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Michigan Votes

• Apr 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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

Senate Bill 122 — Postpone more rigorous teacher evaluation standards: passed 38-0 in the Senate. To delay for one year a requirement that annual year-end evaluation ratings of classroom teachers be 40 percent based on student growth and assessment data (state-administered tests), with the rest of the evaluation based on more subjective factors determined by local school administrators. Under current law, this standard would go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. This law's requirement that 50 percent of the teacher evaluation be based on student test results in “core content areas” would remain.

Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville: Y

Senate Bill 42 — Authorize a Kiwanis specialty license plate: passed 37-1 in the Senate. To authorize a Kiwanis Club specialty license plate, with the net revenue from its sale going to the club.

Sen. Roger Victory: Y

House Bill 4102 — Add “cryptocurrency” references and definition to various statutes: passed 108-1 in the House, To revise the law that bans dogfighting to include “any other thing of value” in the definition of ill-gotten gains and revenue derived from dog fighting. This is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 4102 to 4107 that adds “cryptocurrency” to the definition of money in various criminal statutes.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

Senate Bill 203 — Establish marijuana business license "applicant" definition: passed 109-1 in the House. To revise details of a 2018 law establishing the definition of an “applicant” for a marijuana business license. The bill would specify that applicants include a company's manager and officers, partners, directors and stockholders who own at least 10 percent, and their spouses. Applicants are subject to an extensive background check process.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y

House Bill 4225 — Exempt hospice painkiller from “bona fide prescriber-patient relationship" requirement: passed 110-0 in the House. To establish a hospice exception from a law that prohibits prescribers who do not have a “bona fide prescriber-patient relationship" from prescribing controlled substance painkillers. This requirement otherwise requires a medical service provider to have reviewed a patient’s relevant medical records, and completed a full medical history and current condition assessment including an examination. The exception is intended to let hospice care providers adjust medication to the meet serious and rapidly changing needs of a dying individual.

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 1644 — Save the Internet Act of 2019: N

HR 1759 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, B.R.I.D.G.E. for Workers Act: Y

HR 1331 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, Local Water Protection Act: Y

H.Con.Res. 19 — Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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