February 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

“Reasonable” government electioneering, save sweltering children, teach the Holocaust

House Bill 5105, Extend Medicaid health insurance claims tax: Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate

To extend until 2020 the 2017 sunset on a 0.75 percent tax on health insurance claims, which is designed to game the federal Medicaid program in ways that result in higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare establishment.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

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Senate Bill 566, Waive liability for breaking into car to save sweltering child: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To waive liability for damages caused by an individual who breaks into a locked car to rescue a child or animal he or she believes to be in danger, subject to limits and conditions specified in the bill.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4493, Mandate Holocaust and genocide instruction: Passed 105 to 1 in the House

To require public schools to provide high school students with instruction about genocides, including the Holocaust. Also, to create a new government commission to research and make recommendations on how to teach this better.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 5219, Permit local tax hike electioneering if "reasonable": Passed 60 to 46 in the House

To repeal the prohibition established by a 2015 law on governments and school district communications referencing their own property tax hike or other ballot measures in a taxpayer-funded communication during the 60 days before the election. The bill instead would permit mailings and other communications with “factual and neutral information concerning the purpose or direct impact” of a proposal as long as a judge or state elections bureau official has not decreed that the language can be “reasonably be interpreted as an attempt to influence the outcome."

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


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