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  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    03/12/2016 3:22:49 AM PST · 336 of 336
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    Senate Bill 506: Update weights and measures law references
    Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 10, 2016, to update references to other official reference sources in the state weights and measures law.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728427

    Senate Bill 541: Require drivers license organ donor invitations
    Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 10, 2016, to require the Secretary of State to specifically inquire orally or in writing whether a drivers license or renewal applicant wishes to participate in an organ donor registry.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728426

    Senate Bill 610: Revise condo “must be built” duties
    Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 10, 2016, to revise the rules for a condominium developer to get out of having to complete “must be built” improvements specified in the original master plan, but which (presumably) are no longer economically viable in a changed real estate market. Developers can do this under current law after a certain period, and the bill revises when that period begins and related details.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728434

    Senate Bill 696: Mandate arson-caused burn injury reporting
    Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on March 10, 2016, to require health care professionals or officials to report to local police when a person seeking treatment for burn injuries shows evidence that these resulted from committing arson.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728429

    Senate Bill 697: Mandate arson-related insurance claim reporting
    Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on March 10, 2016, to require a person in a larger community to file an insurance claim for a building fire that may have been the result of arson to submit a report to local police, and prohibit insurers from paying large claims unless this has been done.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728433

    Senate Bill 776: Revise ballot initiative petition detail
    Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate on March 10, 2016, to establish that signatures on a petition to amend the constitution must be collected within the 180 days before the measure is submitted. Under current law there is a presumption that an older signature is void, but this can be rebutted in an administrative procedure. The bill would remove that “rebuttable presumption” language, making older signatures void without qualification.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728425

    House Bill 4747: Exempt governments from adverse possession
    Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 10, 2016, to exempt local governments from adverse possession actions. Adverse possession is the doctrine that allows a person who is in open possession of property for a certain period of time to claim title to it.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728428

  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    03/11/2016 2:49:45 AM PST · 335 of 336
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    Senate Bill 748: Expand bank examiner authority, provide revenue stream
    Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on March 9, 2016, to permit state bank examiners to include addenda to their reports that recommend “best practices or other improvements in the operation of a bank” not required by law or regulation. Also, to deposit fees and charges related to these activities into a segregated state fund that the relevant bureau could draw on at will, as opposed to being subject to annual appropriations from the legislature.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728328

    Senate Bill 749: Expand bank examiners authority, provide revenue stream
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 9, 2016, to permit state bank examiners to include addenda to their reports that recommend “best practices or other improvements in the operation of a bank” not required by law or regulation. Also, to deposit fees and charges related to these activities into a segregated state fund that the relevant bureau could draw on at will, as opposed to being subject to annual appropriations from the legislature.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728329

    Senate Bill 750: Expand bank examiners authority, provide revenue stream
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 9, 2016, to revise details of the state banking code to conform with the proposal in Senate Bill 748 to expand the authority of state bank inspectors.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728330

    Senate Bill 751: Permit bank loan raffles
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 9, 2016, to allow banks to hold loan promotion raffles, which would not be considered a violation of the state’s illegal gambling laws.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728331

    Senate Bill 752: Permit bank loan raffles
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 9, 2016, to allow banks to hold loan promotion raffles, which would not be considered a violation of the state’s illegal gambling laws.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728332

    House Bill 4887: Revise education savings account rule
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 9, 2016, to remove restrictions on the owner of a Michigan education savings account (who may or may not be the beneficiary) changing the investment strategy of an account.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728327

    House Bill 5182: Revise references to deaf people in state laws
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 9, 2016, to eliminate the phrase “deaf and dumb” from a law that authorizes a state school for deaf people, and replace it with just “deaf”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728343

    House Bill 5183: Revise references to deaf people in state laws
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 9, 2016, to modernize terminology used to refer to people who are deaf or hard of hearing in a law that authorizes a state government bureau to “protect and assist” them.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728344

    House Bill 5250: Authorize use of drivers license photos for CPL license
    Passed 98 to 7 in the House on March 9, 2016, to allow the Secretary of State to provide access to digitized drivers license photographs to the State Police for purposes of using this photo on an individual’s concealed pistol license.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728342

    House Bill 5278: Revise drain tax millage apportionment
    Passed 99 to 6 in the House on March 8, 2016, to revise details of how to apportion debt service payments on multi-county drain projects that are not completed within the five-year period authorized for such projects. This would mean single-county and inter-county drainage districts would be covered by the same rules.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728143

    House Bill 5377: Appropriate $27.9 million for state land acquisitions and recreation projects
    Passed 103 to 2 in the House on March 9, 2016, to appropriate $27.9 million from the state Natural Resources Trust Fund for various land acquisitions and recreation projects. State oil and gas well royalty money is earmarked for this fund.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=728341

  • Mt. Pleasant woman admits fabricating attack story

    03/10/2016 12:08:21 PM PST · 36 of 53
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  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    03/09/2016 3:52:46 AM PST · 334 of 336
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    Senate Bill 823: Appropriations: 2016-2017 “omnibus” budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on March 1, 2016, to authorize an “omnibus” state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2016, except for education spending. This would appropriate $38.711 billion for all state departments, compared to $38.623 billion the previous year. Of this, $20.596 billion is federal money. Senate Bill 824 would appropriate money for public schools, colleges and universities. Spending in both bills comes to $54.891 billion next year (or slightly less when adjusted to reflect interdepartmental transfers), compared to $54.443 originally authorized for the current year, of which $20.597 billion is federal money.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172622

    Senate Bill 824: “Omnibus” education budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on March 1, 2016, to authorize an “omnibus” education budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2016. This would appropriate $399.0 million for community colleges (vs. $388 million appropriated the previous year), $1.598 billion for higher education (vs. $1.534 billion), and $14.183 billion for K-12 public schools (vs. $13.869 billion). The total comes to $16.180, of which $1.917 billion is federal money, compared to a total of $15.819 billion the previous year. Senate Bill 823 contains the rest of the budget. Spending in both bills comes to $54.891 billion next year (or slightly less when adjusted to reflect interdepartmental transfers), compared to $54.443 originally authorized for the current year, of which $20.597 billion is federal money.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172623

    Senate Bill 825: Add new food stamp restriction
    Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on March 1, 2016, to prohibit using food stamps (“bridge cards”) to buy uncooked seafood, meat, or poultry that is to be cooked on the premises where purchased.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172624

    Senate Bill 826: Scrap “Common Core” curriculum and tests
    Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on March 1, 2016, to cease all planning and actions related to adopting the national “common core” curriculum in Michigan schools and tests, and replace this with the curriculum that was in effect in Massachusetts during the 2008-2009 school year. This would be an interim step pending creation of Michigan content standards, which the bill proposes be adopted in five years.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172625

    Senate Bill 827: Create environmental rules administrative oversight committee
    Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on March 1, 2016, to create an environmental rules committee in the Department of Environmental Quality consisting of state officials and representatives of various specified interests, which would oversee all of the department’s rule-making. This body would have the authority to halt any new rules that it deems do not meet standards specified in the bill (which address clarity, need and potential over-reach).
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172626

    Senate Bill 828: Revise drug prescription reporting rules
    Introduced by Sen. Dale W. Zorn (R) on March 1, 2016, to repeal certain exceptions to a law that requires doctors and pharmacists to report all schedule 2, 3, 4, and 5 controlled substances that they prescribe and dispense to the state through an electronic reporting system.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172627

    Senate Bill 829: Create administrative water resources oversight commission
    Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on March 1, 2016, to create a state water resources commission comprised of certain state officials and representatives of various specified interests to oversee state government permits, rules and policies related to water resources.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172628

    Senate Bill 830: Create administrative water resources oversight commission
    Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on March 1, 2016, to explicitly give the state water resources commission proposed by Senate Bill 829 oversight of drinking water standards, procedures and complaints.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172629

    Senate Bill 831: Create administrative air pollution oversight commission
    Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on March 1, 2016, to create a state air pollution control commission comprised of various, officials and representatives of specified interests to oversee state government permits, rules and policies related to air pollution.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172630

    Senate Bill 832: Repeal crime of threatening excommunication for voting wrong
    Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on March 2, 2016, to repeal a law that makes it a crime for a cleric or official of a church or religious society to attempt to influence a how a member votes in an election by threatening excommunication, dismissal, or expulsion.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172661

    Senate Bill 833: Revise fireworks tax allocation
    Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on March 2, 2016, to revise details of the distribution of a 6 percent tax levied on retail fireworks sales, which is earmarked for firefighter training.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172662

    Senate Bill 834: Give students government predictions related to careers
    Introduced by Sen. John Proos (R) on March 2, 2016, to require school districts to make available to students a regional government “career outlook” forecast document.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172663

    Senate Bill 835: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Sen. Margaret O’Brien (R) on March 2, 2016, to declare a legislative “finding” that certain specified factors should be considered in creating a uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools. This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 835 to 838 that aims to gradually establish and implement this in all schools.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172664

    Senate Bill 836: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 2, 2016, to specify in detail which provisions that should be included in a uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools. This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 835 to 838 that aims to gradually establish and implement this in all schools.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172665

    Senate Bill 837: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on March 2, 2016, to establish statutory definitions of various forms of allowable or prohibited seclusion and restraint in public schools. This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 835 to 838 that aims to gradually establish and implement this in all schools.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172666

    Senate Bill 838: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on March 2, 2016, to require public schools to adopt the uniform state policy on the use of seclusion and restraint that is to be devised according to goals and guidelines asserted by Senate Bills 835 to 837.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172667

    Senate Bill 839: Require DNR create forest trail map
    Introduced by Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R) on March 2, 2016, to require the Department of Natural Resources to create a comprehensive inventory of state forest roads that are considered “state roads,” which identifies the condition and development level of the forest roads, and shows the types of motorized and non-motorized uses currently restricted on each segment, including seasonal restrictions. Also, to allow pack-saddle horses in parts of the forests that are otherwise closed to this activity, if it is to haul out game during hunting season.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172668

    Senate Bill 840: Appropriate $3 million to pay for firefighter cancer presumption
    Introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on March 3, 2016, to appropriate $3 million for purposes related to the state adopting a presumption that certain types of cancer contracted by firefighters arose out of and in the course of employment, and so are eligible for workers compensation benefits.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172669

    Senate Bill 841: Repeal low-spending exemption to comprehensive campaign finance regulatory regime
    Introduced by Sen. David Knezek (D) on March 3, 2016, to repeal an exemption from state campaign finance reporting mandates that applies to political campaigns that raise and spend $1,000 or less. The bill would have the effect of imposing the full state campaign finance regulatory regime on any individuals or citizen groups who wish to organize small scale campaign activities.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172670

    Senate Bill 842: Revise consumer loan fee detail
    Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on March 3, 2016, to clarify details of certain fees authorized by one of the state laws that regulate consumer loans.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172671

    Senate Bill 843: Revise consumer loan fee detail
    Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on March 3, 2016, to clarify details of certain fees authorized by one of the state laws that regulate consumer loans.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172672

    House Bill 5401: Revise pollution equipment tax treatment detail
    Introduced by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on March 1, 2016, to revise the requirements for getting a property tax exemption that is allowed for industrial pollution control equipment. The bill would require applications to include an affidavit from an environmental engineer that the equipment meets the rules.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172631

    House Bill 5402: Require written school “pay to play” policies
    Introduced by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on March 1, 2016, to require school districts to adopt written policies for charging students to engage in certain sports and extracurricular activities (“pay to play”). Schools could not charge fees for use of their facilities or to cover coaches’ pay. Students whose family income makes them eligible for free federal lunches would have to be exempted.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172632

    House Bill 5403: Let local governments raise and spend money on “water quality alliances”
    Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on March 1, 2016, to allow municipal governments to create “water quality alliances” with other local governments for purposes of spending money on water sampling and public information campaigns.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172633

    House Bill 5404: Create state water resources commission
    Introduced by Rep. Phil Phelps (D) on March 1, 2016, to create a state water resources commission comprised of certain state officials and representatives of various specified interests to oversee state government permits, rules and policies related to water resources.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172634

    House Bill 5405: Create state water resources commission
    Introduced by Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D) on March 1, 2016, to explicitly give the state water resources commission proposed by House Bill 5304 oversight of drinking water standards, procedures and complaints.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172635

    House Bill 5406: Create state water resources commission
    Introduced by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on March 1, 2016, to create a state water resources commission comprised of certain state officials and representatives of various specified interests to oversee state government permits, rules and policies related to water resources.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172636

    House Bill 5407: Revise legislator expulsion/resignation detail
    Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on March 1, 2016, to revise a procedural detail related to when legislators are expelled or resign. The bill would require a resignation letter or expulsion resolution to explicitly cover the full balance of the term (rather than be temporary).
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172637

    House Bill 5408: Revise rule on adult residents in “child care centers”
    Introduced by Rep. Wendell Byrd (D) on March 1, 2016, to prohibit “child care centers” (a definition that ranges from summer camps and day care facilities to foster care and group homes) with more than 50 residents from having more than 15 who are age 18 or more, and only if they still have at least 40 who are still minors.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172638

    House Bill 5409: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Frank Liberati (D) on March 2, 2016, to declare a legislative “finding” that certain specified factors should be considered in creating a uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5409 to 5416 to gradually establish and implement this in all schools.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172642

    House Bill 5410: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Frank Liberati (D) on March 2, 2016, to require the Department of Education to develop a uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools, according to goals and guidelines articulated by House Bills 5409 to 5416.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172643

    House Bill 5411: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Christine Greig (D) on March 2, 2016, to require the uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools expressed by House Bills 5409 to 5418 to include prohibitions on corporal punishment, chemical restraints, and specified forms of physical restraint.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172644

    House Bill 5412: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on March 2, 2016, to specify in detail the provisions that should be included in a uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5409 to 5418 to gradually establish and implement this in all schools.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172645

    House Bill 5413: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R) on March 2, 2016, to prescribe the types of documentation and reporting that must be included in the uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools expressed by House Bills 5409 to 5418.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172646

    House Bill 5414: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on March 2, 2016, to require public schools to have a written policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in an emergency situation. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5409 to 5418 to create a uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172647

    House Bill 5415: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Jim Tedder (R) on March 2, 2016, to require Intermediate School Districts to collect data on instances where seclusion and restraint was used in their constituent regular school districts. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5409 to 5418 to create a uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172648

    House Bill 5416: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on March 2, 2016, to suggest the kind of personnel training that should be in the uniform policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools proposed by House Bills 5409 to 5418.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172649

    House Bill 5417: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Christine Greig (D) on March 2, 2016, to establish statutory definitions of various forms of allowable seclusion and restraint in public schools. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 5409 to 5418 to gradually establish and implement this in all schools.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172650

    House Bill 5418: Create statewide policy on seclusion and restraint in schools
    Introduced by Rep. Jim Tedder (R) on March 2, 2016, to require public schools to adopt the uniform state policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools that is to be devised according to goals and guidelines expressed by House Bills 5409 to 5418.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172651

    House Bill 5419: Create police “surveillance technology oversight board”
    Introduced by Rep. Jim Runestad (R) on March 2, 2016, to create a state “surveillance technology oversight board,” and require police agencies to report to it what surveillance technology they possess, the type and frequency of its use, the cost, whether it has led to criminal charges and convictions, and more. The board would be required to produce an annual report on this.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172652

    House Bill 5420: Expand fourth degree vulnerable adult abuse crime
    Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R) on March 2, 2016, to expand the crime of fourth degree vulnerable adult abuse to include actions that create an unreasonable risk of harm or injury even if nothing bad happens.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172653

    House Bill 5421: Revise government retiree insurance/Detroit bankruptcy detail
    Introduced by Rep. Laura Cox (R) on March 2, 2016, to revise a 1999 law that authorizes prefunding post-retirement health insurance benefits for government employees, so as to accommodate the Detroit city bankruptcy and a potential Detroit school district bankruptcy. Among other things the bill creates rules for compensation paid to board members on government trusts created for this purpose.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172654

    House Bill 5422: Expand fourth degree vulnerable adult abuse crime
    Introduced by Rep. John Chirkun (D) on March 2, 2016, to expand the crime of fourth degree vulnerable adult abuse to include actions that create an unreasonable risk of harm or injury even if nothing bad happens.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172655

    House Bill 5423: Let local government borrow to replace water service lines
    Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on March 2, 2016, to allow local governments to borrow to replace lead service lines that connect individual residences to municipal systems, and repay the interest and principle by tacking an extra charge onto customer bills.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172656

    House Bill 5424: Revise city/township annexation detail
    Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on March 3, 2016, to exempt a certain city from the law that authorizes a township from annexing part of a neighboring jurisdiction’s territory, subject to various conditions specified in the bill.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172677

    House Bill 5425
    Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on March 3, 2016, Authorize state loans to municipal water systems to authorize interest free state loans to municipalities (like Flint) for emergencies involving water supply contamination or the threat of contamination.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172678

    House Bill 5426: Give away free feminine hygiene products in state restrooms
    Introduced by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on March 3, 2016, to require the state to provide free tampons and sanitary napkins in all women’s restrooms located in state facilities.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172679

    House Bill 5427: Give away free feminine hygiene products in school restrooms
    Introduced by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on March 3, 2016, to require public schools to provide free tampons and sanitary napkins in all women’s restrooms located.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172680

    House Bill 5428: Authorize “sales tax holidays”
    Introduced by Rep. Lee Chatfield (R) on March 3, 2016, to exempt from sales tax specified amounts spent on certain items of clothing, sports equipment, school supplies and computers purchased from Sept. 2 through Sept. 5, and specified amounts spent on camping, fishing, boating and ORV gear from June 3 though June 5.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172681

  • Happy Casimir Pulaski Day, Chicago!

    03/07/2016 6:19:46 PM PST · 20 of 26
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    Pulaski Michigan is between Hanover and Concord. Nothing there really, just the Pulaski general store and a small collection of houses.

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  • Residents complain that ‘call to prayer’ is too loud (Michigan)

    03/05/2016 12:27:13 PM PST · 25 of 31
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    They've been arguing about this for years.

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    Michigan legislative action thread
  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    03/05/2016 1:37:33 AM PST · 333 of 336
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    Senate Bill 332: Reduce minor-in-possession of alcohol sanctions
    Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 3, 2016, to remove the misdemeanor penalties for a first violation of the minor-in-possession of alcohol law, but not on second or third violation, which carry potential 30 and 60 day jail sentences. First-time offenders would instead be subject to a $100 civil fine. The bill also revises certain permissible police actions such as requiring a minor to take a chemical breath test.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727783

    Senate Bill 333: Suspend drivers license for third “minor in possession” violation
    Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 3, 2016, to only suspend the drivers license of a minor for a second and subsequent violation of the state minor-in-possession of alcohol law. The bill also would not require automatic license suspension for a single instance of open alcohol in a vehicle, or a minor transporting alcohol in a vehicle.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727784

    Senate Bill 592: Revise organ removal detail
    Passed 100 to 3 in the House on March 3, 2016, to include a facility operated by a federally designated organ procurement organization among those in which the surgical removal of a human organ may be performed under state law.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727810

    Senate Bill 656: Clarify “re-po” licensure scope
    Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 3, 2016, to clarify that the act of turning over uncollected bills to a bill collection agency for possible repossession actions, or subsequent communications with that agency, do not come under the regulations, restrictions, licensure requirements and more that apply to “re-po” activities.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727785

    Senate Bill 657: Clarify “re-po” licensure scope
    Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 3, 2016, to clarify that the act of turning over uncollected bills to a bill collection agency for possible repossession actions, or subsequent communications with that agency, do not come under the regulations, restrictions, licensure requirements and more that apply to “re-po” activities.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727786

    Senate Bill 672: Expand children sports liability waivers to camping
    Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 3, 2016, to include “camping activities” in a law that explicitly states that a parent or guardian of a minor who participates in sports or a recreational activity may release the organizer, sponsor or property owner in advance from liability for economic or noneconomic damages for injuries sustained by the minor.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727787

    House Bill 4970: Revise county veteran affairs board detail
    Passed 103 to 0 in the House on March 3, 2016, to establish that the board of a county department of veterans’ affairs have at least one member from a “congressionally chartered veterans’ organization” within the county, and at least one board member who is not.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727805

    House Bill 5156: Revise school “professional development” rules
    Passed 89 to 14 in the House on March 3, 2016, to increase from five hours to 30 hours the amount of “professional development” school districts provide for public school teachers, and prescribe in greater detail their content. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5156 to 5159.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727809

    House Bill 5157: Revise school “professional development” rules
    Passed 88 to 15 in the House on March 3, 2016, to prescribe in greater detail content of continuing education requirements for public school administrators, including basing these on an individual professional development plan for each individual. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5156 to 5159.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727808

    House Bill 5158: Revise school “professional development” rules
    Passed 89 to 14 in the House on March 3, 2016, to prescribe in greater detail the procedures and content of “professional development” and continuing education requirements for new public school teachers. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5156 to 5159.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727807

    House Bill 5159: Require voters approve local “judgment levies”
    Passed 55 to 48 in the House on March 3, 2016, to penalize a school district that does not provide the “professional development” and continuing education requirements for public school teachers and administrators proposed by House Bills 5156 to 5158. The bill would authorize withholding part of a district’s funding until it complied.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727806

  • Michigan Primary March 8 - Michigan Freepers check in

    03/04/2016 11:55:21 AM PST · 21 of 45
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    Michigan legislative action thread
  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    03/04/2016 3:31:12 AM PST · 332 of 336
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    Senate Bill 472: Revise tobacco lawsuit assessment law
    Passed 103 to 0 in the House on March 2, 2016, to revise details of the law that imposes assessments on tobacco companies that were not parties to 1998 tobacco lawsuit master settlement agreement (which compelled companies to pay hundreds of billions of dollars to states for decades into the future).
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727594

    Senate Bill 473: Revise tobacco lawsuit assessment law
    Passed 103 to 0 in the House on March 2, 2016, to require the Department of Treasury to share with the Attorney General information it obtains that is relevant to the enforcement of the law that imposes assessments on tobacco companies that were not parties to 1998 tobacco lawsuit master settlement agreement (which compelled companies to pay hundreds of billions of dollars to states for decades into the future).
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727595

    Senate Bill 496: Make operating a motorcycle without a license a misdemeanor
    Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 2, 2016, to make operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle “indorsement” on the operator’s drivers license a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and three months in jail for a first offense, and up to a year for subsequent offenses.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727579

    Senate Bill 644: Revise government health care facility ownership forms
    Passed 101 to 2 in the House on March 2, 2016, to revise details of a law that prescribes regulations and procedures for a municipality converting government health care facilities corporations into nonprofit corporations.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727598

    House Bill 4898: Regulate “large scale breeding kennels”
    Passed 83 to 20 in the House on March 2, 2016, to authorize the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to impose additional regulations on “large scale breeding kennels,” defined as ones where more at least 15 female dogs are housed for purposes of breeding. Also, to impose an annual $500 license fee on these operations.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727596

    House Bill 5107: Require human trafficking notices at specified places
    Passed 95 to 8 in the House on March 2, 2016, to require that notices be posted at every state and local highway rest stop or welcome facility, train and bus stations, airports and adult entertainment establishments, to the effect that forced servitude is unlawful and victims or others should call a state hotline shown on the notice.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727597

  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    03/03/2016 3:02:41 AM PST · 331 of 336
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    Senate Bill 51: Rename a road
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to designate a portion of I-75 in Genesee County as the “John Wayne ‘Dusty’ Marcum Memorial Highway”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727414

    Senate Bill 150: Impose synchronized prescription drug program insurance mandate
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to impose a new coverage mandate that would require health insurance policies that contain prescription drug coverage to cover programs for synchronizing prescriptions for multiple maintenance drugs.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727431

    Senate Bill 334: Revise child abuse reporting mandate
    Passed 103 to 0 in the House on February 24, 2016, to revise the law that requires certain health care professionals, social workers and other designated professionals to report suspected child abuse, so that a report filed via an online reporting system the bill would authorize would complete the duty to report. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to create an online reporting tool.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727241

    Senate Bill 444: Make “critical incident stress management services” confidential
    Passed 103 to 2 in the House on March 1, 2016, to establish confidentiality requirements and liability limitations for providers of “critical incident stress management services” for emergency service responders, which involves counselling and other services for post-traumatic-stress type troubles.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727411

    Senate Bill 471: Revise district court detail
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to clarify that the “fourth division” of the 67th district court includes the city of Fenton, which is located in both Genesee and Oakland counties.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727416

    Senate Bill 729: Allow county road loans to townships
    Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 1, 2016, to allow counties to give 10-year road project loans to townships.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727389

    House Bill 4436: Revise drivers license suspension appeal detail
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to allow a court to order restricted driving privileges for a person appealing a license suspension. Under current law a court may only review the record in such an appeal, and may not allow a (less stringent) drivers license restriction.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727415

    House Bill 4458: Repeal “complete streets” advisory council
    Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on March 1, 2016, to eliminate a government “complete streets” advisory council comprised of representatives of various pro-sidewalk interest groups that was created by a 2010 law mandating local governments include “complete-streets” policies in their land use “master-plans,” defined as ones that “promote safe and efficient movement of people and goods whether by car, truck, transit, assistive device, foot, or bicycle”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727388

    House Bill 4874: Redesignate a road
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to designate a portion of business US-127 in Clinton County the “PFC Andrew H. Nelson Memorial Highway”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727432

    House Bill 5050: Repeal obsolete laws
    Passed 102 to 1 in the House on February 24, 2016, to repeal an obsolete law related to horse breeding and “the registration of stallions”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727243

    House Bill 5051: Repeal obsolete laws
    Passed 103 to 0 in the House on February 24, 2016, to repeal an obsolete law that governs the collection of “specific taxes,” which are generally an alternative to property taxes that is created to accomplish some specific governmental purpose. This is now covered under regular property tax collection laws. The bill is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5050 to 5060.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727242

    House Bill 5052
    Passed 102 to 1 in the House on February 24, 2016, to repeal an obsolete law related to “immature or unwholesome calves, pigs, kids, and lambs.” This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5050 to 5060.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727244

    House Bill 5053: Repeal obsolete laws
    Passed 102 to 1 in the House on February 24, 2016, to repeal obsolete sections of the state dog licensing law. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5050 to 5060.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727245

    House Bill 5054: Repeal obsolete laws
    Passed 103 to 0 in the House on February 24, 2016, to repeal an obsolete law related to plant nursery and seed sales. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5050 to 5060.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727246

    House Bill 5055: Repeal obsolete laws
    Passed 96 to 7 in the House on February 24, 2016, to repeal an obsolete law related to the removal of grain silos treated with polychlorinated biphenyls.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727247

    House Bill 5059: Repeal obsolete laws
    Passed 104 to 1 in the House on March 1, 2016, to repeal an obsolete law related to “started pullets.” This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5050 to 5060.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727409

    House Bill 5060: Repeal obsolete laws
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to repeal an obsolete law related to “livestock and poultry remedies.” This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5050 to 5060.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727410

    House Bill 5128: Allow some pension double-dipping by retired DNR employees
    Passed 77 to 28 in the House on March 1, 2016, to allow Department of Natural Resources retirees to collect a pension while also being compensated on a per diem basis by the department for “wildland fire management services”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727412

    House Bill 5189: Revise “farmland preservation” tax breaks
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to revise details of a state law that gives income tax credits for property covered by a “farmland preservation” agreement, allowing credit payments to included to income current year tax refunds.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727406

    House Bill 5190: Revise “farmland preservation” credit details
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to revise details of a state law that gives income tax credits for property covered by a “farmland preservation” agreement, allowing credit payments to included to income current year tax refunds.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727407

    House Bill 5191: Revise “farmland preservation” credit details
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to revise details of a state law that gives income tax credits for property covered by a “farmland preservation” agreement, allowing credit payments to included to income current year tax refunds.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727408

    House Bill 5202: Create a government “youth advisory council”
    Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 1, 2016, to create a government “youth advisory council” to “recognize contributions of youths in this state” and “hold forums to give youths a voice”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=727413

  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    03/02/2016 4:02:21 AM PST · 330 of 336
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    Senate Bill 811: Permit surrogate mother contracts
    Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on February 23, 2016, to permit “gestational surrogate parentage” contracts. A 1988 law banned all surrogate mother contracts that require a woman to “relinquish her parental or custodial rights” to a child she bears whether she conceived the child or an embryo was implanted. The proposed new law would permit the latter – contracting for a woman to bear and relinquish an implanted child to whom she is not related - subject to various conditions specified in the bill and with the approval of a court in advance.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172555

    Senate Bill 812: Establish official state insect
    Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on February 23, 2016, to establish that henceforth the monarch butterfly and no other butterfly or bug shall be the state of Michigan’s official insect. Monarchs are reportedly the official insect in Texas, Alabama, West Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Vermont, and Idaho.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172556

    Senate Bill 813: Decriminalize marijuana
    Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on February 24, 2016, to eliminate criminal sanctions for possession by adults of one ounce or less of marijuana, and authorize regulations on its production and sale. The bill authorizes an excise tax of $15 to $50 depending on the type of product.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172569

    Senate Bill 814: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 24, 2016, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172570

    Senate Bill 815: Appropriations: Supplemental school aid budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 24, 2016, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172571

    Senate Bill 816: Give free state park admission to all veterans
    Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on February 24, 2016, to waive state park and campground admission fees for all military veterans. Specifically, the bill grants these veterans the state’s vehicle registration “recreation passport” without having to pay the extra $11 charge.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172572

    Senate Bill 817: Give free fishing licenses to all veterans
    Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on February 24, 2016, to give all veterans and active military personnel free fishing licenses.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172573

    Senate Bill 818: Exempt yoga instruction schools from government “accreditation” mandate
    Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 24, 2016, to exempt yoga teacher training schools and programs from a 2009 law that imposes a mandate on private trade-schools (“proprietary schools”) that they be “accredited” by an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172574

    Senate Bill 819: Overhaul Detroit school district debt and governance
    Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 24, 2016, to revise the state school funding formula to accommodate Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to split the Detroit school district into two entities, one to run the schools and the other to service the district’s debt (see Senate Bill 710 and House Bill 5384). The former, a reconstituted “community district,” would get the same amount of funding as the current district. It would get that amount despite the fact that in Detroit’s case money from local school millages – a component of the state aid formula - would be diverted to paying off the district’s debt. That means this bill is essentially the “bail out” provision of Governor’s proposal (which Republican bills in both the House and Senate accept).
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172575

    Senate Bill 820: Overhaul Detroit school district debt and governance
    Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 24, 2016, to permit the superintendent of the Detroit school district to also be the director of an administrative entity created to place a number of academically failed Detroit schools under a form of state receivership. The bill amends a law that defines “incompatible offices” that appointed or elected government officials are prohibited from serving in simultaneously.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172577

    Senate Bill 821: Overhaul Detroit school district debt and governance
    Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 24, 2016, to essentially eliminate current statutory caps on the amount the state can lend for “financial emergency” loans to public school districts that spend more than they take in. This is to accommodate Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to bail out the insolvent Detroit school district by dividing it into two entities, one to run the schools and the other to service the district’s debt (see Senate Bill 710 and House Bill 5384).
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172578

    Senate Bill 822: Overhaul Detroit school district debt and governance
    Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 24, 2016, to essentially eliminate current caps on the amount the state can lend for “financial emergency” loans to public school districts that spend more than they take in. This is to accommodate Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to bail out the insolvent Detroit school district by dividing it into two entities, one to run the schools and the other to service the district’s debt (see Senate Bill 710 and House Bill 5384).
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172579

    House Bill 5391: Ban home-based auto dealers
    Introduced by Rep. George T. Darany (D) on February 18, 2016, to prohibit auto dealer businesses from being located in a residence.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172527

    House Bill 5392: Revise state seed testing law
    Introduced by Rep. Brett Roberts (R) on February 23, 2016, to revise a law that authorizes the state to test agricultural seeds, by eliminating a requirement that the state maintain its own seed testing facility.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172558

    House Bill 5393: Revise “Business Improvement Zone” tax-and-spend entities
    Introduced by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on February 23, 2016, to revise details of the seven to 10 year period that a “Business Improvement Zone” can operate without reauthorization. These zones 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 property owners in the zone.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172559

    House Bill 5394: Streamline licensure for new doctors in “underserved” area
    Introduced by Rep. Edward Canfield (R) on February 23, 2016, to revise the licensure law mandates that require prospective physicians to undergo post-graduate “residency” or related requirements as a condition of licensure, if they agree to serve at least two years in a “medically underserved” area, subject to numerous requirements and exceptions specified in the bill.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172605

    House Bill 5395: Authorize larger state sewer system grants
    Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on February 24, 2016, to revise a state grant program for municipal sewer projects so that larger grants may be offered to a city where there is a “substantial public health risk from treatment system failure”.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172604

    House Bill 5396: Require detailed schools-hours noncompliance reports
    Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on February 23, 2016, to revise a requirement that school districts to certify that they have provided the number of instruction days and hours required by state law. The bill would require districts to report details of each instance of non-compliance, if any.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172606

    House Bill 5397: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
    Introduced by Rep. Phil Phelps (D) on February 23, 2016, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential Department of Transportation supplemental appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them..
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172607

    House Bill 5398: Authorize right-to-work exception
    Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on February 23, 2016, to permit an employer to make paying union dues a condition of employment if a majority of employees in a workplace vote to impose this, subject to various conditions specified in the bill. The bill essentially provides a way for unions to side-step Michigan’s 2012 right-to-work law, which prohibits requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172608

    House Bill 5399: Authorize right-to-work exception
    Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on February 23, 2016, to permit a unit of government including public schools to make paying union dues a condition of employment if a majority of employees in a workplace vote to impose this, subject to various conditions specified in the bill. The bill essentially provides a way for unions to side-step Michigan’s 2012 right-to-work law, which prohibits requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172609

    House Bill 5400: Expand scope of practice for nurses
    Introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on February 23, 2016, to revise the “scope of practice” allowed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, making it possible for them to provide more medical services without being under the direct supervision of a physician.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172610

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  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 11

    02/28/2016 6:55:25 PM PST · 57 of 116
    cripplecreek to MSF BU

    A tank is what drove them out of the prison.

  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 11

    02/28/2016 6:52:23 PM PST · 54 of 116
    cripplecreek to dynachrome

    A feudal system.

    You do all the work and give us the benefit and we don’t kill you.

  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 11

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    I don’t like this Gregory guy already.

  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 11

    02/28/2016 6:18:45 PM PST · 35 of 116
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    She might want to be.

  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 11

    02/28/2016 6:13:44 PM PST · 32 of 116
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    Well they’re giving out Bis-quick mix on talking dead tonight.

  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 11

    02/28/2016 6:12:15 PM PST · 31 of 116
    cripplecreek to laplata

    Rick and Michonne are two sides of a coin that might be a good leadership team.

    I’m glad they brought Jonathan Banks in for Better Call Saul. The show would be useless without him.

  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 11

    02/28/2016 6:05:32 PM PST · 28 of 116
    cripplecreek to laplata

    Well everybody knows now. LOL

    I always thought it needed to be Rick and Michonne.

  • This Day in History… Republicans Pass Anti-KKK Act – Outlawing Democratic Terrorist Groups

    02/28/2016 5:29:44 PM PST · 2 of 21
    cripplecreek to null and void
    A real republican.

  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 11

    02/28/2016 5:26:29 PM PST · 25 of 116
    cripplecreek to ConjunctionJunction

    On the road again....

  • Former Michigan Reps. Courser, Gamrat Face Felony Charges

    02/27/2016 2:31:41 AM PST · 15 of 25
    cripplecreek to Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
    Tea partiers have to know that the microscope is for them, not the good old boys.

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    Michigan legislative action thread
  • Wind turbine collapses during Michigan snowstorm

    02/26/2016 4:15:26 PM PST · 25 of 44
    cripplecreek to jessduntno

    Yeah my front yard.

  • Wind turbine collapses during Michigan snowstorm

    02/26/2016 4:10:48 PM PST · 20 of 44
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    Well Trump wants to subsidize wind power so.......

  • Wind turbine collapses during Michigan snowstorm

    02/26/2016 4:10:08 PM PST · 19 of 44
    cripplecreek to jessduntno
    The snow we got is like wet cement. During the whole 48 hours or so that it snowed we only got 8 or 10 inches but the temperature hovered right around 30 degrees.

  • Wind turbine collapses during Michigan snowstorm

    02/26/2016 3:35:42 PM PST · 2 of 44
    cripplecreek to Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
  • Wind turbine collapses during Michigan snowstorm

    02/26/2016 3:34:52 PM PST · 1 of 44
    cripplecreek
    Oopsie. Lets get some more.
  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    02/26/2016 3:34:36 AM PST · 329 of 336
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    House Bill 4408: Impose continuing education mandate on veterinarians
    Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on February 24, 2016, to impose a continuing education mandate on veterinarians as a condition of being allowed to practice their profession.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726861

    House Bill 4999: Let out of state veterinarians write Michigan prescriptions; raise fees
    Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on February 24, 2016, to allow veterinarians licensed in other states to have their prescriptions filled in Michigan (and let Michigan pharmacies fill them). The bill also raises veterinary licensure fees.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726862

    House Bill 5105: Extend Medicaid health insurance claims tax
    Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on February 24, 2016, to extend until 2020 the 2017 sunset on a 0.75 percent tax on health insurance claims, which is designed to “game” the federal Medicaid program in ways that result in higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare establishment.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726860

  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    02/25/2016 3:22:19 AM PST · 328 of 336
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    enate Bill 566: Waive liability for breaking into car to save sweltering child
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 23, 2016, to waive liability for damages caused by an individual who breaks into a locked car to rescue a child or animal he or she believes to be in danger, subject to limits and conditions specified in the bill.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726774

    House Bill 4493: Mandate Holocaust and genocide instruction
    Passed 105 to 1 in the House on February 23, 2016, to mandate that public schools must provide high school students with instruction about genocides, including the Holocaust. Also, to create a new government commission to research and make recommendations on how to teach this better.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726798

    House Bill 4727: Restrict “meteorological towers”
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 23, 2016, to prohibit the state aeronautics commission from allowing construction of a tower that does not comply with local zoning restrictions, and impose regulations and restrictions on “meteorological towers” erected to measure wind for commercial wind generation turbines. Owners of existing towers would be required to register them, paint them and place lights on the according to specifications in the bill, and meet other regulations. The National Safety Aviation Board has asked states to regulate these towers because they are hard for airplane pilots to see.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726772

    House Bill 4793: Revise mental treatment commitment procedures
    Passed 106 to 0 in the House on February 23, 2016, to require that the petition filings and “clinical certificates” in cases of a person seeking to have someone committed by a court for mental health treatment must be held by the court as a “confidential record”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726797

    House Bill 4888: Permit electronic property tax rolls
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 23, 2016, to allow property tax assessor offices to maintain the assessment roll in electronic form.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726773

    House Bill 5219: Permit local tax hike electioneering if “reasonable”
    Passed 60 to 46 in the House on February 23, 2016, to repeal the prohibition established by a 2015 law on governments and school district communications referencing their own property tax hike or other ballot measures in a taxpayer-funded communication during the 60 days before the election. The bill instead would permit mailings and other communications with “factual and neutral information concerning the purpose or direct impact” of a proposal, as long as a judge or state elections bureau official has not decreed that their language can be “reasonably be interpreted as an attempt to influence the outcome”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726796

  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    02/25/2016 3:21:14 AM PST · 327 of 336
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    Senate Bill 805: Let public schools stock heroin overdose drugs
    Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on February 17, 2016, to permit doctors to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense an “opioid antagonist” drug to public school authorities to treat a student or other individual who may suffer a heroin overdose.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172508

    Senate Bill 806: Let public schools stock heroin overdose drugs
    Introduced by Sen. Dale W. Zorn (R) on February 17, 2016, to authorize public schools to designate at least one person with specified training to administer an “opioid antagonist” drug to an individual who may be suffering a heroin overdose. The bill specifies regulations and procedures for this. See also Senate Bill 805.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172509

    Senate Bill 807: Tax “e-cigarettes”
    Introduced by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on February 17, 2016, to authorize a tax on “e-cigarettes.” The bill does not specify a rate.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172510

    Senate Bill 808: Authorize new specialty plate; give profits to MADD
    Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 17, 2016, to authorize a new specialty license plate, with the profits given to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172511

    Senate Bill 809: Create veterans’ facility ombudsman office
    Introduced by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R) on February 18, 2016, to create a state veterans’ facility ombudsman office.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172512

    Senate Bill 810: Ban concealed pistol permit to people on federal terrorist “watch list”
    Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on February 18, 2016, to prohibit an individual on a federal “terrorist watch list” from getting a concealed pistol permit.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172513

    House Bill 5357: Repeal ban on bearing concealed arms without government permit
    Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R) on February 11, 2016, to repeal a prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm in public unless an individual has a concealed pistol license, unless he or she is barred by state or federal law from possessing a gun. The bill requires someone carrying a gun to disclose this if stopped by police, and authorizes detention while it is confirmed that the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a gun. See also House Bill 5301.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172461

    House Bill 5358: Repeal ban on bearing concealed arms without government permit
    Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R) on February 16, 2016, to repeal a prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm or hunting knife in public unless an individual has a concealed pistol license, unless the person is barred by state or federal law from possessing a gun. See also House Bills 5301 and 5357.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172462

    House Bill 5359: Increase process server fees
    Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on February 16, 2016, to amend the revised judicature act to accommodate the proposal in House Bill 4924 to increase allowable travel, mileage, and various other fees paid to process servers who deliver court documents.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172463

    House Bill 5360: Increase process server fees
    Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on February 16, 2016, to increase the fees charged by county sheriffs to “serve process” in various matters related to real estate transactions, court appearances, jail-related matters and more. See also House Bill 4924.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172464

    House Bill 5361: Revise child immunization rules
    Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on February 16, 2016, to require requests for an exemption to various child immunization mandates to be submitted using a form and according to procedures specified by the bill.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172465

    House Bill 5362: Revise child immunization rules
    Introduced by Rep. Winnie Brinks (D) on February 16, 2016, to require requests for an exemption to school immunization mandates to be submitted using a particular form and procedures specified by the bill.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172466

    House Bill 5363: Revise child immunization rules
    Introduced by Rep. Winnie Brinks (D) on February 16, 2016, to require school districts to notify parents by mail or email of how many students in their child’s school have been exempted from state immunization requirements.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172467

    House Bill 5364: Revise child immunization rules
    Introduced by Rep. Winnie Brinks (D) on February 16, 2016, to require students in grades 5 and 7 to provide proof of having received required immunizations or received an exemption. Under current law this is only required the very first time they register for school (usually kindergarten or 1st grade) and for 7th graders.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172468

    House Bill 5365: Revise child immunization rules
    Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on February 16, 2016, to authorize local health officers to exclude from school any child with an exemption from state immunization requirements, if the officer suspects that another child has a communicable disease that puts non-immunized individuals at risk. The bill would also require the state Department of Community Health to publicize the new law if enacted.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172469

    House Bill 5366: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
    Introduced by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on February 16, 2016, to ban issuing any new permits for the extraction of natural gas or oil using “hydraulic fracturing” unless the legislature enacts a more restrictive regulatory, disclosure and public notice regimes described in the bill.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172470

    House Bill 5367: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
    Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on February 16, 2016, to ban issuing any new permits for the extraction of natural gas or oil using “hydraulic fracturing” unless the legislature enacts the far more restrictive regulatory, disclosure and public notice regimes described in the bill for the chemicals used in these “fracking” operations.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172471

    House Bill 5368: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
    Introduced by Rep. Tom Cochran (D) on February 16, 2016, to prohibit the use of “flowback water” from oil and gas hydraulic fracturing wells on dirt roads as a dust suppression tool.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172472

    House Bill 5369: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
    Introduced by Rep. Christine Greig (D) on February 16, 2016, to increase from 450 feet to 5,000 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=172473

    House Bill 5370: Impose “fracking” pollution presumption
    Introduced by Rep. Julie Plawecki (D) on February 16, 2016, to establish as a rebuttable presumption for 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=172474

    House Bill 5371: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
    Introduced by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on February 16, 2016, 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 officials or residents request a hearing.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172475

    House Bill 5372: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
    Introduced by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on February 16, 2016, 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=172476

    House Bill 5373: Impose new regulations on gas and oil “fracking”
    Introduced by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on February 16, 2016, to impose a groundwater withdrawal assessment regulatory regime and permit mandate on the use of “hydraulic fracturing” to extract natural gas and oil.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172477

    House Bill 5374: Let dental hygienists write some prescriptions
    Introduced by Rep. Lee Chatfield (R) on February 16, 2016, to authorize dental hygienists to write prescriptions for oral fluoride supplements, topical fluoride treatment, and topical or subgingival anti-infective treatments.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172478

    House Bill 5375: Prohibit special treatment for land bank authorities
    Introduced by Rep. Lee Chatfield (R) on February 16, 2016, to prohibit local governments from transferring tax-foreclosed property to a “land bank” authority except through the regular tax-foreclosed property auction process prescribed by law for other people.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172479

    House Bill 5376: Require soldier have gun on every post
    Introduced by Rep. Gary Glenn (R) on February 16, 2016, to require at least one full-time military employee stationed at each state armory or military facility to be armed with a firearm.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172480

    House Bill 5377: Appropriate $27.9 million for state land acquisitions and recreation projects
    Introduced by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R) on February 16, 2016, to appropriate $27.9 million from the state Natural Resources Trust Fund for various land acquisitions and recreation projects. State oil and gas well royalty money is earmarked for this fund.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172481

    House Bill 5378: Let schools stock heroin overdose drugs
    Introduced by Rep. Bill LaVoy (D) on February 17, 2016, to permit doctors to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense an “opioid antagonist” drugs to public school authorities to treat a student or other individual who may suffer a heroin overdose.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172482

    House Bill 5379: Let public schools stock heroin overdose drugs
    Introduced by Rep. Charles Brunner (D) on February 17, 2016, to authorize public schools to designate at least one person with specified training to administer an “opioid antagonist” drug to an individual who may be suffering a heroin overdose. The bill specifies regulations and procedures for this. See also House Bill 5378.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172483

    House Bill 5380: Delete obsolete reference in discrimination law
    Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on February 17, 2016, to delete the term “colored” person from a law banning racial discrimination in life insurance sales.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172484

    House Bill 5381: Designate road after deceased veteran
    Introduced by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on February 18, 2016, to designate a section of Highway M 53 in Macomb county as the “Eric C. Post Memorial Highway”.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172518

    House Bill 5382: Pay Detroit school debt, require reforms
    Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on February 18, 2016, to earmark $72 million annually from state income tax revenue for 10 years to cover the $505 million debt the Detroit school district accumulated through deficit spending, and also give the district an additional $202 million. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5382 to 5387.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172519

    House Bill 5383: Pay Detroit school debt, require reforms
    Introduced by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on February 18, 2016, to channel the state income tax revenue that House Bill 5382 would earmark to cover the Detroit school district’s debt through a particular state fund created for the purpose. This is part of a House package consisting of House Bills 5382 to 5387.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172520

    House Bill 5384: Pay Detroit school debt, require reforms
    Introduced by Rep. Daniela Garcia (R) on February 18, 2016, to revise the state school code to accommodate Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to relieve the Detroit school district of debt acquired by years of deficit spending, but require additional education reforms not included in Governor’s proposal or the Senate version (Senate Bill 710).
    Like those proposals, this bill would create a purely administrative entity to service the district’s accumulated debt, and another to actually operate the schools. The House package adds additional limits on allowable collective bargaining issues (see House Bill 5387); more certain sanctions against teachers who participate in illegal strikes (including “sick-outs”); a meaningful teacher assessment and merit pay system; exemptions from teacher certification mandates; a cap on administrative expenses; measures to accommodate a year-round school calendar; no longer enrolling new employees in the state-run school pension system; and more. The state would retain management oversight at least until the district goes five years with no new deficit spending. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5382 to 5387.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172529

    House Bill 5385: Pay Detroit school debt, require reforms
    Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on February 18, 2016, to include the Detroit school district under the state Detroit fiscal management oversight commission created to oversee the city’s governance after its 2014 bankruptcy. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5382 to 5387.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172521

    House Bill 5386: Pay Detroit school debt, require reforms
    Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on February 18, 2016, to not enroll newly hired employees of the Detroit school district in the state-run defined benefit school pension system. This is part of a House package consisting of House Bills 5382 to 5387.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172522

    House Bill 5387: Pay Detroit school district debt, reform governance
    Introduced by Rep. Daniela Garcia (R) on February 18, 2016, to include more rigorous sanctions and more certain procedures for Detroit school teachers who participate in an illegal strike. The bill is part of a House proposal to overhaul the Detroit school district (see House Bill 5384), and would also prohibit collective bargaining between unions and the district over school calendars and schedules; teacher work assignments, discipline and performance assessments; and school board privatization decisions.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172523

    House Bill 5388: Waive liability for damage to save sweltering dog or cat
    Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D) on February 18, 2016, to waive liability for damages caused by an individual who breaks into a locked car to rescue a dog or cat he or she believes to be in danger, subject to limits and conditions specified in the bill.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172524

    House Bill 5389: Restrict oil and gas drilling in large counties
    Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R) on February 18, 2016, to prohibit oil and gas wells within 1,320 feet of a residential building in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties, unless there is a hearing in the community. The bill also appears to give local governments to power to enact regulations that could effectively ban the wells.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172525

    House Bill 5390: Expand police heroin overdose trearment authorization
    Introduced by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on February 18, 2016, to expand a 2014 law that authorized police officers with specified training to administer an opioid antagonist to a person suffering a heroin overdose, so that it also applies to firefighters and departments, and require local governments to have a written policy on this.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172526

  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    02/24/2016 3:49:51 AM PST · 326 of 336
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    Senate Bill 136: Flint water contamination response - rebate water bills
    Passed 106 to 0 in the House on February 18, 2016, to appropriate $30 million from state revenue (not federal) to provide water bill refunds to Flint households that were paying for contaminated water.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726223

    Senate Bill 651: Revise forest property tax breaks
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2016, to establish and revise procedures for entering or transferring property to or from one government program that gives property tax breaks to owners of large commercial forest properties to another program that gives tax breaks to owners of smaller forested parcels. This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 651 to 653 that would create a “transitional qualified forest property specific tax”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726203

    Senate Bill 652: Revise forest property tax breaks
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2016, to establish and revise procedures for entering or transferring property to or from one government program that gives property tax breaks to owners of large commercial forest properties to another program that gives tax breaks to owners of smaller forested parcels. This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 651 to 653 that would create a “transitional qualified forest property specific tax”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726204

    Senate Bill 653: Revise forest property tax breaks
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2016, to establish and revise procedures for entering or transferring property to or from one government program that gives property tax breaks to owners of large commercial forest properties to another program that gives tax breaks to owners of smaller forested parcels. This is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 651 to 653 that would create a “transitional qualified forest property specific tax”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726205

    Senate Bill 667: Revise recent alcohol marketing restriction changes
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2016, to prescribe additional regulations and restrictions on liquor manufacturers and distributors who want to provide “branded logo” products and displays to retailers for marketing purposes. The bill would also add to the list of specific branded logo items that Michigan government gives permission for, including “gravity feed racks, suction cups, cooler door attachments and tear pad holders”.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726201

    Senate Bill 680: Rename a state facility
    Passed 79 to 27 in the House on February 18, 2016, to rename a state facility after a former state department director.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726225

    Senate Bill 782: Appropriations: Department of Transportation
    Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Transportation budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172485

    Senate Bill 783: Appropriations: Omnibus budget
    Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2016-2017 “Omnibus” budget funding all state departments. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172486

    Senate Bill 784: Appropriations: Community Colleges
    Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Community Colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172487

    Senate Bill 785: Appropriations: Department of Corrections
    Introduced by Sen. John Proos (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Corrections budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172488

    Senate Bill 786: Appropriations: Department of Education
    Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year-2017 Department of Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172489

    Senate Bill 787: Appropriations: Department of Environmental Quality
    Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year-2017 Department of Environmental Quality budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172490

    Senate Bill 788: Appropriations: General Government
    Introduced by Sen. Jim Stamas (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 General Government budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172491

    Senate Bill 789: Appropriations: Department of Health and Human Services
    Introduced by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Health and Human Services budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172492

    Senate Bill 790: Appropriations: Higher Education
    Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Higher Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172493

    Senate Bill 791: Appropriations: Department of Insurance and Financial Services
    Introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Department of Insurance and Financial Services. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172494

    Senate Bill 792: Appropriations: Judiciary budget
    Introduced by Sen. John Proos (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Judiciary budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172495

    Senate Bill 793: Appropriations: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172496

    Senate Bill 794: Appropriations: Department of Military And Veterans Affairs
    Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Military And Veterans Affairs budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172497

    Senate Bill 795: Appropriations: Department of Natural Resources
    Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Natural Resources budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172498

    Senate Bill 796: Appropriations: K-12 School Aid budget
    Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2016-2017 K-12 School Aid budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172499

    Senate Bill 797: Appropriations: State Police
    Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 State Police budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172500

    Senate Bill 798: Appropriations: Department of Talent and Economic Development
    Introduced by Sen. Jim Stamas (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Talent and Economic Development budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172501

    Senate Bill 799: Appropriations: Department of Transportation
    Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Transportation budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172502

    Senate Bill 800: Appropriations: 2016-2017 “Omnibus” budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2016-2017 “Omnibus” budget funding all state departments. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172503

    Senate Bill 801: Appropriations: “Omnibus” education budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2016-2017 “Omnibus” school aid, higher education and community colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172504

    Senate Bill 802: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172505

    Senate Bill 803: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential school aid supplemental appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172506

    Senate Bill 804: Appropriations: Supplemental budget
    Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 16, 2016, to provide a template or “place holder” for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=172507

    House Bill 4651: Increase penalty for operating a motorcycle without license
    Passed 87 to 19 in the House on February 18, 2016, to increase the fine for operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle “indorsement” on the operator’s drivers license from a $100 fine to a $500 fine. The bill would retain the current misdemeanor penalty of up to 90 days in jail for a first offense, and add a new penalty of up to a year for subsequent offenses.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726224

    House Bill 4980: Establish drunk driver vehicle interlock device regulatory regime
    Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2016, to establish sentencing guidelines for violations of the regulatory regime proposed by House Bill 4981 for drunk driver vehicle interlock device vendors and installers. See Senate Bill 176.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726202

    House Bill 5132: Clarify responsibility for sales tax on marketing material
    Passed 104 to 2 in the House on February 18, 2016, to revise details of whether a seller has a duty to collect and remit sales and use taxes that may be owed on promotional material and services sold by a Michigan company to a buyer in another state.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726226

    House Bill 5133: Clarify responsibility for sales tax on marketing material
    Passed 104 to 2 in the House on February 18, 2016, to revise details of whether a seller has a duty to collect and remit sales and use taxes that may be owed on promotional material and services sold by a Michigan company to a buyer in another state.
    See Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” at http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=726227

  • Teen Survived Kalamazoo Shooting After Being Pronounced Brain Dead

    02/23/2016 9:06:28 AM PST · 8 of 21
    cripplecreek to MNDude

    Makes me think of Bernie Sanders. KZoo is Ann Arbor’s liberal baby sister.

    Every single one of my liberal family members over there works for one of the colleges or for the city.

  • Donald Trump: I'll Prosecute Hillary Clinton as President

    02/23/2016 8:49:26 AM PST · 40 of 127
    cripplecreek to minnesota_bound
  • Teen Survived Kalamazoo Shooting After Being Pronounced Brain Dead

    02/23/2016 8:47:56 AM PST · 4 of 21
    cripplecreek to Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
    Thank God Dr Kevorkian was out of town.

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  • The GOP Primary Is Revealing Fault Lines in the Evangelical Movement

    02/22/2016 12:00:19 PM PST · 5 of 72
    cripplecreek to Cincinatus' Wife

    Evangelical is a pretty vague word that seems to have an ever shifting meaning according to all who use it and how they want to use it.

  • Obama calls Kalamazoo officials over shootings, pleads for more gun laws

    02/22/2016 11:57:28 AM PST · 20 of 29
    cripplecreek to Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
    Sorry Bam Bam, Michigan cities can't make their own gun laws. They're all open and concealed carry.

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  • Michigan Moves to Make Sodomy a Felony – Possibility of Life in Prison

    02/22/2016 9:44:01 AM PST · 26 of 41
    cripplecreek to Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
    It won't happen. Nasty it may be but what consenting adults do in their own homes is none of my business. I'll just butt out.

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  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 6 Episode 10

    02/21/2016 5:13:58 PM PST · 48 of 133
    cripplecreek to 21twelve

    That’s what I love about Z Nation. They don’t even try to pretend to be realistic and it became a hit.

  • Trump: I'm not sure Rubio is eligible for presidency

    02/21/2016 5:03:30 PM PST · 17 of 133
    cripplecreek to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’m assuming you’ve seen the Robert Reich endorsement of Ted Cruz?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W5e7AwqksU

    I especially like number 4.

  • What Is The Universe Expanding Into?

    02/21/2016 5:01:35 PM PST · 68 of 112
    cripplecreek to rktman

    The end of the beginning.

  • What Is The Universe Expanding Into?

    02/21/2016 5:01:02 PM PST · 67 of 112
    cripplecreek to IronJack

    Exactly and a void must itself be surrounded by something that is not void.

  • What Is The Universe Expanding Into?

    02/21/2016 3:01:31 PM PST · 8 of 112
    cripplecreek to Duke C.

    Always been my question as well.

    Assuming the big bang theory is correct, the explosion had to explode into some sort of void.

  • 6 dead in Kalamazoo shooting rampage; suspect in custody

    02/21/2016 9:16:38 AM PST · 11 of 35
    cripplecreek to Chode

    I didn’t grab the screenshot but on his facebook page he lists himself as politically progressive.

  • 6 dead in Kalamazoo shooting rampage; suspect in custody

    02/21/2016 9:03:41 AM PST · 2 of 35
    cripplecreek to Timpanagos1

    He’s a self professed progressive.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3399836/posts

  • They all lie but we support Trump because he’ll build the Wall and bomb the HELL out of ISIS

    02/21/2016 9:01:53 AM PST · 14 of 79
    cripplecreek to BCrago66

    Trump doesn’t say we’ll bomb ISIS. Basically he’s still holding to the vague plan that Russia does the heavy lifting and we’ll somehow take the oil for some reason. Beyond that I’m getting that he’ll fight ISIS by going after their banking somehow.

    As far as building a wall is concerned, at most he’ll build the 700 miles already approved by congress yet awaits the next president’s signature.

  • Detroit woman couldn't get inept 911 operator to send a cop to her house ...

    02/21/2016 8:55:11 AM PST · 26 of 46
    cripplecreek to John S Mosby

    That’s what Chief Craig would tell her. He actively encourages people to arm and defend themselves.

  • Sources identify suspect in deadly shooting spree

    02/21/2016 8:53:11 AM PST · 15 of 24
    cripplecreek to RckyRaCoCo

    I’ve been hearing about it and it doesn’t sound good.

  • Detroit woman couldn't get inept 911 operator to send a cop to her house ...

    02/21/2016 8:01:08 AM PST · 2 of 46
    cripplecreek to Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
    I don't know if he can do anything but the police chief said a while back that he wanted to criminally charge 911 operators for this sort of thing.

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