While the Legislature is on a summer break the Roll Call Report is reviewing key votes of the 2013-2014 session.

House Concurrent Resolution 11, Authorize "Common Core" school curriculum standards: Passed 85 to 21 in the House on September 26, 2013

To authorize the Michigan Department of Education to spend money to implement "Common Core" curriculum promoted by an entity associated with the National Governors Association, subject to various restrictions and conditions. The Senate adopted the measure with fewer restrictions in an unrecorded voice vote.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4787, Increase CON health facility rationing fees: Passed 82 to 26 in the House on September 12, 2013

To increase the fees imposed under a state “Certificate of Need” rationing regime, which mandates that health care providers must get government permission to open or expand a facility, or add certain capital-intensive equipment (like MRIs). The fee hikes for different types of permission requests submitted to a board comprised primarily of incumbent providers range from $500 to $12,000.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4242, Raise burden of proof to justify new government regulations: Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2013

To require government agencies to demonstrate that a rule they want to impose is “necessary and suitable to achieve its purpose in proportion to the burdens it places on individuals.”

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4952, Halt unemployment benefits for failed drug test: Passed 82 to 24 in the House on September 26, 2013

To make a person ineligible to collect unemployment benefits if a prospective employer requires a drug test as a condition of a job offer and the individual either refuses to take the test or fails it.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4770, Restrict accident-related commercial solicitations (“ambulance chasing”): Passed 98 to 10 in the House on October 9, 2013

To restrict public access to vehicle accident reports for 30 days after the crash by requiring outside parties who want the report to file a statement that they will not use it for commercial solicitation ("ambulance chasing"), subject to a $15,000 fine for violations. The original bill's attempt to limit access by defining "journalist" was removed.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4768, Limit DEQ groundwater discharge sodium limits: Passed 65 to 43 in the House on June 11, 2013.

To prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing restrictions on the amount of sodium in groundwater discharges that exceed limits specified in the bill.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4688, Repeal licensure mandates for dietitians and nutritionists: Passed 71 to 39 in the House on November 13, 2013

To repeal a law that imposes a licensure mandate on dietitians and nutritionists. The mandate has not been enforced since it was authorized in 2006 because the state licensure agency was unable to devise acceptable credentialing and education requirements.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4546, Increase marketing “assessments” imposed on potato growers: Passed 73 to 37 in the House on November 14, 2013

To increase the maximum "assessment" that can be levied on growers under a government potato marketing scheme, with exceptions for smaller growers.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4787, Increase CON health facility rationing fees: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on October 1, 2013

The Senate vote on the bill described above. This was signed into law on October 15, 2013.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4242, Raise burden of proof to justify new government regulations: Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on December 3, 2013

The Senate vote on the bill described above. This was signed into law Gov. Rick Snyder on December 17, 2013.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4768, Limit DEQ groundwater discharge sodium limits: Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on November 12, 2013

The Senate vote on the bill described above. This was signed into law on November 26, 2013.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4952, Halt unemployment benefits for failed drug test: Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on October 17, 2013

The Senate vote on the bill described above. This was signed into law on October 29, 2013.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4770, Ban vehicle accident-related commercial solicitations (“ambulance chasing”): Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on December 12, 2013

The Senate vote on the bill described above. This was signed into law on December 21, 2013.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4546, Increase marketing “assessments” imposed on potato growers: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on December 11, 2013

The Senate vote on the bill described above. This was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 17, 2013.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

SOURCE: MichiganVotes.org, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. Please visit http://www.MichiganVotes.org.