Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers

March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

Senate Bill 129, Regulate small copper mines different than big ones: Passed 24 to 11 in the Senate

To establish a separate and more streamlined regulatory regime over small ("native") copper mining operations.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 19, Cut off parole absconders from welfare: Passed 101 to 6 in the House

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To cut off cash welfare or food stamp benefits given to an individual who absconds from parole. This and the next few votes are part of a large Senate probation and parole reform package the House approved this week (except for one bill that would give subsidies to employers who hire ex-convicts).

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 13, Cap penalties for technical parole violations: Passed 99 to 8 in the House

To cap at 30 days in jail the penalty for probationers who commit technical probation violations, except for multiple offenses.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 12, Facilitate release of medically frail prisoners: Passed 107 to 0 in the House

To authorize expedited prisoner commutation hearings and procedures if this is requested by the governor for a particular prisoner, and the request is based in part on the individual’s medical condition.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

Senate Bill 22, Create new rules for housing young prisoners: Passed 107 to 0 in the House

To require the Department of Corrections to develop rehabilitation plans for inmates aged 18 to 22, and provide programming designed for that age group. This is a change from the Senate-passed version of the bill, which required young prisoners to be housed together and separated from older prisoners. Prison officials criticized this, warning of “gladiator schools.”

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 4208, Ban expelled legislator from running in replacement election: Passed 72 to 36 in the House

To revise a procedural detail related to when legislators are expelled or resign. The bill would require a resignation letter or expulsion resolution to explicitly cover the full balance of the term (rather than be temporary).

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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