The Bills of September - Bills

House Bills 5285 to 5493; Senate Bills 786 to 882

House Bill 5286 (Revise criminal asset forfeiture details) Introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) on September 2, 2009, to allow expedited demolition authorization procedures for buildings seized under forfeiture provisions of illegal drug laws, if they constitute a health or safety hazard. Also, to allow such property to be given to government agencies or nonprofit agencies for various purposes specified in the bill.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100453

House Bill 5287 (Revise medical marijuana law) Introduced by Rep. Richard LeBlanc (D) on September 2, 2009, to amend Initiated Law 1 of 2008 (repeal marijuana prohibition for medical purposes) to create a system where users would have to get their marijuana from pharmacists under a prescription, and the quantity dispensed could not be more than a 60 day supply. The bill would exempt pharmacists  selling medical marijuana from laws banning illegal drug sales. Because this law was adopted in a popular vote, a three-fourths vote is required for passage.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100454

 

House Bill 5288 (Revise medical marijuana law) Introduced by Rep. David  Agema (R) on September 2, 2009, to revise references in the public health code to reflect the medical marijuana sale provisions proposed by House Bill 5289.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100455

 

House Bill 5289 (Revise medical marijuana law) Introduced by Rep. David  Agema (R) on September 2, 2009, to amend Initiated Law 1 of 2008 (repeal marijuana prohibition for medical purposes) to create a system where users would have to get their marijuana from pharmacists under a prescription, and the quantity dispensed could not be more than a 60 day supply. The bill would exempt pharmacists  selling medical marijuana from laws banning illegal drug sales. Because this law was adopted in a popular vote, a three-fourths vote is required for passage.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100456

 

House Bill 5290 (Revise medical marijuana law) Introduced by Rep. David  Agema (R) on September 2, 2009, to revise the state sentencing guidelines law to conform with the exemption of pharmacists from the penalties on selling marijuana if it is for medicinal purposes proposed by House Bill 5289.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100457

 

House Bill 5291 (Withhold unemployment benefits if occupational license suspended) Introduced by Rep. David  Agema (R) on September 2, 2009, to make a person ineligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits if he or she loses a job because a government-mandated occupational license has been revoked or suspended. Note: In recent years a number of bills have been introduced and some passed that authorize suspension of occupational licenses for unrelated matters, such as not paying court-ordered child support.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100458

 

House Bill 5292 (Withhold unemployment benefits if occupational license suspended) Introduced by Rep. David  Agema (R) on September 2, 2009, to make a person ineligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits if he or she loses a job because a government-mandated occupational license has been revoked or suspended. Note: In recent years a number of bills have been introduced and some passed that authorize suspension of occupational licenses for unrelated matters, such as not paying court-ordered child support.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100459

 

House Bill 5293 (Require government pension trustee ethics training) Introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) on September 2, 2009, to require trustees of government pension funds to have initial and periodic training on applicable investment laws, and the ethical requirements of fiduciaries under the common law and the state public employee retirement system investment act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100460

 

House Bill 5294 (Increase government pension fund disclosures) Introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) on September 2, 2009, to require government pension fund systems to annually publish a list of all the fund's investments, and "information from which a reasonable person could conclude the basis for the investment decision".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100461

 

House Bill 5295 (Revise MBT detail)

Introduced by Rep. Kate Ebli (D) on September 2, 2009, to include federally chartered farm credit system institutions in the definition of financial institutions under the Michigan Business Tax, which are taxed on the basis of the value of their net capital stock.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100462

 

House Bill 5296 (Mandate employers give EITC info to employees) Introduced by Rep. Rebekah Warren (D) on September 2, 2009, to require employers to annually provide each employee with information regarding the federal earned income tax credit (a form of "negative income tax" for low income workers), including general eligibility requirements and instructions for claiming the credit.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100463

 

House Bill 5297 (Regulate insurance credit scoring) Introduced by Rep. Andy Neumann (D) on September 2, 2009, prohibit the use of "credit scoring" by insurance companies to deny, cancel or non-renew a policy. Insurers would be allowed to consider a person's credit history as one factor in setting the price of a policy, but not as the only factor, subject to disclosures and restrictive regulations specified in the bill.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100464

 

House Bill 5299 (Require school districts admit non-resident foster children) Introduced by Rep. Kenneth  Kurtz (R) on September 2, 2009, to require a school district to allow a child placed in foster care to attend the appropriate grade in the school in which he or she is placed, without regard to whether or not the child is technically a resident in that school district.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100466

 

House Bill 5300 (Increase income tax to provide free college) Introduced by Rep. Alma Smith (D) on September 2, 2009, to increase the state income tax by 26 percent (from 4.35 percent to 5.5 percent), and earmark the money to pay the tuition of Michigan high school graduates at state colleges, universities or certain vocational schools, under the condition that they perform a specified amount of "community service," and not move out of the state for four years after getting a degree. Some of the increased income tax revenue would also be used to pay for government pre-school programs. The college money would be given to students in the form of a refundable income tax credit.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100467

 

House Bill 5301 (Increase income tax to provide free college) Introduced by Rep. Alma Smith (D) on September 2, 2009, to create a state trust fund to hold and disburse the increased income tax revenue proposed by House Bill 5300.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100468

 

House Bill 5302 (Prohibit banning legal firearms in parked cars) Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer  (R) on September 2, 2009, to prohibit a business, commercial enterprise, employer, or state service agency from prohibiting a person who lawfully possesses a firearm from transporting or storing the gun or ammunition in a locked and privately owned motor vehicle that is parked in a parking lot, parking garage, or other designated area. The bill would extend immunity from liability to these establishments for another person's misuse of these firearms.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100469

 

House Bill 5303 (Revise pistol transport restrictions) Introduced by Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D) on September 2, 2009, to revise the law that prohibits transporting a pistol except to a range, hunting field, repair shop, and certain other narrowly circumscribed places, to add the words "directly or indirectly" to "transport".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100470

 

House Bill 5304 (Increase marriage license fee and earmark more to "family counseling") Introduced by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on September 2, 2009, to revise the circuit court family counseling services act to reflect the increase in marriage license fees proposed by House Bill 5305, and the portion of them to would earmark for government-funded "family counseling services".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100471

 

House Bill 5305 (Increase marriage license and earmark more to "family counseling") Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on September 2, 2009, to increase the cost for a license to get married from $20 to $40, and increase the amount of marriage license fees that go to government-funded "family counseling services" from $15 to $25.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100472

 

House Bill 5306 (Require competitive bidding for large state leases) Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on September 2, 2009, to require state government leases of land or buildings that cost more than $500,000 annually or have more than 25,000 square feet be put out for competitive bidding.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100473

 

House Bill 5307 (Repeal long term care "single points of entry" program) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 2, 2009, to repeal the long term care "single points of entry" program authorized by a 2006 law for individuals seeking long-term care, including that paid by Medicaid.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100474

 

House Bill 5308 (Increase child porn penalties) Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on September 2, 2009, to increase the rigor of criminal sentencing guidelines for child pornography by counting each depiction of a child subjected to child sexually abusive activity as a separate victim who was placed in danger of physical injury or death.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100475

 

House Bill 5309 (Revise crop damage deer hunting permit detail) Introduced by Rep. John Proos, IV (R) on September 2, 2009, to establish that a crop damage deer hunting permit allows the holder to designate not more than 15 shooters.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100476

 

House Bill 5310 (Establish HRA system for judges) Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on September 2, 2009, to establish a "health reimbursement account" system for judges.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100477

 

House Bill 5311 (Extend "boot camp" prison alternative) Introduced by Rep. Alma Smith (D) on September 2, 2009, to eliminate a 2009 sunset on a state special alternative incarceration program ("boot camp" type program). The program is sometimes required as a condition of probation, where the alternative is commitment to a real prison.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100478

 

House Bill 5312 (Earmark certain fee revenue to road funding) Introduced by Rep. James "Jase" Bolger (R) on September 2, 2009, to require certain transportation license fee revenue to be deposited in the "Transportation Economic Development Fund," or used only to road projects designed primarily for "rubber wheeled vehicles" (vs. trains, streetcars, etc., or for administration). See also 2009 House Joint Resolution Y.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100479

 

House Bill 5313 (Revise Appraisers Board membership) Introduced by Rep. David Nathan (D) on September 2, 2009, to revise the interests represented on the Michigan Board of Real Estate Appraisers, by removing the requirement that one member be employed by a bank or other financial institution. This board sets the conditions for getting an occupational appraisers license.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100480

 

House Bill 5314 (Restrict using campaign contributions for politicians' criminal defense) Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 2, 2009, to establish conditions under which a political candidate committee may use campaign contributions to defend or pay the legal costs of an elected or appointed official in a criminal action. The bill would prohibit this unless the criminal action is related to campaign activity or to carrying out the official duties of office.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100481

 

House Bill 5315 (Ban running for office with outstanding criminal fines) Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 2, 2009, to prohibit a person who has outstanding criminal fines from filing to run for a political office.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100482

 

House Bill 5316 (Increase interest to taxpayers owed refunds) Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer  (R) on September 2, 2009, to require the state to pay 3 percent per month in interest to a taxpayer who is due a tax refund because of an overpayment, starting 60 days after the claim is filed or the last day established by law for filing the tax return, whichever is later.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100483

 

House Bill 5317 (Require candidate and state official financial disclosure) Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer  (R) on September 2, 2009, to require certain candidates and officeholders to file personal financial disclosure statements that include the names of all of the person's immediate family members; his or her employer; the source and amount of income for the candidate, spouse and immediate family members during the past year, and any gifts; a list of assets; certain transactions and liabilities; business ownerships; any trustee, director, etc. positions held in a business, union, non-profit, educational or other institution; any future employment agreements, including leave-of-absence agreements; and more. The mandate would apply to candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state senator, state representative, State Board of Education, elected state and university board members, Supreme Court justice, the head of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, local offices that pay more than 1.5 times the state median income, and all current holders of those positions.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100484

 

House Bill 5318 (Revise criminal fines collection details) Introduced by Rep. Richard Hammel (D) on September 9, 2009, to allow any penalties, fines, or costs imposed in a criminal prosecution to be collected in the same manner as civil money judgment.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100534

 

House Bill 5319 (Replace reasonable groundwater use property right with requiring government permission) Introduced by Rep. Dan Scripps (D) on September 9, 2009, to establish that groundwater is a "public trust." This would repeal the current legal doctrine that gives the owner of real property a property right to the reasonable use of groundwater, to the extent this does not diminish the ability of neighboring property owners to obtain water. Instead, the use of ground water would be conditional, subject to state approval and regulation. The current "riparian" water use doctrine is the norm east of the Mississippi River, but not in arid states of the west. Note: Michigan has already taken a first step toward this change, with the passage of Public Act 33, Senate Bill 850 of 2005 sponsored by Sen. Patricia Birkholz, R-Holland, and with subsequent groundwater use permit mandate legislation.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100535

 

House Bill 5320 (Impose licensure on fire sprinkler installers) Introduced by Rep. Andy Neumann (D) on September 9, 2009, to impose licensure, regulation, training, apprenticeship, and testing requirements on fire sprinkler installers and servicers, with license fees of $50 per year (plus $40 for each additional scope of practice "endorsement").

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100536

 

House Bill 5321 (Revise executive order school funding cut formula) Introduced by Rep. Dan Scripps (D) on September 9, 2009, to revise the formula by which any per-pupil state foundation grants to schools are reduced in the event of a gubernatorial executive order cutting them due to less-than-expected tax collection revenue. State law requires the governor to execute the cuts on a pro-rated basis unless the legislature adopts a different formula. The bill would change this formula to an equal percentage of each district's overall funding.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100537

 

House Bill 5322 (Allow increased non-traditional investments in government pensions) Introduced by Rep. Tim Moore (R) on September 9, 2009, to allow state and local government pension funds to place more of the more of the money under trust in "private equity" (shares of stocks not listed on public exchanges), non-rated or non-investment grade debt ("junk bonds"), and public or private real estate investment trusts (REITs), and other non-traditional investments, depending on the size of the system.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100538

 

House Bill 5323 (Place "Brass Roots" plaque on Capitol grounds) Introduced by Rep. Richard Hammel (D) on September 9, 2009, to require a plaque honoring the Second Amendment's recognition of the right of individuals to keep and bear arms to be placed on the Capitol grounds, except that no tax dollars would be allowed for the purpose. This plaque was created by the "Brass Roots" organization, reportedly by melting down brass cartridge cases donated by citizens who gathered at the Capitol in 1994 to protest federal and state infringements on the rights recognized by the Second Amendment.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100539

 

House Bill 5324 (Require public safety labor arbitrators consider fiscal welfare) Introduced by Rep. Bob Constan (D) on September 9, 2009, to require the "PA 312" arbitration panels that have the power to impose contract terms between municipalities and public safety unions in the event of a collective bargaining impasse to consider the interests and welfare of the public and the financial ability of the community to pay when making their determinations. They would not be allowed to consider the ability to raise taxes, but only the financial impact on the community of any award; all the local government's liabilities, whether or not they appear on the balance sheet; the financial climate; and the obligation not to engage in deficit spending.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100540

 

House Bill 5325 (Establish lobbyist violation sentencing guidelines) Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on September 9, 2009, to establish specific criminal sentencing guidelines for lobbyists violating certain gift caps and reporting requirements.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100541

 

House Bill 5326 (Revise certain "personal property tax" detail) Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on September 9, 2009, to revise details of the definition of certain business tools and equipment that is subject to property tax ("personal property tax") for firms that are the beneficiaries of Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax breaks.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100542

 

House Bill 5327 (Limit certain environmental fines) Introduced by Rep. Kathy Angerer (D) on September 9, 2009, to prohibit including Department of Environmental Quality staff time in the calculation of fines imposed for not meeting the requirements of certain environmental permits.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100543

 

House Bill 5328 (Revise land grant to Calhoun County hospital) Introduced by Rep. Goeff Hansen (R) on September 9, 2009, to transfer certain state land in Calhoun County formerly deeded to the American Legion Hospital there to its successor institution, known as Legion Villa, Inc.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100544

 

House Bill 5329 (Ban employment discrimination for owning guns) Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on September 10, 2009, to prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment based on a person's choice to own firearms, and prohibit potential employers from asking about this in a job interview.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100565

 

House Bill 5330 (Ban employment discrimination for owning guns) Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer  (R) on September 10, 2009, to prohibit discrimation in hiring and employment based on a person's choice to own firearms, and prohibit potential employers from asking about this in a job interview.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100566

 

House Bill 5331 (Limit using furlough days for budget savings) Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer  (R) on September 10, 2009, to prohibit more than six state employee furlough days each as a budget cutting measure.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100567

 

House Bill 5332 (Appropriate general fund money to road projects) Introduced by Rep. James "Jase" Bolger (R) on September 10, 2009, to appropriate $213 million of state general fund money to the state trunk line (road) fund, and use the money to provide matching funds for federal "stimulus" money earmarked for transportation projects. Also to appropriate another $200 million for local road projects. The bill would also disburse $6 million for railroad grade crossing projects.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100568

 

House Bill 5333 (Appropriate general fund money to road projects) Introduced by Rep. Sharon Tyler (R) on September 10, 2009, to appropriate $419 million of state general fund money for the road projects that House Bill 5332 would authorize.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100569

 

House Bill 5334 (Allow yard waste in landfills with methane capture) Introduced by Rep. Jeff Mayes (D) on September 10, 2009, to waive the ban on landfills accepting yard waste if a facility installs a methane gas capture system.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100570

 

House Bill 5335 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334. This bill revises references in a law that authorized creation of a government ethanol/alternative energy subsidy/regulation "how to" guide.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100571

 

House Bill 5336 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the low-level radioactive waste authority act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100572

 

House Bill 5337 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. John Proos, IV (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the state fire prevention code.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100573

 

House Bill 5338 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the brownfield redevelopment financing act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100574

 

House Bill 5339 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Darwin Booher (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the state "dormant oil and gas act".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100575

 

House Bill 5340 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Sharon Tyler (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the hazardous materials transportation act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100576

 

House Bill 5341 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Larry DeShazor (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the general law village act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100577

 

House Bill 5342 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the public health code.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100578

 

House Bill 5343 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Kimberly Meltzer (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the charter township act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100579

 

House Bill 5344 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. James "Jase" Bolger (R) on September 10, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334.  two departments. This bill amends the "shared credit rating act".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100580

 

House Bill 5345 (Create statewide government employee health benefits system) Introduced by Rep. Andy Dillon (D) on September 10, 2009, to create a single government employee health insurance system that would determine the types of coverage for all employees and retirees of the state and local governments, schools, colleges and universities. A state health benefits program board would create specific coverage options, and each school district, local government, college and university would select one of these for its employees, and pay the state to provide it. A government or school employer could offer a different employee health plan if it could prove that it can provide comparable benefits at a lower price.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100581

 

House Bill 5346 (Create another targeted tax break program) Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 10, 2009, to create a new type of targeted tax break authorizing entities called "next Michigan development corporations," which would empower certain government officials and appointees to grant select businesses the extensive tax breaks and exemptions of "renaissance zones," in addition to targeted tax breaks authorized by other "economic development" programs.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100582

 

House Bill 5347 (Create another targeted tax break program) Introduced by Rep. Pam Byrnes (D) on September 10, 2009, to revise the "local development financing act" to accommodate the new type of targeted tax break authorizing entity proposed by House Bill 5346, "next Michigan development corporations".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100583

 

House Bill 5348 (Create another targeted tax break program) Introduced by Rep. Andrew Kandrevas (D) on September 10, 2009, to revise the "plant rehabilitation and industrial development district" tax break law to accommodate the new type of targeted tax break authorizing entity proposed by House Bill 5346, "next Michigan development corporations".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100584

 

House Bill 5349 (Create another targeted tax break program) Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on September 10, 2009, to revise the "renaissance zones" tax break law to accommodate the new type of targeted tax break authorizing entity proposed by House Bill 5346, "next Michigan development corporations".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100585

 

House Bill 5350 (Create another targeted tax break program) Introduced by Rep. Marc Corriveau (D) on September 10, 2009, to give the new type of targeted tax break authorizing entity proposed by House Bill 5346, "next Michigan development corporations," the power to grant particular firms exemptions to the property tax on business tools and equipment ("personal property tax").

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100586

 

House Bill 5351 (Authorize MEGA tax breaks for select "multimodal commerce" firms) Introduced by Rep. Bert Johnson (D) on September 10, 2009, to authorize Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) targeted tax breaks for particular firms selected by state "economic development" appointees which are in a business related to "multimodal commerce," defined as "the movement of products, information, and services via air, roads, rail, or water".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100587

 

House Bill 5352 (Create legislative "vehicle" for income tax hike) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 10, 2009, to make non-substantive wording changes to the income tax act. The bill is a parliamentary devise for quickly adopting an income tax increase in the event the votes are found for this as part of closing a gap between the amount of state spending desired by the administration and many legislators, and the amount of revenue expected without a tax hike.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100588

 

House Bill 5353 (Levy use tax on certain products and services) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 10, 2009, to impose the 6 percent use tax on food and ingredients sold from vending machines; on magazines; on free meals to restaurant employees; on certain water pollution control facility equipment; on rolling stock purchased, rented, or leased by an interstate fleet motor carrier; and on credit sales by a merchant who ends up never getting paid (bad debts).

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100589

 

House Bill 5354 (Levy sales tax on some currently exempt products) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 10, 2009, to impose the 6 percent sales tax on food and ingredients sold from vending machines; on magazines; on free meals to restaurant employees; on certain water pollution control facility equipment; and on credit sales by a merchant who ends up never getting paid (bad debts).

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100590

 

House Bill 5355 (Raise tax on "little cigars") Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 10, 2009, to impose a tax of 32 percent of the wholesale price on "little cigars." This is projected to take $6.3 million.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100591

 

House Bill 5356 (Extend Detroit charter school ban; establish districted school board) Introduced by Rep. Bettie Scott (D) on September 15, 2009, to reduce from 100,000 to 60,000 the number of students that qualify a school district as a "school district of the first class," a statutory device to prohibit an expansion of charter schools in Detroit. Also, to elect seven of the Detroit schools  board on the basis of geographic districts, with four at-large members. Note: The Detroit district has lost tens of thousands of students in recent years, and fell below the 100,000 threshold in 2008.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100632

 

House Bill 5357 (Continue Detroit "First Class School District" status) Introduced by Rep. David Nathan (D) on September 15, 2009, to allow the Detroit School District to keep it's authority to create its own police department, even though the current statute only allows this for a "school district of the first class," defined as one with more than 100,000 students.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100633

 

House Bill 5358 (Continue Detroit "First Class School District" status) Introduced by Rep. Bettie Scott (D) on September 15, 2009, to revise language in the 2003 "Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority" law giving Detroit the power to assemble and dispose of tax reverted property, so that it still applies to Detroit even though its school district no longer qualifies as a "school district of the first class," a statutory device to prohibit an expansion of charter schools in the city.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100634

 

House Bill 5359 (Maintain Detroit school administrators union ban) Introduced by Rep. Gabe Leland (D) on September 15, 2009, to revise language in the law that gives authority to the Detroit school district to prohibit administrators from establishing a union, so that it still applies to Detroit even though its school district no longer qualifies as a "school district of the first class," a statutory device to prohibit an expansion of charter schools in the city.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100635

 

House Bill 5360 (Continue Detroit "First Class School District" status) Introduced by Rep. Bettie Scott (D) on September 15, 2009, to revise language in the law that authorizes a certain Detroit library property tax millage, so that it still applies even though the Detroit school district no longer qualifies as a "school district of the first class," a statutory device to prohibit an expansion of charter schools in the city.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100636

 

House Bill 5361 (Continue Detroit "First Class School District" status) Introduced by Rep. LaMar Lemmons, Jr. (D) on September 15, 2009, to revise language in the school pension law that requires one member of the pension board to represent the Detroit schools, and authorizes pension credit for certain Detroit school employee leave of absences, so that it still applies even though the Detroit school district no longer qualifies as a "school district of the first class," a statutory device to prohibit an expansion of charter schools in the city.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100637

 

House Bill 5362 (Create government loan guarantee program for some businesses) Introduced by Rep. Darwin Booher (R) on September 15, 2009, to authorize state loan guarantees for new bank loans of up to $750,000 to Businesses with less than 250 employees and $6 million in gross sales.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100638

 

House Bill 5363 (Revise school bus driver health qualifications) Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on September 15, 2009, to revise details of a law that requires physical requirements for school bus drivers, so as to allow an health status exception for certain levels of diabetes.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100639

 

House Bill 5364 (Make DHS employees liable for false reports) Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on September 15, 2009, to establish that the usual immunity from civil suits for actions by public employees in the course of performing their duties does not apply to a Department of Human Services or foster care agency employee if they file or produce a false report or false document relating to the department, or commit perjury in a proceeding relating to a case or duty encompassed within his or her job duties.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100640

 

House Bill 5365 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Jeff Mayes (D) on September 15, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources or other agencies. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334, and House Bills 5365 to 5367. This bill transfers DEQ hazardous materials and storage tank authority to state fire marshal.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100641

 

House Bill 5366 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Andy Neumann (D) on September 15, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources or other agencies. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334, and House Bills 5365 to 5367. This bill transfers DEQ hazardous materials and storage tank authority to state fire marshal.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100642

 

House Bill 5367 (Transfer DEQ powers to DNR) Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Horn (R) on September 15, 2009, to transfer certain powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources or other agencies. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 5335 to 5334, and House Bills 5365 to 5367. This bill deletes DEQ references in a law authorizing state agency power to make rules liquefied petroleum containers.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100643

 

House Bill 5368 (Restrict phosphorous fertilizer) Introduced by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on September 15, 2009, to prohibit (with certain specified exceptions) spreading a fertilizer containing more than 0.5 percent of the plant nutrient "available phosphate" (p2o5) on a lawn, golf course or other grass. Also, to require "containment procedures" if such fertilizers are spread on an impervious surface.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100644

 

House Bill 5369 (Restrict phosphorous fertilizer) Introduced by Rep. Mary Valentine (D) on September 15, 2009, to prohibit displaying for sale a fertilizer containing more than 0.5 percent of the plant nutrient "available phosphate" (p2o5). A seller could only post a notice advising customers of "behind the counter" availability of the fertilizer for the uses not prohibited by House Bill 5368.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100645

 

House Bill 5370 (Require continued insurance to family of fallen public safety officer) Introduced by Rep. Kathy Angerer (D) on September 15, 2009, to require the state to provide the spouse and minor children of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty with health insurance comparable to what they had before the death.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100646

 

House Bill 5371 (Exempt prosecuting attorneys from certain court fees) Introduced by Rep. Bob Constan (D) on September 15, 2009, to exempt prosecuting attorneys from paying certain court appeal filing fees.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100647

 

House Bill 5372 (Revise DCH information sharing for child support orders) Introduced by Rep. Bob Constan (D) on September 15, 2009, to include information about child support orders in the types of information that insurers and other entities are required to share with the Department of Community Health in certain circumstances.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100648

 

House Bill 5373 (Revise mentally disabled children restraint details) Introduced by Rep. Dudley Spade (D) on September 15, 2009, to revise details of the law establishing policies and procedures for the restraint and seclusion of mentally disabled or disturbed children by state agencies, social workers, adoption facilitators, and child care organizations. Among other changes this would allow the use of "mechanical" restraints by a child caring institution transporting a minor to or from hospitalization or a court appearance.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100649

 

House Bill 5377 (Revise property tax "pop up" assessments) Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on September 17, 2009, to revise the current Proposal A "pop-up" in which the state equalized value (SEV, meaning market value) of newly-sold property becomes the basis for its property tax assessment, rather than the capped "taxable value" of the previous owner. The bill would require the new assessment to be based on the actual value of the property at the time of sale, rather than Dec. 31 of the previous year as under current law.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100688

 

House Bill 5384 (Create legislative "vehicle" for business tax hike) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to make non-substantive wording changes to the Michigan Business Tax act. This is a parliamentary device sometimes used for quickly adopting a tax increase in the event the votes are found for one as part of the process of closing a gap between the amount of state spending desired by most legislators, and the amount of revenue expected in the absence of a tax hike.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100695

 

House Bill 5385 (Impose new tax on doctors) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose a 4 percent gross revenue tax on doctors. This would be a "Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment" (MMQAA) tax that is used by the state to collect more federal Medicaid matching funds.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100696

 

House Bill 5387 (Impose tax on bottled water) Introduced by Rep. Alma Smith (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose an excise tax of 1-cent per bottle on bottled water.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100698

 

House Bill 5388 (Impose tax on bottled water) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose an excise tax of 20-cents per gallon on bottled water.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100699

 

House Bill 5389 (Increase broadband infrastructure investment tax credit) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to increase from 6 percent to 7 percent a credit against the property tax on railroad and telecommunication company tools and equipment for investments in new broadband internet investments. After 2010 the entire credit would be repealed.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100700

 

House Bill 5390 (Levy use tax on certain products and services) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent use tax on rolling stock purchased, rented, or leased by an interstate fleet motor carrier.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100701

 

House Bill 5391 (Revise "Internet tax" system detail) Introduced by Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D) on September 17, 2009, to accommodate use tax on rolling stock to revise details of the "Streamlined Sales Tax" project being pursued by Michigan and most states, which if allowed by Congress would create a centralized system for states to collect use or sales tax on out-of-state internet or catalog purchases, so as to accommodate the extension of the 6 percent sales and use taxes proposed by House Bills 5390 and 5392 to rolling stock purchased, rented, or leased by an interstate fleet motor carrier.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100702

 

House Bill 5392 (Levy sales tax on certain products and services) Introduced by Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent sales tax on rolling stock purchased, rented, or leased by an interstate fleet motor carrier.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100703

 

House Bill 5393 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100704

 

House Bill 5398 (Allow disclosure of some delinquent taxpayer names) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to allow the Department of Treasury to post the names of taxpayers who are delinquent for more than six months on tax bills greater than $100,000.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100709

 

 

House Bill 5399 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100710

 

House Bill 5400 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100711

 

House Bill 5401 (Authorize "continuation" budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential "interim" supplemental appropriation or temporary "continuation" budget for Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100712

 

House Bill 5402 (Authorize "continuation" budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential "interim" supplemental appropriation or temporary "continuation" budget for Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100713

 

House Bill 5403 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100714

 

House Bill 5404 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100715

 

House Bill 5405 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100716

 

House Bill 5406 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100717

 

House Bill 5407 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100718

 

House Bill 5408 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100719

 

House Bill 5409 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 17, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Note: This would accommodate proposals to adopt a budget that includes no taxes before the fiscal year begins, while then passing tax hikes and supplemental budgets to spend them afterwards.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100720

 

House Bill 5410 (Extend validity of certain prescriptions) Introduced by Rep. Kathy Angerer (D) on September 17, 2009, to extend to 90 days the validity of prescriptions for certain schedule 2 drugs.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100721

 

House Bill 5411 (Prohibit coercing a woman to have an abortion) Introduced by Rep. David  Agema (R) on September 17, 2009, to require an abortion provider to ask the patient if her husband, parents, siblings, relatives, employer, the father or putative father, his parents or any other individual in a position of authority over the patient has threatened, intimidated, or coerced her into seeking an abortion, and require the Department of Community Health to develop the notice advising a woman of her rights in such circumstances. See also House Bill 4525.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100722

 

House Bill 5412 (Revise financial institution information sharing regulations) Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 17, 2009, to expand the regulations on a credit union sharing nonpublic financial information with unaffiliated third parties, and provisions requiring customer permission.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100723

 

House Bill 5413 (Revise financial institution information sharing regulations) Introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on September 17, 2009, to expand the regulations on a bank sharing nonpublic financial information with unaffiliated third parties, and provisions requiring customer permission.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100724

 

House Bill 5414 (Revise financial institution information sharing regulations) Introduced by Rep. Larry DeShazor (R) on September 17, 2009, to expand the regulations on a savings and loan association sharing nonpublic financial information with unaffiliated third parties, and provisions requiring customer permission.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100725

 

House Bill 5415 (Revise financial institution information sharing regulations) Introduced by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on September 17, 2009, to expand the regulations on a savings bank sharing nonpublic financial information with unaffiliated third parties, and provisions requiring customer permission.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100726

 

House Bill 5416 (Revise deer hunting "shotgun only" zone rules) Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on September 17, 2009, to revise the types of firearms that can be used to hunt deer in the limited firearms area of the lower peninsula, and also establish in statute the limited firearms area (which would be south of the current "shotgun-only" line). South of the line smooth-bore shotguns, pistols firing straight-walled cartridges .35 caliber or above, muzzle-loading rifles and "black powder" (or pyrodex) pistols could be used.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100727

 

House Bill 5417 (Levy use tax on uncollected bills) Introduced by Rep. Alma Smith (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent use tax on 20 percent of the bad debt on a merchant's credit sales.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100728

 

House Bill 5418 (Levy sales tax on uncollected bills) Introduced by Rep. Alma Smith (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent sales tax on 20 percent of the bad debt on a merchant's credit sales.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100729

 

House Bill 5419 (Impose tax on international phone calls) Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent use tax on international phone calls.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100730

 

House Bill 5420 (Increase income tax collection authorized under current statute) Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on September 17, 2009, to suspend the annual inflation-indexed increase in the personal exemption allowed under state income tax for the 2009 tax year. Also, to impose the 4.35 state income tax on "expenses incurred in the production of income" that is not subject to the income tax.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100731

 

House Bill 5421 (Impose tax on international phone calls) Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent use tax on international phone calls.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100732

 

House Bill 5422 (Reduce merchants tax collection administration fee) Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on September 17, 2009, to reduce by 20 percent the modest fee or deduction that is allowed for merchants in return for collecting and remitting sales tax.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100733

 

House Bill 5423 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/2009-HB-5423

 

House Bill 5424 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100819

 

House Bill 5425 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100820

 

House Bill 5426 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100821

 

House Bill 5427 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100822

 

House Bill 5428 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100823

 

House Bill 5429 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100824

 

House Bill 5430 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100825

 

House Bill 5431 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100826

 

House Bill 5432 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100827

 

House Bill 5433 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100828

 

House Bill 5434 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100829

 

House Bill 5435 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100830

 

House Bill 5436 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100831

 

House Bill 5437 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100832

 

House Bill 5438 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100833

 

House Bill 5439 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100834

 

House Bill 5440 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100835

 

House Bill 5441 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100836

 

House Bill 5442 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100837

 

House Bill 5443 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100838

 

House Bill 5444 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100839

 

House Bill 5445 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100840

 

House Bill 5446 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 22, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State. The legislative package (House Bills 5423 to 5446) would abolish the department but retain almost all of its programs. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed closing the department and redistributing its programs, but to different departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100841

 

House Bill 5447 (Extend "temporary" fee and tax hikes) Introduced by Rep. Bert Johnson (D) on September 22, 2009, to make permanent a number of "temporary" driver license and vehicle registration fees and taxes that were increased in 2003. The tax and fee increases were supposed to end on Oct. 1, 2009.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100842

 

House Bill 5448 (Impose "gold party" licensure mandate) Introduced by Rep. Richard LeBlanc (D) on September 22, 2009, to impose "gem and (precious) metal dealer" licensure mandates on a business or individual who holds an invitation-only "gold party" selling jewelry in a residence.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100817

 

House Bill 5449 (Give $40,000 to state employees who retire early) Introduced by Rep. Rick Jones (R) on September 22, 2009, to pay $40,000 in a lump sum to state employees who retire between April 1 and Sept. 30,  2010. This would apply to employees whose years on the job plus their age equals 80 or more.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100843

 

House Bill 5450 (Increase campaign contribution caps (but lower PAC caps)) Introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) on September 22, 2009, to double the allowable caps on campaign contributions to candidates for state office, and cut the amount that PACs can give. Currently an individual is prohibited from giving more than $3,400 to a candidate for governor or other candidate office, $1,000 for state senator, and $500 for state representatives. PACs can give 10 times that amount, which would be reduced to 2.5 times the increased amounts.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100844

 

House Bill 5451 (Ban campaign contributions to termed-out state officeholders) Introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) on September 22, 2009, to prohibit the candidate committee of a term limited state office holder from accepting contributions during the person's final term, except to pay off campaign debts.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100845

 

House Bill 5452 (Revise "open and obvious" danger liability) Introduced by Rep. Bob Constan (D) on September 23, 2009, to establish that because a dangerous condition on premises is "open and obvious" does not relieve the owner of liability in a lawsuit, but the "open and obvious" nature of the condition may be considered in determining the "comparative negligence" of the injured person.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100846

 

House Bill 5453 (Transfer History, Arts, and Libraries programs to Secretary of State) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 23, 2009, to transfer programs currently managed by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to other state departments, mostly the Secretary of State.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100847

 

House Bill 5454 (Waive licensure late fees during state government shutdown) Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Horn (R) on September 23, 2009, to establish that if state government shuts down (due to a failure to adopt a budget before the start of a new fiscal year), then late fees and sanctions that would otherwise be imposed on licensed professionals and businesses needing to renew their licenses during the shutdown period would be waived.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100848

 

House Bill 5455 (Establish permanent estate tax) Introduced by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on September 23, 2009, to eliminate the link between the Michigan estate tax and the federal estate tax levied on a person's assets upon death, which would establish a permanent Michigan estate tax on estates of $2 million or more. Assets attributable to family owned businesses, including farms, would be excluded from taxation. Past House Fiscal Agency summaries of previous bills reported that the effective state tax rate would be 5.3 percent, on top of any federal estate tax.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100849

 

House Bill 5456 (Allow automatic absentee ballot mailings) Introduced by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on September 23, 2009, to require local governments to maintain a permanent absent voter list, and to require local elections clerks to automatically send an absentee ballot before each election to any qualified "elector" (registered voter) who requests that he or she be placed on the list. Note: A recent circuit court case ruled that Detroit could not automatically send out absentee ballots to voters who had received them in previous elections, because state law only authorizes that absentee ballots be sent to those who specifically ask for them.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100850

 

House Bill 5457 (Expand scope of brownfields development subsidies) Introduced by Rep. Robert Dean (D) on September 23, 2009, to include among the things that can be subsidized by brownfields redevelopment tax increment financing authority and plan the relocation of public school buildings, operations, or services for economic development purposes.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100851

 

House Bill 5458 (Temporarily eliminate one Oakland County circuit judgeship) Introduced by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on September 23, 2009, to revise references in the judicature act to conform with the proposal of Senate Bill 851 to eliminate one Oakland County circuit judgeship between 2011 and 2014.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100852

 

House Bill 5459 (Extend cable TV regulatory levy) Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on September 23, 2009, to extend for another two years the power of the Public Service Commission to levy regulatory fees on video service providers (cable TV or TV through phone lines) under a 2006 law that limited the ability of local governments to grant cable TV monopolies.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100853

 

House Bill 5460 (Increase spending on rail grade crossing improvements) Introduced by Rep. Pam Byrnes (D) on September 23, 2009, to increase the amount that may be spent each year on rail grade crossing improvements, and revise the allocation of road tax money for local and state bridges.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100854

 

House Bill 5461 (Establish a new business subsidy TIFA scheme) Introduced by Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on September 23, 2009, to give local governments the power to enter deals with private property owners to spend money on improvements to public infrastructure facilities and amenities, including public transportation facilities. The money would come from "captured" increases in property tax values under a tax increment financing arrangement, special assessments (property taxes levied in a particular section of a taxing jurisdiction, state or federal grants or loans, and more.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100855

 

House Bill 5462 (Authorize one-month "continuation" budget) Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on September 23, 2009, to make appropriations for a one-month "interim" school aid budget in the event legislators are not able to resolve a large gap between how much they would like to spend and how much taxes, fees, and borrowed money they expect the state to take in during the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2009.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100856

 

House Bill 5463 (Retain wetland regulation at state level) Introduced by Rep. Dan Scripps (D) on September 23, 2009, to not return the wetland regulation permit program to the federal government, as proposed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm as a cost saving measure. Michigan is one of just two states that have been delegated by Washington to manage and enforce federal wetland regulations. The bill would make various revisions to the way the regulations are administered, among other things establishing different procedures for permits for projects on "minor wetlands" and "exceptional wetlands," requiring the use of federal wetland delineation standards, and more. The bill would also include provisions to facilitate cranberry bog cultivation within the constraints of these regulations.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100857

 

 

House Bill 5464 (Require competitive bidding for large state leases) Introduced by Rep. Rick Jones (R) on September 24, 2009, to require state government leases of land or buildings that cost more than $2,000 per month or have more than 25,000 square feet be put out for competitive bidding. The bill comes after intense criticism of an annual $3.7 million lease of a new State Police headquarters in downtown Lansing owned by prominent Democratic Party contributor Joel Ferguson and Republican contributor Gary Granger.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100888

 

House Bill 5465 (Ban off-hours state purchasing agent lobbyist meetings) Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer  (R) on September 24, 2009, to prohibit an employee or officer of the state department responsible for buying supplies, equipment, or services for the state, or awarding contracts for rentals, leases, or construction projects, from meeting outside of normal work hours or outside of a governmental workplace with an individual who is required to be registered as a lobbyist, unless the meeting has been posted as open to the public under the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100889

 

House Bill 5466 (Require competitive bidding for large state leases) Introduced by Rep. Brian Calley (R) on September 24, 2009, to require state government leases of land or buildings that cost more than $100,000 annually, or $2,000 per month for less than two years, be put out for competitive bidding, with the bid solicitation stated "in the most general terms that will the agency's needs." The bill comes after intense criticism of an annual $3.7 million lease of a new State Police headquarters in downtown Lansing owned by prominent Democratic Party contributor Joel Ferguson and Republican contributor Gary Granger.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100890

 

House Bill 5467 (Put computer sex crime violators on state registry) Introduced by Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on September 24, 2009, to add the crime of using a computer to attempt or commit a sex offense to the list of crimes for which an individual is placed on the public sex offender registration list.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100891

 

House Bill 5468 (Make electronic signatures enforceable) Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on September 25, 2009, to establish that a court order or judgment shall not be denied legal effect or enforceability solely because an electronic record was used in its formation, or an electronic signature was used.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100900

 

House Bill 5469 (Increase electric car subsidies) Introduced by Rep. Ed Clemente (D) on September 25, 2009, to expand from four to five the number of refundable, $100 million, capital investment Michigan Business Tax credit agreements that could be entered into with makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars, the first of which was authorized by a 2008 law. This bill would authorize an additional $100 million in subsidies. "Refundable" means that the state will send a manufacturer a check for the amount that the credit exceeds the firm's tax liability.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100901

 

House Bill 5470 (Clarify pistol purchase and carry law details) Introduced by Rep. Jeff Mayes (D) on September 25, 2009, to clarify a provision in the concealed pistol license law that exempts military members acting in the line of duty from the permit requirements.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100902

 

House Bill 5471 (Clarify pistol purchase and carry law details) Introduced by Rep. Jennifer Haase (D) on September 25, 2009, to clarify that the "gun free zones" provision in the concealed pistol license law applies to individuals licensed out of state (these include schools, day care facilities, sports stadiums or arenas, bars, bar/restaurants, places of worship, college dorms and classrooms, hospitals, casinos, entertainment facilities that hold more than 2,500, and courts).

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100903

 

House Bill 5472 (Clarify pistol purchase and carry law details) Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on September 25, 2009, to clarify a provision in the pistol purchase license law that exempts military members acting in the line of duty from the permit requirements.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100904

 

House Bill 5473 (Clarify pistol purchase and carry law details) Introduced by Rep. James "Jase" Bolger (R) on September 25, 2009, to clarify language in the pistol purchase license law regarding the possession and transport of a pistol by a licensed dealer.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100905

 

House Bill 5474 (Preempt firearm regulation by state colleges and universities) Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on September 25, 2009, to include state colleges and universities in the law that preempts local governments from passing their own restrictions on firearms, including taxes, regulation of ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100906

 

House Bill 5475 (Impose new  pharmacy benefits manager audit regulations) Introduced by Rep. Mike Simpson (D) on September 25, 2009, to impose new regulations on audits done by pharmacy benefits managers of pharmaceutical providers with arrangements with the state, insurance companies, and other third-party payers. The bill would include pharmacy benefits managers and companies in the health care providers covered under the health care false claims act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100907

 

House Bill 5476 (Impose new  pharmacy benefits manager audit regulations) Introduced by Rep. Mike Simpson (D) on September 25, 2009, to impose new regulations on audits done by pharmacy benefits managers of pharmaceutical providers who serve Medicaid recipients. The bill would include pharmacy benefits managers and companies in the health care providers covered under the Medicaid false claims act.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100908

 

House Bill 5477 (Use tax records to establish geographically proportionate jury pools) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 25, 2009, to allow the Department of Treasury to deliver to counties the names and addresses of taxpayers in the county. House Bill 5478 requires the department to deliver the names.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100909

 

House Bill 5478 (Use tax records to establish geographically proportionate jury pools) Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on September 25, 2009, to require the Department of Treasury to deliver to counties the names and addresses of income tax payers in the county. Jury boards would be required to order jury pools so that an proportionate number of residents of each community is represented in the pool ("geographical diversity").

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100910

 

House Bill 5479 (Expand "historic rehabilitation" tax breaks) Introduced by Rep. Bert Johnson (D) on September 25, 2009, to remove a $3 million cap on the amount that certain "historic rehabilitation" Michigan Business Tax credits can be "carried forward" to a future tax year by a property owner, if the correct state political appointee (the director of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries, or its successor) deems the project a "high community impact" one.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100911

 http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100934

House Bill 5480 (Eliminate EITC increase ) Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on September 29, 2009, to eliminate an increase in the <a href="http://www.michiganvotes.org/2006-SB-453">earned income tax credit</a> authorized in 2006, which under current statute will have gone from 10 percent to 20 percent of the federal EITC for the 2009 tax year. The EITC is a refundable credit (or "reverse income tax") for low income workers. It is estimated last year that the increase will cause $293 million to be distributed to low income working families in Fiscal Year 2009-10 vs. and $132 million the previous year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Bill 5481 (Establish 72 hour fishing license ) Introduced by Rep. Goeff Hansen (R) on September 29, 2009, to authorize a 72 hour fishing license, in addition to the 24 hour and annual licenses currently available.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100935

House Bill 5482 (Establish juvenile criminal trial competency procedures ) Introduced by Rep. Lesia Liss (D) on September 29, 2009, to establish procedures for a juvenile who commits a crime and is deemed not competent due to mental illness, serious emotional disturbance or developmental disability, but whose competence the court determines could be "restored" with treatment. Under the bill minor crimes would be dismissed, serious misdemeanors could be either dismissed or suspended pending restoration of competence at the discretion of the court, and the trial for serious crimes would be suspended pending restoration of competence, with no court discretion. The bill is part of a juvenile criminal trial competency rules and procedures package comprised of House Bills 5482 to 5489.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100936

House Bill 5483 (Establish juvenile criminal trial competency procedures ) Introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R) on September 29, 2009, to define "restoration of competency" and "qualified restoration provider" (generally a mental health professional or expert in developmental disabilities" for purposes of the criminal trials of juveniles deemed not competent but capable of being restored to competence, as provided by House Bill 5482.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100937

House Bill 5484 (Establish juvenile criminal trial competency procedures ) Introduced by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on September 29, 2009, to establish rules for competency hearings of juveniles accused of crimes, and statements made in them. Among other things the right to self incrimination could not be infringed. The bill is part of a juvenile criminal trial competency rules and procedures package comprised of House Bills 5482 to 5489.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100938

House Bill 5485 (Establish juvenile criminal trial competency procedures ) Introduced by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on September 29, 2009, to establish statutory definitions related to juvenile competency in criminal trials. The bill is part of a juvenile criminal trial competency rules and procedures package comprised of House Bills 5482 to 5489.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100939

House Bill 5486 (Establish juvenile criminal trial competency procedures ) Introduced by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on September 29, 2009, to require a hearing to determine competency in criminal prosecutions of juveniles if a question is raised regarding this. The bill is part of a juvenile criminal trial competency rules and procedures package comprised of House Bills 5482 to 5489.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100940

House Bill 5487 (Establish juvenile criminal trial competency procedures ) Introduced by Rep. Pam Byrnes (D) on September 29, 2009, to establish a presumption that a juvenile age 10 or older is competent to be tried for a criminal offence, unless a relevant party raises the issue. House Bill 5482 to 5489 establish procedures and rules for when competency is a question.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100941

House Bill 5488 (Establish juvenile criminal trial competency procedures ) Introduced by Rep. Joan Bauer (D) on September 29, 2009, to establish required standards for examiners in the hearings to determine competency in criminal prosecutions of juveniles required under certain circumstances by House Bill 5486.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100942

House Bill 5489 (Establish juvenile criminal trial competency procedures ) Introduced by Rep. Jennifer Haase (D) on September 29, 2009, to require a prosecuting attorney to provide to the attorney for a juvenile accused of a crime all information related to the defendant’s competency, and require the prosecutor and juvenile's attorney to give to the examiner in a competency hearing any relevant information. The bill is part of a juvenile criminal trial competency rules and procedures package comprised of House Bills 5482 to 5489.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100943

House Bill 5490 (Tax water softeners and coolers ) Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on September 30, 2009, to repeal a property tax exemption on leased residential water softeners, and office and home water coolers. Fiscal analyses of earlier versions of this proposal indicated that it would increase the taxes paid by citizens approximately $500,000.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100955

House Bill 5491 (Revise sidewalk crack lawsuit standards ) Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on September 30, 2009, to revise a "rebuttable inference" that if a crack in a sidewalk is less than two inches wide it means the municipality has maintained it to a reasonable standard and so can’t be sued. The bill would make this a "rebuttable presumption," which is slightly more firm, and would require the municipality to have ACTUALLY known about a sidewalk defect for it to be culpable, rather than just "should have known".

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100956

House Bill 5492 (Impose "bounty hunter" licensure ) Introduced by Rep. Bert Johnson (D) on September 30, 2009, to revise references in the criminal code to accommodate the "bail enforcement agent" procedures and licensure mandate that House Bill 5493 would require and impose.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100957

House Bill 5493 (Impose "bounty hunter" licensure ) Introduced by Rep. Bert Johnson (D) on September 30, 2009, to impose licensure on "bail enforcement agents" ("bounty hunters"), and require them to follow certain specified procedures before apprehending those accused of crimes who have "jumped bail".

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100958

 

Senate Bill 786 (Impose "accreditation" mandate on trade schools) Introduced by Sen. Alan Sanborn (R) on September 9, 2009, to prohibit private trade-schools that charge to teach a trade, occupation, or vocation ("proprietary schools") unless they are "accredited" by an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The bill also revises a prohibition on trade schools selling goods or services provided by students, by allowing sales if producing the goods or services are an integral part of the training, if the sale price only recovers the cost plus a "nominal amount," and if other conditions are met.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100518

 

Senate Bill 787 (Reduce number of judges) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 9, 2009, to allow a temporary reduction in the number of judges in some circuit courts if the county boards there approve it.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100519

 

Senate Bill 788 (Subsidize "beverage container redemption antifraud fund" contributions) Introduced by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R) on September 9, 2009, to authorize reimbursement payments from a state uncollected bottle deposit fund, or else "refundable" tax credits (essentially cash payments), to persons who contribute to a state "beverage container redemption antifraud fund".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100520

 

Senate Bill 789 (Subsidize "beverage container redemption antifraud fund" contributions) Introduced by Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom (R) on September 9, 2009, to authorize reimbursement payments from a state uncollected bottle deposit fund, or else "refundable" tax credits (essentially cash payments), to persons who contribute to a state "beverage container redemption antifraud fund." This bill authorizes refundable income tax credits; Senate Bill 788 authorizes the program.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100521

 

Senate Bill 790 (Subsidize "beverage container redemption antifraud fund" contributions) Introduced by Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom (R) on September 9, 2009, to authorize reimbursement payments from a state uncollected bottle deposit fund, or else "refundable" tax credits (essentially cash payments), to persons who contribute to a state "beverage container redemption antifraud fund." This bill authorizes refundable Michigan Business Tax credits; Senate Bill 788 authorizes the program.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100522

 

Senate Bill 791 (Set standards for electronic deed recording) Introduced by Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom (R) on September 9, 2009, to authorize and establish uniform statewide regulations and procedures for the electronic recording of real estate deeds and related documents and instruments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100523

 

Senate Bill 792 (Prohibit banning legal firearms in parked cars) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 9, 2009, to prohibit a business, commercial enterprise, employer, or state service agency from prohibiting a person who lawfully possesses a firearm from transporting or storing the gun or ammunition in a locked and privately owned motor vehicle that is parked in a parking lot, parking garage, or other designated area. The bill would extend immunity from liability to these establishments for another person's misuse of these firearms..

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100524

 

Senate Bill 793 (Revise pistol transport restrictions) Introduced by Sen. Ray Basham (D) on September 9, 2009, to revise the law that prohibits transporting a pistol except to a range, hunting field, repair shop, and certain other narrowly circumscribed places, to add the words "directly or indirectly" to "transport".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100525

 

Senate Bill 794 (Create "sobriety court interlock project" pilot program) Introduced by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on September 9, 2009, to establish the restricted drivers license provisions for individuals convicted of drunk driving who participate in "sobriety court interlock pilot project" program proposed by House Bill 5773.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100526

 

Senate Bill 795 (Create "sobriety court interlock project" pilot program) Introduced by Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R) on September 9, 2009, to create a "sobriety court interlock project" pilot program, which has the intention "to reduce recidivism among alcohol offenders and that comply with the '10 guiding principles of DWI courts' as promulgated by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals." Individuals convicted of drunk driving who have had their license suspended would be able to get a restricted license if they participated in the program, subject to a number of restrictions and conditions.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100527

 

Senate Bill 796 (Increase state film subsidy transparency) Introduced by Sen. Nancy Cassis (R) on September 9, 2009, to increase the disclosure requirements on state film subsidies. The Film Office would have to post quarterly reports on the internet that disclose how much each film producer who is promised a subsidy plans to spend in Michigan (and so how much subsidy he will collect), how much each has spent (and thus collected), details on the shooting locations and jobs, and more. Under a film production subsidy law passed in 2008, Michigan pays 40 or 42 percent of the expenses incurred by film producers in this state.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100528

 

Senate Bill 797 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget) Introduced by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R) on September 10, 2009, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100556

 

Senate Bill 798 (Raise state income tax) Introduced by Sen. John Gleason (D) on September 10, 2009, to increase the state income tax from 4.35 percent to 4.8 percent, a 10.3 percent income tax hike.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100557

 

Senate Bill 799 (Ban using abortion for gender selection) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 10, 2009, to prohibit a physician from intentionally performing an abortion if he or she knows that the woman is seeking the abortion because of the sex of the fetus, or that she is being coerced as defined by House Bill 4525.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100558

 

Senate Bill 800 (Revise county medical examiner detail) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 10, 2009, to establish that a county medical examiner or designee doing examinations required for certain deaths that occur in a county, is not liable for damages from an act or omission during the person's good faith performance of medical examiner duties, not including gross negligence or willful misconduct.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100559

 

Senate Bill 801 (Establish new legislator conflict of interest rules) Introduced by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R) on September 10, 2009, to prohibit legislators from voting on a bill that would cause a substantial conflict of interest, and require them to state that fact on the record as a reason for not voting. Conflict of interest is defined using a reasonable person test..

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100560

 

Senate Bill 802 (Not include community college employees in school retirement system) Introduced by Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R) on September 15, 2009, to no longer include community college employees in the school retirement system.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100606

 

Senate Bill 803 (Revise property tax assessments to reflect declining values) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 15, 2009, to require local property tax assessors to base assessments on transactions during the past year rather than the past three years.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100607

 

Senate Bill 804 (Revise property tax appeal detail) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 15, 2009, to establish that if a local property tax board of review orders a reduction in an owner's property tax due to an assessment appeal, local assessors would be required to use the new assessment as the baseline for next year's taxes.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100608

 

Senate Bill 805 (Revise property tax appeal detail) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 15, 2009, to establish that if the state Tax Tribunal orders a reduction in an owner's property tax due to an assessment appeal, local assessors would be required to use the new assessment as the baseline for next year's taxes.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100609

 

Senate Bill 806 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100610

 

Senate Bill 807 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Michelle McManus (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100611

 

Senate Bill 808 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Nancy Cassis (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100612

 

Senate Bill 809 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100613

 

Senate Bill 810 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100614

 

Senate Bill 811 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100615

 

Senate Bill 812 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Tom George (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100616

 

Senate Bill 813 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Jud Gilbert (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100617

 

Senate Bill 814 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Tony Stamas (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100618

 

Senate Bill 815 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Alan Sanborn (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100619

 

Senate Bill 816 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100620

 

Senate Bill 817 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100621

 

Senate Bill 818 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Bill Hardiman (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100622

 

Senate Bill 819 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100623

 

Senate Bill 820 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100624

 

Senate Bill 821 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Jason Allen (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100625

 

Senate Bill 822 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100626

 

Senate Bill 823 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100627

 

Senate Bill 824 (Re-combine DEQ and DNR) Introduced by Sen. Jim Barcia (D) on September 15, 2009, to merge the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100628

 

Senate Bill 825 (Allow insurer to risk half of funds on one risk or hazard) Introduced by Sen. Jason Allen (R) on September 15, 2009, to replace a prohibition on an insurer exposing itself to a loss on any one risk or hazard in an amount that exceeds 10 percent of its paid-up capital and surplus. Instead, an insurer could risk up to half its funds on a single risk or hazard.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100629

 

Senate Bill 826 (Revise parole criteria) Introduced by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on September 16, 2009, to specify in statute that parole into "community corrections programs" be limited to prisoners based on "an objective risk and needs assessment" that includes an evaluation of a probationer's criminal and noncriminal history; the availability in the community of appropriate "programming"; and any other factors relevant to predicting the risk, including but not limited to a pattern of violent offenses.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100658

 

Senate Bill 827 (Revise parole criteria to specify in statute that parole) Introduced by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on September 16, 2009, to revise various details in the considerations for whether to release prisoners on parole, and when they become eligible for reconsideration. Among other things "evidence-based" assessments would be required.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100659

 

Senate Bill 828 (Revise parole criteria to specify in statute that parole) Introduced by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on September 16, 2009, to establish specific criteria for the types of prisoners and sentence lengths eligible for a state reimbursement program for felons kept in county jails, and authorize exactly 1 percent of the annual general fund Department of Corrections appropriation for this purpose.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100660

 

Senate Bill 829 (Ban research with aborted fetuses) Introduced by Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R) on September 17, 2009, to prohibit the research use of an embryo or fetus whose death was the result of a elective abortion. Research using tissue from a spontaneous or non-elective abortion would be allowed if the mother gives consent.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100735

 

Senate Bill 830 (Allow unions to take PAC money from worker paychecks without annual permission) Introduced by Sen. Michael Prusi (D) on September 17, 2009, to eliminate a requirement that employees affirm annually that they want paycheck deductions to go into a union or corporate PAC.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100736

 

Senate Bill 831 (Authorize one-month "continuation" budget) Introduced by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R) on September 17, 2009, to appropriate $3.062 billion for all state operations for one-month as an "interim" state budget, in the event legislators are not able to resolve a large gap between how much they would like to spend and how much taxes, fees, and borrowed money they expect the state to take in during the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2009.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100737

 

Senate Bill 832 (Allow deduction for business advanced tuition contributions) Introduced by Sen. Jud Gilbert (R) on September 17, 2009, to allow charitable contributions by a business to the "Michigan Education Trust" advanced tuition payment accounts to be deducted from the gross receipts base on which the Michigan Business Tax is levied.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100738

 

Senate Bill 833 (Impose tax on international phone calls) Introduced by Sen. Deborah Cherry (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent use tax on international phone calls.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100739

 

Senate Bill 834 (Impose sales tax on uncollected bills) Introduced by Sen. Michael Prusi (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent sales tax on 20 percent of the bad debt on a merchant's credit sales.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100740

 

Senate Bill 836 (Reduce merchants tax collection administration fee) Introduced by Sen. Michael Prusi (D) on September 17, 2009, to reduce by 20 percent the modest fee or deduction that is allowed for merchants in return for collecting and remitting use tax.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100742

 

Senate Bill 837 (Reduce merchants tax collection administration fee) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 17, 2009, to reduce by 20 percent the modest fee or deduction that is allowed for merchants in return for collecting and remitting sales tax.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100743

 

Senate Bill 838 (Create legislative "vehicle" for business tax hike) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 17, 2009, to make non-substantive wording changes to the Michigan Business Tax act. This is a parliamentary device sometimes used for quickly adopting a tax increase in the event the votes are found for one as part of the process of closing a gap between the amount of state spending desired by the administration and many legislators, and the amount of revenue expected in the absence of a tax hike.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100744

 

Senate Bill 839 (Impose tax on bottled water) Introduced by Sen. Deborah Cherry (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose an excise tax of 1-cent per bottle on bottled water.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100745

 

Senate Bill 840 (Levy use tax on certain products and services) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent use tax on international phone calls, toll-free "800" calls, food and ingredients sold from vending machines; on magazines; on free meals to restaurant employees; on certain water pollution control facility equipment; on rolling stock purchased, rented, or leased by an interstate fleet motor carrier; and on credit sales by a merchant who ends up never getting paid (bad debts).

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100746

 

Senate Bill 841 (Authorize 60 day tax amnesty window) Introduced by Sen. Deborah Cherry (D) on September 17, 2009, to authorize a 30-to-60 day delinquent tax payment amnesty period ending Sept. 30, 2009, during which all criminal and civil penalties would be waived for having in the past failed to file or pay income or other state tax, or for making an excessive claim for a refund. To get the waiver a taxpayer would have to make full payment of the tax and interest due, either in a lump sum or through an installment plan. If back taxes are not paid during this period, a 25 percent penalty would be tacked on to the balance.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100747

 

Senate Bill 842 (Raise tax on "little cigars") Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose a tax of 32 percent of the wholesale price on "little cigars." This is projected to take $6.3 million.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100749

 

Senate Bill 843 (Increase income tax collection authorized under current statute) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 17, 2009, to suspend the annual inflation-indexed increase in the personal exemption allowed under state income tax for the 2009 tax year. Also, to impose the 4.35 state income tax on "expenses incurred in the production of income" that is not subject to the income tax.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100750

 

Senate Bill 844 (Levy sales tax on some currently exempt products) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 17, 2009, to impose the 6 percent sales tax on food and ingredients sold from vending machines; on magazines; on free meals to restaurant employees; on certain water pollution control facility equipment; and on credit sales by a merchant who ends up never getting paid (bad debts).

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100751

 

Senate Bill 845 (Allow disclosure of some delinquent taxpayer names) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 17, 2009, to allow the Department of Treasury to post the names of taxpayers who are delinquent for more than six months on tax bills greater than $100,000.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100752

 

Senate Bill 846 (Eliminate social studies from Michigan Merit Exam) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 21, 2009, to eliminate the social studies component of the Michigan Merit Exam for 6th graders.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100778

 

Senate Bill 847 (Eliminate social studies from Michigan Merit Exam) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 21, 2009, to eliminate the social studies component of the Michigan Merit Exam for 9th graders.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100779

 

Senate Bill 848 (Authorize unemployment benefits to some part time workers) Introduced by Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R) on September 21, 2009, to authorize the payment of unemployment benefits to a worker who, in lieu of layoff, receives wages reduced by the employer by 25 percent or more under a "work share" plan filed with the unemployment agency.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100780

 

Senate Bill 849 (Allow expedited liquor license for extra fee) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 21, 2009, to allow applicants for a liquor license or license renewal to pay extra to get expedited processing. The current deadline for the Liquor Control Commission to issue a permit is 90 days; under the bill a $1,200 fee would buy 10 day processing, and a $600 fee would buy 20 day processing.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100781

 

Senate Bill 850 (Temporarily eliminate one Oakland County circuit judgeship) Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on September 21, 2009, to revise references in the judicature act to conform with the proposal of Senate Bill 851 to eliminate one Oakland County circuit judgeship between 2011 and 2014.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100782

 

Senate Bill 851 (Temporarily eliminate one Oakland County circuit judgeship) Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on September 21, 2009, to eliminate one Oakland County circuit judgeship between 2011 and 2014.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100783

 

Senate Bill 852 (Authorize more energy efficiency and renewables subsides) Introduced by Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R) on September 21, 2009, to create a government program to give grants, loans and other forms of subsidy to public or private entities for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100784

 

Senate Bill 853 (Authorize employer-based college loan subsidies) Introduced by Sen. Gilda Jacobs (D) on September 21, 2009, to authorize an annual refundable Michigan Business Tax credit of up to $5,000 per employee for a firm that repays an employee's college loans. "Refundable" means the state will send the company a check for the amount that the credit exceeds its tax liability.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100785

 

Senate Bill 854 (Impose new tax on doctors) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 22, 2009, to impose a 4 percent gross revenue tax on doctors. This would be a "Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment" (MMQAA) tax that is used by the state to collect more federal Medicaid matching funds.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100790

 

Senate Bill 855 (Establish permanent estate tax) Introduced by Sen. Michael Prusi (D) on September 22, 2009, to eliminate the link between the Michigan estate tax and the federal estate tax levied on a person's assets upon death, which would establish a permanent Michigan estate tax on estates of $2 million or more. Assets attributable to family owned businesses, including farms, would be excluded from taxation. Past House Fiscal Agency summaries of previous bills reported that the effective state tax rate would be 5.3 percent, on top of any federal estate tax.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100791

 

Senate Bill 856 (Expand state tourism ads to promote fishing) Introduced by Sen. Tony Stamas (R) on September 22, 2009, to expand the scope of state tourism industry advertising subsidies to include fishing.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100792

 

Senate Bill 857 (Increase electric car subsidies) Introduced by Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom (R) on September 22, 2009, to expand from four to five the number of refundable, $100 million, capital investment Michigan Business Tax credit agreements that could be entered into with makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars, the first of which was authorized by a 2008 law. This bill would authorize an additional $100 million in subsidies. "Refundable" means that the state will send a manufacturer a check for the amount that the credit exceeds the firm's tax liability.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=88889

 

Senate Bill 858 (Require gross negligence for suits against emergency room physicians) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 22, 2009, to restrict medical malpractice lawsuits against emergency room physicians to cases of gross negligence.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100794

 

Senate Bill 859 (Replace annual license plate tabs with electronic database) Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on September 22, 2009, to establish a new system of vehicle registration system that would replace license-plate tabs and paper registration certificates with an electronic data base that could check current vehicle registration status, with new plates issued every five years for a $10 fee. The bill would also eliminate a statutory requirement for one Secretary of State office in each county and in certain cities, and increase the fine for unregistered vehicles to $200.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100795

 

Senate Bill 860 (Revise youth employment limits) Introduced by Sen. Jason Allen (R) on September 23, 2009, to revise the law that restricts the maximum number of hours that minors age 16 and 17 who are in school can work. Under current law the maximum is 48 hours combined school and work a week, and 48 hours of work during the summer. The bill would exempt from the cap hours worked as an unpaid volunteer for a nonprofit.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100812

 

Senate Bill 861 (Cut annual intrastate motor carrier authority fee) Introduced by Sen. Jud Gilbert (R) on September 23, 2009, to cut the annual intrastate motor carrier authority registration fee (tax) from $100 per truck to $25. This is not the vehicle registration tax, but a separate tax levied on commercial truckers to pay for a 1930s-era trucking business regulatory regime that among other things included price controls, provisions limiting competition, and more, administered by the state Public Service Commission.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100813

 

Senate Bill 862 (Increase diesel tax to 19 cents) Introduced by Sen. Jud Gilbert (R) on September 23, 2009, to increase the state diesel fuel tax from 15-cents per gallon to 19-cents per gallon.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100814

 

Senate Bill 863 (Earmark diesel tax increase to bridge repair) Introduced by Sen. Jud Gilbert (R) on September 23, 2009, to earmark revenue from the 4-cent per gallon diesel fuel tax proposed by Senate Bill 862 to bridge repair projects.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100815

 

Senate Bill 864 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on September 24, 2009, to expand the scope and authority of the Medicaid mental illness assistance "recipients rights" offices that local community mental health authorities programs and licensed hospitals are required to have. The bill would mandate new investigatory and response procedures, and appeals processes, on behalf of Medicaid mental health service recipients.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100874

 

Senate Bill 865 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on September 24, 2009, to create a simplified uniform assessment standard at community mental health agencies to determine if a person needs mental health services. As under current law,  priority would go to individuals with "with the most severe forms of serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, and developmental disability".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100875

 

Senate Bill 866 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on September 24, 2009, to give the Department of Community Health the authority to place a community mental health facility into temporary receivership and appoint a new director.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100876

 

Senate Bill 867 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on September 24, 2009, require the Department of Community Health to establish a standardized database and a statewide reporting system to track applicants who are denied mental health services.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100877

 

Senate Bill 868 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on September 24, 2009, to require that any hearing related to a community mental health services program uses and records input and opinions regarding a particular case's merits from an independent mental health professional.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100878

 

Senate Bill 869 (Revise guardian's mental health authority) Introduced by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on September 24, 2009, to explicitly authorize a legally incapacitated individual's guardian to give the consent or approval that is necessary for the person to be given psychiatric hospitalization or mental health outpatient care.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100879

 

Senate Bill 870 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Martha G. Scott (D) on September 24, 2009, to require that all community mental health services programs, state facilities, and licensed hospitals annually provide the Department of Community Health with summaries of and analysis on all known instances of death, serious injury, serious physical illness, incarceration, homelessness, and delay or interruption of education among mental health care recipients and applicants; require the state office of recipient rights to review and investigate as warranted; and require the information to be included in and annual report to the legislature.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100880

 

Senate Bill 871 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Deborah Cherry (D) on September 24, 2009, to change the definition of "person needing mental health treatment" (and potentially subject to involuntary treatment) to an individual who is "unable to understand his or her need for treatment, and whose continued behavior as the result of this mental illness can reasonably be expected, on the basis of competent clinical opinion, to result in significant physical harm to himself, herself, or others".

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100881

 

Senate Bill 872 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Samuel B. Thomas, III (D) on September 24, 2009, to establish uniform statewide procedures, external reviews, response timetables and deadlines, arbitration requirements, etc. for local community mental health services programs.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100882

 

Senate Bill 873 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. Samuel B. Thomas, III (D) on September 24, 2009, Revise guardian's mental health authority to revise the law that allows a mental health facility to not discharge a voluntary adult patient for three days after the individual states in writing an intention to leave (and prohibits it from holding the person longer), to require that, if the person has a guardian who signed the original application for admission, only the guardian can give the notice of termination of treatment.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100883

 

Senate Bill 874 (Revise government mental health services) Introduced by Sen. John Gleason (D) on September 24, 2009, to revise, update and standardize throughout the state the array of mental health services the state will cover under Medicaid and related public assistance programs.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100884

 

Senate Bill 875 (Require posting of Michigan military KIA) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 24, 2009, to require the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to post information on the internet on residents who are in the military have been killed in combat. Individuals could register for email notification.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100885

 

Senate Bill 876 (Require road project status reporting) Introduced by Sen. Jud Gilbert (R) on September 24, 2009, to require the Department of Transportation, county road commissions and local road agencies to file annual reports to the legislature detailing the status of each road construction or repair project.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100886

 

Senate Bill 877 (Require legislative approval of expensive state rental deals) Introduced by Sen. Cameron Brown (R) on September 25, 2009, to require approval by the full legislature, and not just a smaller legislative joint outlay committee, for rental agreements in which the state agrees to pay a "base" of more than $1 million for the use of a particular facility. The bill comes after intense criticism of an annual $3.7 million lease of a new State Police headquarters in downtown Lansing owned by prominent Democratic Party contributor Joel Ferguson and Republican contributor Gary Granger.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100897

 

Senate Bill 878 (Revise allowable no-fault long term care arrangements) Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 25, 2009, to establish new procedures for billing and payments to health care providers for services paid under the unlimited personal injury protection coverage required by the state no fault insurance system, and paid by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) reinsurance entity. This refers to recent state Supreme Court decision (U.S. Fidelity Insurance v. MCCA and Hartford Insurance v. MCCA) asserting that there is no basis in current law to deny payments to a company started by a father solely to provide care to his son who became a paraplegic at age 17 in 1990. The father annually earns $500,000 from the company over and above the actual cost of care. The long term care deal was agreed to by the insurer, but is paid by the MCCA re-insurer, which sued claiming it was not a reasonable deal.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100898

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill 879 (Regulate "sexually oriented business" signs ) Introduced by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on September 29, 2009, to prohibit a sign or billboard for a "sexually oriented business" from displaying any images (as opposed to words), or containing words that "describe or relate to a specified sexual activity or to human genitals, pubic area, buttocks, anus, anal cleft, or female breasts".

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100931

Senate Bill 880 (Eliminate criminal "preliminary examinations" ) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 30, 2009, to eliminate the right of a defendant to have a "preliminary examination" for certain less serious criminal offences. Reportedly, most defendants waive their right to a preliminary examination. Specifically, the bill would establish procedures for more streamlined "preliminary examination conferences". .

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100952

Senate Bill 881 (Establish mail and internet school election pilot program ) Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on September 30, 2009, to require the Secretary of State to establish a school election Internet and mail voting pilot project in six to 12 diverse areas of the state, in elections where there is only one question on the ballot.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100953

Senate Bill 882 (Revise architect or engineer suit statute of limitations ) Introduced by Sen. Alan Sanborn (R) on September 30, 2009, to revise the statute of limitations for malpractice lawsuits against an architect or engineer by clarifying that the suit must be filed within the "period of repose," which is six years after the completion of the project, (with some exceptions), or one year of the alleged defect being discovered or from when it should have been discovered.

 

 

http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=100954

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