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Michigan Votes

• Oct 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM

With the state Legislature holding intermittent sessions during the general election campaign season, the Roll Call Report continues its review of key votes from the 2017-18 session.

House Bill 4001 — Cut state income tax rate: failed 52-55 in the House on Feb. 23, 2017. To cut the state income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 4.05 percent over two years. One Democrat voted “yes” and 12 Republicans joined all other Democrats in voting it down.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: N

Senate Bill 111 — Give $1 billion to Dan Gilbert and other big developers: passed 32-5 in the Senate on March 29, 2017, and passed 85-22 in the House on May 4, 2017. To authorize giving up to $1 billion in ongoing cash subsidies over 20 years to Detroit developer Dan Gilbert and possibly others selected by state and local political appointees.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive: Y

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Senate Bill 242 — Authorize giving $200 million to certain business owners: passed 29-5 in the Senate on July 12, 2017, and passed 71-35 in the House on July 12, 2017. To authorize giving up to $200 million to a Taiwan company that builds iPhones if it chooses to build a plant in Michigan, and potentially to other firms. The company ultimately chose to locate a plant in Wisconsin rather than Michigan.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 6064 — Authorize giving $50 million to some business owners: passed 81-25 in the House on Oct. 4, 2018. To authorize giving up to $50 million to some private business owners through a device the bill would create called a “rural development fund.” The Senate has not yet voted on this bill.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Legislative Initiative Petition 2 — Repeal prevailing wage law: passed 23-14 in the Senate on June 6, 2018, and passed 56-53 in the House on June 6, 2018. To repeal the state prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to contractors who submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on union pay scales that local union officials represent as prevalent in a particular area.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Senate Bill 335 — Revise campaign finance law to reflect Citizens United: passed 23-12 in the Senate on Sept. 14, 2017, and passed 62-45 in the House on Sept. 19, 2017. To revise Michigan campaign finance laws that violate the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case, which limited the power of Congress and state legislatures to restrict election-related political speech by corporations, including nonprofit groups motivated by ideological or political concerns.

Sen. Arlan Meekhof: Y

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 5013 — Reform no-fault auto insurance: failed 45-63 in the House on Nov. 2, 2017. To allow auto insurance companies to offer policies with less-than unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage; prohibit hospitals and other providers from charging full "chargemaster" rates in these auto insurance cases; add restrictions on pursuing crash-related lawsuits in court (which the no-fault system was intended to minimize); and adopt other reforms likely to lower insurance rates.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Huizenga Votes

Congress was not in session last week, so there are no votes on record of U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.

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