April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Crime and Punishment: juveniles, sign breakers, fetus merchants, more

Senate Bill 564, Criminalize selling aborted fetuses or body parts: Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate

To make it a crime to receive a financial benefit or any type of compensation for transferring or selling an embryo, fetus or neonate, including organs, tissues or cells, if this was obtained as the result of an elective abortion.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4187, Authorize jail for vandalizing road signs, lights, etc.: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate

To authorize criminal penalties of up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine for vandalizing or removing a traffic control device, light post, sign, etc. on a road or highway. For a third or subsequent offense the penalty would be one year in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 761, Remove obsolete provisions from state school code: Passed 30 to 6 in the Senate

To repeal an obsolete 1974 law dealing with education for gifted and academically talented students. This one of a number of bills repealing obsolete laws or reporting requirements, most of which passed unanimously. This one was opposed by six Democratic senators.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 5024, Study vehicle driver marijuana intoxication threshold standards: Passed 107 to 1 in the House

To create a new government commission to review and analyze research and state laws relating to THC (marijuana) bodily content levels for purposes of establishing levels that indicate impaired driving, and then make policy recommendations.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4965, Create juvenile justice family advisory board: Passed 96 to 13 in the House

To create a family advisory board in the Department of Corrections to give advice on ways to support family reunification when a minor is incarcerated for committing a serious crime, and other steps intended to assist re-entry into the community and reduce recidivism.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4966, Require out-of-cell exercise for young prisoners: Passed 93 to 16 in the House

To require the Department of Corrections to provide “age-appropriate out-of-cell programming and outdoor exercise” at least five days a week for prisoners who are less than 21 years old.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


House Bill 4962, End "tried as an adult" for some serious juvenile offenses: Passed 90 to 19 in the House

To no longer automatically prosecute and sentence 17 year olds charged with serious crimes as if they were an adult.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


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