Every week, MichiganVotes.org sends a report to newspapers and TV stations showing how just the state legislators in each publication's service area voted on the most important and interesting bills and amendments of the past seven days. The version shown here instead contains a link to the complete roll call tally in either the House or Senate. To find out who your state senator is and how to contact him or her go here; for state representatives go here.

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Senate Bill 1016, Authorize extra Detroit/Wayne "land bank" property tax breaks, passed in the Senate (34 to 2)
To authorize an eight-year, 50 percent property tax break for property purchased from a proposed combined Detroit/Wayne County "land bank" authority, rather than the five year tax break for other land bank authorities. 

Complete Roll Call Vote Tally

Senate Bill 1015, Promote "urban agriculture," passed in the Senate (35 to 1)
To include "promote urban agriculture" among the things that local "land bank" authorities are supposed to accomplish (along with "revitalize the economy, promote economic growth, and foster development.") These entities are empowered to assemble and dispose of abandoned tax reverted property.     

Complete Roll Call Vote Tally

Senate Bill 1157, House version, 2010-2011 Higher Education budget, passed in the House (55 to 51), failed in the Senate (14 to 23)
To appropriate $1.625 billion for higher education in the next fiscal year, compared to $1.612 billion enrolled in 2009, $1.578 billion recommended by Gov. Granholm, and $1.569 billion passed by the Senate. The House version does not contain Senate-passed provisions reducing university spending by 3.1 percent and requiring additional reports from universities on their embryonic stem cell research.

Complete House Roll Call Vote Tally

Complete Senate Roll Call Vote Tally

House Bill 5211, Add public transportation to land use planning considerations, passed in the House (69 to 37)
To require the land use plans on which local zoning ordinances are based to include "an adequate provision for a system of public transportation" in the things they consider. 

Complete Roll Call Vote Tally

House Bill 6203, Authorize special property tax break for Detroit hotel project, passed in the House (91 to 15)
To authorize a special property tax break for the Fort Shelby Hotel project in Detroit. The bill would also extend the 2010 sunset on "Obsolete Property Rehabilitation" property tax breaks through 2016.

Complete Roll Call Vote Tally

House Bill 6235, Extend Michigan International Speedway tax break, passed in the House (92 to 12)
To push back from 2012 to 2017 the year by which Michigan International Speedway must make certain infrastructure improvements for which the state will provide its owners with a $1.58 million business tax break.

Complete Roll Call Vote Tally

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

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