February 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Flint water rebates, raises for judges, more sap for you

Senate Bill 599, Revise, increase register of deeds fees: Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate

To authorize a flat $30 fee for recording a document with a register of deeds regardless of how many pages, instead of the current charge of $8 plus $3 for each additional page. The bill also increases related fees, and would index the fees to inflation.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

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Senate Bill 56, Raise and index judges’ pay: Passed 97 to 6 in the House

To increase judges’ salaries by to increases in the salaries paid to executive level state civil service employees going forward. After the change, salaries would range from around $150,000 to $163,000, depending on the level of court.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 680, Rename a state facility: Passed 79 to 27 in the House

To rename a state building in Lansing after a former state government department director.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4651, Increase penalty for operating a motorcycle without license: Passed 87 to 19 in the House

To increase the fine for operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle indorsement on the operator’s drivers license from a $100 to a $500 fine. The bill would retain the current misdemeanor penalty of up to 90 days in jail for a first offense, and add a new penalty of up to a year for subsequent offenses.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4634, Create vehicle registration late fee exception: Passed 88 to 17 in the House

To not impose an extra fee on vehicle registration renewals after the previous registration had expired if within 120 days the owner brings evidence to a Secretary of State branch office that the vehicle had been in storage.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4418, Authorize load limit exceptions for maple sap haulers: Passed 76 to 29 in the House

To allow an exception to seasonal road weight limit restrictions for trucks hauling tree sap used to make maple sugar.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 136, Rebate Flint water bills: Passed 106 to 0 in the House

To appropriate $30 million from state revenue (not federal) to provide water bill refunds to Flint households that were paying for contaminated water.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

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