Michigan Votes

Mar 13, 2012

chool resources to deduct union dues: passed 20-18 in the Senate. To prohibit school districts from using public resources (including their payroll processing systems) to deduct union dues or fees from employees’ pay, and then sending the money to a union. This practice is the current norm, so the bill would require unions to make alternative arrangements to collect dues from school employees. The Senate added a small appropriation, which makes the bill “referendum-proof” under a 2001 state Supreme Court decision. Republicans Casperson, Caswell, Colbeck, Green, Nofs and Proos joined all Democrats in voting “no.”
Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

House Bill 4246 — Limit unionization of student research assistants: passed 26-12 in the Senate. To establish that state university graduate students who work as research assistants are not considered government employees for purposes of enrolling them into a union, if their work terms do not meet an IRS “20 factor test” for employee status. Originally introduced with a different purpose, the Senate amended this bill in a parliamentary maneuver to get the provision into law before U-M student researchers are unionized in an upcoming Michigan Employment Relations Commission meeting.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 877 — Authorize prison privatization: passed 20-8 in the Senate. To allow, but not require, the Department of Corrections to privatize a prison, but only if it would save at least 10 percent. This could include a contract with a private prison in Baldwin whose previous state contract was revoked by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2005. Republicans Casperson, Caswell, Emmons, Hildenbrand, Jones, and Nofs joined all Democrats in voting “no.”
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 4859 — Give LP gas companies immunity from customer improper use: passed 90-20 in the House. To extend immunity from liability to LP gas companies and employees for injuries or death to a customer who modifies, repairs or uses equipment improperly.
Rep. David Agema, R-Grandville: Y
Rep. Amanda Price, R-Holland:    Y

House Bill 4246 — Limit unionization of student research assistants: passed 63-47 in the House. The House vote on the bill to establish that state university graduate students may not be unionized, described more in the Senate vote above.
Rep. David Agema: Y
Rep. Amanda Price: Y

House Bill 4929 — Ban using public school resources to deduct union dues: passed 56-54 in the House. The House vote on the bill described above to prohibit school districts from using their payroll processing systems to deduct union dues from employee paychecks. Republicans Glardon, Graves, Horn, Muxlow, Poleski, Shaughnessy and Tyler joined all Democrats in voting “no.”
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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