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Michigan Votes

• Dec 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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

House Bill 5126 — Exempt police from school policies on student restraint: passed 37-0 in the Senate. To exempt law enforcement officials from state policies on the use of seclusion and restraint of public schoolchildren by school personnel.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

Senate Bill 645 — Create new state mass transit regulation bureau: passed 38-0 in the Senate. To create a new state bureau to supervise and regulate “fixed guideway public transportation systems,” meaning rapid rail, heavy rail, light rail, monorail, trolley, streetcar, inclined plane, funicular and automated guideway systems.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 511 — Create government savings program for first-time homebuyers: passed 37-1. To authorize a $5,000 state income tax exemption, and $10,000 for joint filers, if the otherwise-taxable income is deposited into a specialty savings account that the bill would authorize for the purpose of making a first-time home purchase. Up to $50,000 of taxable income could be made tax exempt over time by placing it in this account.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 686 — Require disclosure of municipal employee retirement benefit underfunding: passed 104-5 in the House. To establish a new state disclosure and oversight regime for pensions and other post-retirement benefits (OPEBs) offered by local governments to their employees, including retiree health insurance benefits. Local governments would have file annual reports on the extent to which the future benefit promises are underfunded, and develop corrective actions if underfunding exceeds levels the bill prescribes, or if they spend more than 12 percent of their budget on this.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

House Bill 4054 — Mandate enhanced school bus tail lights: passed 38-0 in the Senate. To allow but not require enhanced lighting at the top and bottom of the rear of school buses, and flashing messages that say "caution," "stopping," "stop" and "do not pass" as the bus slows to pick up or drop off children.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 4069 — Revise requirements for substitute teachers: passed 64-45 in the House. To permit an individual to be a public school substitute teacher if the person has earned 60 credit hours at a community college or an associate's degree at one. Current law requires 90 credit hours.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 5094 — Ban credit bureaus charging for security freeze: passed 107-2 in the House. To prohibit the big consumer credit rating agencies from charging an individual who requests a security freeze following a security breach in one of these agency’s databases, such as the Equifax breach that reportedly put 140 million individuals at risk of identity theft.

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 4667 — Making further supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018, for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and calendar year 2017 wildfires, and for other purposes.: Y

HR 1370 — Concurring in the Senate amendment: C.H.I.P. and Public Health Funding Extension Act: Y

S.Amdt. 1393 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass: To help provide tax relief to middle-class Americans by reducing deductibility, for federal tax purposes, of federal deductions, such as the state and local tax deduction which disproportionally favors high-income individuals.: Y

HR 4015 — Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2017: Y

HR 1159 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended: United States and Israel Space Cooperation Act: Y

HR 1 — Concurring in the Senate amendment, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Y

HR 3312 — Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2017: Y

HR 4323 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended: Supporting Veterans in S.T.E.M. Careers Act: Y

HR 4254 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended: Women in Aerospace Education Act: Y

HR 3979 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended: Keep America's Refuges Operational Act: Y

HR 4375 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended: S.T.E.M. Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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