April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees

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Senate Bill 248, Revise mandated no-fault auto insurance personal injury coverage

To replace the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) with a new state authority that would provide reinsurance to insurance companies for the unlimited personal injury coverage mandated by Michigan’s no-fault law. The bill would place some price controls on services provided to injured individuals under this coverage, and expand a state automobile theft prevention authority to include insurance fraud.

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Senate Bill 191, Expand government power to extract more costs from violators: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate

To add retail fraud and failing to appear in court to the crimes for which a court may order a violator to reimburse the government for expenses related to the incident (such as police wages). Also, to add “transportation costs” to the list of reimbursable costs.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 170, Authorize high school “STEM” diploma: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate

To authorize granting a high school diploma “endorsement” to a student who completes a specified number of science, technology, engineering and math courses (STEM).

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4195, Cap government “venture capital investment” program: Passed 107 to 3 in the House on

To prohibit the state from pledging any more future tax revenue to guarantee investor returns under an “early stage venture capital investment” scheme authorized by a 2003 law.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4273, Eliminate February election date: Passed 93 to 17 in the House

To eliminate the February election date authorized by a 2003 election consolidation law which required all regular elections in the state to be held on either the last Tuesday in February, or the Tuesday after the first Monday in either May, August, or November.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 12, Allow pension double-dipping by “retired” Attorney General employees: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To allow a retired state employee to simultaneously collect pension benefits and a paycheck for work performed as an Attorney General consultant or expert witness.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

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