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Michigan Votes

• Jun 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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

House Bill 4249 — Revise multiline phone service 911 mandate: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To repeal the authority of the Michigan Public Service Commission to impose rules on businesses and organizations with multiline telephone systems, and instead spell out the relevant rules in state statute (law). The bill was introduced in response to rules that have been promulgated under a 2016 law that critics say far exceed the scope envisioned by that law's authors.

Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville: Y

House Bill 4367 — Let public agencies stock opioid overdose drugs: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To permit state and local government agencies to purchase and stock opioid antagonist drugs for treating overdoses, and allow an employee with specified training to administer them to an individual experiencing an overdose. Agencies and staff would be exempt from criminal and civil liability for good faith administration of an opioid antagonist that was not gross negligence.

Sen. Roger Victory: Y

Senate Bill 47 — Give tax breaks for household “alternative energy” installations: passed 36-0 in the Senate. To exclude from property tax assessments the value of solar panels, wind turbines and other “alternative energy systems” that are installed, replaced or repaired in a residence, and which produce less than 150 kilowatts of electricity for a household whose use does not exceed this level. Senate Bill 48 extends the same tax break to commercial entities, capped at systems valued at $80,000 or less.

Sen. Roger Victory: Y

Senate Bill 129 — Let Mackinac Island ban using drones to scare horses: passed 95-12 in the House. To amend a 2016 law that pre-empted local governments from banning (but not regulating) drones. The bill would let Mackinac Island prohibit knowingly using a drone to interfere with the safe use of a horse by a commercial service. Drones over the island could still be used by newsgatherers, insurers, utilities and law enforcement agencies.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

House Bill 4246 — House version, 2020 road and transportation budget: passed 57-52 in the House. The House version of the fiscal year 2019-20 Department of Transportation budget would appropriate $5.4 billion in gross spending, of which $1.34 billion is federal money. The budget does not "recognize" any revenue from a $2.5 billion, 45 cents per gallon gas tax increase proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but does include a $542.5 million "fund shift" from a Republican proposal to no longer impose sales tax on fuel, replacing that levy with an equivalent increase in motor fuel (gas) taxes. Note: Most sales tax revenue goes to schools; the proposal assumes these school dollars will be replaced by extending sales tax to out-of-state catalog and internet sales after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a ban on this last year.

Rep. Jim Lilly: Y


Huizenga votes

Here's how U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, voted on congressional legislation last week: 

HR 2590 — DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2019: Y

HR 2539 — Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2019: Y

HR 542 — Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act: Y


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