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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 678: Revise tobacco tax revenue earmarks
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 30, 2014, to earmark $3 million of annual state tobacco tax revenue to the state Capitol upkeep fund proposed by Senate Bill 665 and $50,000 for maintenance on the official governor’s residence.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689474

Senate Bill 766: Appropriations: Department of Environmental Quality
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 30, 2014, the Senate version of the Department of Environmental Quality budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2015. This would appropriate $502.5 million in gross spending, compared to $517.1 million, which was the amount appropriated the previous year. Of this, $150.3 million is federal money, and the rest is from state and local taxes and fees (including a 7/8 cent per gallon fuel tax).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689476

Senate Bill 773: Appropriations: Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on April 30, 2014, the Senate version of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $167.2 million in gross spending, compared to $166.3 million the previous year. Of this, $90.3 million is from federal funds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689480

Senate Bill 774: Appropriations: Department of Natural Resources
Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on April 30, 2014, the Senate version of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $382.9 million in gross spending, compared to $342.9 million, which was the FY 2012-2013 amount enrolled in 2012. Of this, $67.9 million is federal money, and the rest is from state taxes, fees, fines, royalties, etc. The large spending increase comes after a large hunting and fishing license fee increase was enacted in 2013.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689485


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Senate Bill 912: Prohibit employment for less than mandated wage
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on April 29, 2014, to make it unlawful to employ a worker for less than $8.15 an hour beginning in December 2014, notwithstanding any voluntary agreement between the employer and employee. The current state minimum wage level mandated for hourly employees not covered by a federal wage mandate is $7.40 an hour. The bill would also increase the minimum wage for employees who receive part of their compensation in tips from $2.65 to $2.75 an hour.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164116

Senate Bill 913: Revise Medicaid health insurance claims tax
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on April 29, 2014, to reduce to 0.75 percent a 1.0 percent health insurance claims tax intended to “game” the federal Medicaid system in ways that result in higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare system. If a 6 percent use tax on Medicaid managed care providers proposed by Senate Bill 893 is disallowed by federal government for this purpose, then this bill would increase the rate of this levy to the original 1.0 percent.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164117

Senate Bill 914: Prorate unfunded university pension benefit “catch up” costs
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on April 29, 2014, to establish a methodology for assessing state universities a share of the annual assessment required to “catch up” on unfunded pension liabilities. The bill would assess both universities and K-12 school districts with a share of the “catch up” costs based on how much of the unfunded liability was incurred on behalf of their employees’ service over the years, using a formula the bill proposes for determining the value of past and future pension fund contributions and the projected cost of future pension benefit payments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164118

Senate Bill 915: Make vehicle title lien updates electronic
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on April 29, 2014, to make it a felony to fraudulently indicate on a certificate of title for a vehicle that there is no security interest on record for the vehicle (meaning the vehicle is owned free and clear). Also, to make it felony to forge or counterfeit a letter from the lender saying the loan has been paid off. See also Senate Bills 916 to 918, which propose making vehicle title lien information electronic.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164119

Senate Bill 916: Make vehicle title lien updates electronic
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on April 29, 2014, to revise process for updating vehicle loan “security interests” on vehicle titles, so as to accommodate the process proposed by Senate Bill 918 for replacing the current paper-based system with an all-electronic one.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164120

Senate Bill 917: Make vehicle title lien updates electronic
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on April 29, 2014, to revise process for updating vehicle loan “security interests” on vehicle titles, so as to accommodate the process proposed by Senate Bill 918 for replacing the current paper-based system with an all-electronic one.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164121

Senate Bill 918: Make vehicle title lien updates electronic
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on April 29, 2014, to allow the Secretary of State to develop and contract out an electronic system to process the notification and release of vehicle lender “security interests” for purposes of indicating on vehicle titles whether a lender has an interest in the vehicle. This and related bills would mostly replace an existing “hard copy” process for updating this information and mailing out new title documents to owners or lenders. The Secretary of State could require that all transactions concerning these issues be conducted through electronic means.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164122

Senate Bill 919: Waive some state fees for veterans
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on May 1, 2014, to revise the documentation required by a veteran to establish that he or she is entitled to a waiver of the fees imposed for mandated registration as a government building official, inspector or plan reviewer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164163

Senate Bill 920: Waive some state fees for veterans
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on May 1, 2014, to revise the documentation required by a veteran to establish that he or she is entitled to a waiver of the fees imposed to incorporate a business.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164164

Senate Bill 921: Make vehicle title lien updates electronic
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on May 1, 2014, to revise the documentation required by a veteran to establish that he or she is entitled to a waiver of the fees charged under a state-imposed licensure mandate for plumbers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164165

Senate Bill 922: Authorize local “pension obligation bonds”
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on May 1, 2014, to extend for two years the Dec. 31, 2014 sunset on a law passed in 2012 to allow local governments to borrow money to cover unfunded employee pension liabilities, if the local has closed its traditional “defined benefit” pension system to new employees.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164166

Senate Bill 923: Authorize enforceable children sports liability waivers
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on May 1, 2014, to expand to “camping activities” a law passed in 2011 giving the parent or guardian of a minor who participates in a sports or a recreational activity the right release the organizer, sponsor or property owner in advance from liability for injuries sustained by the minor. The bill would also slightly expand the scope of these liability waivers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164167

Senate Bill 924: Criminalize posting revealing images to harass or intimidate
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on May 1, 2014, to explicitly make it a crime to post on the internet any sexually explicit photograph, drawing, or other image of a person with the intent to frighten, intimidate, or harass. The bill would also authorize penalties to refusing or failing to take all reasonable steps to remove such images upon written request of the person, even if these were not posted with the intent to frighten, intimidate, or harass.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164168

Senate Bill 925: Criminalize posting revealing images to harass or intimidate
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 1, 2014, to place in statute misdemeanor penalties proposed by Senate Bill 924 for posting on the internet any sexually explicit photograph, drawing, or other image of another person with the intent to frighten, intimidate, or harass.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164169

House Bill 5478: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on April 29, 2014, to replace an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits from a private self-insurer that becomes insolvent with a new “private employer group self-insurers security fund,” starting in 2019. This fund would pay injured or disabled employees’ claims and impose assessments on member groups to cover the insufficiency if one of them is unable to pay valid claims.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164125

House Bill 5479: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on April 29, 2014, to replace an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits from a private self-insurer that becomes insolvent with a new entity, starting in 2019. The new fund would pay injured or disabled employees’ claims and impose assessments on member groups to cover the insufficiency if one of them is unable to pay valid claims.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164126

House Bill 5480: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on April 29, 2014, to revise details of the state workers compensation insurance law to conform to the proposal in House Bills 5478 and 5479 to revise a state reinsurance fund to cover claims against self-insured employers who become insolvent.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164127

House Bill 5481: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on April 29, 2014, to revise details of the state workers compensation insurance law to conform to the proposal in House Bills 5478 and 5479 to revise a state reinsurance fund to cover claims against self-insured employers who become insolvent.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164128

House Bill 5482: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on April 29, 2014, to revise details of the state workers compensation insurance law to conform to the proposal in House Bills 5478 and 5479 to revise a state reinsurance fund to cover claims against self-insured employers who become insolvent.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164129

House Bill 5483: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on April 29, 2014, to authorize the imposition of extra assessments against the members of the “private employer group self-insurers security fund” if its obligations exceed the capacity of the fund to pay.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164130

House Bill 5484: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on April 29, 2014, to establish that the duty of the Attorney General to give legal advice to an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits would be the same under the replacement entity proposed in House Bills 5478 and 5479.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164131

House Bill 5485: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on April 29, 2014, to establish that the “private employer group self-insurers security fund” proposed by House Bills 5478 and 5479 ends up paying the benefits of an injured worker (instead of the self-insured employer paying them, it would have the right to seek reimbursement from the insolvent employer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164132

House Bill 5486: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on April 29, 2014, to establish that rights to an insolvent employer’s records currently vested in a state workers compensation “self-insurers’ security fund” would be the same under the replacement entity proposed by House Bills 5478 and 5479 for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits owed by an insolvent self-insured employer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164133

House Bill 5487: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Phil Phelps (D) on April 29, 2014, to revise the assessment methodology and accounting requirements for a state trust fund created to pay worker’s compensation insurance benefits owed by an insolvent self-insured employer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164134

House Bill 5488: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on April 29, 2014, to revise details of a provision enforcing the duty of an employer who self-insures for potential workers compensation liability to pay into a state trust fund created to cover benefits owed by insolvent self-insured employers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164135

House Bill 5489: Authorize workers comp trust fund payments to former Delphi workers
Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on April 29, 2014, to authorize payments from a state trust fund created to pay workers compensation insurance benefits owed by insolvent self-insured employers to former employees of the Delphi Corporation (which was spun-off by General Motors in 1997 and filed bankruptcy in 2005). The trust fund would be allowed to seek reimbursement from whatever entity is ultimately found by a federal court to be liable for these claims.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164136

House Bill 5490: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on April 29, 2014, to revise details of the process for resolving disputes between an employer or insurer and the trustees of a state trust fund created to pay workers compensation benefits owed by an insolvent employer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164137

House Bill 5491: Waive some state fees for veterans
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on April 29, 2014, to revise the documentation required by a veteran to establish that he or she is entitled to a waiver of the fees imposed to incorporate a business.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164138

House Bill 5492: Earmark some state use tax to roads
Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on April 29, 2014, to earmark 1.0 percent of the revenue from the 6.0 percent state use tax to road projects (meaning one-sixth of the revenue from this tax would go to roads). See also House Bill 5459. Reportedly this would generate around $250 million annually for roads.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164139

House Bill 5493: Replace per-gallon fuel tax with 6 percent wholesale tax
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on April 29, 2014, to replace the current 15 cent per gallon motor carrier fuel tax imposed on interstate truckers with a 6 percent tax on the wholesale fuel price. House Bill 5477 establishes the new rate, and this bill deletes language related to old rate, and also requires truckers to apply within 18 months for refunds of the Michigan fuel tax they paid for fuel burned in other states.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164140

House Bill 5494: Revise Saginaw County judgeships
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on April 30, 2014, to revise the number of judgeships in the second division of the seventieth district court district in Saginaw County.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164149

House Bill 5495: Authorize imposing extra property tax on vacant commercial or industrial property
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on April 30, 2014, to permit local governments to impose an additional property tax millage on particular parcels of vacant commercial or industrial property at a rate sufficient to “reflect the costs of maintaining the vacant property through years of vacancy.” A vote of the people would be required. The complete proposal is contained in this bill and House Bill 5496.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164150

House Bill 5496: Authorize imposing extra property tax on vacant commercial or industrial property
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on April 30, 2014, to permit local governments to impose an additional property tax millage on particular parcels of vacant commercial or industrial property at a rate sufficient to “reflect the costs of maintaining the vacant property through years of vacancy.” A vote of the people would be required. The complete proposal is contained in this bill and House Bill 5495.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164151

House Bill 5497: Waive some state fees for veterans
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on April 30, 2014, to revise the documentation required by a veteran to establish to claim the waiver authorized by a 2012 law of the fees charged under a state-imposed licensure mandate for electricians.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164152

House Bill 5498: Waive some state fees for veterans
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on April 30, 2014, to revise the documentation required by a veteran to establish that he or she is entitled to a waiver of the fees imposed to incorporate a nonprofit entity.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164153

House Bill 5499: Repeal law facilitating phase-out of telephone land lines
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on April 30, 2014, to repeal the law enacted five weeks before this bill’s introduction that streamlines regulations on “landline” telephone service providers so as to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allows phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164154

House Bill 5500: Authorize lawsuits against illegal local government gun restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on April 30, 2014, to require local governments that are violating a state law that preempts imposing local restrictions on firearms (including taxes, regulation of ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession) to bring their ordinances into compliance within 91 days. The bill would establish failure to do so as a “cause of action,” on the basis of which individuals or groups aggrieved by a violation of this state law could sue to have the local restrictions invalidated, and collect costs and reasonable attorney fees if they win. Also, the bill would authorize civil fines of $5,000 against an elected or appointed local government official who “knowingly and willfully enacted or enforced an ordinance or regulation in violation” of the state preemption.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164155

House Bill 5501: Reduce, then end “driver responsibility fees”
Introduced by Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) on April 30, 2014, to eliminate failure to pay the so-called “driver responsibility fees” imposed in 2003 as a revenue measure from a list of possible “licensing sanctions” in an unrelated drivers license statute. This is linked to House Bill 5414, with would gradually phase out these fees.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164156

House Bill 5502: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on April 30, 2014, to prohibit a state agency from imposing a rule that requires any increase in local government services or activities unless the legislature has appropriated money to pay for it. Along with House Bill 5503 this bill would establish an administrative process to restrict such impositions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164157

House Bill 5503: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on April 30, 2014, to prohibit any bill that potentially imposes a mandate on local governments from becoming law unless a “local government mandate panel” comprised the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies, and the relevant state department if any in consultation with the local governments affected, create a “fiscal note” that quantifies how much the mandate will cost; and require that money is appropriated and allocated to pay for the mandate, in compliance with the Headlee amendment provision prohibiting the state from imposing unfunded mandates on local governments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164158

House Bill 5504: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on April 30, 2014, to create a permanent legislative council “local government mandate panel” to implement the provisions of Senate Bill 495.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164159

House Bill 5505: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on April 30, 2014, to explicitly give local governments standing to sue the state under the Headlee Amendment’s unfunded mandate ban in the state constitution; establish that the burden of proof is on the state in such suits; establish that the burden of proof is on the local government if a taxpayer sues it for violating the Headlee amendment’s tax limitation provisions; and establish specific procedures for such lawsuits.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164160

House Bill 5506: Waive some state fees for veterans
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on April 30, 2014, to revise the documentation required by a veteran to establish that he or she is entitled to a waiver of the fees charged under a state-imposed licensure mandate for mechanical contractors.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164161

House Bill 5507: Revise county foster care reimbursement detail
Introduced by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on May 1, 2014, to extend for another year a state reimbursement to counties to cover a portion of the cost of providing foster care services. The bill also clarifies what constitutes “foster care services”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164174

House Bill 5508: Intercept delinquent child support from casino winnings
Introduced by Rep. Dale W. Zorn (R) on May 1, 2014, to require the state Office of Child Support to cooperate with the Department of Treasury to implement the proposal in House Bill 5509 to create electronically accessible registry containing the names of individuals with unpaid child support balances, with the purpose of intercepting their Detroit casino gambling winnings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164175

House Bill 5509: Intercept delinquent child support from casino winnings
Introduced by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on May 1, 2014, to require the state Department of Human Services to develop or contract for an electronically accessible registry containing the names of individuals with unpaid child support balances, and require the Detroit casinos to intercept the winnings of individuals on the list and transmit the money to the state office that disburses court-ordered child support payments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164176

House Bill 5510: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on May 1, 2014, to specify procedures for a father and mother signing an “acknowledgment of parentage” form. See also House Bills 5463 to 5473.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164177

House Bill 5511: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on May 1, 2014, to specify procedures and priorities for diverting money owed to an individual from a judgment against the state to a person who has a valid claim for delinquent child support owed by the judgment winner. See also House Bills 5463 to 5473.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164178

House Bill 5512: Revise paternity law and unwed father child support details
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on May 1, 2014, to deny or terminate welfare benefits if a recipient fails to comply with applicable child support requirements, including a duty to make efforts to establish paternity and obtain child support.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164179

House Bill 5513: Expand mobile home court environmental regulation
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on May 1, 2014, to expand the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Quality to impose and enforce regulations on mobile home parks. Among other things the bill would impose a performance bond mandate on mobile home park owners.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164180

House Bill 5514: Give tax break to Olympic games prize winner
Introduced by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on May 1, 2014, to authorize a state income tax deduction for prize money from the U.S. Olympic Committee for participation in the Olympic games.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164181

House Bill 5515: Exempt some schools from minimum instruction days requirement
Introduced by Rep. Dale W. Zorn (R) on May 1, 2014, to revise the law that requires public schools to provide a minimum of 1,098 hours and 170 days of instruction per year, by exempting schools that had closures in the 2013-2014 school year if the make-up days would extend classes past June 13 and the failure is due to conditions outside the school’s control.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164182

House Bill 5516: Prorate unfunded university pension benefit “catch up” costs
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on May 1, 2014, to establish a methodology for assessing state universities a share of the annual assessment required to “catch up” on unfunded pension liabilities. The bill would assess both universities and K-12 school districts with a share of the “catch up” costs based on how much of the unfunded liability was incurred on behalf of their employees’ service over the years, using a formula the bill proposes for determining the value of past and future pension fund contributions and the projected cost of future pension benefit payments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164183

Senate Bill 742: Give temporary occupational license to military spouse
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 6, 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, and if the person also submits fingerprints to meet a background check mandate. The license would be valid for one year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689862

Senate Bill 562: Revise county delinquent tax revolving funds
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 6, 2014, to revise details of the law authorizing delinquent tax revolving funds in counties. The bill would affect repayment by local governments of advances from these county funds. Specifically, it would make the amount due to a county from a local government or the state for a prior year’s uncollected delinquent tax a lien against future delinquent tax payments payable to them.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689910

Senate Bill 628: Revise crime victim rights detail
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 6, 2014, to revise the law that allows crime victims to receive notices and provide input regarding the prosecution of the perpetrator, including providing a victim “impact statement.” Under current law, this applies to the parents or guardian of a victim who is a minor, and the bill would change this so that it defines “victim” as someone who was less than 18 “at the time of the commission of the crime”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689914

Senate Bill 671: Waive some licensure fees for veterans
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 6, 2014, 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=689908

Senate Bill 672: Waive some licensure fees for veterans
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 6, 2014, 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=689909

Senate Bill 741: Give temporary health care professional occupational license to military spouse
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 6, 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, if the person also submits fingerprints to meet a background check mandate. The license would be valid for one year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689861

Senate Bill 762: Appropriations: Community Colleges
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on May 6, 2014, the Senate version of the community colleges budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $371.5 million in gross spending, compared to $335.9 million the previous year. The Senate did not adopt a 3.2 percent cap on tuition increases recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689870

Senate Bill 763: Appropriations: Department of Community Health
Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on May 6, 2014, the Senate version of the Department of Community Health budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $17.492 billion in gross spending, compared to $15.385 billion originally authorized for the previous year, before that amount was increased by the legislature’s adoption of the federal health care law Medicaid expansion. Of this, $12.023 billion is federal money. Most of this budget consists of Medicaid health care subsidies, including the “Obamacare” expansion.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689881

Senate Bill 768: Appropriations: Higher Education
The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on May 6, 2014, to remove a prohibition on universities providing health insurance or other fringe benefits for “unmarried partners” of employees.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689876

Senate Bill 768: Appropriations: Higher Education
Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on May 6, 2014, the Senate version of the higher education budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $1.527 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.430 billion the previous year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689877

Senate Bill 777: Appropriations: Department of Transportation
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on May 6, 2014, to remove language prohibiting the Department of Transportation from entering any contract or obligating the state to any spending on a proposed new Detroit River bridge unless it is explicitly authorized by the legislature.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163441

Senate Bill 777: Appropriations: Department of Transportation
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on May 6, 2014, the Senate version of the Transportation budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $3.682 billion in gross spending, compared to $3.597 billion originally appropriated for the previous fiscal year (which doesn’t include extra spending authorized later). Of this, $1.205 billion is federal money, and the rest is mostly from state motor fuel tax and vehicle registration tax revenue.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689865

House Bill 5400: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on April 30, 2014, to remove a provision that authorizes less restrictive regulations on coal “fly ash” if it is mixed with other substances (such as cement).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=163805

House Bill 5400: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Passed 68 to 42 in the House on May 6, 2014, to reduce restrictions on using certain low-hazard industrial byproducts that potentially have a beneficial use, including as fertilizer, road construction material, construction fill or other uses. The bill would also expand the definition of “inert material” in the state environmental protection law to include a number of specified materials, which would not be subject to restrictions depending on how they are used.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689911

House Bill 5401: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Passed 66 to 44 in the House on May 6, 2014, to exempt a person who follows specified rules for storing “inert materials” and “beneficial use by-products” as defined by House Bill 5400 from liability under state the environmental protection law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689912

House Bill 5402: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Passed 66 to 44 in the House on May 6, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689913

House Bill 5447: Designate road after murdered corrections officer
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 6, 2014, to designate a portion of U.S. 41 in Marquette County as the “Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=689905


152 posted on 05/08/2014 4:20:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 934: Preempt $10.10 minimum wage initiative; hike mandated minimum to $8.15
Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on May 8, 2014, to repeal the current state minimum wage law that makes it unlawful to employ a worker for less than $7.40 an hour, and replace it with a new law increasing the mandated minimum to $8.15 an hour, and increasing the minimum amount the employer of a worker who receives tips must pay from $2.65 to $2.93 an hour. (A tipped-worker’s employer must pay the difference between this amount and the regular mandated minimum if tips come up short).
The bill is widely regarded as a gambit to stop an “initiated law” from being placed on the November 2014 ballot, which would increase the mandated minimums to $10.10 for both tipped and non-tipped employees, and index this to inflation. If the bill repeals the statute the initiative would amend, the initiative would become moot. The bill was introduced a few weeks before petitions being circulated by a group funded by unions and other labor interests must be submitted for their initiative to be on the 2014 general election ballot.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164309

House Bill 5566: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on May 8, 2014, to establish a Detroit fiscal management oversight commission consisting of the Governor and the Mayor of Detroit (or their appointees), two state department heads, one Detroit resident with relevant financial training and experience, and two candidates from lists submitted by the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader. Among the commission’s powers would be final approval of city budgets, borrowing, union contracts, police and firefighters contracts imposed by binding arbitration, and more. The commission could waive any of these powers if the city adopts deficit-free budgets for three consecutive years and meets other specified conditions, but could resume its powers in the event of subsequent backsliding. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164297

House Bill 5567: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on May 8, 2014, to require a Detroit chief financial officer to be appointed by the mayor, subject to the approval of the state oversight commission proposed by House Bill 5566, who would supervise the city’s financial and budget activities. Also, to require Detroit to adopt certain specified budget processes and generally accepted accounting practices intended to avoid overspending, and to institute twice yearly revenue estimating conferences involving state officials and university economists. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164298

House Bill 5568: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on May 8, 2014, to no longer offer “defined benefit” pension and post-retirement health insurance benefits to new Detroit city employees hired starting in 2015 (subject to existing union contracts), and instead provide 401(k)-type contributions limited to 4 percent of the employee’s base pay, and retirement health savings account contributions limited to 2 percent. Subject to current union contracts, the bill would also ban supplemental “13th check” payments to current retirees based on pension fund investment performance, and ban pension “spiking” schemes that use include overtime, accrued sick or vacation pay, bonuses, fringe benefits and lump sum payments in the formula used to calculate pensions (abuses which contributed to Detroit’s bankruptcy). This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164299

House Bill 5569: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on May 8, 2014, to prohibit Detroit from providing employee health insurance benefits whose premiums cost more than $5,500 for a single person, $12,250 for a couple and $15,000 for a family plan (indexed to the “medical price index”), or alternatively, require city employees to contribute at least 20 percent toward the cost of their health insurance. A 2011 law mandated this for public school employees but allowed municipalities to exempt themselves with a 2/3 vote of their governing body; the bill would exclude Detroit from that exception. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164300

House Bill 5570: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on May 8, 2014, to establish a Detroit pension investment committee to oversee management of the city’s defined benefit pension system. The system would still be run by the existing pension board, but a process would be instituted by which the chief financial officer for the city proposed by House Bill 5567 would have final authority in the event the committee and the pension board disagreed on investment management decisions. The bill would also impose additional restrictions and disclosure requirements on reimbursed travel by pension fund board members, officials or employees. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164301

House Bill 5571: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on May 8, 2014, to prohibit any extension of a Detroit regional arts tax authorized by a 2010 law and approved for 10 years in a 2012 election by voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. This property tax imposes 0.2 mills that goes to the Detroit Institute of the Arts. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million, which among other things is intended to avoid the city art museum having to sell any paintings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164302

House Bill 5572: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on May 8, 2014, to authorize withdrawing money from the state rainy day fund (“budget stabilization fund”) for “any purpose” the legislature may provide, which in the current context means a state grant (“bailout”) of $195 million for Detroit. House Bill 5574 would appropriate the money. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and the proposed state grant.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164303

House Bill 5573: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) on May 8, 2014, to revise the law that authorized borrowing $400 million against future tobacco lawsuit settlement revenue for the “21st Century Jobs Fund” business subsidy program, and borrowing another $415 million against this revenue to cover deficit spending in the 2007 state budget, to borrow $350 million over 20 years for a proposed state grant (“bailout”) to Detroit. Alternatively, under House Bill 5572 the state would be authorized to give Detroit $195 million up front. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and the proposed state grant.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164304

House Bill 5574: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on May 8, 2014, to appropriate $194.8 million for a proposed Detroit bankruptcy settlement. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and this proposed state grant (considered by some to be a partial “bailout”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164305

House Bill 5575: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) on May 8, 2014, to create a “Michigan settlement administration authority” to manage the $194.8 million state grant (“bailout”) proposed by House Bill 5574 that would go toward a Detroit bankruptcy settlement. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and state grant.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164306


153 posted on 05/13/2014 3:09:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 926: Ban using a drone to interfere with hunters
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on May 6, 2014, to prohibit using an aerial drone to interfere with or harass a person who is hunting. This would expand an existing law that bans interfering with or harassing hunters.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164234

Senate Bill 927: Ban hunting with a drone
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on May 6, 2014, to prohibit using an aerial drone to take game.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164235

Senate Bill 928: Revise hospitalized student instruction detail
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on May 6, 2014, to revise the details of a law that requires a school district to provide “instructional services to a pupil placed in a hospital, treatment center, or other treatment facility” within three days if the district is notified. The bill would allow the parents of a child in this situation to petition the Department of Education to get instruction from another provider if a district is notified and does not act within that three day window.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164236

Senate Bill 929: Revise nonprofit corporation law detail
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on May 7, 2014, to revise the state law governing mergers and conversions of corporations and other limited liability business entities to include nonprofit corporations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164240

Senate Bill 930: Repeal (qualified) ban on local anti-mining zones
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on May 7, 2014, to repeal a state preemption of local zoning ordinances that restrict mining for “valuable natural resources” except where specified “very serious consequences” would result. In general, current law aims to consolidate the regulation of such activities at the state level.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164241

Senate Bill 931: Revise electronic arrest warrant detail
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 7, 2014, to clarify a law allowing a judge or district court magistrate to issue a written search warrant by any electronic of means of communication, so as to specify that this may be done from any location within this state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164242

Senate Bill 932: Revise district court magistrate detail
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 7, 2014, to allow district court magistrates to decide motions and requests to withdraw an admission or set aside a default judgment in civil infraction cases under certain circumstances specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164243

Senate Bill 933: Clarify preemption of Consumer Protection Act lawsuits against insurers
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 8, 2014, to clarify that a prohibition of lawsuits against insurance companies under the state Consumer Protection Act applies regardless of when the cause of action occurred. Under current law, industries like insurance that are already subject to a comprehensive state regulatory regime are not covered by the Consumer Protection Act.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164308

House Bill 5517: Ban insurance rate hike for crash damage
Introduced by Rep. Brain Banks (D) on May 6, 2014, to prohibit auto insurers from increasing a person’s rates due to damage caused by a crash if the customer was not “substantially at fault” for the accident.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164244

House Bill 5518: Authorize sanctions on insurance companies
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on May 6, 2014, to authorize a $1 million fine on an insurance company that does not deal “fairly and in good faith” on a customer claim as defined by House Bill 5519.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164245

House Bill 5519: Expand grounds for suing insurance companies
Introduced by Rep. Winnie Brinks (D) on May 6, 2014, to allow a person who believes that an insurance provider has not dealt fairly and in good faith to sue for compensatory, consequential, and exemplary (punitive) damages proximately caused by the breach, notwithstanding the prohibition on punitive damages in other areas of Michigan tort law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164246

House Bill 5520: Expand grounds for suing insurance companies
Introduced by Rep. Theresa Abed (D) on May 6, 2014, to allow a person who believes that an auto insurance provider has not dealt fairly and in good faith on a personal injury claim to sue for compensatory, consequential, and exemplary (punitive) damages proximately caused by the breach, notwithstanding the prohibition on punitive damages in other areas of Michigan tort law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164247

House Bill 5521: Expand grounds for suing insurance companies
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on May 6, 2014, to authorize consumer lawsuits against an insurance company that violates an existing law authorizing administrative sanctions for violating a long list of specific “unfair and prohibited trade practices”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164248

House Bill 5522: Expand insurance company sanctions
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on May 6, 2014, to authorize penalties of $10,000 plus three times the amount of any benefits withheld and attorney costs for a insurer that fails to pay a claims in a timely manner due to a variety of specified unfair practices. This is part of a Democratic insurance regulation and penalty package comprised of House Bill 5517 to 5528.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164249

House Bill 5523: Expand grounds for suing insurance companies
Introduced by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on May 6, 2014, to establish a legal presumption that an insurance company has acted in bad faith if it violates a long list of specific “unfair and prohibited trade practices” in an existing law, meaning the burden of proof would be on the insurer to prove otherwise in a lawsuit authorized by House Bill 5021.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164250

House Bill 5524: Reduce limits on state’s power to impose insurance price controls
Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D) on May 6, 2014, to repeal a provision of the insurance code that limits the state insurance bureau to determine that there not is a “reasonable degree” of competition for the particular type of insurance before it can declare a company’s rates “excessive”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164251

House Bill 5525: Expand insurance companies sanctions
Introduced by Rep. Tom Cochran (D) on May 6, 2014, to require that if an insurance company fails to act in good faith and pay benefits in a timely manner, and this leads to an insured receiving a bad credit report, the insurer must contact the large credit rating agencies and tell them that it was the company’s fault.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164252

House Bill 5526: Expand insurance companies sanctions
Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on May 6, 2014, to prohibit insurance companies from sanctioning employees who report “unfair” or deceptive actions by the company, and authorize giving such employees rewards from the government “insurance whistleblower fund” proposed by House Bill 5527.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164253

House Bill 5527: Expand insurance companies sanctions
Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on May 6, 2014, to create an “insurance whistleblower fund,” with half the money (after up to 10 percent is taken for administrative expenses) going to pay the rewards to insurance company employee “whistleblowers” proposed by House Bill 5526, and half spent for government information campaigns on insurance practices and consumer rights.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164254

House Bill 5528: Mandate minimum aggregate auto insurance claim payouts
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on May 6, 2014, to mandate that auto insurers pay out at least 80 percent of their annual premium revenue in claims, and if they don’t then give customers a pro-rated refund for the balance.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164255

House Bill 5529: Revise sanctions and procedures for veterans who break laws
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on May 6, 2014, to revise the requirements for participating in a “veteran’s treatment” specialty court program authorized by a 2012 law for veterans charged with certain crimes involving drug or alcohol abuse. The bill would require the person to meet with a veterans organization or counselor to discuss veterans benefit programs for which the individual may qualify.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164256

House Bill 5530: Revise sanctions and procedures for veterans who break laws
Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on May 6, 2014, to revise criminal sentencing procedures by requiring a notice to be sent to the state veterans agency if an offender is a veteran. This is part of a package amending various laws related to different treatment options for veterans accused of drug, alcohol or other offenses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164257

House Bill 5531: Revise sanctions and procedures for veterans who break laws
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on May 6, 2014, to require a veteran participating in a “sobriety court” sentencing diversion program to meet with a veteran service organization or county veteran counselor as part of the program, to discuss veterans benefit programs for which the individual may qualify.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164258

House Bill 5532: Revise sanctions and procedures for veterans who break laws
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on May 6, 2014, to require a prisoner who is a veteran to meet with a veteran service organization or county veteran counselor as a condition of parole, to discuss veterans benefit programs for which the individual may qualify.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164259

House Bill 5533: Revise sanctions and procedures for veterans who break laws
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on May 6, 2014, to require a prisoner who is a veteran to meet with a veteran service organization or county veteran counselor as a condition of probation, to discuss veterans benefit programs for which the individual may qualify.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164260

House Bill 5534: Revise veterans welfare benefit detail
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on May 6, 2014, to require that when a veteran applies for various state welfare benefits a notice must be sent to the state veterans agency.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164261

House Bill 5535: Revise veterans welfare benefit detail
Introduced by Rep. Paul Muxlow (R) on May 6, 2014, to require that when a veteran applies for food stamps a notice must be sent to the state veterans agency.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164262

House Bill 5536: End cash welfare benefits
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on May 6, 2014, to end cash welfare payments, and instead have the state make direct payments to a welfare recipient’s landlord, utilities, child care providers and grocery store.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164263

House Bill 5537: Authorize penalty for false “community service” claim
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on May 6, 2014, to authorize up 90 days in jail and a $500 fine for an offender sentenced to “community service” who knowingly provides false information that he or she has performed the service.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164264

House Bill 5538: Create new online “stalking” offender registry
Introduced by Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) on May 6, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the penalties proposed by House Bill 5539 for a person convicted of a “stalking” offense who fails to register his current address in the online “stalking” crime registry that bill would create.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164265

House Bill 5539: Create new online “stalking” offender registry
Introduced by Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) on May 6, 2014, to create an online public registry of individuals convicted of “stalking” crimes, similar to the existing sex offenders registry. The bill prescribes registration requirements, procedures, fees, penalties and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164266

House Bill 5540: Authorize sanctions for vandalizing road signs, lights, etc
Introduced by Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) on May 6, 2014, to authorize penalties of up one year in prison and a $500 fine for vandalizing or removing a traffic control device, light post, sign, etc. on a road or highway.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164267

House Bill 5541: Grant exception to gas station liquor license requirement
Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D) on May 6, 2014, to exempt gas stations that have liquor licenses in a particular township from a mandate to maintain a certain amount of inventory.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164268

House Bill 5542: Ban MDOT employees using state airplanes
Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D) on May 6, 2014, to prohibit state Department of Transportation employees from using state-owned aircraft to travel for personal or official state business, and instead require them to use video conferencing whenever practical.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164269

House Bill 5543: Redesignate a road
Introduced by Rep. Rick Outman (R) on May 6, 2014, to designate a portion of highway M-57 in Montcalm county as the “Joseph Prentler Memorial Highway”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164270

House Bill 5544: Mandate Holocaust lessons in public schools
Introduced by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on May 6, 2014, to mandate that public schools include information about the Holocaust in their curriculum, and require the Department of Education to develop a model curriculum.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164271

House Bill 5545: Revise criminal record expungement rules
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on May 6, 2014, to revise the grounds for seeking to have a criminal record expunged from a person’s record. The bill would allow a person convicted of only one felony offense and not more than two misdemeanors to apply to have the felony “set aside,” or expunged from the person’s public record. A person convicted of not more than two misdemeanors could apply to have one or both of them expunged. This would not apply to convictions for criminal sexual conduct, domestic violence, or crimes punishable by life imprisonment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164272

House Bill 5546: Authorize embedded shrapnel drivers license designation
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on May 6, 2014, to require the Secretary of State to provide for drivers license designation for military veterans who have has shrapnel or other types of metal in their bodies as a result of combat or other active duty service and who request this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164273

House Bill 5547: Revise principle residence form detail
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on May 7, 2014, to require the affidavit form for claiming a principle residence property tax exemption to also have a form for rescinding the exemption.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164274

House Bill 5548: Grant exception to liquor license transfer
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on May 7, 2014, to create an exception for a particular merchant to restrictions on transferring a “specially designated distributor” liquor license (which permits sales of packaged liquor for off-premises consumption).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164275

House Bill 5549: Mandate pregnant women be informed of stem cell options
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on May 7, 2014, to require a health care provider for a woman in the second trimester of pregnancy to inform her of the various storage or donation options for cord blood stem cells.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164276

House Bill 5550: Require schools to honor twins requests
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on May 7, 2014, to require a public school to honor a request from the parent of multiple birth siblings (twins, triplets, etc.) to place the children in the same classroom or in different classrooms (assuming there is more than one classroom for a grade).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164277

House Bill 5551: Grant in-state hunting license fee to military
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on May 7, 2014, to only charge in-state hunting license fees for active duty military personnel who live in another state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164278


154 posted on 05/14/2014 3:40:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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House Joint Resolution N: Require in-state tuition at universities for all veterans
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on May 14, 2014, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to require public universities to offer in-state tuition rates to all honorably discharged veterans.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690472

House Joint Resolution M: Require in-state tuition at community for all military
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on May 14, 2014, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to require community colleges to offer in-district tuition rates to all active duty members of the military, reservists and veterans.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690471

Senate Bill 156: Revise MBT detail
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on May 14, 2014, to make changes clarifying the intent of a 2012 law revising the former Michigan Business Tax related to for amounts attributable to the taxpayer due to a discharge of indebtedness, and other factors.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690431

Senate Bill 481: Repeal licensure mandate on foresters
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on May 13, 2014, to repeal a licensure mandate imposed on foresters, and eliminate a state “Board of Foresters” comprised political appointees who establish educational and experience requirements for forresters.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690333

Senate Bill 546: Revise public library board detail
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 13, 2014, to revise and update details of a law that governs the election (or appointment) and composition of local library boards of governors.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690397

Senate Bill 574: Revise county tax foreclosure detail
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, 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=690473

Senate Bill 612: Trim mandated barber license instruction hours
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on May 14, 2014, to reduce from 2,000 to 1,800 the hours of instruction at a “licensed barber college” that an individual must accumulate before he or she is allowed by the state to earn a living at this trade. Also, to add new license restrictions and requirements for a barber whose experience was gained in a county that state agency staffers regard as not having “generally available” records.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690474

Senate Bill 617: Create government “brain injury services and prevention council”
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on May 14, 2014, to create a government “brain injury services and prevention council” comprised of individuals representing various agencies and interests, with the task of developing a “comprehensive statewide plan” and recommending specific expansions of current social welfare programs to “address the needs of individuals” with brain injuries. The new entity would replace an existing entity with a similar mission.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690433

Senate Bill 645: Authorize Boy Scouts income tax checkoff
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 2014, to revise the state “Girl Scouts Fund” created to receive contributions made through the tax checkoff proposed by a 2010 law, so that the checkoff would also apply to Boy Scout contributions as proposed by Senate Bill 646, and then distribute them to the Michigan Boy Scouts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690436

Senate Bill 646: Authorize Boy Scouts income tax checkoff
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 2014, to allow an individual to choose to automatically contribute $5 or more from his or her state income tax refund to a revised scouts fund proposed by Senate Bill 645, which currently collects contributions for the Michigan Girl Scouts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690437

Senate Bill 704: Require “pharmacist in charge” at pharmacies
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 13, 2014, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690337

Senate Bill 715: Adopt “universal certificates of insurance act”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 13, 2014, to prohibit issuing a certificate of insurance that would alter the coverage provided by an insurance policy referred to in the certificate, or which contained false or misleading information concerning a policy, or requiring the issuance of a certificate with false or misleading information regarding a policy. Also, to establish that a person would have a right to notice of cancellation only under the terms of an insurance policy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690336

Senate Bill 749: Revise crime victim impact statement detail
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 13, 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=690395

Senate Bill 760: Appropriations: Department of Agriculture
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690478

Senate Bill 762: Appropriations: Community Colleges
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690480

Senate Bill 763: Appropriations: Department of Community Health
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690482

Senate Bill 764: Appropriations: Department of Corrections
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690484

Senate Bill 765: Appropriations: Department of Education
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690486

Senate Bill 766: Appropriations: Department of Environmental Quality
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690488

Senate Bill 767: Appropriations: General Government
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690490

Senate Bill 768: Appropriations: Higher Education
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690492

Senate Bill 769: Appropriations: Department of Human Services
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690494

Senate Bill 770: Appropriations: Department of Insurance and Financial Services
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690496

Senate Bill 771: Appropriations: Judiciary budget
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690498

Senate Bill 772: Appropriations: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690500

Senate Bill 773: Appropriations: Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690502

Senate Bill 774: Appropriations: Department of Natural Resources
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690504

Senate Bill 775: Appropriations: K-12 School Aid budget
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690508

Senate Bill 776: Appropriations: State Police
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690510

Senate Bill 777: Appropriations: Department of Transportation
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690512

Senate Bill 817: Move back teacher rating process deadlines
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 2014, to reduce the percentage of a teacher’s “effectiveness” evaluation that must be based on student progress as measured by state test data (instead of other more subjective measures) from 50 percent to 40 percent, and delay implementation until the 2017-2018 school year. The original 50 percent figure was required by a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on these ratings.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690441

Senate Bill 862: Allow alcohol at Michigan Stadium international soccer game
Passed 105 to 5 in the House on May 13, 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=690396

Senate Bill 904: Require “pharmacist in charge” at pharmacies
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 13, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690338

House Bill 5136: Create standardized medical welfare mental health release form
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 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=690432

House Bill 5223: Reduce “student growth” portion of teacher rating criteria
Passed 95 to 14 in the House on May 14, 2014, to reduce the percentage of a teacher’s “effectiveness” evaluation that must be based on student progress as measured by state test data (instead of other local and potentially more subjective measures) from 50 percent to 25 percent in “core” subjects, and delay implementation until the 2017-2018 school year. The original 50 percent based on state tests requirement was established by a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on these ratings.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690519

House Bill 5224: Revise school administrator rating criteria
Passed 96 to 13 in the House on May 14, 2014, to reduce the percentage of a public school administrator’s performance evaluation that must be based on student progress as measured by state test data (instead of other more subjective measures) from 50 percent to 40 percent, and delay implementation until the he 2017-2018 school year. The original 50 percent figure was required by a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on these ratings.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690523

House Bill 5261: Exempt vehicle sale to relatives from sales tax
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 13, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690393

House Bill 5263: Revise crime victim impact statement detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 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=690434

House Bill 5313: Appropriations: 2014-2015 “Omnibus” budget
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the House “stripped” of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690438

House Bill 5375: Revise nursing home medical treatment restriction
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to allow any nursing home to employ a physician to provide a program of planned and continuing nursing care and medical treatment for residents. Under current law only nonprofit nursing homes are allowed to provide this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690475

House Bill 5376: Revise nursing home medical treatment restriction
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to revise the definition of “services in a learned profession” in the Michigan limited liability company act to make it conform with the proposal in House Bill 5375 removing a current ban on for-profit nursing homes employing a physician to provide a program of planned and continuing nursing care and medical treatment for residents.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690476

House Bill 5377: Revise nursing home medical treatment restriction
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to revise the definition of “services in a learned profession” in the Michigan business corporations act to make it conform with the proposal in House Bill 5375 removing a current ban on for-profit nursing homes employing a physician to provide a program of planned and continuing nursing care and medical treatment for residents.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690468

House Bill 5389: Revise nursing home feeding detail
Passed 93 to 16 in the House on May 14, 2014, to allow a nursing home to employ a trained person to provide feeding assistance to a resident who does not have complicated feeding problems, under the supervision of a nurse, and with consent of the resident or resident’s representative.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690469

House Bill 5396: Trim mandated barber college instruction hours
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on May 14, 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=690435

House Bill 5451: Authorize National Guard member tuition subsidies
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690470

House Bill 5476: Revise electric utility regulated rate setting procedures
Passed 104 to 6 in the House on May 13, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690394


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Senate Bill 685: Revise weights and measures law detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 15, 2014, to update a date reference in the state’s uniform weights and measures law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690585

Senate Bill 803: Require state to operate and maintain governor’s Mackinac Island residence
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 15, 2014, to give the state responsibility for operating and maintaining the governor’s “official” Lansing residence, and create a commission to oversee this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690586

Senate Bill 869: Remove specific fishing season dates from statute
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on May 15, 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=690647

Senate Bill 934: Preempt $10.10 minimum wage initiative; hike mandated minimum
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on May 15, 2014, to repeal the current state minimum wage law that makes it unlawful to employ a worker for less than $7.40 an hour, and replace it with a new law gradually increasing the mandated minimum to $9.20 an hour, and increasing the minimum amount the employer of a worker who receives tips must pay from $2.65 to $2.93 an hour. (A tipped-worker’s employer must pay the difference between this amount and the regular mandated minimum if tips come up short).
As introduced the bill was seen as a Republican gambit to keep an “initiated law” off the November ballot, to hike the mandated minimums to $10.10 for both tipped and non-tipped employees. It became a bipartisan gambit after negotiations for the higher rate and inflation indexing brought most Democrats on board.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690613

Senate Bill 935: Impose licensure on “genetic counselors”
Introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) on May 13, 2014, to impose licensure, fees, certification through a nationally recognized certifying agency, and more on “genetic counselors” as they are defined in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164310

Senate Bill 936: Impose new Lansing utility governance requirements
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 14, 2014, to establish new requirements for the governance of certain municipal utilities that would require their governing boards to be comprised of eight commissioners appointed by the municipalities served by the utility; require them to establish emergency response and communications plans; and require customer rates to be equal to the cost of service. The bill was introduced following the report of a body convened to review the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s inadequate response to a massive loss of power to customers following a December, 2013 ice storm. Although the Lansing electric utility serves other municipalities, they are not represented on its board, and the Lansing City Council has imposed surcharges on the utility and its customers related to the city’s own budget issues.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164322

Senate Bill 937: Impose new Lansing utility governance requirements
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 14, 2014, to require the City of Lansing to comply with the municipal utility governance standards proposed by Senate Bill 936.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164323

Senate Bill 938: Revise nursing home regulation detail
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on May 14, 2014, to revise the extensive regulatory regime imposed on nursing homes, so as to establish that patient care policies and compliance procedures should be based on nationally recognized guidelines or best-practices (rather than a similar but less specific prescription in current law), along with other detail changes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164324

Senate Bill 939: Extend state food code to nursing homes
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on May 14, 2014, to repeal an exemption for nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care facilities, from the extensive state regulatory regime imposed on “food establishments,” including food processors, groceries, restaurants, etc. The exemption for other health facilities or agencies would remain.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164325

Senate Bill 940: Revise vehicle width limit detail
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on May 15, 2014, to revise the maximum width of vehicles allowed on Michigan roads to 108-inches for vehicles hauling steel pipe (a width that is already allowed for vehicles hauling concrete pipe, agricultural products, unprocessed logs, pulpwood, or wood bolts).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164335

Senate Bill 941: Revise scrap tire regulatory regime details
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on May 15, 2014, to revise and update details of the extensive regulatory regime imposed on the storage, transportation and processing of scrap tires. The bill includes changes to bonding requirements and regulations on storage facilities and hauling companies, imposes new permit fees on the latter, adds exemptions for a “community cleanup site,” prohibits openly burning a scrap tire, and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164336

Senate Bill 942: Revise scrap tire regulatory regime details
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on May 15, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for violations of the regulations on scrap tire storage, processing and transportation that Senate Bill 941 would modify.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164337

Senate Bill 943: Authorize start-of-summer, back-to-school and hunting season “sales tax holidays”
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on May 15, 2014, to exempt from sales tax up to $100 spent on clothing, $20 for school supplies, and $750 for a personal computer if purchased from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, 2014. Also, to exempt from sales tax up to $100 spent for camping or fishing supplies, $750 for non-motorized watercraft and accessories, and $750 for off-road vehicles if purchased from May 30 through June 1, 2014. Finally, to exempt from sales tax up to $750 spent on guns and archery equipment, $50 on ammunition and arrows, and $100 in hunting supplies, if purchased from Nov. 7 through Nov. 9, 2014.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164338

Senate Bill 944: Repeal ban on mandating Detroit employee residency
Introduced by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on May 15, 2014, to exclude Detroit from the state law that prohibits local governments from imposing employee residency mandates. Under current law, a city can still prohibit employees from living more than 20 miles away.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164339

House Bill 5191: Establish ORV helmet exceptions
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on May 15, 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=690584

House Bill 5396: Trim mandated barber college instruction hours
Passed 102 to 7 in the House on May 15, 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=690646

House Bill 5552: Exempt decedent’s property transfer to family from assessment “bump up”
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on May 8, 2014, to exempt the transfer of residential property from a decedent to a trust whose beneficiaries are members of the decedent’s family from the taxable value “bump up,” wherein the new basis for property tax assessments becomes the property’s state equalized value (market value), rather than the capped “taxable value” of the previous owner. The exemption would apply when there is no change to the use of the property.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164283

House Bill 5553: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on May 8, 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=164284

House Bill 5554: Authorize county road commission tax powers
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on May 8, 2014, to give county road commissions the power to place a property tax millage increase on the county ballot in areas outside of cities and villages, which if approved by voters in those areas could be used for road projects there.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164285

House Bill 5555: Authorize natural gas utility surcharges for “infrastructure”
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on May 8, 2014, to authorize a surcharge on natural gas utility customer bills to pay for utility “infrastructure” projects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164286

House Bill 5556: Revise natural gas pipeline regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on May 8, 2014, to require natural gas pipeline operators to coordinate with local governments regarding a “public education program” mandated by federal law, increase fines for pipeline safety violations, and make related changes to current law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164287

House Bill 5557: Prohibit natural gas utility surcharges for pipeline fines
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on May 8, 2014, to prohibit a natural gas utility from recovering fines incurred for pipeline safety violations through higher customer charges.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164288

House Bill 5558: Clarify preemption of insurance lawsuits under Consumer Protection Act
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on May 8, 2014, to clarify that a prohibition of lawsuits against insurance companies under the state Consumer Protection Act applies regardless of when the cause of action occurred. Under current law, industries like insurance that are already subject to a comprehensive state regulatory regime are not covered by the Consumer Protection Act.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164289

House Bill 5559: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Introduced by Rep. David Pagel (R) on May 8, 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=164290

House Bill 5560: Revise, eliminate certain government notice publication in newspapers
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on May 8, 2014, to repeal the requirement that local governments publish certain legal notices in local newspapers, and instead require them to post these on their own website. The change would be phased in over a 10 year period.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164291

House Bill 5561: Establish retention requirement for felony biological evidence
Introduced by Rep. David Nathan (D) on May 8, 2014, to require that biological evidence collected in felony cases must be stored for lengths of time specified in the bill, which vary based on the type and severity of the crime.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164292

House Bill 5562: Revise employer unemployment insurance fines
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on May 8, 2014, to waive fines of $50 or $250 imposed for errors made by employers in filing quarterly wage reports mandated by the state unemployment insurance law, if the “error” is a figure that is off by less than $1.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164293

House Bill 5563: Revise abandoned vehicle regulations
Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on May 8, 2014, to expand the scope of a state prohibition and comprehensive regulatory regime that prescribes penalties, procedures and rules for abandoned vehicles, so that it includes boats and vessels, and add new regulations to accommodate the addition of vessels.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164294

House Bill 5564: Require report on natural gas pipeline inspections
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on May 8, 2014, to require the Public Service Commission to file annual reports on the number of natural gas pipeline inspectors it employs, and the scope of their inspection activities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164295

House Bill 5565: Require metrics for natural gas pipeline safety
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on May 8, 2014, to require the Public Service Commission to adopt safety performance metrics for natural gas pipeline safety performance.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164296

House Bill 5576: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on May 13, 2014, to subject to the approval of the Detroit fiscal management oversight commission proposed by House Bill 5566 the rulings on Detroit fire and police union contracts of a “PA 312” binding arbitration panel, which otherwise has the power to impose contract terms between a city and public safety unions in the event of a collective bargaining impasse.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164318

House Bill 5577: Designate peeper as official state amphibian
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on May 14, 2014, to establish in law that henceforth the northern spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) shall be designated as the official State of Michigan amphibian. Note: At present, Michigan does not have an official state amphibian, but past bills have proposed designating peepers, the marbled salamander (Ambystome opacum), the gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) and the Blanchard’s cricket frog (acris crepitans blanchardii, a designation that has no relation to a former Governor of the same name). However, Michigan does have an official state reptile, which is the painted turtle (chrysemys picta).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164328

House Bill 5578: Revise liquor control regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on May 14, 2014, to eliminate a cap on the per case distribution fee that can be charged for liquor distributed to retailers by an “authorized distribution agent,” which is the term applied to the private companies authorized to warehouse and distribute hard liquor in Michigan.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164329

House Bill 5579: Prohibit employment for less than mandated wage
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on May 14, 2014, to make it unlawful to employ Extend Medicaid health insurance claims taxa worker for less than $8.15 an hour beginning in December 2014, notwithstanding any voluntary agreement between the employer and employee. The current state minimum wage level mandated for hourly employees not covered by a federal wage mandate is $7.40 an hour. The bill would also increase the minimum wage for employees who receive part of their compensation in tips from $2.65 to $2.75 an hour.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164330

House Bill 5580: Expand Open Meetings Act requirements
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on May 14, 2014, to revise the Open Meetings Act, so as to require the minutes of state or local legislative or governing body to include all topics of discussion, a summary of “the main points of the discussion supporting and in opposition to each measure,” and “a summary of the remarks for each person who addresses the public body,” unless an audio recording is kept. Also, to require a record roll call vote by members of the body on all “matters of policy”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164331

House Bill 5581: Transfer student testing oversight to Department of Treasury
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on May 14, 2014, to transfer oversight of statewide K-12 student academic testing from the State Board of Education and the state Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Department of Treasury.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164332

House Bill 5582: Restrict criminal sanctions for youth
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on May 15, 2014, to no longer authorize “youthful trainee status” sanctions for convictions with a penalty greater than one year imprisonment. This status allows a person between the age of 17 and 20 who pleads guilty to criminal offenses other than serious felonies to serve a sentence and then have the proceedings dismissed without having a criminal conviction record, and with no civil disability or loss of right or privilege.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164347

House Bill 5583: Revise paternity determination process
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on May 15, 2014, to establish a paternity revocation process for a determination for a man deemed be a child’s genetic father solely on the basis of genetic testing, if the genetic tests were inaccurate, or the man’s genetic material was not available to the child’s mother, or if a man who has DNA identical to the genetic father is the child’s father.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164348


156 posted on 05/20/2014 3:39:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 690: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 2014, to repeal a ban on licensed physical therapists providing therapy unless it has been prescribed by a physician, subject to certain limits specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690713

Senate Bill 691: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 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. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed (subject to certain limits), while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690714

Senate Bill 693: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 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. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed (subject to certain limits), while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690716

Senate Bill 694: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 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. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed (subject to certain limits), while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690717

House Bill 5146: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 2014, to revise provisions of a law governing group life insurance policies provided by employers, so that it conforms with a national model. The bill would expand the definition of “employee” in this law to cover affiliated companies, and would allow a group life insurance policy to be issued to an association, among other changes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690707

House Bill 5147: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 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=690708

House Bill 5148: Allow insurance reserve Canadian stock and bond investments
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 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 preferred stock in Canadian companies.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690709

House Bill 5149: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 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=690710

House Bill 5150: Revise life insurance regulation detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 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=690711


157 posted on 05/22/2014 4:05:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 211: Establish firefighters’ cancer presumption
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on May 21, 2014, to establish a presumption that 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. The burden of proof would be on the employer to show the disease was due to the individual being a smoker, or to nonwork-related causation or specific incidents. This would all be contingent on the legislature appropriating money for the benefits.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690800

Senate Bill 446: Revise hospital “swing bed” regulations
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on May 21, 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=690903

Senate Bill 648: Authorize state grants to certain doctors
Passed 104 to 6 in the House on May 21, 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=690847

Senate Bill 649: Authorize state grants to certain doctors
Passed 105 to 5 in the House on May 21, 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=690902

Senate Bill 656: Require certain drug price limits in medical welfare programs
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 21, 2014, 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=690846

Senate Bill 741: Give temporary health care professional occupational license to military spouse
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 21, 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, if the person also submits fingerprints to meet a background check mandate. The license would be valid for a maximum of one year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690901

Senate Bill 742: Give temporary occupational license to military spouse
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 21, 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, and if the person also submits fingerprints to meet a background check mandate. The license would be valid for a maximum of one year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690900

Senate Bill 788: Codify property owner trespasser liability waiver
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 21, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690792

Senate Bill 791: Revise, make permanent non-transportation 7/8th cent gas tax
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 21, 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 2004 “fund raid” was enacted to avoid state spending cuts and reforms in that year’s budget, and remains in effect.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690799

Senate Bill 846: Revise “development district” liquor license law
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 21, 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 allowed under a state quota system, for businesses in “development” districts, “tax increment finance authority” districts, certain “corridor improvement” districts, “downtown development” districts and “principal shopping districts” (which all enable local governments to impose higher property taxes and/or grant various subsidies in those areas).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690798

Senate Bill 900: Revise workers comp insurance detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 21, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690797

House Bill 4656: Revise youth employment limits
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 21, 2014, to exempt minors age 16 and 17 who have received a GED high school equivalency certificate from a law that caps the number of hours a minor who is in school can work. Under current law the maximum is 24 hours in one week when school is in session, and not more than “an average of 8 hours per day in one week” during the summer.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690796

House Bill 4985: Redesignate a road
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on May 21, 2014, to designate a portion of portion M-153 in Wayne County as the “Firefighter Brian Woehlke Memorial Highway”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690908

House Bill 5193: Restrict closed-door local government lawsuit meetings
Passed 96 to 12 in the House on May 21, 2014, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690904

House Bill 5194: Increase Open Meeting Act rigor
Passed 90 to 17 in the House on May 21, 2014, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690907

House Bill 5414: Reduce, then end “driver responsibility fees”
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 21, 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. Reportedly, thousands of mostly low-income individuals have lost their licenses due to inability to pay these penalties.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690910

House Bill 5501: Reduce, then end “driver responsibility fees”
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 21, 2014, to eliminate failure to pay the so-called “driver responsibility fees” imposed in 2003 as a revenue measure from a list of possible “licensing sanctions” in an unrelated drivers license statute. This is linked to House Bill 5414, with would gradually phase out these fees.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690911


158 posted on 05/23/2014 3:48:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 945: Transfer student testing oversight to Department of Treasury
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on May 20, 2014, to transfer oversight of statewide K-12 student academic testing from the State Board of Education and the state Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Department of Treasury.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164349

Senate Bill 946: Impose more regulations on debt collectors and loan buyers
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 20, 2014, to impose new restrictions, regulations and disclosure requirements on debt collectors and buyers of consumer loans, and give the state Attorney General additional enforcement powers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164350

Senate Bill 947: Revise collection agency audit details
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 20, 2014, to revise details of state audits of licensed collection agency records.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164351

Senate Bill 948: Restrict radioactive material storage and disposal
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on May 21, 2014, to prohibit storing or disposing radioactive waste from another state or country in Michigan, and ban storing any radioactive material other than what is allowed under current law for nuclear power plants, uranium mines and medical uses. The bill would also create a state advisory board for the purpose of writing a report on the potential impact of depositing radioactive waste deep underground at a site in Kincardine, Ontario, as proposed by an Ontario utility.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164362

Senate Bill 949: Establish new local and school budget process requirements
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on May 21, 2014, to establish new budget process, disclosure and audit requirements for local governments and school districts. Among other things local government governing bodies would be prohibited from approving a budget “by reference;” their chief administrative officer would be required to recommend an annual budget that complies with the form and standards prescribed by the state; and they would have to immediately report a current or projected deficit to the state Department of Treasury, along with a plan to correct it. School districts that project a decline in student counts would be required to amend (cut) their current budgets to recognize this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164363

Senate Bill 950: Establish procedures for dissolving fiscally failed school district
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on May 21, 2014, to establish a process for a public school district that is no longer financially viable to voluntarily dissolve itself, with the property it owns transferred to a “land bank” authority (the students would be assigned to neighboring districts). That entity would first offer the property for transfer to the school districts that absorbed the children in the territory of the dissolved district, then to other districts. If no school district wanted the property the authority would auction it to the highest bidder.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164364

Senate Bill 951: Expand state oversight of public school overspending
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on May 21, 2014, to expand the scope of a law that prescribes processes and requirements for correcting local government deficit spending, so that it also applies to public school districts. Districts that fail to follow the steps required under a deficit elimination plan could have 10 percent of their state funding withheld until they comply.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164365

Senate Bill 952: Establish new local and school budget process requirements
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on May 21, 2014, to prescribe procedures, notification and budget-cutting requirements, and monitoring for a public school district that experiences a gap between projected revenue and actual spending (a deficit), or is in the midst of “rapidly declining financial circumstances,” including substantial declines in enrollment. The bill tasks the state Department of Education with specific duties in such situations, which could include authority over academic matters in addition to financial ones. This is part of package comprised of Senate Bills 949 to 957.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164366

Senate Bill 953: Expand state oversight of public school overspending
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on May 21, 2014, to authorize appointment by the governor of an Emergency Manager for a public school district that fails to comply with an “enhanced deficit elimination plan” required by Senate Bill 952 for a district whose first plan failed to fix the problem, or is in “rapidly declining financial circumstances”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164367

Senate Bill 954: Expand state oversight of public school overspending
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on May 21, 2014, to give the Department Treasury the authority to withhold state school aid payments “to incentivize” an overspending school district that fails to submit an acceptable “deficit elimination plan” as required by Senate Bill 952, or which falls more deeply into financial trouble and must operate under an “enhanced” deficit plan.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164368

Senate Bill 955: Increase school “emergency loan” funding
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on May 21, 2014, to increase from $50 million to $100 million the amount allocated through 2018 for “financial emergency” loans from the state to public school districts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164369

Senate Bill 956: Expand criteria allowing “emergency loans” to schools
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on May 21, 2014, to revise details of a law that allows the state to loan money to a public school district that has a deficit and an approved plan to eliminate it. Among other this he bill expands loan eligibility to districts that have already borrowed against anticipated state school aid payments, as provided in another law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164370

Senate Bill 957: Expand state oversight of public school overspending
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on May 21, 2014, to establish a process whereby a public school district experiencing “conditions of fiscal stress, a deficit, or a potential financial emergency” can apply for “technical assistance” from the state including data analysis tools, so as to avoid further state intervention. The bill would also give the state Superintendent of Public Instruction or the state Treasurer the authority to require a public school district experiencing financial stress to submit periodic financial status reports as specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164371

House Bill 5584: Eliminate February election date
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on May 20, 2014, to eliminate the regular February election date (the fourth Tuesday in February), which is one of four regular election date established for almost all state and local elections (the others being the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May, August and November).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164376

House Bill 5585: Revise criminal defendant “youthful trainee status”
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on May 20, 2014, to require that if a criminal defendant assigned to “youthful trainee status” (which provides a mechanism for not including an offense on the youth’s permanent record) is convicted with a serious felony listed in the bill, the “trainee” status must be revoked (which means the previous crime also goes on the person’s record).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164377

House Bill 5586: Expand home health agency fingerprinting mandate
Introduced by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on May 20, 2014, to add additional home health care agency services for which the individual providing the service must get a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164378

House Bill 5587: Expand home health agency fingerprinting mandate
Introduced by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on May 20, 2014, to revise the definition of a “home health agency” in a law that requires fingerprint-based criminal background checks for their employees who provide service.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164379

House Bill 5588: Authorize enhanced penalty for assaulting home health provider
Introduced by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on May 20, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the penalties associated with House Bill 5589 for assaulting a home health care service provider.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164380

House Bill 5589: Authorize enhanced penalty for assaulting home health provider
Introduced by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on May 20, 2014, to expand a law that authorizes enhanced penalties for committing an assault in which the victim is targeted because he or she is performing duties as an employee the state welfare agency, so that this also applies to home health care workers. The bill would also increase the maximum penalties.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164381

House Bill 5590: Ban employer ban of home health worker having pepper spray
Introduced by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on May 20, 2014, to prohibit public and private employers of home health workers from sanctioning workers for having a self-defense spray device if the person has taken a safety training course.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164382

House Bill 5591: Exempt public breastfeeding from “indecent exposure” law
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691163

House Bill 5592: Exempt public breastfeeding from “indecent exposure” law
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691164

House Bill 5593: Revise mortgage lender licensing detail
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on May 20, 2014, to revise details of a law mandating licensure for mortgage loan originators.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164385


159 posted on 05/28/2014 5:25:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Please note that the following legislative actions have been taken.

Senate Bill 114: Revise commercial rental property assessment occupancy formula
Passed 98 to 12 in the House on May 27, 2014, to eliminate the use of rental property occupancy rate increases or decreases in determining the taxable value of property. The bill is a response to a 2002 Supreme Court ruling (WPW vs. Troy) which held that the Constitutional tax cap put in place by Proposal A in 1994 capped annual increases in the assessments of commercial property whose assessment had previously been lowered because of high vacancy rates.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691145

Senate Bill 409: Revise first degree murder detail
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 27, 2014, to establish that if passed the bill will go into effect on July 1, 2014.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159833

Senate Bill 409: Revise first degree murder detail
Passed 104 to 6 in the House on May 27, 2014, to make the crime of “unlawful imprisonment” a “predicate” offense for first degree murder, meaning that a murder committed in the act of committing this crime would be punishable by life in prison with no chance for parole.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691165

Senate Bill 418: Exempt travel agents from insurance agent licensure mandate
Passed 107 to 3 in the House on May 27, 2014, to exempt travel agents from the licensure mandate imposed on insurance agents. Travel agents often sell trip insurance that is incidental to the planned travel.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691149

Senate Bill 472: Revise state survey and remonumentation commission details
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014, to authorize a state survey and remonumentation commission, which would have oversight over a state land survey office, and revise details of the duties and procedures used by counties and the state related to restoring state land survey corner and landmark markers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691150

Senate Bill 494: Repeal licensure of “community planners”
Passed 94 to 16 in the House on May 27, 2014, to repeal the registration mandate imposed on “community planners.” This bill repeals the registration, application, and examination fees, and a bill to be introduced later repeals the mandate itself.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691125

Senate Bill 607: Repeal ocularist registration
Passed 104 to 6 in the House on May 27, 2014, to repeal a law that imposes a registration mandate on ocularists and ocularist apprentices, who design, fabricate, and fit “ocular prosthetic appliances,” or artificial eyes. Senate bill 606 repeals the registration and this bill repeals the associated fee.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691126

Senate Bill 623: Revise nonprofit corporations law
Passed 33 to 2 in the Senate on May 27, 2014, to revise and update details of many provisions in the state law governing nonprofit corporations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691056

Senate Bill 624: Revise nonprofit corporations law
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on May 27, 2014, to revise and update details of many provisions in the state law governing the dissolution or merger of “domestic charitable purpose corporations”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691057

Senate Bill 893: Re-impose medical services tax to get more federal Medicaid money
Passed 86 to 24 in the House on May 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691151

Senate Bill 913: Revise Medicaid health insurance claims tax
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014, to reduce to 0.75 percent a 1.0 percent health insurance claims tax intended to “game” the federal Medicaid system in ways that result in higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare system. If a 6 percent use tax on Medicaid managed care providers proposed by Senate Bill 893 is disallowed by federal government for this purpose, then this bill would increase the rate of this levy to the original 1.0 percent.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691152

Senate Bill 934: Preempt $10.10 minimum wage initiative; hike mandated minimum
Passed 24 to 12 in the Senate on May 27, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which mandates a higher mandated minimum wage and revises details of the inflation indexing.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691059

Senate Bill 934: Preempt $10.10 minimum wage initiative; hike mandated minimum
Passed 76 to 34 in the House on May 27, 2014, To repeal the current state minimum wage law that makes it unlawful to employ a worker for less than $7.40 an hour, and replace it with a new law gradually increasing the mandated minimum to $9.25 an hour in 2018. The minimum amount the employer of a worker who receives tips must pay would rise from $2.65 to an amount that is 38 percent of the non-tipped minimum, or $3.52. (A tipped-worker’s employer must pay the difference between this amount and the regular minimum if tips come up short).
These figures would increase with inflation (with a 3.5 percent annual cap), and the state would be required to reimburse local governments for any cost increases caused by the mandated wage hikes. The wage mandates would be suspended if the state unemployment rate rises above 8.5 percent.
As introduced the bill was seen as a Republican gambit to keep an “initiated law” off the November ballot, to hike the mandated minimums to $10.10 for both tipped and non-tipped employees. It became a bipartisan gambit after negotiations for the higher rate and inflation indexing brought most Democrats on board..
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691170

House Bill 4649: Create foster care parents “bill of rights”
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014, to create a foster care parents “bill of rights” that among other things would require state authorities to provide “timely financial reimbursement for foster children in the foster parent’s care,” a “fair, timely, and impartial investigation of complaints concerning the foster parent’s licensure,” due process during any investigation, and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691143

House Bill 4650: Create foster care parents “bill of rights”
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014, to give the state “children’s ombudsman” the duty of investigating matters related to the proposal in House Bill 4649 to create a foster care parents “bill of rights”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691144

House Bill 5361: Allow disabled to hunt from “personal assistive mobility device”
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691157

House Bill 5404: Heroin overdose treatment package
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691153

House Bill 5405: Heroin overdose treatment package
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691154

House Bill 5406: Heroin overdose treatment package
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 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. This would not apply to a medical professional administering the drug in a hospital.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691155

House Bill 5407: Heroin overdose treatment package
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691156

House Bill 5478: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to replace an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits from a private self-insurer that becomes insolvent with a new “private employer group self-insurers security fund,” starting in 2020. This fund would pay injured or disabled employees’ claims and impose assessments on member groups to cover the insufficiency if one of them is unable to pay valid claims. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691128

House Bill 5479: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to replace an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits from a private self-insurer that becomes insolvent with a new entity, starting in 2019. The new fund would pay injured or disabled employees’ claims and impose assessments on member groups to cover the insufficiency if one of them is unable to pay valid claims. . This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691130

House Bill 5480: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to revise details of the state workers compensation insurance law to conform to the proposal in House Bills 5478 and 5479 to revise a state reinsurance fund to cover claims against self-insured employers who become insolvent. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691131

House Bill 5481: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to revise details of the state workers compensation insurance law to conform to the proposal in House Bills 5478 and 5479 to revise a state reinsurance fund to cover claims against self-insured employers who become insolvent. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691132

House Bill 5482: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to revise details of the state workers compensation insurance law to conform to the proposal in House Bills 5478 and 5479 to revise a state reinsurance fund to cover claims against self-insured employers who become insolvent. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691133

House Bill 5483: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to authorize the imposition of extra assessments against the members of the “private employer group self-insurers security fund” if its obligations exceed the capacity of the fund to pay. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691134

House Bill 5484: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to establish that the duty of the Attorney General to give legal advice to an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits would be the same under the replacement entity proposed in House Bills 5478 and 5479. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691135

House Bill 5485: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to establish that the “private employer group self-insurers security fund” proposed by House Bills 5478 and 5479 ends up paying the benefits of an injured worker (instead of the self-insured employer paying them, it would have the right to seek reimbursement from the insolvent employer. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691136

House Bill 5486: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to establish that rights to an insolvent employer’s records currently vested in a state workers compensation “self-insurers’ security fund” would be the same under the replacement entity proposed by House Bills 5478 and 5479 for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits owed by an insolvent self-insured employer. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691137

House Bill 5487: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 107 to 3 in the House on May 27, 2014, to increase the assessment imposed on self insured companies and revise the assessment-setting methodology and accounting requirements for a state trust fund created to pay worker’s compensation insurance benefits owed by an insolvent self-insured employer. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691139

House Bill 5488: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to revise details of a provision enforcing the duty of an employer who self-insures for potential workers compensation liability to pay into a state trust fund created to cover benefits owed by insolvent self-insured employers. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691140

House Bill 5489: Authorize workers comp trust fund payments to former Delphi workers
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014, to authorize payments from a state trust fund created to pay workers compensation insurance benefits owed by insolvent self-insured employers to former employees of the Delphi Corporation (which was spun-off by General Motors in 1997 and filed bankruptcy in 2005). The trust fund would be allowed to seek reimbursement from whatever entity is ultimately found by a federal court to be liable for these claims. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691141

House Bill 5490: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2014, to revise details of the process for resolving disputes between an employer or insurer and the trustees of a state trust fund created to pay workers compensation benefits owed by an insolvent employer. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691142

House Bill 5591: Exempt public breastfeeding from “indecent exposure” law
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 27, 2014, to expand the bill to cover a woman “expressing” breast milk, meaning taking milk from the breast with a pump or by hand for later use.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164383

House Bill 5591: Exempt public breastfeeding from “indecent exposure” law
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014, to exempt a mother’s breastfeeding in a public place from state laws prohibiting open or indecent exposure, “regardless of whether or not her areola or nipple is visible during or incidental to the breastfeeding”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691163

House Bill 5592: Exempt public breastfeeding from “indecent exposure” law
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 27, 2014, to revise the law that defines indecent exposure as a form of disorderly conduct so that it conforms to the proposal in House Bill 5591 to exempt a mother’s breastfeeding of a child from the indecent exposure law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691164


160 posted on 05/29/2014 3:24:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 66: Revise high school graduation standards
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 28, 2014, to revise procedural details related to the state’s high school graduation and curriculum standards. The bill would require timely responses from the Department of Education to school requests for information that helps them meet the requirements. It also “strongly encourages” schools to establish programs that lead to a professional certificate, training, apprenticeship, or college credit in a specific career and technical field.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691270

Senate Bill 929: Revise nonprofit corporation law detail
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on May 28, 2014, to revise the state law governing mergers and conversions of corporations and other limited liability business entities, so as to include nonprofit corporations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691269

House Bill 4377: Repeal “community planner” registration mandate
Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate on May 28, 2014, to repeal a registration mandate imposed on professional “community planners” who prepare government land use plans.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691271

House Bill 4392: Repeal ocularist registration
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 28, 2014, to repeal a law that provides for the registration of ocularists and ocularist apprentices, who design, fabricate, and fit “ocular prosthetic appliances,” or artificial eyes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691272

House Bill 5247: Exempt hospital pools from lifeguard mandate
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 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).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691338

House Bill 5543: Redesignate a road
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 28, 2014, to designate a portion of highway M-57 in Montcalm county as the “Joseph Prentler Memorial Highway”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691339


161 posted on 05/30/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 958: Authorize more misdemeanor arrest strip searches
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 27, 2014, to repeal a prohibition on strip searches of a person ordered by a court to be held in jail after being arrested or detained for a misdemeanor or an offense which is punishable only by a civil fine unless there is a reasonable cause to believe that the person is concealing a weapon or illegal drugs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164394

House Bill 4376: Repeal “proprietary school solicitor” permit mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to repeal a law that requires an individual operating as a proprietary school solicitor to obtain a permit from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Solicitors are responsible for recruiting potential students to proprietary schools that provide training in a specific trade, occupation or vocational field.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691477

House Bill 4378: Repeal interior designer registration
Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to repeal a law that establishes a government interior designer registry and makes it available to state or local government agencies. To be included on the registry a designer must have passed a test created by a national organization of incumbent interior designers. This organization has sought repeatedly in this state to impose a full licensure and regulatory regime on interior designers, with several bills introduced in previous legislatures.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691481

House Bill 4683: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to revise references in the state liquor code to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 476 to repeal a state registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691475

House Bill 4691: Revise carnival ride regulation detail
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to eliminate a state government “carnival amusement safety board.” The bill would not affect the regulations and inspection requirements for carnival rides.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691476


162 posted on 06/03/2014 12:18:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 959: Extend hazardous waste fees
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691528

Senate Bill 960: Extend hazardous waste fees
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691529

Senate Bill 961: Revise detail of letting certain disabled workers “buy” Medicaid
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on May 28, 2014, to amend a law that allows certain disabled individuals who otherwise are not eligible for Medicaid to pay a means-tested fee to get these benefits, so that it conforms with the federal health care law’s Medicaid expansion adopted by the legislature in 2013. The bill would also cap the aggregate premiums collected under this program at $3 million annually.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164405

Senate Bill 962: Revise industrial tax break detail
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on May 28, 2014, to revise a provision of the law that authorizes local property tax breaks for industrial facility tax breaks, which grants these even if the local clerk fails to meet certain procedural deadlines. The bill would amend the provision so it also applies to an amended application for a tax break, or a request to transfer or revoke a tax break.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164406

House Bill 5594: Revise lender regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on May 21, 2014, to revise a law that imposes licensure and regulations on retail lenders who make relatively small loans to consumers ( such as for cars, household goods, or cash advances), so as to permit a lender to charge a monthly account service fee on outstanding “closed-end” loans, at a maximum rate of 9.75 percent of the original principal amount.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164386

House Bill 5595: Place “Brass Roots” plaque on Capitol grounds
Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on May 21, 2014, to require a plaque honoring the Second Amendment’s recognition of the right of individuals to keep and bear arms to be placed on the Capitol grounds. This plaque was created by the “Brass Roots” organization, reportedly by melting down brass cartridge cases donated by citizens who gathered at the Capitol in 1994 to protest federal and state infringements on the rights recognized by the Second Amendment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164387

House Bill 5596: Mandate discretion in school expulsion rules
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on May 21, 2014, to prohibit public schools from having a policy that requires a student to be suspended or expelled for certain conduct and that does not give school officials discretion in exercising it, unless such a policy is required by state law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164388

House Bill 5597: Extend authority of public schools establishing public libraries
Introduced by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on May 27, 2014, to repeal a 2015 sunset on a law that allows a public school district to establish a public library.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164397

House Bill 5598: Authorize “biosimilar” dru substitutions
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on May 27, 2014, to permit a pharmacist to substitute FDA-designated biosimilar drugs for brand-name drugs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164398

House Bill 5599: Waive FOIA fees for elected officials
Introduced by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on May 27, 2014, to exempt an elected official acting “in furtherance of his or her duties” from having to pay fees charged by government entities to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164399

House Bill 5600: Revise conflict of interest to allow mayor on Detroit oversight panel
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on May 27, 2014, to revise a law that prohibits public officials from having various positions that may create a conflict of interest, so as to allow the mayor and a council member of a financially troubled city to be on a financial review commission for their city. This relates to legislation making a $195 million gift of state money to Detroit toward a possible bankruptcy settlement, which created a state oversight panel that includes the mayor and president of the city council.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164400

House Bill 5603: Expand state drug prescription database sharing
Introduced by Rep. Bill LaVoy (D) on May 27, 2014, to revise http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164401

House Bill 5604: Extend heroin overdose treatment immunities
Introduced by Rep. Bill LaVoy (D) on May 27, 2014, to prohibit charging or prosecuting an individual for illegal drug possession or use based on the person seeking medical treatment for a heroin overdose, and grant immunity from lawsuits, criminal prosecution or administrative sanction to a person who in good faith administers an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone) to such a person. The bill would also 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”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164402

House Bill 5605: Mandate school football games be called if score too lopsided
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on May 28, 2014, to prohibit a public school from participating in an interscholastic football game unless the sponsoring organization has a rule that the game must be ended if one team has a lead of 17 points or more with one minute or less remaining, with that team declared the winner.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164411

House Bill 5606: Revise auto dealer protectionism detail
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on May 28, 2014, to prohibit vehicle makers from preventing a dealer from charging customers a fee or charge allowed by the law that authorizes the state to enforce exclusive new car dealer “territories” and regulates commercial relationships between dealers and manufacturers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164412

House Bill 5607: Prohibit public schools immediately forcing out students who move
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on May 28, 2014, to require public school districts to allow a student to keep attending his or her geographically-assigned school for the rest of the school year if the family moves to another district after the official state “supplemental count day” in February or March (which is part of the basis for allocating state school aid funding).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164413

House Bill 5608: Provide insurance to fallen public safety dependents
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on May 28, 2014, to require the state to provide the spouse and dependents of a firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency first responder who dies in the line of duty with health insurance comparable to and on similar terms as the coverage the decedent received from any source at the time of his or her death. This would end when these individuals get comparable coverage from another source.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164414

House Bill 5609: Impose licensure on miniature goat keepers
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on May 28, 2014, to give counties the authority to impose licensure and regulation on people who keep miniature goats in a nonagricultural area.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164415

House Bill 5610: Revise legislative journal printing detail
Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby (R) on May 28, 2014, to no longer require the legislature to print and bind up to 500 copies of the official House and Senate journals for the year and distribute these to members, state departments, colleges, universities, and other specified recipients. Instead, the clerk of the House and secretary of the Senate could decide how many copies to print. The journals would still have to be made available to the public on the internet.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164416

House Bill 5611: Create school “human trafficking” curriculum
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on May 29, 2014, to require the Department of Education to develop or select a model curriculum of instruction on human trafficking, and encourage public schools to include it in their sex education curriculum.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164419

House Bill 5612: Revise detail of large utility regulatory regime
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on May 29, 2014, to allow money in a state “Utility Consumer Representation Fund” to be used for participation in proceedings on utility cost allocation and rate setting methods. Large utilities are required to pay a certain amount to this fund, and to pass the cost to customers. Half the money in fund goes to the Attorney General and half to “consumer advocates” to contest rate hikes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164420

House Bill 5613: Require public schools to permit unenrolled children in extracurriculars
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on May 29, 2014, to require public schools to allow a child who lives in its district and is homeschooled or enrolled in a non-public school to participate in extracurricular activities on the same basis as the school’s students.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164421

House Bill 5614: Expand scope of reckless driving enhanced penalties
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on May 29, 2014, to expand the scope of a law that authorizes enhanced penalties including imprisonment for committing a moving violation that kills or injures another person, so that is also applies to driving in a parking lot or on a frozen lake.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164422


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Senate Bill 265: Exempt test cars from regional transit tax
Passed 83 to 25 in the House on June 3, 2014, to exempt automaker test vehicles from the regional mass transit vehicle registration tax authorized by a 2012 law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691559

Senate Bill 582: Authorize enhanced penalties for drive-by shooting
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on June 3, 2014, to authorize up to life in prison for intentionally discharging a firearm from a vehicle or at a dwelling when this causes death (as in a “drive-by” shooting), and 15 to 20 years if someone is injured. These penalties would be on top of any imposed for assault, attempted murder, etc. The bill also increases the maximum penalty if no one is hurt from four years to 10 years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691548

Senate Bill 583: Authorize enhanced penalties for drive-by shooting
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on June 3, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the enhanced “drive-by” shooting penalties proposed by Senate Bill 5832.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691551

Senate Bill 959: Extend hazardous waste fees
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to repeal the sunset on a law that imposes fees on hazardous waste generators and handlers. This bill covers handlers, and Senate Bill 960 extends the fees for companies that generate wastes. The fees extract some $1.1 million annually from these industries.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691528

Senate Bill 960: Extend hazardous waste fees
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to repeal the sunset on a law that imposes fees on hazardous waste generators and handlers. This bill covers companies that generate wastes, and Senate Bill 959 extends the fees for handlers. The fees extract some $1.1 million annually from these industries.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691529

House Bill 4486: Authorize involuntary treatment for substance abuse
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to allow relatives or a health care professional to petition a court to take an individual abusing drugs or alcohol into protective custody for involuntary treatment, and grant the request if there clear and convincing evidence that the person present an imminent danger or threat to himself or others. The bill prescribes specific procedures, requirements and limitations on involuntary treatment.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691527

House Bill 4528: Revise “immigration clerical assistant” registration
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to revise details of a 2004 law that imposed registration requirements on “immigration clerical assistants.” The bill would eliminate a duty of the state to maintain a list of these individuals and authorize triple damages for lawsuits against them.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691524

House Bill 4684: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to revise references to auctioneers in a section of the state environmental laws dealing with snowmobiles to reflect the proposal in House Bills 4681 and 4682 to repeal a state registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691525

House Bill 4998: Appoint “entrepreneurs-in-residence” at Michigan Strategic Fund
Passed 85 to 24 in the House on June 3, 2014, to require the state agency responsible for granting and overseeing selective tax breaks and subsidies granted to particular corporations or developers (the “Michigan Strategic Fund”) to appoint up to 10 “entrepreneurs-in-residence” to help the agency to “improve outreach to small business concerns;” identify inefficient or duplicative “economic development” programs; recommend ways to expand and improve the efficiency of these programs; and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691547

House Bill 5178: Expand property owner recreation liability waiver
Passed 62 to 47 in the House on June 3, 2014, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691553

House Bill 5220: Revise accounting firm licensure details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 3, 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=691526

House Bill 5246: Revise arrest warrant procedural details
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on June 3, 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).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691550

House Bill 5383: Expand drunk driving provisions to include illegal drugs
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on June 3, 2014, to allow a court to suspend the drivers license of a person released on bail pending arraignment for a drugged driving arrest, the same as with drunk driving cases. See also House Bill 5385.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691555

House Bill 5385: Expand drunk driving provisions to include illegal drugs
Passed 101 to 8 in the House on June 3, 2014, to expand the law that requires a person stopped for drunk driving to take a breathalyzer or field sobriety test so that it also applies to suspected driving while drugged. The bill would not authorize the use of a roadside saliva test, which has been challenged as inaccurate.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691557

House Bill 5566: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - oversight commission
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to establish a Detroit fiscal management oversight commission consisting of the two state department heads, five other individuals appointed by the Governor, the Mayor and the president of the city council. Among the commission’s powers would be final approval of city budgets, larger purchases, borrowing, union contracts (except police and firefighter contracts imposed through binding arbitration), and more. The commission could waive any of these powers if the city adopts deficit-free budgets for three consecutive years and meets other specified conditions, but could resume its powers in the event of subsequent backsliding. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691515

House Bill 5567: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - budget process requirements
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to require a Detroit chief financial officer to be appointed by the mayor, subject to the approval of the state oversight commission proposed by House Bill 5566, who would supervise the city’s financial and budget activities. Also, to require Detroit to use generally accepted accounting practices, and adopt budget processes similar to the state’s, which are intended to avoid overspending. Among these are twice yearly revenue estimating conferences involving state officials and university economists. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691516

House Bill 5568: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - pension limits
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to limit the normal contributions Detroit can make to city employees retirement benefits, but still allow the city to enroll new employees in a “defined benefit” pension system that creates future underfunding risks for taxpayers. The normal contribution caps would be 7 percent for pensions and 2 percent (or the amount the state gives its employees) for a retirement health savings account. The bill also restricts “pension spiking” and “13th check” extra-benefit schemes. It was introduced as a condition for the state giving Detroit $195 million toward its bankruptcy settlement, and originally would have prohibited the city from creating new unfunded liability risks each new hire (giving them defined contribution benefits instead), but that restriction was removed in committee. The remaining provisions take effect after a court-approved post-bankruptcy “workout” period ends in 2023.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691517

House Bill 5569: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - employee health benefits
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to prohibit Detroit from providing employee health insurance benefits whose premiums cost more than $5,500 for a single person, $12,250 for a couple and $15,000 for a family plan (indexed to the “medical price index”), or alternatively, require city employees to contribute at least 20 percent toward the cost of their health insurance. A 2011 law mandated this for public school employees but allowed municipalities to exempt themselves with a 2/3 vote of their governing body; the bill would exclude Detroit from that exception. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691518

House Bill 5570: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - pension details
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to establish a Detroit pension investment committee to oversee management of the city’s defined benefit pension system. The system would still be run by the existing pension board, but a process would be instituted by which the chief financial officer for the city proposed by House Bill 5567 would have final authority in the event the committee and the pension board disagreed on investment management decisions. The bill would also impose additional restrictions and disclosure requirements on reimbursed travel by pension fund board members, officials or employees. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691523

House Bill 5573: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - funding details
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to earmark $17.5 million of future tobacco lawsuit settlement revenue annually for 20 years to the state rainy day fund, which is essentially an accounting measure related to a $195 million state gift to Detroit, which goes toward the city’s bankruptcy settlement. The state is essentially loaning money to itself.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691520

House Bill 5574: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - grant appropriation
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to appropriate $194.8 million as a grant to Detroit, to be applied toward a proposed bankruptcy settlement. House Bills 5566 to 5571 require various reforms as a condition for the gift.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691521

House Bill 5575: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - funding details
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to create a “Michigan settlement administration authority” to manage the $194.8 million state grant (“bailout”) proposed by House Bill 5574 that would go toward a Detroit bankruptcy settlement. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and state grant.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691522

House Bill 5576: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - public safety union contracts
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 3, 2014, to require the Detroit fiscal management oversight commission proposed by House Bill 5566 to review rulings on Detroit fire and police union contracts of a “PA 312” binding arbitration panel, which can impose contract terms in the event of a collective bargaining impasse. The oversight panel would not be given any actual authority over these settlements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691519


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Senate Bill 313: Revise rental housing inspection regulations
Passed 33 to 3 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to local government rental housing registration and inspection details. Among other things the bill would allow but not require local enforcement agencies in communities of a certain size to mandate that landlords must register themselves and their rental units, prohibit charging landlords to register a property more than once, revise the maximum and minimum time between inspections based on various factors, and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691628

Senate Bill 739: Revise local “economic development authority” board detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691629

Senate Bill 740: Revise local “corridor improvement authority” board detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691630

Senate Bill 795: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to authorize seizure and forfeiture of vehicle, equipment, or other property used to knowingly possess or introduce a prohibited aquatic species. Senate bills 796 to 802 would add additional sanctions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691623

Senate Bill 796: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to revise the state sentencing guidelines to reflect the higher penalties proposed by Senate Bill 800 for introducing a prohibited non-native aquatic species.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691624

Senate Bill 797: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691625

Senate Bill 799: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to authorize suspending the commercial fishing license of a person who introduces into the state a prohibited non-native species. Senate Bill 800 authorizes other penalties.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691626

Senate Bill 800: Increase banned species introduction penalties
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to authorize suspending the hunting, fishing and trapping rights of a person who introduces into the state a prohibited non-native species. Also, to increase the penalties for knowingly possessing or introducing a banned aquatic species, from two years in prison and a $20,000 fine to three years and $100,000.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691627

Senate Bill 845: Give district court magistrates arrest warrant power
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to allow a district court magistrate to issue an arrest warrant, and specify that a complaint for an arrest warrant made by means of electronic communication could be made from any location in Michigan. See also House Bill 5246 and Senate Bill 931.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691618

Senate Bill 858: Heroin overdose treatment package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to grant immunity from criminal prosecution or administrative sanction to a “person” (including 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691635

Senate Bill 859: Heroin overdose treatment package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to require the state-authorized “medical control authorities” responsible for establishing certain treatment protocols in a county or region to establish protocols for ambulances carrying an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone), and emergency services personnel being trained to administer them. Whether the vehicles actually carried these substances would be at the authority’s discretion.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691636

Senate Bill 860: Heroin overdose treatment package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 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. The bill would grant lawsuit liability to doctors and pharmacists for this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691637

Senate Bill 872: Reduce regulatory obstacles to developing stamp-sand property
Passed 31 to 6 in the Senate on June 4, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691620

Senate Bill 880: Require psychologist licensure degree program details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to revise details of the criteria for the doctoral degree programs required for licensure as a psychologist.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691634

Senate Bill 882: Repeal local road agency fringe benefit reporting mandate
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to require county road commissions, instead of local road agencies, to certify to the Department of Transportation that they have adopted specified employee health insurance limits and pension reforms, starting Oct. 1 2015.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691640

Senate Bill 916: Make vehicle title lien updates electronic
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to revise process for updating vehicle loan “security interests” on vehicle titles, so as to accommodate the process proposed by Senate Bill 918 for replacing the current paper-based system with an all-electronic one. Among other things the bill would eliminate a requirement that the Secretary of State must issue a title to the owner of a vehicle, if the title were subject to a security interest (loan).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691642

Senate Bill 917: Make vehicle title lien updates electronic
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to revise the process for updating vehicle loan “security interests” on vehicle titles, so as to accommodate the process proposed by Senate Bill 918 for replacing the current paper-based system with an all-electronic one.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691643

Senate Bill 918: Make vehicle title lien updates electronic
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to allow the Secretary of State to develop and contract out an electronic system to process the notification and release of vehicle lender “security interests” for purposes of indicating on vehicle titles whether a lender has an interest in the vehicle. This and related bills would mostly replace an existing “hard copy” process for updating this information and mailing out new title documents to owners or lenders. The Secretary of State could require that all transactions concerning these issues be conducted through electronic means.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691644

Senate Bill 924: Criminalize posting revealing images to harass or intimidate
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to explicitly make it a crime to post on the internet any sexually explicit photograph, drawing, or other image of a person with the intent to frighten, intimidate, or harass. The bill would also authorize penalties to refusing or failing to take all reasonable steps to remove such images upon written request of the person, even if these were not posted with the intent to frighten, intimidate, or harass.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691616

Senate Bill 925: Criminalize posting revealing images to harass or intimidate
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to place in statute misdemeanor penalties proposed by Senate Bill 924 for posting on the internet any sexually explicit photograph, drawing, or other image of another person with the intent to frighten, intimidate, or harass.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691617

Senate Bill 931: Revise electronic arrest warrant detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to clarify a law allowing a judge or district court magistrate to issue a written search warrant by any electronic of means of communication, so as to specify that this may be done from any location within this state.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691621

Senate Bill 932: Revise district court magistrate detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to allow district court magistrates to decide motions and requests to withdraw an admission or set aside a default judgment in civil infraction cases under certain circumstances specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691622

Senate Bill 947: Revise collection agency audit details
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to delete a requirement that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) audit a collection agency on a biennial basis. The agencies would still be subject to current regulations and record keeping requirements, however. The bill would also establish as “the intent of the legislature” that the regulations apply to debt collection agencies, not the companies that hire them.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691650

Senate Bill 947: Revise collection agency audit details
Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to delete a requirement that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) audit a collection agency on a biennial basis. The agencies would still be subject to current regulations and record keeping requirements, however. The bill would also establish as “the intent of the legislature” that the regulations apply to debt collection agencies, not the companies that hire them.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691646

House Bill 4155: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to restrict access to a non-public database of applicants for a concealed pistol license to requests made using a state Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) or another system that maintains a record of who asked and when, and require the requestor asking about a particular individual to attest that the records are sought for a lawful purpose. This would somewhat broaden access to these already nonpublic records, but the bill is part of a legislative package that makes all state firearms databases confidential and not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); see House Bill 5327.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691631

House Bill 4582: Revise homebuilder licensure detail
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to clarify that a person who has held a “residential maintenance and alteration contractor” license within the past nine years is exempt from having to take a “pre-licensure” course as a condition for getting a residential builder license. Also, to eliminate the state licensing bureau’s authority to require evidence of an applicant’s or licensee’s financial stability.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691614

House Bill 4964: Authorize automatic government employee 401(k) enrollments
Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on June 4, 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=691638

House Bill 5270: Mandate recording of child abuse/neglect interviews
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on June 4, 2014, to require interviews of children by state officials in alleged or suspected neglect or abuse cases to be recorded on video.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691667

House Bill 5284: Give contractor licensure board more discretion to deny license
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to eliminate the state licensing bureau’s authority to require evidence of a licensed residential builder or renovation contractor financial stability, or that of a license applicant. The bill provides procedures for former licensees who were denied a license on this basis, provided they have taken a three hour continuing education course in the past year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691615

House Bill 5325: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate on June 4, 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=691632

House Bill 5328: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to revise details of concealed pistol permit law and related statutes so they conform to the proposal in House Bills 5327 to exempt state firearms owner records 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=691633

House Bill 5400: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to reduce restrictions on using certain low-hazard industrial byproducts that potentially have a beneficial use, including as fertilizer, road construction material, construction fill or other uses. The bill would also expand the definition of “inert material” in the state environmental protection law to include a number of specified materials, which would not be subject to restrictions depending on how they are used.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691647

House Bill 5438: Mandate drivers ed include cycle awareness lesson
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on June 4, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691664

House Bill 5476: Revise electric utility regulated rate setting procedures
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691619


165 posted on 06/06/2014 2:58:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 6: Earmark some sales tax revenue to roads
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 5, 2014, to revise and make permanent a one-time earmark to road spending of a specified percentage of sales tax revenue collected from fuel sales. For the next fiscal year this would mean around $128 million more for road projects.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691781

Senate Bill 49: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 80 to 28 in the House on June 5, 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=691875

Senate Bill 149: Revise transportation tax allocation
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 5, 2014, to discontinue an annual appropriation of up to $20 million in road funding to the Secretary of State to administer vehicle registration tax collections. See also Senate Bill 6, which earmarks some sales tax revenue to road projects.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691783

Senate Bill 205: Increase solicitation of sex from minor penalties
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 5, 2014, to increase the penalties for the crime of soliciting sex from a minor who is at least 16 years of age.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691784

Senate Bill 206: Increase solicitation of sex from minor penalties
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 5, 2014, to revise the sentencing guidelines for the penalty increase proposed by House Bill 4209 for the crime of soliciting a minor 16 years of age or older to commit prostitution..
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691785

Senate Bill 589: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 5, 2014, to add human trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation of children to the (statutory) grounds for terminating a parent’s parental rights.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691786

Senate Bill 602: Human trafficking crime package
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 5, 2014, to require individuals convicted of soliciting a prostitute who is less than age 18 to register on the state sex offender registry.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691787

Senate Bill 831: Allow homestead property tax exemption for inherited residence
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 5, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691788

Senate Bill 834: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 87 to 21 in the House on June 5, 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=691876

Senate Bill 881: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 87 to 21 in the House on June 5, 2014, to revise details in the concealed pistol permit law to accommodate the proposal in Senate Bill 49 to exempt state firearms owner records 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=691877

Senate Bill 881: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on April 24, 2014, to revise details in the concealed pistol permit law to accommodate the proposal in Senate Bill 49 to exempt state firearms owner records 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=689268

House Bill 4890: Let cemetery owners declare burial plot contracts “abandoned”
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on June 5, 2014, to establish conditions and procedures that allow a cemetery owner to declare an individual’s contractual right to be buried in a particular plot to have been abandoned, and then to resell the plot.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691904

House Bill 5089: Create new pseudoephedrine “straw man” buyer crime
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on June 5, 2014, to authorize up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for purchasing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine while knowing that it will be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691888

House Bill 5090: Create new pseudoephedrine “straw man” buyer crime
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on June 5, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the crime proposed by House Bill 5089 of purchasing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine while knowing that it will be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691889

House Bill 5168: Facilitate DARTA operating Woodward streetcar
Passed 82 to 26 in the House on June 5, 2014, to authorize the Detroit area regional transportation authority created by a 2012 law to enter agreements to operate a Woodward Avenue streetcar in Detroit with the entity authorized by 2008 law to create it. The bill would exempt this project from a provision requiring unanimous action by the DARTA board for any form of rail passenger service, and specify that Detroit and Wayne County would be responsible for covering the line’s operating deficits (and not other communities in the RTA).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691895

House Bill 5226: Expand crop damage deer shooting permit to bears
Passed 103 to 5 in the House on June 5, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691881

House Bill 5271: Revise child abuse/neglect interview details
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on June 4, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691754

House Bill 5272: Revise child abuse/neglect interview details
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on June 4, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691756

House Bill 5363: Expand meth-related pseudoephedrine restrictions
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on June 5, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691890

House Bill 5401: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on June 5, 2014, to exempt a person who follows specified rules for storing “inert materials” and “beneficial use by-products” as defined by House Bill 5400 from liability under state the environmental protection law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691779

House Bill 5402: Revise certain low-hazard waste restrictions
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on June 5, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691780

House Bill 5421: Revise delinquent property tax interest detail
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on June 5, 2014, to allow counties to waive certain additional to allow counties to waive certain additional interest charges imposed on the delinquent property taxes of tax-foreclosed residential property when that is being redeemed by the owner.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691879

House Bill 5552: Exempt decedent’s property transfer to family from assessment “bump up”
Passed 77 to 31 in the House on June 5, 2014, to exempt the transfer of residential property from a decedent to a trust whose beneficiaries are members of the decedent’s family from the taxable value “bump up,” wherein the new basis for property tax assessments becomes the property’s state equalized value (market value), rather than the capped “taxable value” of the previous owner. The exemption would apply when there is no change to the use of the property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691898

House Bill 5558: Clarify preemption of insurance lawsuits under Consumer Protection Act
Passed 57 to 49 in the House on June 5, 2014, to clarify that a prohibition of “unfair practices” lawsuits against insurance companies under the state Consumer Protection Act (rather than the state’s Insurance Code) applies even if the cause of action occurred before a 2001 law was enacted specifying that industries like insurance which are already subject to a comprehensive state regulatory regime are not covered by the Consumer Protection Act. Lawsuits that have already been filed could still proceed, however.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691871

House Bill 5559: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on June 5, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691886

House Bill 5600: Revise conflict of interest to allow mayor on Detroit oversight panel
Passed 104 to 4 in the House on June 5, 2014, to revise a law that prohibits public officials from having various positions that may create a conflict of interest, so as to allow the mayor and a council member of a financially troubled city to be on a financial review commission for their city. This relates to legislation making a $195 million gift of state money to Detroit toward a possible bankruptcy settlement, which created a state oversight panel that includes the mayor and president of the city council.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691891

House Bill 5610: Revise legislative journal printing detail
Passed 104 to 4 in the House on June 5, 2014, to no longer require the legislature to print and bind up to 500 copies of the official House and Senate journals for the year and distribute these to members, state departments, colleges, universities, and other specified recipients. Instead, the clerk of the House and secretary of the Senate could decide how many copies to print. The journals would still have to be made available to the public on the internet.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691887

House Bill 5612: Revise detail of large utility regulatory regime
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on June 5, 2014, to allow money in a state “Utility Consumer Representation Fund” to be used for participation in proceedings on utility cost allocation and rate setting methods. Large utilities are required to pay a certain amount to this fund, and to pass the cost to customers. Half the money in fund goes to the Attorney General and half to “consumer advocates” to contest rate hikes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=691892


166 posted on 06/07/2014 3:39:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 963: Ban BB gun possession by unaccompanied minor
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on June 2, 2014, to prohibit minors from possessing an air, gas or spring powered BB or pellet gun unless accompanied by an adult. The bill also revises the definition of “firearm” to exclude an air, gas or spring powered gun that fires a projectile larger than .177 caliber (many air rifles and pistols fire .22 caliber pellets).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164455

Senate Bill 964: Expand air gun exemption from firearm laws
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on June 2, 2014, to revise the definition of “firearm” to exclude an air, gas or spring powered gun that fires a projectile larger than .177 caliber (many air rifles and pistols fire .22 caliber pellets).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164456

Senate Bill 965: Expand air gun exemption from firearm laws
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on June 2, 2014, to revise the definition of “firearm” to exclude an air, gas or spring powered gun that fires a projectile larger than .177 caliber (many air rifles and pistols fire .22 caliber pellets).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164457

Senate Bill 966: Expand air gun exemption from firearm laws
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 2, 2014, to revise the definition of “firearm” in the state environmental law to conform to the proposal in Senate Bills 963 to 965, which would exclude all air, gas or spring powered guns from the definition.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164458

Senate Bill 967: Give disabled veterans free boat registration
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on June 2, 2014, to exempt a veteran who has a service connected total disability from having to pay a watercraft registration tax.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164459

Senate Bill 968: Provide insurance to fallen public safety dependents
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on June 2, 2014, to require the state to provide the spouse and dependents of a firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency first responder who dies in the line of duty with health insurance comparable to and on similar terms as the coverage the decedent received from any source at the time of his or her death. This would end when these individuals get comparable coverage from another source.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164460

Senate Bill 969: Authorize local nuisance suits to shut drug or prostitution house
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 2, 2014, to authorize a city, village, or township to file a nuisance lawsuit to shut down the activity at a building, vehicle, boat, aircraft, or place that is being used for prostitution, illegal drug, animal fighting, or unlawful alcohol-related offenses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164461

Senate Bill 970: Revise commercial drivers license detail
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on June 2, 2014, to revise the state law providing for a commercial drivers license learner’s permit so as to conform with federal definitions and requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164462

Senate Bill 971: Expand “good Samaritan” law
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on June 5, 2014, to expand the (limited) immunity from (lawsuits) for free emergency care provided at the scene of an emergency so that it covers licensed emergency medical service providers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164489

House Bill 5615: Make buying ephedrine for meth a RICO crime
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on June 3, 2014, to include purchasing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing it will be used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine in the list of “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. See also House Bills 5363, 5089, 5090, and Senate Bill 563.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164465

House Bill 5616: Revise nursing facility tax detail
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on June 4, 2014, to eliminate a “grandfathering” and ownership change qualification from the law that exempts property owned by a “skilled nursing facility” from property taxes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164469

House Bill 5617: Let library board members get pay and set pay
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on June 4, 2014, to allow members of the board of directors of a public libraries to be paid, in an amount set by the board itself. Under current law library board members are political appointees who do not receive pay.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164470

House Bill 5618: Give high school diploma to Viet Nam era veterans
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 4, 2014, to let local school boards grant a high school diploma to veterans who did not graduate but were in the armed forces during the period of the Vietnam war. Note: A law passed in 2013 already did this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164471

House Bill 5619: Require ISDs monitor school district finances
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 4, 2014, to require Intermediate School Districts to monitor the finances of the regular school districts within their territory.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164472

House Bill 5620: Create new disinformation-to-impede-voter crime
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 4, 2014, to establish a new misdemeanor crime of knowingly giving false information to a registered voter about an election date, polling place location or the person’s voter registration status, with the intention to impede the person from voting.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164473

House Bill 5621: Authorize girl scout fire-fighting courses
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 4, 2014, to revise a 2011 law that allows a local fire departments to establish a “boy scout explorer post,” and allows a school district to then provide firefighter courses for 16 and 17 year olds. The bill would also authorize a girl scout explorer posts for this purpose.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164474

House Bill 5622: Mandate reduced class size in failing schools
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 4, 2014, to require failing schools o reduce class sizes to a maximum of 17 in grades K to 3, and 25 in grades 9 to 12.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164475

House Bill 5623: Authorize charitable contribution income tax credits
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 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=164476

House Bill 5624: Give state PSC oversight over city water/sewer systems
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 4, 2014, to extend the jurisdiction of the state Public Service Commission to include regulating the operations of municipal water and sewer systems.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164477

House Bill 5625: Provide morality and character instruction
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 4, 2014, in schools to require public schools to weekly instruction in ‘ethics and character building” to children in grades K through 5.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164478

House Bill 5626: Establish perinatal hospice standards and disclosures
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 4, 2014, to mandate that when a physician informs a patient of a prenatal test that has detected a life-limiting condition, the physician must provide information on perinatal hospice care, plus the latest information on health outcomes, life expectancy, development potential and more. Also, to require the Department of Community Health to develop criteria for certifying a hospice that provides perinatal hospice care, and post information online about ones that have been certified.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164479

House Bill 5627: Ban truancy scofflaws from welfare benefits
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 4, 2014, to require welfare recipients who have school age children to ensure the children attend school at least 80 percent of the time not including sickness or injury absences as a condition of receiving benefits, and require the state welfare agency to confirm this when the person applies for or renews an application for benefits.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164480

House Bill 5628: Authorize charitable contribution income tax credits
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 4, 2014, to authorize state income tax credit for charitable donations to food banks, shelters, and community foundations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164481

House Bill 5629: Authorize pilot charter boarding school for at risk students
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 4, 2014, to authorize a pilot college preparatory charter school program for low income students who have are failing academically or have gotten into trouble at school.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164482

House Bill 5630: Authorize “social impact” state debt
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 4, 2014, to authorize new state “social impact” borrowing to fund “senior support services to reduce state Medicare spending” and “at-risk youth education and job training programs to reduce juvenile recidivism”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164483

House Bill 5631: Ban hunting with a drone
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on June 4, 2014, to prohibit using an aerial drone to take game.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164484

House Bill 5632: Distribute added road money through regular formula vs. earmarks
Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on June 4, 2014, to transfer $115 million that was politically earmarked for certain road projects in a supplemental appropriation enacted in March of 2014, so that the money is instead allocated to local road and bridge programs according to the usual statutory distribution formula.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164485

House Bill 5633: Allow electronic voter registration
Introduced by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on June 4, 2014, to require the Secretary of State to develop a system for electronic online voter registration on its website.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164486

House Bill 5634: Allow late return of military and overseas absentee ballots
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on June 4, 2014, to establish that if an overseas military service member’s mailed-in absentee ballot is postmarked on the election date or earlier, and received before the appropriate canvassing board has certified the vote tally, then it would be counted.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164487

House Bill 5635: Allow overseas voting by email
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on June 4, 2014, to allow a voter who is outside the country to vote by email or other electronic means. Under a 2010 law overseas voters may receive their absentee ballots by e-mail, but they must be returned by regular mail and received before the polls close on election day.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164488

House Bill 5636: Permit golf cart road road use without insurance
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on June 5, 2014, to permit a golf cart to be driven on the shoulder of a public highway without having mandated no-fault vehicle insurance, under the same provision that allows ORVs to do this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164492

House Bill 5637: Expand welfare child care subsidies
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 5, 2014, to expand welfare-related child care subsidies to any recipient who is participating in mandated education, training or work requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164493

House Bill 5638: Revise parole standards
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 5, 2014, to require that parole be granted to prisoners who have served their minimum time if the person has at least an “average probability” under a “validated risk assessment instrument” of not being a risk to public safety, and who meets other criteria specified in statute, subject to some restrictions and exceptions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164494

House Bill 5639: Authorize “Industrial Plant Rehabilitation” tax break for particular developer
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 5, 2014, to authorize an Industrial Plant Rehabilitation property tax break for a building owned by a particular developer whose tenant has gone bankrupt.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164495


167 posted on 06/10/2014 4:14:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Joint Resolution A: Replace gas tax with higher sales tax
Failed 14 to 24 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to impose a 1 percent sales tax increase that would go to roads and replace the state motor fuel and diesel taxes. If the measure was approved then a large fuel tax increase proposed by House Bill 5477 would not go into effect. A two-thirds vote (26 votes) are required to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692164

Senate Bill 20: Require more hazmat licensee disclosures
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 11, 2014, to require a person who is required to have a state license to build, manage or operate a hazardous waste treatment, storage, or disposal facility to disclose any past environmental-law related criminal convictions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692375

Senate Bill 327: Ban tax collector “quotas”
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on June 11, 2014, to establish that Department of Treasury tax collectors and third party contractors or agents are prohibited from using tax collection amount “quotas” and must apply tax laws and rules equally to all taxpayers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692378

Senate Bill 444: Revise aquatic nuisance species control regulations
Passed 60 to 50 in the House on June 11, 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=692377

Senate Bill 611: Increase penalty on delinquent hotel convention tax
Passed 88 to 22 in the House on June 11, 2014, to require a hotel or motel owner who is late paying a room tax of up to 5 percent imposed to pay for regional marketing schemes to also pay the attorney and court costs incurred collecting the tax, in addition to the 1.5 percent “delinquency charge” and 1.5 percent per month interest charge already authorized under current law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692363

Senate Bill 667: Prohibit minors from using “e-cigarettes”
Passed 94 to 16 in the House on June 11, 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. Senate Bill 668 adds e-cigarettes to the law prohibiting merchants from selling tobacco to minors.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692139

Senate Bill 668: Ban selling “e-cigarettes” to minors
Passed 96 to 14 in the House on June 11, 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=692376

Senate Bill 690: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on June 11, 2014, to repeal a ban on licensed physical therapists providing therapy unless it has been prescribed by a physician, subject to certain limits specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692369

Senate Bill 691: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on June 11, 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. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed (subject to certain limits), while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692370

Senate Bill 692: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on June 11, 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. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed (subject to certain limits), while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692371

Senate Bill 693: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on June 11, 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. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed (subject to certain limits), while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692372

Senate Bill 694: Revise physical therapist scope-of-practice
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on June 11, 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. Senate Bill 690 would repeal a prohibition on physical therapists providing service that has not been prescribed (subject to certain limits), while Senate Bills 691 through 694 would establish that insurers can still require prescriptions if they choose.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692373

Senate Bill 695: Revise subsidized Detroit Woodward streetcar detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, 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. Reportedly this is necessary to conform with federal rules.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692224

Senate Bill 696: Exempt Detroit Woodward streetcar from “legacy cost” liability
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, 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). Also, to exempt the property, income, and operations of this entity from all state and local taxation. See also House Bill 5168, which would authorize the Detroit area regional transportation authority created by a 2012 law to enter agreements to operate this line.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692225

Senate Bill 697: Exempt Detroit Woodward streetcar from property tax
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to exempt the operator of a Detroit “light rail” line authorized by a legislative package enacted in 2008 from property taxes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692226

Senate Bill 748: Revise limousine regulations and special Detroit powers
Passed 30 to 8 in the Senate on June 11, 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, so as to accommodate Detroit’s shrinking population. The bill would also expand the scope of Detroit’s restrictions by increasing the capacity limit of vehicles subject to them from “fewer than seven” people to “fewer than nine,” including the driver.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692191

Senate Bill 752: Increase income tax property tax credit
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to increase the maximum income cap (“household resources” cap) on a property tax credit a homeowner or renter may claim against his or her state income tax begins to phase-out, from $50,000 to $70,000. The vote is part of a deal made with Democrats by Gov. Rick Snyder and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville to get their votes on a $1.2 billion fuel tax increase, and will only go into effect if that tax hike is enacted.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692167

Senate Bill 847: Expand homestead property tax credit
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 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. The vote is part of a deal made with Democrats by Gov. Rick Snyder and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville to get their votes on a $1.2 billion fuel tax increase, and will only go into effect if that tax hike is enacted.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692166

Senate Bill 853: Ban automated eyeglass “kiosks”
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on June 11, 2014, to prohibit automated testing devices that provide automated eye exams and issue prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses. Instead, only licensed optometrists and physicians specializing in eye care could write eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. This would preempt eyeglass “kiosks” in drugstores and other retail locations, which is a lower cost alternative to conventional optometry services that are expanding in some other states.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692374

Senate Bill 873: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on June 11, 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=692364

Senate Bill 875: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on June 11, 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=692365

Senate Bill 877: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on June 11, 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”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692367

Senate Bill 890: Revise state adoption subsidies
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692200

Senate Bill 900: Revise workers comp insurance detail
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 11, 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. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692368

Senate Bill 910: Ban enforcement of new woodstove emissions limits
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on June 11, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692211

Senate Bill 948: Restrict radioactive material storage and disposal
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to prohibit storing or disposing radioactive waste from another state or country in Michigan, and ban storing any radioactive material other than what is allowed under current law for nuclear power plants, uranium mines and medical uses. The bill would also create a state advisory board for the purpose of writing a report on the potential impact of depositing radioactive waste deep underground at a site in Kincardine, Ontario, as proposed by an Ontario utility.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692222

House Bill 4003: Expand state Treasurer tax dispute deal making authority
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 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=692229

House Bill 4251: Revise local road project contracting details
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to establish that if a township contributes 50 percent or more to the cost of a road project, it can require the county road commission contract for the work through competitive bidding. This is part of a House road funding package.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692168

House Bill 4380: Repeal registration for foresters
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to repeal statutory references to registered foresters. House Bill 4281 would repeal registration provisions for foresters. The bill leaves in place a revised definition of “qualified” forester, which means someone qualified to attest that a piece of forest property qualifies for certain property tax breaks.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692192

House Bill 4567: Increase certain drunk driver penalties
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to increase various drunk driving penalties. Among other changes, the bill raises the penalty for a drunk or stoned driver who causes the death of another from 5 years in prison to 10 years, and up to 20 years for certain aggravated offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692198

House Bill 4568: Increase certain drunk driver penalties
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to revise the state sentencing guidelines reflect the increased drunk driving penalties proposed by House Bill 4566.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692199

House Bill 4630: Increase vehicle registration taxes
Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to eliminate the current 10 percent reduction of vehicle registration (license plate) fees for a new vehicle’s second, third, and fourth years of registration. This would represent a $145 million tax increase on vehicle owners, but it would not take effect until 2016. The bill would also increase the drivers license renewal fee from $18 to $25, and increase a number of other fees on different kinds of vehicles and trailers. However, with the Senate’s unwillingness to pass a related $1.2 billion gas tax increase the bill’s future is in question..
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692189

House Bill 4630: Increase vehicle registration taxes
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 21, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that contains a much larger tax hike; see Senate-passed bill for more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=158834

House Bill 4630: Increase vehicle registration taxes
Failed 18 to 20 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to eliminate the current 10 percent reduction of vehicle registration (license plate) fees for a new vehicle’s second, third, and fourth years of registration. This would represent a $145 million tax increase on vehicle owners. The bill would also increase the drivers license renewal fee from $18 to $25, and increase a number of other fees on different kinds of vehicles and trailers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692181

House Bill 4688: Repeal licensure mandates for dietitians and nutritionists
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to repeal a law that imposes a licensure mandate on dietitians and nutritionists. The mandate has not been enforced since it was authorized in 2006 because the state licensure agency was unable to devise acceptable credentialing and education requirements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692223

House Bill 5039: Expand mandatory child death investigations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 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=692208

House Bill 5069: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to establish that the usual restrictions and penalties on a landlord interfering with a tenant’s legitimate possession of a rented residence do not apply in the case of “squatters,” defined by the bill as a person who took possession by “forcible entry, holds possession by force after a peaceable entry, or came into possession by trespass.” House Bill 5070 authorizes criminal penalties for some squatting violations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692194

House Bill 5070: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to authorize criminal penalties for a “squatter” who illegally occupies a residence, including up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for second and subsequent violations. “Squatter” is defined by the bill as someone who “at any time during that period of occupancy, occupied the property with the owner’s consent for an agreed-upon consideration” but not a “guest or a family member of the owner or a tenant”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692196

House Bill 5071: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the crime proposed by House Bill 5070 of “squatting,” defined as illegally occupying a residence.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692197

House Bill 5089: Create new pseudoephedrine “straw man” buyer crime
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to authorize up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for purchasing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine while knowing that it will be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692201

House Bill 5090: Create new pseudoephedrine “straw man” buyer crime
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the crime proposed by House Bill 5089 of purchasing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine while knowing that it will be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692202

House Bill 5167: Require competitive bidding on some road maintenance
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to require road agencies to seek competitive bids for road maintenance projects greater than $100,000 and use a “performance based” payment system. This is part of a House road funding package.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692183

House Bill 5168: Facilitate DARTA operating Woodward streetcar
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to authorize the Detroit area regional transportation authority created by a 2012 law to enter agreements to operate a Woodward Avenue streetcar in Detroit with the entity authorized by 2008 law to create it. The bill would exempt this project from a provision requiring unanimous action by the DARTA board for any form of rail passenger service, and specify that Detroit and Wayne County would be responsible for covering the line’s operating deficits (and not other communities in the RTA).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692227

House Bill 5169: Facilitate DARTA operating Woodward streetcar
Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, 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 accommodate the proposal in House Bill 5168 to let the authority operate the Woodward Avenue streetcar project authorized by a 2008 law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692228

House Bill 5261: Exempt vehicle sale to relatives from sales tax
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692209

House Bill 5313: Appropriations: 2014-2015 “Omnibus” budget
Failed 0 to 109 in the House on May 15, 2014, to concur with a Senate-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the bill to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=690644

House Bill 5314: Appropriations: “Omnibus” education budget
Passed 60 to 50 in the House on June 11, 2014, the final education budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2014. A separate House budget authorizes the rest of state government spending (House Bill 5313).
This bill would authorize $13.870 billion for K-12 public schools, a $509 million increase. It also appropriates $1.516 billion for state universities, compared to $1.430 billion the prior year; and $364 million for community colleges, up from $335 million.
The bill increases per-student “foundation allowances” for higher-spending K-12 school districts by $50, and $125 for lower spending ones. However, distributions to school districts are understated by around $400 per student compared to pre-2012 budgets, because the state is now depositing a portion of their pension costs directly into the system (rather than the previous practice of sending it all to the districts to deposit). Reportedly, the gap between funding at the highest and lowest spending districts has decreased to $848, compared to around $2,300 when the Proposal A school finance overhaul was approved in 1994.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692138

House Bill 5314: Appropriations: “Omnibus” education budget
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, the final education budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2014. A separate House budget authorizes the rest of state government spending (House Bill 5313).
This bill would authorize $13.870 billion for K-12 public schools, a $509 million increase. It also appropriates $1.516 billion for state universities, compared to $1.430 billion the prior year; and $364 million for community colleges, up from $335 million.
The bill increases per-student “foundation allowances” for higher-spending K-12 school districts by $50, and $125 for lower spending ones. However, distributions to school districts are understated by around $400 per student compared to pre-2012 budgets, because the state is now depositing a portion of their pension costs directly into the system (rather than the previous practice of sending it all to the districts to deposit). Reportedly, the gap between funding at the highest and lowest spending districts has decreased to $848, compared to around $2,300 when the Proposal A school finance overhaul was approved in 1994.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692195

House Bill 5363: Expand meth-related pseudoephedrine restrictions
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692203

House Bill 5452: Increase overweight and oversize truck fees
Failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to increase the fees for permits required to operate a vehicle or trailer that exceeds standard highway size, weight, or load restrictions. Currently the fees range from $15 to $100, depending on whether the fee is for overweight or oversize vehicles or trailers, and for a single trip or an multiple trips. Single trip fees would double, and multiple or annual trip permits would quintuple. A preliminary estimate indicates this would increase revenue for road funding by around $11 million.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692173

House Bill 5460: Require local road agencies get warranties on road projects
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to expand to local road agencies a requirement to warranties from contractors for road construction and preservation projects valued at more than $1 million. Under current law the warranty requirement only applies to the state Department of Transportation. This is part of a House road funding package.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692169

House Bill 5477: Replace per-gallon fuel tax with 6 percent wholesale tax
The substitute failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that would replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 7.0 percent wholesale fuel tax, gradually increasing to 15 percent over five years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692216

House Bill 5493: Replace per-gallon fuel tax with 6 percent wholesale tax
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to replace the current 15 cent per gallon motor carrier fuel tax imposed on interstate truckers with a tax on the wholesale fuel price somewhere between 7 and 17 percent per gallon. The exact rate would be specified in House Bill 5477 and was the subject of intense and incompete negotiations on the day this vote was taken.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692221

House Bill 5507: Revise county foster care reimbursement detail
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 11, 2014, to extend for another year a state reimbursement to counties to cover a portion of the cost of providing foster care services. The bill also clarifies what constitutes “foster care services”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692362

House Bill 5553: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692204

House Bill 5559: Authorize “Pure Michigan Trail” designations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692205

House Bill 5600: Revise conflict of interest to allow mayor on Detroit oversight panel
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to revise a law that prohibits public officials from having various positions that may create a conflict of interest, so as to allow the mayor and a council member of a financially troubled city to be on a financial review commission for their city. This relates to legislation making a $195 million gift of state money to Detroit toward a possible bankruptcy settlement, which created a state oversight panel that includes the mayor and president of the city council.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692392

House Bill 5612: Revise detail of large utility regulatory regime
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to allow money in a state “Utility Consumer Representation Fund” to be used for participation in proceedings on utility cost allocation and rate setting methods. Large utilities are required to pay a certain amount to this fund, and to pass the cost to customers. Half the money in fund goes to the Attorney General and half to “consumer advocates” to contest rate hikes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692207


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House Joint Resolution FF: Make enacted bills effective in 90 days, or sooner with 2/3 vote
Passed 60 to 50 in the House on June 12, 2014, to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment establishing that bills enacted by the legislature go into effect 90 days after being filed with the Secretary of State, unless the bill is given immediate effect by a roll call vote of two-thirds of the members elected and serving in the House and Senate. A 2/3 vote is required to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692646

Senate Bill 66: Revise high school graduation standards
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2014, to revise procedural details related to the state’s high school graduation and curriculum standards. The bill would require timely responses from the Department of Education to school requests for information that helps them meet the requirements. It also “strongly encourages” schools to establish programs that lead to a professional certificate, training, apprenticeship, or college credit in a specific career and technical field.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692649

Senate Bill 324: Require certification of federal health care law “navigators”
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to require “certification” for the individuals and organizations acting as “navigators” authorized by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”) to assist individuals who apply for government-subsidized health benefits through the law’s “exchange,” including criminal background check and training requirements. The bill requires the Department of Insurance and Financial Services to determine whether a training program not created by the state sufficiently protects the privacy and security of Michigan residents’ personally identifiable information. If it does not, then the state would have to provide its own version. The bill authorizes administrative sanctions and fines for individuals and organizations who violate various rules, including “steering” a person toward a particular policy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692564

Senate Bill 481: Repeal licensure mandate on foresters
Passed 57 to 53 in the House on June 12, 2014, to repeal a licensure mandate imposed on foresters, and eliminate a state “Board of Foresters” comprised political appointees who establish educational and experience requirements for forresters.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692629

Senate Bill 484: Repeal registration mandate on foresters
Passed 61 to 49 in the House on June 12, 2014, to repeal a registration mandate imposed on foresters. This bill repeals associated fees.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692630

Senate Bill 535: Mandate retailers check pseudoephed buyers against “meth offender registry”
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2014, to require the State Police to submit information on methamphetamine-related offenders to a national database, and reinforce the mandate that retailers check the names and prohibit sales to anyone buying cold medicines containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine whose name is on the list, by granting immunity from civil liability to those who rely on and use the information.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692602

Senate Bill 613: Permit keeping road kill
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on June 12, 2014, to allow a driver who kills or injures a game animal other than some birds including turkeys, badgers, bobcats, elk, moose, deer fauns, wolves and bear cubs 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=692608

Senate Bill 633: Allow community service to cover some “bad driver” fees
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to allow a person to do 10 hours of “community service” in lieu of paying a state “bad driver fee” for certain offenses, including accumulating seven or more “points” within a two-year period, driving without a license and failing to produce proof of insurance. These very high, revenue-raising fees were originally imposed in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692583

Senate Bill 644: Revise “strict discipline academies” detail
Passed 96 to 14 in the House on June 12, 2014, to allow “strict discipline academies” (which provide alternative schooling for students expelled for certain criminal offenses and juvenile offenders under a criminal sentence diversion agreement) to enroll students from high- or medium-security juvenile facilities, mental health facilities, or child caring institutions that are operated by a private agency.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692605

Senate Bill 674: Establish statutory right to breastfeed in public
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 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=692577

Senate Bill 674: Establish statutory right to breastfeed in public
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on June 12, 2014, 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=692617

Senate Bill 678: Revise tobacco tax revenue earmarks
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on June 12, 2014, to earmark $3 million of annual state tobacco tax revenue to the state Capitol upkeep fund proposed by Senate Bill 665.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692626

Senate Bill 704: Require “pharmacist in charge” at pharmacies
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2014, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692609

Senate Bill 715: Adopt “universal certificates of insurance act”
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on June 12, 2014, to prohibit issuing a certificate of insurance that would alter the coverage provided by an insurance policy referred to in the certificate, or which contained false or misleading information concerning a policy, or requiring the issuance of a certificate with false or misleading information regarding a policy. Also, to establish that a person would have a right to notice of cancellation only under the terms of an insurance policy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692607

Senate Bill 756: Revise pseudoephed “instant background check” law details
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 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=692603

Senate Bill 817: Move back teacher rating process deadlines
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2014, to revise the criteria for teacher “effectiveness” evaluation, so that student progress would not have to be measured using “assessments and other objective criteria.” Originally under a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on these ratings, half of a teacher’s effectiveness rating was supposed to be based on student academic progress as measured by actual results on state tests. Under the House-passed version of House Bill 5223, only 20 percent of the rating would be based on student test results in “core” subjects, with the remainder based on potentially more subjective “local” measurements of student academic progress.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692606

Senate Bill 846: Revise “development district” liquor license law
Passed 103 to 7 in the House on June 12, 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 allowed under a state quota system, for businesses in “development” districts, “tax increment finance authority” districts, certain “corridor improvement” districts, “downtown development” districts and “principal shopping districts” (which all enable local governments to impose higher property taxes and/or grant various subsidies in those areas).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692611

Senate Bill 872: Reduce regulatory obstacles to developing stamp-sand property
Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate on June 12, 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=692589

Senate Bill 872: Reduce regulatory obstacles to developing stamp-sand property
Passed 67 to 43 in the House on June 12, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692645

Senate Bill 904: Require “pharmacist in charge” at pharmacies
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692610

Senate Bill 922: Authorize local “pension obligation bonds”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to extend for one year the Dec. 31, 2014 sunset on a law passed in 2012 to allow local governments to borrow money to cover unfunded employee pension liabilities, if the local has closed its traditional “defined benefit” pension system to new employees.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692569

House Bill 4465: Lower high school graduation standards
Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to revise wording in the state’s high school graduation curriculum requirements in ways that generally reduce the rigor of foreign language and math standards, among other things allowing students to substitute certain alternative courses for Algebra II; and also to revise details of physical education and arts standards.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692596

House Bill 4466: Revise high school graduation standards
Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to revise the high school graduation curriculum requirements adopted in a 2006 law by allowing one of the science course requirements to be met by a course in “agricultural science;” make it easier for a student to get an exemption from the math and other standards (that is, to have a custom “personal curriculum”); and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692597

House Bill 4534: Establish “animal abuse registry”
Passed 98 to 12 in the House on June 12, 2014, to mandate that animal shelters run background checks for animal abuse offense on individuals wanting to adopt an animal, using an Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) maintained by the Department of State Police.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692612

House Bill 4958: Prohibit unemployment benefits for legal aliens on work visa
Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to establish that legal aliens with a work visa are not eligible for Michigan unemployment benefits. Under current law this ineligibility applies to agricultural work, and the bill would expand it to include non-agricultural work. This would mean that their employers wouldn’t have to pay the state unemployment tax (”assessment”) imposed on these workers’ wages.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692571

House Bill 4997: Ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to ban the sale to minors of electronic cigarettes or any oral device that provides vaporized nicotine, and the use of these devices by minors. This bill provides definitions for the proposed law, and Senate Bills 667 and 668 contain the use and sales bans, respectively.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692565

House Bill 5061: Mandate criminal background check to adopt a pet
Passed 89 to 21 in the House on June 12, 2014, to prohibit animal shelters from allowing a person to adopt an animal if the background check mandated by House Bill 4534 showed the person had committed an animal abuse offense in the past five years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692614

House Bill 5313: Appropriations: 2014-2015 “Omnibus” budget
Passed 24 to 12 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, the final state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2014, not including education spending (which is in House Bill 5314.) This would appropriate $37.4 billion, compared to $34.4 billion originally appropriated the previous year (prior to adoption of the federal health care law’s Medicaid expansion). Of this, $17.6 billion comes from state tax, fee and other revenue, compared to $16.9 billion the previous year. The rest of this budget is federal money ($19.8 billion, compared to $18.1 billion the previous year).
With education spending, the total state budget for the next fiscal year will be $53.15 billion, up $3.63 billion (7.3 percent) from the $49.52 billion budget originally enacted for the previous year. The state portion of this will be $31.45 billion, up $1.25 billion (4.1 percent) from the $30.18 billion originally approved for the previous year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692513

House Bill 5313: Appropriations: 2014-2015 “Omnibus” budget
Passed 100 to 10 in the House on June 12, 2014, the final state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2014, not including education spending (which is in House Bill 5314.) This would appropriate $37.4 billion, compared to $34.4 billion originally appropriated the previous year (prior to adoption of the federal health care law’s Medicaid expansion). Of this, $17.6 billion comes from state tax, fee and other revenue, compared to $16.9 billion the previous year. The rest of this budget is federal money ($19.8 billion, compared to $18.1 billion the previous year).
With education spending, the total state budget for the next fiscal year will be $53.15 billion, up $3.63 billion (7.3 percent) from the $49.52 billion budget originally enacted for the previous year. The state portion of this will be $31.45 billion, up $1.25 billion (4.1 percent) from the $30.18 billion originally approved for the previous year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692604

House Bill 5397: Authorize local government energy efficiency homeowner loans
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on June 12, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692623

House Bill 5414: Reduce, then end “driver responsibility fees”
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to gradually phase out 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 fees for most offenses would be abolished as of Oct. 1, 2019. Reportedly, thousands of mostly low-income individuals have lost their licenses due to inability to pay these penalties. Senate Bill 633 would authorize doing “community service” as an alternative in many cases..
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692584

House Bill 5445: Establish rape kit evidence regulations and procedures
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692566

House Bill 5451: Authorize National Guard member tuition subsidies
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to authorize annual college or vocational education tuition subsidies “in an amount determined to be available by the Guard’s Adjutant General” for a current Michigan National Guard member. House Bill 5313 appropriates $4.7 million for this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692570

House Bill 5478: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to replace an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits from a private self-insurer that becomes insolvent with a new “private employer group self-insurers security fund,” starting in 2020. This fund would pay injured or disabled employees’ claims and impose assessments on member groups to cover the insufficiency if one of them is unable to pay valid claims. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692498

House Bill 5479: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to replace an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits from a private self-insurer that becomes insolvent with a new entity, starting in 2019. The new fund would pay injured or disabled employees’ claims and impose assessments on member groups to cover the insufficiency if one of them is unable to pay valid claims. . This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692499

House Bill 5480: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to revise details of the state workers compensation insurance law to conform to the proposal in House Bills 5478 and 5479 to revise a state reinsurance fund to cover claims against self-insured employers who become insolvent. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692500

House Bill 5481: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to revise details of the state workers compensation insurance law to conform to the proposal in House Bills 5478 and 5479 to revise a state reinsurance fund to cover claims against self-insured employers who become insolvent. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692501

House Bill 5483: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to authorize the imposition of extra assessments against the members of the “private employer group self-insurers security fund” if its obligations exceed the capacity of the fund to pay. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692502

House Bill 5484: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to establish that the duty of the Attorney General to give legal advice to an existing state “self-insurers’ security fund” for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits would be the same under the replacement entity proposed in House Bills 5478 and 5479. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692507

House Bill 5485: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to establish that the “private employer group self-insurers security fund” proposed by House Bills 5478 and 5479 ends up paying the benefits of an injured worker (instead of the self-insured employer paying them, it would have the right to seek reimbursement from the insolvent employer. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692504

House Bill 5486: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to establish that rights to an insolvent employer’s records currently vested in a state workers compensation “self-insurers’ security fund” would be the same under the replacement entity proposed by House Bills 5478 and 5479 for covering worker’s compensation insurance benefits owed by an insolvent self-insured employer. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692508

House Bill 5487: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to increase the assessment imposed on self insured companies and revise the assessment-setting methodology and accounting requirements for a state trust fund created to pay worker’s compensation insurance benefits owed by an insolvent self-insured employer. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692509

House Bill 5488: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to revise details of a provision enforcing the duty of an employer who self-insures for potential workers compensation liability to pay into a state trust fund created to cover benefits owed by insolvent self-insured employers. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692510

House Bill 5489: Authorize workers comp trust fund payments to former Delphi workers
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to authorize payments from a state trust fund created to pay workers compensation insurance benefits owed by insolvent self-insured employers to former employees of the Delphi Corporation (which was spun-off by General Motors in 1997 and filed bankruptcy in 2005). The trust fund would be allowed to seek reimbursement from whatever entity is ultimately found by a federal court to be liable for these claims. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692511

House Bill 5490: Reorganize workers comp self-insurance trust fund
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to revise details of the process for resolving disputes between an employer or insurer and the trustees of a state trust fund created to pay workers compensation benefits owed by an insolvent employer. This is part of a legislative package intended to provide several hundred former Delphi Corporation employees with workers’ compensation benefits that reportedly have not been available since 2009 due to the company’s bankruptcy.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692512

House Bill 5558: Clarify preemption of insurance lawsuits under Consumer Protection Act
Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to clarify that a prohibition of “unfair practices” lawsuits against insurance companies under the state Consumer Protection Act (rather than the state’s Insurance Code) applies even if the cause of action occurred before a 2001 law was enacted specifying that industries like insurance which are already subject to a comprehensive state regulatory regime are not covered by the Consumer Protection Act. Lawsuits that have already been filed could still proceed, however.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692585

House Bill 5591: Exempt public breastfeeding from “indecent exposure” law
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to exempt a mother’s breastfeeding in a public place from state laws prohibiting open or indecent exposure, “regardless of whether or not her areola or nipple is visible during or incidental to the breastfeeding”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692567

House Bill 5592: Exempt public breastfeeding from “indecent exposure” law
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to revise the law that defines indecent exposure as a form of disorderly conduct so that it conforms to the proposal in House Bill 5591 to exempt a mother’s breastfeeding of a child from the indecent exposure law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692568

House Bill 5608: Provide insurance to fallen public safety dependents
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2014, to require the state to provide the spouse and dependents of a firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency first responder who dies in the line of duty with health insurance comparable to and on similar terms as the coverage plan provided to Michigan State Policy troopers. This would end when these individuals get comparable coverage from another source.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=692618


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House Bill 5655: Give unemployment benefits for domestic violence absence
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on June 11, 2014, to allow unemployment insurance benefits for an individual who leaves a job due to domestic violence.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164573

House Bill 5658: Authorize PPOs for threats against pets
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on June 11, 2014, to authorize courts to issue a personal protection order against an individual who threatens, harms or tries to take an animal in which the petitioner has an ownership interest, or who interferes with the petitioner’s efforts to remove the animal from premises the premises of individual to be restrained.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164576

House Bill 5659: Authorize firearm seizure in domestic violence incident
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on June 11, 2014, to authorize the seizure of legally owned firearms if a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe a domestic violence incident has occurred or that the alleged perpetrator is subject to a personal protection order, “conditional release” order or firearms possession prohibition order, and if the officer believes the firearm exposes the victim to risk of harm. The guns would have to be returned unless the individual is otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms or they are held as evidence of a probable-cause based criminal proceeding.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164577

House Bill 5660: Revise county veteran department detail
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on June 11, 2014, to establish that if a county department of veterans’ affairs contracts to provide services in a different county, a resident of that second county can be on department’s administrative board.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164578

House Bill 5661: Require state to disclose all payments to local governments
Introduced by Rep. Pam Faris (D) on June 11, 2014, to require the state’s “comprehensive annual financial report” to itemize all payments to each local government unit during the year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164579

House Bill 5662: Require state contract bidders disclose if they are public officials
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on June 11, 2014, to require all bidders on state contracts to disclose whether they, their spouse, or a relative “to the fourth degree of consanguinity” are public officials. If the bidder is a business this would apply to the partners, officers, directors and principle shareholders.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164580

House Bill 5663: Impose financial disclosure on state department heads and deputies
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on June 11, 2014, to require non-civil service state department employees (which means the small number politically appointed department heads and their deputies) to file extensive financial disclosures listing the assets and incomes of themselves and their spouse, including any future employment agreements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164581

House Bill 5664: Expand mandated lobbyist contact reporting
Introduced by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on June 11, 2014, to expand the list of executive branch employees with whom communications to influence administrative actions is considered “lobbying” and subject to registration and disclosure mandates.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164582

House Bill 5665: Make some property transfer forms confidential
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on June 11, 2014, to make confidential the forms submitted by a property buyer to the local assessor revealing how much was paid in certain property transfers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164583

House Bill 5666: Repeal county promotions tax, except for Washtenaw
Introduced by Rep. Rick Outman (R) on June 11, 2014, to repeal a law that allows counties to impose a 0.5 mill property tax for trade expositions, tourism promotion or to advertise the county’s “agricultural advantages,” except for Washtenaw County, which appears to be the only county that currently imposes this tax.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164584

House Bill 5667: Let clerks choose electronic voting system
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on June 12, 2014, to allow county clerks in cooperation with and local clerks to determine which electronic voting system to adopt, subject to certain requirements specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164587

House Bill 5668: Authorize “epi-pens” in restaurants, camps, arenas and more
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on June 12, 2014, to expand to restaurants, recreation camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, sports arenas and other “authorized facilities” at which allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present, a law that allows physicians to prescribe epinephrine auto injectors to schools to keep in their facilities. This law also waives the legal liability of an authorized employee or agent of the facility who has specified training and who provides or administers the drug to a person he or she believes in good faith to be experiencing anaphylaxis, except for gross negligence.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164588

House Bill 5669: Revise private school teacher “professional development” detail
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on June 12, 2014, to permit a “state-approved nonpublic school” to provide teacher “professional development” for nonpublic school teachers, and credit this toward the issuance or renewal of a teaching certificate or subject area “endorsement,” to the same extent as when this is provided for teachers in public schools.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164589

House Bill 5670: Require city tax liability disclosure on state tax forms
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on June 12, 2014, to require income tax filers to disclose on state tax returns whether they have local government income tax liability, whether their employer has withheld money from paychecks for this, and how much they owe to the local government. State tax forms would have to include a list of local income taxes and a worksheet to calculate the liability.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164590

House Bill 5671: Restrict government pension “service credit” purchases
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on June 12, 2014, to place additional restrictions on counties allowing an employee to purchase “service credits,” which is a scheme that allows government employees to artificially boost the years-on-the-job component of the formula used to calculate post-retirement pension benefit levels.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164591

House Bill 5672: Mandate child care centers have infant “safe sleep” policies
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on June 12, 2014, to mandate that child care centers, group child care homes, and family child care homes that provide care to infants under age one to implement “safe sleep policies,” the details of which would be determined by a government administrative agency.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164592

House Bill 5673: Expand electricity “net metering” mandate
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on June 12, 2014, to expand and extend a “net metering” mandate imposed on utilities, which requires them to purchase electricity from customers who generate small amounts of electricity. The bill eliminates an overall cap on the amount of electricity utilities can be forced to purchase, and extends the mandate for an additional 10 years.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164593

House Bill 5674: Expand electricity “net metering” mandate
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on June 12, 2014, to expand a “net metering” mandate imposed on utilities, which requires them to purchase electricity from customers who generate small amounts, so it would also apply to so-called “community renewable energy gardens,” in which a number of people subscribe to a larger solar or wind facility that sells electricity to the utility and distributes the proceeds to subscribers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164594

House Bill 5675: Authorize rules for “microgrids”
Introduced by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on June 12, 2014, to require the Public Service Commission to authorize and establish statewide interconnection standards for “microgrids.” This is a small group of electricity users with their own generation source (including renewable sources such as solar or wind), connected to the main electric grid through a single interconnection but also capable of providing power to users if that connection is disrupted (“island mode”). The bill would require the PSC to submit a report on the concept and convene an advisory panel consisting of individuals representing various interests specified in the bill (including unions, environmentalist organizations, utilities, local governments, consumers, etc.).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164595

House Bill 5676: Expand electricity “net metering” mandate
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on June 12, 2014, to require the Public Service Commission to establish an alternative methodology for determining rates paid under a “net metering” mandate imposed on utilities, which requires them to purchase electricity from customers who generate small amounts. Among other things the alternative rate would have to compensate a net metering customer for value of electricity to “the electric provider, its customers, and society”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164596

House Bill 5677: Require condo owners approve mineral right sales
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on June 12, 2014, to require a majority vote by co-owners of a condominium for the sale of oil, gas, or mineral rights in land that they own in common.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164597

House Bill 5678: Expand breast feeding nudity exemption to milk pump
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on June 12, 2014, to revise the breastfeeding exemption in a law that defines and bans “public nudity,” so that the exemption also includes a woman exposing her breast for purposes of “expressing” breast milk, meaning taking milk from the breast with a pump or by hand for later use.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164598

House Bill 5679: Expand breast feeding nudity exemption to milk pump
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on June 12, 2014, to revise the breastfeeding exemption in a law that defines and bans “public nudity,” so that the exemption also includes a woman exposing her breast for purposes of “expressing” breast milk, meaning taking milk from the breast with a pump or by hand for later use.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164599

House Bill 5680: Expand breast feeding nudity exemption to milk pump use
Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby (R) on June 12, 2014, to revise the breastfeeding exemption in a law that defines and bans “public nudity,” so that the exemption also includes a woman exposing her breast for purposes of “expressing” breast milk, meaning taking milk from the breast with a pump or by hand for later use.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164600

House Bill 5681: Expand breast feeding nudity exemption to milk pump use
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on June 12, 2014, to revise the breastfeeding exemption in a law that defines and bans “public nudity,” so that the exemption also includes a woman exposing her breast for purposes of “expressing” breast milk, meaning taking milk from the breast with a pump or by hand for later use. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5678 to 5681 that amend different statutes that apply to different kinds of local governments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164602

House Bill 5682: Revise youth gang offence criteria
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on June 12, 2014, to revise the penalties and the criteria in a a 2008 law that authorizes enhanced sentences for a felony that is committed by a youth gang member. Under current law the criteria for determining gang association is whether the gang provides the “motive, means, or opportunity” to commit the crime. The bill would change this to the presence of much more specific factors, and would change the maximum penalty to 10 years and $10,000, in addition to the penalty for the underlying or “predicate” crime.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164603

House Bill 5683: Revise youth gang offence criteria
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on June 12, 2014, to revise the sentencing guidelines for a 2008 law that authorizes enhanced sentences for a felony that is committed by a youth gang member, so as to reflect the changes to this law proposed by House Bill 5682.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164604

House Bill 5684: Expand drain commission powers
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on June 12, 2014, to allow government drainage districts to “acquire interests in real or personal property by gift, purchase, or any other method, including condemnation” (through eminent domain). Current law lets drain districts “hold, manage, and dispose of real and personal property.” “Personal property” is not defined in this statute, and according to one source it is “generally is interpreted to be (property) not permanently affixed to land: e.g., equipment, furniture, tools, computers.” Drainage districts create and maintain the “drains” (usually networks of ditches) that remove surplus water from land, allowing it to be farmed or developed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164605

House Bill 5685: Authorize local government drain petitions
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on June 12, 2014, to permit local governments (in addition to property owners) to petition a drain commission for a drain (usually a network of ditches) to remove excess water from lands that traverse more than one county. Taxpayers in the petitioning city, village or townships would then be liable for a portion of the costs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164606

House Bill 5686: Revise drain code provisions for multi-county drains
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on June 12, 2014, to revise the law that authorizes local road commissions or the state Department of Transportation to petition a drain commission for a drain to remove surplus water from land adjacent to a road, so as to extend this authority to requesting a drain that traverses more than one county.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164607

House Bill 5687: Expand drain commission cost assessments
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on June 12, 2014, to empower a drain commission to assess landowners for the “attendant expenses and costs” of building or maintaining drains, including legal costs, claims, and judgments against the commission.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164608

House Bill 5688: Authorize seizure of legal firearms in domestic disputes
Introduced by Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D) on June 12, 2014, to give courts the power to prohibit an individual from purchasing a firearm, and to order police to search seize any firearms the individual possesses, if a petition for this is filed by a person with whom the target has or had a domestic or “close” relationship, and the court determines there is “reasonable cause to believe that the defendant poses a significant risk of personal injury to himself or herself or others” based on evidence provided in the petition.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164609

House Bill 5689: Authorize seizure of legal firearms in domestic disputes
Introduced by Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D) on June 12, 2014, to revise the state pistol laws so as to conform with the proposal in House Bill 5688 to give courts the power to seize legally owned firearms in response to petition filed by a person with whom the target has or had a domestic or “close” relationship.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164610

House Bill 5690: Require advance disclosure of employer “non-compete” requirement
Introduced by Rep. Gretchen Driskell (D) on June 12, 2014, to mandate that an employer who requires employees to sign a noncompete agreement must disclose this at the initial offer of employment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164611

House Bill 5691: Impose MIOSHA regulations on unpaid interns
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on June 12, 2014, to clarify that regulations imposed under the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) apply to a person who is performing work primarily for educational purposes, such as a student intern, whether or not the individual receives pay or any other form of compensation.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164612

House Bill 5692: Restore state sentencing commission
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on June 12, 2014, to restore a state sentencing commission, tasked with researching and analyzing information on the state’s sentencing guidelines. An earlier version of this entity was abolished in 2002, three years after its work was completed with the adoption of new sentencing guideline laws.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164613

House Bill 5693: Authorize elections by mail
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on June 12, 2014, to authorize elections by mail, starting 20 days before the vote, with ballots mailed no later than 14 days before. The Secretary of State would be required to promulgate rules for this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164614

House Bill 5694: Impose charter school cap
Introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on June 12, 2014, to impose a cap of 200 charter schools statewide, or the number in existence should this proposal become law. A 2011 law eliminated an earlier charter school cap of 150 authorized by state universities (which are the primary charter authorizers in this state).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164615

House Bill 5697: Repeal ban on abortion coverage through federal health care exchange
Introduced by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on June 12, 2014, to repeal the 2013 law initiated by a petition from the people and enacted by a legislative majority to prohibit health insurance policies sold through the federal health care law’s “exchange” from including abortion coverage, which requires individuals to use their own money to purchase a policy “rider” covering abortion if this is what they want.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164618

House Bill 5698: Mandate mass transit-friendly transportation project priorities
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on June 12, 2014, to require the Department of Transportation to establish “performance measures” for transportation infrastructure projects that include among other things “support of multimodal transportation choices,” “reduction of carbon emissions” and “maximization of the social equity benefits” as measured by an index created by a Chicago-based nonprofit that promotes mass transit and “reducing greenhouse gas emissions”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164619

House Bill 5699: Create mass transit-friendly transportation commission
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on June 12, 2014, to create a government “transportation advisory commission” consisting of individuals representing certain interests including “transportation advocacy groups,” environmental organizations, organizations representing the “nonmotorized transportation community” and “social equity organizations,” among others. See also House Bill 5698.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164620

House Bill 5700: Ban placing wind turbines close to gas lines
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on June 12, 2014, to prohibit placing large wind turbines within a distance from a gas line that is two times the height of the turbine.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164621

House Bill 5640: Ban asking annuity owners why they want a payment
Introduced by Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) on June 10, 2014, to prohibit insurance companies that sell fixed annuity contracts from requiring contract holders to answer survey questions related financial situation or the reason the contract holder is seeking a payment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164512

House Bill 5641: Mandate new road funding go only to “preservation”
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on June 10, 2014, to mandate that all state road funding be used to maintain and preserve existing roads rather than build new ones, until all roads in the state are in at least “fair” condition, with exceptions for bond payments, for previously earmarked revenue, and some others.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164513

House Bill 5642: Limit imposing building code regulations for barn events
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on June 10, 2014, to exempt from state building code standards barns and other unheated and un-air conditioned buildings that are on agricultural land and are not used for retail business, but are used for “seasonal private events”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164514

House Bill 5643: Mandate informing of detectable fetal heartbeat before abortion
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on June 10, 2014, to establish that a physician may not perform an abortion without first determining whether there is a detectable fetal heartbeat, and if there is, informing the woman, except in medical emergencies. See also House Bill 5644.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164515

House Bill 5644: Mandate informing of detectable fetal heartbeat before abortion
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on June 10, 2014, to make it a crime punishable by four years in prison and $50,000 fine for a physician to perform an abortion without first determining whether there is a detectable fetal heartbeat, and if there is, informing the woman, except in medical emergencies. See also House Bill 5644.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164516

House Bill 5645: Require doctor tell woman of detectable fetus heartbeat before abortion
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on June 10, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the crime proposed by House Bill 5644 of a physician performing an abortion without first determining whether there is a detectable fetal heartbeat and informing the woman.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164517

House Bill 5646: Revise weight and measures inspection fees
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on June 10, 2014, to establish in state law the inspection fees charged by the state Agriculture Department bureau in charge of inspecting various instruments used in commerce to weigh and measure different commodities (including retail gas pumps). Under current law the department itself sets these fees.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164518

House Bill 5647: Repeal unemployment benefits drug test
Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on June 11, 2014, to repeal the one-year expiration date (sunset) on a 2013 law that makes a person ineligible to collect unemployment benefits if a prospective employer requires a drug test as a condition of a job offer and the individual either refuses to take the test or fails it.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164565

House Bill 5648: Ban smoking in car with minor
Introduced by Rep. Dale W. Zorn (R) on June 11, 2014, to ban smoking in a vehicle with a minor present, subject to a $100 civil fine.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164566

House Bill 5649: Recognize terminal patients’ “right to try” unapproved treatments
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on June 11, 2014, to prohibit state officials and licensing boards from sanctioning health care providers who participate providing non-FDA approved experimental drugs and treatments to terminal patients in accordance with the conditions specified in the “right to try” law proposed by House Bill 5651 and Senate Bill 991.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164567

House Bill 5650: Revise delinquent municipal borrower’s repayment procedure
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on June 11, 2014, to establish that lenders who loan money to a local government, with the loan secured by the borrower’s “unlimited tax pledge,” have a “statutory first lien” (legal claim) on “all taxes subject to the (municipality’s) unlimited tax pledge.” Under the bill, such lenders would not have to go to court to establish their claim.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164568

House Bill 5651: Let terminal patients try non-FDA approved treatments
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on June 11, 2014, to establish that a person diagnosed with a terminal illness has a “right to try” experimental drugs or therapies, notwithstanding laws that prohibit treatments not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, subject to various conditions specified in the bill. The bill would prohibit state employees or officials from interfering, and ban licensing boards from sanctioning health care providers who participate, subject to specified conditions. Insurers would not have to cover these treatments, and drug makers who comply with the specified conditions would be immune from liability if the patient is harmed. The bill was introduced in response to criticism of FDA mandates that drug makers prove new drugs are “safe and effective” are improperly applied in these cases, leading to many preventable deaths.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164569

House Bill 5652: Restrict imposing mediation in domestic relations disputes
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on June 11, 2014, to prohibit a court from ordering the parties in a domestic relations dispute to enter mediation against their will unless certain factors are present, including a personal protection order restraining one of the parties, a court “no contact” order, child abuse or neglect by one of the parties, health and safety concerns, or some other “good cause” for the mandatory mediation.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164570

House Bill 5653: Create new crime of assaulting pregnant woman
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on June 11, 2014, to make assault and battery against a pregnant women a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment up to 93 days and a $500 fine, with higher penalties (up to five years) for those with prior convictions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164571

House Bill 5654: Create domestic violence confidential address program
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on June 11, 2014, to establish an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence crimes, in which the state Attorney General would give the victim a “designated address” to which mail could be sent, and would forward first class mail to where the individual actually lives. The person’s real address would be kept confidential and not be subject to disclosure under open records laws, and the person could also vote using the designated address.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164572

House Bill 5656: Make domestic violence victims civil rights law “protected class”
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on June 11, 2014, to add domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking victimhood to the characteristics that define membership in a protected class against whom it is a crime to discriminate in matters of housing under the Michigan civil rights law. This would make it a civil rights violation to deny housing to a person who happens to be a victim of these crimes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164574

House Bill 5657: Encourage school “teen dating violence and adolescent relationship abuse” curriculum
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on June 11, 2014, to require the Department of Education to develop a model curriculum and policies on teen dating violence and “adolescent relationship abuse,” and encourage school districts to implement them. These terms are not defined in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164575

House Bill 5695: Ban charter school management company leases; cap cyberschool aid
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on June 12, 2014, to prohibit a charter school from leasing property from a management company that runs the school, and require charter school leases to reflect market conditions and be approved by the entity that authorized the charter. Also, to prohibit online cyberschool appropriations from exceeding 50 percent of the foundation allowance of the school district in which the online school is located.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164616

House Bill 5696: Ban school employee contract non-disclosure provisions
Introduced by Rep. Charles Brunner (D) on June 12, 2014, to prohibit conventional public schools and charter schools from requiring or requesting an employee to sign a nondisclosure agreement concerning the terms of his or her employment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164617


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Senate Bill 972: Revise excavation and mining permit detail
Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on June 10, 2014, to exempt from state dredging and related permit requirements excavation or mining activities associated with an active mining operation, unless they create an inland lake with a surface area of five acres or greater.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164507

Senate Bill 973: Codify “child welfare partnership council”
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on June 10, 2014, to establish in statute a state “child welfare partnership council” consisting of representatives of various interests, to “guide the ongoing planning and procurement processes…after the full implementation of performance-based funding in the state administered child welfare program”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164508

Senate Bill 974: Expand court authority in child welfare cases
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on June 10, 2014, to give a court with jurisdiction over a juvenile’s care and supervision the authority to issue orders affecting a “party” if these are considered “necessary,” with “parties” defined as the petitioner and the juvenile in a delinquency proceeding; and in a child protective proceeding, the petitioner, child, respondent, parent or guardian, and a child caring institution or child placing agency under contract with the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164509

Senate Bill 975: Exempt Kent County from higher foster care payment share
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on June 10, 2014, to extend indefinitely for Kent County only a 2013 law that requires the Department of Human Services to pay all of a $3 per day per child per day rate increase for private providers of foster care services as provided in the 2013-14 state budget, rather than half the amount.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164510

Senate Bill 976: Ease gas station liquor license restrictions
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 10, 2014, to ease certain restrictions on gas stations that have liquor licenses, among other things changing a requirement that some types of seller must have $250,000 in inventory, changing this to $100,000.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164511

Senate Bill 977: Allow military to renew CPL by mail
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on June 11, 2014, to allow military personnel on duty outside of Michigan to submit a renewal application for a concealed pistol license (CPL) by mail.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164523

Senate Bill 978: Revise state loans to locals details
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise references in a law authorizing loans of “surplus” state money to municipalities, so that it reflects recent changes in statutes authorizing loans to various entities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164524

Senate Bill 979: Extend preemption of local gun control to air guns
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise the state law preempting restrictive local gun control ordinances so it applies to “pneumatic” guns, defined as ones that shoot “a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164525

Senate Bill 980: Revise legal notice service where address is confidential
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on June 11, 2014, to establish an alternative way of serving notice of a legal process after a court order has been entered that prohibits the disclosure of the address of party to the action. Instead, the papers would be delivered to the court system and forwarded from there. See also House Bill 5654.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164526

Senate Bill 981: Ban divorce lawyer “ambulance chasing”
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 11, 2014, to prohibit a lawyer from soliciting business from a party to a divorce action within 30 days after proof of service in the action was filed with the court, punishable by fines of $30,000, and $60,000 for subsequent violations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164527

Senate Bill 982: Repeal sunset on requiring executive branch lease and construction notices
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on June 11, 2014, to repeal a March 31, 2015 sunset on a law requiring state agencies to file various reports on property leases and construction planning and projects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164528

Senate Bill 983: Revise regulation of security guard businesses
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise many details of a comprehensive regulatory regime for security guards and agencies, and transfer the statutory authority for these regulations from a Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act to the state Occupational Code.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164529

Senate Bill 984: Revise regulation of security guard businesses
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise many details of a comprehensive regulatory regime for security guards and agencies, and transfer the statutory authority for these regulations from a Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act to the state Occupational Code.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164530

Senate Bill 985: Revise regulation of security guard businesses
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise a law imposing registration requirements on security alarm providers so it conforms with the proposal in Senate Bill 983 to revise the statutory authority for licensure and regulation of private security guard and security alarm businesses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164531

Senate Bill 986: Revise security guard company licensure fees
Introduced by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on June 11, 2014, to establish license fees for security guard agencies or branch offices, and index these to inflation.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164532

Senate Bill 987: Suspend victim restitution if victim is juvenile offender’s parents
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise a law requiring parents of a juvenile delinquent from paying restitution to the victim of the juvenile’s crime if the parents were themselves the victim.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164533

Senate Bill 988: Suspend parent liability if parents were juvenile offender’s victim
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise a law making the parents of a juvenile delinquent liable for costs related to the juvenile’s incarceration and legal costs if the parents were the victim of the juvenile’s crime.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164534

Senate Bill 989: Suspend parent liability if parents were juvenile offender’s victim
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise a law making the parents of a juvenile delinquent liable for costs related to the juvenile’s care if the parents were the victim of the juvenile’s crime.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164536

Senate Bill 990: Allow adoption of dog-fight dogs
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on June 11, 2014, to revise a law that bans breeding, buying or selling an animal that been trained or used for fighting, or its offspring, so as to allow for adoption of these animals if the shelter or agency responsible for the animal finds that it is fit for placement and does not pose a threat to public safety.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164537

Senate Bill 992: Revise health insurance preexisting condition detail
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on June 12, 2014, to include Medicare Advantage insurance policies in the definition of “creditable coverage,” which applies to whether preexisting condition are covered when changing insurance.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164539

Senate Bill 993: Join multi-state Health Care Compact
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on June 12, 2014, to authorize Michigan’s entry into a multi-state health care compact. If approved by congress all federal Medicaid and Medicare funds would be block-granted to member states, and member states would be exempt from health-related federal regulations and mandates. Member states would have primary responsibility for regulation of all nonmilitary health care goods and services in their state, plus health-related social welfare programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164540

Senate Bill 994: Establish process to reinstate terminated parental rights
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 12, 2014, to allow the reinstatement of terminated parental rights if a court has determined that adoption or guardianship is no longer the child’s “permanency goal The bill would require that at least three years or more have passed from when parental rights were terminated; and that the child be at least 14 years of age, or the younger sibling of a 14 year old for whom this is sought. Among other things the parents would have to demonstrate whether they are fit and have remedied the grounds that supported termination of parental rights.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164541

Senate Bill 995: Require “reasonable efforts” to keep siblings together in foster care
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 12, 2014, to require child welfare authorities to make “reasonable efforts” to keep siblings together in foster care placements, and if this can’t be done, to provide for frequent sibling visitation, unless these things would be contrary to the safety or well-being of any of the siblings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164542

Senate Bill 996: Require “reasonable efforts” to keep siblings together in foster care
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 12, 2014, to require child welfare authorities to make “reasonable efforts” to keep siblings together in foster care placements, and if this can’t be done, to provide for frequent sibling visitation, unless these things would be contrary to the safety or well-being of any of the siblings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164543

Senate Bill 997: Define “frequent parenting time” for foster children
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 12, 2014, to require children in foster care to have “parenting time” at least once a week, unless a court determines that even supervised time with the child’s parent may be harmful to the child’s life, physical health, or mental well-being. Current law requires “frequent” parenting time but does not define this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164544

Senate Bill 998: Establish rape kit evidence regulations and procedures
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 12, 2014, to create a state commission 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. The bill would also require the State Police to develop a database of the administration and storage of sexual assault evidence kits as directed by this commission. See also House Bill 5445.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164545

Senate Bill 999: Impose more regulation on “pharmacy benefits managers”
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on June 12, 2014, to extend to “pharmacy benefits managers” the same extensive regulations that apply to heath insurance “third part administrators”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164546

Senate Bill 1000: Authorize pharmacy audits by “health benefit payers”
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on June 12, 2014, to establish that a “health benefit payer” including health insurance companies and government medical welfare programs may audit a pharmacy to discover any benefit overpayments, and establish procedures for this and for seeking to recoup any overpayments discovered by the audit.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164547


171 posted on 07/23/2014 3:58:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Senate Bill 1007: Revise installment tax payment detail
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on July 16, 2014, to establish that tax liens on township special assessment installment payments do not become effective (“attach”) until the payment is due.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164672

Senate Bill 1008: Raise bar for libel claims against politicians
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on July 16, 2014, to establish in statute that a candidate for public office or an elected official has the same protections against libel, slander, and defamation as he or she would have as a private individual (under current law a politician must show that a libel defendant acted “with malice”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164673

Senate Bill 1009: Revise cemetery perpetual care trust detail
Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on July 16, 2014, to allow the officers or directors of cemeteries to be trustees of the irrevocable endowment and perpetual care trust fund cemeteries are required to maintain.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164674

Senate Bill 1010: Repeal ban on abortion coverage through federal health care law exchange
Introduced by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on July 16, 2014, to repeal the 2013 law initiated by a petition from the people and enacted by a legislative majority to prohibit health insurance policies sold through the federal health care law’s “exchange” from including abortion coverage, which requires individuals to use their own money to purchase a policy “rider” covering abortion if this is what they want.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164675

Senate Bill 1011: Suspend not terminate Medicaid of prisoner with mental illness
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on July 16, 2014, to require the state to suspend but not terminate Medicaid eligibility for an individual with a “serious emotional disturbance” or mental illness if the person is in jail, prison, a state mental health inpatient program or a “youth correctional center”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164676

Senate Bill 1012: Mandate employers give election day paid leave
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on July 16, 2014, to mandate that employers give employees three hours of paid leave to vote on election days if requested.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164677

Senate Bill 1013: Authorize tax credit for autism trust contributions
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on July 16, 2014, to authorize an income tax credit equal to the amount an individual contributes to a trust fund whose beneficiary is a child diagnosed with autism. The credit would not be “refundable,” but if large enough could be used to essentially cancel out a contributor’s state income tax liability for the tax year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164678

Senate Bill 1014: Remove debt cap on certain state job training subsidies
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on July 16, 2014, to repeal a $50 million cap on the debt authorized by a 2008 law that created a job training subsidy program for particular employers, in the form of allowing community colleges to borrow to pay for training the employer’s new hires, with the loans repaid by the state transferring to the college a portion of the personal income tax that the particular employer withholds from the pay of new employees. Essentially, the money comes out of the state general fund.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164679

Senate Bill 1015: Restrict child custody changes for active military member
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on July 16, 2014, to revise a 2005 law prohibiting a court from changing an established child custody or parenting time order of a parent has been called to active duty in the military (unless it is the best interest of the child), so as to also allow the military parent at any stage before final judgment in the proceedings to request a stay until he or she has returned from duty.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164680

Senate Bill 1016: Shift road tax money from certain subsidies to road projects
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on July 16, 2014, to not earmark $12 million in annual road tax money to the state “Transportation Economic Development Fund” in fiscal year 2013-2014, and instead use it for regular road building and repair projects. TEDF money 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=164681

Senate Bill 1017: Revise digital tobacco stamp reimbursement detail
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on July 16, 2014, to clarify details of a 2012 law that allows tobacco wholesalers authorized by the state to affix digital tax stamps to individual packs of cigarettes to retain 0.5 percent of the tax due on cigarettes as compensation for equipment and technology upgrades necessitated by digital stamps.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164682

Senate Bill 1018: Impose tobacco tax on e-cigarettes
Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on July 16, 2014, to impose on electronic vapor cigarettes and “alternative nicotine products” the same 32 percent tax on the wholesale value that applies to smokeless tobacco.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164683

Senate Bill 1019: Revise PEO unemployment assessment detail
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on July 16, 2014, to clarify details of the “look-back” period in a 2012 law related to unemployment insurance premium assessments on professional employer organizations (PEOs) and their client firms.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164684

House Bill 5701: Authorize sanctions for bad-faith patent infringement claims
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on July 16, 2014, to prohibit claims of patent infringement that are made in bad faith (as defined in the bill), subject to triple damages or $50,000, whichever is greater, plus other sanctions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164650

House Bill 5702: Require corporate subsidy recipients hire Michigan contractors first
Introduced by Rep. Theresa Abed (D) on July 16, 2014, to require recipients of certain state corporate and developer subsidies and tax breaks for construction or rehab projects, to seek competitive bids for the work and make a “good faith effort” to contract with and hire Michigan residents. The bill would also ban discriminating against either union or non-union contractors who bid on the job.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164651

House Bill 5703: Ban “sexual orientation change efforts” with minor
Introduced by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on July 16, 2014, to prohibit a mental health professional from undertaking “sexual orientation change efforts” with a minor.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164652

House Bill 5704: Mandate employers outside city withhold city’s income tax
Introduced by Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D) on July 16, 2014, to mandate that employers located outside a city with an income tax must withhold city income tax from the pay of an employee who lives in such a city.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164653

House Bill 5705: Mandate senior housing contracts disclose emergency power availability
Introduced by Rep. Theresa Abed (D) on July 16, 2014, to require rental agreements for senior citizen or disabled housing to indicate whether electricity will be provided by a backup generator in the event of a power outage.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164654

House Bill 5706: Ban local government fees for emergency services at vehicle crash
Introduced by Rep. Ben Glardon (R) on July 16, 2014, to prohibit local governments from charging a fee or seeking reimbursement for emergency police, fire, ambulance and inhalator services at a motor vehicle accident.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164655

House Bill 5707: Restrict more drugs
Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on July 16, 2014, to include “Mitragyna speciosa” (or “kratom”) in the schedule 5 controlled substances list, meaning they would be in the same restricted drug category as widely used, mild morphine or codeine-based drugs, ephedrine, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164656

House Bill 5708: Lower allowable truck weights
Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on July 16, 2014, to lower the maximum gross weight for vehicles on Michigan roads from 164,000 pounds to 120,000 pounds.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164657

House Bill 5709: Minimize certain DNR land use restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on July 16, 2014, to establish that if the use of land owned by the Department of Natural Resources is subject to restrictions because of the source of money used to buy it, or to buy other land that was exchanged for the new DNR land, then the restrictions can only be imposed on a proportion of the land area that does not exceed the proportion of the restrictive funding used for the acquisition.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164658

House Bill 5710: Restrict use by police and others of cell phone surveillance devices
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on July 16, 2014, to require law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant before using surveillance devices to intercept cell phone and mobile device information. The bill was introduced in response to the controversial use by the Oakland County Sheriff Department of “Hailstorm” and “StingRay” cell phone tower simulator technology, which is capable of intercepting cell phone and mobile device data or voice communications. It would also prohibit use of such devices by other persons, subject to criminal penalties of 93 days in jail and up to four years for subsequent violations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164659

House Bill 5711: Restrict use by police and others of cell phone surveillance devices
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on July 16, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the crime proposed by House Bill 5710 of intentionally using a surveillance device capable of intercepting cell phone and mobile device data or voice communications without first getting a search warrant.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164660

House Bill 5712: Restrict use by police and others of cell phone surveillance devices
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on July 16, 2014, to create a state board to promulgate rules for the possession and use by police agencies and officers of surveillance technology, and require law enforcement agencies to file confidential monthly reports to this board detailing the devices they possess, whether and when these were used, why they were used, and the outcome. The bill was introduced in response to the controversial use by the Oakland County Sheriff Department of “Hailstorm” and “StingRay” cell phone tower simulator technology, which is capable of intercepting cell phone and mobile device data or voice communications.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164661

House Bill 5713: Restrict warrantless cell phone surveillance device use
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on July 16, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for the crime proposed by House Bill 5712 of disclosing confidential information in the law enforcement surveillance reports proposed that bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164662


172 posted on 07/30/2014 3:47:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Initiated Legislation 2: Preempt referendum banning wolf hunt
Passed 23 to 10 in the Senate on August 13, 2014, to preempt the effect of a referendum placed on the November ballot by interests opposed to wolf hunting, which otherwise would ban wolf hunts if approved by voters. Specifically, this measure would make “referendum-proof” a 2013 law giving the legislature and Natural Resources Commission exclusive authority to decide which species may be hunted in Michigan. It would do so by making a small change to that law and adding a modest appropriation, which under a 2001 Supreme Court ruling makes the law not subject to referendum (see House Joint Resolution Q for an explanation). This measure (Initiated Legislation 2) was sponsored by groups in favor of a wolf hunt, and triggers a process specified by Article 2, Section 9 of the state constitution, in which the legislature has 40 days to pass initiated legislation, or else it automatically goes on the ballot. In short, if the House and Senate both this measure, an initiative banning wolf hunts that has already been approved for the November 2014 ballot will not go into effect, even if a majority of voters approve it.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694560

Senate Bill 616: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Passed 26 to 7 in the Senate on August 13, 2014, to revise Medicaid accounting to reflect the transition from a 1 percent “health insurance claims tax” to the imposition of the 6 percent “use tax” on Medicaid managed care health care providers (hospitals). These various levies are designed to “game” the federal Medicaid program in ways that result in higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare establishment (including those same hospitals). See Senate Bill 893 and Senate Bill 913.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694566

Senate Bill 753: Exempt municipalities from sanctions for a few leaking septic systems
Passed 22 to 11 in the Senate on August 13, 2014, to exempt municipalities from sanctions authorized by state environmental laws for limited discharges of untreated sewage into a lake or river from three or more septic tank systems within the municipality’s jurisdiction.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694562

Senate Bill 938: Revise nursing home regulation detail
Passed 33 to 0 in the Senate on August 13, 2014, to revise the extensive regulatory regime imposed on nursing homes, so as to establish that patient care policies and compliance procedures should be based on nationally recognized guidelines or best-practices (rather than a similar but less specific prescription in current law), along with other detail changes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694564

Senate Bill 969: Authorize local nuisance suits to shut drug or prostitution house
Passed 33 to 0 in the Senate on August 13, 2014, to authorize a city, village, or township to file a nuisance lawsuit to shut down the activity at a building, vehicle, boat, aircraft, or place that is being used for prostitution, illegal drug, animal fighting, or unlawful alcohol-related offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694561

Senate Bill 977: Allow military to renew CPL by mail
Passed 32 to 1 in the Senate on August 13, 2014, to allow military personnel on duty outside of Michigan to submit a renewal application for a concealed pistol license (CPL) by mail.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694563

Senate Bill 991: Let terminal patients try non-FDA approved treatments
Passed 31 to 2 in the Senate on August 13, 2014, to establish that a person diagnosed with a terminal illness has a “right to try” experimental drugs or therapies, notwithstanding laws that prohibit treatments not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, subject to various conditions specified in the bill. The bill would prohibit state employees or officials from interfering, and ban licensing boards from sanctioning health care providers who participate, subject to specified conditions. Insurers would not have to cover these treatments, and drug makers who comply with the specified conditions would be immune from liability if the patient is harmed. The bill was introduced in response to criticism of FDA mandates that drug makers prove new drugs are “safe and effective” are improperly applied in these cases, leading to many preventable deaths. House Bill 5651 proposes the same thing..
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694565

Senate Bill 1017: Revise digital tobacco stamp reimbursement detail
Passed 30 to 2 in the Senate on August 13, 2014, to clarify details of a 2012 law that allows tobacco wholesalers authorized by the state to affix digital tax stamps to individual packs of cigarettes to retain 0.5 percent of the tax due on cigarettes as compensation for equipment and technology upgrades necessitated by digital stamps.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694567


173 posted on 08/15/2014 4:24:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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Senate Bill 1020: Expand Consumer Protection Act to herbal and dietary products
Introduced by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on August 13, 2014, to extend state Consumer Protection Act regulations, mandates and restrictions to the accuracy of manufacturers’ representations regarding “the risks involved in the intended use” of a drug, medication, herbal product, dietary supplement or botanical extract.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164919

Senate Bill 1021: Mandate certain hospital disclosures to sexual assault victims
Introduced by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on August 13, 2014, to mandate that hospitals must tell an individual alleged to have been the victim of criminal sexual conduct in the past five days about a the provisions of a 2008 law that specifies the procedures the hospital must undertake to qualify for compensation by the state crime victims services commission for sexual assault medical forensic examination costs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164921

Senate Bill 1022: Redesignate a bridge
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on August 13, 2014, to redesignate the M-64 bridge over the Ontonagon river in Ontonagon as the “Ontonagon County Veterans Memorial Bridge”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164922

Senate Bill 1023: Repeal 2012 legalization of small fireworks
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on August 13, 2014, to repeal the 2012 law that legalized the sale and use of “consumer fireworks” including firecrackers, bottle rockets, aerial spinners, Roman candles, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164923

Senate Bill 1024: Repeal 2012 legalization of small fireworks
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on August 13, 2014, to repeal the sentencing guidelines associated with the 2012 law that legalized the sale and use of “consumer fireworks,” which would itself be repealed by Senate Bill 1023.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164924

Senate Bill 1025: Mandate expulsion of students who make teacher death threats
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on August 13, 2014, to mandate the expulsion of a public school student who threatens the life of a school employee, contractor or volunteer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164925

Senate Bill 1026: Restrict oil and gas wells in municipalities
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on August 13, 2014, to restrict gas or oil wells (including gas and oil “fracking” wells) in a municipality with more than 70,000 residents unless two local hearings are held and the Department of Environmental Quality determines the well there is no “reasonable alternative” location that will allow the drilling rights owner to extract the oil and gas. Reportedly an amendment may be considered to require local government approval for drilling.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164926

House Bill 5720: Increase dangerous dog restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on August 13, 2014, to establish sentencing guidelines for violations of the dangerous dog restrictions proposed by House Bill 5721.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164913

House Bill 5721: Increase dangerous dog restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on August 13, 2014, to establish more stringent procedures and remedies that a court may order for the owner of a “dangerous dog” or “potentially dangerous dog” as defined in the bill, including potential destruction of the animal. The court could also impose public disclosure, property posting, and animal confinement or tethering mandates on the owner; require $100,000 in liability insurance; and more. An owner who failed to comply with these conditions would be subject to up to four years in prison. Current law already authorizes manslaughter charges against the owner of a dog who kills a person. The bill was introduced after two dangerous dogs running lose killed a jogger in a rural area of Wayne County; that owner has been charged with murder.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164914

House Bill 5722: Extend small boat registration exemption to electric boats
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on August 13, 2014, to exempt from watercraft registration mandates small boats that are powered by an electric motor rated at 100 pounds of thrust or less. Under current law small boats (canoes, dinghies, rowboats etc.) are already exempt, but not if they are motorized.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164915

House Bill 5723: Repeal 2012 legalization of small fireworks
Introduced in the House on August 13, 2014, to repeal the 2012 law that legalized the sale and use of “consumer fireworks” including firecrackers, bottle rockets, aerial spinners, Roman candles, etc. (“APA standard 87-1” fireworks).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164916

House Bill 5724: Repeal 2012 legalization of small fireworks
Introduced by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on August 13, 2014, to repeal the sentencing guidelines associated with the 2012 law that legalized the sale and use of “consumer fireworks,” which would itself be repealed by House Bill 5723.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=164917


174 posted on 08/21/2014 4:10:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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Initiated Legislation 2: Preempt referendum banning wolf hunt
Passed 65 to 43 in the House on August 27, 2014, to preempt the effect of a referendum placed on the November ballot by interests opposed to wolf hunting, which otherwise would ban wolf hunts if approved by voters. Specifically, this measure would make “referendum-proof” a 2013 law giving the legislature and Natural Resources Commission exclusive authority to decide which species may be hunted in Michigan. It would do so by making a small change to that law and adding a modest appropriation, which under a 2001 Supreme Court ruling makes the law not subject to referendum (see House Joint Resolution Q for an explanation). This measure (Initiated Legislation 2) was sponsored by groups in favor of a wolf hunt, and triggers a process specified by Article 2, Section 9 of the state constitution, in which the legislature has 40 days to pass initiated legislation, or else it automatically goes on the ballot. In short, with passage of this measure by both the House and Senate, an initiative banning wolf hunts that has already been approved for the November 2014 ballot will not go into effect, even if a majority of voters approve it.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694845

Senate Bill 92: Impose licensure on pharmacy assistants
Passed 101 to 7 in the House on August 27, 2014, to impose licensure and regulation on “pharmacy technicians” (assistants), with license fees, continuing education requirements, test-taking mandates and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694841

House Bill 5045: Allow local governments to permit golf carts on streets
Passed 103 to 5 in the House on August 27, 2014, to allow cities, villages and townships with fewer than 30,000 residents to permit the daytime operation of golf carts on streets. A local government could require registration but could not charge a fee for this. However, a county commission could override a municipality’s decision and prohibit golf carts on streets.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=694843


175 posted on 09/03/2014 3:31:45 AM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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House Bill 5725: Codify surplus government property sale procedures
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on August 27, 2014, to codify in statute the procedures, restrictions and requirements for state agencies selling or transferring “surplus” property, including land, buildings and equipment. Among other things, if the transferred property is not used for public purposes then it would have to be sold at fair market value. Also, land transfers would include subsurface mineral rights, but the state would be entitled to half the revenue should these resources be extracted in the future. Most of this reflects current practice.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165019

House Bill 5726: Ban auto repair shops installing loud mufflers
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on August 27, 2014, to prohibit auto repair shops from installing a muffler or exhaust system that permits decibel levels higher than a vehicle’s original stock system, subject to a $10,000 fine.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165020

House Bill 5727: Place precise definition of individual’s age in statute
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on August 27, 2014, to establish that for purposes of interpreting various statutes that specify a person’s age, “the applicable period is computed from the first minute of the day on which the individual is born.” Therefore, an “individual becomes one year older on the first minute of the anniversary date of the individual’s birth”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165021

House Bill 5728: Establish procedures for dissolving fiscally failed school district
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on August 27, 2014, to establish procedures for transferring the property of a school district that has become fiscally unviable to one or more nearby school districts. (See 2013 House Bill 4813, now Public Act 96 of 2013, enacted when the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts reached this state.) Specifically, this bill specifies procedures for when the receiving district does not want the dissolved district’s buildings or land. The Intermediate School District would then have the right of first refusal, with other local government entities next in line. If none of them wanted the property it would be sold, with unpaid lenders of the dissolved district having first claim to the proceeds. The state would be responsible for any demolition costs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165022

House Bill 5729: Exempt Masons lodges from property tax
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on August 27, 2014, to allow local governments to exempt property owned by Masons’ lodges from local property tax, but not from school operating taxes, if the property is used for charitable purposes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165023

House Bill 5730: Let local governments ban “jake brakes”
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on August 27, 2014, to allow local governments to ban the use of truck compression brakes (“jake brakes”) on sections of state trunk line highways passing through their jurisdiction where the speed limit is 35 mph.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165024

House Bill 5731: Restrict state regulations more stringent than federal
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on August 27, 2014, to prohibit state agencies and departments from imposing a regulation more stringent than required by federal regulations unless the agency’s director determines there is a “clear and convincing” need to do so.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165025

House Bill 5732: Appropriations: Supplemental school aid budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on August 27, 2014, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental school aid 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=165026

House Bill 5733: Allow homestead property tax exemption for inherited residence
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on August 27, 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=165027

House Bill 5734: Earmark some sales tax to roads
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on August 27, 2014, to earmark $125 million in sales tax revenue to road projects during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014, and $250 million the following year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165028

House Bill 5735: Ban cell phone use in road construction zone
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on August 27, 2014, to ban using a hand-held cell phone while driving in a posted construction zone when workers are present.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165029

House Bill 5736: Ban sale of Kratom to minors
Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on August 27, 2014, to ban the sale to minors of Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), which is a tropical tree whose leaves are reportedly chewed by users to deliver an opium-like high.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165030

House Bill 5737: Require advance filing of precinct delegate write-in candidates
Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on August 27, 2014, to require precinct delegate candidates who plan to run as a write-in to file a declaration of intent no later than 4 p.m. on the second Friday immediately before the election.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165031

House Bill 5738: Authorize back-to-school “sales tax holiday”
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on August 27, 2014, to exempt from sales tax up to $75 spent on certain items of clothing during August, plus $15 worth of school supplies, and up to $750 for a computer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165032


176 posted on 09/04/2014 3:34:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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Senate Bill 156: Revise MBT detail
Passed 100 to 10 in the House on September 9, 2014, to clarify the legislative intent of provisions in the Michigan Business Tax, so as to reverse the effect of a recent state Supreme Court ruling (IBM v. Treasury) that reportedly would force the state to refund more than $1 billion to many companies located out of the state. The case involved the interaction of a multistate Tax Compact the state entered in 2006 with provisions of the MBT, which was repealed in 2011 (but is still in effect for certain companies that received subsidies and tax breaks under its provisions). According to the Senate Fiscal Agency, the bill would also reduce the tax liability of certain firms going forward by a significant amount over the next 15 years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695199

Senate Bill 633: Allow community service to cover some “bad driver” fees
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on September 9, 2014, to allow a person to do 10 hours of “community service” in lieu of paying a state “bad driver fee” for certain offenses, including driving without a license and failing to have or produce proof of insurance. The fees for these particular offences were repealed by a 2011 law, so the bill would apply only to individuals who incurred and failed to pay them in the past. These very high, revenue-raising fees were originally imposed in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets. A law enacted earlier in 2014 would gradually phase out the fees imposed for additional offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695197

Senate Bill 758: Authorize more stringent sanctions for delinquent hotel tax
Passed 97 to 13 in the House on September 9, 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=695196

Senate Bill 959: Extend hazardous waste fees
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on September 9, 2014, to extend for another three years the Oct. 1, 2014 sunset on a law that imposes fees on hazardous waste generators and handlers. This bill covers handlers, and Senate Bill 960 extends the fees for companies that generate wastes. The fees extract some $1.1 million annually from these industries.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695198

Senate Bill 960: Extend hazardous waste fees
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on September 9, 2014, to extend for another three years the Oct. 1, 2014 sunset on a law that imposes fees on hazardous waste generators and handlers. This bill covers companies that generate wastes, and Senate Bill 959 extends the fees for handlers. The fees extract some $1.1 million annually from these industries.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695201

House Bill 4411: Rename a highway
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on September 9, 2014, to designate a non-motorized lane of a bridge over the Grand River on M-231 in Ottawa County as the “Sgt. Henry E. Plant non-Motorized Trail”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695189

House Bill 4783: Expand a corporate/developer subsidy regime
Passed 83 to 27 in the House on September 9, 2014, to authorize creation of a seventh “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). This would probably be in Detroit (see also Senate Bill 398). In December, 2013 the legislature enacted a law authorizing sixth such entity, this in the Upper Peninsula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695200

House Bill 4814: Rename bridge in Monroe County
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on September 9, 2014, to rename a bridge on US-24 in Monroe County as the “Matt Urban Memorial Bridge”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695188

House Bill 4882: Revised delinquent property tax payment
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on September 9, 2014, to allow a local government to create a delinquent property tax installment plan for a “financially distressed person,” and waive the interest charges if the person actually pays-off the delinquent amounts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695195

House Bill 5398: Allow certain government land swaps
Passed 104 to 5 in the House on September 9, 2014, to allow and establish procedures for a county or a government “land bank” 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695187


177 posted on 09/11/2014 4:33:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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Senate Bill 156: Revise MBT detail
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on September 10, 2014, to clarify the legislative intent of provisions in the Michigan Business Tax, so as to reverse the effect of a recent state Supreme Court ruling (IBM v. Treasury) that reportedly would force the state to refund more than $1 billion to many companies located out of the state. The case involved the interaction of a multistate Tax Compact the state entered in 2006 with provisions of the MBT, which was repealed in 2011 (but is still in effect for certain companies that received subsidies and tax breaks under its provisions). According to the Senate Fiscal Agency, the bill would also reduce the tax liability of certain firms going forward by a significant amount over the next 15 years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695323

Senate Bill 903: Authorize bone marrow transplant fundraising license plate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on September 10, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695312

Senate Bill 935: Impose licensure on “genetic counselors”
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on September 10, 2014, to impose licensure, fees, certification through a nationally recognized certifying agency, and more on “genetic counselors” as they are defined in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695314

Senate Bill 970: Revise commercial drivers license detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 10, 2014, to revise various details of the the state law providing for a commercial drivers license learner’s permit so as to conform with federal definitions and requirements. The bill would also revise details of the procedures for insurers and lien holders (lenders) related to the release of title and possession of vehicles that have been scrapped or are being returned from a salvage yard.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695313


178 posted on 09/12/2014 3:56:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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House Bill 5739: Ban military duty absence as grounds for child custody decision
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 9, 2014, to revise a 2005 law prohibiting a court from changing an established child custody or parenting time order of a parent who has been called to active duty in the military (unless it is the best interest of the child), so as to also allow the military parent to request a “stay” at any stage of the process before a final judgment, until he or she has returned from duty.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165129

House Bill 5740: Mandate detailed recycling facility reporting
Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on September 9, 2014, to mandate that recycling facilities must submit detailed quarterly reports on the quantities of more than 20 types of material they receive, the sources by type, how much non-recyclable material is comingled, and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165130

House Bill 5741: Revise multistate foster care compact
Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on September 9, 2014, to replace an existing multistate compact to which Michigan belongs that deals with the placement of children in foster homes or adoptions in another state with a new, updated compact.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165131

House Bill 5742: Authorize appropriation for university autism programs
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on September 9, 2014, to authorize the transfer to university autism programs of $5.5 million from a state fund created by a 2012 law intended cover subsidies to health insurance companies to compensate for the cost of a new autism treatment coverage mandate imposed by another law passed that year. This was called for in the state budget enacted for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165132

House Bill 5743: Revise adoption petition details
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on September 9, 2014, to revise details of a law that specifies where a person who want to adopt a child (or an adult) must file a court petition. Specifically, the petition could be filed with the court of the county where the person resides, where the adoptee is found, or where the birth parent’s parental rights were terminated. Among other things this would streamline the procedures when the person who wants to adopt lives in another state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165133

House Bill 5744: Revise child protective or delinquency action fees
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on September 9, 2014, to eliminate the requirement to pay court fees to file certain child protective or delinquency actions in court. See House Bill 5745.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165134

House Bill 5745: Revise extended foster care assistance detail
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on September 9, 2014, to specify that if a court has appointed a guardian for a youth 16 years of age or older under sections of law dealing with foster care placements, then the court would retain jurisdiction until the Department of Human Services determines the youth’s eligibility to receive extended guardianship assistance under a 2011 law that increased the eligible age from 18 to 21 for young adult foster care, guardianship assistance, and adoption assistance programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165135

House Bill 5746: Revise extended foster care assistance detail
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on September 9, 2014, to specify that if a court has appointed a guardian for a youth 16 years of age or older under sections of law dealing with foster care placements, then the court would retain jurisdiction until the Department of Human Services determines the youth’s eligibility to receive extended guardianship assistance under a 2011 law that increased the eligible age from 18 to 21 for young adult foster care, guardianship assistance, and adoption assistance programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165136

House Bill 5747: Revise handicap parking placard detail
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on September 9, 2014, to allow a permanently disabled veteran to get a new or renewed handicap parking windshield placard automatically, without having to present a medical statement attesting to the disability. These placards have a four year expiration.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165137

House Bill 5748: Revise firearms law reference detail
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on September 9, 2014, to update penal code references to a firearms transportation restriction that was repealed by a 2012 law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165138

House Bill 5750: Change scope of gun injury duties law to remove BB guns
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on September 9, 2014, into revise a law that defines the duties of a person who injures someone with a firearm, so that it no longer applies to BB guns and air, gas or spring powered guns. See also Senate Bills 965 and 966.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165140

House Bill 5751: Establish that military experience meets boiler installer licensure requirements
Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that having recent and relevant military training and experience meets the criteria for obtaining the state license mandated to earn a living as a boiler installer, boiler repairer or boiler special inspector.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165141

House Bill 5752: Restrict pesticide use on playgrounds
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on September 9, 2014, to prohibit the use of pesticides on school or day care playgrounds, with exceptions for insect repellent, tamper-resistant insect traps and other comparatively innocuous substances specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165142

House Bill 5753: Repeal obsolete laws package
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on September 9, 2014, to repeal a law authorizing creation of a county board of auditors by means of a referendum. This is part of a package of obsolete law repealer bills.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165143

House Bill 5754: Repeal obsolete laws package
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on September 9, 2014, to repeal a law authorizing creation of an elected county board of auditors for Wayne County. This is part of a package of obsolete law repealer bills.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165144

House Bill 5755: Repeal obsolete laws package
Introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on September 9, 2014, to repeal a law requiring fencing to keep livestock out of cemeteries in cities. This is part of a package of obsolete law repealer bills.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165145

House Bill 5756: Repeal obsolete laws package
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on September 9, 2014, to repeal an 1846 law requiring townships to impound “distrained” beasts, which appears to mean animals seized by a person to satisfy an obligation owed by another, presumably without legal authority. This is part of a package of obsolete law repealer bills.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165146

House Bill 5757: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of “an order for a special township meeting of the electors” (registered voters) must be made according to the provisions specified by the state Open Meetings Act. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements; see also House Bill 5560.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165147

House Bill 5758: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of budget hearings of local governments must be made according to the provisions specified by the state Open Meetings Act. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements; see also House Bill 5560.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165148

House Bill 5759: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that the public notice requirement in a law governing driveways, banners, events, and parades must be made according to the provisions specified by the state Open Meetings Act. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements; see also House Bill 5560.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165149

House Bill 5760: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that the public notice of inclusion or exclusion of roads in a seasonal county road system must be made according to the provisions specified by the state Open Meetings Act. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements; see also House Bill 5560.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165150

House Bill 5761: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Harold Haugh (D) on September 9, 2014, to establish that the public notice of an election to create a county “sinking fund” to cover the debt incurred for public buildings must be made according to the provisions specified by the state election law. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements; see also House Bill 5560.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165151

House Bill 5762: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that the public notice of a county bond election must be made according to the provisions specified by the state election law. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements; see also House Bill 5560.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165152

House Bill 5763: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of an opening on a county department of veterans’ affairs must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165153

House Bill 5764: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of a local government civil service job opening must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165154

House Bill 5765: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of a proposed dissolution of a township or village board of public service commissioners must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165155

House Bill 5766: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notices regarding purchasing of county supplies must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165156

House Bill 5767: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of rules of a county or regional parks and recreation commission must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165157

House Bill 5768: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice concerning rules and regulations for county parks must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165158

House Bill 5769: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of changes to local income tax rules and regulations must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165159

House Bill 5770: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on September 9, 2014, to establish that the public notice required under a local “noxious weeds” ordinance must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165160

House Bill 5771: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of a resolution by city or village to borrow money in anticipation of future state road tax revenue must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165161

House Bill 5772: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of filing of an assessor’s plat must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165162

House Bill 5773: Local government public notices package
Introduced by Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) on September 9, 2014, to establish that public notice of rules relating to a city utility users tax must be made according to the provisions proposed by House Bill 5560. This is part of a legislative package updating various local government public notice requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165163

House Bill 5774: Ban radioactive fracking waste from landfills
Introduced by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on September 9, 2014, to prohibit the disposal of radioactive fracking waste in Michigan landfills.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165164

House Bill 5777: Revise elderly or disabled housing provider tax break detail
Introduced by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on September 9, 2014, to establish that a property tax exemption request for a residence owned by a government or nonprofit entity and that is used solely by elderly or disabled families may be granted retroactively if it was requested in 2011.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165167

House Bill 5778: Mandate Holocaust and genocide instruction
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on September 9, 2014, to mandate that public schools must provide high school students at least six hours each school year of instruction about genocides, including the Holocaust.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165168

House Bill 5779: Expand vehicle accident chemical analysis testing
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on September 9, 2014, to revise a law establishing that if the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident is taken to the hospital and a sample of the driver’s blood is withdrawn for medical treatment, the results of a chemical analysis are admissible in court to show the presence of alcohol or a controlled substance. The bill would expand this to include urine samples.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165169

House Bill 5781: Modify legislator oath of office detail
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on September 9, 2014, to modify the way Michigan’s oath of office is administered to state senators and state representatives. Under current law, the oath can be administered by the “chancellor, any justice of the supreme court, the lieutenant governor, the president pro-tempore of the Senate, or the speaker of the House of Representatives.” The bill would remove “the chancellor” and add the House Clerk and Senate Secretary.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165171

House Bill 5782: Increase funding for lower-spending schools
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on September 9, 2014, to increase state school aid to lower-spending school districts in the next fiscal year, meaning those that are below the “basic foundation allowance,” and also increase this “basic” allowance.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165172

House Bill 5783: Revise workers comp law to accommodate Amish
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on September 9, 2014, to revise the state’s injured worker compensation law to accommodate Amish-owned businesses that do not use the system.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165173

House Bill 5784: Revise LSB publications mandate
Introduced by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on September 9, 2014, to reduce the statutorily-mandated contents and distribution of two documents the state’s Legislative Service Bureau is required to publish, the Public Acts Report and the Michigan Manual. For details see a summary created by the House Fiscal Agency.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165174

House Bill 5785: Expand permissible criminal court cost levies
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on September 9, 2014, to expand the costs that can be imposed on a individual convicted in a criminal case. Among other things the bill would authorize imposing an assessment covering a share of the “salaries and benefits of relevant court personnel,” a share of the “goods and services” necessary for the operation of the court, and a share of the costs for the “operation and maintenance of court buildings and facilities.” In addition, the bill would establish that a court has no duty to provide a “calculation of the costs involved in a particular case”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=165175


179 posted on 09/17/2014 4:56:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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House Bill 5233: Expand scope of criminal property seizure law
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 27, 2014, to remove the provision allowing the government to wait up to 56 days before giving notice that property is being taken (under current law this is seven days).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162895

House Bill 5233: Expand scope of criminal property seizure law
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 27, 2014, to tie-bar the bill to House Bills 5234 and 5250, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those do also. HB 5234 would revise details of the state human trafficking law, and HB 5250 would require law enforcement agencies to file regular reports on criminal asset forfeitures including details on the crimes, whether any person was charged or convicted, the nature and disposition of the property and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=162895

House Bill 5233: Expand scope of criminal property seizure law
Passed 93 to 13 in the House on September 16, 2014, to expand the crimes covered by a state criminal forfeiture law to include home invasion, rape and other serious sex crimes. The bill would also make the property of an owner deemed “willfully blind” to illegal activity taking place on the premises subject to forfeiture, allow the seizure of real or personal property that had been transferred to a new owner after the crime in some cases, and let the government wait up to 28 days before giving notice that property is being seized (under current law this is seven days). The state criminal forfeiture law allows the government to seize property used in a crime or acquired with the proceeds of a crime, with the net proceeds from its sale turned over to the agencies that are “substantially involved in effecting the forfeiture”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=688444

House Bill 5341: Revise welfare application confidentiality details
Passed 96 to 10 in the House on September 16, 2014, to revise existing restrictions on releasing information related to an individuals’ applications for welfare and related programs, which are considered records open to the public. The bill would exclude public access to documents in an individual’s record’s that come from another agency or organization, unless required by other state or federal laws, or in response to a court order.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=695603


180 posted on 09/18/2014 3:46:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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