August 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Key votes on guns, same-sex adoptions, pensions, nanny-statism

While the Legislature is on a summer break with no voting, the Roll Call Report begins a series that reviews key votes of the 2015-2016 session.

Senate Bill 34, Revise concealed pistol license procedures: Passed 28 to 9 in the Senate on February 3, 2015 and passed 76 to 34 in the House on Feb. 25, 2015.
To eliminate county concealed pistol licensing boards and transfer their duties to the State Police and county clerks.

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Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the Senate
Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the House


Senate Bill 69, Extend job training subsidies to some employers: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on February 25, 2015
To eliminate the 2018 sunset on a 2008 law that authorized state job training subsidies for particular employers provided through community colleges.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 69, Extend business job training subsidy program: Passed 104 to 5 in the House on June 18, 2015
The House vote on the bill described above. The House amended the bill to extend the program through 2023 rather than forever.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 86, Authorize more local pension obligation bonds: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 4, 2015 and passed 109 to 1 in the House on May 20, 2015.
To extend for one year a 2012 law that allows local governments to incur long term debt to cover unfunded pension liabilities, but only if they close their traditional “defined benefit” pension system to new employees. The 2012 law also allows new debt to pay for retiree health insurance, which unlike pensions is not a legal obligation.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the Senate
Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the House


Senate Bill 139, Push-back against school bake sale restrictions: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on March 19, 2015 and passed 66 to 43 in the House on May 13, 2015.
To require the Michigan Department of Education (MDOE) to “take all steps necessary to ensure maximum state and local control over” school lunch nutrition mandates. Also, to limit to three per week the number of fundraising sales of food or beverages during school hours that do not meet mandated school lunch nutritional standards. The bill was introduced in response to federal and MDOE restrictions and bans on the sales.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the Senate
Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the House


House Bill 4189, Let adoption agencies refuse adoptions that violate moral convictions: Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on June 10, 2015 and passed 65 to 44 in the House on March 18, 2015
To specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption or foster care agency) is not required to assist or participate in an adoption or placement that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a same sex couple. Also, to prohibit a state agency from discriminating or taking an “adverse action” against an agency for this reason.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the Senate
Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the House


House Bill 4041, Ban welfare for persistent truancy: Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on May 26, 2015 and passed 74 to 36 in the House on March 26, 2015.
To withhold welfare benefits from a household with children who are persistently truant from school. A truant child age 16 and above could be removed from the household for this.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the Senate
Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” in the House


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