Legislative Initiative Petition 3 — Mandate employers provide paid leave: passed 24-13 in the Senate and 78-28 in the House. To mandate that all employers in the state (except federal agencies) grant employees one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a total of 40 hours annually for small businesses, and 72 hours annually for larger employers. The leave could be used for individual or family medical issues, domestic violence issues, school meetings and more. Employers would be required to keep relevant records for five years, and under procedures specified in the measure, a violation claim by an employee could potentially subject an employer to a legal presumption of having broken the law.
Note: The measure was placed before the Legislature by an initiated law petition drive, which requires it either be passed legislatively or placed on the ballot. If placed on the ballot and approved, any future amendments would require a three-fourths supermajority vote in the House and Senate. But if enacted by the Legislature, it can be amended later with a simple majority vote. Negotiations are underway over amending the measure after the November elections so as to require employers to provide paid leave but with less burdensome record keeping and legal liability provisions.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y
Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y
Legislative Initiative Petition 4 — Increase statewide minimum wage mandate: passed 24-13 in the Senate and 78-28 in the House. To make it unlawful to pay a worker less than $12 per hour by 2022, by gradually increasing the current $9.25-per-hour wage mandate. Also, to eliminate a lower minimum wage for tipped workers by 2024. (Under current law, while the mandated minimum is lower for tipped workers, if tips come up short then employers must still pay the difference between it and the regular minimum wage.) A lower minimum wage for 16- and 17-year-olds would also go up.
Note: The measure was placed before the Legislature by an initiated law petition drive, so the same procedural issues described above are in play. In this case, negotiations are underway over amending the measure after the election by removing its elimination of a separate minimum wage for tipped workers.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y
Rep. Jim Lilly: Y
House Bill 5377 — Ban using subjective considerations in parole decisions: To require that any parole board departure from state parole guidelines be for substantial and compelling reasons that are "objective" and stated in writing. The bill prescribes a list of circumstances that would constitute substantial and compelling objective reasons for departing for the guidelines when considering a particular case and prisoner.
Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y
Here's how U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, voted on congressional legislation last week:
HR 6691 — Community Safety and Security Act of 2018: Y
HR 4606 — Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act: Y
HR 6147 — On motion to instruct conferees: Interior, Environment, Financial Services and General Government, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2019: N
HR 1635 — Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act: Y
HR 6439 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass: Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act of 2018: Y
HR 6157 — On motion to instruct conferees: Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019: N