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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 175: Revert National Guard details
Passed 91 to 14 in the House on June 6, 2013, to largely reverse a 2010 reform that eliminated “defined benefit” pensions for future state Adjutant Generals and Assistant Adjutant Generals, and instead provided 401k benefits. The bill would also revise various other Michigan National Guard organizational details. The 2010 reform was adopted following reports of AGs being granted generous state pensions based on limited state service ($78,000 to $133,000 for 1.5 years to 13 years service). The House version of the bill slightly limits eligibility for these benefits compared to the pre-2010 version, but also has several exceptions to the new limits.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666442

Senate Bill 402: Gradually cut income tax
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on June 4, 2013, to gradually roll-back a 2007 income tax increase until the rate returns to 3.9 percent in 2017.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159826

Senate Bill 403: Repeal preemption local firework use restrictions
Introduced in the Senate on June 4, 2013, to repeal current state limitations on the authority of local governments to regulate individuals’ use of fireworks on days surrounding national holidays.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159827

Senate Bill 404: Revise landfill performance bond detail
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on June 4, 2013, to revise details of the financial instruments that may used by a landfill operator to satisfy the performance bond-like “perpetual care fund” requirements related to the future upkeep of closed landfills.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159828

Senate Bill 405: Repeal same-sex marriage ban
Introduced by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on June 4, 2013, to revise details of state statutes related to marriage so they would conform with the proposal in Senate Joint Resolution W to repeal the 2008 state constitutional amendment establishing that “the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159829

Senate Bill 406: Repeal same-sex marriage ban
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on June 4, 2013, to revise details of a state statute recognizing marriages “solemnized” in another state, so it would conform with the proposal in Senate Joint Resolution W to repeal the 2008 state constitutional amendment establishing that “the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159830

Senate Bill 407: Require State Police develop “gun free zone” sign design
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on June 4, 2013, to require the State Police to develop and make available to individuals a design for “an appropriate sign” stating that “this is a gun-free zone” as established by the state concealed pistol license law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159831

Senate Bill 408: Give college loan grants to employed bachelor degree holders
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on June 4, 2013, to give college bachelor degree recipients who live and are employed in Michigan an income tax credit of up to half the amount they owe each year on student loans, capped at an amount equal to 20 percent of the annual tuition of a four-year state university. The bill would authorize the same credit to an employer who picks up the cost of an employee’s loan payments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159832

Senate Bill 409: Revise first degree murder detail
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 4, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159833

Senate Bill 410: Revise law enforcement licensure procedures
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on June 4, 2013, to require the “nonpublic record” of the “diversion and dismissal” of a controlled substance violation to be open to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards for various purposes, including determining whether an individual meets the requirements for certification as a law enforcement officer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159834

Senate Bill 411: Revise law enforcement licensure procedures
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on June 4, 2013, to revise and update many details of the law governing the qualifications and licensure of law enforcement officers, which includes a very broad range of government officials empowered to enforce many different state statutes and regulatory regimes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159835

Senate Bill 412: Revise law enforcement licensure procedures
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on June 4, 2013, to revise details of a state “administration of Michigan justice training fund” to conform with the changes proposed by Senate Bill 411 to the law governing the qualifications and licensure of law enforcement officers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159836

Senate Bill 413: Restrict marketing of mattresses as “new”
Introduced by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on June 5, 2013, to prohibit selling mattresses as “new” or custom-made if they are manufactured with any material from used mattresses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159847

Senate Bill 414: Require digital school materials be posted online
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on June 5, 2013, to require that if a public school uses any instructional materials that are in digital form, it must post these on the school’s website.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159848

Senate Bill 415: Cut tax on jet fuel
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on June 6, 2013, to cut from 6 percent to 4 percent the “use tax” imposed on sales of jet fuel to commercial air carriers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159851

Senate Bill 416: Cut tax on jet fuel
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on June 6, 2013, to cut from 6 percent to 4 percent the sales tax imposed on sales of jet fuel to commercial air carriers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159852

Senate Bill 417: Establish PTSD emergency service provider counseling provisions
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on June 6, 2013, to provide various confidentiality and liability waiver provisions to post-traumatic stress related counseling services provided to emergency service responders.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159853

House Bill 4234: Vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference”
Passed 100 to 7 in the House on June 6, 2013, to exempt from sales tax the value of a trade-in on the purchase of a new vehicle, recreational vehicle or titled watercraft. The buyer would only pay sales tax on the difference between the value of the trade-in and the purchase price of the new item. This vehicle part of this would eventually save new car buyers (and/or dealers) some $220 million annually when fully phased-in after six years. The bill does not specify what spending items would be cut or other taxes raised to make up this foregone revenue.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666446

House Bill 4465: Lower high school graduation standards
Passed 81 to 26 in the House on June 6, 2013, 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; 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=666443

House Bill 4678: Revise groundwater dispute regulatory regime details
Passed 104 to 3 in the House on June 6, 2013, to revise details of a groundwater dispute regulatory regime that was originally imposed in 2003, then supplanted by a new one in 2008, and since restored by a 2012 law. Among other things the bill would authorize an administrative appeal procedure for the owner of a “high-capacity well” (mostly used for irrigation) who is ordered to compensate the owner of a small quantity (household) well who alleges the large well has damaged the small one.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666445

House Bill 4792: Increase penalties for harming vulnerable roadway user
Introduced by Rep. David Nathan (D) on May 30, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the enhanced penalties proposed by House Bill 4799 for a motorist who commits a moving violation that causes injury or death to a vulnerable roadway user.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159708

House Bill 4793: Update eminent domain provisions
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on May 30, 2013, to repeal eminent domain property condemnation provisions in the state Drain Code to reflect “takings” reforms mandated by voters in a http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159709

House Bill 4794: Facilitate taxpayer-subsidized metro-region “light rail” creation
Introduced by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on May 30, 2013, to repeal a requirement that to start a taxpayer-subsidized “light rail” system there must be a unanimous vote by the 10-member board of the Detroit Regional Transit Authority authorized by a 2012 law. Under the bill, a simple majority of the board could establish a mass transit rail system.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159710

House Bill 4795: Impose harmful chemicals regulatory regime
Introduced by Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) on May 30, 2013, to require the Department of Community Health and the Department of Environmental Quality to identify and post on a website a list of potentially dangerous or harmful chemicals that may be found in household products or dust, including substances whose presence in children’s products would trigger the regulatory regime proposed by Senate Bill 400. The bill would authorize hiring an additional 1.5 “full time equivalent” government employees to do the work.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159711

House Bill 4796: Impose children’s products regulatory regime
Introduced by Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) on May 30, 2013, to require manufacturers and distributors of children’s products that contain substances deemed harmful by the Department of Environment Quality to submit detailed annual reports to the state regarding the products and the chemicals in them. The bill contains various exceptions and authorizes penalties of up to $150,000.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159712

House Bill 4797: Establish fiscally non-viable school district takeover procedures
Introduced by Rep. David E. Rutledge (D) on May 30, 2013, to give the state superintendent of public instruction and the state treasurer the power to shut down a school district that is so financially unviable that it cannot complete the current school year without a state bailout (as happened at the end of the 2013 school year with the Buena Vista district in Saginaw County). These officials would have the power to act as or request the appointment of a receiver to provide for the education of students in the district, which could be undertaken by neighboring districts, an intermediate school district, or some “other public entity authorized to provide education services,” possibly including a charter school board.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159713

House Bill 4798: Establish fiscally non-viable school district takeover procedures
Introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on May 30, 2013, to transfer per-pupil state foundation grant money from a public school district that is so financially unviable that it cannot complete the current school year without a state bailout, to neighboring districts enlisted to educate the failed district’s students, as provided by House Bill 4797.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159714

House Bill 4799: Increase penalties for harming vulnerable roadway user
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on June 4, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the enhanced penalties proposed by House Bill 4792 for a motorist who commits a moving violation that causes injury or death to a vulnerable roadway user.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159845


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House Bill 4800: Empower courts to modify certain mortgage contracts
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on June 4, 2013, to give courts the power to modify the contractual terms of a delinquent mortgage on an owner-occupied 1-to-4 unit residential property, if a court determines the lender has engaged in certain inappropriate actions specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159846

House Bill 4801: Ban welfare prescription drug subsidies
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on June 5, 2013, to convicted drug offenders to prohibit granting Medicaid or other medical welfare prescription drug subsidies to an individual who has been convicted of a crime involving controlled substances.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159856

House Bill 4802: Screen welfare applicants for illegal aliens
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on June 5, 2013, to require the Department of Human Services (the state welfare agency) to verify the legal U.S. residence status of every person who applies for various kinds of welfare benefits using the federal database. The bill does not necessarily prohibit benefits if the department cannot confirm legal status, it just requires they run the check before granting benefits.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159857

House Bill 4803: Give county animal control agencies criminal records access
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on June 5, 2013, to grant all county animal control agencies access to the state’s criminal records database, the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159858

House Bill 4804: Let local governments ban their own granting of “defined benefit” pensions
Introduced by Rep. Pete Lund (R) on June 5, 2013, to establish that counties and local governments may adopt an ordinance that prohibits granting employees a conventional “defined benefit” pension (rather than a 401k), and if such an ordinance is adopted, prohibit government employee unions from making this issue a subject of collective bargaining.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159859

House Bill 4805: Authorize “Right to Life” license plate
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on June 5, 2013, to require the Secretary of State to develop a “Right to Life” fund-raising license plate, with fees collected for the plate going to the Michigan Right to Life anti-abortion organization.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159860

House Bill 4806: Revise first degree murder lifer law for minors
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on June 6, 2013, to revise the application to minors of the state’s mandatory life imprisonment for first degree murder law, so as to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v Alabama. A Senate Fiscal Agency memo describes the ruling and its application to Michigan law. This bill is part of a package, and would revise address the prospective application of the ruling going forward.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159861

House Bill 4807: Revise first degree murder lifer law for minors
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on June 6, 2013, to revise the application to minors of the state’s mandatory life imprisonment for first degree murder law, so as to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v Alabama. A Senate Fiscal Agency memo describes the ruling and its application to Michigan law. This bill is part of a package, and would revise address the prospective application of the ruling going forward.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159862

House Bill 4808: Revise first degree murder lifer law for minors
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on June 6, 2013, to revise the application to minors of the state’s mandatory life imprisonment for first degree murder law, so as to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v Alabama. A Senate Fiscal Agency memo describes the ruling and its application to Michigan law. This bill is part of a package, and would revise address the prospective application of the ruling going forward.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159863

House Bill 4809: Revise first degree murder lifer law for minors
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on June 6, 2013, to revise the application to minors of the state’s mandatory life imprisonment for first degree murder law, so as to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v Alabama. A Senate Fiscal Agency memo describes the ruling and its application to Michigan law. This bill is part of a package, and would revise address the prospective application of the ruling going forward.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159864

House Bill 4810: Revise lower homestead tax for assisted living residents
Introduced by Rep. David Pagel (R) on June 6, 2013, to revise a 2012 law that allows an individual who moves into an assisted living facility to retain the principal residence property tax exemption on his or her own residence, by removing a condition that the home must not be for sale.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159865

House Bill 4811: Revise “military family relief fund” details
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on June 6, 2013, to clarify certain conditions and procedures for military families applying for assistance from a state “military family relief fund” created by a 2004 law for families who are suffering financial stress as a result of the military service, or who have an emergency.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159866

House Bill 4812: Authorize “Trails and Greenways” specialty plate
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on June 6, 2013, to authorize a “Michigan Trails and Greenways” specialty license plate, and give the money it raises to an organization called the “Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance,” to be used “to develop and promote the establishment of a statewide trail network”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159867

House Bill 4813: Establish procedures for dissolving fiscally failed school district
Introduced by Rep. David E. Rutledge (D) on June 6, 2013, to establish criteria and procedures for dissolving a school district that has become so fiscally unviable that it can no longer educate students, and for attaching the failed district’s territory to one or more nearby school districts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159868

House Bill 4814: Rename bridge in Monroe County
Introduced by Rep. Dale W. Zorn (R) on June 6, 2013, to rename a bridge on US-24 in Monroe County as the “Matt Urban Memorial Bridge”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159869

House Bill 4815: Establish procedures for dissolving fiscally failed school district
Introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on June 6, 2013, to revise school aid distribution provisions in the state school code to reflect the proposal in House Bill 4814 to establish procedures for dissolving a fiscally failed school district and attaching its territory to nearby districts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159870


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Senate Bill 27: Authorize refillable beer container sales
Passed 101 to 7 in the House on June 11, 2013, to allow merchants licensed to sell beer and wine for consumption off-premises, and bars or restaurants licensed to sell all legal forms of alcohol, to refill clearly labeled “growlers” (sealable containers of up to one gallon) with beer for consumption off-premises. Also, to allow a “small winemaker” to sell wine and hold wine tastings at farmers markets; Senate Bill 79 sets the license fee for this at $25 per day.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666703

Senate Bill 79: Allow farmers market wine tastings and sales
Passed 102 to 6 in the House on June 11, 2013, to authorize a special liquor license allowing small winemakers to sell wine and hold wine tastings at farmers markets and special events. The license would $25 per day.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666704

Senate Bill 150: Authorize Alzheimer’s association tax checkoff
Passed 105 to 2 in the House on June 11, 2013, to allow an individual to choose to automatically contribute $5 or more from his or her state income tax refund to provide grants to the Michigan Alzheimer’s association, a state “military family relief fund” created by a 2004 law, and to provide government subsidies to research or clinics treating persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”). The checkoffs would have the effect of reducing the amount of a person’s tax refund. A person not receiving a refund could use his or her tax return to contribute to the programs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666710

Senate Bill 150: Authorize Alzheimer’s association tax checkoff
Passed 31 to 0 in the Senate on June 6, 2013, to allow an individual to choose to automatically contribute $5 or more from his or her state income tax refund to provide grants to the Michigan Alzheimer’s association. The checkoff would have the effect of reducing the amount of a person’s tax refund. A person not receiving a refund could use his or her tax return to contribute to the program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666403

Senate Bill 256: Revise state “supply chain management development commission”
Passed 65 to 43 in the House on June 11, 2013, to revise details of a 2008 law that created a state “supply chain management development commission” with the mission of developing “a road map for attracting, supporting, marketing, and growing the international trade, supply chain, and logistics industries.” The bill would change the name of this entity, move it from the Department of Treasury to the Michigan Strategic Fund agency, allow this entity to be funded with state tax and fee revenue (rather than just federal or other funds), and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666705

Senate Bill 341: Authorize Amber Alert income tax checkoff
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on June 11, 2013, to allow an individual to choose to automatically contribute $5 or more from his or her state income tax refund to pay for unspecified expenses related to executing “Amber alerts,” which disseminate useful information about a missing child to law enforcement agencies, radio and television stations. The checkoff would have the effect of reducing the amount of a person’s tax refund. A person not receiving a refund could use his or her tax return to contribute to the program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666707

Senate Bill 342: Authorize Amber Alert income tax checkoff
Passed 106 to 1 in the House on June 11, 2013, to allow an individual to choose to automatically contribute $5 or more from his or her state income tax refund to pay for unspecified expenses related to executing “Amber alerts,” which disseminate useful information about a missing child to law enforcement agencies, radio and television stations. Also, to allow checkoffs for the Michigan Alzheimer’s association, a state “military family relief fund” created by a 2004 law, and to provide government subsidies to research or clinics treating persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”). The checkoffs would have the effect of reducing the amount of a person’s tax refund. A person not receiving a refund could use his or her tax return to contribute to the programs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666708

Senate Bill 380: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to prohibit a lender from using “foreclosure by advertisement” of a principal residence (the most common form of foreclosure, less costly and prolonged than judicial foreclosure) if the lender complied with federal regulations regarding mortgage servicer policies and procedures, or a “modification agreement” had been made between the debtor and the person who lent the money (or to whom the loan was sold or transferred). The bill revises a 2009 law that imposed a mandate that lenders must give a delinquent debtor 90 days to negotiate a revision of the loan terms.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666630

Senate Bill 381: Extend foreclosure restrictions sunset
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to extend until June 30, 2014 the sunset on a 2009 law that forces mortgage lenders to attempt to negotiate revisions in the terms of delinquent loans before they can proceed to a “foreclosure by advertisement” (instead of the more costly judicial foreclosure process). This would be the second time this “temporary” law has been extended.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666632

Senate Bill 382: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to extend to “mortgage servicers” including small servicers certain specified federal policies and procedures for foreclosure proceedings begun after January 9, 2014.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666634

Senate Bill 401: Insulate DIA art collection from federal bankruptcy liquidation
Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to require “art institutes” in the state to adopt a code of ethics for museums published by the American Alliance of Museums. Reportedly this is a means of insulating the Detroit Institute of Art’s collection from being sold off should the city file for bankruptcy in federal court. Toward that same end, the bill would prohibit a municipal art museum from being sold, leased, pledged, mortgaged, or otherwise encumbered.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666640

House Bill 4458: Prohibit TIFA “capture” of Detroit Zoo or Arts tax money
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to prohibit the “capture” by a Tax Increment Finance Authority of regional property taxes imposed to subsidize the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666621

House Bill 4460: Prohibit TIFA “capture” of Detroit Zoo or Arts tax money
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to prohibit the “capture” by a Brownfield Development Authority’s tax increment finance scheme of regional property taxes imposed to subsidize the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666623

House Bill 4461: Prohibit TIFA “capture” of Detroit Zoo or Arts tax money
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to prohibit the “capture” by a local development financing authority’s tax increment finance scheme of regional property taxes imposed to subsidize the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666624

House Bill 4462: Prohibit TIFA “capture” of Detroit Zoo or Arts tax money
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to prohibit the “capture” by a “corridor improvement” authority’s tax increment finance scheme of regional property taxes imposed to subsidize the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666626

House Bill 4463: Prohibit TIFA “capture” of Detroit Zoo or Arts tax money
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to prohibit the “capture” by a tax increment finance scheme created to subsidize a local “street railway system” of regional property taxes imposed to subsidize the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666627

House Bill 4464: Prohibit TIFA “capture” of Detroit Zoo or Arts tax money
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to prohibit the “capture” by a tax increment finance scheme used to pay for public facilities of regional property taxes imposed to subsidize the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666628

House Bill 4629: Authorize fees and regulations on electronic billboards
Passed 100 to 7 in the House on June 6, 2013, to amend the state billboard law to authorize regulations and extra fees for digital signs, and revise a wide range of other details of this law, in part so as to conform with federal billboard laws and regulations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666447

House Bill 4768: Ban DEQ groundwater discharge sodium limits
Passed 65 to 43 in the House on June 11, 2013, to prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing limitations on the amount of sodium in groundwater discharges allowed under state water pollution regulations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666706


53 posted on 06/13/2013 3:23:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 50: Expand ORV shoulder riding
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from requiring a permit merely for organized group recreational off-road vehicle riding on state land, or for an ORV event on frozen lakes. Also, to require the DNR to designate at least two days each year as free ORV-riding days, when no ORV license is required.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666845

Senate Bill 114: Revise commercial rental property assessment occupancy formula
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to eliminate the use of rental property occupancy rate 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=666842

Senate Bill 163: Revise wetland use permit details
Passed 66 to 42 in the House on June 12, 2013, to expand certain exemptions to a state wetland permit mandate, increase some wetland permit fees and reduce others, require permit denials to document their rationale and authority, authorize grants to local governments to create “wetland mitigation banks,” slightly reduce regulatory burdens imposed on county drain commission activities, slightly increase the state’s burden to justify restrictions on an owner’s use of his or her property, prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing regulations that beyond the scope those required by federal law, and make other changes to these land use restrictions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666814

Senate Bill 250: Authorize enhanced penalty for assaulting health professional
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to authorize enhanced penalties in for committing an assault in which the victim is a health care professional.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666762

Senate Bill 263: Revise unused rail line divestiture detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to revise details of the law that establishes timetables for the state divesting itself of unused rail right of ways.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666846

Senate Bill 270: Convert 21st Century Jobs Fund from rule-based to discretionary corporate subsidies
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to essentially eliminate requirements that certain proportions of the money spent by a “21st Century Jobs Fund” business subsidy program go to specified actions, including the state government buying shares of particular companies or giving them loans or cash grants, a tourism industry marketing subsidy, and other so-called government ‘economic development’ spending. This and related bills would in general convert this from appearing to be a ‘rule-based’ subsidy program governed by statutory prescriptions and restrictions into one in which the political appointees on the Michigan Strategic Fund board have more discretion to give out subsidies as they choose. See also Senate Bills 269 to 272 and 278, House Bills 4481 and 4482, and 2012 Senate Bill 929, now Public Act 145 of 2012.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666839

Senate Bill 271: Revise corporate and developer subsidy regime
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to increase maximum amount of state “community revitalization” grants (formerly “brownfield” and “historic preservation” tax credits) that can be awarded to a particular developer, corporation or other special interest from $1 million to $2.5 million. The bill would also eliminate various statutory prescriptions and restrictions on how the political appointees on the Michigan Strategic Fund board may spend state revenues allocated to this subsidy program, and also delete certain disclosure and reporting requirements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666840

Senate Bill 272: Authorize corporate and developer “port facility” subsidies
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to expand the mission of the Michigan Strategic Fund to include providing undefined subsidies for corporations, developers and other entities involved in port facilities. Also to include in its mission dredging recreational or commercial harbors, subject to future appropriations and any conditions attached to them.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666841

Senate Bill 300: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to create a Michigan indigent defense commission to establish statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, and establish a process by which all counties in the state would be required to conform with the standards. If a local failed to adopt them, the commission could take over its indigent defense administration, and impose a gradually increasing portion of the state’s costs for this, up to 40 percent. Locals would be responsible for maintaining funding at current levels, and all this would be subject to a detailed appeals process. The bill authorizes but does not fund state grants to cover increased costs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666848

Senate Bill 301: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to revise the law that requires a court to assign counsel to an indigent person charged with a criminal offense so it conforms with the indigent defense minimum standards process proposed by Senate Bill 300.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666849

Senate Bill 330: Increase state disaster fund deposits
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to require the legislature to annually appropriate between $2 million and $4.5 million to a state disaster and emergency contingency fund; current statute requires between $30,000 and $750,000. Also, to increase the maximum assistance grant to a local government from $30,000 or 10 percent of the local’s operating budget, whichever is less, to $100,000 or 10 percent.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666844

Senate Bill 360: Authorize enhanced penalty for assaulting health professional
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to revise the criminal sentencing guidelines for the penalties proposed by Senate Bill 250 for assaulting or battering a health care professional.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666763

House Bill 4082: Authorize Alzheimer’s association tax checkoff
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to create a state fund to collect the revenue from the income tax checkoff proposed by Senate Bill 150 and give it to the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666761

House Bill 4084: Authorize Lou Gehrig’s disease income tax checkoff
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to create a state fund to collect the revenue from an income tax checkoff proposed by Senate Bill 150 and House Bill 4085, and spend it on government subsidies to research or clinics treating persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666754

House Bill 4085: Authorize Lou Gehrig’s disease income tax checkoff
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to allow an individual to choose to automatically contribute $5 or more from his or her state income tax refund to provide grants to the Michigan Alzheimer’s association, a state “military family relief fund” created by a 2004 law, and to provide government subsidies to research or clinics treating persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”). The checkoffs would have the effect of reducing the amount of a person’s tax refund. A person not receiving a refund could use his or her tax return to contribute to the programs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666756

House Bill 4459: Prohibit TIFA “capture” of Detroit Zoo or Arts tax money
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 13, 2013, to prohibit the “capture” by a Downtown Development Authority’s tax increment finance scheme of regional property taxes imposed to subsidize the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666838

House Bill 4525: Revise sentencing guidelines for arson
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2013, to revise the state sentencing guidelines in a way that authorizes more severe penalties for arson.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666815

House Bill 4591: Exempt home monitoring system installers from electrician licensure mandate
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to prohibit local governments from requiring a home monitoring system provider or a security alarm system provider to obtain a permit or license to do work associated with either of those systems. “Home monitoring system,” is defined as allowing a homeowner to remotely monitor their home through audio, video, or sensor detection systems and that may allow remote control of temperature, humidity, lighting, doors, locks and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666757

House Bill 4592: Exempt home thermostat installers from mechanical contractor licensure
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to establish that a “mechanical contractors” license is not required for a registered or licensed security alarm provider or contractor to install a home thermostat.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666758

House Bill 4737: Don’t require building permit for “home monitoring systems”
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to establish that the state building code requires no building permit for work related to a home monitoring system if performed by a registered or licensed provider. “Home monitoring system” is defined as equipment and devices that allow an individual to remotely monitor his or her home through audio, video, or sensor detection systems, and allow remote control of home temperature, humidity, lighting, doors and locks.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666759

House Bill 4743: Allow local holiday fireworks regulations
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2013, to allow local governments to ban the use of consumer fireworks between midnight and 8:00 a.m. on the day before, day of, and day after a national holiday (in larger communities the allowable deadline would be 1:00 a.m. on New Years). The 2012 law legalizing these fireworks (which include firecrackers, bottle rockets, aerial spinners, Roman candles, etc.) essentially preempted local bans on their use at all hours during these holiday periods.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666777


54 posted on 06/14/2013 3:05:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 264: Accelerate dredging permit processing deadlines
Passed 83 to 23 in the House on June 13, 2013, to accelerate the deadline for the state to process a dredging permit, and reduce the fees if the dredged material is at least 90 percent sand.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666950

Senate Bill 284: Revise home heating welfare program
Passed 86 to 21 in the House on June 13, 2013, to authorize imposing a $1 per month surcharge on customer electric utility bills, and use the money to provide up to $50 million annually in low income home heating subsidies.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666958

House Bill 4344: Revise special Detroit powers population threshold
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on June 13, 2013, to revise the population threshold in a law that gives Detroit the power to define a fire arson investigator as a police officer. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by granting certain privileges or exemptions to “a city with a population greater than 1 million,” later revised to 900,000, and then 750,000. This bill changes that to 600,000.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666956

House Bill 4478: Revise voter signature detail
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on June 13, 2013, to allow a voter who can’t sign his or her own name because of a disability to use a signature stamp where signatures are required on election-related documents.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666957

House Bill 4529: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Passed 101 to 6 in the House on June 13, 2013, to create a Michigan indigent defense commission to establish statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, and if the state Supreme Court agrees, establish procedures by which an agency would be created to enforce expeditious adoption of the standards in local jurisdictions. If a local failed to adopt them, this agency would take over its indigent defense administration, and impose a gradually increasing portion of the state’s costs for this, up to 40 percent. Local governments would be responsible for maintaining funding at current levels. The bill authorizes but does not fund state grants to cover increased costs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666961

House Bill 4530: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Passed 101 to 6 in the House on June 13, 2013, to revise the law that requires a court to assign counsel to an indigent person charged with a criminal offense so it conforms with the indigent defense minimum standards process proposed by House Bill 4529.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666962

House Bill 4691: Revise carnival ride regulation detail
Passed 60 to 46 in the House on June 13, 2013, 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=666949

House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion, with conditions
The substitute
passed by voice vote in the House on June 13, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that does not require federal approval-in-advance of certain cost-saving Medicaid reforms before the expansion can proceed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159308

House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion, with conditions
Passed 76 to 31 in the House on June 13, 2013, to expand Medicaid eligibility to families and childless adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which implements a key component of the federal health care law (aka “Obamacare”). Under that law, the feds are supposed to pay 100 percent of the expansion’s cost during the first three years, with the state responsible for not more than 10 percent of the costs starting in 2020. This does not contain a provision in the original version of the bill requiring the federal government to approve certain cost-saving state Medicaid reforms before the expansion could proceed.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666980

House Bill 4731: Waive commercial road test for certain recent veterans
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on June 13, 2013, to waive a required state examination for meeting firefighter professional qualification standards, if an applicant is a recent military veteran with relevant experience.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666952

House Bill 4754: Establish that military experience meets mechanical contractor licensure requirements
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on June 13, 2013, to waive a requirement that an applicant for a mechanical contractor license must have at least three years in the field, if the individual is a recent military veteran with relevant service experience.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666954

House Bill 4765: Extend foreclosure restrictions sunset
Passed 98 to 9 in the House on June 13, 2013, to extend until June 30, 2014 the sunset on a 2009 law that forces mortgage lenders to attempt to negotiate revisions in the terms of delinquent loans before they can proceed to a “foreclosure by advertisement” (instead of the more costly judicial foreclosure process). This would be the second time this “temporary” law has been extended.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666965

House Bill 4766: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 99 to 8 in the House on June 13, 2013, to allow a mortgage borrower from an institution that was a defendant that entered into a consent judgment in United States of America, et al. v Bank of America Corp., et al, to request a face to face meeting with the lender to attempt to work out a modification to avoid foreclosure, and delay foreclosure until after the meeting.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666969

House Bill 4813: Establish procedures for dissolving fiscally failed school district
Passed 58 to 49 in the House on June 13, 2013, to establish criteria and procedures for dissolving a school district that has become so fiscally unviable that it can no longer educate students, and for attaching the failed district’s territory to one or more nearby school districts. The bill was introduced after the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts reached this state shortly before the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666994

House Bill 4815: Establish procedures for dissolving fiscally failed school district
Passed 58 to 49 in the House on June 13, 2013, to revise school aid distribution provisions in the state school aid act to reflect the proposal in House Bill 4814 to establish procedures for dissolving a fiscally failed school district and attaching its territory to nearby districts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666997


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Senate Bill 418: Exempt travel agents from insurance agent licensure mandate
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on June 11, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159882

Senate Bill 419: Allow different drivers license and voter registration address
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on June 11, 2013, to allow a person to have a different address on their drivers license or state I.D. than the one at which they are registered to vote.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159883

Senate Bill 420: Allow different drivers license and voter registration addresses
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on June 11, 2013, to allow a person to have a different address on their drivers license or state I.D. than the one at which they are registered to vote.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159884

Senate Bill 421: Allow registered-by-mail voter to vote absentee in first election
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on June 11, 2013, to allow a person to vote by absentee ballot in the first election after registering by mail to vote in a jurisdiction. Current law requires that such voters show up in person the first time that they vote in the new jurisdiction, but may vote by absentee ballot for all subsequent elections.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159885

Senate Bill 422: Create new low-income medical welfare program
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on June 11, 2013, to create a new state medical welfare program that for a minimal monthly premium ($5 to $20) would provide insurance benefits to individuals below the federal poverty level who are not eligible for federal Medicaid subsidies (which mostly applies to childless adults). This is potentially an alternative to the Medicaid expansion portion of the federal health care law called “Obamacare” by regular people.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159886

Senate Bill 423: Create new low-income medical welfare program
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on June 11, 2013, to create a new state medical welfare program that for a minimal monthly premium ($5 to $20) would provide insurance benefits to individuals below the federal poverty level who are not eligible for federal Medicaid subsidies (which mostly applies to childless adults). This is potentially an alternative to the Medicaid expansion portion of the federal health care law called “Obamacare” by regular people.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159887

Senate Bill 424: Require schools teach American foundational principles
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on June 12, 2013, to require public schools to provide instruction in all grades that focuses on the core principles of the United States, in particular those articulated in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other foundational or iconic texts, speeches, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159903

Senate Bill 425: Revise principle residence property tax credit detail
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on June 12, 2013, to extend the Proposal A “homestead property tax” credit that exempts an individual’s principle residence from local school operating taxes (usually 18 mills) so that it also applies if the form of home ownership is a trust with the home occupant is the trust’s beneficiary.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159904

Senate Bill 426: Revise beer brewer regulations
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on June 12, 2013, to increase the number of “brewpubs” in which a single owner can have an interest, from three to six, with a maximum capacity between them of 18,000 barrels of beer per calendar year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159905

Senate Bill 427: Revise unemployment insurance payroll tax detail
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on June 12, 2013, to not consider certain oil, gas and mineral extraction contract negotiators (“landmen”) who are independent contractors to be “employees” of an energy or mining company for purposes of assessing unemployment insurance payroll taxes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159906

Senate Bill 428: Ban governments placing foreign-made American flags on veterans’ graves
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on June 12, 2013, to prohibit local governments from buying American flags made outside this country to place on veteran’s graves, unless no competitively-priced American-made flags are available.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159907

Senate Bill 429: Authorize “arms-related” corporate tax breaks
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on June 13, 2013, to authorize granting the extensive tax breaks and exemptions of a “renaissance zone” to up to five corporations engaged in “arms-related” manufacturing and that are selected by the political appointees on the board of the Michigan “Strategic Fund” agency.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159916

Senate Bill 430: Authorize “arms-related” corporate tax breaks
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on June 13, 2013, to authorize granting the extensive tax breaks and exemptions of a “renaissance zone” to up to five corporations engaged in “arms-related” manufacturing and that are selected by the political appointees on the board of the Michigan “Strategic Fund” agency.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159918

Senate Bill 431: Give “biobased” products state purchasing preference
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on June 13, 2013, to require the state to give preference in purchasing and procurement to products with a higher amount of “biobased” components.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159919

Senate Bill 432: Expand “bottle bill”
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on June 13, 2013, to expand the “bottle bill” deposit requirement to include water and all nonalcoholic carbonated or noncarbonated drinks sold in an airtight metal, glass, or plastic container that holds one gallon or less, except for milk and unflavored rice or soy milk, with some additional exceptions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159920

Senate Bill 433: Require insurers put “Obamacare” price increase estimates in customer bills
Introduced in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to require bills sent to customers for health insurance policies or HMO plans to itemize to include an estimate of the amount that any price increase was caused by mandates and regulation imposed by the federal health care law (“Obamacare”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159953

House Bill 4817: Establish independent political redistricting commission
Introduced by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on June 11, 2013, to establish procedures and statutory prescriptions for implementing the proposal in House Joint Resolution T to create a 14 member state congressional and legislative redistricting commission, with five members each appointed the Republican and Democratic parties, and four members not connected to either party selected by the legislature’s Auditor General.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159896

House Bill 4818: Ban human lice treatments containing lindane
Introduced by Rep. Winnie Brinks (D) on June 11, 2013, to prohibit the sale or use of human lice treatments containing lindane.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159897

House Bill 4819: Expand special corporate tax breaks
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on June 11, 2013, to revise language in a 2010 law authorizing “border crossing renaissance zones” in Port Huron and potentially elsewhere to expand their extensive tax breaks to companies selected by the political appointees on the board of the state “Strategic Fund” agency that are in the business of packing, sorting, assembling, or manufacturing goods.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159898

House Bill 4820: Impose new regulations on “petroleum coke”
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on June 11, 2013, to impose new regulations and a permit mandate on the storage and transport of “petroleum coke” (“pet coke”). This is related to a Marathon Oil refinery expansion in Detroit.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159899

House Bill 4821: Revise motor carrier safety law detail
Introduced by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on June 12, 2013, to revise details of how a state “motor carrier safety” law applies to certain categories of buses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159921

House Bill 4822: Revise township annexation procedures
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on June 12, 2013, to require a circuit court to resolve a territory annexation petition dispute if an agreement is not reached between a city or village and a charter township in which some residents are seeking to have their property become part of the neighboring city or village.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159922

House Bill 4823: Revise township annexation procedures
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on June 12, 2013, to require a circuit court to resolve a territory annexation petition dispute if an agreement is not reached between a city or village and a charter township in which some residents are seeking to have their property become part of the neighboring city or village.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159923

House Bill 4824: Increase penalty for paying a person to run for office
Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on June 12, 2013, to authorize up to one year in prison and $500 fine for promising, providing, or accepting valuable consideration to run for a political office, not including campaign contributions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159924

House Bill 4825: Require candidates to disclose felonies
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on June 12, 2013, to require a candidate for public office to include on the required “affidavit of identity” whether the individual has been convicted of a felony in the past 10 years, and to disclose the crimes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159925

House Bill 4826: Require schools teach American foundational principles
Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on June 12, 2013, to require public schools to provide instruction in all grades that focuses on the core principles of the United States, in particular those articulated in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other foundational or iconic texts, speeches, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159926

House Bill 4827: Exempt certain pension income from state income tax
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on June 12, 2013, to revise the provision of Gov. Rick Snyder’s income tax overhaul and business tax cut that partially eliminated some of the state income tax exemptions for pension income. The bill would authorize a pension income tax deduction for a person born after 1952 who is retired before July 1, 2014, exempting from tax up to $15,000 in pension income for a single return and $30,000 for a joint return. Under the 2011 tax overhaul, older individuals get a partial pension income exemption but those born after 1952 do not.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159927

House Bill 4828: Allow pension double dipping by some “retired” school paraprofessionals
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on June 12, 2013, to allow a school paraprofessional to simultaneously collect pension benefits and a paycheck for going back to work in a school, subject to various limitations and conditions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159928

House Bill 4829: Grant discounted license plates to certain charitable vehicles
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on June 12, 2013, to grant a discounted vehicle registration (license plate) tax of $10 annually to vehicles owned by a fraternal organization and which are used to transport children to and from hospitals for medical treatment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159929

House Bill 4830: Allow small corporations’ officers to represent firm in court
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on June 13, 2013, to allow an officer in a small corporation or a partner in a business partnership to represent the entity in a court dispute involving rental property for which the firm is a landlord, and not consider this a violation of law prohibiting the “unauthorized practice of law”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159934

House Bill 4831: Clarify prescription drug sales tax exemption
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on June 13, 2013, to clarify details of a state sales tax exemption for prescription drugs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159935

House Bill 4832: Authorize energy efficient new home purchase tax breaks
Introduced by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on June 13, 2013, to authorize a $5,000 individual income tax credit for a person who buys a new home that has been deemed a “green structure” by a particular private entity specified in the bill (“Green Michigan”), and a $2,000 credit for an addition or renovation that meets the criteria established by this entity, or by a similar entity that has been empowered with this authority by the state Department of Labor and Economic Growth. The credit would not be “refundable” (that is, would not be a potential cash subsidy), but the amount exceeding the person’s tax liability could be “carried forward” and used against future years’ tax liability.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159936

House Bill 4833: Increase election recount deposit requirement
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on June 13, 2013, to increase the money deposit a candidate must make to get an election recount from $10 to $25 per precinct, and $125 per precinct if the election wasn’t extremely close, and also revise the conditions for getting a refund.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159937

House Bill 4834: Mandate local government American flags disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on June 13, 2013, to require local governments that purchase imported American or State of Michigan flags to disclose on their websites the country in which the flags were made.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159938

House Bill 4835: Ban governments placing foreign-made American flags on veterans’ graves
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on June 13, 2013, to prohibit local governments from buying imported American flags to place on veteran’s graves, unless no competitively-priced American-made flags are available. See also House Bill 4834.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159939

House Bill 4836: Require consent for release of student data
Introduced by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on June 13, 2013, to prohibit local or state school authorities from releasing any data about a student to an organization located outside this state without the prior written consent of the student’s parent or legal guardian (or the student if age 18 or older).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159940

House Bill 4837: Require state assessment test questions be available for inspection
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on June 13, 2013, to require the Department of Education to make available for inspection the questions or assignments that are used as part of state tests and assessments, and also to work with local school districts to make these available to parents at schools. These inspections would be made in private, and copying the questions could be banned.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159941

House Bill 4838: Ban brand names on student assessment tests
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on June 13, 2013, to prohibit the use of product or service brand names on state assessment tests given to students.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159942

House Bill 4839: Revise expunged crime disclosure restriction
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on June 13, 2013, to revise a confidentiality provision in the law allowing a court to “set aside” (expunge) a comparatively minor criminal conviction, meaning that no public record of the conviction is available (but it remains in restricted State Police records). Under current law, it is a misdemeanor for anyone except the violator to divulge or publish a “set aside” conviction. The bill would also include the crime victim in this exception.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159943

House Bill 4840: Repeal permit requirement for “suction weed harvesting”
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on June 13, 2013, to repeal a state permit mandate for “suction weed harvesting,” which is a technique for controlling invasive and other underwater weeds that can clog lakes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159944

House Bill 4841: Create “pesticide application registry”
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on June 13, 2013, to require the state to create a “pesticide application registry” where individuals could register who wish to be notified before the application of pesticides on a property adjacent to their home. Commercial pest control companies would have to check the registry before each job and notify neighbors who have registered for this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159945

House Bill 4842: Appropriate money for transit-related “municipal credit program”
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on June 13, 2013, to appropriate $2 million for a public transit-related “municipal credit program”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159946

House Bill 4843: Require political robocall disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on June 13, 2013, to require that automated phone calls (“robocalls”) that relate to a candidate for office or a ballot issue disclose the identity of the person paying for the communication and whether it is authorized by a candidate, with violations a misdemeanor subject to a $500 fine, and up to $1,500 for a third and subsequent conviction.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159947


56 posted on 06/19/2013 6:21:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 284: Revise home heating welfare program
Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to authorize imposing a $1 per month surcharge on customer electric utility bills, and use the money to provide up to $60 million annually in low income home heating subsidies.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667062

Senate Bill 374: Create statewide school violence “hotline”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to require the Attorney General and the State Police to create a “hotline” manned 24 hours a day all year long to collect “confidential reports of unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities.” These could include cell phone camera and video images. While the bill does not limit the hotline to school related threats, other parts of it require the information to be shared with local law enforcement and school officials.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667123

House Bill 4664: Allow pension double-dipping by some “retired” prison workers
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to extend for two years a Sept. 30, 2013 sunset on a 2012 law that “temporarily” allowed retired prison employees to simultaneously collect pension benefits and a paycheck for going back to work in a prison. Under current law, prison guards can retire and begin collecting pension checks as young as age 51 in some cases.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667073

House Bill 4665: Extend “temporary” landfill tipping fee increase
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to extend until Sept. 30, 2015 a “temporary” increase from 7 cents to 12 cents on the per-cubic yard state “tipping fee” tax imposed on dumping in landfills, which was authorized by a 2011 law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667064

House Bill 4666: Extend “temporary” environmental permit fee increases
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to extend until Sept. 30, 2014 “temporary” increases authorized in 2011 for various permit fees mandated by the state environmental protection law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667065

House Bill 4669: Increase annual ORV tax
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to increase the annual off road vehicle license tax from $16.25 to $26.25 for a license that does not authorize operation on state ORV trails, and $36.25 for one that does.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667079

House Bill 4670: Increase state disaster fund deposits
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to require the legislature to annually appropriate enough money to maintain a balance of between $1 million and $4.5 million in a state disaster and emergency contingency fund; current statute requires between $30,000 and $750,000.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667067

House Bill 4671: Earmark cell phone 9-1-1 tax to administration
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to permanently earmark $150,000 from a 9-1-1 service mobile phone provider tax to the Department of Treasury for administration of this tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667068

House Bill 4708: Revise hazardous material regulatory regime detail
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 18, 2013, to replace one state fund created to hold and disburse fee and fine revenue related to hazardous material permit mandates and regulations with another state fund.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667069

House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion, with conditions
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 13, 2013, to strip out the provision authorizing the Medicaid expansion.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159308

House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion, with conditions
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 13, 2013, to strip out one of the provisions enabling the Medicaid expansion.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159308


57 posted on 06/20/2013 3:49:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 153: Revise certain Wayne County authority population threshold
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to revise the population threshold in a law that gives the Wayne County clerk the authority to designate an employee to perform marriages. Under current law, only the clerk of “a county having more than 2 million inhabitants” has this authority. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by using these population thresholds, most often for granting special privileges or exemptions for Detroit.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667272

Senate Bill 301: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 20, 2013, to revise the law that requires a court to assign counsel to an indigent person charged with a criminal offense so it conforms with the indigent defense reforms proposed by House Bill 4529.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667317

Senate Bill 301: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Passed 102 to 7 in the House on June 19, 2013, to revise the law that requires a court to assign counsel to an indigent person charged with a criminal offense so it conforms with the indigent defense reforms proposed by House Bill 4529.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667220

Senate Bill 367: Revise business profits tax detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to revise details of the state tax on business profits to clarify when related companies are considered an “affiliated group” for tax purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667273

Senate Bill 415: Cut tax on jet fuel
Passed 21 to 16 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to cut from 6 percent to 4 percent the “use tax” imposed on sales of jet fuel.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667274

Senate Bill 416: Cut tax on jet fuel
Passed 21 to 16 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to cut from 6 percent to 4 percent the sales tax imposed on sales of jet fuel.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667275

House Bill 4112: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to make a number of adjustments to amounts already appropriated for various purposes, to reflect, among other things, reduced welfare and Medicaid caseloads. Also, to appropriate additional funds for various state departments and programs. All told, the bill reflects spending reductions of nearly $675 million, and spending increases of around $40 million. It also authorizes increasing government debt by $81.5 million to pay for proposed state university and college construction projects.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667290

House Bill 4112: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Passed 105 to 2 in the House on June 6, 2013, to make a number of adjustments to amounts already appropriated for various purposes, to reflect, among other things, reduced welfare and Medicaid caseloads. Also, to appropriate additional funds for various state departments and programs. All told, the bill reflects spending reductions of more than $650 million, and spending increases of around $36 million.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=666454

House Bill 4208: Revise “resort district” tax and infrastructure law
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on June 19, 2013, to revise a state law that lets local governments create “resort districts” in a waterfront area. These have the power to impose up to three mills in extra property tax on property owners in the district; borrow money for roads, sewers, flood control, streetlights and garbage collection; and use the increased tax revenue to make the debt service payments on these loans. The bill would revise details of the “district’s” board membership, requiring two of the members be residents.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667216

House Bill 4272: Authorize school “cardiac emergency response drills”
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on June 19, 2013, to allow schools to substitute a “cardiac emergency response drill” for one of the eight fire drills schools are required to hold each year, and require this if the school has defibrillator devices. Also, schools would have to have a “cardiac emergency response plan” with specified components, one of which is “a plan for training all high school students” in defibrillator use and CPR.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667212

House Bill 4284: Revise ORV shoulder-riding details
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to authorize local governments to ask the Department of Transportation to allow ORVs on the shoulders of state trunk line highways where necessary to connect existing ORV networks, and establish criteria and deadlines for MDOT’s consideration of these requests. Also, to allow the department to allow ORV shoulder riding on designated highways (not including Interstates), and establish criteria for designating highways. See also House Bill 4299.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667260

House Bill 4297: Give free state park admission to disabled veterans
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to waive state park and campground admission fees for disabled veterans, or ones who were prisoners of war, or who were awarded the Medal of Honor. Specifically, the bill grants these veterans the vehicle registration “recreation passport” without the $11 charge. The foregone revenue would have to be paid to the parks from general fund tax revenues.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667235

House Bill 4299: Expand ORV shoulder riding
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to expand a 2008 law that allows local governments in the northern part of the state to allow off road vehicles to be driven on either the pavement or the shoulder of some or all streets and roads. The bill would extend the local option statewide. Also, to allow the department to allow ORV shoulder riding on designated highways (not including Interstates), and establish criteria for designating highways.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667264

House Bill 4303: Authorize other-state funeral director license reciprocity
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to recognize as valid in Michigan a license in the field of “mortuary science” or funeral directing issued by Indiana, Ohio, or Wisconsin that has substantially the same standards. This would apply for up to two years, when presumably the person would get a Michigan license.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667244

House Bill 4307: Revise county commission vacancy detail
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to eliminate a requirement that a special election must be held when a county commissioner vacancy occurs during an odd numbered year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667281

House Bill 4329: Authorize other-state funeral director license reciprocity
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to authorize fees for the “limited” funeral director license proposed by House Bill 4303.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667249

House Bill 4330: Authorize other-state funeral director license reciprocity
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to recognize as valid in Michigan a license in the field of “mortuary science” or funeral directing issued by Indiana, Ohio, or Wisconsin that has substantially the same standards. This would apply for up to two years, when presumably the person would get a Michigan license. House Bill 4303 contains the main part of this proposal.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667252

House Bill 4409: Revise delinquent property tax interest detail
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on June 19, 2013, to permit county treasurers to waive the additional 0.5 percent per month interest that is assessed on persons redeeming tax-forfeited properties, if the property is withheld from process transferring title in the delinquent property to foreclosing local government. Properties are withheld in cases where the owner is experiencing “substantial financial hardship,” or is considered legally incompetent for certain reasons.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667218

House Bill 4439: Give free state park admission to disabled veterans
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to revise vehicle registration tax forms to reflect the proposal in House Bill 4297 to waive the state park and campground admission fees included in such forms for disabled veterans, or ones who were awarded the Medal of Honor or were prisoners of war.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667237

House Bill 4529: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Passed 33 to 4 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to create a Michigan indigent defense commission to establish statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, and establish a process by which all counties in the state would be required to conform with the standards. If a local failed to adopt them, the commission could take over its indigent defense administration, and impose a gradually increasing portion of the state’s costs for this, up to 40 percent. Locals would be responsible for maintaining funding at current levels, and all this would be subject to a detailed mediation and appeals process. The bill authorizes but does not fund state grants to cover increased costs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667271

House Bill 4574: Require funeral home buyers honor prepaid funeral contracts
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to require the buyer of a licensed funeral establishment to assume the previous owner’s commitments under existing prepaid funeral contracts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667256

House Bill 4575: Revise college scholarship “promise zone” criteria
Passed 99 to 10 in the House on June 19, 2013, to revise a 2008 law authorizing “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities (TIFA) to subsidize college tuition for students in low educational attainment areas, by allowing these authorities to more easily revise the academic performance standards they may or may not require students to meet; and also revise budget-related procedures, details of their board membership, minimum payment amounts, and more. It would also require annual audits of a zone’s budget.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667213

House Bill 4765: Extend foreclosure restrictions sunset
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to extend until June 30, 2014 the sunset on a 2009 law that forces mortgage lenders to attempt to negotiate revisions in the terms of delinquent loans before they can proceed to a “foreclosure by advertisement” (instead of the more costly judicial foreclosure process). This would be the second time this “temporary” law has been extended.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667277

House Bill 4766: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to allow a mortgage borrower from an institution that was a defendant that entered into a consent judgment in United States of America, et al. v Bank of America Corp., et al, to request a face to face meeting with the lender to attempt to work out a modification to avoid foreclosure, and delay foreclosure until after the meeting.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667279

House Bill 4813: Establish procedures for dissolving fiscally failed school district
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to establish criteria and procedures for dissolving a school district that has become so fiscally unviable that it can no longer educate students, and for attaching the failed district’s territory to one or more nearby school districts. The bill was introduced after the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts reached this state shortly before the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667301

House Bill 4815: Establish procedures for dissolving fiscally failed school district
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to revise school aid distribution provisions in the state school aid act to reflect the proposal in House Bill 4814 to establish procedures for dissolving a fiscally failed school district and attaching its territory to nearby districts, with its per-pupil state funding going to those districts. The bill appropriates $2.7 million to compensate the receiving districts for money diverted to pay the dissolved district’s debt, and another $2.2 million as a “bonus” for taking the failed district’s students, with this funding bump to continue for four years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667304


58 posted on 06/21/2013 3:02:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 142: Clarify taxable software definition
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 20, 2013, to clarify that when one person grants another the right to use “prewritten computer software,” this is not subject to the state “use tax” that is imposed on the sale or consumption of tangible personal property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667310

Senate Bill 143: Clarify taxable software definition
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 20, 2013, to clarify that when one person grants another the right to use “prewritten computer software,” this is not subject to sales tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667311

Senate Bill 301: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Passed 102 to 7 in the House on June 20, 2013, to revise the law that requires a court to assign counsel to an indigent person charged with a criminal offense so it conforms with the indigent defense reforms proposed by House Bill 4529.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667370

Senate Bill 380: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 103 to 6 in the House on June 20, 2013, to prohibit a lender from using “foreclosure by advertisement” of a principal residence (the most common form of foreclosure, less costly and prolonged than judicial foreclosure) if the lender complied with federal regulations regarding mortgage servicer policies and procedures, or a “modification agreement” had been made between the debtor and the person who lent the money (or to whom the loan was sold or transferred). The bill revises a 2009 law that imposed a mandate that lenders must give a delinquent debtor 90 days to negotiate a revision of the loan terms.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667388

Senate Bill 383: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on June 20, 2013, to clarify the right of a mortgage foreclosure auction property buyer to monitor the property during the post-auction redemption period, and specify physical evidence that would suggest abandonment and therefore trigger a shorter redemption period during which the delinquent borrower is entitled to redeem the property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667339

Senate Bill 383: Revise foreclosure restrictions
Passed 59 to 50 in the House on June 20, 2013, to clarify the right of a mortgage foreclosure auction property buyer to monitor the property during the post-auction redemption period, and specify physical evidence that would suggest abandonment and therefore trigger a shorter redemption period during which the delinquent borrower is entitled to redeem the property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667393

House Bill 4080: Transfer state prison land to Kinross County
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on June 20, 2013, to give certain state Corrections Department land in Kinross County to the county or another local government, to use for public purposes. Also, to sell former corrections property in Schoolcraft County called “Camp Manistique” for fair market value.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667397

House Bill 4080: Transfer state prison land to Kinross County
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 20, 2013, to give certain state Corrections Department land in Kinross County to the county or another local government, to use for public purposes. Also, to sell former corrections property in Schoolcraft County called “Camp Manistique” for fair market value.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667333

House Bill 4112: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 20, 2013, to authorize more spending to accommodate the proposal in House Bill 374 to create a school violence “hotline” manned 24 hours a day all year long to collect “confidential reports of unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=152566

House Bill 4112: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on June 20, 2013, to make a number of adjustments to amounts already appropriated for various purposes, to reflect, among other things, reduced welfare and Medicaid caseloads. Also, to appropriate additional funds for various state departments and programs. All told, the bill reflects spending reductions of nearly $675 million, and spending increases of around $40 million. It also authorizes increasing government debt by $81.5 million to pay for proposed state university and college construction projects.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667374

House Bill 4540: Grant industrial plant rehab tax break for particular developer
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 20, 2013, to allow several exceptions to the usual requirements for an Industrial Plant Rehabilitation tax break, making some particular facility eligible, when under current statute they would not be.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667331

House Bill 4668: Increase hunting and fishing license fees
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on June 19, 2013, to revise the structure of hunting and fishing license fees in a manner that would increase license fees for most sportsmen. For example, the cost for a resident to hunt deer would go from $15 to $31, and the minimum fishing license cost would increase from $15 to $26. The House Fiscal Agency reports this would extract an additional $19.7 million annually from sportsmen. For details on specific licenses see their analysis.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667285

House Bill 4707: Revise privatization procedural detail
Passed 58 to 51 in the House on June 20, 2013, to require that if a state agency solicits bids from contractors to privatize services that are currently provided by state employees, it must disclose to potential bidders all “applicable formulas” that will be used to compare the bids to the state’s current actual costs, but would not be required to divulge the state’s actual costs. Until the contract is awarded the cost information would also be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=667384


59 posted on 06/22/2013 3:50:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Bill 4844: Repeal ban on public schools starting before Labor Day
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on June 18, 2013, to repeal a ban on public schools starting their school year “before Labor Day,” and instead just prohibit them from having class on the Friday before Labor Day.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159965

House Bill 4845: Authorize early high school graduation scholarships
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on June 18, 2013, to reduce the amount of per-pupil state school aid paid to a school district when a high school student graduates in three and a half years instead of four years. Districts would have to report early graduations to the state, and if they did not the state could “dock” them for a full year’s aid payment for that student, rather than the half-year amount the bill proposes. The money saved from these reductions would go into the scholarship fund proposed by House Bill 4846.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159966

House Bill 4846: Authorize early high school graduation scholarships
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on June 18, 2013, to authorize $2,500 state scholarships for students who graduate from a public high school in less than four years, using the money saved because they graduated early (as proposed by House Bill 4845).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159967

House Bill 4847
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on June 19, 2013, exclude incarcerated student performance data from school accreditation reports to allow public school districts to exclude from the reports used to “accredit” particular school buildings the graduation rates and other student performance data for students who are incarcerated for at least two days.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159976

House Bill 4848: Keep more government pre-contract bid information secret
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on June 19, 2013, to revise details of a Freedom of Information Act exception that allows government bodies to not disclose contractor bids before contracts are awarded. The bill would expand the exception to include the public body’s “evaluation materials”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159977

House Bill 4849
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on June 19, 2013, Ban sanctions on schools with student group “achievement gaps” to prohibit the state Department of Education from “imposing any measures” on a public school that has an “achievement gap” between “any cohort of its highest achieving pupils and any cohort of its lowest-achieving pupils”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159978

House Bill 4850: Impose licensure on puppy breeders
Introduced by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on June 19, 2013, to impose licensure, regulation and $500 annual fees on “large scale commercial breeding kennels,” defined as ones where at least 15 female dogs are housed for purposes of breeding. This bill imposes the licensure mandate and House Bill 4851 imposes the regulations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159979

House Bill 4851: Impose licensure on puppy breeders
Introduced by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on June 19, 2013, to impose licensure, regulation and $500 annual fees on “large scale commercial breeding kennels,” defined as ones where more at least 15 female dogs are housed for purposes of breeding. This bill establishes the regulations and House Bill 4850 imposes the licensure mandate.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159980

House Bill 4852: Authorize local “trap-neuter-release” programs for feral cats
Introduced by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on June 19, 2013, to allow local governments to establish programs to trap, neuter or spay, and then release feral cats.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159981

House Bill 4853: Allow multiple county 9-1-1 call centers
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on June 20, 2013, to allow counties to establish more than one 9-1-1 “primary public safety answering point” (PSAP), which are the communication facilities that receive and respond to 9-1-1 calls.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159998

House Bill 4854: Mandate employers give advance “mass layoff” notice
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on June 20, 2013, to mandate that employers give workers, unions, state officials and local politicians a 90 day advance notice of “mass layoffs” or plant closings, and a 120 day notice if more than 250 employees are affected.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159999

House Bill 4855: Expand lottery winner government debt garnishment
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on June 20, 2013, to revise a law that requires the state lottery bureau to deduct any unemployment overpayments, child support arrearages or debts to the state from the payments to a person who wins $1,000 or more. The bill would also require payment of any debt or liability to the state welfare department.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160000

House Bill 4856: Authorize charges for rescue of “grossly negligent” emergency victim
Introduced by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on June 20, 2013, to charge a person for the cost of providing rescue and emergency services during a state of emergency, if the rescue was due to the individual acting in manner deemed “grossly negligent” as defined in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160001

House Bill 4857: Authorize charges for rescue of “grossly negligent” emergency victim
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on June 20, 2013, to specify the costs that can be charged to a “grossly negligent” person who needs to be rescued during a local state of emergency as proposed by House Bill 4856.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160002

House Bill 4858: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on June 20, 2013, to require a bank that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to ensure it does not allow a person to use a welfare benefits “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160003

House Bill 4859: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on June 20, 2013, to require a savings bank that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to ensure it does not allow a person to use a welfare benefits “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160004

House Bill 4860: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on June 20, 2013, to require a credit union that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to ensure it does not allow a person to use a welfare benefits “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160005

House Bill 4861: Authorize “sporting swine” livestock, breeding and shooting operations
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on June 20, 2013, to allow, establish regulations, and authorize favored “agricultural” property tax status for commercial “sporting swine” livestock and shooting ranches.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160006

House Bill 4862: Authorize “sporting swine” livestock, breeding and shooting operations
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on June 20, 2013, to exempt privately-owned swine in commercial “sporting swine” shooting ranches from regular hunting seasons and regulations, and prohibit listing sporting swine as a prohibited or restricted (”invasive”) species.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160007

House Bill 4863: Authorize “sporting swine” livestock, breeding and shooting operations
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on June 20, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for violations of the regulations proposed by House Bill 4861 for commercial “sporting swine” livestock and shooting ranches.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160008

House Bill 4864: Authorize “sporting swine” livestock, breeding and shooting operations
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on June 20, 2013, to extend to privately owned “cervidae producers” (deer hunting ranches) the authority proposed by House Bill 4861 to create commercial “sporting swine” livestock and shooting ranches.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160009

House Bill 4865: Authorize mobile dental facilities
Introduced by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on June 20, 2013, to allow dental services to be provided in a mobile dental facility if the state grants a permit, subject to regulations and restrictions specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160010

House Bill 4866: Authorize new bicycle rider hand signals
Introduced by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on June 20, 2013, to establish new signals for bicycle riders. Left turns would be indicated by extending the left arm straight out; right turns by either extending the right arm, or the left arm with forearm raised (which is the current standard), and slowing or stopping by “extending the left hand and arm downward”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160011

House Bill 4867: Revise financial exploitation of vulnerable adult sentencing
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on June 20, 2013, to establish that “predatory conduct” committed before a “financial exploitation of a vulnerable person” offense may be considered in the sentencing guidelines for this crime, even if the conduct was directed at a law enforcement official posing as a potential victim.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160012

House Bill 4868: Let Flint impose higher city income tax
Introduced by Rep. Woodrow Stanley (D) on June 20, 2013, to allow Flint to raise its city income tax to 1.5 percent on residents and businesses, and 0.75 percent on nonresidents who work there. Under current law, cities are not allowed to impose individual income taxes higher than 1 percent for residents and 0.5 percent for non-residents (except for Detroit, which can and does impose a 2.4 percent/1.2 percent income tax rate).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160013

House Bill 4869: Revise radiologic personnel and machine regulation
Introduced by Rep. Ben Glardon (R) on June 20, 2013, to revise the law authorizing licensure and regulations for radiologic personnel and machines so that it conforms with federal law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160014

House Bill 4870: Let ISDs take over fiscally failed school districts
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 20, 2013, to give intermediate school districts the power take over fiscally failed school districts. The bill was introduced as an alternative to House 4813, now Public Act 96 of 2013, which gave the state this authority, and was itself introduced in response to the financial collapse of the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts shortly before the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160015

House Bill 4871: Let ISDs take over fiscally failed school districts
Introduced by Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D) on June 20, 2013, to give intermediate school districts the power take over fiscally failed school districts. The bill was introduced as an alternative to House 4813, now Public Act 96 of 2013, which gave the state this authority, and was itself introduced in response to the financial collapse of the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts shortly before the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160016

House Bill 4872: Revise firearms possession ban details
Introduced by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on June 20, 2013, to mandate that if an individual who possesses firearms is ordered by a court to no longer possess them as part of a personal protection order or condition of probation, then the person must either arrange for a law enforcement agency to store the firearms (for which it can charge a fee), sell or transfer them to a licensed dealer, or sell or transfer them to a private party who is not subject to a gun possession ban.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160017

House Bill 4873: Authorize municipal employee residency mandates
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on June 20, 2013, to revise a state law that prohibits municipalities from imposing residency mandates on employees, so that they can impose such a mandates during a new employee’s first seven years on the job.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160018

House Bill 4874: Revise septage service and site fees and regulations
Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on June 20, 2013, to revise details of a 2004 law establishing fees and regulations on septage waste services and sites.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160019

House Bill 4875: Ban low health insurance “actuarial” benefits
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on June 20, 2013, to prohibit health insurance policies or HMO contracts from including benefits that require the beneficiary to pay more than 50 percent of the price of a medical service, or benefits with a deductible that the insurer “reasonably knows will not be met by at least 80 percent of the insureds or enrollees”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160020

House Bill 4876: Ban low health insurance “actuarial” benefits
Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on June 20, 2013, to prohibit Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance policies from including benefits that require the beneficiary to pay more than 50 percent of the price of a medical service, or benefits with a deductible that the insurer “reasonably knows will not be met by at least 80 percent of the insureds or enrollees”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160021

House Bill 4877: Ban low health insurance “actuarial” benefits
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on June 20, 2013, to prohibit “third party administrator” type health insurance plans from including benefits that require the beneficiary to pay more than 50 percent of the price of a medical service, or benefits with a deductible that the insurer “reasonably knows will not be met by at least 80 percent of the insureds or enrollees”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160022

House Bill 4878: Establish “super voting precinct” pilot project
Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on June 20, 2013, to require the Secretary of State to establish a “super voter precinct” pilot project, which means voters can vote at any area polling place in their area, not just the one to which they are assigned. This would require a reliable “electronic poll book” and the ability for polling places to update it in real time as people vote, for which the bill prescribes standards and procedures. The bill would also authorize local governments to consolidate election administration functions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160023

House Bill 4879: Require state officials take school assessment tests
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on June 20, 2013, to require legislators, the governor, state board of education members and the state superintendent of public instruction to take the state student assessment tests given to third, eighth, and eleventh graders, and post their scores online.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160024

House Bill 4880: Revise community and county mental health service governance details
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on June 20, 2013, to revise details of how board members are selected by community and county mental health services program, and details of which public entity is responsible for retirement benefits granted to employees of these government programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160025

House Bill 4881: Make marriage name change provisions gender neutral
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on June 20, 2013, to explicitly state in statute that the parties in a marriage are not required to use the same last name, and in general make this law “gender neutral.” A man could adopt the woman’s last name, a woman could adopt the man’s, either party could adopt a hyphenated name, or everyone could just keep their original last name.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160026

House Bill 4882: Revised delinquent property tax payment
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on June 20, 2013, to allow the government of a “financially distressed community” 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160027

House Bill 4883: Revise order of election contests on ballot
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on June 20, 2013, to change the order in which election contests are listed on the ballot, essentially placing the lowest office at the top of the ballot and the highest offices further down, with candidates for president coming last, and ballot proposals listed before candidate races.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160028

House Bill 4884: Expand state Treasurer tax dispute deal making authority
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on June 20, 2013, to empower the state treasurer to settle a disputed criminal or civil tax matter involving tax or penalty amounts up to $50,000, and to settle disputes over larger amounts if the proposed settlement is submitted to the Attorney General for review.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160029

House Bill 4885: Cut tax on gas and oil “fracking”
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on June 20, 2013, to reduce the 5 percent “severance tax” or royalty paid to the state on oil and gas extracted from state land to 3.3 percent for oil and 3 percent for gas if these are produced using “enhanced recovery” technology, presumably including hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160030

House Bill 4886: Require lottery to solicit “management services” bids
Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on June 20, 2013, to require the state lottery to solicit bids for “lottery management services”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160031

House Bill 4887: Require all property tax millage votes be on November general election ballot
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on June 20, 2013, to require all property tax millage elections to be held on the November general election date, rather than the February, May or August election dates when voter turnout is far lower.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160032

House Bill 4888: Ban using credit scores in insurance pricing
Introduced by Rep. Theresa Abed (D) on June 20, 2013, to prohibit the use of an individual’s credit score by an insurance company to determine his or her insurance premium price.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160033

House Bill 4889: Increase drug trafficking penalties
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on June 20, 2013, to revise the state sentencing guidelines so they allow increased penalties for illegal drug convictions involving travel from another state with the intent to deliver.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160034


60 posted on 07/20/2013 3:54:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 459: Alternative to federal health care law Medicaid expansion (and more)
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on July 31, 2013, to revise state insurance regulations to facilitate “direct primary care” arrangements, potentially as an alternative to mandated conventional insurance under the federal health care law. The bill would also authorize the use of private health insurance “exchanges” as an alternative to the government version of these entities, which are the vehicle by which the federal law administers and distributes insurance subsidies to individuals. (Note: The Federal government has reportedly agreed to use the private “eHealthInsurance.com” company to perform this role by giving it access to the federal exchange data hub.)
“Direct primary care” is a “new-old” health care delivery model that uses contracts between individuals and a physician in which routine and preventative health care services are delivered for a low monthly fee payment. This reportedly saves money because it eliminates the costly administration of reimbursements from conventional third-party insurance companies.
Senate Bill 460 would convert the Medicaid health welfare program into a system that combines direct primary care services, a high-deductible insurance plan, and “gap” insurance or “deductible support” subsidies to cover the high deductibles for low income persons. Both bills were reported from committee at the same time as a Senate version of House Bill 4714 authorizing the expansion, so they can be available for consideration by the full Senate instead of the expansion.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160584

Senate Bill 460: Alternative to federal health care law Medicaid expansion
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on July 31, 2013, to convert the Medicaid health welfare program into a system that combines a “direct primary care services” model (see Senate Bill 459), a high-deductible insurance plan, and “gap” insurance or “deductible support” subsidies to cover the high deductibles for low income persons.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160586

House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion
Reported in the Senate on July 31, 2013, the Senate “work group” version of the bill. This would require the federal government to approve a program of health savings accounts, modest cost-sharing, and “healthy behavior incentives” for Medicaid recipients before the expansion could proceed. (State Medicaid officials testified in committee this “waiver” would probably be granted before the expansion’s Jan. 1, 2014 starting date.) Recipients would be enrolled in HMO-like managed care plans provided by hospitals that are granted state contracts for this.
The bill would also require the state to request federal permission to limit individuals covered by the expansion to 48 months on the program, and would supposedly terminate the benefits of some 400,000 individuals expected to be enrolled, and around $3 billion worth of federally-funded managed care contracts with hospitals, if permission was not granted by 2016.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159308

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61 posted on 08/02/2013 1:13:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 450: Give certain government employees property tax break
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on July 31, 2013, to grant a state income tax credit to teachers and public safety personnel who buy and move into a home in a run-down area that has been repossessed by the federal Housing and Urban Development agency and sold at a steep discount. Under a federal “Good Neighbor Next Door Program,” such purchase discounts are available only to these government employees. The bill would allow these buyers to cut their state income tax liability by the amount they owe each year in property tax. If the property tax amount is higher than their income tax liability the difference could not be “refunded,” however.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160591

Senate Bill 451: Authorize state child care subsidies and tax breaks
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on July 31, 2013, to authorize a “refundable” state income tax credit (essentially a cash subsidy in many cases) that would be a percentage of a federal income tax child care credit the individual can claim, with the percentage “means tested” on the basis of gross income (ranging from 110 percent for households with less than $25,000 income to 20 percent for those between $65,000 and $100,000).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160592

Senate Bill 452: Give in-state vendors “second chance” on state contracts
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on July 31, 2013, to establish that if a Michigan company is out-bid by an out-of-state company on a state contract, the state must give it 30 days to match or beat the lower bid.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160593

Senate Bill 453: Give in-state vendors “second chance” on state contracts
Introduced by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on July 31, 2013, to establish that if a Michigan company is out-bid by an out-of-state company on a state contract, the state must give it 30 days to match or beat the lower bid.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160594

Senate Bill 454: Ban sex offender’s participation in Halloween, birthday parties, etc.
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on July 31, 2013, to prohibit convicted sex offenders whose crime involved a minor from participating in Halloween costumes and “trick or treats,” children’s birthday parties, and similar non-holiday activities involving minors.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160595

Senate Bill 455: Mandate mental health insurance “parity”
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on July 31, 2013, to impose a new coverage mandate that would require health insurance companies to include in all their policies coverage for mental health treatment, and prohibit requiring a higher deductible or co-pay, or providing a lower benefit level, than those that apply to coverage for physical ailments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160596

Senate Bill 456: Mandate mental health insurance “parity”
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on July 31, 2013, to impose a new coverage mandate that would require Blue Cross Blue Shield to include in all their health insurance policies coverage for mental health treatment, and prohibit requiring a higher deductible or co-pay, or providing a lower benefit level, than those that apply to coverage for physical ailments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160597

Senate Bill 457: Authorize “second parent adoption”
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on July 31, 2013, to provide for “second parent adoption” in Michigan law. This is a legal procedure that allows a same-sex parent to adopt his or her partner’s biological or adoptive child without terminating the first parent’s legal status as a parent.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160598

Senate Bill 458: Give tax break to new oil refinery
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on July 31, 2013, to grant a 10 year property tax exemption to the owners of a new oil refinery that is built in Michigan.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160599

Senate Bill 461: Impose term limits on charter school boards
Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on July 31, 2013, to impose five-year “term limits” on charter school board members (but not on members of conventional school boards), after which they would be prohibited from being on the board again for 10 years. The bill also would require at least two parents be on the charter board, impose attendance requirements, require there be at least seven members on the board, and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160600


62 posted on 08/15/2013 4:50:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 422: Create new low-income medical welfare program
Failed 9 to 29 in the Senate on August 27, 2013, to create a new state medical welfare program that for a minimal monthly premium ($5 to $20) would provide insurance benefits to individuals below the federal poverty level who are not eligible for federal Medicaid subsidies (which mostly applies to childless adults). This is potentially an alternative to the Medicaid expansion portion of the federal health care law called “Obamacare” by most people.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=671997

House Bill 4132: Revise conservation district vacancy detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on August 27, 2013, to give the Department of Natural Resources the authority to appoint a person to fill a county conservation district board vacancy until the next annual meeting at which directors are selected. The bill also revises some other details related to these government entities.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=671988

House Bill 4541: Extend “Obsolete Property” tax break for particular developer
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on August 27, 2013, to revise the criteria in the law that authorizes tax breaks for the rehabilitation and reuse of “obsolete structures” in a way that will allow granting these tax breaks to a particular project. The bill would also require the state Tax Commission to post online information about applications for these tax break exceptions that are approved or disapproved, and also send this information to the legislators representing the area where an applicant is located.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=671991

House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on August 27, 2013, to expand Medicaid eligibility to families and childless adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which implements a key component of the federal health care law (aka “Obamacare”). Under that law, the feds are supposed to pay 100 percent of the expansion’s cost during the first three years, with the state responsible for not more than 10 percent of the costs starting in 2020.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672004

House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion
The motion failed 24 to 14 in the Senate on August 27, 2013, to give the bill immediate effect. Without a two-thirds majority on this vote, the Medicaid expansion cannot proceed until 90 days after the 2013 legislative session concludes at the end of the year. Under the federal health care law, the expansion is scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2014.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672005


63 posted on 08/28/2013 4:14:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Bill 4891: Earmark liquor tax money to prevention and treatment
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on July 18, 2013, to earmark a portion of liquor tax revenue to local drug and alcoholism prevention and treatment programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160373

House Bill 4892: Revise state contractor detail
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on July 18, 2013, to revise the procedures used when making partial progress payments to contractors on state construction projects. The bill would require these rather than just allow them, and establish deadlines and penalties for failures by the state to pay contractors in a timely manner.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160374

House Bill 4893: Revise child abuse investigation database details
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on July 18, 2013, to revise the rules for maintaining or expunging records of investigations contained in a central state registry of serious child abuse cases, and for notifications sent to individuals who are the targets of such investigations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160375

House Bill 4894: Mandate hours of school health education
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on July 18, 2013, to mandate that public schools provide at least 50 hours per year of “health education” to students in grades K to 8.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160376

House Bill 4895: Increase concealing stolen car penalties
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on July 18, 2013, to increase the penalty for second and subsequent convictions for concealing a stolen vehicle.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160377

House Bill 4896: Increase concealing stolen car penalties
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on July 18, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the increased penalties proposed by House Bill 4895 for second and subsequent convictions for concealing a stolen vehicle.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160378

House Bill 4897: Use state agency to “facilitate” creating Detroit futures exchange
Introduced by Rep. John Olumba (D) on July 18, 2013, to require the state financial and insurance regulation bureau to collaborate with other government agencies to “facilitate” creation of a Detroit “Mercantile and Commodities Exchange”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160379

House Bill 4898: Repeal state income tax
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on July 18, 2013, to repeal the state income tax, if voters approve. This bill would place the repeal on the ballot as a legislative initiative on the November 2014 general election.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160380

House Bill 4899: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
Introduced by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on July 18, 2013, to require the Department of Environmental Quality to hold a public hearing before issuing a permit for the extraction of natural gas or oil using “hydraulic fracturing,” if local politicians or residents request a hearing.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160381

House Bill 4900: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on July 18, 2013, to prohibit the extraction of natural gas using “hydraulic fracturing” unless a driller discloses extensive details on the particular well and the chemicals used in the process, applies for permission, is granted a permit by state environmental regulators and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160382

House Bill 4901: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on July 18, 2013, to require the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Natural Resources to jointly undertake a study of the public health, environmental, and natural resource impacts associated with the extraction of oil or gas from shale formations in this state, and detailing potential regulations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160383

House Bill 4902: Impose “fracking” pollution presumption
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on July 18, 2013, to establish a rebuttable presumption of legal liability, that any groundwater contamination “in the vicinity” of an oil or gas well using the hydraulic fracturing extraction process was caused by the chemicals used in that process.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160384

House Bill 4903: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
Introduced by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on July 18, 2013, to impose a groundwater withdrawal assessment regulatory regime and permit mandates on the use of “hydraulic fracturing” to extract natural gas and oil.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160385

House Bill 4904: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
Introduced by Rep. Gretchen Driskell (D) on July 18, 2013, to give counties and townships the power to regulate and possibly ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas through their zoning ordinances.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160386

House Bill 4906: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
Introduced by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on July 18, 2013, to increase from 450 feet to 1,000 feet the distance a gas or oil well must be kept from a residence, school, child care facility, hospital or park.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160388

House Bill 4907: Revise arson law details
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on July 18, 2013, to clarify wording in the state’s law against arson.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160389

House Bill 4908: Revise arson law details
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on July 18, 2013, to revise details of state sentencing guidelines for the crime of arson.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160390

House Bill 4909: Repeal ban on same-sex marriage
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on July 18, 2013, to eliminate the state ban on same-sex marriage. Enactment of the bill would require adoption of House Joint Resolution V or another constitutional amendment repealing this ban.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160391

House Bill 4910: Repeal ban on same-sex marriage
Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on July 18, 2013, to eliminate the state ban on same-sex marriage in a state “foreign marriage act.” Enactment of the bill would require adoption of House Joint Resolution V or another constitutional amendment repealing the ban on same-sex marriage.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160392

House Bill 4911: Require warrant to use or disclose cell phone GPS data
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on July 18, 2013, to prohibit law enforcement agents from using a cell phone GPS to obtain or disclose the location of an individual, unless they obtain a warrant or the person’s permission.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160393

House Bill 4912: Require warrant to use or disclose cell phone GPS data
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on July 18, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for violations of the prohibition proposed by House Bill 4911 of using a cell phone GPS to obtain or disclose the location of an individual without a warrant or the person’s permission.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160394

House Bill 4913: Limit SLAPP suits
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on July 18, 2013, to limit “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (SLAPP suits), which are filed against a person who communicates with a governmental unit, public official, or other person to seek relief, influence action, inform, communicate, and otherwise participate in the process of government. The bill would require a court to dismiss such a suit unless there was prima facie evidence that it was not initiated to deny constitutionally protected free speech, and the defendant was prohibited by law from disseminating the information, or the information was false or made with reckless regard for the truth. A defendant could collect damages of up to $5,000 if the plaintiff failed to meet these standards and the case was dismissed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160395

House Bill 4914: Require militarized police agency disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on July 18, 2013, to require law enforcement agencies with SWAT teams to file reports every six months disclosing the number of times these were deployed, where, the reason, the legal authority for the raid, the result, the number of arrests made if any, the type of evidence and property seized, whether a forcible entry was made, whether a weapon was discharged by a SWAT team member, and whether a person or pet was injured or killed by a SWAT team member.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160396

House Bill 4915: Extend sunset on crime victim’s rights fund earmark
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on July 18, 2013, to extend until October 2018 the sunset on a provision of the state crime victim’s rights fund earmarking money not used by the fund in any given year to pay instead for other law enforcement activities, such as maintaining the state sex offender registry, “Amber alert” programs, sex crime victim treatment services, lie detector tests and expert witness fees.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160397

House Bill 4916: Allow nonprofits to solicit money in the street
Introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on July 18, 2013, to permit individuals to solicit charitable donations in public a right-of-way (street) if this is permitted by the local government and if the money is being raised for a nonprofit 501c organization.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160398

House Bill 4917: Revise asbestos lawsuit detail
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on July 18, 2013, to require a claimant in an asbestos case to disclose any information related to prior claims for compensation from asbestos trust funds.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160399

House Bill 4918: Ban paying “bounties” to local parking enforcement “volunteers”
Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R) on August 2, 2013, to prohibit local governments from paying “bounties” to individuals participating in local volunteer parking meter enforcement programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160601

House Bill 4919: Authorize state spending to encourage governments to buy local produce
Introduced by Rep. Theresa Abed (D) on August 2, 2013, to authorize a new government program in which the state would spend money to encourage schools and other government entities to buy farm products that are grown, processed, or manufactured in this state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160602

House Bill 4920: Delay certain mandated large retailer use and sales tax prepayments
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on August 2, 2013, to postpone until 2015 a new law that increases the amount of use tax and sales tax prepayments large retailers are required to pay in advance to the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160603

House Bill 4921: Delay certain mandated large retailer use and sales tax prepayments
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on August 2, 2013, to postpone until 2015 a new law that increases the amount of use tax and sales tax prepayments large retailers are required to pay in advance to the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160604

House Bill 4922: Ban food stamps for beverage deposits
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on August 2, 2013, to prohibit using food stamps (“bridge cards”) to pay the deposit on beverage containers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160605

House Bill 4923: Name a highway after a fallen police officer
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on August 2, 2013, to designate a portion of I-94 in Van Buren county as the “Trooper Rick Johnson Memorial Highway”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160606

House Bill 4924: Expand allowable farmers market wine tastings
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on August 2, 2013, to allow larger winemakers to sell wine and hold wine tastings at farmers markets and special events under a recent law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160607

House Bill 4925: Authorize toll road and bridge “public/private partnerships”
Introduced by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on August 2, 2013, to authorize the state Department of Transportation to enter “public/private partnerships” for roads, bridges and other facilities, potentially including additional toll-charging lanes on freeways. The state could borrow against future revenues (“sell bonds”) to pay for these projects, which would be owned by the state, with the private vendor collecting user fees.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160608

House Bill 4926: Revise totaled vehicle title detail
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on August 2, 2013, to facilitate insurance companies getting salvage or scrap certificates of title on totaled vehicles from the Secretary of State if needed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160609


64 posted on 09/04/2013 3:59:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 389: Give high school diploma to Viet Nam veterans
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 3, 2013, to grant a high school diploma to veterans who did not graduate but joined the armed forces during Vietnam war.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672032

House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion
Passed 75 to 32 in the House on September 3, 2013, to concur with the comparatively minor changes the Senate made to the House-passed bill. This vote send the measure to the Governor for signature.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672074


65 posted on 09/04/2013 12:34:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 325: Establish a “uniform child abduction prevention act”
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 11, 2013, to create a “uniform child abduction prevention act” that would allow a court to order abduction prevention measures in a child-custody proceeding if evidence established a credible risk of the child being taken or retained in violation of custody or visitation rights. A court could also take physical custody of a child to prevent imminent abduction.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672246

Senate Bill 325: Establish a “uniform child abduction prevention act”
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 11, 2013, to create a “uniform child abduction prevention act” that would allow a court to order abduction prevention measures in a child-custody proceeding if evidence established a credible risk of the child being taken or retained in violation of custody or visitation rights. A court could also take physical custody of a child to prevent imminent abduction.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672243

House Bill 4732: Exempt roadside farm stands from building permit mandates
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 11, 2013, to exempt roadside farm stands from building code regulations and permit requirements. Specifically, to establish that they need not have plumbing and electricity.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672247


66 posted on 09/12/2013 12:10:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 237: Revise school vaccination age
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 12, 2013, to change from 6th grade to 7th grade the year in which public school students are required to have been given certain vaccinations (with specified exceptions).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672322

Senate Bill 238: Revise school vaccination age
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 12, 2013, to change from 6th grade to 7th grade the year in which public school students are required to have been given certain vaccinations (with specified exceptions).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672323

Senate Bill 239: Revise school vaccination age
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 12, 2013, to change from 6th grade to 7th grade the year in which public school students are required to have been given certain vaccinations (with specified exceptions).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672324

Senate Bill 257: Expand “Business Improvement Zone” tax-and-spend entities
Passed 77 to 31 in the House on September 12, 2013, to expand the items that a “Business Improvement Zone” can spend money on, increase from seven years to 10 years the time one of these zones can operate without reauthorization, revise voting rules in a way that (potentially) reduces the proportion of property owners in the district needed to impose a zone’s tax-and-spending powers, increase the proportion of owners needed to dissolve one, reduce notice and public meeting requirements required to establish a zone, allow the “zone” to sell services to particular property owners, increase penalties for not paying the “special assessments” these entities impose, and make other changes. These zones may be created by owners of a majority of the property in a certain area (not the same as the majority of owners), and have the power to impose property taxes (special assessments) to pay for the debt they incur to pay for projects that are supposed to benefit the property owners. Reportedly the city of Detroit is the main focus of the bill, but the “zones” are not limited to Detroit.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672295

Senate Bill 332: Exempt “natural fertilizer” from phosphate content restrictions
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 12, 2013, to exempt “natural fertilizer” from restrictions imposed by a 2010 law restricting spreading a fertilizer containing more than 0.5 percent of the plant nutrient “available phosphate” (p2o5) on a lawn, golf course or other grass.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672254

Senate Bill 347: Expand MSHDA developer subsidies
Passed 88 to 20 in the House on September 12, 2013, to empower the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to use money in reserve funds to “invest” (buy ownership interest) in companies or nonprofits whose “primary purpose is to acquire ownership interests in multifamily housing projects” (and not necessarily build new ones).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672297

Senate Bill 351: Clarify fertilizer use restrictions
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on September 12, 2013, to clarify that use of fertilizers and other soil conditioners which follows “generally accepted” agricultural and management practices at the time of use does not constitute a “release” of hazardous substances in violation of state regulations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672255

Senate Bill 354: Revise dog and cat euthanasia regulations
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 12, 2013, to require an animal control or protection shelter to use only injections of a commercially prepared solution for euthanizing a dog or cat.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672256

Senate Bill 373: Require pharmacy best practices pilot programs
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 12, 2013, to allow the Michigan Board of Pharmacy to establish a process for the approval of up to 25 pilot projects designed to provide better pharmacy products or more efficient pharmacy services.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672258

House Bill 4094: Prohibit penalty for hunts and game legally taken in another state
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on September 12, 2013, to explicitly establish in statute that “an individual shall not be prosecuted, punished, or penalized” by Michigan authorities for lawfully taking or possessing game animals taken in another state.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672253

House Bill 4786: Increase vital records fees
Passed 58 to 50 in the House on September 12, 2013, to increase the fees for obtaining copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates. The fee increases range from $4 to $15 per record, and the bill also authorizes an extra $25 fee for “expedited” service.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672298

House Bill 4787: Increase CON health facility rationing fees
Passed 82 to 26 in the House on September 12, 2013, to increase from $1,500 to $3,000 the “base” fee for a hospital or other health care providers seeking government permission to open or expand a health care facility, or add certain capital-intensive equipment (like MRIs), under an existing state “Certificate of Need” rationing regime. The bill would also authorize additional fee increases of $5,000 for large projects, $3,000 for “complex” projects, $500 for “letter of intent” reviews, and more. These fees would then be indexed to inflation so that legislative authorization would not be required for future fee hikes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672299

House Bill 4961: Increase state share of foster care rate increase cost
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 12, 2013, to require the Department of Human Services to pay all of a $3 administrative rate increase for private providers of foster care services as provided in the 2013-14 state budget, rather than half the amount (with counties responsible for the rest which is what current law requires).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672328


67 posted on 09/14/2013 1:44:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 462: Repeal ban on bars using liquor brand novelty items
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on August 27, 2013, to repeal an administrative ban on bars and restaurants “furnishing or using” novelty items with liquor brand logos.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160652

Senate Bill 463: Exempt “historic military vehicles” from displaying license plate
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 3, 2013, to no longer require license plates on a “historic military vehicle,” regardless of its size, weight, or age, if it was manufactured for use in any country’s military forces and is maintained to accurately represent the military design and markings.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160667

Senate Bill 464: Define breastfeeding woman as civil rights “protected class”
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on September 10, 2013, to include a woman who is breastfeeding in the protected classes in the state civil rights law. The bill would prohibit denying a breastfeeding woman “the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of a place of public accommodation,” and prohibit these places from having or posting a policy that a breastfeeding woman’s patronage or presence is “objectionable, unwelcome, unacceptable, or undesirable”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160731

Senate Bill 465: Adopt “uniform adult guardianship and protective proceedings jurisdiction act”
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on September 10, 2013, to revise details in the state “estates and protected individuals code” to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 466 to adopt a “uniform adult guardianship and protective proceedings jurisdiction act”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160732

Senate Bill 466: Adopt “uniform adult guardianship and protective proceedings jurisdiction act”
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on September 10, 2013, to adopt a “uniform adult guardianship and protective proceedings jurisdiction act” to address multi-state and international jurisdiction issues related to guardians appointed by a court to protect the interests of an incapacitated person.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160733

Senate Bill 467: Repeal voter photo ID law by allowing non-photo IDs
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on September 10, 2013, to essentially repeal the law requiring an individual to show a photo identification card when voting, and instead allow voting with just a current pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, work or school ID card, welfare “bridge card,” unemployment benefits debit card and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160734

Senate Bill 468: Ban non-ferrous metal sales without sheriff’s permission
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on September 10, 2013, to prohibit transporting or selling nonferrous metal a unless a person gets permission from the county sheriff, except for employees of government agencies and certain types of contractor specified in the bill, subject to fines of up to $1,000.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160735

Senate Bill 469: Ban non-ferrous metal sales without sheriff’s permission
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on September 10, 2013, to require second hand dealers to verify that a seller of nonferrous metal has the sheriff’s permission that Senate Bill 468 would mandate, and impose additional record keeping requirements on these dealers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160736

Senate Bill 470: Create scrap metal theft offenders registry
Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on September 10, 2013, to require an individual convicted for stealing scrap metal and related offenses to register on a state “scrap metal offenders registry” and pay an extra $50 for this. Scrap metal dealers would have to check sellers against this registry before buying metal from them, and would have a $1 fee per transaction imposed on their scrap metal purchases.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160737

Senate Bill 471: Restrict releasing juvenile criminal history record information
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 10, 2013, to restrict law enforcement agencies from disseminating juvenile criminal history record information.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160738

Senate Bill 472: Revise state survey and remonumentation commission details
Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on September 10, 2013, to revise details of the law that authorizes a state survey and remonumentation commission, including its duties and some definitions related to corner and landmark markers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160739

Senate Bill 473: Exempt some government housing program firms from income tax withholding
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on September 10, 2013, to not impose income tax withholding mandates on companies involved in certain government housing programs if this would violate the terms of those programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160740

Senate Bill 474: Impose new regulations on “petroleum coke”
Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young (D) on September 10, 2013, to impose new regulations on the storage of “petroleum coke” (“pet coke”). This is related to a Marathon Oil refinery expansion in Detroit.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160741

Senate Bill 475: Establish trampoline court regulations
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on September 10, 2013, to establish standards and regulations for trampoline courts and operators, and grant limited immunity from lawsuits if these are followed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160742

Senate Bill 476: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on September 11, 2013, to repeal a law that imposes a registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160755

Senate Bill 477: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on September 11, 2013, to repeal a law that imposes a registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers. This bill repeals various fee mandates.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160756

Senate Bill 478: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on September 11, 2013, to revise references to snowmobile dealers in the state environmental law so as to reflect the provisions of Senate Bill 476, which would repeal a law that imposes a registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160757

Senate Bill 479: Repeal interior designer registration
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on September 11, 2013, to repeal a law that establishes a government interior designer registry and makes it available to state or local government agencies, and rescind related administrative regulations. 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160758

Senate Bill 480: Repeal “proprietary school solicitor” regulations
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on September 11, 2013, to repeal state regulations on “proprietary school solicitors.” This refers to private trade schools, business schools and correspondence schools.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160759

House Bill 4927: Let adoption agencies refuse adoptions that violate moral convictions
Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on August 28, 2013, to specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption agency) is not required to assist or participate in an adoption that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a homosexual.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160653

House Bill 4928: Lwr adoption agencies refuse adoptions that violate moral convictions
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on August 28, 2013, to specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption agency) is not required to assist or participate in an adoption that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a homosexual.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160654

House Bill 4929: Revise timber harvest revenue detail
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on August 28, 2013, to allow money held by a state “Forest Finance Authority” (which includes revenue from timber harvesting on state land) to be given to local governments for fighting forest fires on state land.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160655

House Bill 4930: Repeal club emblem vehicle display ban
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on August 28, 2013, to repeal a law that bans displaying the emblem or insignia of any organization, association, fraternity, lodge, club or order on a vehicle unless the vehicle owner belongs to the organization.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160656

House Bill 4931: Ban unauthorized interception of electronic communications
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on August 28, 2013, to prohibit and authorize penalties for the unauthorized interception or tracing of a broad range of electronic communications and information technologies, and for producing or possessing a device intended to do this, with certain exceptions allowing service providers to operate their networks. The bill would require the state Supreme Court to appoint five circuit and appeals court judges as “judges of competent jurisdiction” empowered to authorize warrants for law enforcement agencies to intercept communications covered by the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160657

House Bill 4932: Ban unauthorized interception of electronic communications
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on August 28, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the penalties proposed by House Bill 4931 for the unauthorized interception or tracing of a broad range of electronic communications and information technologies.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160658

House Bill 4933: Revise out-of-state lawyer reciprocity law
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on August 28, 2013, to eliminate a provision that only allows a lawyer who is a “member of the bar” in another state to practice law in Michigan if the individual intends to “maintain an office” or teach law full time here.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160659

House Bill 4934: Retroactively grant subsidy to particular developer
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on August 28, 2013, to retroactively convert the remaining portion of a selective “historical preservation” tax break granted to a particular developer into an outright cash subsidy from the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160660

House Bill 4935: Increase sanctions for certain liquor license law violations
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on August 28, 2013, to increase the penalties and licensing sanctions for certain liquor license law violations deemed by the bill to be “critical” violations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160661

House Bill 4936: Redesignate a highway
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on August 28, 2013, to designate a portion of U.S. 127 in Clinton County as the “Tim Sanborn Memorial Highway”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160662

House Bill 4937: Revise utility regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on August 28, 2013, to repeal a requirement that gas and electric utilities must periodically disburse money from an “uncollectibles allowance recovery fund” they are required to maintain to a state fund that makes air pollution reduction grants.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160663

House Bill 4938: Repeal voter photo ID law by allowing non-photo IDs
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on September 3, 2013, to essentially repeal the law requiring an individual to show a photo identification card when voting, and instead allow voting with just a current pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, work or school ID card, welfare “bridge card” or unemployment benefits debit card, and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160683

House Bill 4939: Revise “incompatible offices” detail
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on September 3, 2013, to revise the law on incompatible public offices to allow the head of a department in a city with less than 50,000 people to also serve as the city manager.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160684

House Bill 4940: Repeal ban on paying child abuse task force members
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on September 3, 2013, to repeal a prohibition on paying members of a state child abuse prevention task force created by a 2012 law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160685

House Bill 4941: Revise nurse license reciprocity detail
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on September 4, 2013, to repeal a January 1, 2012 expiration date for the state nursing licensure board to extend reciprocity to a nurse licensed by an equivalent licensing board or authority in Canada.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160702

House Bill 4942: Establish “carbon dioxide sequestration” regulations
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 4, 2013, to establish regulations and impose bonding or other financial surety requirements on operators of underground carbon dioxide sequestration facilities. Sequestration is the injection of CO2 into wells deep in the ground, and is a technique being investigated to use mainly in conjunction with coal burning power plants to mitigate the possibility of global warming caused by the release of CO2 into the atmosphere.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160703

House Bill 4943: Establish “carbon dioxide sequestration” regulations
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 4, 2013, to establish regulations and impose bonding or other financial surety requirements on operators of underground carbon dioxide sequestration facilities. Sequestration is the injection of CO2 into wells deep in the ground, and is a technique being investigated to use mainly in conjunction with coal burning power plants to mitigate the possibility of global warming caused by the release of CO2 into the atmosphere.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160704

House Bill 4944: Establish “carbon dioxide sequestration” regulations
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 4, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the crime of making false statements regarding carbon sequestration regulations proposed by House Bill 4943.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160705

House Bill 4945: Ban emergency manager conflict of interest contracts
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 4, 2013, to prohibit an emergency manager appointed by the state to oversee a fiscally failed school district or local government from authorizing a contract in which the manager or a family member have a financial interest, with certain specific exceptions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160706

House Bill 4946: Ban propane tanks within 50 feet of store
Introduced in the House on September 4, 2013, to prohibit storing propane or LP gas within 50 feet of a building that is open to the public. Among other things this would potentially restrict propane tank swap services that have become available at many retail locations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160707

House Bill 4947: Establish procedures for legislative candidate withdrawal or death
Introduced by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on September 4, 2013, to establish that if a major party candidate in a state legislator race dies, withdraws, moves or becomes ineligible after the primary election and before the general election, then the general election would be postponed, a special election would be held on the next regular election date (in February), and a new candidate would be selected by the political party’s county committees in the affected district under procedures specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160708

House Bill 4948: Restrict releasing juvenile criminal history records
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on September 4, 2013, to restrict law enforcement agencies from disseminating juvenile criminal history record information.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160709

House Bill 4949: Unemployment insurance reform package
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 4, 2013, to increase the potential sanctions for taking unemployment benefits to which a person is not entitled.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160710

House Bill 4950: Unemployment insurance reform package
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 4, 2013, to potentially increase the unemployment insurance assessments (payroll tax) on an employer who fails to provide a timely notice to the state unemployment agency that a person has been fired rather than laid off, and so is not eligible for benefits.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160711

House Bill 4951: Unemployment insurance reform package
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 4, 2013, to revise the allocation of money recovered from unemployment benefit fraud investigations to various government funds.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160712

House Bill 4952: Unemployment insurance reform package
Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on September 4, 2013, to make 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=160713

House Bill 4953: Unemployment insurance reform package
Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on September 4, 2013, to potentially increase the unemployment payroll tax on an employer who fails to provide a timely notice to the state unemployment agency that a person has been fired, not laid off, and so is not eligible for benefits.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160714

House Bill 4954: Unemployment insurance reform package
Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on September 4, 2013, to revise the allocation of money recovered from unemployment benefit fraud investigations to various government funds.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160715

House Bill 4955: Ban schools denying “dual enrollment”
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 4, 2013, to prohibit a school district or a private school from denying an eligible student’s request to enroll in “dual enrollment” programs that let students get credit for taking college courses, with the state or school district paying all or part of the cost.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160716

House Bill 4956: Mandate state give unused facilities to public schools
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 4, 2013, to require the state to give unused state facilities to a public school that wants to use them for instructional purposes. Specifically, the state would have to sell or lease the facility for $1, or $1 per year. The school would be responsible for all “direct expenses” related to the facility, but not the state’s debt service payments (if any).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160717

House Bill 4957: Rename Cut River gorge bridge
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 4, 2013, to designate the bridge on U.S. 2 over the Cut River gorge west of the Straits of Mackinac as the “Heath Michael Robinson Memorial Bridge”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160718

House Bill 4958: Prohibit unemployment benefits for legal aliens on work visa
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 4, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160719

House Bill 4959: Exempt drivers on Medicare from unlimited personal injury insurance mandate
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on September 4, 2013, to no longer require drivers age 65 and older (who are eligible for federal Medicare health benefits) to purchase the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage mandated by Michigan’s no-fault insurance law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160720

House Bill 4960: Revise charitable “millionaire party” gambling regulations
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on September 4, 2013, revise the law governing charitable “millionaire party” gambling operations that include casino games. The bill would reverse some restrictions recently placed on the operations by the state lottery commission, but also extend to their operators certain regulations and restrictions that apply to casino operators.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160721


68 posted on 09/15/2013 6:33:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 481: Repeal registration mandate on foresters
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on September 11, 2013, to repeal a registration mandate imposed on foresters.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160760

Senate Bill 482: Repeal registration mandate on foresters
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on September 11, 2013, to repeal a registration mandate imposed on foresters. This bill amends a related law authorizing tax breaks for certain forest property owners.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160761

Senate Bill 483: Repeal registration mandate on foresters
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on September 11, 2013, to repeal a registration mandate imposed on foresters. This bill amends a related law authorizing tax breaks for certain forest property owners.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160762

Senate Bill 484: Repeal registration mandate on foresters
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on September 11, 2013, to repeal a registration mandate imposed on foresters. This bill repeals associated fees.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160763

Senate Bill 485: Establish state “unclaimed body program”
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 11, 2013, to require Department of Community Health to establish an “unclaimed body program” that would refer unclaimed bodies either to medical schools or to “preferred provider” funeral homes in different counties, who would be paid to supervise the final disposition according to standards and procedures specified or authorized in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160764

Senate Bill 486: Prohibit seven-day work weeks
Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on September 11, 2013, to mandate that employers must give employees “at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every calendar week,” with some exceptions. The bill would also impose a related record-keeping mandate on employers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160765

Senate Bill 487: Expand scrap metal sales regulatory regime
Introduced by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on September 12, 2013, to expand the scope of a 2008 law that imposed regulations and record keeping requirements on scrap metal dealers who buy and sell copper, brass, aluminum, bronze, lead, zinc, or nickel. The bill would extend these regulations to ferrous metal (scrap iron) transactions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160766

Senate Bill 488: Expand scrap metal sales regulatory regime
Introduced by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on September 12, 2013, to extend criminal penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine for stealing nonferrous metal to also apply to thefts of scrap iron.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160767

Senate Bill 489: Revise “personal property tax” reform details
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on September 12, 2013, to revise details of a 2012 law that exempts up to $80,000 worth ($40,000 in “taxable value”) of tools and equipment owned or leased by a business in a particular jurisdiction from a “personal property tax” that imposes annual property taxes on business tools and equipment. The bill would empower local assessors to retroactively deny exemptions for the three past years; authorize criminal penalties for claiming the exemption on ineligible property; revise details of the definition of what property is eligible; revise procedures for claiming the exemption; impose new record-keeping requirements on businesses; and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160768

Senate Bill 490: Revise “personal property tax” reform details
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on September 12, 2013, to revise details of a 2012 law that gradually phases out a so-called “personal property tax” that imposes annual property taxes on tools and equipment owned by “industrial” firms. The bill would revise details of the definition of what property is taxable and what business operations are considered “industrial”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160769

Senate Bill 491: Restrict licensing golf carts for on-road travel
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on September 12, 2013, to prohibit licensing a vehicle that is manufactured exclusively for off-road use for on-road travel, including golf carts, unless the manufacturer certifies in writing that it may be modified for use on roads.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160770

Senate Bill 492: Revise kindergarten minimum age detail
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 12, 2013, to extend to “schools of choice” students (who attend a public school outside the district to which they are assigned) a 2012 law that requires children to be age 5 by Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten, rather than by Dec. 1 under current law. The date change is phased-in over three years.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160771

House Bill 4962
Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on September 10, 2013, to mandate that hospitals give mothers a copy of a pamphlet on the risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome and sudden unexpected infant death ( SIDS and SUID) and require parents to sign a statement acknowledging that they were given the pamphlet. This would also apply to a health professional in charge of a birth outside of a hospital or “in charge of the care of a newborn.” The Department of Community Health would be responsible for producing the pamphlets, and for producing a “safe sleep” video.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160750

House Bill 4963: Name ceremonial Capitol governor’s office after John Engler
Introduced by Rep. Pete Lund (R) on September 10, 2013, to name the ceremonial governor’s office in the state Capitol after former Gov. John Engler.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160751

House Bill 4964: Authorize automatic government employee 401(k) enrollments
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on September 10, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160752

House Bill 4965: Impose tax on horse-drawn vehicles
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on September 12, 2013, to empower counties to impose a registration fee (tax) of up to $50 on horse-drawn vehicles. A vote of the people would be required.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160775

House Bill 4966: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on September 12, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160776

House Bill 4967: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 12, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160777

House Bill 4968: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on September 12, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160778

House Bill 4969: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R) on September 12, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160779

House Bill 4970: Require license to install residential lifts
Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on September 12, 2013, to require a licensed “residential maintenance and repair” contractor to get a separate license to install a “residential lift.” The contractor would have to be certified by the manufacturer, pay fees to be determined by the state’s occupational licensure bureau, and be deemed by that agency to be “qualified.” Residential lifts can include one-story stair-climbing machines for elderly or handicapped individuals. This is connected to House Bill 4971 which would exempt residential lift installers from the more comprehensive licensure and regulatory regime that applies to regular elevator contractors.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160780

House Bill 4971: Require license to install residential lifts
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on September 12, 2013, to exempt residential lift installers from the comprehensive licensure and regulatory regime that applies to regular elevator contractors. Residential repair contractors would be subject to a less onerous regulatory regime imposed by House Bill 4970.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160781

House Bill 4972: Prohibit state board adoption of “Next Generation Science Standards”
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on September 12, 2013, to prohibit the state Board of Education from adopting a “Next Generation Science Standards” model curriculum created by a nonprofit entity called “Achieve, Inc.” or basing state tests on them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160782

House Bill 4973: Cut income tax if Congress authorizes state “internet sales tax”
Introduced by Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 12, 2013, to reduce the state income tax to 4.05 percent if Congress passes a law that allows states to collect sales tax from out-of-state merchants.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160783


69 posted on 09/18/2013 5:28:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 276: Require community service work by welfare recipients
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 18, 2013, to require welfare recipients to perform community service if they are not already required to participate in welfare-related work or training programs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672440

Senate Bill 409: Revise first degree murder detail
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on September 18, 2013, 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=672436

House Bill 4525: Revise sentencing guidelines for arson
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on September 18, 2013, to revise the state sentencing guidelines in a way that authorizes more severe penalties for arson and some other recently enacted crimes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672437


70 posted on 09/20/2013 8:29:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 126: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
The amendment failed 11 to 25 in the Senate on September 19, 2013, to repeal a provision of the current state budget that prohibits spending money to implement a “common core standards” curriculum promoted an entity associated with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672492

Senate Bill 126: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
The amendment failed 12 to 24 in the Senate on September 19, 2013, to spend $340,000 on a “pre-college engineering” program in Detroit and Grand Rapids high schools. This spending was line-item vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder in the 2013-2014 budget.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672493

Senate Bill 126: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on September 19, 2013, to appropriate $747,300 for a dock renovation project at Port Austin State Harbor in Huron County, and revise details of other previously-appropriated money and projects.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672494

Senate Bill 162: Revise criminal plot prosecution venue detail
Passed 101 to 3 in the House on September 19, 2013, to authorize prosecuting felonies committed in another county if they are part of a plot to commit a crime in the prosecution venue.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672536

Senate Bill 489: Revise “personal property tax” reform details
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 19, 2013, to revise details of a 2012 law that exempts from “personal property tax” up to $80,000 ($40,000 in “taxable value”) worth of tools and equipment owned or leased by a business in a particular jurisdiction. This tax imposes annual property taxes on business tools and equipment. The bill would empower local assessors to retroactively deny exemptions for the three past years; authorize criminal penalties for claiming the exemption on ineligible property; revise details of the definition of what property is eligible; revise procedures for claiming the exemption; impose new record-keeping requirements on businesses; and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672490

Senate Bill 490: Revise “personal property tax” reform details
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 19, 2013, to revise details of a 2012 law that gradually phases out a so-called “personal property tax” that imposes annual property taxes on tools and equipment owned by “industrial” firms. The bill would revise details of the definition of what property is taxable and what business operations are considered “industrial”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672491

House Bill 4229: Appropriations: Supplemental school aid budget
Passed 104 to 0 in the House on September 19, 2013, to adopt a number of technical revisions to instructions to state departments (”boilerplate language”) contained in the previously-enacted 2013-2014 state budget.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672533

House Bill 4636: Clarify criminal restitution detail
Passed 104 to 0 in the House on September 19, 2013, to clarify wording in a law that requires convicted criminals to pay restitution to the victim, or if the victim dies, to his or her estate.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672535

House Bill 4694: Authorize “mental health courts”
Passed 104 to 0 in the House on September 19, 2013, to authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by an agreement that includes a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill establishes criteria for a defendant being allowed to participate; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672538

House Bill 4695: Authorize “mental health courts”
Passed 103 to 1 in the House on September 19, 2013, to authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by a prescribed mental health treatment program.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672539

House Bill 4696: Authorize “mental health courts”
Passed 104 to 0 in the House on September 19, 2013, to authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill establishes procedures and duties for both the defendant and the court, including making available and accepting related mental health services; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672540

House Bill 4833: Increase election recount deposit requirement
Passed 95 to 9 in the House on September 19, 2013, to increase the money deposit a candidate must make to get an election recount from $10 to $25 per precinct, and to $125 per precinct if the election wasn’t close (within 50 votes or 0.5 percent).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672537


71 posted on 09/20/2013 1:13:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 493: Preempt local amateur radio restrictions
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit local ordinances that preclude federally licensed amateur radio service communications, or that do not comply with Federal Communications Commission rules, or that unreasonably restrict antennas up to 90 feet tall.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160814

Senate Bill 494: Repeal licensure of “community planners”
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 17, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160815

Senate Bill 495: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on September 17, 2013, 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=160816

Senate Bill 496: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit a state agency from imposing any new increase in local government services or activities unless the legislature has appropriated money to pay for it. Along with Senate Bill 495 this bill would establish an administrative process to restrict such impositions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160817

Senate Bill 497: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on September 17, 2013, 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=160818

Senate Bill 498: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on September 17, 2013, 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=160819

Senate Bill 499: Revise human trafficking crime details
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on September 17, 2013, to require the State Police to maintain a toll-free number to take confidential reports of human trafficking violations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160820

Senate Bill 500: Revise human trafficking crime details
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on September 17, 2013, to require that half the money raised from the sale of assets forfeited due to human trafficking violations must be deposited into a state fund proposed by Senate Bill 499 to pay for a toll-free number to take confidential reports of human trafficking violations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160825

Senate Bill 501: Mandate reporting of human trafficking violations
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on September 17, 2013, to require a person who knows of a human trafficking crime being committed to report this, subject to up 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160826

Senate Bill 502: Revise human trafficking crime details
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on September 17, 2013, to require that individuals convicted under the state’s human trafficking law, or for enticing or requiring a person to become a prostitute, must register on the state’s sex offender registry.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160827

Senate Bill 503: Revise human trafficking crime details
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on September 17, 2013, to restrict questioning a crime victim about past prostitution violations, with some specified exceptions, and establish procedures if an alleged violator wants to raise such questions in court.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160828

Senate Bill 504: Revise liquor license law details
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on September 17, 2013, to establish that rules, orders, bulletins, declaratory rulings, or other administrative directives issued by the state Liquor Control Commission are void and not enforceable if they are not consistent with state liquor control laws, or do not “protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160829

Senate Bill 505: Revise liquor license law details
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on September 17, 2013, to explicitly allow liquor manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to provide bars, restaurants and retailers with advertising items that promote their brands; and repeal Liquor Control Commission regulations promulgated in 2013 restricting this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160830

Senate Bill 506: Revise liquor license law details
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit requiring brewers and beer wholesalers from having to pay a state beer tax more than once every three months.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160831

Senate Bill 507: Revise liquor license law details
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit requiring wineries, liquor makers or their wholesalers from having to pay a state wine or liquor tax more than once every three months. The bill also revises details of which entities are required to deliver the tax.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160832

Senate Bill 508: Revise home-related use tax detail
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on September 17, 2013, to extend by one additional year into the past a 2012 law that clarified the applicability of the state use tax on “a manufacturer that affixes its product to real estate,” retroactive to 2006.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160833

Senate Bill 509: Authorize new state Senate office building
Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on September 17, 2013, to authorize the sale of the Farnum Senate office building in Lansing and construction of a new building for Senators’ offices.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160834

Senate Bill 510: Exempt drivers on Medicare from unlimited personal injury insurance mandate
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on September 18, 2013, to no longer require drivers age 65 and older (who are eligible for federal Medicare health benefits) to purchase the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage mandated by Michigan’s no-fault insurance law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160835

Senate Bill 511: Revise property tax assessment detail
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on September 18, 2013, to establish that in assessing a property’s value for property tax purposes, “if the existing use is financially feasible and is more profitable than modification or redevelopment,” then it should be considered the “highest and best use of the property” and used to determine the true cash value.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160836

Senate Bill 512: Repeal licensure of landscape architects
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on September 18, 2013, to repeal the licensure mandate imposed on landscape architects. This bill repeals the license fees, and Senate Bill 513 repeals the mandate.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160837

Senate Bill 513: Repeal licensure of landscape architects
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on September 18, 2013, to repeal the licensure mandate imposed on landscape architects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160838

Senate Bill 514: Repeal licensure of respiratory care therapists
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on September 18, 2013, to repeal the licensure mandate imposed on respiratory care therapists.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160839

House Bill 4974: Require property assessments more quickly reflect market declines
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on September 17, 2013, to place in statute the provisions of the constitutional amendment proposed by House Joint Resolution Y, which would revise details of the Proposal A property tax assessment cap. Specifically, if a property’s assessed value has decreased, or has increased by less than both the rate of inflation level and 5 percent, then the owner’s “taxable value” in the immediately succeeding must be the same as the previous year. Currently, assessors use a “moving average” of a property’s value over several years, so if values go down an owner could still be assessed more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160786

House Bill 4975: Authorize auto insurance rebate mandate and lawsuits
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on September 17, 2013, to establish that if the state insurance bureau has determined that an insurer has overcharged on an auto insurance policy, then the bureau can order rebates. Also, to establish that customers can sue the insurer for a rebate even if the insurance bureau has not determined there was an overcharge.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160787

House Bill 4976: Authorize auto insurance rebate mandate
Introduced by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on September 17, 2013, to mandate that auto insurance companies must rebate the amount of additional premiums they charged a person for having traffic violation “points” on their record once the points have expired (two years after the violation).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160788

House Bill 4977: Revise property tax assessment detail
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on September 17, 2013, to establish that in assessing a property’s value for property tax purposes, “if the existing use is financially feasible and is more profitable than modification or redevelopment,” then it should be considered the “highest and best use of the property” and used to determine the true cash value.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160789

House Bill 4978: Mandate businesses restrict smoking outside the premises
Introduced by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on September 17, 2013, to mandate that a business must prohibit people from smoking within 15 feet of entrances, exits, open windows, and ventilation systems, and allow local governments to extend this mandate to a greater distance.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160790

House Bill 4979: Revise regulations on local “medical control authorities”
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit the medical directors of state-authorized “medical control authorities” responsible for establishing certain patient treatment mandate protocols on local hospitals from being affiliated with or receiving any benefits from the hospitals and surgery centers within the authority’s jurisdiction.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160791

House Bill 4980: Revise regulations on local “medical control authorities”
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on September 17, 2013, to require the state-authorized “medical control authorities” responsible for establishing certain treatment protocols in an area with a population of 500,000 or more to adopt protocols that ensure ambulances are dispatched and respond in “a reasonable time.” The term “reasonable time” is not defined in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160792

House Bill 4981: Restrict police use of automated license plate readers
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on September 17, 2013, to restrict the use by law enforcement of automated license plate readers unless they are used for a specified (but broad) range of law enforcement purposes, and require the data accumulated by these devices to be purged from the system within 48 hours unless it is related to an active investigation. The allowable uses include activities related to stolen vehicles; individuals who are wanted or missing; individuals who missed required court appearances or who have criminal warrants; people driving on suspended or revoked drivers licenses; criminal suspects; commercial trucking enforcement; investigative surveillance for a specific criminal case; and license plate canvasses in homicides, shootings, or other major crimes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160793

House Bill 4982: Authorize year-round school pilot program
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on September 17, 2013, to earmark $10 million in school aid money to establish year-round school district pilot programs in low income (“at risk”) schools.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160794

House Bill 4983: Revise regulations on local “medical control authorities”
Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit the state-authorized “medical control authorities” responsible for establishing certain treatment protocols in an area from entering into an agreement with a life support agency or emergency medical services personnel within its region unless the agreement is in writing.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160795

House Bill 4984: Revise local 9-1-1 service detail
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on September 17, 2013, to revise details of the procedures used by local 9-1-1systems to determine which public safety service unit is closest to a request for public safety service.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160796

House Bill 4985: Redesignate a road
Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on September 17, 2013, to designate a portion of portion M-153 in Wayne County as the “Firefighter Brian Woehlke Memorial Highway”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160797

House Bill 4986: Ban school discrimination based on student religious expression
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit a public school from discriminating against a student or parent on the basis of their religious viewpoint or expression. Schools would have to treat a student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint no differently that the expression of a secular viewpoint.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160798

House Bill 4987: Give fallen soldiers’ families free state park passes
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on September 17, 2013, to not charge the spouse, parent, sibling, or child of a member of the armed services who died during combat for the state park “passport” that is an option when paying for annual license plate renewals. These fallen soldier relatives are eligible for a “gold star” license plate authorized by a 2011 law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160799

House Bill 4988: Give fallen soldiers’ families free state park passes
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on September 17, 2013, to not charge the spouse, parent, sibling, or child of a member of the armed services who died during combat for the state park “passport” that is an option when paying for annual license plate renewals. These fallen soldier relatives are eligible for a “gold star” license plate authorized by a 2011 law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160800

House Bill 4989: Authorize discounted agricultural truck license plate
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on September 17, 2013, to authorize a special license plate for trucks providing agricultural services to farm operations, for which an owner would only have to pay a one-time tax of $500 rather than annual renewal fees.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160801

House Bill 4990: Establish state “unclaimed body program”
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on September 17, 2013, to require Department of Community Health to establish an “unclaimed body program” that would refer unclaimed bodies either to medical schools or to “preferred provider” funeral homes in different counties, who would be paid to supervise the final disposition according to standards and procedures specified or authorized in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160802

House Bill 4991: Let adoption agencies refuse adoptions that violate moral convictions
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on September 17, 2013, to specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption agency or foster care service) is not required to assist or participate in an adoption or placement that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a homosexual.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160803


72 posted on 09/24/2013 3:21:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 76: Ban sex offender loitering near day care center
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 25, 2013, to prohibit a person on the state sex offender registry from loitering within 1,000 feet of day care center.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672680

Senate Bill 77: Ban sex offender loitering near day care center
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 25, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the ban proposed by Senate Bill 76 on a person on the state sex offender registry loitering within 1,000 feet of day care center.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672682

Senate Bill 227: Facilitate continued Detroit “neighborhood enterprise zone” tax breaks
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on September 25, 2013, to amend a law which currently authorizes certain “neighborhood enterprise zone” property tax breaks to a particular developer’s project in a city with a population greater than 750,000 (Detroit), by lowering this population threshold to 600,000.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672679

House Bill 4585: Authorize paperless architect, engineer and surveyor filings
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on September 25, 2013, to authorize the use by architects, professional engineers, and surveyors of electronic versions of the official “seals” that attest their licensed status on documents that they file electronically with public authorities.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672721

House Bill 4613: Establish dead tenant procedures for landlords
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on September 25, 2013, to establish specific property entry procedures and notice requirements to be followed by a landlord who believes a tenant has died. Also, to shorten the statute of limitations on a tenant suing a landlord for unlawfully interfering with the premises.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672683

House Bill 4930: Repeal club emblem vehicle display ban
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on September 25, 2013, to repeal a law that bans displaying the emblem or insignia of any organization, association, fraternity, lodge or club on a vehicle unless the vehicle owner belongs to the organization.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672723

House Bill 4937: Revise utility regulation detail
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on September 25, 2013, to repeal a requirement that gas and electric utilities must periodically disburse money from an “uncollectibles allowance recovery fund” they are required to maintain to a state fund that is supposed to make air pollution reduction grants. According to the House Fiscal Agency the “uncollectibles” funds never accumulated much money, and so the state fund has not made any grants.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672722


73 posted on 09/27/2013 5:28:27 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Concurrent Resolution 11: Authorize adoption of “Common Core” school standards
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 26, 2013, to strip out a provision added in committee that would require the Governor, legislators and school district officials to take tests based on the standards.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160886

House Concurrent Resolution 11: Authorize adoption of “Common Core” school standards
Passed 85 to 21 in the House on September 26, 2013, to authorize the State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education to spend money to implement “Common Core” curriculum promoted by an entity associated with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, subject to various restrictions and conditions specified in the resolution. The authorization does not apply to an associated student testing regime.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672823

Senate Bill 126: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Passed 104 to 2 in the House on September 26, 2013, to appropriate $747,300 for a dock renovation project at Port Austin State Harbor in Huron County, and revise details of other previously-appropriated money and projects.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672817

Senate Bill 311: Increase tobacco sale to & possession by minors penalties
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to increase the penalties for selling tobacco to minors, from $50 to $100 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. The increased penalties would also apply to a minor who tries to buy or who possesses tobacco.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672780

Senate Bill 397: Expand a corporate/developer subsidy regime
Passed 33 to 4 in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to authorize creation of a sixth “Next Michigan Development Corporation,” which is a government agency that gives tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers selected by political appointees on the entity’s board for projects meeting extremely broad “multi-modal commerce” criteria (basically, any form of goods-related commerce). The new entity would be in the Upper Peninsula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672781

Senate Bill 398: Expand a corporate/developer subsidy regime
Passed 33 to 4 in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to authorize creation of a sixth “Next Michigan Development Corporation,” which is a government agency that gives tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers selected by political appointees on the entity’s board for projects meeting extremely broad “multi-modal commerce” criteria (basically, any form of goods-related commerce).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672782

House Bill 4229: Appropriations: Supplemental school aid budget
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to revise details of student test tracking related to high school students in “middle college” programs, which allow them to take some college courses in high school. The amendment would allow the public high school to “count” these students’ test scores in their overall student progress assessments for purposes of meeting various state and federal requirements.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=154243

House Bill 4229: Appropriations: Supplemental school aid budget
The amendment failed 16 to 21 in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to increase public school spending by $100 per-student.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672783

House Bill 4229: Appropriations: Supplemental school aid budget
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to adopt a number of technical revisions to instructions to state departments (”boilerplate language”) contained in the previously-enacted 2013-2014 state budget.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672784

House Bill 4344: Revise special Detroit powers population threshold
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to revise the population threshold in a law that gives Detroit the power to define a fire arson investigator as a police officer. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by granting certain privileges or exemptions to “a city with a population greater than 1 million,” later revised to 900,000, and then 750,000. This bill changes that to 600,000. Also, to establish that the Detroit Chief of Police is automatically deemed to be a state certified peace officer, and extend certification to an person employed as a police officer in another state within the past year if that state has certification standards substantially the same as Michigan’s.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672785

House Bill 4949: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 102 to 4 in the House on September 26, 2013, to increase the potential sanctions for taking unemployment benefits to which a person is not entitled.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672811

House Bill 4950: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 103 to 3 in the House on September 26, 2013, to potentially increase the unemployment insurance assessments (payroll tax) on an employer who fails to provide a timely notice to the state unemployment agency that a person has been fired rather than laid off, and so is not eligible for benefits.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672812

House Bill 4951: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 103 to 3 in the House on September 26, 2013, to revise the allocation of money recovered from unemployment benefit fraud investigations to various government funds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672813

House Bill 4952: Halt unemployment benefits for failed drug test
Passed 82 to 24 in the House on September 26, 2013, to make 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672814

House Bill 4954: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 103 to 3 in the House on September 26, 2013, to revise the allocation of money recovered from unemployment benefit fraud investigations to various government funds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672816


74 posted on 09/28/2013 2:58:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 515: Declare blueberry as the official state fruit
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on September 19, 2013, to establish in law that henceforth the blueberry (Vaccinium Cyanococcus) shall be designated as the official State of Michigan fruit. Note: At present, Michigan does not have an official state fruit. Past bills have proposed designating the cherry as the official state fruit, and apple cider as the official state beverage.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160840

Senate Bill 516: Convert certain bank tax breaks to cash subsidies
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on September 19, 2013, to allow certain banks that have been granted selective tax credits under the old Michigan Business Tax to essentially convert the balance of their credits into cash subsidies from the state, and revise details of the apportionment of the corporate income tax on the income of banks and affiliates that is earned in other states.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160841

Senate Bill 517: Allow giving state purchase contracts to Michigan companies, not lowest bidder
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on September 19, 2013, to allow the state to not award purchase contracts to the lowest bidder if this is not a Michigan company and a Michigan-based bidder offers the goods at a higher price. The bill would allow this if the Michigan company’s bid is not more than 1 percent higher for contracts greater than $1 million, 5 percent higher for contracts under $500,000, and 3 percent higher for contracts between those amounts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160842

Senate Bill 518: Authorize “Denver boot” for delinquent court fees
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on September 19, 2013, to empower courts to order that the vehicle of a person who fails to pay a court-ordered penalty, fee, or costs within 56 days be immobilized using a “Denver boot” until the delinquent amounts are paid.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160843

Senate Bill 519: Authorize seizure of lawsuit judgments to pay delinquent court fees
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on September 19, 2013, to require the State Court Administrative Office to maintain a database of people with delinquent court-ordered penalties, fees, or costs, and if a person on the list wins a monetary award in a lawsuit then deduct the delinquent amounts from the award. The same would apply to a person with delinquent child support payments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160844

Senate Bill 520: Revise details of child support order procedures
Introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) on September 19, 2013, to revise notification details of alimony or child support orders, and of restitution orders imposed on individuals who are delinquent in these payments.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160845

Senate Bill 521: Authorize Friend of the Court subpoenas
Introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) on September 19, 2013, to authorize Friend of the Court offices to issue subpoenas in unresolved parenting time conflicts in divorce cases.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160846

Senate Bill 522: Repeal child support “service fee”
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 19, 2013, to repeal a $2 monthly fee imposed on court-ordered child support payers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160847

Senate Bill 523: Authorize using delinquent child support payer’s IRA
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on September 19, 2013, to pay arrearage to allow assets in a delinquent child support payer’s Individual Retirement Account to be seized to make up the arrearage.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160848

Senate Bill 524: Authorize using delinquent child support payer’s IRA to pay arrearage
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on September 19, 2013, to allow assets in a delinquent child support payer’s Individual Retirement Account to be seized to make up the arrearage. This bill establishes that if the payer goes bankrupt the creditors can’t claim the IRA money if it is being used to cover the child support arrearage.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160849

Senate Bill 525: Authorize using delinquent child support payer’s IRA to pay arrearage
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on September 19, 2013, to allow assets in a delinquent child support payer’s Individual Retirement Account to be seized to make up the arrearage.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160850

Senate Bill 526: Revise child support recipient detail
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 19, 2013, to establish that court-ordered child support payments should go to the person who is actually caring for the children, not necessarily the person who is “legally responsible” for this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160851

Senate Bill 527: Revise child support motion filing fee detail
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 19, 2013, to require fees for legal actions involving child custody, support, or parenting time to be paid when the action is filed.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160852

Senate Bill 528: Clarify procedures to seize delinquent child support payer’s lottery winnings
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on September 19, 2013, to clarify procedures related to seizing a delinquent child support payer’s lottery winnings to pay the arrearage.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160853

Senate Bill 529: Revise child support guidelines detail
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 19, 2013, to establish that a state “Office of Child Support” has the duty to “develop and implement guidelines for the allocation and distribution of all child support payments”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160854

Senate Bill 530: Revise and update Friend of the Court procedures and powers
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 19, 2013, to revise and update details related to the powers, procedures and duties of Friend of the Court offices.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160855

Senate Bill 531: Repeal landscape architect licensure
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on September 19, 2013, to revise a law addressing construction industry indemnity agreements to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 513 to repeal licensure of landscape architects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160856

Senate Bill 532: Let foreclosing lender keep homestead property tax exemption
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on September 19, 2013, to allow a home loan lender who forecloses on the loan to retain the delinquent debtor’s principal residence property tax exemption from school operating millages.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160857

House Bill 4992: Revise state student testing detail
Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on September 17, 2013, to allow a school district to alter or omit portions of state student assessment tests that collect demographic information from students or other information not related to the actual test.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160808

House Bill 4993: Increase hunting and fishing fees for PR campaign
Introduced by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R) on September 17, 2013, to increase hunting and fishing license fees by $1 and use the money for ads promoting hunting and fishing. The bill would create a state “wildlife council and wildlife management public education fund” with political appointees on its board representing various interests deciding what advertising agency to hire to do the PR campaign.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160809

House Bill 4994: Ban personal care product “micro beads”
Introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit the manufacture and sale in Michigan of personal care products containing plastic particles. This refers to “micro beads” in some brands of toothpaste and facial or body washes, which reportedly accumulate in the Great Lakes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160810

House Bill 4995: Allow electronic “proof of insurance”
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on September 17, 2013, to allow “proof of insurance” documents motorists are required to have when driving under the state’s no-fault insurance law to be an electronic communication from the insurance company.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160811

House Bill 4996: Exempt some small stock offerings from state registration
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on September 17, 2013, to exempt certain small company stock offerings from state registration requirements if they meet various conditions specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160812

House Bill 4997: Ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Introduced by Rep. Rick Outman (R) on September 19, 2013, to ban the sale to minors of electronic cigarettes or any oral device that provides vaporized nicotine.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160824


75 posted on 09/28/2013 2:59:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 80: Increase certain school expense reporting
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to require school districts to include the total amount of employee and school board member expense reimbursements in the budget and spending data they are supposed to post online. See also Senate Bill 81.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672880

Senate Bill 81: Ban school spending on luxuries and gifts
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to extend to regular public school districts, charter schools and the state “Education Achievement Authority” created to take over academically-failed public schools a provision in a 2004 law banning corrupt Intermediate School District (ISD) practices that requires them to have a policy against using public money to buy alcoholic beverages, jewelry, gifts, entertainment tickets, sporting event tickets, golf fees, other recreational activity fees, or illegal items.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672881

House Bill 4786: Increase vital records fees
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to increase the fees for obtaining copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates. The fee increases range from $4 to $15 per record, and the bill also authorizes an extra $25 fee for “expedited” service.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672897

House Bill 4786: Increase vital records fees
Failed 18 to 19 in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to increase the fees for obtaining copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates. The fee increases range from $4 to $15 per record, and the bill also authorizes an extra $25 fee for “expedited” service.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672882

House Bill 4787: Increase CON health facility rationing fees
Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to increase from $1,500 to $3,000 the “base” fee for a hospital or other health care providers seeking government permission to open or expand a health care facility, or add certain capital-intensive equipment (like MRIs), under an existing state “Certificate of Need” rationing regime. The bill would also authorize additional fee increases of $5,000 for large projects, $3,000 for “complex” projects, $500 for “letter of intent” reviews, and more. These fees would then be indexed to inflation so that legislative authorization would not be required for future fee hikes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672898

House Bill 4961: Increase state share of foster care rate increase cost
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to require the Department of Human Services to pay all of a $3 administrative rate increase for private providers of foster care services as provided in the 2013-14 state budget, rather than half the amount (with counties responsible for the rest which is what current law requires).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672899


76 posted on 10/02/2013 12:19:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Concurrent Resolution 10: Adjourn 2013 legislature immediately so Medicaid expansion can begin Jan. 1
Failed by voice vote in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to adjourn the 2013 legislative session immediately (rather than the usual time in the last week of December, so that the federal health care law (Obamacare) Medicaid expansion can go into effect at the start of 2013. When the legislature approved the approved the expansion in August they did not give the measure “immediate effect,” which means it cannot go into effect for three months after the legislature adjourns for the year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160927

Senate Bill 404: Revise landfill performance bond detail
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on October 2, 2013, to increase the state “tipping fee” tax imposed on dumping in landfills, from 12 cents per-cubic yard to $2.50 pwer yard, (a 20-fold increase).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159828

Senate Bill 404: Revise landfill performance bond detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 2, 2013, to revise details of the financial instruments that may used by a landfill operator to satisfy the performance bond-like “perpetual care fund” requirements related to the future upkeep of closed landfills.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672950

Senate Bill 428: Ban governments placing foreign-made American flags on veterans’ graves
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 2, 2013, to prohibit local governments from buying American flags made outside this country to place on veteran’s graves, unless no competitively-priced American-made flags are available.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672951

House Bill 4355: Revise condominium audit standards
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 2, 2013, to allow a majority of a condominium association’s members to choose not to obtain an annual audit if the association has annual revenues of less than $20,000, and instead only require that a certified public accountant review the books.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672952


77 posted on 10/04/2013 4:40:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 25: Revise principal residence property tax exemption appeal detail
Passed 102 to 6 in the House on October 3, 2013, to provide property owners with a process to appeal to the Department of Treasury for any year that a principal residence property tax exemption was erroneously not applied, regardless of when the exemption was claimed. Under current law appeals can only cover the past three years, and this would still apply if an owner erroneously received the credit due to an error by the local government.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673010

Senate Bill 351: Clarify fertilizer use restrictions
Passed 94 to 14 in the House on October 3, 2013, to clarify that use of fertilizers and other soil conditioners prior to a 1981 law, and which followed “generally accepted” agricultural and management practices at the time of use, does not constitute a “release” of hazardous substances in violation of state regulations, which could trigger extremely burdensome cleanup requirements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673009

Senate Bill 372: Exclude certain farm property sales from property tax assessment basis
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 3, 2013, to require tax assessors to exclude sales of certain agricultural property that will be used by the new owner for non-agricultural use from the “sales ratio studies” that determine the property tax assessments for other farm property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672989

House Bill 4194: Increase cap on local “rainy day” funds
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on October 3, 2013, to increase the amount that local governments are allowed to place in a “rainy day fund,” from 15 percent to 20 percent of most recent general fund annual budget.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673008

House Bill 4633: Mandate license plate replacement after 10 years (as-passed version)
Passed 74 to 33 in the House on October 3, 2013, to mandate that vehicle owners must replace their license plate after 10 years, even if it is still legible. Under current law the state imposes a $5 extra charge to replace a plate.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673006

House Bill 4811: Revise “military family relief fund” details
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on October 3, 2013, to expand the conditions and revise procedures for military families applying for assistance from a state “military family relief fund” created by a 2004 law for families who are suffering financial stress as a result of the military service, or who have an emergency. Also, to allow $50,000 from the fund to be used for annual advertising and marketing. The money comes from an income tax checkoff.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673007


78 posted on 10/05/2013 3:38:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 473: Exempt some government housing program firms from income tax withholding
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to not impose income tax withholding mandates on companies involved in certain government housing programs if this would violate the terms of those programs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673164

Senate Bill 539: Revise “Miss Dig” regulatory regime
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to establish that, under the MISS DIG notification system for underground excavation, the law under which the operations of governmental agencies are generally immune from tort liability would not apply to liability for damage caused by their excavation work.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673183

Senate Bill 540: Revise “Miss Dig” regulatory regime
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to update the regulatory regime established by the “Miss Dig” notification system for underground excavation and blasting, which was created in the 1970s to avoid damage to cables, pipes and other underground “facilities.” The bill codifies many procedures and protocols that have grown up since this system was created.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673184

Senate Bill 542: Increase cap on government employee health benefits
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to exclude from the cost-cap formula any payments the state, a school district or a local government must make under the federal health care law (Obamacare). This would have the effect of allowing more generous benefits than if these extra payments were included in the formula.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160873

Senate Bill 542: Increase cap on government employee health benefits
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to increase from $11,000 to $13,455 the “hard cap” on the amount that a local government or school district can spend for an “individual-plus-spouse” employee health care policy under a 2011 law limiting such benefits; and include “individual-plus-one nonspouse-dependent” coverage under $15,000 “family” policy cap. The caps are indexed to inflation and apply to the average amount spent (so some can get more expensive coverage if others get less). Also, to include elected officials in the base used to establish a local government’s “average” cost per employee, exclude payments to employees who take cash instead of insurance benefits, and revise some other details in the formula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673172

Senate Bill 543: Revise government employee health benefit detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to revise details of the procedures used by a local government or school district to select either an annual dollar-amount cap or percentage cap on the amount it can spend on employee health benefits under a 2011 law. Also, to include elected officials in the base used to establish a local government’s “average” cost per employee, exclude payments to employees who take cash instead of insurance benefits, and revise some other details in the formula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673173

Senate Bill 544: Revise government employee health benefit detail
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to retroactively move back the effective date of a 2011 law that capped the amount that a local government or school district could spend on government employee health benefits. As passed, the caps apply to union labor contracts signed on or after Sept. 15, 2011. The bill moves this back to Sept. 27, 2011, meaning contracts offering more generous benefits that were entered before that date would remain valid.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673174

Senate Bill 545: Revise government employee health benefit detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to clarify the annual deadline by which a local government’s governing body may exempt its employees from the 2011 law that capped the amount they could spend on employee health benefits. Under that law, local governments (but not school districts) can exempt themselves from the cap for one year at a time with a 2/3 vote of their governing body.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673175

House Bill 4586: Revise business tax detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to revise a business tax law “look-back period” detail related to the state tax filing responsibilities of business entities that previously were not required to file a tax return but then are required due to changes in state rules. See this House Fiscal Agency summary for details.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673165

House Bill 4654: Revise accountant business licensure detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 8, 2013, to establish that a “professional limited liability company” may engage in the practice of public accounting if more than 50 percent of the equity and voting rights of the company are held by individuals who are licensed public accountants.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673167

Senate Bill 560: Ban large puppy breeders
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on October 1, 2013, to prohibit commercial puppy breeding operations that have more than 50 female dogs over four months of age, and impose a number of other new regulations on animal breeders, shelters and pet shops. Among other new regulations shelters would have to hold an animal for at least one week and make efforts to identify the owner before euthanizing it, selling it, making it available for adoption, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160928

Senate Bill 561: Let fiscally-failed county’s treasurer keep powers and duties
Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on October 1, 2013, to establish that even if an emergency manager is appointed to restore the finances of a fiscally failed county, the existing county treasurer would still retain all the powers and duties of that office.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160929

Senate Bill 562: Revise county delinquent tax revolving funds
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on October 1, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160930

Senate Bill 563: Create pseudoephed “shadow buyer” crime
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on October 1, 2013, to authorize sentencing guidelines for the methamphetamine-related crime proposed by Senate Bill 564.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160931

Senate Bill 564: Create pseudoephed “shadow buyer” crime
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on October 1, 2013, to create a new crime of purchasing of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine for another individual who intends to manufacture methamphetamines.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160932

Senate Bill 565: Require financial institution joint account customer disclosures
Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young (D) on October 1, 2013, to require credit unions to disclose to individuals opening a joint account the particular characteristics of these accounts, including what happens when one account owner dies, and the fact that each account owner has the right to remove money from the account.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160933

Senate Bill 566: Require financial institution joint account customer disclosures
Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young (D) on October 1, 2013, to require savings banks to disclose to individuals opening a joint account the particular characteristics of these accounts, including what happens when one account owner dies, and the fact that each account owner has the right to remove money from the account.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160934

Senate Bill 567: Require financial institution joint account customer disclosures
Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young (D) on October 1, 2013, to require banks to disclose to individuals opening a joint account the particular characteristics of these accounts, including what happens when one account owner dies, and the fact that each account owner has the right to remove money from the account.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160935

Senate Bill 568: Revise medical professional licensure details
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on October 1, 2013, to consolidate and update the licensure and regulatory regimes imposed on physicians, osteopaths, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160936

Senate Bill 569: Revise medical professional licensure details
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on October 1, 2013, to consolidate and update the licensure and regulatory regimes imposed on regulation and physicians, osteopaths, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160937

Senate Bill 570: Revise medical professional business ownership details
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on October 1, 2013, to allow physicians to organize a corporation or limited liability company with nurse anesthetists.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160938

Senate Bill 571: Revise medical professional business ownership details
Introduced by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on October 2, 2013, to allow physicians to organize a corporation or limited liability company with nurse anesthetists.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160988

Senate Bill 572: Allow CPL holders to carry tasers in “gun free zone”
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on October 2, 2013, to revise the concealed pistol permit law to allow permit holders to carry tasers or other “electromuscular disruption devices” in so-called “gun free zones.” This zone provision prohibits citizens who have received a permit after meeting the background check and training requirements, from carrying a pistol in schools, day care facilities, sports stadiums or arenas, bars, bar/restaurants, places of worship, college dorms and classrooms, hospitals, casinos, large entertainment facilities and courts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160989

Senate Bill 573: Allow CPL holders to carry tasers in “gun free zone”
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on October 2, 2013, to revise criminal sentencing guidelines to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 572 to allow concealed pistol permit holders to carry tasers in so-called “gun free zones”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160990

Senate Bill 574: Revise county tax foreclosure detail
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 2, 2013, to allow a particular county that elected to have the state foreclose tax delinquent property in the county to rescind that decision for one year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160991

Senate Bill 575: Prohibit licensure discipline board conflicts of interest
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on October 2, 2013, to prohibit a member of a health profession occupational licensure board’s disciplinary subcommittee from participating in disciplinary procedures if he or she has a conflict of interest.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160992

Senate Bill 576
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on October 2, 2013, Prohibit licensure discipline board conflicts of interest to require members of a government board, commission, or committee that has authority in regulatory actions concerning private individuals or entities to disclose any personal or financial interest in a matter before the board, refrain from board discussions on the matter and not participate in any related votes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160993

Senate Bill 577: Revise licensure discipline board procedures
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 2, 2013, to require (rather than just “allow”) the state agency in charge of occupational licensure in the health care field to investigate allegations that grounds exist for disciplinary action against a health care professional. Also, to explicitly include any conduct with a patient that is sexual in any way in the grounds for investigation and disciplinary action, and authorize administrative penalties (in addition to any criminal sanctions a prosecutor may seek).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160994

Senate Bill 578: Revise licensure discipline board procedures
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 2, 2013, to establish specific procedures to be followed by a health profession occupational licensure board’s disciplinary subcommittee in making a final decision on disciplinary action against a health care professional.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160995

Senate Bill 579: Repeal licensure mandate on dietitians and nutritionists
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on October 2, 2013, to repeal a law that imposes a licensure mandate on dietitians and nutritionists.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160996

Senate Bill 580: Revise renaissance zone details
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on October 2, 2013, to revise various details of the law authorizing the extensive tax exemptions of a “renaissance” zone. The bill appears related to Senate Bill 397, which would authorize creation of a sixth “Next Michigan Development Corporation” to be located in the Upper Peninsula. This is a government agency that gives tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers, potentially including extensive “renaissance” zone tax exemptions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160997

Senate Bill 581: Correct citation reference in jail law
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 3, 2013, to correct a citation reference in a statute requiring verification of school enrollment or employment of an individual released from jail for either of these.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160998

Senate Bill 582: Authorize enhanced penalties for drive-by shooting
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on October 3, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160999

Senate Bill 583: Authorize enhanced penalties for drive-by shooting
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on October 3, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the enhanced “drive-by” shooting penalties proposed by Senate Bill 5832.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161000

Senate Bill 584: Eliminate statute of limitations on child sex trafficking
Introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) on October 3, 2013, to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecution of child sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation of children offenses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161001

House Bill 5020: Eliminate sunset on “sobriety court interlock project”
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) on October 1, 2013, to make permanent the “sobriety court interlock project” pilot program authorized by a 2010 intended to “reduce recidivism among alcohol offenders”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160952

House Bill 5021: Eliminate sunset on “sobriety court interlock project”
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on October 1, 2013, to make permanent the “sobriety court interlock project” pilot program authorized by a 2010 intended to “reduce recidivism among alcohol offenders”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160953

House Bill 5022: Clarify identity theft penalties
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on October 1, 2013, to increase the identity theft penalties in the state criminal code so they match the penalties in a to clarify that a property owner is not required to use a state-licensed plumber to replace a domestic water heater in a residence if the job “requires modification to an existing hot and cold water distribution supply by a state-licensed mechanical contractor, a permit is secured, required inspections are performed, and the installation complies” with building codes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160954

House Bill 5023: Revise occupational license detail
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on October 1, 2013, to revise the three-year of experience a person must acquire to be granted a state-license allowing him or her to earn a living as a “mechanical contractor.” The bill would define this as fulfilled if the person has held a license for three years in one of the sub-classifications of this licensure mandate, which include refrigeration, steam or forced-air heating systems, and fire suppression systems.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160955

House Bill 5024: Revise occupational license detail
Introduced by Rep. Roger Victory (R) on October 1, 2013, to expand the “scope of practice” of state-licensed “mechanical contractors” in a way that permits them to provide more services that under current law may only be done by a state-licensed electrician.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160956

House Bill 5025: “Human trafficking” criminal law package
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 1, 2013, to allow and facilitate the expungement of a prostitution offense from a person’s criminal record if the person was the victim of a “human trafficking” violation.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160957

House Bill 5026: Expand grounds for court supervision of juveniles
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 1, 2013, to expand the grounds under which a court may order the removal of a juvenile from a home and into foster care to include cases of “danger of substantial physical or psychological harm” where the juvenile is not living with a parent legally responsible adult, or has repeatedly run away and is considered “beyond the control of a parent,” or the has committed “commercial sexual activity” that is the result of “force, fraud, coercion, or manipulation by a parent or other adult”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160958

House Bill 5027: Expand scrap metal theft penalties
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on October 1, 2013, to expand the scope of a 2008 law that imposed enhanced sentences on stealing nonferrous metal so that this also applies to stealing scrap iron.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160959

House Bill 5028: Expand scrap metal theft penalties
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on October 1, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the enhances scrap iron theft penalties proposed by House Bill 5027.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160960

House Bill 5029: Revise indigent burial detail
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on October 1, 2013, to require requests for county assistance in paying for the burial of an indigent person to be made within 30 days of the burial or cremation.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160961

House Bill 5030: Require financial institution joint account customer disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Winnie Brinks (D) on October 1, 2013, to require credit unions to disclose to individuals opening a joint account the particular characteristics of these accounts, including what happens when one account owner dies, and the fact that each account owner has the right to remove money from the account.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160962

House Bill 5031: Require financial institution joint account customer disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Tom Cochran (D) on October 1, 2013, to require savings banks to disclose to individuals opening a joint account the particular characteristics of these accounts, including what happens when one account owner dies, and the fact that each account owner has the right to remove money from the account.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160963

House Bill 5032: Require financial institution joint account customer disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Tom Cochran (D) on October 1, 2013, to require banks to disclose to individuals opening a joint account the particular characteristics of these accounts, including what happens when one account owner dies, and the fact that each account owner has the right to remove money from the account.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160964

House Bill 5033: Require psychotropic drug prescription disclosures
Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on October 1, 2013, to require that a health care professional who writes a prescription for psychotropic drugs to be administered to a minor must explain and give the parents a written summary listing the side effects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160965

House Bill 5034: Impose tax payments in advance on tax-reverted property buyers
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on October 1, 2013, to require the buyer of tax-reverted property that will not be the buyer’s principal residence to pay in advance three years worth of estimated property taxes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160966

House Bill 5035: Require certain community college admissions practices
Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on October 1, 2013, to require community college admissions forms to ask if the applicant is a veteran or active military member, or the spouse or dependent of one, for purposes of granting potential government subsidies.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160967

House Bill 5036: Require certain community college admissions practices
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on October 1, 2013, to require community colleges to inform applicants that they may receive credit for college-level training and education received in the military, and require them to accept a “joint services transcript” prepared under “American Council On Education Registry of Credit” recommendations..
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160968

House Bill 5037: Clarify and enforce tenant duties
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on October 1, 2013, to establish that tenants are responsible for keeping “the part of a dwelling the tenant occupies and controls” in a clean, sanitary, and safe condition unless the lease contract specifies a different responsibility arrangement, and authorize local governments to enforce this through violation orders issued to a tenant, with potential civil or misdemeanor penalties for not complying. The bill establishes procedures and various exceptions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160969

House Bill 5038: Impose minimum staff ratios on child protection workers
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on October 1, 2013, to codify in statute specific county-level child welfare staffer-to-child ratios for child protection investigation workers, child protection “ongoing” workers, direct foster care or adoption workers, “service monitor workers,” foster home licensing workers, and child welfare supervisors.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160970

House Bill 5039: Expand mandatory child death investigations
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on October 2, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160971

House Bill 5040: Mandate “pints” of beer contain 16 ounces
Introduced by Rep. David Knezek (D) on October 2, 2013, to prohibit selling a glass of beer as a “pint” if it contains less than 16 ounces of beer.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160972

House Bill 5041: Revise business tax detail
Introduced by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on October 2, 2013, to clarify details of the application of state business taxes to a “flow-through entity” and “unitary business group”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160973

House Bill 5042: Require disclosure of State Police speed limit change requests
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on October 2, 2013, to require the State Police to post on the internet details related to speed limit engineering and traffic investigation requests from local government.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160974

House Bill 5043: Allow local gravel road speed limit setting
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on October 2, 2013, to allow a county road commission and township board to set speed limits on gravel roads, including different at different times of day. A 2006 law set “prima facie” statewide speed limits on gravel roads, and under current law can’t be changed locally without State Police approval.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160975

House Bill 5044: Restrict schools collecting personal and “biometric” student data
Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R) on October 2, 2013, to prohibit public schools from collecting or using student “biometric” or other specified data, including data from a behavior-response measuring “biofeedback” or facial recognition device. The bill also bans schools administering tests that ask students about their own or family members’ socioeconomic status; place of birth; political affiliations or beliefs; religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs; income; or any other data about the student’s relationships, health, behaviors, attitudes, or beliefs, unless approved in writing by a parent or legal guardian. Schools would also be prohibited from revealing any such information to a state or federal government agency.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160976

House Bill 5045: Allow local governments to permit golf carts on streets
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on October 2, 2013, to allow cities, villages and townships to permit the daytime operation of golf carts on streets. A local government could require registration but could not charge a fee for this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160977

House Bill 5046: Allow customer’s wine in restaurants but impose minimum $25 fee
Introduced by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on October 2, 2013, to allow a customer to bring his or her own bottle of wine to a restaurant that has a liquor license, but mandate the restaurant charge a minimum $25 fee for this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160978

House Bill 5047: Authorize “breast cancer awareness” specialty license plate
Introduced by Rep. Winnie Brinks (D) on October 2, 2013, to authorize a specialty license plate for “breast cancer awareness,” and give the net revenue from its sale to government breast and cervical cancer control programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160979

House Bill 5048: Increase drunk of stoned doctor penalties
Introduced by Rep. Charles Brunner (D) on October 2, 2013, to increase the penalties for a health care professional practicing while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill would establish a maximum penalty of $2,500; under current law there is a minimum penalty of $1,000 (plus up to 180 days in jail) but no maximum fine. The bill would also revise details that allow a record of the proceedings related to the case to not be public if the offender meets conditions and terms imposed by the court.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160950

House Bill 5049: Revise “veteran’s court” detail
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on October 2, 2013, to establish that if a defendant in a “veteran’s treatment” specialty court authorized by a 2012 does not meet the conditions and terms imposed by the court then the record of the proceedings would become a public record. These courts adjudicate offenses related to alcohol and drug use, which can include traffic and other violations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160951

House Bill 5050: Expand ban on electronic cash register dirty tricks devices
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 3, 2013, to revise a 2012 law banning the possession, manufacture or sale of an automated sales suppression device for falsifying the records of electronic cash registers (also called a “zapper” or “phantom-ware”), so that it also bans “skimming” devices intended to obtain information allowing access to a customer’s financial accounts.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160980

House Bill 5051: Clarify identity theft penalties
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on October 3, 2013, to increase the penalties provided in the state criminal code for identity theft so they match those called for in a 2004 identity theft law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160981

House Bill 5052: Clarify identity theft penalties
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on October 3, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the increased identity theft penalties proposed by House Bill 5051.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160982


79 posted on 10/09/2013 7:23:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 471: Restrict releasing juvenile criminal history record information
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on October 9, 2013, to restrict law enforcement agencies from disseminating juvenile criminal history record information, except in response to a fingerprint-based search. This would make the information available to employers required to do criminal background checks but not to journalists reporting on subsequent crimes a juvenile may later commit as an adult.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673300

House Bill 4656: Revise youth employment limits
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on October 9, 2013, 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=673275

House Bill 4760: Increase interest payments to taxpayers owed refunds
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on October 9, 2013, to require the state to pay “an additional monthly interest rate of 3 percent per annum” to a business that filed under the repealed Michigan Business Tax and is due a tax refund because of an overpayment, starting 90 days after the claim is due or filed.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673276

House Bill 4770: Ban vehicle accident-related commercial solicitations (“ambulance chasing”)
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 8, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that does not attempt to limit access by defining who may or may not get an accident report - including a controversial attempt to define eligible “journalists” - and instead just bans getting a report for purposes of “ambulance chasing”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159632

House Bill 4770: Ban vehicle accident-related commercial solicitations (“ambulance chasing”)
Passed 98 to 10 in the House on October 9, 2013, to restrict public access to vehicle accident reports for 30 days after the crash by requiring outside parties who want the report to file a statement that they will not use it for commercial solicitation (”ambulance chasing”). The original bill’s attempt to limit access by defining “journalist” was removed. Violations would be subject to a $15,000 fine, and subsequent violations with up to one year in jail.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673271

House Bill 4771: Ban vehicle accident-related commercial solicitations (“ambulance chasing”)
Passed 98 to 10 in the House on October 9, 2013, to make it a crime to contact a vehicle accident victim or family members for purposes of commercial solicitation (“ambulance chasing”) within 30 days of the accident, with violations subject to a $15,000 fine. House Bill 4771 makes it a crime to obtain an accident report for this purpose.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673273

House Bill 4993: Increase hunting and fishing fees for PR campaign
Passed 77 to 31 in the House on October 9, 2013, to use $1 of the increased hunting and fishing license fees authorized by a 2013 law for ads promoting hunting and fishing. The bill would create a state “wildlife council” and “wildlife management public education fund” with political appointees on the council board representing various interests deciding what advertising agency to hire and helping to design the public relations campaign.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673274

House Bill 5002: Designate road after fallen police officer
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on October 9, 2013, to designate a section of I-96 in Ottawa County as the “Officer Trevor Slot Memorial Highway”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673277


80 posted on 10/10/2013 2:51:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 585: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on October 3, 2013, to raise the minimum age for prostitution-related crimes to from 16 to 18, and prohibit local units of government from enacting ordinances that establish lower minimum ages. Individuals under this age caught violating the law could be taken into custody and placed under probate (family) court supervision.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161002

Senate Bill 586: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Tory Rocca (R) on October 3, 2013, to authorize diverting individuals under age 18 arrested for violating prostitution laws into probate (family) court supervision rather than criminal court prosecution. The court would be required to hold a hearing to determine if the juvenile was a victim of a human trafficking offense.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161003

Senate Bill 587: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on October 3, 2013, to require a state agency supervising a child found to be the victim of human trafficking to provide psychological counseling services.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161004

Senate Bill 588: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on October 3, 2013, to establish as an “affirmative defense” for a person being prosecuted for a prostitution-related offense that the individual did it only because of his or her status as a victim of a human trafficking crime.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161005

Senate Bill 589: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on October 3, 2013, to add human trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation of children to the (statutory) grounds for terminating a parent’s parental rights.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161006

Senate Bill 590: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on October 3, 2013, to allow human trafficking victims to sue violators for damages.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161007

Senate Bill 591: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on October 3, 2013, to establish that an individual could have prostitution or other criminal convictions cleared from his or her record if the offense was due to being a victim of a human trafficking crime.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161008

Senate Bill 592: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on October 3, 2013, to revise the general state welfare law to authorize medical and psychological assistance benefits for having been a victim of a human trafficking crime.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161009

Senate Bill 593: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on October 3, 2013, to require child placement agencies to give special consideration to information that a child may be the victim of human trafficking crimes, and on that basis find that the usual reunification, adoption, or other foster care services may not be suitable.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161010

Senate Bill 594: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) on October 3, 2013, to allow local governments to adopt ordinances requiring individuals working at an adult entertainment business (strip club) to get a permit.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161011

Senate Bill 595: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on October 3, 2013, to impose a $3 per customer fee for entering an adult entertainment business (strip club), with the money going into a state fund.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161012

Senate Bill 596: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on October 3, 2013, to create a state “human trafficking board” to collect and disseminate information on this crime, seek federal and other aid for addressing it and helping victims, and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161013

Senate Bill 597: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on October 3, 2013, to require that medical professionals receive training to identify the signs of human trafficking in patients.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161014

Senate Bill 598: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on October 3, 2013, to include “enticing a female away under 18 years of age” to commit prostitution-related crimes in the “predicate” crimes that come under the state racketeering law (RICO), which among other things would allow the seizure and sale of a violator’s assets, with the proceeds going to law enforcement agencies. Unrelated to human trafficking, the bill would also add felony liquor control code violations related to the sale, delivery, or importation of spirits to the predicate RICO offenses.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161015

Senate Bill 599: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on October 3, 2013, to prohibit using the internet or a computer system to solicit a prostitute who is less than 21 years of age.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161016

Senate Bill 600: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 3, 2013, to authorize specific regulations and procedures for the use of wiretapping and electronic monitoring to investigate human trafficking crimes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161017

Senate Bill 601: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 3, 2013, to authorize the use of covert listening “bugs” to investigate human trafficking crimes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161018

Senate Bill 602: Human trafficking crime package
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on October 3, 2013, to require individuals convicted of soliciting a prostitute to register on the state sex offender registry.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161019

House Bill 5053: Clarify cash register “zapper” crime jurisdiction
Introduced by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on October 3, 2013, to clarify jurisdiction details of a 2012 law banning the possession, manufacture or sale of an automated sales suppression device for falsifying the records of electronic cash registers (also called a “zapper” or “phantom-ware”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160983

House Bill 5054: Expand ban on electronic cash register dirty tricks devices
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on October 3, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the expanded scope proposed by House Bill 5050 for a 2012 law banning the possession, manufacture or sale of an automated sales suppression device for falsifying the records of electronic cash registers (also called a “zapper” or “phantom-ware”).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160984

House Bill 5055: Make target pay arrest warrant costs
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on October 3, 2013, to empower courts to order a person convicted of a crime to reimburse the expenses incurred in executing a bench warrant for the person’s arrest.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160985

House Bill 5056: Revise state preschool grant detail
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on October 3, 2013, to allow state grants for preschool programs intended for children from low income households to also pay for higher income children if this does not displace any low income children in a particular school’s program.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160986

House Bill 5057: Abolish adverse possession
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on October 3, 2013, to abolish the doctrine of adverse possession, by which a person who is in open possession of property for a certain period of time may claim title to it.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160987

House Bill 5058: Revise county tax foreclosure detail
Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on October 8, 2013, to allow a particular county that chose to have the state foreclose tax delinquent property in the county to rescind that decision for one year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161027


81 posted on 10/12/2013 7:38:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 603: Mandate criminal background check to adopt a pet
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on October 8, 2013, to authorize animal shelters to access the government “internet criminal history access tool” (ICHAT) for purposes of performing the background check that Senate Bill 604 would mandate that they do on an individual person who wants to adopt an animal, and exempt them from the usual fees for these checks.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161023

Senate Bill 604: Mandate criminal background check to adopt a pet
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on October 8, 2013, to mandate that animal shelters must check a government criminal records database before letting person adopt an animal, and prohibit adoptions the records show a person committed an animal cruelty offense in the past five years.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161024

Senate Bill 605: Mandate criminal background check to adopt a pet
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 8, 2013, to require prosecuting attorneys to report to the State Police all animal abuse charges (not just convictions), and require the State Police to enter these into the state’s criminal records database. Senate Bill 603 would mandate that animal shelters must check individuals who want to adopt a pet against this online database.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161025

Senate Bill 606: Repeal ocularist registration
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 9, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161043

Senate Bill 607: Repeal ocularist registration
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 9, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161044

Senate Bill 608: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 9, 2013, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161045

Senate Bill 609: Appropriations: Supplemental school aid budget
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 9, 2013, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161046

Senate Bill 610: Revise state ban on short-barreled rifles and shotguns
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on October 9, 2013, to revise a state ban on short-barreled rifles or shotguns to state that it bans guns that are banned under federal law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161047

Senate Bill 611: Increase penalty on delinquent hotel convention tax
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on October 9, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161048

Senate Bill 612: Trim mandated barber license instruction hours
Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on October 10, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161051

Senate Bill 613: Permit keeping road kill
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on October 10, 2013, to allow a driver who kills or injures a game animal other than bird on the road to keep it. The Department of Natural Resources would be required to issue a “salvage tag” if requested. The driver would have to keep a record of the circumstances until the game is consumed or discarded.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161052

Senate Bill 614: Allow transit buses to be used as school buses
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on October 10, 2013, to allow transit agency buses to be used as school buses, subject to conditions specified in the bill.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161053

Senate Bill 615: Revise local “angle parking” restrictions
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on October 10, 2013, to allow local governments to permit angle parking on a state “trunkline highway” if the state Department of Transportation allows it.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161054

House Bill 5059: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on October 8, 2013, to create a permanent legislative council “local government mandate panel” to implement the provisions of House Bill 5060.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161028

House Bill 5060: Institute Headlee Amendment unfunded mandate restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on October 8, 2013, to prohibit any bill that potentially imposes a mandate on local governments from becoming law unless a “local government mandate panel” comprised of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies and members representing local government and public school interests, create a “fiscal note” that quantifies how much the mandate will cost. If funding is not made available or the specified “fiscal note” process is not followed then locals would not be required to implement the mandate.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161029

House Bill 5061: Mandate criminal background check to adopt a pet
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on October 8, 2013, to mandate that animal shelters must check a government criminal records database before letting person adopt an animal, and prohibit adoptions the records show a person committed an animal cruelty offense in the past five years.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161030

House Bill 5062: Mandate criminal background check to adopt a pet
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on October 8, 2013, to authorize animal shelters to access the government “internet criminal history access tool” (ICHAT) for purposes of performing the background check House Bill 5061 would mandate that they do on an individual who wants to adopt an animal.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161031

House Bill 5063: Mandate criminal background check to adopt a pet
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on October 8, 2013, to require prosecuting attorneys to report to the State Police all animal abuse charges (not just convictions), and require the State Police to enter these into the state’s criminal records database. Senate Bill 603 would mandate that animal shelters must check individuals who want to adopt a pet against this online database.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161032

House Bill 5064: Name I-75 after Tuskegee airmen
Introduced by Rep. David E. Rutledge (D) on October 8, 2013, to designate Interstate I-75 in Michigan as “Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161033

House Bill 5065: Revise ambulance licensure detail
Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D) on October 8, 2013, to allow a licensed ambulance service that serves a low density rural area to only provide advanced life support services on a part time basis (meaning less than 24 hours a day seven days a week).
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161034

House Bill 5066: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on October 9, 2013, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161035

House Bill 5067: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on October 8, 2013, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161038

House Bill 5068: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on October 8, 2013, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161039

House Bill 5069: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 8, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161040

House Bill 5070: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 8, 2013, to authorize up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a “squatter” who illegally occupies a residence with a market value of at least $100,000. “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”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161041

House Bill 5071: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 8, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the crime proposed by House Bill 5070 of “squatting,” defined as illegally occupying a residence with a market value of at least $100,000.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161042

House Bill 5072: Change scenic road PR label
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on October 10, 2013, to change the label applied to roads deemed by a 1993 law to be “heritage routes” because of their scenic, recreational, or historic associations, instead calling them “Pure Michigan Byways”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161057

House Bill 5073: Revise local “angle parking” restrictions
Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on October 10, 2013, to allow local governments to permit angle parking on a state “trunkline highway” if the state Department of Transportation allows it.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161058

House Bill 5074: Revise delinquent property tax interest detail
Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby (R) on October 10, 2013, to give counties discretion over whether to impose an interest rate that is lower than the 1 percent per month currently imposed on amounts due to county delinquent tax revolving funds.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161059

House Bill 5075: Authorize “junior achievement” income tax checkoff
Introduced by Rep. Phil Potvin (R) on October 10, 2013, to allow an individual to choose to automatically contribute $5 or more from his or her state income tax refund to provide grants to local “Junior Achievement” organizations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161060

House Bill 5076: Authorize “junior achievement” income tax checkoff
Introduced by Rep. Phil Potvin (R) on October 10, 2013, to allow an individual to choose to automatically contribute $5 or more from his or her state income tax refund to provide grants to local “Junior Achievement” organizations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161061

House Bill 5077: Establish statutory right to breastfeed in public
Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on October 10, 2013, to establish in law that a woman has a right to breastfeed a baby in a “place of public accommodation” or public facility. A woman would be entitled to “the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations” in this places, and if denied them could sue for actual damages or up to $200 in “presumed” damages.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161062


82 posted on 10/16/2013 12:17:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 277: Revise commercial vehicle regulation detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 15, 2013, to eliminate a requirement that commercial vehicles weighing more than 5,000 pounds must carry the owner’s name on the cab. Wrecker trucks and road service vehicles would still be subject to the mandate.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673667

Senate Bill 418: Exempt travel agents from insurance agent licensure mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 15, 2013, 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=673665

Senate Bill 427: Revise unemployment insurance payroll tax detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 15, 2013, to not consider certain oil, gas and mineral extraction contract negotiators (“landmen”) who are independent contractors to be “employees” of an energy or mining company for purposes of assessing unemployment insurance payroll taxes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673668

House Bill 4121: Exempt property bought from school district from property tax
Passed 62 to 44 in the House on October 15, 2013, to give owners of property purchased from a public school district a five year property tax exemption. Local tax-collecting units (including local governments, taxing authorities, taxing “districts,” etc.) could opt out of providing the exemption.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673703

House Bill 4289: Restrict use of “indirect” unclaimed property law audits
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 15, 2013, to establish minimum standards for state audits and “indirect audits” of a person or business related to unclaimed property “escheated” to the state, and require such audits to conform with generally accepted government auditing standards published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673669

House Bill 4622: Revise drain code district procedures
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on October 15, 2013, to revise details of the procedures for changing drainage district boundaries (and imposing the cost of new or repaired drains on particular property owners), including notice requirements and procedures for challenging proposed changes, plus details of the drainage district’s interaction with the state transportation and agriculture departments.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673705

House Bill 4636: Clarify criminal restitution detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 15, 2013, to clarify wording in a law that requires convicted criminals to pay restitution to the victim, or if the victim dies, to his or her estate.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673666

House Bill 4740: Revise county medical care facility board of trustees detail
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on October 15, 2013, to revise the details governing appointments by county boards to the board of trustees of the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in the Upper Peninsula, a joint county medical care facility for Menominee, Dickinson, and Delta Counties.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673700

House Bill 4793: Update eminent domain provisions
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on October 15, 2013, to repeal eminent domain property condemnation provisions in the state Drain Code and replace them with the provisions of a 1980 “Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act.” This would codify in statute what is already the current practice.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673706

House Bill 4821: Revise motor carrier safety law detail
Passed 105 to 1 in the House on October 15, 2013, to revise details of how a state “motor carrier safety” law applies to certain categories of buses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673701

House Bill 4831: Clarify prescription drug sales tax exemption
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on October 15, 2013, to exempt over-the-counter drugs from sales tax if they are obtained under a prescription.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673704

House Bill 4866: Authorize new bicycle rider hand signals
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on October 15, 2013, to establish new signals for bicycle riders. Left turns would be indicated by extending the left arm straight out; right turns by either extending the right arm, or the left arm with forearm raised (which is the current standard), and slowing or stopping by “extending the left hand and arm downward”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673702

House Bill 5080: Increase penalties for harming “vulnerable roadway user”
Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on October 15, 2013, to authorize enhanced penalties for a driver who commits a moving violation that causes injury or death to a “vulnerable roadway user” (who is not violating the rules of the road), meaning a pedestrian, someone using a non-motorized device like a bicycle or skateboard, a wheelchair or electric wheelchair user, or the rider of an electric bicycle with less than one horsepower (but not a gasoline-powered bicycle with less than one horsepower). The additional penalties would be $1,000 and 93 days in jail if the violation causes “serious impairment;” $2,000 and one year if it causes death; and up to 15 years and $7,500 for a death caused by reckless driving.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161160


83 posted on 10/16/2013 7:21:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 174: Mandate credit agency “security freeze”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 16, 2013, to require credit reporting agencies to honor a “security freeze” request made by a consumer or on behalf of a minor under age 16 or an incapacitated individual, which prohibits the release of information to a third party without prior express authorization from the consumer. The bill controls the prices the agencies may charge for this service.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673731

Senate Bill 235: Revise state-approved fire safety system inspector detail
Passed 107 to 2 in the House on October 16, 2013, to allow a person certified by the National Fire Protection Association or the International Code Council to be registered as a state-approved fire safety system inspector and plan reviewer.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673769

Senate Bill 307: Revise public safety special assessment tax detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 16, 2013, to revise details of the population threshold for requiring a city to get a vote of the people to levy special assessment property taxes for police and fire services, which are imposed over and above regular property taxes. This would mostly affect Saginaw but could affect other cities as well.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673728

Senate Bill 387: Include reserve and auxiliary law enforcement officers in workers comp
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 16, 2013, to expand the state workers disability compensation system to include reserve and auxiliary law enforcement officers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673732

Senate Bill 475: Establish trampoline court regulations
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on October 16, 2013, to establish standards and regulations for trampoline courts and operators, and grant these businesses limited immunity from lawsuits if the proposed regulations are followed.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673730

Senate Bill 492: Revise kindergarten minimum age detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 16, 2013, to extend to “schools of choice” students (who attend a public school outside the district to which they are assigned) a 2012 law that requires children to be age 5 by Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten, rather than by Dec. 1 under current law. The date change is phased-in over three years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673733

Senate Bill 546: Revise public library board detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 16, 2013, 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=673729

House Bill 4394: Revise township annual meeting reestablishment procedures
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on October 16, 2013, to revise the procedures for a township to reestablish an annual meeting of voters, by moving the deadline for submitting a petition for this to at least 15 weeks before the next primary or general election. This is two weeks earlier than the current deadline.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673768


84 posted on 10/18/2013 4:49:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 312: Revise college scholarship “promise zone” criteria
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to revise a 2008 law authorizing “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities (TIFA) to subsidize college tuition for students in low educational attainment areas, by allowing these subsidies for vocational education or training; allowing an authority to also pay for books and supplies; and giving authorities more latitude in setting academic performance standards they may or may not require students to meet. The bill would also expand the power of an authority to reset the “base year” for determining its future tax increment “capture” amounts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673820

Senate Bill 332: Exempt “natural fertilizer” from phosphate content restrictions
Passed 102 to 6 in the House on October 17, 2013, to exempt “natural fertilizer” from restrictions imposed by a 2010 law restricting spreading a fertilizer containing more than 0.5 percent of the plant nutrient “available phosphate” (p2o5) on a lawn, golf course or other grass.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673864

Senate Bill 358: Authorize certain manufacturing & mining electrician licensure exemptions
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to exclude certain work in manufacturing and mining operations, or at an “independent power producer” facility, from a state licensure mandate that prohibits an individual from earning a living as an electrician without a state license (which among other things requires at least four years of apprenticeship in which 8,000 hours of experience must be accumulated).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673819

Senate Bill 476: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to repeal a law that imposes a registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673821

Senate Bill 477: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to repeal a law that imposes a registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers. This bill repeals various fee mandates.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673822

Senate Bill 478: Repeal auctioneer registration mandate
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to revise references to snowmobile dealers in the state environmental law so as to reflect the provisions of Senate Bill 476, which would repeal a law that imposes a registration (licensure) mandate on auctioneers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673823

Senate Bill 489: Revise “personal property tax” reform details
Passed 82 to 26 in the House on October 17, 2013, to revise details of a 2012 law that exempts from property tax up to $80,000 ($40,000 in “taxable value”) worth of tools and equipment owned or leased by a business in a particular jurisdiction. (This so-called “personal property tax” imposes annual property taxes on business tools and equipment.) The bill would empower local assessors to retroactively deny exemptions for the three past years; authorize criminal penalties for claiming the exemption on ineligible property; revise details of the definition of what property is eligible; revise procedures for claiming the exemption; impose new record-keeping requirements on businesses; and more. It is considered a “clean up” of provisions in that 2012 law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673878

Senate Bill 490: Revise “personal property tax” reform details
Passed 81 to 27 in the House on October 17, 2013, to revise details of a 2012 law that gradually phases out a so-called “personal property tax” that imposes annual property taxes on tools and equipment owned by “industrial” firms. The bill would revise details of the definition of what property is taxable and what business operations are considered “industrial”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673879

Senate Bill 494: Repeal licensure of “community planners”
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, 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=673824

House Bill 4949: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to increase the potential sanctions for taking unemployment benefits to which a person is not entitled. However, the bill would require, rather than just permit, the state unemployment benefits agency to waive recovery of improperly paid benefits when the payment was not the recipient’s fault and repayment would be “contrary to equity and good conscience”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673826

House Bill 4950: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to potentially increase the unemployment insurance assessments (payroll tax) on an employer who fails to provide a timely notice to the state unemployment agency that a person has been fired rather than laid off, and so is not eligible for benefits.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673827

House Bill 4951: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to revise the allocation of money recovered from unemployment benefit fraud investigations to various government funds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673828

House Bill 4952: Halt unemployment benefits for failed drug test
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to make 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. The proposed law would “sunset” the drug testing one year after it goes into effect.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673829

House Bill 4953: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to potentially increase the unemployment payroll tax on an employer who fails to provide a timely notice to the state unemployment agency that a person has been fired, not laid off, and so is not eligible for benefits. This is a companion to House Bill 4950.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673830

House Bill 4954: Unemployment insurance reform package
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to revise the allocation of money recovered from unemployment benefit fraud investigations to various government funds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673831

House Bill 4966: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on October 17, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to non-public information in the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673873

House Bill 4967: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on October 17, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to non-public information in the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673875

House Bill 4968: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on October 17, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to non-public information in the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673876

House Bill 4969: Expand prisons’ access to the state’s criminal information database
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on October 17, 2013, to give the Department of Corrections access to non-public information in the state’s LEIN criminal information database for use “in the performance of their duties” rather than just for employee screening purposes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673874

House Bill 5048: Revise drunk or stoned doctor penalties
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on October 17, 2013, to revise the penalties for a health care professional practicing while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill would establish a maximum fine of $2,500 for second or subsequent offenses; under current law there is a minimum penalty of $1,000 (plus up to 180 days in jail) but no maximum fine (which is unusual in Michigan’s criminal code). The bill would also slightly expand access to non-public records of first offenses where the sentence was deferred if offender meets conditions and terms imposed by the court.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673877


85 posted on 10/19/2013 3:29:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 616: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 15, 2013, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161150

Senate Bill 617: Create government “brain injury services and prevention council”
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on October 15, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161151

Senate Bill 618: Revise security guard and alarm installer regulations
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on October 15, 2013, to revise details of the law establishing a comprehensive regulatory and licensure regime for private security services and security alarm installers, in part to reflect the provisions of a 2012 law that imposed similar regulations on providers of “internet-protocol enabled premises security systems”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161152

Senate Bill 619: Revise security service and security alarm installer regulations
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on October 15, 2013, to revise details of the law establishing a comprehensive regulatory and licensure regime for private security services and security alarm installers, in part to reflect the provisions of a 2012 law that imposed similar regulations on providers of “internet-protocol enabled premises security systems”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161153

Senate Bill 620: Revise security guard and alarm installer regulations
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on October 15, 2013, to revise references to security alarm providers in the Michigan vehicle code to reflect regulatory changes proposed by Senate Bills 618 and 619.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161154

Senate Bill 621: Revise security guard and alarm installer regulations
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on October 15, 2013, to revise references to security alarm providers in the state personal identification card law to reflect regulatory changes proposed by Senate Bills 618 and 619.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161155

Senate Bill 622: Clarify real estate improvement use tax provision
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on October 15, 2013, to clarify the applicability of the state use tax on “a manufacturer that affixes its product to real estate”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161156

Senate Bill 623: Revise nonprofit corporations law
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on October 16, 2013, to revise and update details of many provisions in the state law governing nonprofit corporations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161162

Senate Bill 624: Revise nonprofit corporations law
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 16, 2013, to revise and update details of many provisions in the state law governing the dissolution or merger of “domestic charitable purpose corporations”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161163

Senate Bill 625: Revise nonprofit corporations law
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on October 16, 2013, to revise references to nonprofit corporations in the Michigan law governing limited liability companies to reflect changes proposed by Senate Bill 623.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161164

Senate Bill 626: Repeal criminal penalties for marijuana possession
Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young (D) on October 16, 2013, to repeal criminal sanctions on possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, and instead authorize a civil penalty of $25, and $50 to $100 for subsequent violations.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161165

Senate Bill 627: Require hospitals to post their “prices”
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on October 17, 2013, to require hospitals to place on their website or make available in other ways a copy of their “charge description master,” defined as “a uniform schedule of charges represented by the hospital as its gross billed charge for a given service or item, regardless of payer type”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161172

Senate Bill 628: Revise crime victim rights detail
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on October 17, 2013, 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”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161173

Senate Bill 629: Allow local governments to extend debt refinancing duration
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 17, 2013, to allow local governments to refinance debt with new loans that have maturities extending through 2043, rather than 2039 as currently, and exempt refinancings done before 2020 from a 2001 law that restricts these if they increase the total debt service payments over the life of the loan.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161174

Senate Bill 630: Allow local governments to extend debt refinancing duration
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 17, 2013, to allow certain “tax increment finance authorities” to refinance debt with new loans that have maturities extending through 2043, rather than 2039 as currently, and exempt refinancings done before 2020 from a 2001 law that restricts these if they increase the total debt service payments over the life of the loan.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161175

Senate Bill 631: Revise carrier pigeon licensure mandate
Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on October 17, 2013, to prohibit a person from getting a state-mandated carrier pigeon license if his or her facilities do not meet regulations imposed by the local government.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161176

House Bill 5078: Create criminal sentencing commission
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on October 15, 2013, to create a sentencing commission in the legislative council to collect, prepare, analyze, and disseminate information regarding sentencing practices for felonies and the use of prisons and jails.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161158

House Bill 5079: Let more cities impose additional public safety property tax
Introduced by Rep. Marilyn Lane (D) on October 15, 2013, to allow cities with more than 15,000 residents impose “special assessment” property taxes to pay for police and fire services. These taxes would be imposed over and above regular property taxes, and would require a vote of the community.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161159

House Bill 5081: Require law enforcement property seizure reports
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on October 16, 2013, to require law enforcement agencies to file detailed reports on their criminal asset seizures (which in many cases involve individuals charged with a crime but not convicted). The reports would have to include details about the alleged crime and pre-seizure investigations, whether the person was convicted, descriptions of the seized or forfeited assets, whether the property was returned if the person was not convicted, the disposition of the property including any fees charged to the owner, how the agency used money from the sale of the assets and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161167

House Bill 5082: Authorize child custody “parenting time coordinator”
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 16, 2013, to authorize the appointment in child custody disputes of a “parenting time coordinator” to help implement court orders related to parenting time, if the parties agree.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161168

House Bill 5083: Facilitate “land banks” obtaining tax-reverted property
Introduced by Rep. David E. Rutledge (D) on October 16, 2013, to allow certain tax-reverted property to be transferred to a government “land bank” authority if it is not sold at the first of two required auctions after a tax foreclosure, and if no local government wants to purchase the property.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161169

House Bill 5084: Give name to U.P. portion of I-75
Introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster (R) on October 17, 2013, to designate the portion of I-75 in the Upper Peninsula as the “Michigan Military Veterans Highway”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161181

House Bill 5085: Revise restrictions on minors shooting pistols
Introduced by Rep. Phil Potvin (R) on October 17, 2013, to revise the law that requires minors shooting a pistol to do so only under the supervision of a parent or guardian, so as to allow this supervision to be provided by an adult age 21 or older who has successfully completed a pistol safety training course that meets the requirements of the state’s concealed pistol law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161182

House Bill 5086: Revise homestead income tax credit
Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby (R) on October 17, 2013, to establish that a person who is blind is considered equivalent to “disabled” for purposes of eligibility for an income tax credit against property taxes imposed on a person’s primary residence.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161183


86 posted on 10/23/2013 4:36:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 89: Vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference” only
Passed 99 to 9 in the House on October 22, 2013, to exempt from sales tax the value of a trade-in when buying a new motor vehicle, titled watercraft or recreational vehicle, but phase this tax break in over 24 years. House Bill 4234 would halt the phase-in if the federal health care law (”Obamacare”) Medicaid expansion authorized by House Bill 4714 is rescinded, but legal experts are divided over whether this would be allowed.
The buyer would only pay sales tax on the difference between the value of the trade-in and the purchase price of the new car. Initially, the tax break would only apply to $2,000 of the price difference, and this would increase $500 per year. When fully implemented the tax break’s value would reach $226 million (in 2013 dollars).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673980

Senate Bill 221: Increase sex offender registry fees
Passed 103 to 5 in the House on October 22, 2013, to require individuals on the public sex offender registry to pay $50 each year, rather than just a one-time $50 fee.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673973

Senate Bill 435: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 22, 2013, to require a credit union that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to ensure it does not allow a person to use a welfare benefits “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673935

Senate Bill 436: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 22, 2013, to require a bank that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to ensure it does not allow a person to use a welfare benefits “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673937

Senate Bill 554: Ban welfare “bridge card” ATM cash at race track
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 22, 2013, to require horse racing tracks to “work with” state agencies to figure out a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash at the track. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673938

Senate Bill 555: Ban welfare “bridge card” ATM cash at liquor stores
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 22, 2013, to require liquor stores to “work with” state agencies to find a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash from an ATM on the store’s premises. This would not apply to grocery stores that also sell liquor. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673940

Senate Bill 556: Ban welfare “bridge card” ATM cash at liquor or “adult” store
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 22, 2013, to require state agencies to “work with” ATM cash machine suppliers to establish a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash in a liquor store or “adult entertainment establishment.” “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673942

House Bill 4234: Vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference”
Passed 101 to 7 in the House on October 22, 2013, to exempt from sales tax the value of a trade-in when buying a new motor vehicle, titled watercraft or recreational vehicle, but phase this tax break in over 24 years, and halt the phase-in if the federal health care law’s Medicaid expansion authorized by House Bill 4714 is rescinded. (Note: Legal experts are divided over whether the state would be allowed to rescind the “Obamacare” Medicaid expansion.) Under this bill and Senate Bill 89, the buyer would only pay sales tax on the difference between the value of the trade-in and the purchase price of the new car. Initially, the tax break would only apply to $2,000 of the price difference, and this would increase $500 per year. When fully implemented the tax break’s value would reach $226 million (in 2013 dollars).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673976

House Bill 4234: Vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference”
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 22, 2013, to exempt from sales tax the value of a trade-in when buying a new motor vehicle, titled watercraft or recreational vehicle, but phase this tax break in over 24 years, and halt the phase-in if the federal health care law’s Medicaid expansion authorized by House Bill 4714 is rescinded. (Note: Legal experts are divided over whether the state would be allowed to rescind the “Obamacare” Medicaid expansion.) Under this bill and Senate Bill 89, the buyer would only pay sales tax on the difference between the value of the trade-in and the purchase price of the new car. Initially, the tax break would only apply to $2,000 of the price difference, and this would increase $500 per year. When fully implemented the tax break’s value would reach $226 million (in 2013 dollars).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673944

House Bill 4259: Extend “Obsolete Property” tax break for particular developer
Passed 97 to 11 in the House on October 22, 2013, to revise the criteria in the law that authorizes tax breaks for the rehabilitation and reuse of “obsolete structures” in a way that will allow granting these tax breaks to a particular Detroit developer.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673990

House Bill 4889: Increase drug trafficking penalties
Passed 100 to 8 in the House on October 22, 2013, to authorize more rigorous sentencing guidelines for illegal drug convictions involving travel from another state with the intent to deliver.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=673974


87 posted on 10/23/2013 3:15:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 235: Revise state-approved fire safety system inspector detail
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674028

Senate Bill 471: Restrict releasing juvenile criminal history record information
Passed 106 to 1 in the House on October 23, 2013, to restrict law enforcement agencies from disseminating juvenile criminal history record information, except in response to a fingerprint-based search. This would make the information available to employers subject to government-mandated criminal background checks on employees, but not to journalists reporting on subsequent crimes a juvenile may later commit as an adult.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674065

Senate Bill 479: Repeal interior designer registration
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to repeal a law that establishes a government interior designer registry and makes it available to state or local government agencies, and rescind related administrative regulations. 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=674035

Senate Bill 480: Repeal “proprietary school solicitor” regulations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to repeal state regulations on “proprietary school solicitors.” This refers to private trade schools, business schools and correspondence schools.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674037

House Bill 4327: Allow “tax increment finance” scheme reset to make up for property value declines
Passed 86 to 21 in the House on October 23, 2013, to allow “corridor improvement authorities” to “reset” their tax increment financing schemes (TIF) to reflect declining property assessments, which undermine the ability of these schemes to divert property tax revenue from local government and other taxing units to pay for the authority’s debt-funded spending projects. A TIF “captures” the “increment” of extra local property tax revenue that supposedly will result from its spending on various projects or subsidies; this money is then used to repay debt incurred to accommodate that spending.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674071

House Bill 4344: Revise special Detroit powers population threshold
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to establish that the Detroit Chief of Police is automatically deemed to be a state certified peace officer, and extend certification to an person employed as a police officer in another state within the past year if that state has certification standards substantially the same as Michigan’s.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=155949

House Bill 4352: Mandate schools have “epi-pens”
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on October 23, 2013, to allow physicians to prescribe epinephrine auto injectors for schools to have in their facilities under a mandate proposed by House Bill 4353, and except for gross negligence, waive the legal liability of the physician and pharmacist in the event that use of these “epi-pens” causes an injury.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674059

House Bill 4353: Mandate schools have “epi-pens”
Passed 96 to 10 in the House on October 23, 2013, to require public schools to have at least two staffers who are trained in the administration of an epinephrine auto injector, and to have at least two of these “epi-pens” on site. This is a syringe prefilled with epinephrine which is used to treat anaphylactic reactions. This bill and House Bill 4352 extend legal immunity to school districts, boards, officials, staff and pharmacists for harm arising from use of the devices, except for gross negligence.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674062

House Bill 4382: Allow guardians to execute do-not-resuscitate orders
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to revise various court procedures and definitions to reflect the guardian-signed do-not-resuscitate orders proposed by House Bill 4384.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674032

House Bill 4383: Allow guardians to execute do-not-resuscitate orders
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to revise statutory references to reflect the guardian-signed do-not-resuscitate orders proposed by House Bill 4384.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674033

House Bill 4384: Allow guardians to execute do-not-resuscitate orders
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to essentially grant the court-appointed guardian of an incapacitated person the authority to sign a do-not-resuscitate order, subject to various restrictions and procedures, including expanded provisions allowing any interested person who objects to petition for a court review. When appointing a guardian for a individual who does not have a lawyer he or she has selected, a court-appointed “guardian ad litem” would have to inform the individual that the actual guardian would have this power.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674034

House Bill 4930: Repeal club emblem vehicle display ban
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to repeal a law that bans displaying the emblem or insignia of any organization, association, fraternity, lodge or club on a vehicle unless the vehicle owner belongs to the organization.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674031


88 posted on 10/24/2013 1:43:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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House Concurrent Resolution 11: Authorize adoption of “Common Core” school standards
Passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to authorize the State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education to spend money to implement “Common Core” curriculum promoted by an entity associated with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, subject to various restrictions and conditions specified in the resolution. The authorization does not apply to an associated student testing regime, and directs the state board and the department to make implementation of the standards contingent on local districts retaining the ability to adopt a different curriculum.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160886

Senate Bill 146: Extend enterprise zone tax breaks to a particular development
Passed 32 to 4 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to revise a law that authorizes tax breaks for property owners in a “neighborhood enterprise zone” in a way that will allow granting these tax breaks to a particular developer’s project.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674141

Senate Bill 318: Repeal mandatory life sentences for minors
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to repeal Michigan’s mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for certain very serious crimes committed by minors, and replace it with a system in which prosecutors could request a genuine lifetime sentence. If this request was not made or denied, a judge would have to impose a minimum sentence of between 25 and 40 years, and a maximum of at least 60 years. These provisions would only apply prospectively, to cases still open as of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Miller v Alabama decision in June, 2012.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674133

Senate Bill 319: Repeal mandatory life sentences for minors
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to repeal Michigan’s mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for certain very serious crimes committed by minors, and replace it with a system in which prosecutors could request a genuine lifetime sentence. If this request was not made or denied, a judge would have to impose a minimum sentence of between 25 and 40 years, and a maximum of at least 60 years. These provisions would only apply prospectively, to cases still open as of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Miller v Alabama decision in June, 2012.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674135

Senate Bill 352: Exempt disabled veteran’s home from property tax
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 22, 2013, to also grant the exemption to veterans deemed by the federal government to be “individually unemployable”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159142

Senate Bill 352: Exempt disabled veteran’s home from property tax
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on October 23, 2013, to exempt the principal residence of a totally disabled veteran from property tax. This expands a current exemption.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674068

Senate Bill 547: Revise consumer loan law details
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to revise details of a law that governs consumer loans and related transactions. The changes involve enforcement of payment provisions under various circumstances.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674136

Senate Bill 548: Revise consumer loan law details
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to revise details of a law that governs consumer loans and related transactions. The changes involve enforcement of payment provisions under various circumstances.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674137

Senate Bill 549: Revise financial institutions check processing rule detail
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to revise and update details of the law that governs how financial institutions process checks.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674138

Senate Bill 550: Revise financial institutions electronic fund transfer detail
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to revise and update details of the law that governs how financial institutions process electronic fund transfers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674139

Senate Bill 551: Revise secured loan default details
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to revise details of a law that governs secured loan defaults to specify limitations on the recovery available for loss to a debtor, and extend these rules to consumer transactions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674140


89 posted on 10/25/2013 6:59:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 89: Vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference” only
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which would phase the tax break in over 24 years, but suspend that this if the federal health care law’s (”Obamacare”) Medicaid expansion (authorized by House Bill 4714) is rescinded.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674026

Senate Bill 533: Revise “brownfield” reporting detail
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on October 29, 2013, to delay a 2013 deadline for a brownfield redevelopment authority to apply to receive revenue from the state school property tax, which is intended to replace property tax revenue the authority would have “captured” but for certain personal property tax exemptions enacted in 2007.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674195

Senate Bill 581: Correct citation reference in jail law
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 29, 2013, to correct a citation reference in a statute requiring verification of school enrollment or employment of an individual released from jail for either of these.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674192

Senate Bill 582: Authorize enhanced penalties for drive-by shooting
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 29, 2013, 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=674193

Senate Bill 583: Authorize enhanced penalties for drive-by shooting
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 29, 2013, 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=674194

Senate Bill 606: Repeal ocularist registration
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 29, 2013, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674196

Senate Bill 607: Repeal ocularist registration
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 29, 2013, 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=674197

House Bill 4958: Prohibit unemployment benefits for legal aliens on work visa
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on October 29, 2013, 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=674227


90 posted on 10/30/2013 12:25:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 442: End automatic tax increases to pay union contract lawsuit judgments
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to revise a provision that requires school property taxes be raised to pay off lawsuit-related judgments against a school district, by establishing that this does not apply if the lawsuit was to enforce a school employee union contract or other contract that specifically relates to school operations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674322

Senate Bill 443: End automatic tax increases to pay union contract lawsuit judgments
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to revise a provision that requires school property taxes be raised to pay off lawsuit-related judgments against a school district, by establishing that this does not apply if the lawsuit was to enforce a school employee union contract or other contract that specifically relates to school operations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674323

Senate Bill 652: Establish state Appeals Court as venue for suits against the state
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to establish that the state “court of claims” which is the venue all claims against state agencies, commissions, boards, etc., will no longer be the Ingham County circuit court, but will instead be the state Court of Appeals (which consists of 24 judges elected in four regional elections).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674317

Senate Bill 653: Revise judgeship details
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to increase the number of number of judgeships in some circuits and districts, and decrease the number in others, resulting in no net change in the number of judges statewide.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674318

House Bill 4570: Exempt college students from jury duty
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on October 30, 2013, to require the chief judge of a judicial circuit or district to postpone jury duty for a full time student in a college or other educational institution until the end of the current school term, if the student provides evidence the duty will interfere with his or her class schedule.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674332

House Bill 4605: Establish that military experience meets EMT licensure requirements
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to establish that having recent and relevant military medical experience meets the criteria for obtaining an emergency medical technician license, and also waive the license fees for these applicants.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674313

House Bill 4713: Require schools to post emergency drill info on website
Passed 82 to 26 in the House on October 30, 2013, to revise the number and scheduling of required school safety drills, and establish reporting requirements, so that 10 drills would be required each year: five fire drills; two tornado drills; and three school “lockdown” drills. This would mean one fewer fire drill and one additional lockdown drill. Also, schools would have to post documentation of completed school safety drills on their websites within five business days.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674334

House Bill 4731: Waive commercial road test for certain recent veterans
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to waive a required state examination for meeting firefighter professional qualification standards, if an applicant is a recent military veteran with relevant experience.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674314

House Bill 4736: Authorize sexually transmitted disease “expedited partner therapy”
Passed 90 to 18 in the House on October 30, 2013, to authorize the use of “expedited partner therapy” to limit the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, which means a health professional giving a person diagnosed with gonorrhea or chlamydia a single-dose antibiotic for the partner who has not been seen by the health professional. The bill would also extend limited legal immunity to health professionals providing this, except for gross negligence.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674333

House Bill 4752: Establish that military experience meets boiler operator requirements
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to establish that having recent and relevant military training and experience meets the criteria for obtaining a stationary steam engineers and boiler operators registration (license), and also to waive the initial license fees for these applicants.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674316

House Bill 4754: Establish that military experience meets mechanical contractor licensure requirements
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to waive a requirement that an applicant for a mechanical contractor license must have at least three years in the field, if the individual is a recent military veteran with relevant service experience.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674319

House Bill 4756: Establish that military experience meets residential builder licensure requirements
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to waive certain training and industry experience requirements to obtain a license to earn a living as a residential builder, maintenance and alteration contractor, if the individual is a recent military veteran with relevant service experience.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674320

House Bill 4937: Revise utility regulation detail
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to repeal a requirement that gas and electric utilities must periodically disburse money from an “uncollectibles allowance recovery fund” they are required to maintain to a state fund that is supposed to make air pollution reduction grants. According to the House Fiscal Agency the “uncollectibles” funds never accumulated much money, and so the state fund has not made any grants.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674312

House Bill 4970: Require license to install residential lifts
Passed 58 to 50 in the House on October 30, 2013, to require a licensed “residential maintenance and repair” contractor to get a separate license to install a “residential lift.” The contractor would have to be certified by the manufacturer, pay fees to be determined by the state’s occupational licensure bureau, and be deemed by that agency to be “qualified.” Residential lifts can include one-story stair-climbing machines for elderly or handicapped individuals. This is connected to House Bill 4971 which would exempt residential lift installers from the more comprehensive licensure and regulatory regime that applies to regular elevator contractors.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674328

House Bill 4971: Require license to install residential lifts
Passed 58 to 50 in the House on October 30, 2013, to exempt residential lift installers from the comprehensive licensure and regulatory regime that applies to regular elevator contractors. Residential repair contractors would be subject to a less onerous regulatory regime imposed by House Bill 4970. This would greatly increase the number of professionals allowed to install stairway chairlifts and platform lifts in private residences for elderly or handicapped individuals.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674329

House Bill 5020: Eliminate sunset on “sobriety court interlock project”
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on October 30, 2013, to make permanent the “sobriety court interlock project” pilot program authorized by a 2010 law intended to “reduce recidivism among alcohol offenders”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674330

House Bill 5021: Eliminate sunset on “sobriety court interlock project”
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on October 30, 2013, to make permanent the “sobriety court interlock project” pilot program authorized by a 2010 intended to “reduce recidivism among alcohol offenders”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674331


91 posted on 10/31/2013 5:34:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 632: Revise certain delinquent property tax interest payments
Introduced by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on October 22, 2013, to reduce from 1 percent to 0.5 percent the monthly interest rate imposed on certain delinquent property tax amounts, and eliminate an additional interest charge levied on redemptions of tax-foreclosed property.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161184

Senate Bill 633: Allow community service to cover some “bad driver” fees
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on October 22, 2013, 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. The bill would also earmark some of the revenue from these levies to a drunk-driver vehicle “interlock” program.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161185

Senate Bill 634: Allow “advance deposit” internet horserace betting
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 22, 2013, to allow online “advance deposit account wagering” on horse races. The bill would establish a comprehensive licensure and regulatory regime for providers, and impose a tax on wagers, most of which would be given to or spent on programs that benefit in-state horse race entities.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161186

Senate Bill 635: Mandate nursing home medical and dental exam rooms
Introduced by Sen. John Proos, IV (R) on October 22, 2013, to mandate that nursing homes must provide private examination rooms for on-site medical or dental treatment.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161187

Senate Bill 636: Facilitate “land line” phone service transition to cell phones
Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on October 22, 2013, to reduce the regulatory restrictions on “landline” telephone service providers transitioning their customers to a wireless (cell phone) system, and allow them to discontinue landline service after 2016.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161188

Senate Bill 637: Establish drunk driver vehicle interlock device regulatory regime
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on October 23, 2013, to establish regulations, procedures and fees for drunk driver vehicle interlock device vendors and installers, and give the Secretary of State the authority to oversee these programs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161203

Senate Bill 638: Establish drunk driver vehicle interlock device regulatory regime
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on October 23, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for violations of the regulatory regime proposed by Senate Bill 637 for drunk driver vehicle interlock device vendors and installers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161204

Senate Bill 639: Establish drunk driver vehicle interlock device regulatory regime
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on October 23, 2013, to revise references in the state law regulating vehicle repair and service providers, to reflect the regulatory regime proposed by Senate Bill 637 for drunk driver vehicle interlock device vendors and installers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161205

Senate Bill 640: Facilitate “land bank” property acquisitions
Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on October 23, 2013, to allow “land bank” authorities to purchase tax-foreclosed the property for the “minimum bid” required (which is the amount back taxes, fees, interest and penalties), unless the state or a local government want to buy it. The bill would also repeal a requirement that local governments must hold two separate tax-foreclosed property auctions instead of just one. Note: According to recent news reports, some local governments have avoided the auction requirement by selling tax-foreclosed property to government “land bank” authorities, which turn around and sell the parcel at a profit.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161206

Senate Bill 641: Revise real estate license details
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on October 23, 2013, to allow inactive real estate salespersons and brokers to renew their license within three years, subject to conditions and requirements specified in the bill. Also, to revise a six-hour annual “continuing education” mandate to instead allow licensees to take 18 hours spread over three years.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161207

Senate Bill 642: Revise unclaimed property law (“escheats”) detail
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on October 23, 2013, to revise details of the disposition of funds taken under an ”escheats law” that lets the state government take possession of unclaimed property if the owner does not claim it within three years. Specifically, the bill amends references in this law to a “senior care respite fund” to reflect the 2013 law authorizing conversion of Blue Cross to non-profit “regular” insurance company.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161208

Senate Bill 643: Revise beer and wine store quota details
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 23, 2013, to revise details of certain quotas on the number of stores in a community that can sell beer and wine to go.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161209

Senate Bill 644: Revise “strict discipline academies” detail
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on October 24, 2013, to allow “strict discipline academies” (which provide “boot camp” type 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161218

Senate Bill 645: Authorize Boy Scouts income tax checkoff
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 24, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161219

Senate Bill 646: Authorize Boy Scouts income tax checkoff
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 24, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161220

Senate Bill 647: Expand auto theft prevention authority duties
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 24, 2013, to expand the duties of a state automobile theft prevention authority to include insurance fraud related to unlimited medical benefits provided by Michigan’s no-fault law, overhaul its structure, and authorize $21 million in assessments (taxes) on insurers to pay for this.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161221

Senate Bill 648: Authorize state grants to certain doctors
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on October 24, 2013, to create a state scholarship that would pay the full cost of medical school 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. Also, to create a student loan repayment grant program that would give a health care professional up to $100,000 for providing such services in an area, depending on how long the person stays. Up to $4 million in annual grants and scholarships for up to 40 individuals would be authorized during the three fiscal years starting in October, 2013. The proposal contains “clawback” provisions to get back the scholarship or grant money from a recipient who does not honor the agreement to stay. Different parts of these provisions are contained in a package comprised of this and Senate Bill 649.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161222

Senate Bill 649: Authorize state grants to certain doctors
Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on October 24, 2013, to create a state scholarship that would pay the full cost of medical school 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. Also, to create a student loan repayment grant program that would give a health care professional up to $100,000 for providing such services in an area, depending on how long the person stays. Up to $4 million in annual grants and scholarships for up to 40 individuals would be authorized during the three fiscal years starting in October, 2013. The proposal contains “clawback” provisions to get back the scholarship or grant money from a recipient who does not honor the terms of the agreement to stay. Different parts of these provisions are contained in a package comprised of this and Senate Bill 648.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161223

Senate Bill 650: Revise brewer regulation details
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on October 24, 2013, to allow very small commercial brewers (ones that produce fewer than 1,000 barrels per year, labeled by the bill “qualified micro brewers”) to sell directly to a retail merchant, rather than being mandated to sell through a member of a state beer wholesaler cartel created by current liquor control laws. This is part of a package of modest liquor law reforms comprised of Senate Bills 504 to 507, 651, and House Bill 4277.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161224

Senate Bill 651: Revise brewer regulation details
Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on October 24, 2013, to increase the maximum production level that places a brewer under state “microbrewer” regulations (vs. more burdensome regular brewer regulations), from 30,000 barrels annually to 60,000 barrels. This is part of a package of modest liquor law reforms comprised of Senate Bills 504 to 507, 650, and House Bill 4277.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161225

Senate Bill 652: Establish state Appeals Court as venue for suits against the state
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on October 30, 2013, to establish that the venue for all legal claims against state agencies, commissions, boards, etc. (the state “court of claims”), will no longer be the Ingham County circuit court, and instead will be the state Court of Appeals (which consists of 24 judges elected in four regional elections).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674317

House Bill 5087: Require law enforcement serious crash next of kin notification
Introduced by Rep. Charles Brunner (D) on October 22, 2013, to require a law enforcement officer who responds to a traffic crash that results in death or serious bodily impairment to notify the victim’s next of kin (if they can be determined), to tell the kin that they should notify the person’s insurance company, and within 30 days notify the insurance company directly.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161193

House Bill 5088: Revise pseudoephedrine buyer “background check” mandate
Introduced by Rep. John Kivela (D) on October 22, 2013, to revise details of a law that requires retailers to perform ephedrine and pseudoephedrine buyer “background checks” using a federal drug “precursor” database containing information on individuals involved in methamphetamine crimes. Specifically, the bill would require information in a state “internet criminal history access tool” (ICHAT) database to be reported to that federal database; non-prescription sudaphed sales would then be prohibited to individuals whose names are on that state database.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161194

House Bill 5089: Create new pseudoephedrine “straw man” buyer crime
Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on October 22, 2013, to authorize up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine for purchasing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine while knowing that it will be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161195

House Bill 5090: Create new pseudoephedrine “straw man” buyer crime
Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on October 22, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161196

House Bill 5091: Establish that open firearms carry is not “brandishing”
Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on October 22, 2013, to establish that carrying a firearm which is holstered or carried on a sling is not considered illegal “brandishing,” which means to display or wave a firearm in a menacing or threatening manner.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161197

House Bill 5092: Establish that open firearms carry is not “brandishing”
Introduced by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on October 22, 2013, to define “brandish” as “to point, wave about, or display in a threatening manner.” Under current law “brandishing” a firearm is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. See also House Bill 5091.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161198

House Bill 5093: Repeal legislature candidate filing fee refunds
Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on October 22, 2013, to repeal an election law provision that allows unsuccessful primary election candidates for the legislature to get their $100 candidate filing fee refunded.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161199

House Bill 5094: Require hospitals to post their “prices”
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on October 23, 2013, to require hospitals to place on their website or make available in other ways a copy of their “charge description master,” defined as “a uniform schedule of charges represented by the hospital as its gross billed charge for a given service or item, regardless of payer type”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161210

House Bill 5095: Ban large puppy breeders
Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on October 23, 2013, to prohibit commercial puppy breeding operations that have more than 50 female dogs over four months of age, and impose a number of other new regulations on animal breeders, shelters and pet shops. Among other new regulations shelters would have to hold an animal for at least one week and make efforts to identify the owner before euthanizing it, selling it, making it available for adoption, etc.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161211

House Bill 5096: Cap road right-of-way work permit fees
Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on October 23, 2013, to extend to individuals, companies and organizations the same cap on permit fees that is currently granted only to government agencies for road commission permits that are needed to perform work projects within the right-of-way of a county road (such as laying pipelines, constructing drains, work by utilities, etc.). The capped fees are $300 per permit or $1,000 total for all permit requirements imposed on a particular project.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161212

House Bill 5097: Exempt public safety employees from ban on certain automatic pay hikes
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on October 23, 2013, to exempt law enforcement and fire department employees from a 2011 law that banned automatic seniority-based automatic pay hikes for individual government employees (“step increases”) during the time when a government employee union contract has expired and no replacement has been negotiated. Specifically, the bill would exempt public safety workers covered by a 1969 compulsory arbitration law.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161213

House Bill 5098: Liberalize school debt repayment requirements
Introduced by Rep. Roger Victory (R) on October 23, 2013, to revise details of the amount school districts are required to increase their millage rate if the current rate is not sufficient under a 2005 law to repay principal and interest on all the district’s School Bond Loan Fund debt before a “final repayment date” determined by the state Treasurer. This relates to a provision in that law (which overhauled the School Bond Loan Fund) which requires districts to calculate these “sufficient amounts” using a specified methodology starting Oct. 1, 2013. House Bill 5099 would repeal that “final repayment date” provision, which was instituted to fix the problem of districts extending debt on old projects by combining it with additional borrowing for new projects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161214

House Bill 5099: Liberalize school debt repayment requirements
Introduced by Rep. Roger Victory (R) on October 23, 2013, to eliminate a requirement that school districts must pay back their debt to a state School Bond Loan Fund by a “final repayment date” determined for each district by the state treasurer. The requirement was instituted by a 2005 law to fix the problem of districts extending debt on old projects by combining with additional borrowing for new projects.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161215

House Bill 5100: Liberalize school debt repayment requirements
Introduced by Rep. Roger Victory (R) on October 23, 2013, to require school districts that want to borrow from a state School Bond Loan Fund to certify that their superintendent, chief financial official and board members have participated in a financial training program about these loans which is approved by the Department of Treasury. See also House Bills 5098 and 5099.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161216


92 posted on 11/01/2013 9:55:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 269: Make permanent $75 million in annual corporate subsidy spending
Passed 33 to 4 in the Senate on October 31, 2013, to extend through 2019 a sunset on an annual $75 million earmark to a “21st Century Jobs Fund” created by the previous administration, which provides various subsidies to particular firms or industries chosen by a board of political appointees. (The subsidies can include the state taking partial ownership of selected companies.) This money comes from a tobacco company lawsuit settlement, which the legislature may otherwise appropriate for any state spending, or use for tax cuts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674633

Senate Bill 372: Exclude certain farm property sales from property tax assessment basis
Passed 103 to 4 in the House on October 31, 2013, to require tax assessors to exclude sales of certain agricultural property that will be used by the new owner for non-agricultural use from the “sales ratio studies” that determine the property tax assessments for other farm property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674598

Senate Bill 553: Extend already-extended renaissance zone tax breaks longer
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on October 31, 2013, to allow an eight year extension of the extensive tax breaks granted to residents and businesses in a particular “renaissance zone” located in Saginaw County. This would be in addition to a previous seven-year extension.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674639

Senate Bill 580: Revise renaissance zone details
Passed 31 to 6 in the Senate on October 31, 2013, to revise various details of the law authorizing the extensive tax exemptions of a “renaissance zone” to better accommodate “Next Michigan Development Corporations,” authorized by a 2010 law to give tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers for projects meeting extremely broad “multi-modal commerce” criteria (basically, any form of goods-related commerce). In addition to allowing more businesses to receive these benefits, the bill would make changes intended to facilitate actually generating eligible “multi-modal” projects, which apparently have not come about since that 2010 law was passed. The bill is also related to Senate Bill 397, which would authorize creation of a sixth “Next Michigan Development Corporation” to be located in the Upper Peninsula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674640

Senate Bill 611: Increase penalty on delinquent hotel convention tax
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on October 31, 2013, 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=674648

Senate Bill 629: Allow local governments to extend debt refinancing duration
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on October 31, 2013, to allow local governments to refinance debt with new loans that have maturities extending through 2043, rather than 2039 as currently, and exempt refinancings done before 2020 from a 2001 law that restricts these if they increase the total debt service payments over the life of the loan.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674649

Senate Bill 630: Allow local governments to extend debt refinancing duration
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on October 31, 2013, to allow certain “tax increment finance authorities” to refinance debt with new loans that have maturities extending through 2043, rather than 2039 as currently, and exempt refinancings done before 2020 from a 2001 law that restricts these if they increase the total debt service payments over the life of the loan.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674652

House Bill 4593: Expand scrap metal regulatory regime
Passed 98 to 9 in the House on October 31, 2013, to expand a scrap metal dealer regulatory regime authorized by a 2008 law that imposed new regulations and record keeping requirements on sales of nonferrous scrap metal, so that it also applies to sales of scrap iron (ferrous metals). This and House Bill 4595 would also add new regulations, including a three-day delay on payments to individuals selling “scrapped” catalytic converters, air conditioners and stripped copper wire; require dealers to examine the identification of individual sellers; require dealers to keep photographs of the purchased scrap metal; and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674600

House Bill 4595: Expand scrap metal theft law scope
Passed 99 to 8 in the House on October 31, 2013, to expand penalties authorized for stealing nonferrous metals such as copper, brass, aluminum, bronze, lead, zinc, or nickel, so they apply to any scrap metal theft.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674601

House Bill 4704: Restrict legal challenges to county budget
Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate on October 31, 2013, to restrict legal challenges to the spending levels in a county’s annual budget, establishing that only “an elected official heading a branch of county government” and the chief judge of a court funded by a county have standing to bring such a challenge in court. Also, to establish that the state Court of Appeals is the only venue for such suits, and establish a legal presumption that the amount appropriated is sufficient. This relates to a recent challenge by the Wayne County Prosecutor over the amount of money the county board appropriated for that office.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674636


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Senate Bill 654: Mandate front and rear license plates
Introduced by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on October 29, 2013, to mandate that vehicles have both a front and rear license plate starting in 2016.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161230

Senate Bill 655: Impose licensure on “applied behavioral analysis”
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on October 29, 2013, to impose licensure and regulation on the practice of “applied behavioral analysis,” with $90 annual license fees, apprenticeship mandates and more. Among others this would impact individuals who provide treatment for autism spectrum conditions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161231

Senate Bill 656: Require certain drug price limits in medical welfare programs
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on October 29, 2013, to require the state’s medical welfare programs to use a “maximum allowable cost” scheme to limit reimbursement rates for generic drugs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161232

Senate Bill 657: Establish rental unit bedbug procedures
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on October 29, 2013, to prohibit a landlord from renting a unit that he or she knows is infested with bedbugs; prohibit tenants from moving items out of an infested unit or attempting to apply control treatments to the unit; and require tenants to grant reasonable access to professional pest management personnel and comply with the control protocols established by the landlord. Tenants who cause an infestation would be responsible for treatment costs.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161233

Senate Bill 658: Impose “Amazon tax” on internet purchases
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on October 31, 2013, to essentially impose sales tax on many catalog or internet purchases made from sellers outside the state, by placing in statute a broad definition of “nexus,” or affiliation with a different business that located in Michigan, in the manner pioneered by internet retailer Amazon.com.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161290

Senate Bill 659: Impose “Amazon tax” on internet purchases
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on October 31, 2013, to essentially impose use tax on many catalog or internet purchases made from sellers outside the state, by placing in statute a broad definition of “nexus,” or affiliation with a different business that located in Michigan, in the manner pioneered by internet retailer Amazon.com.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161291

Senate Bill 660: Authorize and regulate medical marijuana cultivation and distribution
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 31, 2013, to establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for the cultivation, distribution, and sale of “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis,” and for issuing purchase permits to individuals with a debilitating medical condition. Reportedly this would apply should the federal government repeal prohibition of medical marijuana.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161292

Senate Bill 661: Increase political contributions limits
Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on October 31, 2013, to increase the maximum campaign contributions allowed by state election law, index these to inflation, and require additional finance reports from candidates.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161293

House Bill 5101: Ban smoking in car with minor
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on October 29, 2013, to ban smoking in a vehicle with a minor present, subject to a $500 civil fine.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161235

House Bill 5102: Replace paper tax rolls with electronic
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on October 29, 2013, to eliminate a requirement that local governments keep a hard (paper) copy of tax rolls if the information is maintained on computerized database.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161236

House Bill 5103: Stagger snowmobile council member terms
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on October 29, 2013, to stagger the ending dates of political appointees on a state “snowmobile and trails advisory council”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161237

House Bill 5104: Authorize medical “marijuana infused products”
Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on October 29, 2013, to authorize the use of “marijuana infused products” under the state’s medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008 .
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161238

House Bill 5105: Extend legal liability to martial arts contest doctors
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on October 29, 2013, to extend liability from lawsuits to doctors and emergency medical technicians who give emergency treatment to a contestant in a boxing and mixed martial arts contest, except for gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161239

House Bill 5106: Increase auto insurance tax
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 29, 2013, to increase from $1 to $2 a tax imposed on auto insurance policies to pay for an anti-theft program, and extend the tax to commercial truck policies.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161240

House Bill 5107: Revise seawall repair permit mandate
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on October 29, 2013, to authorize less restrictive permit requirements for the repair or replacement of a failed seawall than the requirements which apply to erecting a new seawall.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161241

House Bill 5108: Repeal ban on ticket scalping
Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R) on October 29, 2013, to repeal a state law that bans ticket “scalping” at sports and entertainment events.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161242

House Bill 5109: Revise electric utility regulation detail
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on October 29, 2013, to establish that for purposes of state utility regulation, the money paid for electric service by campground or marina customers is considered a “reimbursement” to the proprietor.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161243

House Bill 5110: Mandate cell phone providers disclose user location info in emergencies
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 29, 2013, to require cell phone companies to disclose call location information when requested by law enforcement because the information is needed in an emergency situation that involves the risk of death or injury. The bill would grant legal immunity to cell phone companies for making the disclosures.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161244

House Bill 5111: Ban social promotions of third graders
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on October 29, 2013, to prohibit public schools from advancing third grade students to the next grade unless the student has achieved a score of “proficient” on the state reading test.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161245

House Bill 5112: Create “letter grade” rating system for schools
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on October 29, 2013, to require the Department of Education to create a system of assigning letter grades (“A” to “F”) to each public school, based on its performance and student growth. The bill would also allow districts to make a particular school exempt from the rating by designating it as an “alternative education campus,” if most of the students are very low performing, have a history of serious psychological behavioral disorders, are homeless, or meet certain other criteria.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161246

House Bill 5113: Authorize university employee contract self-dealing exception
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on October 29, 2013, to add exceptions to a law prohibiting self-dealing by government employees in contracts with a government entity for which they are an officer or employee. Specifically, employees of state colleges and universities would be allowed to benefit from a contract for “the purchase of goods or services that are available for purchase at the same price by the general public”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161247

House Bill 5114: Dock pay of lawmakers until Medicaid expansion begins
Introduced by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on October 30, 2013, to “dock” or suspend the pay of legislators and the Governor until federal health care law’s (”Obamacare”) Medicaid expansion authorized by House Bill 4714 goes into effect in late March or early April (depending on when the 2013 legislative session ends). The expansion does not begin on Jan. 1 because the Senate did not provide sufficient votes for “immediate effect”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161249

House Bill 5115: Require school tax votes be in August or November
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on October 30, 2013, to require that school elections on measures which impose a higher property tax millage rate to create a “sinking fund” or to pay for increased borrowing (“bonding”) must be held on the regular August or November election dates.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161250

House Bill 5116: Require school tax votes be in August or November
Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on October 30, 2013, to require that school elections on measures which impose a higher property tax millage rate to create a “sinking fund” or to pay for increased borrowing (“bonding”) must be held on the regular August or November election dates.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161251

House Bill 5117: Eliminate sunset on road commission eliminations
Introduced by Rep. Roger Victory (R) on October 31, 2013, to eliminate a Jan. 1, 2015 sunset on a 2011 law that provides procedures for eliminating a county road commission and transferring its duties to the county board.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161281

House Bill 5118: Eliminate sunset on road commission eliminations
Introduced by Rep. Roger Victory (R) on October 31, 2013, to eliminate a Jan. 1, 2015 sunset on a 2011 law that provides procedures for eliminating a county road commission and transferring its duties to the county board.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161282

House Bill 5119: Revise consumer loan law details
Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on October 31, 2013, to revise and update definitions and details of a law that governs consumer loans and related transactions.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161283

House Bill 5120: Expand “consumer protection” law regulations to health care
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on October 31, 2013, to revise the state Consumer Protection Act in a way that apply its many regulations, mandates and restrictions to medical goods and services. Specifically, this law exempts professions that are already governed by a comprehensive state regulatory regime, and the bill would create an exception to that so it would apply to health care.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161284

House Bill 5121: Revise judgeships
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on October 31, 2013, to increase the number of judgeships in the 16th circuit court in Macomb County.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161285

House Bill 5122: Revise judgeships
Introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on October 31, 2013, to increase the number of judgeships in the sixth circuit court in Oakland County.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161286

House Bill 5123: Revise judgeships
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on October 31, 2013, to increase the number of judgeships in the 17th circuit court in Kent County and the fifth district court in Berrien County.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161287

House Bill 5124: Revise judgeships
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on October 31, 2013, to consolidate and reduce the number of judgeships in a number of circuit and district courts around the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161288

House Bill 5125: Revise judgeships
Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 31, 2013, to consolidate and reduce the number of judgeships in a number of district courts around the state.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161289

Senate Bill 68: Create new ORV regulation category
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on November 5, 2013, to create a new category of off-road vehicle in the statute authorizing ORV regulations, to be called an “ROV,” defined as “a vehicle with four or more wheels that is designed for off-road use, has nonhighway tires, is more than 50 inches but not more than 65 inches in width, and is powered by a 50cc to 1,000cc gasoline engine, an engine of comparable size using other fuels, or an electric motor of comparable power.” Current law bans travel on designated forest pathways by vehicles wider than 50 inches.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674689

House Bill 4996: Exempt some small stock offerings from state registration
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on November 5, 2013, to exempt certain small company stock offerings from state registration requirements if they meet various conditions specified in the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674723


94 posted on 11/07/2013 4:18:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 425: Revise principle residence property tax credit detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 6, 2013, to extend the Proposal A “homestead property tax” credit that exempts an individual’s principle residence from local school operating taxes (usually 18 mills) so that it also applies if the form of home ownership is a trust with the home occupant is the trust’s beneficiary.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674750

Senate Bill 628: Revise crime victim rights detail
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 6, 2013, 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=674753

Senate Bill 652: Establish state Appeals Court as venue for suits against the state
Passed 57 to 52 in the House on November 6, 2013, to establish that the venue for all legal claims against state agencies, commissions, boards, etc. (the state “court of claims”), will no longer be the Ingham County circuit court, and instead will be the state Court of Appeals (which consists of 24 judges elected in four regional elections). Specifically, the state Supreme Court would assign four Court of Appeals judges as the Court of Claims, who would have to come from at least two of the four COA regions.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674786

House Bill 4156: Expand free clinic liability exemption
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 6, 2013, to include nurses in a limited liability exemption for health care professionals who provide care at a free clinic.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674754

House Bill 4585: Authorize paperless architect, engineer and surveyor filings
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 6, 2013, to authorize the use by architects, professional engineers, and surveyors of electronic versions of the official “seals” that attest their licensed status on documents that they file electronically with public authorities.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674751


95 posted on 11/08/2013 4:11:12 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Joint Resolution V: Call for “Article V” U.S. balanced budget amendment convention
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to submit an application to Congress to call an “Article V” constitutional convention, limited to proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that prohibits the federal government from spending more in any fiscal year than it collects in tax and other revenue (balanced budget amendment). Legislatures representing two-thirds of the states must request this to get a convention, and three-quarters of the states must approve any amendment proposed by an “Article V” convention for it to become part of the constitution. The resolution names 17 states that have submitted applications.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674868

Senate Bill 504: Revise liquor license law details
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to establish that rules, orders, bulletins, declaratory rulings, or other administrative directives issued by the state Liquor Control Commission are void and not enforceable if they are not consistent with state liquor control laws, or do not “protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens.” This is somewhat more restrictive on the commission than the current instruction that it construe the statute “liberally,” meaning in a way that gives the commission more discretion.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674861

Senate Bill 505: Revise liquor license law details
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to codify in law an administrative prohibition on alcohol manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of alcohol giving bars and restaurants items that promoted brands and prices of their products, including things like glasses with brand logos, etc.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674862

Senate Bill 506: Revise liquor license law details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to prohibit requiring brewers and beer wholesalers from having to pay a state beer tax more than once every three months. The bill also revises details of which entities are required to deliver the tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674863

Senate Bill 507: Revise liquor license law details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to prohibit requiring wineries, liquor makers or their wholesalers from having to pay a state wine or liquor tax more than once every three months. The bill also revises details of which entities are required to deliver the tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674864

Senate Bill 575: Prohibit licensure discipline board conflicts of interest
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to prohibit a member of a health profession occupational licensure board’s disciplinary subcommittee from participating in disciplinary procedures if he or she has a conflict of interest. It would also eliminate a provision related to hearings on “community service” as a sanction for violations, and revise investigation procedures.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674857

Senate Bill 576: Prohibit licensure discipline board conflicts of interest
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to require members of a government board, commission, or committee that has authority in regulatory actions concerning private individuals or entities, to disclose any personal or financial interest in a matter before the board, refrain from board discussions on the matter and not participate in any related votes.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674858

Senate Bill 577: Revise licensure discipline board procedures
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to require (rather than just “allow”) the state agency in charge of occupational licensure in the health care field to investigate allegations that grounds exist for disciplinary action against a health care professional. Also, to explicitly include any conduct with a patient that is sexual in any way in the grounds for investigation and disciplinary action, and increase potential administrative penalties (in addition to any criminal sanctions a prosecutor may seek).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674859

Senate Bill 578: Revise licensure discipline board procedures
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to establish specific procedures to be followed by a health profession occupational licensure board’s disciplinary subcommittee in making a final decision on disciplinary action against a health care professional.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674860

Senate Bill 650: Revise brewer regulation details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to allow very small commercial brewers (ones that produce fewer than 1,000 barrels per year, labeled by the bill “qualified micro brewers”) to sell directly to a retail merchant, rather than being mandated to sell through a member of a state beer wholesaler cartel created by current liquor control laws. This is part of a package of modest liquor law reforms comprised of Senate Bills 504 to 507, 651, and House Bill 4277.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674865

Senate Bill 651: Revise brewer regulation details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to increase the maximum production level that places a brewer under state “microbrewer” regulations (vs. more burdensome regular brewer regulations), from 30,000 barrels annually to 60,000 barrels. This is part of a package of modest liquor law reforms comprised of Senate Bills 504 to 507, 650, and House Bill 4277.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674866

House Bill 4277: Require expeditious liquor license issue
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to require the Liquor Control Commission to issue a conditional liquor license for a new beer-and-wine retail merchant, or the transfer of an existing restaurant or bar’s license, within 20 days of an applicant submitting all the necessary paperwork, fees, “proof of financial responsibility,” etc. This license would cost a business an extra $300 and expire after one year, or when the regular license is approved or denied, whichever comes first.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674867

House Bill 4484: Cap rental self-storage late fees, revise liability
Passed 89 to 20 in the House on November 7, 2013, to cap rental payment late fees to a self-storage space rental facility at $20 per month or 20 percent of the monthly rental amount, whichever is greater (with certain exceptions), allow additional means of disposing of property subject to sale for non-payment of rent, and revise details of the facility owner’s liability for stored documents or other media that is sold or destroyed when a tenant defaults on a rental agreement.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674923

House Bill 4858: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on November 7, 2013, to require a bank that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to ensure it does not allow a person to use a welfare benefits “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674919

House Bill 4859: Require financial institutions help enforce welfare benefit restrictions
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on November 7, 2013, to require a savings bank that operates automatic teller machines in a casino, liquor store, or “adult entertainment establishment” to “work with” state agencies to find a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” to withdraw cash from those ATMs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674920

House Bill 5008: Revise business income tax details
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on November 7, 2013, to revise the details of certain definitions in the business income tax law. The bill affects deductible losses in certain situations where a firm acquires another corporation.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674914

House Bill 5010: Revise business income tax details
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on November 7, 2013, to exempt “domestic international sales corporations” from the state’s corporate income tax.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674916

House Bill 5011: Revise past business tax credit detail
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on November 7, 2013, to revise details of “claw back” provisions for a business that was granted a selective tax break under the repealed Michigan Business Tax in return for acquiring a certain asset, but which later sells that asset.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674917

House Bill 5014: Ban welfare “bridge card” ATM cash at liquor stores
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on November 7, 2013, to require liquor stores to “work with” state agencies to find a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash from an ATM on the premises. This would not apply to grocery stores that also sell liquor. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674921

House Bill 5015: Ban welfare “bridge card” ATM cash at race track
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on November 7, 2013, to require state agencies to “work with” ATM cash machine suppliers to establish a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash at a horse racing track. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674922

House Bill 5050: Ban credit card fraud “skimming” devices
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on November 7, 2013, to authorize criminal penalties for the use of a “skimmer” device to gain access to a person’s financial accounts (for example, when a person is using an ATM machine). This and other bills in a legislative package would authorize the same penalties as a 2012 law banning “automated sales suppression devices” for falsifying electronic cash register records, called “zappers” or “phantom-ware”: Five years in prison and a $25,000 fine for a first offense, increasing to 15 years for a third and subsequent offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674927

House Bill 5051: Clarify identity theft penalties
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on November 7, 2013, to increase the penalties provided in the state criminal code for identity theft so they match those called for in a 2004 identity theft law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674928

House Bill 5052: Clarify identity theft penalties
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on November 7, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the increased identity theft penalties proposed by House Bill 5051.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674929

House Bill 5053: Clarify cash register “zapper” crime jurisdiction
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on November 7, 2013, to clarify jurisdiction details of a 2012 law banning the possession, manufacture or sale of an automated sales suppression device for falsifying the records of electronic cash registers (also called a “zapper” or “phantom-ware”).
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674930


96 posted on 11/09/2013 3:00:52 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 662: Revise seawall repair permit mandate
Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on November 5, 2013, to authorize less restrictive permit requirements for the repair or replacement of a failed seawall than those which apply to erecting a new seawall.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161296

Senate Bill 663: Waive automaker liability for “automated vehicle” modifications
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on November 6, 2013, to waive the liability of a vehicle or parts manufacturer for damages resulting from a person trying to retrofit a vehicle into an automated vehicle (“driverless car”). See also Senate Bill 169.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161300

Senate Bill 664: Revise “debt management services” regulations
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on November 6, 2013, to revise and update various definitions and prescribed procedures in a law that imposes licensure and regulations on “debt management services”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161301

Senate Bill 665: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on November 6, 2013, to require the legislature to create a commission to employ a manager and staff that would take over the functions of maintaining, restoring and improving the state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site.” The bill would also require appointment of a “capitol architect” and create several statutory “funds” (accounts) to hold money for these purposes, but does not itself appropriate or earmark any specific revenue. Currently, these functions are generally performed by an existing staff using annual appropriations that are not mandated by statute.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161302

Senate Bill 666: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on November 6, 2013, to revise the current “legislative council” law to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 665 to create a “Michigan Capitol State Commission” to take over management of the facility.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161303

Senate Bill 667: Ban use by minors of “e-cigarettes”
Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on November 7, 2013, to ban the use by minors of electronic cigarettes.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161324

Senate Bill 668: Ban selling “e-cigarettes” to minors
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on November 7, 2013, to ban the sale to minors of electronic cigarettes or any device that delivers nicotine.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161325

Senate Bill 669: Ban monkeys and apes as pets
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on November 7, 2013, to prohibit the ownership, possession, breeding, sale, or importation of nonhuman primates (monkeys and apes) as pets. The bill authorizes exemptions for possession by zoos, veterinarians or specified officials, and “grandfathers” existing owners.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161326

Senate Bill 670: Revise pre-term limits legislative pension detail
Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on November 7, 2013, to repeal a statutory earmark of a small portion of court fees to a legislative retirement system. Conventional pensions for legislators were ended after term limits imposed by a popular initiative went into effect in the 1990s, but many surviving members of pre-term limits legislatures still collect pension benefits. Current lawmakers get 401(k) contributions instead.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161327

Senate Bill 671: Waive some licensure fees for veterans
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on November 7, 2013, to waive fees charged for state-imposed occupational licensure mandates if the applicant is an honorably discharged military veteran.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161328

Senate Bill 672: Waive some licensure fees for veterans
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on November 7, 2013, to waive fees charged for a state-imposed security guard or security system contractor licensure mandates if the applicant is an honorably discharged military veteran.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161329

House Bill 5126: Earmark some fees to school security measures
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on November 5, 2013, to create a segregated state fund to receive the criminal penalty surcharges proposed by House Bill 5127, and require the Department of Education to distribute the money to school districts for a variety of specified security-related purposes, including school metal detectors, guards, bullet-proof windows, security audits and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161305

House Bill 5127: Earmark some fees to school security measures
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on November 5, 2013, to create a segregated state fund to receive the criminal penalty surcharges proposed by House Bill 5127, and require the Department of Education to distribute the money to school districts for a variety of specified security-related purposes, including school metal detectors, guards, bullet-proof windows, security audits and more.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161306

House Bill 5128: Require teacher turnover reports
Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on November 5, 2013, to require public schools to file and post on the internet annual reports of the number of teachers employed and the amount of teacher turnover since the preceding year.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161307

House Bill 5129: Require schools disclose ratio of students to teachers, counselors, etc.
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on November 5, 2013, to require public schools to file regular reports with the state on the number of students per teacher, per school nurse, per school counselor, per school psychologist and per school social worker.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161308

House Bill 5130: Revise school board meeting rules
Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on November 5, 2013, to impose the same Open Meetings Act rules on charter school board of directors meetings as apply to the elected boards of conventional school districts, and require both kinds of boards to post meeting agendas on their websites at least 72 hours beforehand, post the meeting minutes within 72 hours afterwards, and hold meetings in a school or at a “readily accessible” location with sufficient capacity that is within two miles of a district school.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161309

House Bill 5131: Revise “Brownfields” authority board detail
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on November 5, 2013, to allow “brownfield” authority board members to be an elected or appointed government official, with their board membership ending at the same time their term or official position ends. These authorities were originally created to facilitate redevelopment of polluted industrial sites, but the law has been gradually revised to let them deliver more conventional direct and indirect “economic development” subsidies to particular developers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161310

House Bill 5132: Revise local “economic development” authority board detail
Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on November 5, 2013, to allow regional “economic development” agency board members to be an elected or appointed government official, with their board membership ending at the same time their term or official position ends. These agencies are essentially the local arms of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state agency through which tax breaks and subsidies are delivered to particular companies and developers selected by political appointees on the MEDC board.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161311

House Bill 5133: Require agencies disclose federal aid requests to legislature
Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on November 5, 2013, to require state agencies that apply for any form of federal or other financial assistance to notify legislative leaders, relevant committees and the legislature’s fiscal agencies within 10 days, with the notice including any conditions or stipulations associated with receiving the assistance.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161312

House Bill 5134: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on November 5, 2013, to revise a “Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Act” to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 665 to create a “Michigan Capitol State Commission” to maintain, restore and improve the Michigan state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161313

House Bill 5135: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Introduced by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on November 6, 2013, to revise the law that establishes the duties of the state Department of Management and Budget to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 665 to create a “Michigan Capitol State Commission” to take over the functions of maintaining, restoring and improving the Michigan state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site”.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161314

House Bill 5136: Create standardized medical welfare mental health release form
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on November 6, 2013, 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.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161315

House Bill 5137: Authorize enhanced penalties for prison guard assaults
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on November 6, 2013, to include prison and jail guards in a law that authorizes enhanced penalties of an extra two years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for committing an assault in which the victim is a health care professional, peace officer, conservation officer, etc. who is acting within the scope of their official duties.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161316

House Bill 5138: Authorize breast cancer “awareness” specialty license plate
Introduced in the House on November 6, 2013, to authorize a specialty license plate for “breast cancer awareness,” and give the net revenue from its sale to a state government breast and cervical cancer control program.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161317

House Bill 5139: Authorize parenting time “right of first refusal”
Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on November 6, 2013, to establish that if a court awards parenting time in a child custody dispute (or orders joint custody), it may give one or both parents a “right of first refusal” to provide child care if the other parent intends to leave the child with a substitute child care provider for a significant period of time during his or her specified parenting time.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161318

House Bill 5140: Revise package liquor store quotas
Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on November 7, 2013, to gradually phase-in a modest relaxation of package liquor store quota rules, to facilitate a store moving from one community to another community in the same or a neighboring county.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=161333


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Senate Bill 21: Revise DDA-subsidized “historic” building change procedures
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on November 12, 2013, to revise details of the procedures required to make exterior changes to a structure owned by a downtown development authority, or one whose owner was subsidized by a DDA, if the property is on the state or national register of historic sites.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675007

Senate Bill 22: Revise DDA-subsidized “historic” building change procedures
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on November 12, 2013, to revise details of the role of a “state historic preservation office” in the procedures required to make exterior changes to a structure owned by a downtown development authority, or one whose owner was subsidized by a DDA, if the property is on the state or national register of historic sites.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675008

Senate Bill 539: Revise “Miss Dig” regulatory regime
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on November 7, 2013, to establish that, under the MISS DIG notification system for underground excavation, the law under which the operations of governmental agencies are generally immune from tort liability would not apply to liability for damage caused by their excavation work.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674924

Senate Bill 540: Revise “Miss Dig” regulatory regime
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on November 7, 2013, to update the regulatory regime established by the “Miss Dig” notification system for underground excavation and blasting, which was created in the 1970s to avoid damage to cables, pipes and other underground “facilities.” The bill codifies many procedures and protocols that have grown up since this system was created.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674925

Senate Bill 622: Clarify real estate improvement use tax provision
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on November 12, 2013, to clarify the applicability of the state use tax on “a manufacturer that affixes its product to real estate”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675005

House Bill 4133: Revise “gun free zone” CPL exception
Passed 91 to 19 in the House on November 12, 2013, to exempt retired county and state corrections officers from the “gun free zone” provision of the concealed pistol permit law. This provision prohibits regular citizens who have received a permit after meeting the background check and training requirements, from carrying a pistol in schools, day care facilities, sports stadiums or arenas, bars, bar/restaurants, places of worship, college dorms and classrooms, hospitals, casinos, large entertainment facilities and courts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675095

House Bill 4350: Revise “gun free zone” CPL exception
Passed 81 to 29 in the House on November 12, 2013, to exempt current and former county prosecutors, assistant prosecutors, and certain former police or sheriff auxiliary or reserve officers, from the “gun free zone” provision of the concealed pistol permit law. This provision prohibits citizens who have received a permit from carrying a pistol in specified places.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675096

House Bill 4485: Clarify self-storage rental insurance regulation
Passed 58 to 51 in the House on November 7, 2013, to establish that a person whose only sale of insurance is for property stored in a self-service storage facility is not required to obtain an insurance agent license.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674926

House Bill 4715: Ban felons having ammo
Passed 91 to 19 in the House on November 12, 2013, to extend current prohibitions on certain convicted felons having a gun, so that their possession of ammunition is also banned.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675098

House Bill 4716: Ban felons having ammo
Passed 89 to 21 in the House on November 12, 2013, to revise the state sentencing guidelines to reflect the prohibition proposed by House Bill 4715 on convicted felons possessing ammunition.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675099

House Bill 4768: Restrict DEQ groundwater discharge sodium limits
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on November 12, 2013, to restrict the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing limitations beyond a level specified in the bill on the amount of sodium in groundwater discharges that allowed under state water pollution regulations.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675006

House Bill 4878: Establish “super voting precinct” pilot project
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on November 12, 2013, to allow city or township clerks to make agreements with the state Bureau of Elections or with their county clerk to perform duties related to maintaining their “qualified voter file,” and letting their county clerk perform certain election-related duties. The “super voting precinct” pilot program originally proposed by the bill is not included.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675083

House Bill 4907: Revise arson law details
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on November 12, 2013, to clarify wording in the state’s law against arson. The revisions do not make any substantive changes to this law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675087

House Bill 4908: Revise arson law details
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on November 12, 2013, to revise and update details of state sentencing guidelines for the crime of arson. The revisions do not make any substantive changes to this law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675094

House Bill 4920: Delay certain mandated large retailer use and sales tax prepayments
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on November 12, 2013, to postpone until 2015 a new law that increases the amount of use tax and sales tax prepayments large retailers are required to pay in advance to the state.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675086

House Bill 4941: Revise nurse license reciprocity detail
Passed 96 to 14 in the House on November 12, 2013, to repeal a January 1, 2012 expiration date for the state nursing licensure board to extend reciprocity to a nurse licensed by an equivalent licensing board or authority in Canada.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675085

House Bill 5009: Revise business income tax details
Passed 108 to 1 in the House on November 7, 2013, to revise the details of certain definitions in the business income tax related to taxing members of “unitary business group” arrangements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=674915


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Senate Bill 2: Revise nurses licensure
The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on November 13, 2013, to prohibit advanced practice registered nurses from providing health care services except as part of a “patient care team” and “as delegated” by a physician who is on that team.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675171

Senate Bill 2: Revise nurses licensure
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on November 13, 2013, to revise nursing licensure regulations to provide a wider “scope of practice” for “advanced practice registered nurses,” potentially allowing these health care professionals to provide some services that current law only permits physicians to perform, subject to numerous restrictions and specific requirements.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675176

Senate Bill 171: Increase fine for illegally shooting deer with big racks
Passed 108 to 2 in the House on November 13, 2013, to increase the amount of restitution a person must pay for shooting a deer out of season or without a proper license if the animal has big antlers, with the penalty amount based on the size of the antlers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675216

Senate Bill 285: Increase penalties for certain animal abuse crimes
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 13, 2013, to revise a 2008 law that increased the penalties for abusing animals in cases of multiple animals, by increasing the penalties even more, especially for violations involving 25 or more animals, or when the violator has multiple prior offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675162

Senate Bill 286: Increase penalties for certain animal abuse crimes
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 13, 2013, to establish sentencing guidelines for the increased animal cruelty penalties proposed by Senate Bill 285.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675163

Senate Bill 329: Ease certain winery and distiller restrictions
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 13, 2013, to ease current restrictions on a wine maker, distiller or brandy manufacturer possessing real estate that is occupied by another vendor, which would make these restrictions the same as ones that now apply to brewers.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675168

Senate Bill 660: Authorize and regulate medical marijuana cultivation and distribution
The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on November 13, 2013, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4271, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4271 would authorize and regulate medical marijuana “dispensaries,” and allow municipal licensure or prohibition.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675164

Senate Bill 660: Authorize and regulate medical marijuana cultivation and distribution
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on November 13, 2013, to establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for production and sale by pharmacies of “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis” to individuals with a debilitating medical condition, contingent on the federal government reclassifying marijuana from an illegal drug to a prescription drug. Michigan’s voter-initiated medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, establishes a regulatory framework for patients or authorized caregivers growing their own; companies seeking “commercialized” distribution lobbied for this bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675167

House Bill 4688: Repeal some occupational licensure mandates
Passed 71 to 39 in the House on November 13, 2013, to repeal a law that imposes a licensure mandate on dietitians and nutritionists.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675215

House Bill 4893: Revise child abuse investigation database details
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 13, 2013, to revise the rules for maintaining or expunging records of investigations contained in a central state registry of serious child abuse cases. The state would have to send a notice to a person being placed on the list, who would have 180 days to request a hearing. If an investigation did not provide a “preponderance of evidence” then a person could not be placed on the list, and except for very serious offenders, names would be removed from the list after 10 years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675218

House Bill 5005: Revise solid waste detail
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 13, 2013, to exempt “waste diversion centers” from certain landfill regulations. These centers separate certain items from household garbage, including hazardous waste, pharmaceuticals, electronics, batteries, light bulbs, pesticides, thermostats and other devices that contain mercury, medical waste and more.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675219

House Bill 5073: Revise local “angle parking” restrictions
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 13, 2013, to allow local governments to permit angle parking on a state “trunkline highway” if the state Department of Transportation allows it.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675214

House Bill 5103: Stagger snowmobile council member terms
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 13, 2013, to stagger the ending dates of political appointees on a state “snowmobile and trails advisory council”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675221


99 posted on 11/15/2013 2:03:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Senate Bill 35: Authorize criminal penalties for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines
Passed 105 to 5 in the House on November 14, 2013, to authorize additional penalties for failing to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing “blight violations” under a 2003 law, with some exceptions. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property. The bill would authorize additional fines of $500, 93 days in jail for a second offense, and up to a year for a third offense.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675385

Senate Bill 36: Authorize penalties for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on November 14, 2013, to allow a local government to ban giving an approval required under a local zoning ordinance to a property owner who has failed to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing “blight violations” under a 2003 law. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property. Senate Bill 35 would also authorize jail time for second offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675386

Senate Bill 37: Authorize penalties for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on November 14, 2013, to allow a local government to ban giving an approval required under a building code ordinance to a property owner who has failed to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing “blight violations” under a 2003 law. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675387

Senate Bill 38: Authorize wage garnishment for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines
Passed 95 to 15 in the House on November 14, 2013, to allow a local government to garnish the wages of a property owner who has failed to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing “blight violations” under a 2003 law. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675388

Senate Bill 39: Authorize foreclosure for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on November 14, 2013, to allow a local government to foreclose on property owned by a person who has failed to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing “blight violations” under a 2003 law. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property. Senate Bill 35 would also authorize jail time for second offenses.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675390

Senate Bill 169: Allow driverless car testing
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to allow the operation on highways of an automated “driverless” vehicle for testing purposes, subject to narrow conditions. A human operator would have to to be present to monitor performance and intervene if necessary. Gov. Rick Snyder called for this in his 2013 State of the State address.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675314

Senate Bill 171: Increase fine for illegally shooting deer with big racks
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675295

Senate Bill 172: Increase trespass while hunting penalties
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on November 13, 2013, to increase the restitution to a property owner for trespassing while hunting. Under current law, an owner can seek restitution of $250 or the amount of any property damage, whichever is greater. The bill would increase the former amount to $750.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675217

Senate Bill 174: Mandate credit agency “security freeze”
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 14, 2013, to require credit reporting agencies to honor a “security freeze” request made by a consumer or on behalf of a minor under age 16 or an incapacitated individual, which prohibits the release of information to a third party without prior express authorization from the consumer. The bill controls the prices the agencies may charge for this service.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675377

Senate Bill 396: Expand ban on replacement construction assessment hikes
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to revise a provision restricting property tax assessment increases on construction that replaces parts of a structure damaged by accident or an act of God, so that no assessment would be imposed as long as the construction is of substantially the same materials and square footage. This cap would also apply to value-increasing improvements required to meet current health, sanitary, zoning, safety, fire, or construction codes and ordinances.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675306

Senate Bill 441: Let counties create electronic campaign finance disclosure systems
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to allow counties to establish electronic versions of the local government campaign finance reporting requirements they are required to operate, and to require election campaigns that raise or spend an amount over either $1,500 or $5,000 (the county may choose one of these) to file mandated campaign finance reports by electronic means rather than on paper.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675288

Senate Bill 491: Restrict licensing golf carts for on-road travel
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to prohibit licensing a vehicle that is manufactured exclusively for off-road use for on-road travel, including golf carts.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675309

Senate Bill 610: Revise state ban on short-barreled rifles and shotguns
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to revise a state ban on short-barreled rifles or shotguns to state that it bans guns that are banned under federal law.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675307

Senate Bill 612: Trim mandated barber license instruction hours
Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, 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.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675310

Senate Bill 641: Revise real estate license details
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to allow inactive real estate salespersons and brokers to renew their license within three years, subject to conditions and requirements specified in the bill. Also, to revise a six-hour annual “continuing education” mandate to instead allow licensees to take 18 hours spread over three years.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675311

Senate Bill 661: Increase political contributions limits
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to increase the maximum campaign contributions allowed by state election law, index these to inflation, and require additional finance reports from candidates. The bill would also establish that third party “issue ads” that do not expressly advocate the election of a candidate or issue need not include a disclosure of who paid for the ad, and allow the Republican and Democratic caucuses in the legislature to raise and spend money promoting their preferred candidates in primary elections.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675293

Senate Bill 663: Waive automaker liability for “automated vehicle” modifications
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to waive the liability of a vehicle or parts manufacturer for damages resulting from a person trying to retrofit a vehicle into an automated vehicle (“driverless car”). See also Senate Bill 169.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675315

Senate Bill 665: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to require the legislature to create a commission to employ a manager and staff that would take over the functions of maintaining, restoring and improving the state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site.” The bill would also require appointment of a “capitol architect” and create several statutory “funds” (accounts) to hold money for these purposes, but does not itself appropriate or earmark any specific revenue. Currently, these functions are generally performed by an existing staff using annual appropriations that are not mandated by statute.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675312

Senate Bill 666: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to revise the current “legislative council” law to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 665 to create a “Michigan Capitol State Commission” to take over management of the facility.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675313

House Bill 4257: Revise liquor license detail
Passed 105 to 5 in the House on November 14, 2013, to extend to counties, villages and townships the provisions of a law that authorizes “redevelopment project area liquor licenses” over and above a particular city’s liquor license quota if the local government’s “redevelopment project area” a meets certain capital investment thresholds.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675399

House Bill 4513: Revise public housing project allocation detail
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 14, 2013, to require the commissions that run government housing projects to offer current disabled tenants a right of first refusal to relocate to an available dwelling accommodation on a lower floor of the same project.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675380

House Bill 4546: Increase marketing “assessments” imposed on potato growers
Passed 73 to 37 in the House on November 14, 2013, to increase the maximum “assessment” that can be levied on growers under a government potato marketing scheme, with exceptions for smaller growers, and revise the constituents represented on the board of political appointees authorized to determine the level of assessments.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675407

House Bill 4624: Allow multi-department firefighter employment
Passed 59 to 51 in the House on November 14, 2013, to prohibit fire department from prohibiting its firefighters from also working as a volunteer, part-time or paid on-call firefighter with another department, if this does not conflict with the original employment. Also, to make this issue a prohibited subject of collective bargaining between a fire department and an employee union.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675379

House Bill 4633: Mandate license plate replacement after 10 years (as-passed version)
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to mandate that vehicle owners must replace their license plate after 10 years, even if it is still legible. Under current law the state imposes a $5 extra charge to replace a plate.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675305

House Bill 4642: Repeal striking workers replacement ad disclosure mandate
Passed 59 to 51 in the House on November 14, 2013, to repeal a law that prohibits an employer from soliciting or advertising for replacements for striking workers unless the solicitation discloses that there is a strike.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675378

House Bill 4709: Revise beer brewer regulations
Passed 107 to 3 in the House on November 14, 2013, to increase the maximum production level that subjects a brewer to state “microbrewer” regulations (vs. regular brewer regulations), from 30,000 barrels annually to 60,000.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675394

House Bill 4710: Revise beer brewer regulations
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on November 14, 2013, to increase the number of “brewpubs” in which a single owner can have an interest, from three to six, with a maximum capacity between them of 18,000 barrels of beer per calendar year.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675395

House Bill 4711: Revise beer brewer regulations
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on November 14, 2013, to revise a law that prohibits a brewer from having more than one brewery in the state that sells beer at retail for on-premises consumption. The bill increases this to two.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675396

House Bill 4782: Expand another corporate/developer subsidy regime
Passed 87 to 23 in the House on November 14, 2013, to authorize creation of a sixth “Next Michigan Development Corporation,” which is a government agency that gives tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers selected by political appointees on the entity’s board for projects meeting extremely broad “multi-modal commerce” criteria (basically, any form of goods-related commerce). The new entity would be in the Upper Peninsula.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675391

House Bill 4788: Authorize fund-raising veterans license plate
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 14, 2013, to authorize a fund raising “collector” license plate recognizing Michigan veterans, with the proceeds going to various state veterans programs and tuition subsidies.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675402

House Bill 4918: Ban paying “bounties” to local parking enforcement “volunteers”
Passed 102 to 8 in the House on November 14, 2013, to prohibit local governments from paying “bounties” to individuals participating in local volunteer parking meter enforcement programs.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675381

House Bill 5046: Allow customer’s wine in restaurants
Passed 105 to 5 in the House on November 14, 2013, to allow a customer to bring his or her own bottle of wine to a restaurant that has a liquor license, and let the restaurant set and charge a fee for this.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675397

House Bill 5069: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Passed 89 to 21 in the House on November 14, 2013, 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=675382

House Bill 5070: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Passed 91 to 19 in the House on November 14, 2013, 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=675383

House Bill 5071: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
Passed 91 to 19 in the House on November 14, 2013, 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=675384

House Bill 5086: Revise homestead income tax credit
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 14, 2013, to establish that a person who is blind is considered equivalent to “disabled” for purposes of eligibility for an income tax credit against property taxes imposed on a person’s primary residence.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675401

House Bill 5134: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on November 14, 2013, to revise a “Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Act” to reflect the proposal in Senate Bill 665 to create a “Michigan Capitol State Commission” to maintain, restore and improve the Michigan state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site”.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675400

House Bill 5140: Revise package liquor store quotas
Passed 103 to 7 in the House on November 14, 2013, to gradually phase-in a modest relaxation of package liquor store quota rules, to facilitate a store moving from one community to another community in the same or a neighboring county.
See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=675398


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