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 703, Add restrictions to importing lions, tigers and bears: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate
To prohibit importing or attempting to import a large carnivore into the state, including lions, tigers and bears, without a permit authorized by the bill, which among other things requires a microchip identification to be implanted under the animal’s skin.

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Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4732, Revise youth employment limits: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate
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.

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House Bill 4875, Revise "bioreactor landfill" regulation: Passed 63 to 45 in the Senate
To eliminate the requirement that a "bioreactor landfill" must have a secondary liner and leachate collection system to monitor the effectiveness of the primary liner. In these landfills certain bulk liquids are added to accelerate breakdown of the solid waste.

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House Bill 4594, Restrict insurance company use of consumer credit scores: Passed 103 to 5 in the House
To prohibit insurers from using “credit information” under a broad definition of that term contained in the bill to deny, cancel or choose to not renew a policy. Also, to impose restrictions, plus requirements for credit-status confirmation, disclosures and more, on an insurer using credit or credit-based “insurance scores” to determine the price at which it will issue an insurance policy..

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House Bill 4815, Assert "Michigan-made" incandescent light bulbs legality: Passed 62 to 46 in the House
To establish that incandescent light bulbs of any wattage may be sold in Michigan if they are completely made in Michigan, notwithstanding a federal law phasing-in a ban on bulbs 40 watts and above starting in 2012. Congress claims authority to impose this ban based on the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause, so presumably a 100 percent Michigan bulb would be exempt.

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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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