September 18, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Balanced budget amendment, government “jobs for life,” preschool spending

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Senate Bill 306, Authorize joining Balanced Budget Compact: Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate

To authorize Michigan’s membership in a “Compact for a Balanced Budget.” This would use the device of a multistate compact to submit an application to Congress calling for an Article V "convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution," limited to proposing an amendment prohibiting Congress from increasing the national debt unless a majority of state legislatures approve.

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Senate Bill 281, Repeal 36th district court bailiff's "job for life" law: Passed 67 to 36 in the House

To allow a bailiff of the 36th district court to be dismissed for inability to do the job. This is the former Detroit “Recorders Court,” and the law that replaced it with the 36th district court permitted the current bailiffs to keep their jobs for life and not be replaced except for malfeasance, even if the individual is no longer capable of doing the job.

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Senate Bill 134, Spend more on government preschool programs: Passed 99 to 2 in the House

To authorize spending an additional $4.35 million on government preschool programs in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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