Crime Scene Investigations, Guardians Bureau, Rails to Trails Liability

March 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

Senate Bill 119, Transfer prison property to NMU for forensic anthropology: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To transfer a piece of unfenced Marquette state prison land to Northern Michigan University, which will use it for a new forensic anthropology program. This is a field whose techniques are useful in crime and disaster investigations.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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Senate Bill 152, Increase reimbursement caps for sexual assault exams: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To increase the cap on how much a state victims services commission may pay for sexual assault medical forensic examinations, from a total cost of $600 to $1,200.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 49, Accommodate new model for protected individual guardian duties: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate

To revise caps on how much can be paid to a professional guardian or conservator appointed by a court to act in the interest of a developmentally disabled, incapacitated or protected individual or a ward. The bill would accommodate a system being tried by some counties of giving these duties to a bureau staffed by public employees, because hiring outside professionals has become harder.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 118, Expand DNR role in “Rails to Trails” projects: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To allow the state Department of Natural Resources to become a National Trails System sponsor for the purpose of taking over unused railroad right-of-ways, or paths along operating rail lines. The DNR would assume liability, for which the railroad would have to pay.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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