Michigan votes

Oct 31, 2011

 

(Y=yes, N=no, X=not voting)

Senate Bill 619: Repeal restrictions on public “cyber schools,” passed 20-18 in the Senate. To eliminate a cap of two on the number of online public “cyber schools,” and also eliminate a cap of 1,000 on the total number of students that can be enrolled in all state cyber schools. Reportedly, there is now a waiting list of 4,500 students who want to get in but are not allowed. The bill would also reduce restrictions on entities contracted to run a cyber school, repeal a mandate that every cyber school operate all grades from K to 12, and more. Republican Senators Casperson, Kahn, Nofs, Caswell and Rocca joined all Democrats in voting no.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

Senate Bill 622: Repeal restrictions on non-public high school students taking some college courses, passed 26-12 in the Senate. To allow a home-schooled student or one at a non-public high school to participate in a “dual enrollment” program that allows a high school student to take some community college or university classes, with the cost covered by the state through the local school district. The bill passed on a party line vote.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 4061: Revise microbrewer free samples restrictions, passed 38-0 in the Senate. To allow microbrewers or brewpubs to hold home brewer club meetings on their licensed premises at which samples of up to six ounces of beer produced by home brewers are shared, subject to various restrictions.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 4071: Revise jail double-bunking restrictions, passed 33-5 in the Senate. To eliminate or reduce certain restrictions and conditions on double-bunking inmates in county jails.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 4582: Authorize farm equipment tax break, passed 103-5 in the House. To exempt machinery used to install land tile on farm property from the personal property tax, which is a property tax imposed on the tools and equipment used by businesses. “Land tile” is defined as “fired clay or perforated plastic tubing used as part of a subsurface drainage system.”
Rep. David Agema, R-Grandville: Y
Rep. Amanda Price, R-Holland: Y

Senate Bill 502: Give liquor licenses to university and college commercial meeting facilities, passed 105-3 in the House. To authorize liquor licenses for commercial facilities operated by any Michigan community college or state university, but only for alcohol served at activities that “further the college’s or university’s community or academic mission,” and not “public and private gatherings or meetings that do not have a direct correlation” to the school’s academic mission. This refers to commercial meeting facilities that some schools have created which compete with private sector facilities.
Rep. David Agema: Y
Rep. Amanda Price: Y

Source: MichiganVotes.org, a free and nonpartisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise and plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate.

 

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