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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House Bill 6053, Revise pepper spray restrictions, passed 35 to 0 in the Senate
To eliminate a prohibition on the use of pepper spray with a 10 percent oleoresin capsicum concentration in the reasonable defense of one's person or property. Under current law citizens are limited to 2 percent pepper spray.

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

Senate Bill 1402, Encourage elementary schools to adopt "Eddie Eagle" gun safety program, passed 72 to 24 in the House
To require the Department of Education to develop a model elementary school gun safety program based on the National Rifle Association’s "Eddie Eagle" program, and encourage school districts to adopt it.

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

House Bill 5614, Remove Senator's daughter's name from proposed law, passed 88 to 3 in the House
To concur with the Senate-passed version if the bill, which replaced this bill's original provisions with those of Senate Bill 419, which allows a person who is age 16 to donate blood with parental consent, rather than age 17, except the House deleted the provision naming the bill after the daughter of SB 419's sponsor, Sen. Wayne Kuipers.

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

Senate Bill 470, Mandate beer keg buyer’s tags, passed 55 to 39 in the House
To require retailers to attach an identification tag signed by the buyer to kegs of beer when they are sold, and not return the keg deposit unless the tag is still on the keg, subject to a $50 fine for failing to do either. A non-retailer possessing a keg without the tag would be subject to a $500 fine and 93 days in jail.

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

Senate Bill 1037, Impose licensure and regulations on PEOs, passed 66 to 26 in the House
To impose licensure, regulation, training, apprenticeship, testing requirements, working capital and bonding requirements, and annual license fees of $1,500 (plus a $1,500 application fee) on professional employer organizations (PEOs). PEOs are companies that "lease" employees to other firms on a long term basis but remain the employer of record for purposes of paying payroll taxes.

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

Senate Bill 1013, Authorize annual moose hunt, passed 82 to 9 in the House
To authorize an annual state moose hunting season, authorize a $100 moose hunting license, and create a moose hunting advisory council to make recommendations on how many and where moose could be taken each year.

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

Senate Bill 1100, Impose additional summer camp and child care facility licensure conditions, passed 94 to 2 in the House
To ban staff or volunteers age 21 and over in summer camps or other camps from having any contact with children unless they provide documentation that they are not on the state’s “central registry” of serious child abuse cases. Also, to impose the same restrictions, criminal background checks, etc. that apply to staff and volunteers at a child care facility on the owners, partners or director of the organization.

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

Senate Bill 1509, Suspend teacher evaluation if union contract does not allow it, passed 56 to 38 in the House
To suspend the “rigorous, transparent, and fair” teacher performance evaluation system adopted when the state was trying to make itself eligible for federal “race to the top” grants (which were not granted, if the current union labor contract with a school district prohibits such evaluations. The evaluations would only go into effect after the contract expires.

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

Senate Bill 1081, Authorize "aerotropolis" corporate tax breaks and subsidies, passed 76 to 16 in the House
To revise the “local development financing act” to accommodate the new type of entities proposed by Senate Bill 1083, “next Michigan development corporations," which empower certain government officials and appointees to grant extensive tax breaks and subsidies to select businesses near airports, particularly Willow Run and Detroit Metro airports in Wayne County (the "aerotropolis").

Who voted "Yes" and who voted "No"

 

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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