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Michigan Votes

• May 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Here’s how your local state lawmakers voted on legislation last week:

Senate Bill 826 — Impose licensure on naturopathic physicians: passed 24-11 in the Senate. To impose licensure and regulation on naturopathic physicians, with license fees, education requirements and more. The bill defines naturopathic medicine as “a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals.”

Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

Senate Bill 655 — Create domestic violence confidential address program: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To establish an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence crimes, with the state attorney general giving a victim a “designated address” to which mail could be sent and then forwarded to the individual’s current location. This location would not be subject to disclosure under open records laws, and the person could also vote in elections using the designated address.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 969 — Criminalize marijuana-infused alcohol: passed 35-0 in the Senate. To make the use, possession and sale of marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks a misdemeanor crime.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 5775 — Repeal obsolete lame horse law: passed 99-9 in the House. To repeal a law dating back to 1913 that regulates the sale of a horse or mule which by reason of debility, disease, lameness or injury is permanently unfit for work.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

Senate Bill 839 — Revise mining permit amendment process: passed 63-45 in the House. To establish streamlined procedures and timetables for a mining company getting revisions to restrictions in its state operating permit, with many exceptions. This would apply to determinations that a permit amendment does not “result in environmental impacts that are materially increased or different” from those specified in the original permit.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 5749 — Allow truck platoons on highways: passed 64-44 in the House. To exempt truck platoon operations from a traffic law requirement that trucks leave sufficient space between themselves for a vehicle to enter that space. "Platoon" is defined as vehicles "traveling in a unified manner at electronically coordinated speeds." Under current law, truck drivers must leave “sufficient space between the vehicle and another truck so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy the space without danger.”

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 5750 — Authorize surrendered newborn “baby boxes”: passed 97-11 in the House. To revise a 2000 law that provides legal protections to a mother who anonymously surrenders a newborn to an emergency service provider, by allowing providers to install a “newborn safety device” similar in operation to a bank drive-up window or library book return slot, except it would be clean, safe, warm and designed to trigger a 911-call and a notice to staff within 30 seconds that there’s a baby inside.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 5638 — Revise groundwater withdrawal permit regime: passed 93-15 in the House. To revise a 2008 law that imposed a comprehensive regulatory regime and restrictions on industrial, commercial and agricultural groundwater uses that might have a negative impact. The bill would allow a more streamlined process for agricultural and other withdrawals that meet certain conditions, and establish deadlines for state officials to process permit requests. It would also repeal a requirement that landowners make public certain agricultural well use information.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 5325 — Let local business subsidy entities tax residences: passed 76-32 in the House. To expand the taxing power of local authorities created to deliver direct and indirect subsidies to business property owners in “principal shopping districts” and “business improvement districts,” by letting them impose property taxes styled as “special assessments” on home and residential property owners. Under current law, residential property is excluded from the levies these entities are authorized to impose.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 5902 — Allow residential "cross-subsidization" of solar cell maker's lower electric rates: passed 77-31 in the House. To allow the indefinite continuation of special discounted electricity rates granted by Consumers Energy to the Hemlock Semiconductor subsidiary of Dow Corning, which under a 2010 law were exempted from a ban on cross-subsidization between residential and commercial/industrial customers (meaning residential customers pay more while Hemlock pays less). 

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Huizenga votes

Here's how U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, voted on congressional legislation last week:

HR 2 — Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018: Y

HR 5698 — Protect and Serve Act of 2018: Y

H.Res. 285 — On motion to suspend the rules and agree: Expressing the sense of the U.S. House of Representatives that Congress and the president should empower the creation of police and community alliances designed to enhance and improve communication and collaboration between members of the law enforcement community and the public they serve: Y

HR 4854 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, Justice Served Act of 2018: Y

HR 613 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2017: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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