March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Detroit school bailout, extra liquor license for big stores, digital assets

Senate Bill 314, Authorize truck weight limit exceptions for maple sap haulers: Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate

To include maple syrup sap under an agricultural products exception to the truck weight limits that are applied during March, April and May.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 802, Appropriate $1 million for firefighter cancer presumption: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

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To appropriate $1 million to cover workers compensation benefits paid to former firefighters who have cancer that they assert was caused by their job (a presumption that would not apply if the person was a smoker).

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 5034, Give fiduciary, trustee or executor control of digital assets: Passed 106 to 0 in the House

To create a new law giving access and authority over the digital assets and accounts of a vulnerable individual or an estate to the fiduciary, trustee, conservator or executor responsible for the person's property. Digital asset would include online usernames, passwords, terms-of-service rights and more.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 507, Impose registration and reporting mandates on larger recyclers: Passed 99 to 10 in the House

To impose registration and government reporting mandates on recycling facilities that recycle more than 100 tons of material annually.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4895, Let larger liquor retailers operate secondary gas station outlet: Passed 68 to 41 in the House

To allow the owner of a retail store that has a liquor license to sell beer and wine under the same license at a subsidiary location that is a gas station. The bill would limit this to retailers who maintain $250,000 worth of inventory, which is opposed by smaller retailers and supported by large ones and by the state-authorized beer and wine wholesaler cartel.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 5296, Make down payment on Detroit schools bailout: Passed 104 to 5 in the House

To appropriate $48.7 million to keep the insolvent Detroit school district afloat until the end of the current school year. This is essentially a down payment on a larger bailout package whose details have yet to find a consensus (the House majority wants more education reforms). The bill also places the Detroit school district under the same state oversight commission created to oversee the city after its 2014 bailout.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

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