May 22, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

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Senate Bill 103, Reduce “student growth” portion of teacher rating criteria: Passed 22 to 15 in the Senate

To delay until the 2018-19 school year the final deadline to establish a teacher "effectiveness" rating system, and reduce from 50 percent to 40 percent the amount of the assessments based on actual state test results of students in a teacher's classroom, with various exceptions. Rigorous evaluation standards prescribed by a 2011 law have been resisted by public schools.

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Senate Bill 231, Ban selling “e-cigarettes” to minors: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To ban selling or giving minors electronic vapor cigarettes, or any product or device that delivers nicotine. Violations would be a misdemeanor with a $50 fine, which also applies to giving a minor regular cigarettes.

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Senate Bill 240, Ban powdered alcohol: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To ban the sale, use or possession of “powdered alcohol” in Michigan.

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Senate Bill 329, Authorize correction of Flint mayor election error: Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate

To revise the state election law to allow several candidates for the mayor of Flint to be placed on the ballot even though they missed the candidate filing deadline, reportedly because the Flint city clerk office posted a wrong filing deadline on the city website.

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Senate Bill 86, Authorize more local pension debt: Passed 109 to 1 in the House

To extend for three years the sunset on a 2012 law that allows local governments to incur long term debt to cover unfunded pension liabilities, but only if they close their traditional “defined benefit” pension system to new employees. The 2012 law also allows new debt to pay for retiree health insurance, which unlike pensions is not a legal obligation.

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House Bill 4052, Preempt local employer wage, benefit or labor law mandates: Passed 57 to 52 in the House

To preempt local governments, public schools, state colleges and universities, and other governmental authorities from imposing wage, benefit, or leave time mandates on employers that exceed state or federal law. Also, to preempt local restrictions on an employer or employee's full freedom to act under state and federal labor laws, including the right to express views on unionization, to have secret ballots on unionization votes, not compelling employers to deliver employee information to unions, and more.

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