House Bill 4321 — Authorize extra $160 million for road repairs: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To appropriate $160 million from state general fund revenue to road repairs, and $15 million for "next generation technologies, hydrogen fueling stations, and demonstration projects related to enhanced transportation services for senior citizens." The bill also appropriates $7.4 million for other purposes, including $1 million for MSU sex abuse scandal investigations.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y
House Bill 4430 — Ban agencies from participating in federal metadata collection: passed 37-0 in the Senate. To prohibit state agencies, local governments and their employees from assisting or providing material support to a federal agency in collecting electronic data or metadata concerning any person, except with a warrant (with some legally recognized exceptions), or with an individual's informed consent, or if the information had been collected legally by a state or local agency.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y
House Bill 4606 — Revise medical marijuana law transport regulations: failed 16-19 in the Senate. To repeal a law that bans transporting medical marijuana in a vehicle unless it is enclosed in a case or is in the vehicle’s trunk and is inaccessible from inside the vehicle. The citizen-initiated law that legalized medical marijuana is silent on transporting it, and a recent court ruling held that a person authorized to use medical marijuana cannot be prosecuted under a different law for transporting it. A motion to reconsider the vote was adopted so it may come up again.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: N
House Bill 4535 — Give 30 days “grace” to affix license plate tab: passed 37-0 in the Senate. To authorize a 30-day “grace” period between the time a person pays the vehicle registration tax and when they actually affix the license plate or tab to the vehicle.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y
House Bill 5438 — Define withholding drugs as human trafficking coercion: passed 108-1 in the House. To expand the definition of coercion in a law addressing human trafficking, so it includes “controlling or facilitating access to controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose.”
Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y
Congress was not in session last week, so there are no votes to record for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.