June 5, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Civil asset forfeiture, state spending and more

Senate Bill 133, Adopt state budget for next year: Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate

The non-education portion of the state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2015. This would appropriate $38.6 billion, compared to $37.3 billion this year. Of this, $17.4 billion comes from state tax and fee revenue (compared to $17.5 billion this year) and the rest is federal money. With education spending (next bill) this comes to $54.4 billion, up from $53.1 this year.

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Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4115, Adopt state education budget for next year: Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate

The K-12 school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2015. This would appropriate $13.9 billion for K-12 public schools, $1.5 billion for state universities, and $388 million for community colleges.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 133, Adopt state budget for next year: Passed 70 to 39 in the House

The House vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4115, Adopt state education budget for next year: Passed 99 to 10 in the House

The House vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4522, Expand legislative subpoena power: Passed 69 to 39 in the House

To give certain committees of the legislature the explicit authority to subpoena and investigate records of local governments, authorities, school districts and community colleges. At least one member of the minority party would have to agree. Under current law committees can subpoena state agency personnel and private citizens.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 329, Authorize correction of Flint mayor election error: Passed 95 to 14 in the House

To revise the state election law to allow several candidates for the mayor of Flint to be placed on the ballot even though they missed the candidate filing deadline, reportedly because the Flint city clerk office posted a wrong filing deadline on the city website.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4458, Repeal “complete streets” advisory council: Passed 90 to 18 in the House

To eliminate a government “complete streets” advisory council comprised of representatives of various pro-sidewalk interest groups that was created by a 2010 law mandating local governments adopt “complete-streets" policies that promote more sidewalks and bike paths.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4508, Limit civil asset forfeiture in minor marijuana crime: Passed 81 to 28 in the House

To establish that a vehicle used to transport one ounce or less of marijuana purchased for personal use is not subject to civil asset forfeiture provisions that give police agencies the power to seize and sell a person’s property even if the person is not charged or convicted of a crime.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4505, Increase civil asset forfeiture burden of proof: Passed 103 to 6 in the House

To require a more rigorous “clear and convincing” burden of proof standard in the law that gives police agencies the power to seize and sell a person’s property if it may be connected with an illegal drug crime, even if the person is not charged or convicted. Under current law property may be taken under the least rigorous "preponderance of the evidence" standard.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4504, Require police civil asset forfeiture disclosures: Passed 107 to 2 in the House

To require law enforcement agencies to file annual reports on their of civil asset forfeitures, which would disclose the alleged violation; whether anyone was charged or convicted; a description of the property; its value; how much the agency realized from the sale of the forfeited property; and more. The State Police would be required to compile these disclosures and post a report on the internet.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


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