March 15, 2013, Weekly Roll Call

Y = Yes, N = No, X = Not Voting

Senate Bill 96, Do NOT vote on right-to-work repeal "discharge motion": Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on March 14
To NOT hold a vote on a motion to discharge from committee a bill repealing the Michigan right-to-work law passed last December, which if a approved would bring the bill directly to the full Senate for consideration. The motion to discharge was brought by Democratic Sen. Tupac Hunter of Detroit; the actual vote was on "postponing the motion for the day."

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Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 252, Spend $1 million on marina dredging subsidies: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To appropriate $1 million for state subsidies to private marinas for harbor dredging. The state would pay 5 percent of bank loans of up to $500,000 per marina.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"


Senate Bill 234, Ducks Unlimited fundraising plate: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To require the Secretary of State to develop a Ducks Unlimited fundraising license plate, with most of the fees collected for the plate going to the Michigan Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and some spent on wetland conservation "education and outreach" campaigns.

 Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4337, Authorize Ducks Unlimited fundraising plate: Passed 110 to 0 in the House
To create a state fund to hold and disburse the Ducks Unlimited fundraising license plate proceeds that Senate Bill 234 would generate.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"


House Bill 4254, Exempt “electric carriages” from motor vehicle regulations: Passed 109 to 0 in the House
To exempt “electric carriages” from regulations and taxes authorized under the Michigan vehicle code. These are defined as “a horse-drawn carriage that has been retrofitted to be propelled by an electric motor instead of by a horse and that is used to provide taxi service.” The bill would benefit a Detroit operation called "Andre's Carriage Tours" by letting it operate statewide.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"


House Bill 4307, Revise county commission vacancy detail: Passed 75 to 35 in the House
To eliminate a requirement that a special election must be held when a county commissioner vacancy occurs during an odd numbered year. This would mean an appointee selected by the county board would fill the seat until the next regular election.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"


House Bill 4042, Require match of welfare applicants against incarceration lists: Passed 109 to 1 in the House
To require the Department of Human Services to perform a monthly jail and prison “incarceration match” and Social Security “death match” to help determine eligibility for a welfare and food stamp benefit “bridge cards,” and revoke the card of a person on those lists. This would codify in statute what is reportedly current department practice.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"


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