: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on February 19, 2014, to authorize the seizure and forfeiture of property used to violate the state law banning the introduction of banned non-native species into the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163556

Senate Bill 798: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 19, 2014, to authorize suspending the commercial drivers license of a person who introduces into the state a prohibited non-native species.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163557

Senate Bill 799: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on February 19, 2014, to authorize suspending the commercial fishing license of a person who introduces into the state a prohibited non-native species.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163558

Senate Bill 800: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on February 19, 2014, to authorize suspending the hunting, fishing and trapping rights of a person who introduces into the state a prohibited non-native species.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163559

Senate Bill 801: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on February 19, 2014, to specify procedures for the proposal in Senate Bill 799 to suspend the commercial fishing license of a person who introduces into the state a prohibited non-native species.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163560

Senate Bill 802: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 19, 2014, to authorize the seizure and forfeiture of property used to violate the state law banning the introduction of banned non-native species into the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163561

Senate Bill 803: Require state to operate and maintain governor’s Mackinac Island residence
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 20, 2014, to give the state responsibility for operating and maintaining the governor’s Mackinac Island residence, and the island properties known as the “captain’s and major’s quarters”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163574

Senate Bill 804: Require state to operate and maintain governor’s Mackinac Island residence
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 20, 2014, to give the state responsibility for operating and maintaining the governor’s Mackinac Island residence, and the properties known as the “captain’s and major’s quarters”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163575

Senate Bill 805: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the mental health code with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163576

Senate Bill 806: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the adult foster care services statute with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163577

Senate Bill 807: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute regulating certain kinds of insurance with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163578

Senate Bill 808: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute regulating Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163579

Senate Bill 809: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute regulating “prudent purchaser” insurance with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163580

Senate Bill 810: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute authorizing an exemption from the requirement to have a fishing license to go fishing with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163581

Senate Bill 811: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute specifying the duties of the state Office of Services to the Aging with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163582

House Bill 5321: Revise eminent domain takings procedures
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on February 13, 2014, to include the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in a law that currently requires the Departments of Transportation and Environmental Quality to develop “takings assessment guidelines” to guide their actions related to eminent domain property takings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163498

House Bill 5322: Revise eminent domain takings procedures
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on February 13, 2014, to establish that if a state department that is required to develop eminent domain property takings “assessment guidelines” fails to do so, an affected property owner is entitled to repayment of reasonable attorney fees and costs. See also House Bill 5321 and 5323.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163499

House Bill 5323: Revise eminent domain takings procedures
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on February 13, 2014, to include the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in a law that currently requires the Departments of Transportation and Environmental Quality to develop “takings assessment guidelines” to guide their actions related to eminent domain property takings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163500

House Bill 5324: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on February 13, 2014, to establish that state databases containing information on licenses issued to individuals to purchase, carry, possess, or transport pistols are confidential and not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163501

House Bill 5326: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on February 13, 2014, to specify which state firearms owner records would be exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act, as proposed by House Bill 5324.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163503

House Bill 5327: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on February 13, 2014, to establish law enforcement exceptions to the proposal in House Bills 5324 to 5326 to exempt state firearms owner records from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, and authorize jail and fines for improperly disclosing information from these records. The provides exceptions for when law enforcement officers have probable cause to suspect a specific crime or threat related to an individual gun owner.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163504

House Bill 5328: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on February 13, 2014, to revise details of concealed pistol permit law and related statutes so they conform to the proposal in House Bills 5324 to 5326 to exempt state firearms owner records from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163505

House Bill 5329: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on February 13, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the proposal in House Bill 5327 to authorize penalties6 improper disclosure of information from the state firearms owner databases that would be made non-public information by House Bills 5324 to 5326.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163506

House Bill 5330: Authorize charitable contribution income tax credits
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on February 13, 2014, to authorize individual income tax credits for contributions to municipal art projects, public broadcasting stations, libraries, universities, and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163507

House Bill 5331: Prohibit public money to candidate in uncontested gubernatorial primary
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on February 18, 2014, to prohibit a candidate in a primary election held to determine a party’s candidate for governor from choosing to accept money from a state campaign fund if he or she has no opponent in the primary. Taking this money requires a candidate to limit contributions from other sources. The money comes from a combination of individual income tax checkoffs and general state tax revenues.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163529

House Bill 5332: Establish “uniform credentialing” for government substance abuse services
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on February 18, 2014, to require the Department of Community Health to develop a “uniform credentialing program” for individuals who provide “substance use disorder services through a state department or agency” and who are not licensed health care professionals. The bill would require these individuals to meet the conditions the program would establish.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163530

House Bill 5333: Mandate certain security guard training
Introduced by Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D) on February 18, 2014, to require companies that provide security guard services to ensure that employees have training in first aid, CPR and airway obstructions; emergency preparedness; proper use of tasers, pepper spray, and other self-defense devices; the legal aspects of the use of force; customer service issues and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163531

House Bill 5334: Mandate certain security guard training
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on February 18, 2014, to require the state licensing bureau to promulgate rules for imposing the security guard training requirements proposed by House Bill 5333.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163532

House Bill 5335: Codify property owner trespasser liability waiver
Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on February 18, 2014, to establish in statute (in addition to existing case law or common law) that a property owner, leaseholder, lien-holder or occupant is not liable for physical harm to a trespasser caused by the property owner or possessor’s failure to exercise reasonable care to make the property reasonably safe and not endanger the trespasser. The bill authorizes exceptions for willful and wanton misconduct by the property owner or possessor, or “active negligence,” or in the case of harm to a child, knowing that an “attractive nuisance” exists.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163533

House Bill 5336: Assert no federal jurisdiction over food not sold across state lines
Introduced in the House on February 18, 2014, to establish that the producers and production facilities of food that is produced in and remains in this state are not subject to federal regulations. The bill would prohibit agents of the federal government from trying to enforce federal regulations on food meeting these criteria, subject to penalties of up to 180 days in jail. It asserts the state has a 10th amendment right to assert and enforce this exemption.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163534

House Bill 5337: Revise township candidate filing process
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on February 18, 2014, to allow a candidate for office in a township to just pay $100 to get on the ballot, rather than having to submit a certain number of ballot access petition signatures.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163535

House Bill 5338: Revise child abuse “central registry” detail
Introduced by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on February 19, 2014, to clarify details of the conditions under which documents kept in a central registry of serious child abuse cases may or may not be released or used for specified purposes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163565

House Bill 5339: Revise auto insurance repair shop “steering” law
Introduced by Rep. Dale W. Zorn (R) on February 19, 2014, to prohibit insurance company adjustors or officials from attempting to compel an auto insurance policy holder to use a certain body shop; mandate that adjusters inform policy holders with a claim that they are free to use any body shop; prohibit adjusters from trying to coerce or manipulate a body shop to revise or alter an estimate, or use non-OEM parts and more, subject to being liable for triple damages and other sanctions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163566

House Bill 5340: Establish firefighters’ cancer presumption
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on February 19, 2014, to establish a presumption that cases of certain types of cancer contracted by non-volunteer firefighters arose out of and in the course of employment for purposes of granting workers compensation benefits, unless there is evidence to the contrary, and unless the person is a consistent cigarette smoker.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163567

House Bill 5341: Revise welfare application confidentiality details
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on February 19, 2014, to revise existing restrictions on releasing information related to an individuals’ applications for welfare, Medicaid and related programs, to include documents, reports, or records from another agency or organization, unless required by other state or federal laws, or in response to a court order.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163568

House Bill 5342: Clarify prescription drug “use tax” exemption
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on February 19, 2014, to exempt over-the-counter drugs from use tax if they are obtained under a prescription.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163569


126 posted on 02/25/2014 4:03:46 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Bill 4291: Require full tax audit details be given to audit target
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on February 25, 2014, to require the Department of Treasury to provide a person or business who has been audited with a complete copy of the audit work papers, findings, and all the correspondence and documentation which formed a basis for audit determinations. Also, to require such audits to conform with standards the department would have to establish within one year, covering audit evidence, understanding of the audited entity, documentation and much more. The bill is part of a package of reforms related to business complaints regarding state audit procedures.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685449

House Bill 4893: Revise child abuse investigation database details
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on February 25, 2014, to revise the rules for maintaining or expunging records of investigations contained in a central state registry of serious child abuse cases. The state would have to send a notice to a person being placed on the list, who would have 180 days to request a hearing. If an investigation did not provide a “preponderance of evidence” then a person could not be placed on the list, and except for very serious offenders, names would be removed from the list after 10 years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685447

House Bill 5155: Revise criminal prosecution preliminary procedures
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on February 25, 2014, to authorize and establish procedures for “probable cause” conferences in advance of the “preliminary examinations” authorized under current law for criminal prosecutions. The subject matter would include possible plea bargains, bail, procedural aspects of the case, and more. These conferences could be waived if both sides agree. This and House Bill 5154 would also revise “preliminary examination” procedures, and timetables for both types of proceeding.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685463


127 posted on 02/27/2014 3:27:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 629: Allow city of Lansing to extend TIFA debt
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on February 26, 2014, to allow a city of Lansing “building authority” to refinance debt incurred to build garage structures with new loans that have maturities beyond what is currently allowed, and exempt these from a 2001 law that restricts refinancing if there is no overall benefit to the municipality. Lansing wants to extend its loans for cash flow purposes, because the extra tax revenue it presumed would result from projects funded by the debt has not been forthcoming. This would be the second time the legislature has allowed Lansing to extend debt in a manner not permitted by that 2001 municipal debt reform.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685604

Senate Bill 630: Allow city of Lansing to extend TIFA debt
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on February 26, 2014, to allow a city of Lansing “tax increment finance authority” to refinance debt incurred to build garage structures with new loans that have maturities beyond what is currently allowed, and exempt these from a 2001 law that restricts refinancing loans if there is no overall benefit to the municipality. Lansing wants to extend its loans for cash flow purposes, because the extra tax revenue it presumed would result from projects funded by the debt has not been forthcoming. This would be the second time the legislature has allowed Lansing to extend debt in a manner not permitted by that 2001 municipal debt reform.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685605

Senate Bill 631: Revise carrier pigeon licensure mandate
Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on February 26, 2014, to prohibit a person from getting a state-mandated carrier pigeon license if his or her facilities do not meet regulations imposed by the local government, but preempt locals from banning carrier pigeons outright.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685602

House Bill 4638: Revise deed recording detail
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on February 26, 2014, to establish a legal presumption that a property conveyance (deed or easement) recorded with the county register of deeds is valid if the conveyance meets the statutory requirements proposed by House Bill 4640, and other legal requirements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685606

House Bill 4639: Revise deed recording detail
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on February 26, 2014, to revise the law requiring registers of deeds to maintain an index of recorded deeds and related instruments, so that it conforms with the provisions proposed by House Bill 4640.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685607

House Bill 4640: Revise deed recording detail
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on February 26, 2014, to establish standards for the affidavit that is required when recording an unrecorded property conveyance (deed or easement) with the county register of deeds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685608

House Bill 5074: Revise delinquent property tax interest detail
Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on February 26, 2014, to give counties discretion over whether to impose an interest rate that is lower than the 1 percent per month currently imposed on amounts due to county delinquent tax revolving funds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685601


128 posted on 02/27/2014 3:11:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 812: Revise Medicaid money allocation detail
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 25, 2014, to establish in statute the percentage the state will keep from certain federal Medicaid money disbursed to certain “public entities”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163638

Senate Bill 813: Increase some State Police pensions
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on February 25, 2014, to increase the monthly pension payment to certain retired State Police employees by $300.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163639

Senate Bill 814: Exempt unemployment benefits from income tax
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on February 25, 2014, to exempt state and federal unemployment benefits from the state income tax.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163640

Senate Bill 815: Mandate donor disclosure for certain political “issue ad” organizations
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on February 25, 2014, to extend state campaign finance mandates to “527 organizations,” which are entities that do not “expressly advocate” for the election or defeat of candidates or initiatives. The bill would require these entities make public the names of their donors if a director, officer, or board member is employed by or “serves as an agent” to a candidate for office.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163641

Senate Bill 816: Authorize “Choose Life” license plate
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on February 25, 2014, to require the Secretary of State to develop a “Choose Life” license plate, with fees collected from its sale spent on projects that promote alternatives to abortion.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163642

Senate Bill 817: Move back teacher rating process deadlines
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on February 25, 2014, to move back by two years the deadlines imposed by a 2011 law establishing a process for determining whether teachers are “effective” or not, and basing school employment decisions on these ratings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163643

Senate Bill 818: Limits some auto injury reimbursements; expand theft authority
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on February 25, 2014, to establish limits on the reimbursements paid for long term “attendant care” provided under the no fault insurance law’s mandatory unlimited coverage (which above $530,000 is paid by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association). Also, to expand the duties of a state automobile theft prevention authority to include insurance fraud, overhaul its structure, and authorize $21 million in assessments (taxes) on insurers to pay for this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163644

Senate Bill 819: Require utilities provide customer “smart meter” opt-out
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on February 25, 2014, to require electric utilities that adopt advanced “smart meters” to allow customers to “opt out” without penalty; and impose restrictions on how utilities could collect, use and retain information collected from the meters.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163645

Senate Bill 820: Revise CON health facility rationing board
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on February 25, 2014, detail to require that an individual representing “nonprofit mutual disability” insurance companies be on the board of the state “Certificate of Need” rationing commission, which requires health care providers to seek government permission to open or expand a facility or add certain capital-intensive equipment (like MRIs).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163646

Senate Bill 821: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on February 25, 2014, to revise details of the device called the “metropolitan authority” that was created by a 2012 legislative package enacted to distribute some state use tax revenue to local governments, as a replacement for revenue they lose due to reductions in the “personal property tax.” This is a property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830, which essentially replace all of the foregone local government revenue from that 2012 personal property tax cut package, instead of replacing most of it. For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the state “use tax” in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; this legislative package was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163647

Senate Bill 822: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 25, 2014, to revise details of earmarks of state use tax revenue authorized by a 2012 legislative package enacted to distribute some revenue from this tax to local governments, as a replacement for revenue they lose due to reductions in the “personal property tax,” which is a property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830, which essentially replace all of the foregone local government revenue from that 2012 personal property tax cut package, instead of replacing most of it. For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the state “use tax” in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; this legislative package was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163648

Senate Bill 823: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on February 25, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was the device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with money from the state “use tax.” For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the use tax in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; the legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830 was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163649

Senate Bill 824: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on February 25, 2014, to revise details of state authorities created by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut the “personal property tax” imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with state use tax revenue. See Senate Bill 822.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163650

Senate Bill 825: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on February 25, 2014, to revise details of the August 2014 ballot initiative authorized by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut the “personal property tax” imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with state use tax revenue. See Senate Bill 822.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163651

Senate Bill 826: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on February 25, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bill 822.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163652

Senate Bill 827: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on February 25, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bill 822.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163653

Senate Bill 828: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on February 25, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for smaller commercial businesses, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bill 822.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163654

Senate Bill 829: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on February 25, 2014, to replace a local “essential services special assessment” (tax) with a state version. This tax was authorized by a 2012 legislative package, and is intended to partially replace the local government revenue lost by cuts that new law made to the “personal property tax,” which is imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill would also authorize the state agency in charge of selective business tax breaks and subsidies (the “Michigan Strategic Fund”) to grant exemptions to firms that meet conditions specified in the bill. See Senate Bill 822.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163655

Senate Bill 830: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on February 25, 2014, to replace a local “essential services special assessment” (tax) with a state version. This tax was authorized by a 2012 legislative package, and is intended to partially replace the local government revenue lost by cuts that new law made to the “personal property tax,” which is imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill would also authorize the state agency in charge of selective business tax breaks and subsidies (the “Michigan Strategic Fund”) to grant exemptions to firms that meet conditions specified in the bill. See Senate Bill 822.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163656

Senate Bill 831: Allow homestead property tax exemption for inherited residence
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on February 26, 2014, to allow an individual who has inherited a dwelling that was the decedent’s principle residence, and who also has an principle residence property tax exemption on his or her current home, to claim the Proposal A principle residence (homestead) tax exemption on both properties for up to three years, or until the inherited residence is sold or leased.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163657

Senate Bill 832: Repeal county “ag advantage” ad authorization
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 27, 2014, to repeal a law that allows counties to levy a special tax or appropriate general tax revenue to advertise the county’s “agricultural advantages”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163678

Senate Bill 833: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 27, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the proposal in House Bill 5327 to authorize penalties for improper disclosure of information from the state firearms owner databases that would be made non-public information by House Bills 5324 to 5326, and Senate Bill 834.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163679

Senate Bill 834: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on February 27, 2014, to establish that state databases containing information on licenses issued to individuals to purchase, carry, possess, or transport pistols are confidential and not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163680

Senate Bill 835: Authorize charitable contribution income tax credits
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on February 27, 2014, to authorize state income tax credits for charitable contributions to public art, public radio, colleges, universities, and museums.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163681

Senate Bill 836: Authorize charitable contribution income tax credits
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 27, 2014, to authorize state income tax credit for charitable donations to food banks, shelters, and community foundations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163682

Senate Bill 837: “Omnibus” state budget (non-education portion)
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 27, 2014, to appropriate $36.452 billion in non-education state spending in the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2014, compared to $34.392 billion enacted the previous year. (Both figures are the overall “gross” spending amount generally cited in news reports; the new proposal nets-out to $35.622 billion “adjusted gross” when inter-department transfers are accounted for.) Some $19.100 billion of this will come from federal government. The total executive budget recommendation including education is $52.425 billion gross, of which $21.006 is federal money.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163684

Senate Bill 838: “Omnibus” state education budget
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 27, 2014, to appropriate $15.881 billion for K-12 school aid, higher education and community colleges during the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2014. Of this, $13.826 billion would go for K-12 public schools; $1.512 billion for state universities, and $371 million for community colleges.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163683

House Bill 4089: Authorize a memorial bridge designation
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on February 27, 2014, to designate a certain bridge in Jackson county as the “Officer James Bonneau Memorial Bridge”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685819

House Bill 4168: Repeal mandate for sheriffs to kill unlicensed dogs
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on February 27, 2014, to repeal a 1919 law that requires county sheriffs to locate and kill all unlicensed dogs, and which defines failure to do so as nonfeasance in office.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685818

House Bill 4855: Expand lottery winner government debt garnishment
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on February 27, 2014, to revise a law that requires the state lottery bureau to deduct any unemployment benefit overpayments, child support arrearages or debts to the state from the winnings of a person who wins $1,000 or more. The bill would also require any debt or liability to the state welfare bureau to be deducted.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685853

House Bill 5039: Expand mandatory child death investigations
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on February 27, 2014, to expand the duties of the state “children’s ombudsman” to include investigating all deaths of a child if there was an active or recent child protective services investigation or complaint, or the child was in foster care (with some exceptions). This office would also be required to report any immediate safety concerns regarding a child in an active or open protective services or foster care case to the appropriate state agency.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685854

House Bill 5108: Repeal ban on ticket scalping
Passed 66 to 42 in the House on February 27, 2014, to repeal a state law that bans ticket “scalping” at sports and entertainment events, or selling tickets at a higher price through some service or agency.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685852

House Bill 5343: Revise termination of parental rights detail
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on February 20, 2014, to clarify a detail related to the law that declares the termination of an individual’s parental rights does not end his duty to provide court-ordered child support.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163584

House Bill 5344: Elect U.S. presidents by a national popular vote
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on February 20, 2014, to enter into an interstate compact to elect U.S. presidents by a national popular vote.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163585

House Bill 5345: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on February 20, 2014, to remove the term “mentally retarded” in the law setting standards for defendant-competence in certain criminal trials, and replace it with the term “intellectually disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making a similar change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163586

House Bill 5346: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute regulating child care organizations with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163587

House Bill 5347: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a section of the Public Health Code with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163588

House Bill 5348: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the state Insurance Code with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163589

House Bill 5349: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a section of the Revised Judicature Act with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163590

House Bill 5350: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Rep. Tom Cochran (D) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute regulating surrogate parenting with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163591

House Bill 5351: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a law related to intermediate school district jurisdiction with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163592

House Bill 5352: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on February 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the school employee pension law with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163593

House Bill 5353: Revise prepaid burial contract detail
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on February 25, 2014, to require prepaid burial contracts to specify any additional costs that might be required for a base, foundation, or other preparation to accommodate a government-funded gravestone or marker for the grave of a veteran.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163623

House Bill 5354: Exempt unemployment benefits from income tax
Introduced by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on February 25, 2014, to exempt state and federal unemployment benefits from the state income tax.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163624

House Bill 5355: Revise CPL “gun free zone” for personal protection orders
Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R) on February 25, 2014, to authorize concealed pistol license boards to waive the “gun free zone” restrictions on a licensee who has been granted a personal protection order.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163625

House Bill 5356: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on February 25, 2014, to repeal a ban on licensed physical therapists providing therapy unless it has been prescribed by a physician.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163626

House Bill 5357: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on February 25, 2014, to allow health insurance companies to not reimburse services provided by a licensed physical therapist unless the service has been prescribed by a physician. House Bill 5356 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed, while House Bills 5357 to 5360 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose. The same proposal is contained in Senate Bills 690 to 694.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163627

House Bill 5358: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on February 25, 2014, to allow workers compensation insurance plans to not reimburse services provided by a licensed physical therapist unless the service has been prescribed by a physician. House Bill 5356 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed, while House Bills 5357 to 5360 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose. The same proposal is contained in Senate Bills 690 to 694.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163628

House Bill 5359: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Rep. Rose Mary Robinson (D) on February 25, 2014, to allow “prudent purchaser” type health care coverage plans to not reimburse services provided by a licensed physical therapist unless the service has been prescribed by a physician. House Bill 5356 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed, while House Bills 5357 to 5360 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose. The same proposal is contained in Senate Bills 690 to 694.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163629

House Bill 5360: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on February 25, 2014, to allow Blue Cross Blue Shield to not reimburse services provided by a licensed physical therapist unless the service has been prescribed by a physician. House Bill 5356 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed, while House Bills 5357 to 5360 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose. The same proposal is contained in Senate Bills 690 to.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163631

House Bill 5361: Allow disabled to hunt from “personal assistive mobility device”
Introduced by Rep. Charles Smiley (D) on February 25, 2014, to allow a disabled individual to hunt small game from an electric “personal assistive mobility device,” subject to conditions and restrictions specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163632

House Bill 5362: Give more money to fiscally failed school district successors
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on February 25, 2014, to appropriate $3 million each to the Intermediate School Districts containing the regular districts to which students were transferred from the fiscally failed Buena Vista and Inkster school districts. These two districts were dissolved under procedures authorized by a 2013 law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163633

House Bill 5363: Expand meth-related pseudoephedrine restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on February 26, 2014, to prohibit purchasing or possessing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine that is intended to be used to manufacture methamphetamines, subject to up to 20 years in prison.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163666

House Bill 5364: Expand meth-related pseudoephedrine restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on February 26, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the proposal in House Bill 5363 to prohibit purchasing or possessing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine that is intended to be used to manufacture methamphetamines.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163667

House Bill 5365: Impose new regulations on “petroleum coke”
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on February 26, 2014, to impose new regulations and a permit mandate on the storage and transport of “petroleum coke” (“pet coke”). This is related to a Marathon Oil refinery expansion in Detroit.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163668

House Bill 5366: Address “digital property” of deceased or incompetent individuals
Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on February 26, 2014, to enable the court-appointed “conservator” of an individual who is no longer legally competent to exercise control and rights related to the person’s “digital property,” which could include social media accounts (like Facebook) and much more. The bill is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5366 to 5370 amending various statutes to address what happens when a person dies or becomes legally incompetent to his or her social media accounts, online “transactional service” accounts, online forms and applications, online terms-of-service agreements, and other forms of “digital property.” The bills would afford the person’s representative access and authority to use usernames, passwords, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163669

House Bill 5367: Address “digital property” of deceased or incompetent individuals
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on February 26, 2014, to enable the personal representative of a deceased person to exercise control and rights related to the person’s “digital property,” which could include social media accounts (like Facebook) and much more. to address what happens when a person dies or becomes legally incompetent to his or her social media accounts, online “transactional service” accounts, online forms and applications, online terms-of-service agreements, and other forms of “digital property.” The bills would afford the person’s representative access and authority to use usernames, passwords, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163670

House Bill 5368: Address “digital property” of deceased or incompetent individuals
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on February 26, 2014, to revise details of the state probate law related to the “digital property” of a person has died or become legally incompetent, including social media accounts, online “transactional service” accounts, online forms and applications, online terms-of-service agreements, etc. The bill is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5366 to 5370 that would afford a person’s representative access and authority to use usernames, passwords, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163671

House Bill 5369: Address “digital property” of deceased or incompetent individuals
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on February 26, 2014, to revise details of the “power of attorney” provisions in the state probate law related to the “digital property” of a person has died or become legally incompetent, including social media accounts, online “transactional service” accounts, online forms and applications, online terms-of-service agreements, etc. The bill is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5366 to 5370 that would afford a person’s representative access and authority to use usernames, passwords, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163672

House Bill 5370: Address “digital property” of deceased or incompetent individuals
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on February 26, 2014, to revise details of the “trusts” portion of the state probate law related to the “digital property” of a person has died or become legally incompetent, including social media accounts, online “transactional service” accounts, online forms and applications, online terms-of-service agreements, etc. The bill is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5366 to 5370 that would afford the person’s representative access and authority to use usernames, passwords, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163673

House Bill 5371: Expand “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities
Introduced by Rep. Woodrow Stanley (D) on February 26, 2014, to expand from 10 to 15 the number of “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities (TIFA) located in low income and “low educational attainment” areas. These entities were authorized by a 2008 law to “capture” a portion of any increases in the state portion of school property tax revenue in the area, and use the money to partially subsidize college tuition for local students.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163674

House Bill 5372: “Omnibus” state education budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 27, 2014, to appropriate $15.881 billion for K-12 school aid, higher education and community colleges during the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2014. Of this, $ $13.826 billion would go for K-12 public schools; $1.512 billion for state universities, and $371 million for community colleges.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163685

House Bill 5373: “Omnibus” state budget (non-education portion)
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on February 27, 2014, to appropriate $36.452 billion in non-education state spending in the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2014, compared to $34.392 billion enacted the previous year. (Both figures are the overall “gross” spending amount generally cited in news reports; the new proposal nets-out to $35.622 billion “adjusted gross” when inter-department transfers are accounted for.) Some $19.100 billion of this will come from federal government. The total executive budget recommendation including education is $52.425 billion gross, of which $21.006 is federal money.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163686


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Senate Bill 608: Authorize additional state spending, projects, debt, and Medicaid expansion fund source shifts
Passed 65 to 44 in the House on March 4, 2014, to adjust spending in the current year budget to reflect fund source changes triggered by adoption of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion starting in April. The bill also appropriates $215 million in additional spending on roads (including $100 million for extra winter maintenance costs), plus money for Amtrak-related rail improvements, government preschool programs, low income heating bill subsidies, veterans programs, marina projects, and much more. The House removed a Senate-passed $5.5 million appropriation involving purchase of the Steelcase “Pyramid” building for a loosely defined, education-related “public/private partnership,” along with other spending including extra money for “land banks.” The bill would also authorize $60.3 million in new debt for state college and university construction projects. For more details see a summary prepared by the House Fiscal Agency.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686380

Senate Bill 783: Ban medical marijuana use on property open to the public
Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to prohibit the possession or use of medical marijuana on any portion of private property that is open to the public, or where it is banned by the property owner. The bill would also permit a landlord to refuse to rent a residence to someone who uses medical marijuana on the property. Because the bill amends an initiated law adopted by the people, it requires a three-fourths supermajority vote in the Senate and House.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686266

Senate Bill 821: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to “tie bar” the bill to Senate Bill 658, which would impose sales tax on many catalog or internet purchases made from sellers outside the state, by placing in statute a broad definition of “nexus,” or affiliation with a different business located in Michigan, in the manner pioneered by internet retailer Amazon.com.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686267

Senate Bill 821: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to revise details of a mechanism created by a 2012 legislative package enacted to distribute some state use tax revenue to local governments, to replace revenue they lose due to reductions in the “personal property tax.” This is a property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830, which essentially replace all of the foregone local personal property tax revenue from that 2012 tax cut, rather than most of it. For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the state “use tax” in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; this legislative package was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686268

Senate Bill 822: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to revise details of earmarks of state use tax revenue authorized by a 2012 legislative package enacted to distribute some revenue from this tax to local governments, as a replacement for revenue they lose due to reductions in the “personal property tax,” which is a property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830, which essentially replace all of the foregone local government revenue from that 2012 personal property tax cut package, instead of replacing most of it. For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the state “use tax” in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; this legislative package was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686269

Senate Bill 823: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was the device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with money from the state “use tax.” For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the use tax in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; the legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830 was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686270

Senate Bill 824: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to revise details of state authorities created by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut the “personal property tax” imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with state use tax revenue. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686271

Senate Bill 825: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to revise details of the August 2014 ballot initiative authorized by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut the “personal property tax” imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with state use tax revenue. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686272

Senate Bill 826: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686273

Senate Bill 827: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686274

Senate Bill 828: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for smaller commercial businesses, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686275

Senate Bill 829: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to replace a local “essential services special assessment” (tax) with a state version. This tax was authorized by a 2012 legislative package, and is intended to partially replace the local government revenue lost by cuts that new law made to the “personal property tax,” which is imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill would also authorize the state agency in charge of selective business tax breaks and subsidies (the “Michigan Strategic Fund”) to grant exemptions to firms that meet conditions specified in the bill. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686276

Senate Bill 830: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 4, 2014, to replace a local “essential services special assessment” (tax) with a state version. This tax was authorized by a 2012 legislative package, and is intended to partially replace the local government revenue lost by cuts that new law made to the “personal property tax,” which is imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill would also authorize the state agency in charge of selective business tax breaks and subsidies (the “Michigan Strategic Fund”) to grant exemptions to firms that meet conditions specified in the bill. See also Senate Bills 821 and 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686277

House Bill 5160: Allow local governments to transfer tax functions to county
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 4, 2014, to allow cities, townships and villages to enter agreements with counties to administer functions related to property tax collections.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686366


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Senate Bill 437: Revise “interlocal agreement” procedural detail
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on March 5, 2014, to require “interlocal agreements” (which formalize a joint exercise of power, privilege or authority between two or more government entities) to create a “separate legal entity” to collect and spend money to carry out the purpose of the agreement, rather than just a separate administrative body.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686552

Senate Bill 805: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the mental health code with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686446

Senate Bill 806: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the adult foster care services statute with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686591

Senate Bill 807: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute regulating certain kinds of insurance with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686449

Senate Bill 808: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute regulating Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686451

Senate Bill 809: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the law setting standards for defendant competence in criminal trials with the term “intellectually disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making a similar change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686452

Senate Bill 810: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute authorizing an exemption from the requirement to have a fishing license to go fishing with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686453

Senate Bill 811: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute specifying the duties of the state Office of Services to the Aging with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686455

House Bill 4295: Adjust school budget projections, appropiate extra money
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2014, to spend $1.8 million for a contract to provide schools a “sustainable, interactive health and nutrition education platform and personal responsibility health behavior record” that would collect “personal use health behavior data that are cumulative and accessible in real time only to the user and those authorized by the user through a secure online dashboard.” It would also include “age- and developmentally appropriate self-monitoring through the recording of health habits, including, but not limited to, dietary intake and physical activity…that provides a personal responsibility health record,” and more. Parents would have to “opt in” for their children to be included.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=155260

House Bill 4295: Adjust school budget projections, appropiate extra money
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 5, 2014, to spend an extra $30 million various programs targeted at “at risk” students.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=155260

House Bill 4295: Adjust school budget projections, appropiate extra money
Passed 107 to 3 in the House on March 5, 2014, to make adjustments to the school aid budget for the current fiscal year to reflect lower than expected student counts, and appropriate extra money for various purposes, including a $51.7 federal “early learning challenge grant” the state applied for. This will pay for government programs that are “culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate...for high-needs children from birth to kindergarten entry” and that “promote children’s physical, social, and emotional health” among other things; training for employees who perform these activities; monitoring systems and more. The bill also authorizes a student nutrition and behavior tracking software program for schools. It appropriates $5 million for transition costs related to dissolving the fiscally failed Buena Vista and Inkster school districts; $2 million for a year-round school pilot program; $3.9 million for contracts to provide students “information technology education opportunities; and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686575

House Bill 5136: Create standardized medical welfare mental health release form
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to require the state Department of Community Health to develop a standard release form for exchanging confidential mental health and substance abuse information between any public and private agency, department, corporation, or individual involved with treatment of a person with mental health or substance abuse problems.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686571

House Bill 5345: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to remove the term “mentally retarded” in the law setting standards for defendant-competence in certain criminal trials, and replace it with the term “intellectually disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making a similar change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686565

House Bill 5346: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute regulating child care organizations with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686566

House Bill 5347: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a section of the Public Health Code with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686567

House Bill 5348: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the state Insurance Code with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686568

House Bill 5349: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a section of the Revised Judicature Act with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686569

House Bill 5350: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute regulating surrogate parenting with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686570

House Bill 5351: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a law related to intermediate school district jurisdiction with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686573

House Bill 5352: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 5, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the school employee pension law with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686572


131 posted on 03/07/2014 4:06:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 472: Revise state survey and remonumentation commission details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 6, 2014, to revise details of the law that authorizes a state survey and remonumentation commission, including its duties, composition and some definitions related to corner and landmark markers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686685

Senate Bill 667: Prohibit minors from using “e-cigarettes”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 6, 2014, to prohibit minors form using electronic cigarettes, making it a misdemeanor crime punishable by a $50 fine, community service in a hospice or long term care facility, and being ordered into a health promotion and risk reduction program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686686

Senate Bill 668: Ban selling “e-cigarettes” to minors
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 6, 2014, to ban selling or giving minors electronic vapor cigarettes, or any device that delivers nicotine.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686687

Senate Bill 711: Extend Cobo sales tax exemption
Passed 100 to 10 in the House on March 6, 2014, to extend for another two years the 2014 sunset on a law that exempts from sales tax the purchase of tools and equipment by a contractor if these are used to fix or renovate Cobo Hall in Detroit.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686729

Senate Bill 735: Extend Cobo use tax exemption
Passed 100 to 10 in the House on March 6, 2014, to extend for another two years the 2014 sunset on a law that exempts from use tax the purchase of tools and equipment by a contractor if these are used to fix or renovate Cobo Hall in Detroit.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686730

House Bill 5277: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 107 to 3 in the House on March 6, 2014, to revise details of a 2013 law that made changes to the right of a mortgage foreclosure auction property buyer to monitor the property during the post-auction redemption period (during which a delinquent borrower can pay the loan in full to redeem the property). The bill would impose more restrictions on inspections by the buyer, require more notice before interior inspections, and offer more opportunities for the borrower to repair or correct damage before the buyer can claim immediate ownership rights.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=686741


132 posted on 03/07/2014 11:49:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Joint Resolution CC: Call for “Article V” U.S. balanced budget amendment convention
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on January 15, 2014, to submit an application to Congress calling for a “convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Consitution,” limited to proposing an amendment that prohibits the federal government from spending more in any fiscal year than it collects in tax and other revenue (balanced budget amendment). Legislatures representing two-thirds of the states must request this to get a convention, and three-quarters of the states must approve any amendment proposed by an “Article V” convention for it to become part of the constitution. The resolution names 17 states that have submitted applications. It state that delegates would be appointed (not elected) to participate in drafting rules, bylaws, and procedural agreements for the convention.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162315

Senate Bill 841: Increase penalties, authorize property forfeiture for food stamp fraud
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 4, 2014, to revise a law that bans having or using a false or doctored food stamp debit card (“bridge card”), reducing the threshold for criminal penalties from getting $250 worth of merchandise to $100, and increasing the penalty from 93 days in jail to one year, and potentially up to five years in prison, or 20 years if the value has exceeded $5,000. The bill also authorizes the seizure and forfeiture of the proceeds from this crime, and any property (including real estate) used to “facilitate” it.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163741

Senate Bill 842: Increase food stamp fraud penalties
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 4, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the increased food stamp fraud penalties proposed by Senate Bill 841.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163742

Senate Bill 843: Authorize establishment of welfare agency police force
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 4, 2014, to give the Department of Human Services (the state welfare department) the authority to appoint agents with the same powers as peace (police) officers and limited arrest powers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163743

Senate Bill 844: Authorize establishment of welfare agency police force
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 4, 2014, to exempt the state welfare agency police proposed by Senate Bill 843 from the “gun-free zone” restrictions in the state’s concealed pistol license law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163744

Senate Bill 845: Give district court magistrates arrest warrant power
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on March 4, 2014, to allow a district court magistrate to issue an arrest warrant.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163745

Senate Bill 846: Revise “development district” liquor license law
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on March 4, 2014, to extend to villages and townships the 2005 law that authorizes the issuance of additional on-premises liquor licenses in excess of the number of licenses allowed in an area under a state quota system, for businesses that will offer dining, recreation, or entertainment in “development” or “redevelopment” districts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163746

Senate Bill 847: Expand homestead property tax credit
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on March 4, 2014, to increase the property tax credit a homeowner or renter can claim against the state income tax, by lowering the income threshold in the formula used to calculate this “homestead” or principle residence exemption.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163747

Senate Bill 848: Authorize aquatic vegetation harvest tool tax break
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on March 4, 2014, to exempt from the state use tax the purchase of tools and equipment used to harvest, handle “transform” or package aquatic vegetation from the waters of this state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163748

Senate Bill 849: Require an early voting system
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on March 5, 2014, to require and set rules for “early voting” beginning 30 days before election days.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163736

Senate Bill 850: Exempt public safety employees from no-contract “step pay hike” ban
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on March 5, 2014, to exempt law enforcement and fire department employees from a 2011 law that banned automatic seniority-based automatic pay hikes for individual government employees (“step increases”) during the time when a government employee union contract has expired and no replacement has been negotiated. Specifically, the bill would exempt public safety workers covered by a 1969 compulsory arbitration law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163737

Senate Bill 851: Exempt “low risk foods’ from some food service safety mandates
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 5, 2014, to exempt a “food service establishment” that serves only “low risk foods” from certain inspection and manager food safety certification requirements. The bill defines “low risk foods” as coffee; cotton candy; commercially precooked hot dogs, bratwurst, and hamburgers; doughnuts; hand-dipped ice cream; nachos with cheese; popcorn; roasted nuts; snow cones and others as determined by a local health department.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163738

Senate Bill 852: Grant industrial plant rehab tax break for particular developer
Introduced by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on March 6, 2014, to allow an exception to the usual requirements for an Industrial Plant Rehabilitation tax break, making a particular facility eligible, when under current statute it would not be.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163762

Senate Bill 853: Expand eyeglass/contact lens prescription licensure mandates
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 6, 2014, to prohibit the use of an “automated refractor” device to determine eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions by anyone except a licensed physician (including ophthalmologists) or optometrists. Also, to codify in statute current regulations prohibiting any other kind of professional from writing eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163763

Senate Bill 854: Revise government long-term trust fund detail
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on March 6, 2014, to revise references in a law governing government entities that have a long-term or perpetual trust fund.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163764

House Bill 5374: Expand mandate to allow service dogs
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on February 27, 2014, to expand a law that prohibits businesses and landlords from restricting access to seeing-eye and other service dogs, so it includes dogs used by veterans who have symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other service-related disabilities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163687

House Bill 5375: Revise nursing home medical treatment restriction
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on February 27, 2014, to explicitly permit nursing homes to provide medical treatment provided by health care professionals in any licensed field.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163688

House Bill 5376: Revise nursing home medical treatment restriction
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on February 27, 2014, to revise the definition of “learned profession” in the Michigan limited liability company act to make it conform with the proposal in House Bill 5375 removing current restrictions on the types of health care professional who can provide medical treatment in a nursing home.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163689

House Bill 5377: Revise nursing home medical treatment restriction
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on February 27, 2014, to revise the definition of “learned profession” in the Michigan business corporations act to make it conform with the proposal in House Bill 5375 removing current restrictions on the types of health care professional who can provide medical treatment in a nursing home.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163690

House Bill 5378: Expand scope of Consumer Protection Act regulations
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on February 27, 2014, to eliminate a provision of the Consumer Protection Act that excludes from its provisions matters governed by other comprehensive regulatory regimes in state law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163691

House Bill 5379: Repeal county “ag advantage” ad authorization
Introduced by Rep. Rick Outman (R) on March 4, 2014, to repeal a law that allows counties to levy a special tax or appropriate general tax revenue to advertise the county’s “agricultural advantages”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163723

House Bill 5380: Call for “Article V” U.S. balanced budget amendment convention
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on March 4, 2014, to provide a process for the legislature appointing delegates to a potential “Article V” U.S. balanced budget amendment convention of the states (as opposed to electing delegates), and prescribe the powers and duties of those delegates. House Joint Resolution CC and Senate Joint Resolution V call for such a convention.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163724

House Bill 5381: Ban local government contracts to elected official campaign contributors
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on March 4, 2014, to prohibit local governments from awarding contracts worth $25,000 or more to a vendor who made a political contribution of at least $100 in the previous 12-month period to an elected officeholder in the local government.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163725

House Bill 5382: Authorize commission to determine need for state agencies
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on March 4, 2014, to authorize a legislative commission to examine each state agency, determine the need for the functions the agency performs, and recommend the its abolition, continuation, or reorganization, along with the consolidation, transfer, or reorganization of its programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163726

House Bill 5383: Expand drunk driving provisions to include illegal drugs
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on March 4, 2014, to permit expert witness testimony concerning chemical testing and custody of evidence to be provided by video communication in preliminary examinations and criminal trials. Also, to authorize a judge or district court magistrate under specified circumstances to release a defendant whose preliminary chemical test reveals the presence of a controlled substance.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163727

House Bill 5384: Expand drunk driving provisions to include illegal drugs
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on March 4, 2014, to require the preliminary chemical test of a driver that reveals the presence of a controlled substance to be entered into the state Law Enforcement Information Network database, and be removed if subsequent tests show no drugs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163728

House Bill 5385: Expand drunk driving provisions to include illegal drugs
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on March 4, 2014, to expand the law that requires a person arrested for drunk driving to take a chemical test so that it also applies to drug tests.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163729

House Bill 5386: Require gas and oil lease disclosures to landowners
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on March 4, 2014, to require the Department of Environmental Quality to provide on its website general information on oil and gas leasing, exploration, drilling and related topics; and require an individual who solicits a landowner to lease oil or gas rights to give the landowner a toll-free telephone number the department is required to maintain providing this kind of information.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163730

House Bill 5387: Revise retired school employee pension “double dipping”
Introduced by Rep. Theresa Abed (D) on March 4, 2014, to no longer require school districts to pay the cost of back-filling the unfunded liability for pension and post-retirement health benefits earned or promised to a “retired” teacher who is simultaneously collecting pension checks and payroll compensation for substitute teaching.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163731

House Bill 5388: Revise eviction and tenant damage procedures
Introduced by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on March 4, 2014, to allow a sheriff or other officer to serve a delinquent tenant with a court-ordered money judgment for damages to the property at the same time as an eviction notice.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163732

House Bill 5389: Revise nursing home feeding detail
Introduced by Rep. Paul D. Clemente (D) on March 4, 2014, to allow a nursing home to use a “dining assistant” to provide feeding assistance to a patient who needs “encouragement” but does not have complicated feeding problems, with the consent of the patient or patient’s representative.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163733

House Bill 5390: Revise wage garnishment rules
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on March 4, 2014, to revise the law that authorizes a court-ordered garnishment of an individual’s wages to establish that the “writ of garnishment” remains in effect until the balance of the judgment is satisfied, instead of a maximum of 182 days. House Bill 5391 would limit the amount that can be taken from each paycheck.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163750

House Bill 5391: Revise wage garnishment rules
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on March 4, 2014, to revise the law that authorizes a court-ordered garnishment of an individual’s wages to satisfy an obligation, to cap the garnishment at 15 percent of “take-home” pay, as specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163751

House Bill 5392: Let schools spend leftover bond debt on non-authorized projects
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on March 4, 2014, to allow school districts to spend up to 15 percent of the debt authorized by a bond initiative on projects that were not specified in the initiative, if the project that was specified has been completed, subject to restrictions listed in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163752

House Bill 5393: Ban selling “e-cigarettes” to minors; regulate these as tobacco
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on March 4, 2014, to ban selling or giving minors electronic vapor cigarettes, or any device that delivers nicotine, and mandate these be sold in child-proof containers. The bill would also define e-cigarettes as a “tobacco product,” which potentially subjects these to other state regulations, taxes and public place smoking bans.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163753

House Bill 5394: Authorize charitable contribution income tax credits
Introduced by Rep. Phil Potvin (R) on March 4, 2014, to authorize state income tax credits for charitable donations to food banks, shelters, community foundations, public art, public radio, colleges, universities, and museums.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163754

House Bill 5395: Revise candidate name detail
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on March 6, 2014, to permit candidates to specify that a “recognized diminutive” for his or her surname (last name) appear on the ballot. Current law permits this for a first or middle name.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163767

House Bill 5396: Trim mandated barber college instruction hours
Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on March 6, 2014, to reduce from 250 to 225 the number of hours of classroom study, demonstrations, and recitations that a licensed barber college must offer, and reduce from 1,750 to 1,575 hours the amount of required “practical barber training” it must provide.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163768

House Bill 5397: Authorize local government energy efficiency homeowner loans
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on March 6, 2014, to allow local governments in communities with a municipal utility to provide an energy efficiency loan program for homeowners. Loan payments could be made with utility bills.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163769

House Bill 5398: Allow certain government land swaps
Introduced by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R) on March 6, 2014, to allow a county to swap land with the state, the federal government or other government entity for the purpose of combining it with tax foreclosed properties into a marketable parcel.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163770


133 posted on 03/11/2014 4:33:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 276: Require community service work by welfare recipients
Passed 91 to 19 in the House on March 11, 2014, to require welfare recipients to perform community service if they are not already in a welfare-related work or training program, subject to many exceptions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687214

Senate Bill 329: Ease certain winery and distiller restrictions
Passed 103 to 5 in the House on March 12, 2014, to ease current restrictions on a wine maker, distiller or brandy manufacturer possessing real estate that is occupied by another vendor, which would make these restrictions the same as ones that now apply to brewers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687254

Senate Bill 389: Give high school diploma to Viet Nam veterans
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 11, 2014, to grant a high school diploma to veterans who did not graduate but joined the armed forces during Vietnam war.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687213

Senate Bill 504: Revise liquor license law details
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 12, 2014, to revise the state Liquor Control Code, establishing that rather than being “liberally” construed, regulator should interpret the intent and purposes it sets forth and “protect the public health, safety, and welfare” of citizens.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687258

Senate Bill 505: Revise liquor license law details
Passed 103 to 5 in the House on March 12, 2014, to codify in law an administrative restrictions on alcohol manufacturers, sellers, and distributors giving bars and restaurants items that promoted brands and prices of their products. Among other things the bill would allow some promotional items to be distributed, but ban giving bars and restaurants glasses with brand logos, while also repealing a ban on their using logoed glassware they buy at retail from another source.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687261

Senate Bill 506: Revise liquor license law details
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on March 12, 2014, to prohibit requiring brewers and beer wholesalers from having to pay a state beer tax more than once every three months. The bill also revises details of which entities are required to deliver the tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687264

Senate Bill 507: Revise liquor license law details
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on March 12, 2014, to prohibit requiring wineries, liquor makers or their wholesalers from having to pay a state wine or liquor tax more than once every three months. The bill also revises details of which entities are required to deliver the tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687267

Senate Bill 608: Authorize additional state spending, projects, debt, and Medicaid expansion fund source shifts
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on March 12, 2014, to adopt a compromise version of the bill reported by a House-Senate conference committee. This appropriates $215 million in additional spending on roads (including $100 million for extra winter maintenance costs), plus extra money for a variety of other government programs. It authorizes but does not fund a project involving purchase of the Steelcase “Pyramid” building for a loosely defined, education-related “public/private partnership.” The bill also authorizes $60.3 million in new debt for state college and university construction projects. Finally, it adjusts spending in the current year budget to reflect fund source changes triggered by adoption of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion starting in April. For more details see a summary prepared by the House Fiscal Agency.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687278

Senate Bill 608: Authorize additional state spending, projects, debt, and Medicaid expansion fund source shifts
Passed 30 to 5 in the Senate on March 12, 2014, to adopt a compromise version of the bill reported by a House-Senate conference committee. This appropriates $215 million in additional spending on roads (including $100 million for extra winter maintenance costs), plus extra money for a variety of other government programs. It authorizes but does not fund a project involving purchase of the Steelcase “Pyramid” building for a loosely defined, education-related “public/private partnership.” The bill also authorizes $60.3 million in new debt for state college and university construction projects. Finally, it adjusts spending in the current year budget to reflect fund source changes triggered by adoption of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion starting in April. For more details see a summary prepared by the House Fiscal Agency.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687285

Senate Bill 636: Facilitate “land line” phone service transition to cell phones
Passed 71 to 39 in the House on March 11, 2014, to streamline regulations on “landline” telephone service providers so as to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allow phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016. The bill authorizes appeal procedures requiring a stare investigation for individual customers who believe no equivalent replacement service is available.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687217

Senate Bill 648: Authorize state grants to certain doctors
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 11, 2014, to expand a state scholarship that subsidizes the medical school loans for a student who agrees to provide specified primary care services in an area of the state deemed to have a shortage of such providers. The bill would expand the program to dentists and increase the maximum subsidy to $200,000. Different parts of these provisions are contained in a package comprised of this and Senate Bill 649.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687113

Senate Bill 649: Authorize state grants to certain doctors
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 11, 2014, to expand a state scholarship that subsidizes the medical school loans for a student who agrees to provide specified primary care services in an area of the state deemed to have a shortage of such providers. The bill would expand the program to dentists and increase the maximum subsidy to $200,000. Different parts of these provisions are contained in a package comprised of this and Senate Bill 648.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687114

Senate Bill 650: Revise brewer regulation details
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on March 12, 2014, to allow very small commercial brewers (ones that produce fewer than 1,000 barrels per year, labeled by the bill “qualified micro brewers”) to sell directly to a retail merchant, rather than being mandated to sell through a member of a state beer wholesaler cartel created by current liquor control laws. This is part of a package of modest liquor law reforms comprised of Senate Bills 504 to 507, 651, and House Bill 4277.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687268

Senate Bill 780: Appropriate $27.7 million for state land acquisitions and recreation projects
Passed 33 to 2 in the Senate on March 12, 2014, to appropriate $27.6 million from the state Natural Resources Trust Fund for various land acquisitions and recreation projects. State oil and gas well royalty money is earmarked for this fund.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687273

Senate Bill 820: Revise CON health facility rationing board detail
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on March 12, 2014, to require that an individual representing “nonprofit mutual disability” insurance companies be on the board of the state “Certificate of Need” rationing commission, which requires health care providers to seek government permission to open or expand a facility or add certain capital-intensive equipment (like MRIs).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687272

House Bill 4709: Revise beer brewer regulations
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on March 12, 2014, to increase the maximum production level that subjects a brewer to state “microbrewer” regulations (vs. more rigid regular brewer regulations), from 30,000 barrels annually to 60,000.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687275

House Bill 4710: Revise beer brewer regulations
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on March 12, 2014, to increase the number of “brewpubs” in which a single owner can have an interest, from three to six, with a maximum capacity between them of 18,000 barrels of beer per calendar year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687276

House Bill 4711: Revise beer brewer regulations
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on March 12, 2014, to revise a law that prohibits a brewer from having more than one brewery in the state that sells beer at retail for on-premises consumption. The bill increases this to two, and three for “microbrewers” who produce more than 30,000 barrels per year (and less than 60,000).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687283

House Bill 4711: Revise beer brewer regulations
Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on March 12, 2014, to revise a law that prohibits a brewer from having more than one brewery in the state that sells beer at retail for on-premises consumption. The bill increases this to two, and three for “microbrewers” who produce more than 30,000 barrels per year (and less than 60,000).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687277

House Bill 4810: Revise lower homestead tax for assisted living residents
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 11, 2014, to revise a 2012 law that allows an individual who moves into an assisted living facility to retain the principal residence property tax exemption on his or her own residence, by removing a condition that the home must not be for sale.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687112

House Bill 4941: Revise nurse license reciprocity detail
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on March 12, 2014, to extend licensing reciprocity to licensed Canadian nurses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687270

House Bill 4964: Authorize automatic government employee 401(k) enrollments
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on March 12, 2014, to allow the state, schools and local governments to automatically enroll eligible employees in 401(k) type retirement accounts, with a percentage of the individual’s pay deposited in the account. An employee could choose to opt-out of deductions and deposits.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687271

House Bill 5282: Allow deadly force to defend nuclear plants
Passed 102 to 6 in the House on March 12, 2014, to explicitly allow an officer providing security at a nuclear generating plant to use deadly force if he or she “honestly and reasonably believes (it) is necessary to prevent” a person from breaking in with the intent to inflict harm, engage in radiological sabotage or steal nuclear material. This would include immunity from lawsuits.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687252

House Bill 5342: Clarify prescription drug “use tax” exemption
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on March 12, 2014, to exempt over-the-counter drugs from use tax if they are obtained under a prescription.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687253


134 posted on 03/14/2014 4:04:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 610: Revise state ban on short-barreled rifles and shotguns
Passed 103 to 6 in the House on March 13, 2014, to revise a state ban on short-barreled rifles or shotguns to clarify that it bans guns that are banned under federal law, which exempts antiques and “curios and relics”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687500

Senate Bill 759: Revise beaver trap license restriction
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 13, 2014, to repeal a prohibition on a person with a state “fur dealer license” also having a license to trap beaver.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687465

House Bill 4155: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 81 to 28 in the House on March 13, 2014, to establish that state databases containing information on licenses issued to individuals to purchase, carry, possess, or transport pistols are confidential and not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687493

House Bill 4740: Revise county medical care facility board of trustees detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 13, 2014, to revise the details governing appointments by county boards to the board of trustees of the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in the Upper Peninsula, a joint county medical care facility for Menominee, Dickinson, and Delta Counties.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687464

House Bill 4811: Revise “military family relief fund” details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 13, 2014, to expand the conditions and revise procedures for military families applying for assistance from a state “military family relief fund” created by a 2004 law for families who are suffering financial stress as a result of the military service, or who have an emergency. Also, to allow $50,000 from the fund to be used for annual advertising and marketing. The money comes from an income tax checkoff.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687463

House Bill 5085: Revise restrictions on minors shooting pistols
Passed 107 to 2 in the House on March 13, 2014, to revise the law that requires minors shooting a pistol to do so only under the supervision of a parent or guardian, so as to allow this supervision to be provided by an adult age 21 or older who has successfully completed a pistol safety training course that meets the requirements of the state’s concealed pistol law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687503

House Bill 5091: Establish that open firearms carry is not “brandishing”
Passed 104 to 5 in the House on March 13, 2014, to revise the definition of illegally “brandishing” a firearm to state that it applies only to a person who acts in a “willful” manner. The bill would also establish that pointing a gun at someone to defend oneself or another is not “brandishing.” House Bill 5092 establishes a statutory definition of brandishing that requires an “intent” to threaten.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687501

House Bill 5092: Establish that open firearms carry is not “brandishing”
Passed 105 to 4 in the House on March 13, 2014, to define “brandishing” a firearm as “to point, wave about, or display in a threatening manner with the intent to induce fear.” Under current law “brandishing” is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. See also House Bill 5091.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687502

House Bill 5324: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 88 to 21 in the House on March 13, 2014, to establish that a firearms-related court order or disposition entered into the state’s Law Enforcement Information Network (LIEN) is not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687494

House Bill 5325: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 89 to 20 in the House on March 13, 2014, to define the state databases containing information on individual firearms ownership that House Bill 5227 would make confidential and not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687495

House Bill 5326: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 87 to 22 in the House on March 13, 2014, to revise a provision of the state concealed pistol license law so it conforms with the proposal in House Bill 5227 establishing that state firearms owner records would be exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687496

House Bill 5327: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2014, to add House Bill 4774 to the ones that must pass for this bill to become law. HB 4774 would expand to all gun purchases, including rifles and shotguns, a state pistol purchase “license” mandate that applies to person-to-person sales but not gun store sales.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163504

House Bill 5327: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 82 to 27 in the House on March 13, 2014, to establish that state records and databases related to individual firearms ownership and permits are confidential and not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The bill authorizes law enforcement exceptions allowing access based on reasonable suspicion of a crime or threat, and a $500 civil fine for violations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687498


135 posted on 03/15/2014 5:56:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 855: Human trafficking reports
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 11, 2014, to establish that a social worker, school employee, medical professional or member of another specified human services profession who has reasonable cause to suspect human trafficking and who in good faith reports it or cooperates in an investigation is immune from civil liability.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163844

Senate Bill 856: Establish state certification for federal police
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 11, 2014, to establish a procedure for certifying federal law enforcement officers as Michigan police officers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163845

Senate Bill 857: Heroin overdose treatment package
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 11, 2014, to establish that a person who in good faith believes that another individual is suffering a heroin or opioid related overdose and who administers an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone) is not liable in a civil lawsuit for damages.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163846

Senate Bill 858: Heroin overdose treatment package
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 11, 2014, to grant immunity from criminal prosecution or administrative sanction to a medical professional or pharmacist who prescribes, dispenses, possesses, or administers an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone) to someone the person believes in good faith to be suffering a heroin or opioid related overdose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163847

Senate Bill 859: Heroin overdose treatment package
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 11, 2014, to require the state-authorized “medical control authorities” responsible for establishing certain treatment protocols in a county or region to establish protocols that require ambulances to carry an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone), and require emergency services personnel to be trained to administer them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163848

Senate Bill 860: Heroin overdose treatment package
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 11, 2014, to permit doctors to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense an “opioid antagonist” including naloxone hydrochloride to the friends or family of individuals who may suffer a heroin overdose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163849

Senate Bill 861
Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on March 11, 2014, Authorize higher “children’s trust fund” spending to authorize a higher rate of annual spending from a state “children’s trust fund” that distributes money intended to various local “councils” intended to prevent child abuse and neglect.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163850

Senate Bill 862: Allow alcohol at Michigan Stadium international soccer game
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 11, 2014, to allow the sale of alcohol at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor during a potential soccer game in August 2014 between the Manchester United and Real Madrid international soccer teams.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163851

Senate Bill 863: Expand drunk driving provisions to include illegal drugs
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on March 11, 2014, to permit expert witness testimony concerning chemical testing and custody of evidence to be provided by video communication in preliminary examinations and criminal trials. Also, to authorize a judge or district court magistrate under specified circumstances to release a defendant whose preliminary chemical test reveals the presence of a controlled substance.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163852

Senate Bill 864: Expand drunk driving provisions to include illegal drugs
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on March 11, 2014, to require the preliminary chemical test of a driver that reveals the presence of a controlled substance to be entered into the state Law Enforcement Information Network database, and be removed if subsequent tests show no drugs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163853

Senate Bill 865: Expand drunk driving provisions to include illegal drugs
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on March 11, 2014, to expand the law that requires a person arrested for drunk driving to take a chemical test so that it also applies to drug tests.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163854

Senate Bill 866: Increase penalty for crimes if victim is older
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on March 12, 2014, to increase the penalties for various crimes against a person over 65 years of age, with steeper penalties in some cases if the victim is age 70 or older.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163855

Senate Bill 867: Increase penalty for crimes if victim is older
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on March 12, 2014, to expand the law that requires a person arrested for drunk driving to take a chemical test so that it also applies to drug tests.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163856

Senate Bill 868: Increase handicap parking violation fines
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on March 12, 2014, to increase the minimum and maximum fines for illegally parking in a handicap parking place from $100 and $250 respectively, to $200 and $500 respectively. The bill would also authorize posting these amounts on the “handicap parking” signs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163857

Senate Bill 869: Remove specific fishing season dates from statute
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on March 12, 2014, to eliminate the statutory fishing season dates for largemouth and smallmouth bass, which presumably would leave setting the dates to the state Natural Resources Council.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163858

Senate Bill 870: Allow local drop-off recycling bin permit mandates
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 12, 2014, to allow local governments to impose a permit mandate on closed recycling bins placed to collect used clothes, shoes, books, etc. (“textile recycling bins”), which would include bins placed by second hand shops and institutions. Permit-applicants would have to pay annual fees and meet specified registration and location requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163859

Senate Bill 871: Allow local drop-off recycling bin permit mandates
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 12, 2014, to revise the state statute authorizing local zoning laws to conform with the proposal in Senate Bill 870 to give local governments the authority to impose a permit mandate on closed recycling bins placed to collect used clothes, shoes and books (“textile recycling bins”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163860

Senate Bill 872: Reduce regulatory obstacles to developing stamp-sand property
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 13, 2014, to establish that property where “stamp sands” have been deposited is not subject to state environmental law restrictions unless the sands contain hazardous substances that exceed the allowable levels for unrestricted residential use. “Stamp sands” are finely grained crushed rock resulting from copper ore processing and are not uncommon in the Keweenaw region.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163861

Senate Bill 873: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on March 13, 2014, to authorize the designation of a trail as “Pure Michigan Trail” if it contributes to a statewide trail network that “promotes healthy lifestyles, economic development, recreation, and conservation.” The bill would also authorize designation of “Pure Michigan Towns” and “Pure Michigan Water Trails”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163862

Senate Bill 874: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on March 13, 2014, to authorize the use of money in an existing “Michigan trailways fund” to develop the statewide multi-use trail network proposed by Senate Bill 873.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163863

Senate Bill 875: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on March 13, 2014, to revise the state environmental protection law to conform to the proposal in Senate Bill 873 to create a statewide multi-use trail network.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163864

Senate Bill 876: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on March 13, 2014, to revise the law authorizing the state to operate an “adopt a trail” program using the services of volunteers so as to conform to the proposal in Senate Bill 873 to create a statewide multi-use trail network.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163865

Senate Bill 877: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 13, 2014, to revise the law authorizing a state “snowmobile and trails advisory council” so as to conform to the proposal in Senate Bill 873 to create a statewide multi-use trail network and the designation of “Pure Michigan Water Trails”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163866

House Bill 5399: Human trafficking reports
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on March 11, 2014, to establish that a social worker, school employee, medical professional or member of another specified human services profession who has reasonable cause to suspect human trafficking and who in good faith reports it or cooperates in an investigation is immune from civil liability.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163804

House Bill 5400: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on March 11, 2014, to reduce restrictions on using certain low-hazard industrial wastes that have a beneficial use, including as fertilizer or other uses, and related to this, expand the statutory definition of “inert material” in the state environmental protection law to include a number of specified materials.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163805

House Bill 5401: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on March 11, 2014, to exempt a person who stores or uses “inert materials” and “beneficial use by-products” as defined by House Bill 5400 from liability under state the environmental protection law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163806

House Bill 5402: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Phil Potvin (R) on March 11, 2014, to revise a law regulating the sale and use of “liming material” for soil treatment so that it conforms to the proposal in House Bill 5400 to reduce environmental law restrictions on using certain low-hazard industrial wastes and “inert materials” that have a beneficial use.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163807

House Bill 5403: Expand “Corridor Improvement” Authority spending to agriculture
Introduced by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on March 11, 2014, to include promoting and marketing local agriculture markets and products among the things that a “Corridor Improvement” Authority can borrow money for, with the money repaid by the special assessments or “captured” property tax revenue increases the authority collects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163808

House Bill 5404: Heroin overdose treatment package
Introduced by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on March 11, 2014, to require the state-authorized “medical control authorities” responsible for establishing certain treatment protocols in a county or region to establish protocols that require ambulances to carry an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone), and require emergency services personnel to be trained to administer them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163809

House Bill 5405: Heroin overdose treatment package
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on March 11, 2014, to grant immunity from criminal prosecution or administrative sanction to a medical professional or pharmacist who prescribes, dispenses, possesses, or administers an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone) to someone the person believes in good faith to be suffering a heroin or opioid related overdose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163810

House Bill 5406: Heroin overdose treatment package
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on March 11, 2014, to establish that a person who in good faith believes that another individual is suffering a heroin or opioid related overdose and who administers an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone) is not liable in a civil lawsuit for damages.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163811

House Bill 5407: Heroin overdose treatment package
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on March 11, 2014, to permit doctors to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense an “opioid antagonist” including naloxone hydrochloride to the friends or family of individuals who may suffer an overdose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163812

House Bill 5408: Authorize pedal-powered beer bars
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on March 12, 2014, to establish in statute that a “commercial quadricycle,” which is a pedal-powered mobile beer bar, is not considered a “motor vehicle” even if it has auxiliary power, and instead would be subject to the less onerous regulations imposed on “low-speed vehicles,” or if operated on a sidewalk, the regulations imposed on “Segways.” Under this and House Bill 5409 passengers would be allowed to have open beer or wine containers, but the driver would be required to have a blood alcohol level of zero.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163818

House Bill 5409: Authorize pedal-powered beer bars
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 12, 2014, to establish in statute that a “commercial quadricycle,” which is a pedal-powered mobile beer bar, is not considered a “motor vehicle” even if it has auxiliary power, and instead would be subject to the less onerous regulations imposed on “low-speed vehicles,” or if operated on a sidewalk, the regulations imposed on “Segways.” Under this and House Bill 5408 passengers would be allowed to have open beer or wine containers, but the driver would be required to have a blood alcohol level of zero. The bill would also mandate certain insurance coverage levels.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163819

House Bill 5410: Mandate more tattoo parlor notices
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on March 12, 2014, to mandate that tattoo parlors post a notice that certain tattoos may disqualify an individual from military service, law enforcement employment, or further promotion in a job.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163820

House Bill 5411: Mandate court order for CPS child interview without parent
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on March 12, 2014, to prohibit a state child protective services investigator from interviewing a child outside the presence of a parent or guardian unless the agency gets a court order permitting this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163821


136 posted on 03/19/2014 3:59:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 575: Prohibit licensure discipline board conflicts of interest
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 18, 2014, to prohibit a member of a health profession occupational licensure board’s disciplinary subcommittee from participating in disciplinary procedures if he or she has a conflict of interest. The bill would also revise procedures for the initiation of a state investigation.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687788

Senate Bill 576: Prohibit licensure discipline board conflicts of interest
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 18, 2014, to require members of a government board, commission, or committee that has authority in regulatory actions concerning private individuals or entities, to disclose any personal or financial interest in a matter before the board, refrain from board discussions on the matter and not participate in any related votes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687789

Senate Bill 577: Revise licensure discipline board procedures
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on March 18, 2014, to require (rather than just “allow”) the state agency in charge of occupational licensure in the health care field to investigate allegations that grounds exist for disciplinary action against a health care professional. Also, to explicitly include any conduct with a patient that is sexual in any way in the grounds for investigation and disciplinary action, and increase potential administrative penalties (in addition to any criminal sanctions a prosecutor may seek).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687790

Senate Bill 578: Revise licensure discipline board procedures
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 18, 2014, to establish specific procedures to be followed by a health profession occupational licensure board’s disciplinary subcommittee in making a final decision on disciplinary action against a health care professional, which then becomes subject to judicial review.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687791

House Bill 5254: Establish enhanced hydrocarbon recovery CO2 pipeline regulations
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on March 18, 2014, to revise the state law imposing permit requirements on gas, oil and other pipelines, so it also applies to pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used to produce oil and gas in secondary or “enhanced recovery’ operations. Senate Bill 5255 and 5256 would apply property condemnation powers and the state preemption of local pipeline restrictions to these pipelines. See also House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687736

House Bill 5255: Authorize eminent domain for oil well CO2 pipelines
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on March 18, 2014, to extend the state law authorizing eminent domain takings for gas, oil and other pipeline easements, so it also includes pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used to produce hydrocarbons in secondary or “enhanced recovery” operations. See also House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687740

House Bill 5274: Preempt locals from restricting CO2 pipelines
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on March 18, 2014, to expand the law that gives the state Public Service Commission authority to regulate oil and gas pipelines so it also applies to pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used in hydrocarbon “enhanced recovery” operations. This law preempts local governments from restricting pipelines in their jurisdiction. This is related to House Bill 4885, which would cut the tax on oil and gas extracted using enhanced recovery.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687732


137 posted on 03/20/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 713: Revise mental health services law to accommodate rehab
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 19, 2014, to expand the powers of governing board of a community mental health services authority, explicitly authorizing “partnering with entities that provide health care and rehabilitative services” directly related to community mental health programs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687835

House Bill 4593: Expand scrap metal regulatory regime
Passed 98 to 12 in the House on March 19, 2014, to expand an existing scrap metal dealer regulatory regime that applies to purchases of nonferrous scrap metal so that it also applies to purchases of scrap iron (ferrous metals). The bill would also impose restrictions on the form of payment a dealer could use to purchase “scrapped” catalytic converters, air conditioners and stripped copper wire. Payment in cash would be prohibited, and payments greater than $25 would have to be sent by mail to the seller’s address as indicated on valid form of identification. If the scrap metal industry creates a real time database of each purchase, some payment restrictions would be less stringent. The bills would also require dealers to keep specified records of sellers and purchased items, and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687918

House Bill 4885: Cut tax on oil and gas from “enhanced recovery”
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on March 19, 2014, to reduce the “severance tax” or royalty paid to the state on oil and gas extracted from state land to 4 percent for hydrocarbons extracted using “enhanced recovery” technology, which injects carbon dioxide into wells to force out more product (this is different from hydraulic fracturing). The current tax ranges from 5.0 to 6.6 percent.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687838

House Bill 5121: Revise judgeships
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on March 19, 2014, to increase by one the number of judgeships in the 16th circuit court in Macomb County.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687846

House Bill 5122: Revise judgeships
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on March 19, 2014, to increase the by one the number of judgeships in the sixth circuit court in Oakland County.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687847

House Bill 5123: Revise judgeships
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on March 19, 2014, to increase the number of judges in some judicial circuits and districts, and decrease them in some others. Among other changes the bill would reduce by one the number of judges in the 36th district in Detroit.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687850

House Bill 5124: Revise judgeships
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on March 19, 2014, to reduce the number of district judgeships in the third judicial circuit in Wayne County from 60 to 56.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687848

House Bill 5125: Revise judgeships
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on March 19, 2014, to consolidate and revise the number of judgeships in several district courts around the state.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687849

House Bill 5234: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on March 19, 2014, to revise and update definitions in the state criminal law that covers human trafficking.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687865

House Bill 5235: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on March 19, 2014, to revise the state sentencing guidelines to conform to the proposal in House Bill 5234 to update definitions in the state criminal law that covers human trafficking.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687866

House Bill 5236: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 19, 2014, to revise the law authorizing seizure and forfeiture of property related to the commission of a crime or the proceeds from a criminal act so that it explicitly applies to human trafficking crimes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687867

House Bill 5237: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 19, 2014, to include human trafficking crimes in the state’s victim restitution law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687868

House Bill 5239: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 19, 2014, to require Department of Human Services employees to promptly report to law enforcement suspected child abuse or child neglect involving human trafficking crimes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687869


138 posted on 03/21/2014 4:17:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Joint Resolution V: Call for “Article V” U.S. balanced budget amendment convention
Passed 77 to 32 in the House on March 20, 2014, to submit an application to Congress calling for a “convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Consitution,” limited to proposing an amendment that prohibits the federal government from spending more in any fiscal year than it collects in tax and other revenue (balanced budget amendment). Legislatures representing two-thirds of the states must request this to get a convention, and three-quarters of the states must approve any amendment proposed by an “Article V” convention for it to become part of the constitution. The resolution names 17 states that have submitted applications.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688039

Senate Bill 641: Revise real estate license details
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to allow inactive real estate salespersons and brokers to renew their license within three years, subject to conditions and requirements specified in the bill. Also, to revise a six-hour annual “continuing education” mandate to instead allow licensees to take 18 hours spread over three years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687993

Senate Bill 719: Allow renegotiation of state environmental cleanup and recreation loans
Passed 103 to 7 in the House on March 20, 2014, to allow local governments with financial problems to negotiate more favorable terms on loans made to them by the state using money the state itself borrowed under the 1998 “Clean Michigan Initiative” ballot proposal, which authorized $675 million of new government debt (“bond sales”) for environmental cleanup and recreation projects. They would not be allowed to negotiate a reduction the amount of the outstanding loan principal.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687996

Senate Bill 805: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the mental health code with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687998

Senate Bill 807: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute regulating certain kinds of insurance with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688000

Senate Bill 808: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute regulating Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688001

Senate Bill 809: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the law setting standards for defendant competence in criminal trials with the term “intellectually disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making a similar change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688002

Senate Bill 810: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute authorizing an exemption from the requirement to have a fishing license to go fishing with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688003

Senate Bill 811: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute specifying the duties of the state Office of Services to the Aging with the term “developmentally disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688004

House Bill 4001: Cap FOIA charges and increase government FOIA scofflaw penalties
Passed 102 to 8 in the House on March 20, 2014, To establish statewide standards for the costs a government body may charge to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act open records request. Among other things the bill would prohibit charging more than the wages (not including benefits) of the lowest paid employee capable of meeting the request (or of deleting information exempt from disclosure), whether or not that person does the actual work. If the exempt information deletion work were done by a contract employee, the charge for the person’s time could not be greater than six times the state minimum wage. “Overhead” or overtime costs could not be included in the charges.
The charge for standard size copies could not exceed 10 cents per page, periodically adjusted for inflation, and the amount charged for the person making the copies (paper or electronic) could not exceed three times the state minimum wage. A government body could choose to provide bulky information in electronic format (on CD), and if the requested information is on its website could just reference this in its reply. FOIA requestors would have to be given an itemized list of the costs, and a government body’s procedures, guidelines and fees would have to be posted on its website (if it has one). The penalty for wrongfully denying a request would increase from $500 to $2,000 (and up to $7,500 if this is “willful and intentional”), and $1,000 for charging excessive fees (as determined by a judicial appeal process the bill would authorize)..
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688023

House Bill 4118: Require drug testing of welfare applicants
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to require a one-year pilot program in at least three counties that would require drug testing of state welfare benefit recipients and applicants if an “empirical screening tool” indicates a reasonable suspicion of drug use. Benefits would be halted for six months if a person tests positive or refuses to take the test, with an exception for medical marijuana. If a welfare recipient who is a parent tests positive, the child would still be eligible for assistance, and a “protective payee” would be designated to receive the parent’s welfare money. The bill appropriates $500,000 for the pilot program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687945

House Bill 4295: Adjust school budget projections, appropiate extra money
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to make adjustments to the school aid budget for the current fiscal year to reflect lower than expected student counts, and appropriate extra money for various purposes, including a $51.7 federal “early learning challenge grant” the state applied for. This will pay for government programs that are “culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate...for high-needs children from birth to kindergarten entry” and that “promote children’s physical, social, and emotional health” among other things; training for employees who perform these activities; monitoring systems and more. It appropriates $5 million for transition costs related to dissolving the fiscally failed Buena Vista and Inkster school districts; $2 million for a year-round school pilot program; $2 million for class size reductions; $3.9 million for contracts to provide students “information technology education opportunities; and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687931

House Bill 4369: Codify “education achievement authority” for failed schools
Passed 56 to 54 in the House on March 20, 2014, to codify in statute the authority of a state “education achievement authority,” which is an office in the Department of Education tasked with reforming public schools whose performance is in the bottom 5 percent for two consecutive years. Not more than 50 schools could eventually be subject to this office’s authority (phased in through June 2017), and their management could be transferred to a charter school or another conventional school district. Alternatively, the local intermediate school district could choose to take over a failed school’s management.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688021

House Bill 4484: Cap rental self-storage late fees, revise liability
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to cap rental payment late fees to a self-storage space rental facility at $20 per month or 20 percent of the monthly rental amount, whichever is greater (with certain exceptions), allow additional means of disposing of property subject to sale for non-payment of rent, and revise details of the facility owner’s liability for stored documents or other media that is sold or destroyed when a tenant defaults on a rental agreement.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687940

House Bill 5119: Revise Uniform Commercial Code fund transfer details
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to revise and update definitions and details of the Uniform Commercial Code law that governs funds transfers and electronic funds transfers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687997

House Bill 5332: Establish “uniform credentialing” for government substance abuse services
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 20, 2014, to require the Department of Community Health to develop a “uniform credentialing program” for individuals who provide “substance use disorder services through a state department or agency” and who are not licensed health care professionals. The bill would require these individuals to meet the conditions the program would establish.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687995

House Bill 5345: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to remove the term “mentally retarded” in the law setting standards for defendant-competence in certain criminal trials, and replace it with the term “intellectually disabled.” This is part of a multi-bill package making a similar change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687932

House Bill 5346: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the statute regulating child care organizations with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687933

House Bill 5347: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a section of the Public Health Code with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687934

House Bill 5348: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the state Insurance Code with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687935

House Bill 5349: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a section of the Revised Judicature Act with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687936

House Bill 5350: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a statute regulating surrogate parenting with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687937

House Bill 5351: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in a law related to intermediate school district jurisdiction with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687938

House Bill 5352: Remove “mentally retarded” references from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to replace the term “mentally retarded” in the school employee pension law with the term “developmental disability.” This is part of a multi-bill package making the same change to various statutes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687939

House Bill 5380: Call for “Article V” U.S. balanced budget amendment convention
Passed 62 to 47 in the House on March 20, 2014, to provide a process for the legislature appointing delegates to a potential “Article V” U.S. balanced budget amendment convention of the states (as opposed to electing delegates), and prescribe the powers and duties of those delegates. House Joint Resolution CC and Senate Joint Resolution V call for such a convention.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688040

House Bill 5396: Trim mandated barber college instruction hours
Passed 103 to 7 in the House on March 20, 2014, to reduce from 250 to 225 the number of hours of classroom study, demonstrations, and recitations that a licensed barber college must offer, and reduce from 1,750 to 1,575 hours the amount of required “practical barber training” it must provide.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=687994


139 posted on 03/22/2014 5:59:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 878: Accommodate and regulate the “millionaire game” business
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 18, 2014, to revise the law governing charitable “millionaire party” gambling events that include casino games, in a manner that accommodates charities contracting-out operation of these fundraising events to a “charitable gaming service” that operates them for multiple charities at a single location, one event after another. The bill would establish a licensing regime covering both the charities and the companies that provide the gambling service, which would recognize a system that has evolved in which, on most days of the week, a person can go to a single location to gamble on casino-like games, with the proceeds going to a different charitable organization each day (or during different hours of the same day), less the cost of the contract with the service provider. The state Gaming Control Board has proposed a different regulatory regime that would restrict this practice rather than accommodate it.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163867

Senate Bill 879: Revise mammography report disclosure details
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on March 19, 2014, to require the summary and written report of a mammography examination sent to a doctor or patient by a federally certified mammography facility to include cautionary information regarding breast density if the patient is determined to have “heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163877

Senate Bill 880: Require psychologist licensure board approval of specific degree programs
Introduced by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on March 19, 2014, to empower and require the board of political appointees authorized to establish standards for allowing a person to get a state psychologist license to approve the specific degree programs taken by licensure applicants at a college or university that already meets all the standards imposed by statute.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163878

Senate Bill 881: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on March 20, 2014, to specify which state firearms owner records would be exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act, as proposed by House Bill 5327.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163884

Senate Bill 882: Repeal local road agency fringe benefit reporting mandate
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 20, 2014, to repeal a law that mandates local road agencies certify to the Department of Transportation that their and their contractors’ employees get fringe benefits meeting certain specifications in that law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163885

Senate Bill 883: Exempt canceled home loan debt from income tax
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on March 20, 2014, to authorize a state income tax deduction for the debt of a homeowner that is cancelled when his or her delinquent mortgage is foreclosed. Under federal and state tax law, the canceled debt is treated as taxable income.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163886

Senate Bill 884: Allow union certification without secret ballot (”card check”)
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on March 20, 2014, to allow unions to gain certification to represent a group of employees through a “card check” method in which union representatives get at least half the workers to sign a card saying they want the union, with no opportunity to vote in a secret ballot. The bill would also authorize binding arbitration if no contract is reached after 90 days of collective bargaining, with government-appointed mediators empowered to impose a settlement.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163887

Senate Bill 885: Revise first responder regulatory detail
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 20, 2014, to allow the state-authorized “medical control authorities” responsible for establishing certain treatment protocols in a county or region to establish “enhanced” protocols for medical first responders, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical technician specialists and paramedics. Also, to require the Department of Community Health to convene a “rural emergency medical services task force” to evaluate the “status, resources, needs, and forecasts” for emergency medical services in the rural areas of this state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163888

Senate Bill 886: Regulate “continuing care agreements”
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on March 20, 2014, to repeal a law regulating the terms and sale of life estates, life leases, and long-term leases in nursing homes, retirement homes, homes for the aged, and foster care facilities, and replace it with a new law that styles these contracts as “continuing care agreements” and “continuing care communities,” which can also include independent living units and adult foster care facilities. The bill would impose detailed registration and disclosure requirements for entities that make such offers, and regulate the terms they offer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163889

Senate Bill 887: Regulate “continuing care agreements”
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on March 20, 2014, to exempt the community care operations Senate Bill 886 would regulate from certain state rules governing a facility’s provision of various licensed medical professionals to residents.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163890

Senate Bill 888: Regulate “continuing care agreements”
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on March 20, 2014, to exempt the community care operations Senate Bill 886 would regulate from certain state rules governing an adult foster care facility’s provision to residents of various licensed medical professionals.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163891

Senate Bill 889: Regulate “continuing care agreements”
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on March 20, 2014, to repeal certain criminal sentencing guidelines that reference a nursing home regulatory regime that Senate Bill 886 would alter.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163892

House Bill 5412: Allow state bank savings promotion raffles
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on March 18, 2014, to allow state banks to offer savings promotion raffles that offer prizes for individuals who enter the raffle by depositing a specified amount.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163871

House Bill 5413: Allow state bank savings promotion raffles
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on March 18, 2014, to revise references in the state law on gambling and lottery crimes to reflect the proposal in House Bill 5412 to allow state banks to offer savings promotion raffles.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163872

House Bill 5414: Reduce, then end “driver responsibility fees”
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on March 18, 2014, to reduce the so-called “driver responsibility fees” (a.k.a. “bad driver tax”) imposed for certain traffic violations, which were originally adopted in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state budgets. The bill would cut these additional fees in half for offenses committed after Sept. 30, 2014, and abolish them as of Oct. 1, 2017. However, the state would continue to use collection agencies to collect outstanding fees from past violations, and suspend the drivers licenses of those unable to pay. Reportedly some 400,000 mostly low-income individuals have lost their licenses under this law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163873

House Bill 5415: Allow emailed eviction notice if specified in lease
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on March 18, 2014, to allow landlords to send eviction notices by email if the lease agreement authorizes this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163874

House Bill 5416: Ban employment discrimination based on “reproductive health decisions”
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on March 18, 2014, on to prohibit an employer from asking about or discriminating in compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of an employee or job applicant’s “reproductive health decisions,” or those of a dependent, or on the basis of the employer’s personal beliefs concerning such issues.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163875

House Bill 5417: Authorize general obligation debt for local energy efficiency loan programs
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 19, 2014, to revise a 2010 law that granted local governments the power to lend a property owner money for “energy efficiency improvements” or a “renewable energy system,” and also levy a special assessment on the property from which the loan would be repaid. The bill would permit local governments to incur new “general obligation” debt to secure the debt they have already incurred under these programs, which the original law specified could not be general obligation debt. It would also repeal a provision that requires a property owner who enters one of these programs to notify the person’s mortgage lender.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163882

House Bill 5418: Allow private employers to give preferences to veterans
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on March 20, 2014, to permit employers to give preference to veterans in hiring and promotion decisions, subject to conditions specified in the bill, and require the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to maintain a registry of employers that do this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163894

House Bill 5419: Revise training detail for licensed athletic trainers
Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on March 20, 2014, to mandate that licensed athletic trainers successfully complete a course of training that includes lessons on automated external defibrillator use by medical professionals, in addition to the current requirements for first aid and CPR lessons. The bill would also cut the license fee for trainers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163895

House Bill 5420: Ban state and local agencies from participating in federal “metadata” collection
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on March 20, 2014, to prohibit state agencies, local governments and their employees from assisting or providing material support to a federal agency in collecting electronic data or metadata concerning any person, unless it is pursuant to a specific search or arrest warrant. The bill would also prohibit such information from being used in a criminal investigation or prosecution.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163896


140 posted on 03/25/2014 4:41:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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enate Bill 821: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 107 to 2 in the House on March 25, 2014, to revise details of a mechanism created by a 2012 legislative package enacted to distribute some state use tax revenue to local governments, which would replace revenue they lose due to reductions in the “personal property tax” imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830, which essentially replace all of the foregone local personal property tax revenue from that 2012 tax cut, rather than most of it. For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the state “use tax” in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; this legislative package was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688143

Senate Bill 822: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 104 to 5 in the House on March 25, 2014, to increase the earmark of state use tax revenue authorized by a 2012 legislative package enacted to distribute some revenue from this tax to local governments, as a replacement for revenue they lose due to reductions in the “personal property tax” imposed on business tools and equipment. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830, which essentially replace all of the foregone local government revenue from that 2012 personal property tax cut measure, instead of replacing most of it. For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the state “use tax” in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; this legislative package was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688144

Senate Bill 823: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on March 25, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was the device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with money from the state “use tax.” For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the use tax in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; the legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830 was negotiated to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688145

Senate Bill 824: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on March 25, 2014, to revise details of state authorities created by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut the “personal property tax” imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with state use tax revenue. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688147

Senate Bill 825: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on March 25, 2014, to revise details of the August 2014 ballot initiative authorized by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut the “personal property tax” imposed on business tools and equipment, and replace the foregone local government revenue with state use tax revenue. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688146

Senate Bill 826: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on March 25, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bills 821 and 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688148

Senate Bill 827: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 25, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for manufacturing facilities, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688149

Senate Bill 828: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 25, 2014, to revise details of a “personal property tax” exemption for smaller commercial businesses, which was a device used by a 2012 legislative package enacted to cut this property tax imposed on business tools and equipment. See Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688150

Senate Bill 829: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 105 to 4 in the House on March 25, 2014, to replace a local “essential services special assessment” (tax) with a state version. The local version was authorized by a 2012 personal property tax reform law to reimburse local governments for lost revenue from the tax cuts in that 2012 law. Senate Bill 822 would increase an earmark of the state use tax to essentially replace all of the foregone local government revenue instead of most of it. The revenue the state gives up to the earmark would be replaced by imposing the tax authorized by this bill on some but not all of the businesses getting a tax cut. In addition, the political appointees on the board of the state economic development agency empowered to grant exemptions to particular firms they select. For any of this to happen voters must approve related changes to the state use tax in an August, 2014 ballot initiative; the current proposal is intended to forestall local government opposition to that measure.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688151

Senate Bill 830: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 105 to 4 in the House on March 25, 2014, to authorize a lower “assessment” (tax) than the tax authorized by Senate Bill 829, which would be levied on the tools and equipment of certain kinds of businesses, or ones meeting other specified criteria. See also Senate Bill 822.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688152


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Senate Bill 431: Give “biobased” products state purchasing preference
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to require the state to give preference in purchasing and procurement to products with a higher amount of “biobased” components.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688204

Senate Bill 547: Revise consumer loan law details
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 26, 2014, to revise details in provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code that address “negotiable instruments,” including checks and similar rights to payment.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688241

Senate Bill 548: Revise consumer loan law details
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 26, 2014, to revise details of a “Uniform Electronic Transactions Act” that governs the terms and conditions under which information and signatures can be transmitted, received, and stored by electronic means.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688242

Senate Bill 549: Revise financial institutions check processing rule detail
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 26, 2014, to revise and update details in the Uniform Commercial Code that govern how financial institutions process checks.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688243

Senate Bill 551: Revise secured loan default details
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on March 26, 2014, to revise details of the Uniform Commercial Code that governs secured loan defaults to specify limitations on the recovery available for loss to a debtor.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688244

Senate Bill 585: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to raise the minimum age for prostitution-related crimes to from 16 to 18, and prohibit local units of government from enacting ordinances that establish lower minimum ages. Individuals under this age caught violating the law would be presumed to be victims of some kind of coercion and could be taken into protective custody and placed under probate (family) court supervision.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688199

Senate Bill 593: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to require child placement agencies to give special consideration to information that a child may be the victim of human trafficking crimes, and on that basis find that the usual reunification, adoption, or other foster care services may not be suitable. Instead, the child would have to be placed in a setting that provided mental health, counseling, or other specialized services appropriate for a human trafficking victim.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688200

Senate Bill 598: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to include “enticing a female away under 18 years of age” to commit prostitution-related crimes in the “predicate” crimes that come under the state racketeering law (RICO), which among other things would allow the seizure and sale of a violator’s assets, with the proceeds going to law enforcement agencies. Unrelated to human trafficking, the bill would also add felony liquor control code violations related to the sale, delivery, or importation of spirits to the predicate RICO offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688202

Senate Bill 613: Permit keeping road kill
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to allow a driver who kills or injures a game animal other than bird on the road to keep it, and give the driver first priority if more than one person wants it. The Department of Natural Resources would be required to issue a “salvage tag” if requested, which would be required to get the carcass stuffed or tanned by a taxidermist. The driver would have to keep a record of the circumstances until the game is consumed or discarded.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688205

Senate Bill 714: Adopt “collaborative law” law
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to adopt a “uniform collaborative law act” which would establish a statutory framework for using a collaborative process to resolve disputes arising under Michigan’s family laws or domestic relations laws without having to go to court.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688206

Senate Bill 758: Authorize more stringent sanctions for delinquent hotel tax
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to empower counties that choose to impose a tax of up to 5 percent on hotel and motel room charges to enforce the tax with the more stringent sanctions authorized by the state property tax law for delinquent “special assessment” levies, which include forfeiture and foreclosure. Currently, the maximum penalty permitted by the law authorizing this tax is 25 percent of the delinquent amount, plus interest, and up to 90 days in jail.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688195

Senate Bill 780: Appropriate $27.7 million for state land acquisitions and recreation projects
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on March 26, 2014, to appropriate $27.6 million from the state Natural Resources Trust Fund for various land acquisitions and recreation projects. State oil and gas well royalty money is earmarked for this fund.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688248

Senate Bill 786: Give tax breaks to aquaculture and hydroponics
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to exempt aquaculture and hydroponics production facilities from property taxes. Senate Bill 787 would instead impose a new “specific” tax equal to 25 percent of the regular property tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688197

Senate Bill 787: Give tax breaks to “aquaculture” and hydroponics
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to impose a new “specific” tax on aquaculture and hydroponics production facilities, equal to 25 percent of the regular property tax rate; Senate Bill 786 would exempt these operations from the regular property tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688198

Senate Bill 820: Revise CON health facility rationing board detail
Passed 107 to 2 in the House on March 26, 2014, to require that an individual representing “nonprofit mutual disability” insurance companies be on the board of the state “Certificate of Need” rationing commission, which requires health care providers to seek government permission to open or expand a facility or add certain capital-intensive equipment (like MRIs).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688246

Senate Bill 862: Allow alcohol at Michigan Stadium international soccer game
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to allow the sale of alcohol at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor during a potential soccer game in August 2014 between the Manchester United and Real Madrid international soccer teams.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688207

Senate Bill 869: Remove specific fishing season dates from statute
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to eliminate the statutory fishing season dates for largemouth and smallmouth bass, which would leave setting the dates to the state Natural Resources Commission.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688208

House Bill 4288: Restrict use of “indirect” tax audits
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to prohibit the Department of Treasury from levying a delinquent sales tax assessment on a person or business based on an “indirect audit,” if a taxpayer has filed all the required returns and has maintained and preserved adequate records as required. The bill also establishes minimum standards for such “indirect audits”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688196

House Bill 4292: Restrict use of “indirect” tax audits
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to prohibit the Department of Treasury from levying a delinquent use tax assessment on a person or business based on an “indirect audit,” if a taxpayer has filed all the required returns and has maintained and preserved adequate records as required. The bill also establishes minimum standards for such “indirect audits”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688203

House Bill 4295: Adjust school budget projections, appropiate extra money
Passed 105 to 4 in the House on March 26, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that does not contain $30 million in extra spending approved by the Senate for grants to schools with more “at risk” students, or $2 million the Senate added for class size reduction grants. This version also increases to $750,000 a cap on how much a single school district can get from a year-round school pilot program grant the bill funds, and does not authorize a student nutrition and behavior tracking software program for schools included in the original House version.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688254

House Bill 4467: Don’t impose “insurance” regulations on extended service contracts
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to establish that service contracts covering the future maintenance, repair or replacement of vehicles, building or other property are not “insurance” subject to the licensure mandates and regulations imposed by the state insurance code.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688194

House Bill 5248: Waive some licensure fees for veterans
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 26, 2014, to waive fees charged for state-imposed dental assistant and hygienist licensure mandates if the applicant is an honorably discharged veteran who performed these roles in the military.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688245


142 posted on 03/28/2014 4:17:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 622: Clarify real estate improvement use tax provision
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on March 27, 2014, to clarify the applicability of the state use tax on “a manufacturer that affixes its product to real estate”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688435

Senate Bill 821: Revise 2012 “personal property tax” reform law
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on March 27, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688361

House Bill 4135: Let foreclosing banks claim homestead tax exemption
Passed 85 to 23 in the House on March 27, 2014, to grant a homestead property tax exemption for up to three years to a bank or other financial institution that has foreclosed and taken possession of a home because the borrower failed to make payments on the mortgage loan, as long as the property is for sale and not leased out (even to the former owner).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688439

House Bill 4295: Adjust school budget projections, appropiate extra money
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 27, 2014, to add back the $2 million the Senate added and the House removed for class size reduction grants.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=155260

House Bill 4478: Revise voter signature detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to allow a voter who can’t sign his or her own name because of a disability to use a signature stamp where signatures are required on election-related documents. Also, to allow the state elections bureau and board of canvassers to craft the 100-word ballot language people will see at the polls when the legislature places a proposed law on the ballot, rather than having the legislature craft the language. This has become an issue in a personal property reform package comprised of Senate Bills 821 to 830.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688346

House Bill 4601: Name a highway
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 27, 2014, to designate a portion of US-10 in Lake County as the “Sheriff Robert Radden Memorial Highway”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688430

House Bill 4646: Revise child adoption/placement details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to authorize and specify procedures under which a parent could execute an out-of-court consent to an adoption after the child’s birth. This is part of a legislative package designed to speed-up the adoption process, including reducing the time a birth-parent has to change his or her mind.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688350

House Bill 4647: Revise child adoption/placement details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to establish that three months after formal an adoption placement of adoptee who is less than one year old (rather than six months under current law), a court could enter an order of adoption, unless it determined that circumstances had arisen that make adoption undesirable. This is part of a legislative package designed to speed-up the adoption process, including reducing the time a birth-parent has to change his or her mind.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688337

House Bill 4648: Revise child adoption/placement details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to revise details of a law that describes when parental rights can be terminated and when they cannot, so as to establish procedures for when the parental rights of a mother have not been officially terminated, and the court finds that the best interest of the child would be served by granting custody to the putative father. This is part of a legislative package designed to speed-up the adoption process, including reducing the time a birth-parent has to change his or her mind.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688338

House Bill 4865: Authorize mobile dental facilities
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to allow dental services to be provided in a mobile dental facility if the state grants a permit, subject to an extensive set of regulations and restrictions specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688341

House Bill 4907: Revise arson law details
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on March 27, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688424

House Bill 4907: Revise arson law details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to clarify wording in the state’s law against arson. The revisions generally do not make any substantive changes to this law, except the bill would remove an explicit “intent” provision, which supporters say is already implicit in other language specifying the law applies to “willful or malicious” action.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688335

House Bill 4908: Revise arson law details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to revise and update details of state sentencing guidelines for the crime of arson. The revisions do not make any substantive changes to this law. See also House Bill 4907.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688336

House Bill 4936: Redesignate a highway
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 27, 2014, to designate a portion of U.S. 127 in Clinton County as the “Tim Sanborn Memorial Highway”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688427

House Bill 5064: Name I-75 after Tuskegee airmen
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 27, 2014, to designate Interstate I-75 in Michigan as “Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688432

House Bill 5072: Change scenic road PR label
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 26, 2014, to require the proposed signs to also disclose the amount of cash subsidies and selective tax breaks the state paid to corporations and developers through its “economic development” programs, with the information posted in the same sized font.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161057

House Bill 5072: Change scenic road PR label
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on March 27, 2014, to change the label applied to roads deemed by a 1993 law to be “heritage routes” because of their scenic, recreational, or historic associations, instead calling them “Pure Michigan Byways”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688429

House Bill 5152: Exempt voter registration-related Social Security numbers from FOIA
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on March 27, 2014, to specifically include the last four digits of a individual’s Social Security numbers among certain voter registration information that is exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act, and establish that candidate nominating petition signatures are not valid if they do not contain the date and the signer’s street address in addition to the signature. The bill also revises details of candidate filing deadlines when an office becomes vacant.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688347

House Bill 5282: Allow deadly force to defend nuclear plants
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to explicitly allow an officer providing security at a nuclear generating plant to use deadly force if he or she “honestly and reasonably believes (it) is necessary to prevent” a person from breaking in with the intent to inflict harm, engage in radiological sabotage or steal nuclear material. This would include immunity from lawsuits.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688339


143 posted on 03/29/2014 5:39:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Joint Resolution EE: Earmark some state gas and oil revenue to local roads
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on March 27, 2014, to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to dedicate 20 percent of the revenue from oil and gas leases on state property local road construction and maintenance. Under current law most or all this money goes to spending on recreational infrastructure projects, state parks, and to buy more state land.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163945

House Joint Resolution DD: Require state university board meetings be held in public
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on March 11, 2014, to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to establish that meetings of the governing boards of state universities must be held in public, and establish that the boards’ records are public documents open to public inspection.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163813

Senate Bill 890: Revise state adoption subsidies
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on March 26, 2014, to revise details of a law that authorizes subsidies for parents who adopt a child, so as to accommodate an agreement that the state would provide higher subsidies if it turns out a particular child needs “extraordinary” care that incurs extraordinary expenses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163910

Senate Bill 891: Revise hazardous waste cleanup regulations, procedures and definitions
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 27, 2014, to revise a number of procedures and definitions in the state’s law on hazardous waste cleanups, which would generally streamline operation of the law and make it more accommodating to various types of properties, situations and circumstances. Among other things, the bill would recognize that when contaminated property (a “facility”) is split or subdivided, new parcels created by the split that are not contaminated would no longer be subject to restrictions that applied to the original parcel.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163923

Senate Bill 892: Revise hazardous waste cleanup regulations, procedures and definitions
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 27, 2014, to revise the definition of contaminated property (a “facility”) in the state’s law on hazardous waste cleanups to accommodate the provision in Senate Bill 891 revising the law’s treatment of uncontaminated property that is split off from a contaminated parcel.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163924

Senate Bill 893: Re-impose medical services tax to get more federal Medicaid money
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on March 27, 2014, to re-impose a 6 percent use tax on certain health care providers, which is designed to “game” the federal Medicaid system in ways that result in higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare system.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163925

Senate Bill 894: Increase speed limits
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 27, 2014, to establish that highway “school zone” speed limits are only enforceable for 30 minutes before and after school hours (vs. up to one hour in current law), and may be lowered not more than 15 miles per hour below the regular speed limit, or to 25 miles per hour, whichever is higher. This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 894 to 898 to increase speed limits and revise related laws.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163926

Senate Bill 895: Increase speed limits
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 27, 2014, to establish that exceeding the speed limit by five miles per hour or less is punishable by a fine only, with no record of conviction or driver-license “points.” See also Senate Bill 896.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163927

Senate Bill 896: Increase speed limits
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 27, 2014, to increase the normal speed limit to 80 miles per hour on rural freeways, 70 mph on urban freeways, 65 mph on state highways, 60 mph on county roads, 55 mph on unpaved (gravel) roads except in Oakland and Wayne counties, where it would be 45 mph. These limits could fall or rise based on studies of observed traffic speed. The limit for trucks would be 70 mph on all freeways (vs. 60 mph under current law). The limit on unposted residential subdivision and traditional downtown business district streets would remain at 25 mph. Speed limits on city streets outside subdivisions could only be set according to the table of driveway frequency, or based on a speed study (as specified by Senate Bill 898).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163928

Senate Bill 897: Increase speed limits
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 27, 2014, to require that local traffic ordinances match the state-issued “manual of traffic control devices.” The bill would also revise the number of driver-license “points” assessed for various violations. See also Senate Bill 896.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163929

Senate Bill 898: Increase speed limits
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 27, 2014, to establish that variations from the general speed limits proposed by Senate Bill 896 can only be based on the speed at which 85 percent of drivers are found to travel in free-flowing traffic.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163930

House Bill 5421: Revise delinquent property tax interest detail
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on March 25, 2014, to allow counties to waive certain additional interest charges imposed on the delinquent property taxes of a tax-foreclosed primary residence.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163902

House Bill 5422: Allow 120 days to renew vehicle registration without late fee
Introduced by Rep. Pete Lund (R) on March 25, 2014, to not impose a $10 “late fee” on vehicle registrations submitted after the previous year’s registration has expired. The bill would only impose the fee 120 days after the registration has expired.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163903

House Bill 5423: Require MCCA rate formula disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on March 25, 2014, to require the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to publically disclose the formula used to determine its auto insurance surcharges, and the amount charged to individual insurance companies. The MCCA is the private entity established to provide reinsurance to cover the liability of individual auto insurance companies to pay unlimited medical claims above $500,000 per incident, which they are required to pay under the state no-fault auto insurance law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163904

House Bill 5424: Accommodate and regulate charitable “millionaire game” business
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on March 25, 2014, to revise the law governing charitable “millionaire party” gambling events that include casino games, in a manner that accommodates charitable organizations contracting out operation of these fundraising events to a “charitable gaming service” that operates them for multiple charities at a single location, one after another. The bill would establish a licensing regime covering both the charities and the companies that provide the service, which would recognize a system that has evolved. Under this system, on most days of the week a person can go to a single location to gamble on casino-like games, with the proceeds going to a different charitable organization each day (or during different hours of the same day), less the cost of the contract with the service provider. The state Gaming Control Board has proposed a different regulatory regime that would restrict this practice rather than accommodate it.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163905

House Bill 5425: Establish rental unit bedbug procedures
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on March 25, 2014, to give district courts “equitable jurisdiction” in cases related to the proposal in House Bills 5199 to 52101 to establish the duties of both landlords and tenants related to a rental unit that is infested with bedbugs. See also Senate Bill 657.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163906

House Bill 5426: Allow farmers market beer tastings and sales
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on March 25, 2014, to expand the 2013 law that authorized a special liquor license allowing small winemakers to sell wine and hold wine tastings at farmers markets, so that it also applies to “micro-brewers”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163907

House Bill 5427: Allow farmers market beer tastings and sales
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on March 25, 2014, to expand the 2013 law that authorized a special liquor license allowing small winemakers to sell wine and hold wine tastings at farmers markets, so that it also applies to “micro-brewers”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163908

House Bill 5428: Revise transportation funding detail
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on March 26, 2014, to define the liability of individual townships within a “township alliance” for state road funding for damages caused by not keeping roads in “reasonable repair.” House Bill 4015 would make these township alliances eligible for state road funding.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163916

House Bill 5429: Revise detail of securities regulation
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on March 26, 2014, to revise a provision in the state “uniform securities act” (which governs the issuance and sale of stocks) so as to clarify the escrow of purchaser funds in an intrastate offering.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163917

House Bill 5430: Revise state securities regulation
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on March 26, 2014, to create a new “Office of Securities Regulation” within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs , to which would be transferred the duty to regulate the issuance and sale of stocks that currently located in the state Office of Finance and Insurance Regulation. The bill would also create a new state “securities regulation board”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163918

House Bill 5431: Require internet safety instruction in schools
Introduced by Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D) on March 26, 2014, to require public schools to offer instruction on “Internet safety” using resources the state Department of Education would be required to make available.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163919

House Bill 5432: Revise swine definitions
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on March 26, 2014, to define “feral or wild swine” as swine that have lived any part of their life as free roaming or not under the husbandry of humans, and “native swine” as swine born and raised or legally imported into this state. Shortly before the bill’s introduction a state court ruled that regulations against keeping wild boars, Eurasian wild boars and similar exotic varieties used in “sporting swine” hunting operations are too vague to be enforceable.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163920

House Bill 5433: Authorize state tax break for federal “new markets tax credits”
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on March 27, 2014, to require the Department of Treasury to report to the legislature each year on the activities of the department related to the treatment of state tax credits based on federal “new markets tax credits,” as proposed by House Bills 5434 and 5435. “New markets tax credits” is a program that subsidizes capital investments or loans to certain business entities or individuals in low-income communities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163937

House Bill 5434: Authorize state tax break for federal “new markets tax credits”
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on March 27, 2014, to authorize a tax credit based on an insurance company’s investment in an entity eligible for a federal “new markets tax credit,” which is a program that subsidizes capital investments or loans to certain business entities or individuals in low-income communities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163938

House Bill 5435: Authorize state tax break for federal “new markets tax credits”
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on March 27, 2014, to authorize a state income tax credit based on a taxpayer’s investment in an entity eligible for a federal “new markets tax credit,” which is a program that subsidizes capital investments or loans to certain business entities or individuals in low-income communities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163939

House Bill 5436: Require school bus seat belts
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on March 27, 2014, to require new school buses to be equipped with seat belts for each passenger.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163940

House Bill 5437: Authorize 5-mill “sinking fund” property tax for school buses
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on March 27, 2014, to allow school districts to use a “sinking fund” property tax to buy school buses. Under current law, schools may levy up to 5 mills for 20 years for a “sinking fund,” which is a permanent fund that may only be used only for land purchases and the construction or (major) repair of school buildings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163941

House Bill 5438: Mandate drivers ed include cycle awareness lesson
Introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on March 27, 2014, to require drivers education classes to include classroom instruction on laws related to bicycles and motorcycles, and to emphasize awareness of their operation on roads.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163942

House Bill 5439: Permit growing industrial hemp for research
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Daley (R) on March 27, 2014, to allow the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and/or a Michigan college or university to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The bill would also authorize creating a segregated state fund to provide grants for this research.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163943

House Bill 5440: Permit growing industrial hemp for research
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on March 27, 2014, to revise the law that defines marijuana as an illegal drug so as to exclude “industrial hemp” grown or cultivated for research, which House Bill 5439 would authorize.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163944


144 posted on 04/03/2014 3:17:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Bill 5152: Exempt voter registration-related Social Security numbers from FOIA
Passed 84 to 24 in the House on March 27, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which also repeals a ban on residents of another state collecting signatures on a ballot initiative or candidate nomination petition.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688412

House Bill 5152: Exempt voter registration-related Social Security numbers from FOIA
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 25, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that also would repeal a ban on residents of another state collecting signatures on a ballot initiative or candidate nomination petition.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161385

House Bill 5441: Repeal local road agency fringe benefit reporting mandate
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on April 17, 2014, to repeal a law that mandates local road agencies certify to the Department of Transportation that their employees and their contractors’ employees get fringe benefits meeting certain specifications in that law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163972

House Bill 5442: Revise victim notification of offender’s prison alternative
Introduced by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on April 17, 2014, to require that the notice sent to the victim of a crime that the offender may be placed in a special alternative incarceration (”boot camp”) program must inform the victim of his or her right to submit a victim impact statement to the judge.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164049

House Bill 5443: Give some state employees early retirement incentive pension increase
Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D) on April 17, 2014, to authorize a retirement incentive for Department of Transportation employees whose age and years of government employment add up to at least 70 and who retire before Dec. 1, 2014. The bill would increase the multiplier used to calculate the retirement benefits of these employees from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, which would increase the cash portion of their post-retirement benefits by 16.7 percent.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164050

House Bill 5444: Revise foster care trust fund details
Introduced by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on April 17, 2014, to revise details of a state trust fund supports college or career training programs for foster care children who “age out” of the system. The bill would cap the administrative expenses the Fund could incur, revise membership of the fund board, and require the board to “collaborate” with state colleges and universities to “assist current and former foster care students who have unmet financial education needs and assist in the effort to create sustainable futures for those foster care students”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164051

House Bill 5445: Establish rape kit evidence regulations and procedures
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on April 17, 2014, to establish regulations and procedures that law enforcement agencies and health care providers must follow when collecting and using sexual assault kit evidence.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164052

House Bill 5446: Establish failed school district dissolutions procedures
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on April 17, 2014, to place in statute specific criteria and procedures for reorganizing a school district dissolved because it is no longer financially viable or for other reasons. Essentially, the bill would give the local Intermediate School District the duty and authority to transfer the students and territory of the failed district to other conventional school districts within the ISD’s jurisdiction, and determine the allocation of revenue and liabilities to them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164053

House Bill 5447: Designate road after murdered corrections officer
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on April 17, 2014, to designate a portion of U.S. 41 in Marquette County as the “Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164054

House Bill 5448: Ban certain retroactive municipal water use billings
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on April 17, 2014, to prohibit a municipal water system that installs a new water meter from charging the customer for any water use that was not previously detected or billed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164055

House Bill 5449: Designate “Blanchard’s cricket frog” as official state amphibian
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on April 17, 2014, to establish in law that henceforth the “Blanchard’s cricket frog” (acris crepitans blanchardii) shall be designated as the official State of Michigan amphibian. At present, Michigan does not have an official state amphibian. Past bills have proposed designating the northern spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer), the marbled salamander (Ambystome opacum) and the eastern gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor). Note: The Blanchard’s cricket frog is named after a herpetologist, not a former Democratic Michigan Governor of the same name.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164056

House Bill 5450: Permit mail-order purchase of air rifles and BB guns
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on April 17, 2014, to revise a detail in the wording of an existing exclusion of air rifles and BB guns from the state law governing the sale, purchase, possession and carrying of firearms. The change is said to allow .177 caliber air rifles and BB guns to be purchased by mail order.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164057

House Bill 5451: Authorize National Guard member tuition subsidies
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on April 17, 2014, to authorize annual college or vocational education tuition subsidies of up to $4,500 per year for a current Michigan National Guard member. The bill does not specify where the money would come from.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164058

House Bill 5452: Increase overweight and oversize truck fees
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on April 17, 2014, to increase the fee for permits required to operate a vehicle or trailer that exceeds standard highway size, weight, or load restrictions. This is part of a road funding increase proposal announced by House Speaker Jase Bolger.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164059

House Bill 5453: Increase overweight truck fines
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on April 17, 2014, to increase the fines imposed on trucks whose weight exceeds state limits. This is part of a road funding increase proposal announced by House Speaker Jase Bolger.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164060

House Bill 5454: Revise ambulance licensure detail
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on April 17, 2014, to revise the law imposing licensure and detailed state regulations on ambulance operations, so as to exempt advanced life support operations in small rural counties and communities from certain staffing and related requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164061

House Bill 5455: Increase fine for selling untaxed cigarette
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on April 17, 2014, to increase the fine for selling a cigarette separately from a package from $500 to $1,000, and up to $10,000 for multiple violations. Sixty percent of the fine revenue would go to the local police agency that issues the citation, with the rest split between the state and the court.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164062

House Bill 5456: Ban insurance rate hike for pothole damage
Introduced by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on April 17, 2014, to prohibit auto insurers from increasing a person’s rates due to damage caused by a pothole.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164063

House Bill 5457: Revise large county commission membership detail
Introduced by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on April 17, 2014, to change the number of county commissioners authorized for a county with 600,000 or more people, from the current “25 to 35” to “not more than 35.” This would apply to Kent, Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164064

House Bill 5458: Give state money to communities that had frozen pipes
Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D) on April 17, 2014, to appropriate $10 million for Upper Peninsula communities whose water pipes froze in the winter of 2013-14.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164065

House Bill 5459: House Speaker road funding package
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on April 17, 2014, to earmark sales tax collected on gasoline sales to road projects. This is part of a road funding increase proposal announced by House Speaker Jase Bolger.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164066

House Bill 5460: House Speaker road funding package
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on April 17, 2014, to require local and county road authorities to get full replacement cost warranties from contractors for road construction and preservation projects they perform. This is part of a road funding increase proposal announced by House Speaker Jase Bolger.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164067


145 posted on 04/23/2014 2:55:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Bill 4781: Revise motorcycle “learner’s permit” detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 22, 2014, to revise details of a motorcycle operators license “learners permit,” which applies to license applicants who have not yet passed a motorcycle skills test and have not taken an optional safety course. Under current law the 180-day “learner’s permit” only allows riding under the supervision of a person who has a regular motorcycle license (“indorsement”). The bill would prohibit more than two such “learners permits” in a 10-year period.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689114

House Bill 5154: Revise criminal prosecution preliminary procedures
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on April 22, 2014, to authorize and establish procedures for “probable cause” conferences in advance of the criminal prosecution “preliminary examinations” required under current law. The subject matter would include possible plea bargains, bail, procedural aspects of a case and more. These conferences could be waived if both sides agree. This and House Bill 5155 would also revise “preliminary examination” procedures, and timetables for both types of proceeding.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689112

House Bill 5155: Revise criminal prosecution preliminary procedures
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 22, 2014, to authorize and establish procedures for “probable cause” conferences in advance of the “preliminary examinations” authorized under current law for criminal prosecutions. The subject matter would include possible plea bargains, bail, procedural aspects of the case, and more. These conferences could be waived if both sides agree. This and House Bill 5154 would also revise “preliminary examination” procedures, and timetables for both types of proceeding.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689113


146 posted on 04/24/2014 3:33:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 444: Revise aquatic nuisance species control regulations
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on April 23, 2014, to revise details of the law restricting and requiring permits for chemicals used to control aquatic nuisance species; increase the permit fees (by extending the sunset on their authorization); revise the duration of permits and make them transferable; and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689234

Senate Bill 664: Revise “debt management services” regulations
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on April 23, 2014, to revise and update various definitions and prescribed procedures in a law that imposes licensure and regulations on “debt management services.” The bill would also increase license fees.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689235

Senate Bill 873: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 23, 2014, to authorize the designation of a trail as “Pure Michigan Trail” if it contributes to a statewide trail network that “promotes healthy lifestyles, economic development, recreation, and conservation.” The bill would also authorize designation of “Pure Michigan Towns” and “Pure Michigan Water Trails”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689236

Senate Bill 874: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 23, 2014, to authorize the use of money in an existing “Michigan trailways fund” to develop the statewide multi-use trail network proposed by Senate Bill 873. The bill would also make nonprofits and private sector entities eligible for grants from to operate and maintain designated trail segments.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689237

Senate Bill 875: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 23, 2014, to revise the state environmental protection law to conform to the proposal in Senate Bill 873 to designate a statewide multi-use trail network.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689238

Senate Bill 876: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 23, 2014, to revise the law authorizing the state to operate an “adopt a trail” program using the services of volunteers so as to conform to the proposal in Senate Bill 873 to designate a statewide multi-use trail network.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689239


147 posted on 04/25/2014 4:28:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 49: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on April 24, 2014, to establish that state databases containing information on licenses issued to individuals to purchase, carry, possess, or transport pistols are confidential and not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill was introduced after a New York newspaper published the names and addresses of gun owners it acquired from a state database (since then New York has also banned releasing this information).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689269

Senate Bill 680: Exclude county road commissions as waterfront road end decision maker
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 24, 2014, to clarify that cities, villages and townships rather than counties may exercise the authority granted by a 2012 law to permit a single seasonal public dock or wharf at a road end at an inland lake or stream. This applies unless a recorded deed, easement or other recorded dedication expressly provides otherwise.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689271

Senate Bill 834: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on April 24, 2014, to establish that a firearms-related court order or disposition entered into the state’s Law Enforcement Information Network (LIEN) is not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). See Senate Bill 49.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689267

Senate Bill 878: Accommodate and regulate the “millionaire party” business
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on April 24, 2014, to revise the law governing charitable “millionaire party” gambling events that include casino games, in a manner that accommodates charities contracting-out operation of these fundraising events to a “charitable gaming service” that operates them for multiple charities at a single location, one event after another. The bill would establish a licensing regime covering both the charities and the companies that provide the gambling service, which would recognize a system that has evolved in which, on most days of the week, a person can go to a single location to gamble on casino-like games, with the proceeds going to a different charitable organization each day (or during different hours of the same day). Among other details the bill would permit charitable organizations to sponsor these events a maximum of 16 days a year, and permit them to be held at horse race tracks. The state Gaming Control Board had proposed a different regulatory regime that would restrict this practice rather than accommodate it.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689274

House Bill 4962: Mandate SIDS information distribution & parent acknowledgement
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 24, 2014, to mandate that hospitals give mothers a copy of a pamphlet on the risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome and sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS and SUID). This would also apply to a health professional in charge of a birth or a newborn’s care outside of a hospital. The Department of Community Health would be responsible for producing the pamphlets and related material.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689272

House Bill 5277: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 24, 2014, to revise details of a 2013 law that made changes to the right of a mortgage foreclosure auction property buyer to monitor the property during the post-auction redemption period (during which a delinquent borrower can pay the loan in full to redeem the property). The bill would impose more restrictions on inspections by the buyer, require more notice before interior inspections, and offer more opportunities for the borrower to repair or correct damage before the buyer can claim immediate ownership rights.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689270


148 posted on 04/25/2014 1:55:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 899: Allow local governments to transfer tax functions to county
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on April 22, 2014, to allow cities, townships and villages to enter agreements with counties to administer functions related to property tax collections.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164044

Senate Bill 900: Revise workers comp insurance detail
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on April 22, 2014, to give the state agency that oversees the injured workers compensation insurance system discretion to permit reimbursement for certain claims made after statutory deadlines have passed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164045

Senate Bill 901: Establish rape kit evidence procedures and deadlines
Introduced by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on April 22, 2014, to establish regulations, procedures and timetables with deadlines that law enforcement agencies and health care providers must follow when collecting and using sexual assault kit evidence.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164046

Senate Bill 902: Impose college admissions training mandate on high school counselors
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on April 22, 2014, to mandate that middle school and high school counselors must take and pass a separate 45-hour course on the college admissions process and counseling, in addition to other existing licensure requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164047

Senate Bill 903: Authorize bone marrow transplant fundraising license plate
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on April 22, 2014, to require the Secretary of State to develop a fundraising license plate with proceeds going to research, technology, patient support and education regarding bone marrow donation and transplants.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164048

Senate Bill 904: Require “pharmacist in charge” at pharmacies
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on April 23, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the criminal offenses proposed by Senate Bill 704, which would require pharmacies, manufacturers, and distributors to designate a pharmacist in charge. This relates to a recent “drug compounding” scandal in New England that led to contaminated drugs causing meningitis in several people.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164086

Senate Bill 905: Establish process for removing local elected official for fiscal mismanagement
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on April 23, 2014, to establish a process by which the governing body of a city, village, or county can file a petition in circuit court to remove from office an elected official for misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance related to the custody and accounting of public money, or for failing to obtain or maintain a performance bond that statutorily required for the office.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164087

Senate Bill 906: Increase National Guard retirement benefit
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on April 23, 2014, to increase an annual retirement benefit for National Guard members from $600 to $720.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164088

Senate Bill 907: Allow more school retiree “double dipping”
Introduced in the Senate on April 23, 2014, to extend for another two years a July 2014 sunset on a law that allows a “retired” school employee to work as a teacher and still collect a pension in addition to his or her current pay, subject to specified limitations and qualifications.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164089

Senate Bill 908: Accelerate vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference”
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on April 24, 2014, to accelerate the 24-year phase-in of a 2013 law that exempted from sales tax the value of a trade-in when buying a motor vehicle, watercraft or RV, and repeal a provision halting the phase-in if halt the phase-in if the state’s acceptance of the federal health care law’s Medicaid expansion (authorized by 2013 House Bill 4714) is rescinded.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164093

Senate Bill 909: Cap inmates in state-run prisons at 38,000
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on April 24, 2014, to cap the number of prisoners in state prisons at 38,000, and require that prisoners above this number be kept in jails or other “secure facilities” (which appears to mean privatized prisons including the former Michigan youth correctional facility in Baldwin, a privately owned and managed prison).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164094

Senate Bill 910: Ban enforcement of new woodstove emissions limits
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on April 24, 2014, to prohibit Department of Environmental Quality from imposing new state regulations limiting emissions from woodstoves and heaters, or enforcing federal regulations that do this. The bill was introduced as news reports indicate that proposed federal Environmental Protection Agency rules would impose restrictive new limits on wood burning heaters.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164095

Senate Bill 911: Repeal mandate on governments to use unionized print shops
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on April 24, 2014, to repeal a 1937 law that mandates all state and local government printing (with specified exceptions) must be done by a printer who is approved by local unions (styled in the law as “the allied printing trades council of the locality”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164096

House Bill 5461: Revise “file and use” auto insurance rates
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on April 23, 2014, to revise Michigan’s “file and use” auto insurance rate regulatory system, wherein insurers are required to file for approval of any rate changes but don’t have to wait to start using the rates immediately. Under the bill, insurers would have to wait 15 days after filing before using new rates, and the state would have 30 days to disapprove them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164068

House Bill 5462: Let ISD reconstitute failed and dissolved school district
Introduced by Rep. David Nathan (D) on April 23, 2014, to give the local Intermediate School District the duty and authority to transfer the students and territory of a failed and dissolved school district to other conventional school districts within the ISD’s jurisdiction, and also give the ISD the power to reconstitute the failed district. This would potentially reverse a 2013 lawthat established criteria and procedures for dissolving a fiscally unviable school district and attaching its territory to one or more nearby districts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164069

House Bill 5463: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby (R) on April 23, 2014, to revise the state paternity law so that if a DNA test shows a man to be a child’s father then paternity is “established” in law rather than “presumed”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164070

House Bill 5464: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on April 23, 2014, to establish that if a DNA test shows a man to be the father of a child born out of wedlock then paternity is established under law, the mother is granted custody, and the paternity status may be the basis for court-ordered child support, custody, or parenting time without further adjudication. The child would have the identical status rights, and duties of a child born in lawful wedlock.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164071

House Bill 5465: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on April 23, 2014, to specify procedures for establishing the paternity of a child born out of wedlock to a mother on welfare, and for seeking child support from the man the process determines to be the child’s father.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164072

House Bill 5466: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on April 23, 2014, to establish procedures for consolidating within one government agency a county prosecutor’s authority to seek child support from the father of a child born out of wedlock to a mother on welfare. The authority would then fall under either the friend of the court office, or an attorney employed or under contract with either the county or the state Department of Human Services.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164073

House Bill 5467: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on April 23, 2014, to establish procedures for consolidating within one government agency a county prosecutor’s authority to seek child support from the father of a child born out of wedlock. The authority would then fall under either the friend of the court office, or an attorney employed or under contract with either the county or the state Department of Human Services.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164074

House Bill 5468: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Roger Victory (R) on April 23, 2014, to establish procedures for consolidating within one government agency a county prosecutor’s authority to seek child support from the father of a child born out of wedlock to a mother on welfare. The authority would then fall under either the friend of the court office, or an attorney employed or under contract with either the county or the state Department of Human Services.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164075

House Bill 5469: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on April 23, 2014, to establish procedures for consolidating within one government agency a county prosecutor’s authority in cases involving a jurisdiction in another state to seek child support from the father of a child born out of wedlock. The authority would then fall under either the friend of the court office, or an attorney employed or under contract with either the county or the state Department of Human Services.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164076

House Bill 5470: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on April 23, 2014, to establish procedures for consolidating within one government agency a county prosecutor’s authority in cases involving a jurisdiction in another state to seek child support from the father of a child born out of wedlock. The authority would then fall under either the friend of the court office, or an attorney employed or under contract with either the county or the state Department of Human Services.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164077

House Bill 5471: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Rick Outman (R) on April 23, 2014, to establish procedures for consolidating within one government agency a county prosecutor’s authority to seek child support from the father of a child born out of wedlock. The authority would then fall under either the friend of the court office, or an attorney employed or under contract with either the county or the state Department of Human Services.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164078

House Bill 5472: Create delinquent child support “alternative contempt track docket”
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on April 23, 2014, to create an “alternative contempt track docket” for delinquent child support payers who are subject to one of several hardship conditions specified in the bill. This would the delinquent payer to avoid jail (be on probation) for 12 months if he enters and abides by an alternative payment plan.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164079

House Bill 5473: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on April 23, 2014, to revise details of a law that allows a court to refuse to revoke an acknowledgment of parentage if it is in the best interests of the child.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164080

House Bill 5474: Change reference to “crippled children” in state law
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on April 23, 2014, to revise a reference to “crippled children” in state law to instead refer to “children and youth with special health care needs”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164081

House Bill 5475: Require registration of student athlete agents
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on April 23, 2014, to require a person who acts as an agent for a student athlete to register with the state, and establish rules for establishing an agency relationship.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164082

House Bill 5476: Revise electric utility regulated rate setting procedures
Introduced by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on April 23, 2014, to revise details of the process used by state regulators to allocate production-related and transmission costs to the commercial customers of large utilities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164083

House Bill 5477: Replace per-gallon gas tax with 6 percent wholesale tax
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on April 23, 2014, to replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 6 percent wholesale fuel tax. The tax could only rise by 5 percent per year even if the price of fuel rose faster, but if the price of fuel fell the rate could be increased to prevent any reduction in tax revenue compared to the 2014 level.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164084


149 posted on 04/29/2014 8:45:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 760: Appropriations: Department of Agriculture
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 29, 2014, the Senate version of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $82.5 million in gross spending, compared to $80.1 million in the prior year’s budget. Of this, $9.2 million is federal money, and the rest is from state and local taxes and fees.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689368

Senate Bill 770: Appropriations: Department of Insurance and Financial Services
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on April 29, 2014, the Senate version of Department of Insurance and Financial Services budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $65.1 million in gross spending, of which $2.0 million is federal money almost all of the rest is from regulatory fees and fines. In the budget for the fiscal year that began in October of 2013, $75.3 million was appropriated for this budget, which included an $11 million deposit into a fund intended to reimburse insurance companies for the costs imposed by a new autism coverage mandate.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689369

Senate Bill 772: Appropriations: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on April 29, 2014, the Senate version of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $530.7 million in gross spending (of which $199.1 million is federal money), compared to $502.9 million in the prior year’s budget.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689370

Senate Bill 776: Appropriations: State Police
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 29, 2014, the Senate version of the State Police budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $638.5 million in gross spending (of which $99.4 million is federal revenue), compared to $606.8 million the previous year (an amount that included $16 million for police radios and which is now included in a different budget).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689372

House Bill 4341: Revise bodies donated to science accredidations
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on April 29, 2014, to give the Department of Community Health the authority to designate any accredited medical school in this state to accept dead bodies donated to science. Under current law only the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State may be designated.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689414

House Bill 5216: Authorize government “certificate of employability” for ex-cons
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on April 29, 2014, to authorize the Department of Corrections to issue a “certificate of employability” to prisoners being released who have behaved well in prison and successfully completed a career and technical education course.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689410

House Bill 5217: Authorize government “certificate of employability” for ex-cons
Passed 65 to 45 in the House on April 29, 2014, to limit the liability of employers in personal injury, property damage and wrongful death lawsuits arising from the actions of an employee who is an ex-convict hired after the individual was granted a “certificate of employability” by the state Department of Corrections, as proposed by House Bill 5216.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689411

House Bill 5218: Authorize goverrnment “certificate of employability” for ex-cons
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on April 29, 2014, to revise details of the “good moral character” prerequisite in occupational licensure mandates to conform with the ex-convict “certificate of employability” proposed by House Bill 5216. Specifically, the bill would allow but not require licensure boards to consider criminal prosecutions or lawsuit judgments as evidence of an individual not having “good moral character,” but require that they take notice of whether an ex-convict was granted the state “certificate of employability” proposed by House Bill 5216.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689412

House Bill 5220: Revise accounting firm licensure details
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on April 29, 2014, to revise details of the licensure mandate imposed on certain officers of public accounting firms. Specifically, the bill would eliminate a requirement that only licensed certified public accountants can to serve as officers and directors of the an accounting firm, given that such firms sometimes offer a range of business services.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689413


150 posted on 05/01/2014 4:38:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek
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