September 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Ding overspending schools, limit corporate subsidies, legislative subpeonas and a boost for the disabled

While the Legislature is on a summer break with no voting, the Roll Call Report continues its review of key votes from the 2015-2016 session.

House Bill 4329, Authorize emergency manager for chronically overspending school district: Passed 59 to 50 in the House on April 23, 2015

To authorize appointment of an Emergency Manager for a public school district that fails to comply with an “enhanced deficit elimination plan” required by House Bill 4327 for a district whose regular deficit elimination plan failed to fix the problem.

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Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4329, Authorize emergency manager for chronically overspending school district: Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on June 18, 2015

The Senate vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4467, Allow more dangerous prisoners at Baldwin private prison: Passed 57 to 53 in the House on May 7, 2015

To allow more dangerous adult prisoners to be held at a privately owned and managed prison whose previous contract with the state to house juvenile prisoners was revoked by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2005. Since then the prison has contracted with other states to house their prisoners, although it is closed now.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4467, Allow more dangerous prisoners at Baldwin private prison: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on May 27, 2015

The Senate vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4333, Prohibit MEGA corporate subsidy deal modifications: Passed 105 to 5 in the House on May 7, 2015

To prohibit state economic development officials from amending or modifying a corporate tax break and subsidy deal granted to certain businesses and developers under a Michigan Economic Growth Authority law repealed in 2011. The bill was introduced after it was revealed that these agreements have generated an unfunded liability of nearly $10 billion for the state, and that officials continue to amend the deals in ways that may increase this.
The Senate has not voted on this bill.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4182, Ban local government “phone-in” voting: Passed 91 to 19 in the House on May 26, 2015

To establish that if a member of an elected public body is allowed to cast a vote on a decision by the body without being physically present, it is a violation of the state Open Meetings Act.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4182, Ban local government “phone-in” voting: Passed 30 to 7 in the Senate on October 22, 2015

The Senate vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4542, Create college saving plan for disabled students: Passed 108 to 1 in the House on May 27, 2015

To authorize a new type of tax advantaged education savings plan called an “ABLE account," which mirrors a recently enacted federal law, and can be used to pay for a disabled individual’s living expenses in addition to education expenses. Related bills make contributions to a beneficiary's account tax deductible, and increase the maximum balance allowed in these and other "529” college savings plans to $500,000.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4542, Create college saving plan for disabled students: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on September 29, 2015

The Senate 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 on June 2, 2015

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.
The Senate has not voted on this bill.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4458, Repeal complete streets advisory council: Passed 90 to 18 in the House on June 2, 2015

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 policies that promote more sidewalks and bike paths.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4458, Repeal complete streets advisory council: Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on March 1, 2016

The Senate vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


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