June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

School recreation taxes, raises some speed limits, disclose pension liabilities

Note: Due to a House session that ran late, this report does not include votes from Thursday. These will be reported in the next Roll Call Report.

House Bill 4578, Authorize school recreation taxes: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To add school districts to a law that lets several local governments organize a recreational authority with the power to levy up to one-mill of property tax for swimming pools, recreation centers, public auditoriums, public conference centers and parks. The law is silent on whether the recreational facilities could be school facilities if the bill becomes law, but does require them to be open to the public. It also requires voters in each municipality to approve one of these tax levies.

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Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 189, Ease certain lawsuit against the state restrictions: Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate

To remove certain restrictions on a person who successfully sues the state collecting costs and fees in addition to any court-ordered damage awards. Under current law, the winning plaintiff must prove a state agency's position was "frivolous" to collect costs and fees.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 292, Disclose unfunded pension liabilities costs in state budget: Passed 109 to 0 in the House

To require the executive budget the governor must submit each year to include an accounting by department of how much is needed pay the annual "catch up" costs on unfunded liabilities. These liabilities are incurred to pay future pension and post-retirement health benefits promised to retired state employees.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4344, Remove Big 3 protectionism from auto repair shop licensure bill. Passed 86 to 23 in the House

To remove a provision from a previously passed auto repair shop licensure bill that would have prohibited a repair shop from replacing a major part on a newer vehicle with one not made by the vehicle's maker. Under this bill, shops would be able to use parts from a different manufacturer if the customer directs this to be done in writing.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4136, Add civics to high school graduation requirements: Passed 82 to 27 in the House

To add a civics component to the state high school graduation requirements. Students would be required to pass a test comprised of questions identical to some or all those of those on the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship naturalization test.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4426, Reduce points for barely speeding: Passed 75 to 34 in the House

To reduce the drivers license points imposed for exceeding speed limits by 5 mph or less to one point from two points. The current two points would still apply to speeds above 5 mph and not more than 10 mph.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4423, Increase speed limits: Passed 56 to 53 in the House

To increase speed limits on rural freeways to 75 mph where engineering studies and traffic patterns indicate this is safe. General speed limits elsewhere would be 70 mph on other freeways, 65 mph on state "trunkline" highways with light traffic, 55 mph on county roads, and 55 mph on unpaved roads except in Oakland and Wayne Counties, where they would be 45 mph. The speed limit on subdivision streets would remain at 25 mph.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

SOURCE: MichiganVotes.org, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. Please visit http://www.MichiganVotes.org.

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