Senate Bill 335 — Revise campaign finance law to reflect Citizens United ruling: passed 23-12 in the Senate. To revise Michigan campaign finance law provisions that violate the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United case. The decision limited the power of Congress and state legislatures to restrict election-related political speech by corporations, including non-profit groups motivated by ideological or political concerns. The bill would authorize independent expenditure committees (dubbed "super-PACs") that could advocate for a candidate but not contribute to or coordinate with a candidate. Committees would be subject to campaign finance filings but would not have to disclose the identity of donors, and there would be no cap on spending or contributions, which could come from corporations and unions.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y
Senate Bill 100 — Ease restrictions on cost and fee awards in lawsuits against the state: passed in the Senate. To ease restrictions on a person who successfully sues the state also collecting costs and fees in addition to any court-ordered damage awards, with some exceptions. Under current law, the winning plaintiff must prove a state agency's position was "frivolous" to collect costs and fees. The bill would instead require the state provide clear and convincing evidence that its position was justifiable. It would also remove a cap on attorney fees that may be reimbursed.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y
House Bill 4892 — Fix and sanction city candidate filing deadline errors: passed 37-0 in the Senate. To provide an exemption to state-imposed city election candidacy filing deadlines for several cities that gave prospective candidates bad information on this, causing some to miss the filing deadline for elections this November. The bill would require these cities to put these candidates on the ballot. It would also require more training and oversight for these cities' election officials, and impose $2,500 fines. Starting in 2018 cities that do this would be subject to $5,000 fine.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y
House Bill 4716 — Remove child from parents for female genital mutilation: passed 89-16 in the House. To take away the parental rights of a parent who subjects a child to female genital mutilation. This would be in the same section of law that terminates parental rights for severe child abuse and molestation.
Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y
Here's how U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, voted on congressional legislation last week:
HR 3284 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017: Y
HR 3354 — Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018: Y
HR 3697 — Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act: Y
HR 2611 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act: Y