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Michigan Votes

• Jun 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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

Senate Bill 848 — Appropriations, "Omnibus” budget: passed 33-2 in the Senate. The “omnibus” non-education state government budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2018. This authorizes $39.937 billion in spending, up from $38.786 billion authorized the year before. Of this amount, $20.847 billion is federal money and $19.091 billion comes from state taxpayers. With the separate education budget (House Bill 5579) added, the Legislature authorizes spending $56.78 billion next year, up from $53.667 billion this year.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

Senate Bill 848 — Appropriations, “Omnibus” budget: passed 66-43 in the House.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

House Bill 5579 — Appropriations, “Omnibus” education budget: passed 25-11 in the Senate. The state education budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2018. This appropriates $16.843 billion, including $1.843 billion of federal money. Of this, $14.765 billion goes to K-12 public schools, up from $14.58 billion this year. Another $1.669 billion is for state universities, compared to $1.629 billion this year. Community colleges get $408 million, up from $399 million. The bill increases the basic state "foundation allowance" grants to public schools by $120 per pupil for higher-spending districts, and $240 per pupil for districts that get less funding.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

House Bill 5579 — Appropriations, “Omnibus” education budget: passed 63-46 in the House.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Senate Bill 683 — Impose full licensure on acupuncturists: passed 33-3 in the Senate. To convert a registration mandate now imposed on acupuncturists into a more comprehensive licensure regime, including training and apprenticeship requirements, license fees, regulations specified in the bill, and additional ones that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs would be authorized to impose, and more.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 331 — Impose licensure on genetic counselors: passed 33-3 in the Senate. To impose licensure, fees, certification through a nationally recognized agency, and more on “genetic counselors” as they are defined in the bill.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 110 — Authorize more local developer subsidies: passed 32-4 in the Senate. To authorize local subsidies and other incentives for developers to build housing projects that provide low- or moderate-cost rental units.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Senate Bill 916 — Impose licensure mandate on “automatic recycling kiosks”: passed 98-11 in the House. To require second-hand goods and junk dealers that use an “automatic recycling kiosk” to obtain a license from the local government in each jurisdiction where one is located. “Automatic recycling kiosk” is defined as one that verifies identity by “remote examination of a seller's government-issued identification card by a live representative during all hours of operation,” and that captures and stores images of the seller and goods.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Senate Bill 941 — Authorize debt and spending on job training programs: passed 105-4 in the House. To spend $100 million on government job and career training programs, scholarships, program grants and more, labeled as 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.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 4926 — Permit, regulate and tax internet gambling: passed 68-40 in the House. To repeal a state ban on internet gambling, and establish a comprehensive regulatory and licensure regime for internet gambling companies, with a 10 percent tax on their gross revenue, a $200,000 application fee and a $100,000 annual license fee.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 5955 — Pre-empt local government occupational licensure mandates: passed 58-50 in the House. To prohibit local governments from imposing new licensure mandates on individuals seeking to earn a living in a particular occupation if the state already imposes its own licensure mandate on that occupation. Locals could keep their current licensure mandates but not impose any new ones.

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 2851 — SITSA Act: Y

HR 5735 — T.H.R.I.V.E. Act: Y

HR 5788 — Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act of 2018: Y

HR 5891 — Improving the Federal Response to Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder Act: Y

HR 5890 — Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act: Y

HR 5041 — Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act: Y

HR 5327 — Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act of 2018: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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