MichiganVotes.org sends a weekly report to newspapers and TV stations around the state showing how state legislators in their service area voted on the most important or interesting bills of the past week.

Senate Bill 472, Expand "development rights agreements": Passed 28 to 9 in the Senate
To require (rather than just allow) "development rights agreements" to be granted to the owner of a vacant parcel 15 acres or larger who requests this, and allow these to go into effect without legislative approval, which is required under current law. "Development rights agreements" give a landowner property tax breaks in return for foregoing future development.

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Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 356, Authorize assett forfeiture for illegal animal fighting: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To authorize the forfeiture of real property (land and buildings) used in the commission of illegal animal fighting.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4732, Revise youth employment limits: Passed 108 to 0 in the House
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 of combined school and work a week, and 48 hours of work during the summer. The bill would change this to a maximum of 24 hours of work when school is in session.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4726, Allow "volunteer" firefighter pay while collecting unemployment: Passed 107 to 0 in the House
To not include up to $10,000 in compensation a person is paid as a “volunteer” firefighter from the formula used to determine the amount of unemployment benefits given to a laid-off worker. In other words, someone on unemployment could earn this money without affecting their benefits.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4721, Take “bridge card” of arrest warrant targets: Passed 97 to 11 in the House
To require the Department of Human Services to get arrest warrant data from the State Police, and revoke the welfare “bridge cards” of any warrant targets. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and are also used for cash welfare payments.

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 http://www.MichiganVotes.org.

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