Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report

For the week ending Dec. 10

The State Capitol Building in Lansing, as seen March 6, 2016. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images for MoveOn.org)

The State Capitol Building in Lansing, as seen March 6, 2016. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images for MoveOn.org)

Scott Legato

Senate Bill 770, Create new corporate subsidy program: Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate

To create a new corporate subsidy program and account, to be called the “Strategic Site Readiness Fund,” which would give grants and loans to certain companies to create “investment-ready sites” for new job producing plants and facilities.

  • 33        Sen. Rick Outman    R - Six Lakes    Y
  • 35        Sen. Curt VanderWall    R - Ludington    Y

House Bill 5603, Create new corporate subsidy program: Passed 83 to 21 in the House

The House version of the new corporate subsidy program described above as Senate Bill 770.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    N
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    N

Senate Bill 771, Create new corporate subsidy program: Passed 27 to 1

To create a new corporate subsidy program and account, to be called the “Critical Industry Fund,” which would give grants and loans to certain companies to create jobs or job training.

  • 33        Sen. Rick Outman    R - Six Lakes    Y
  • 35        Sen. Curt VanderWall    R - Ludington    Y

House Bill 5604, Create new corporate subsidy program: Passed 83 to 21 in the House

The House version of the new corporate subsidy program described above as Senate Bill 771.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    N
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    N

Senate Bill 671, Repeal requirement that corporate subsidy scheme benefit state economy: Passed 78 to 26 in the House

To revise a "brownfields" law used to give subsidies to particular developers by stripping-out provisions requiring that the transfer of state revenue to a developer “result in an overall positive fiscal impact to this state.” The bill would authorize subsidies of up to $10 million to each beneficiary, which recipients could collect by essentially getting a portion of employees' or residents’ income tax.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    N
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    N

House Bill 5286, Authorize work zone "when workers present" speed limit alerts: Passed 102 to 0 in the House

To authorize flashing lights and digital message signs when workers are present in a highway construction zone that has a "when workers present" speed limit in effect.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    Y
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    Y

Senate Bill 242, Make county commissioners terms four years: Passed 75 to 29 in the House

To change the terms of county commissioners to four years, instead of the current two years “concurrent” with state representative" terms.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    Y
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    Y

House Bill 4427, Repeal criminal penalties for minor in possession of tobacco: Passed 102 to 0 in the House

To eliminate the criminal penalties for a minor who tries to buy or possesses tobacco. A first offense would be a civil offense with a $50 fine (as in current law), and community service and participation in a government approved “health promotion and risk reduction” program. Subsequent offenses would also be civil offenses subject to a $100 fine on a second offense and $150 on subsequent offenses.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    Y
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    Y

House Bill 4232, Lower age to sell or serve alcohol: Passed 64 to 39 in the House

To change a law that prohibits a person less than age 18 from selling or serving alcoholic drinks. The bill would lower the minimum age to 17.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    Y
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    Y

Senate Bill 637, Add social/therapeutic welfare provisions to 9-1-1 call responses: Passed 91 to 11 in the House

To authorize a state government “community crisis response grant program” that would give state grants to local governments related to 9-1-1 call responses, with the amount in part determined by a particular social-welfare organization selected by the state. This would include in 911 call responses "community crisis responder clinicians...or peers,” for "stabilization, de-escalation, harm reduction, screening and assessment, and connection to mental health, substance use disorder, social, health, or other services and supports as needed.”

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    N
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    N

House Bill 5489, Authorize state entry to multi-state “psychology interjurisdictional compact:” Passed 95 to 7 in the House

To authorize Michigan’s entry into a multi-state psychology interjurisdictional compact that permits psychologists licensed in one member state to also practice in other member states. The bill would prescribe rules and definitions for this.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    Y
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    Y

House Bill 5351, Increase small business tools-and-equipment tax exemption: Passed 58 to 46 in the House

To double the a small business exemption on the value of business tools and equipment subject to property taxes (called the “personal property tax"), from $80,000 to $160,000, and also index this to inflation going forward.

  • 97        Rep. Jason Wentworth    R - Clare    Y
  • 100        Rep. Scott VanSingel    R - Grant    Y
  • 102        Rep. Michele Hoitenga    R - Manton    Y

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Y = Yes, N = No, X = Not Voting