August 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Income tax money for roads; bans on e-cigs for minors, powdered booze and local knife regulations and more

While the Legislature is on a summer break with no voting, the Roll Call Report continues its review of key votes from the 2015-2016 session.

Senate Bill 231, Ban selling “e-cigarettes” to minors: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 2015

To ban selling or giving minors electronic vapor cigarettes, or any product or device that delivers nicotine. Violations would be a misdemeanor with a $50 fine, which also applies to giving a minor regular cigarettes. The House has not voted on this.

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Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 240, Ban powdered alcohol: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 20, 2015

To ban the sale, use or possession of “powdered alcohol in Michigan.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 240, Ban powdered alcohol: Passed 102 to 3 in the House on October 13, 2015

The House vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 211, Authorize uncensored public school American heritage instruction: Passed 30 to 8 in the Senate on June 11, 2015

To require public school boards to permit instruction and reading of America's founding documents including those related to the country’s “representative form of limited government, the Bill of Rights, our free-market economic system, and patriotism.” Districts could not censor or restrain reading that includes “religious references in original source documents, writings, speeches, proclamations, or records.” The House has not voted on this bill.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 328, Authorize more State Police officer grades: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on June 4, 2015

To create two new grades of State Police officer, called "inspector" and "recruit." The current grades are colonel, lieutenant colonel, major, captain, lieutenant, sergeant and trooper.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 328, Authorize more State Police officer grades: Passed 107 to 0 in the House on January 26, 2016

The House vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 165, Authorize pedal-powered beer bars: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 2015

To establish that a “commercial quadricycle,” which is a pedal-powered mobile beer bar, is not considered a “motor vehicle” even if it has auxiliary power, and instead would be subject to much less onerous regulations. Passengers could have open beer or wine containers but drivers would have to have a blood alcohol level of zero.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 165, Authorize pedal-powered beer bars: Passed 96 to 13 in the House on June 18, 2015

The House vote on the bill described above.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 305, Preempt local knife regulations: Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on June 9, 2015

To preempt local government ordinances or rules on the transportation, possession, carrying, sale, purchase, manufacturing, etc. of a knife or knife-making components. A similar preemption restricts local gun regulations. The House has not voted on this bill.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 414, Earmark some income tax revenue to road repairs: Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on July 1, 2015

To earmark $350 million from state income tax collections to road repairs in 2016, and $700 million in subsequent years.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”


Senate Bill 414, Earmark some income tax revenue to road repairs: Passed 61 to 45 in the House on October 21, 2015

The House vote on the bill described above.

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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