March 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

“Stale” petition signatures, bank examiner powers, arson burns

Senate Bill 776, End challenges of "stale" ballot issue petition signatures: Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate

To establish that signatures on a petition to amend the state constitution must be collected within the 180 days before the measure is submitted. Under current law there is a presumption that an older signature is "stale and void," but this can be rebutted in an administrative procedure. The bill would make older signatures void without qualification.

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Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 748, Expand bank examiner authority, provide revenue stream: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate

To permit state bank examiners to include addenda to their bank reports that recommend “best practices or other improvements in the operation of a bank” not required by law or regulation. Also, to deposit fees and charges related to these state bank examinations into a segregated state fund that the relevant bureau could draw on at will, as opposed to being subject to annual appropriations from the legislature.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4747, Exempt governments from adverse possession: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate

To exempt local governments from adverse possession actions. Adverse possession is the doctrine that allows a person who is in open possession of property for a certain period of time to claim title to it.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 696, Mandate arson-caused burn injury reporting: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate

To require health care professionals or officials to report to local police when a person seeking treatment for burn injuries shows evidence that these resulted from committing arson.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

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