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Michigan Votes

• Jun 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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

Repeal prevailing wage law: passed 23-14 in the Senate. To repeal the state prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to contractors who submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on union pay scales that local union officials represent as prevalent in a particular area. The voter-initiated legislation was placed before the Legislature by petition, and does not require the governor's approval to become law.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

Repeal prevailing wage law: passed 56-53 in the House.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

Senate Bill 787 — Allow lower-cost auto insurance option for seniors: passed 23-13 in the Senate. To exempt ages 65 and older from having to buy the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage mandated by the state’s no-fault auto insurance law. Specifically, these individuals could buy either unlimited coverage or a policy that caps medical coverage at $50,000, with injury expenses above that amount covered by the individual's Medicare and related coverage. By the same margin, the Senate also passed Senate Bill 1014, which restricts charges for long-term attendant care provided by family members to crash victims under the standard unlimited medical benefit coverage.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 5391 — Impose regulations on electric skateboards: passed 37-0 in the Senate. To prohibit riding an electric skateboard at a speed greater than 25 mph, and ban riding one on a street with a speed limit greater than 25 mph. Riders could go on streets subject to the same rules as bicycles.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 4115 — Increase nonprofit sales tax exemption: passed 27-9 in the Senate. To exempt from sales tax the first $10,000 in retail sales by a nonprofit organization that has less than $25,000 in sales during a year, rather than $5,000 under current law.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 897 — Impose work requirement on able-bodied Medicaid recipients: passed 62-47 in the House. To require state welfare officials to seek federal permission to allow requiring able-bodied individuals enrolled in the Medicaid expansion authorized by the federal health care law to work at least 80 hours a month for at least nine months a year; or be in school, job-training or volunteer work. The bill authorizes exceptions for a parent with children under age 6, individuals getting disability benefits or above age 62, a disabled person's caretaker and more.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Senate Bill 897 — Impose work requirement on able-bodied Medicaid recipients: passed 25-11 in the Senate.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Huizenga votes

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

HR 5895 — Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019: Y

HR 3 — Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act: Y

HR 3249 — Concurring in the Senate amendment, Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018: Y

HR 8 — Water Resources Development Act of 2018: Y

HR 5655 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument Act: Y

HR 2991 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act: Y

HR 5005 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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