Senate Bill 941 — Spend $100 million on job training and preparation programs: passed 30-2 in the Senate. To spend $100 million on government job and career training programs, scholarships, program grants, and more, which would be labeled a “Marshall plan for talent.” Senate Bill 942 would authorize paying for this with money borrowed against revenues from a 1998 state tobacco lawsuit settlement.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y
House Bill 4106 — Give high school graduation credits for internship or work: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To require school districts to give students in grades 9-12 credit toward state graduation requirements for spending at least four hours per week getting work experience or in an internship. The credit would equal that granted for taking one traditional course. Students would be excused from one class period of instructional time for each day they work or intern. This would not apply to students who are struggling in school as defined in the bill, and would be subject to various specified conditions.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y
House Bill 5687 — Require a resident alien’s driver’s license to expire with visa: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To require that a driver’s license issued to a resident alien must have an expiration no later than the date on which the individual’s presence in the U.S. becomes unlawful.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y
House Bill 5606 — Revise wine-tasting restrictions: passed 107-0 in the House. To amend the state's very detailed and prescriptive liquor control code to permit wineries that conduct tastings and sales at their production facility to also sell customers other nonalcoholic beverages, and require them to provide water.
Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y
House Bill 5810 — Revise involuntary mental health treatment process: passed 104-3 in the House. To revise a 2005 law that authorizes courts to order involuntary assisted outpatient mental health treatment for an individual with a serious mental illness in response to a petition (usually from family members) showing the individual represents a risk to themselves or others. The bill would streamline petition approval requirements, place a 10-day deadline on court action, require a psychiatrist to supervise an assisted outpatient plan ordered by the court, and more.
Rep. Jim Lilly: Y
Congress was not in session last week, so there were no votes to record for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.