MichiganVotes.org May 21 Weekly Roll Call Report

Every week, MichiganVotes.org sends a report to newspapers and TV stations showing how just the state legislators in each publication's service area voted on the most important and interesting bills and amendments of the past seven days. The version shown here instead contains a link to the complete roll call tally in either the House or Senate. To find out who your state senator is and how to contact him or her go here; for state representatives go here.

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Senate Bill 1164, 2010-2011 Transportation Budget, passed in the Senate (21 to 17)
The Senate version of the Fiscal 2010-2011 Department of Transportation budget. This would appropriate $3.244 billion in gross spending, compared to $3.257 billion enrolled in 2009. Of this, $1.227 billion is federal money (mostly from gas taxes), compared to $1.460 billion the previous year (which included more federal "stimulus" money). A controversial provision prohibits any further preliminary spending on a Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) project until the legislature votes to approve the entire project.

Complete Roll Call Vote Tally

House Bill 5244, Impose new regulations on welfare child care aides, passed in the House (94 to 13)
To require criminal background history checks for day care aides and relatives who are paid welfare dollars to provide child care to welfare recipients, and also require them to immediately report if they are arraigned for any felony or certain serious misdemeanors.  

Complete Roll Call Vote Tally

House Bill 5838, Amendment to prohibit deeming home day care or other workers to be "government employees," failed in the House (44-62)
To require passage of Senate Bills 1173 and 1179 in order for House Bill 5838 to become law. Those first two bills would prohibit government entities from deeming an individual independent contractor whose compensation comes from a direct or indirect government subsidy to be a "government employee" for purposes of enrolling him or her into a public employee union. This refers to a "stealth unionization" lawsuit filed by the Mackinac Center on behalf of home child care providers.  

Complete Roll Call Vote Tally

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 MichiganVotes.org.