May 30, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Minimum wage, medical service tax

Senate Bill 934, Preempt $10.10 minimum wage initiative; hike mandated minimum: Passed 24 to 12 in the Senate

To concur with the House-passed version of a bill to repeal the current state minimum wage law that makes it unlawful to employ a worker for less than $7.40 an hour, and replace it with a new law gradually increasing the mandated minimum to $9.25 an hour in 2018. The minimum amount the employer of a "tipped" worker must pay will rise from $2.65 to $3.52 by 2018. (A tipped-worker’s employer must pay the difference between this and the regular minimum if tips come up short).

These amounts would be indexed to inflation, except they could not increase more than 3.5 percent annually. Also, the state will be required to reimburse local governments for any cost increases caused by the mandated wage hikes. The bill was seen as a gambit to keep an “initiated law” off the November ballot, which would hike the mandated minimums to $10.10 for both tipped and non-tipped employees. Gov. Rick Snyder signed this into law on May 28.

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House Bill 4377, Repeal “community planner” registration mandate: Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate

To repeal a registration mandate for professional “community planners” who prepare government land use plans. The mandate imposes fees, a test-taking requirement and more.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 5405, Heroin overdose treatment immunity: Passed 110 to 0 in the House

To grant immunity from criminal prosecution or administrative sanction to a medical professional or pharmacist who prescribes, dispenses, possesses, or administers an “opioid antagonist” (such as Naloxone) to someone the person believes in good faith to be suffering a heroin or opioid related overdose. House Bill 5406 grants lawsuit immunity to a layperson who does this, and also passed unanimously.

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Senate Bill 114, Revise commercial rental assessment occupancy formula: Passed 98 to 12 in the House

To eliminate the use of occupancy rates in determining the taxable value of commercial rental property. This essentially reverses a 2002 Supreme Court ruling, that the 1994 Proposal A property tax assessment limitations restricted increases for higher occupancy but not decreases for lower occupancy.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 893, Re-impose medical services tax to get more federal Medicaid money: Passed 86 to 24 in the House

To re-impose a 6 percent use tax on the managed care health care providers (hospitals) that provide most Medicaid services, which is designed to “game” the Medicaid program in ways that result in higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare establishment (including those same hospitals). This tax had been suspended 2011 in favor of different version that raised less money.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 934, Preempt $10.10 minimum wage initiative; hike mandated minimum: Passed 76 to 34 in the House

The House version of the minimum wage law described above.

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