March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Crime & punishment, film subsidies, more

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Senate Bill 72, Let landlords refuse rental for smoking medical marijuana: Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate

To prohibit smoking medical marijuana in a public place, or where it is banned by a private property owner. The bill would also allow a landlord to refuse to rent a residence to someone who uses medical marijuana on the property.

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House Bill 4163, Ease residential lift licensure restrictions: Passed 62 to 47 in the House

To permit licensed home builders to install residential stairway lifts used by the elderly and disabled without incurring the much more rigorous licensure provisions that apply to elevator contractors. This reform has been opposed by elevator unions and incumbent sellers of expensive medical equipment to consumers.

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House Bill 4069, Expand criminal defendant “youthful trainee status”: Passed 98 to 12 in the House

To make 21 to 23 year old offenders eligible for criminal defendant “youthful trainee status,” which provides a mechanism for not including the offense on a youth’s permanent record. Also, to authorize imposing conditions including a full time school, work or community service requirement.

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House Bill 4135, Revise criminal defendant “youthful trainee status”: Passed 85 to 25 in the House

To require that if a young criminal is assigned to “youthful trainee status” (which prevents an offense from going on the youth’s permanent record) but then is convicted for a serious felony, the “trainee” status must be revoked, which places all the offenses on the record.

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House Bill 4122, Terminate state film producer subsidies: Passed 58 to 51 in the House

To repeal the program that gives state subsidies to film producers (for which $50 million was appropriated this year). Also, to require any leftover money go to reimburse state pension funds for losses incurred under a deal made by the previous administration to back some politically well-connected individuals’ investments in a Pontiac studio. Since 2008 nearly $500 million in state tax revenue has been distributed to producers.

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