March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping

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Senate Bill 56, Give judges a raise: Passed 33 to 3 in the Senate

To increase judges’ salaries around $12,000, and index them going forward to increases in the salaries paid to unionized state “civil service” employees. After the change salaries would range from around $150,000 to $163,000 depending on which level of court.

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Senate Bill 85, Extend preemption of local gun control to air guns: Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate

To revise the state law preempting restrictive local gun control ordinances so it applies to “pneumatic” guns, defined as ones that shoot “a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air.” Locals could adopt restrictions on possession of these by minors, prohibit “brandishing” them to induce fear, or shooting in a heavily populated area.

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Senate Bill 54, Ban using a drone to interfere with hunter: Passed 110 to 0 in the House

To prohibit using an aerial drone to interfere with or harass a person who is hunting. This would expand an existing law that bans interfering with or harassing hunters. Senate Bill 55 bans using a drone for hunting and also passed the House unanimously.

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House Bill 4193, Allow electronic “proof of vehicle insurance”: Passed 108 to 2 in the House

To revise the state’s no-fault insurance law to allow “proof of insurance” documents motorists are required to have when driving to be an electronic communication from the insurance company visible on a mobile device. If asked a driver could be required to forward the information to a designated site.

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House Bill 4041, Ban welfare for persistent truancy: Passed 74 to 36 in the House

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.

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House Bill 4015, Repeal ticket scalping ban: Passed 70 to 40 in the House

To repeal a state law that bans ticket “scalping” at sports and entertainment events, or selling tickets at a higher price through a service or agency.

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