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

House Bill 4687 — Permit deer baiting: passed 21-14 in the Senate. To explicitly permit deer and elk baiting for hunting. This would be limited to 5 gallons of bait at each hunting site, with no piece of bait larger than a sugar beet. The bill is a response to a baiting ban imposed by a state Natural Resources Commission in 2018. Versions of the bill have passed both the state House and Senate, but news reports indicate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is unlikely to sign it.

Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville: did not vote

House Bill 4710 — Impose occupational licensure mandate on acupuncturists: passed 30-6 in the Senate. To convert a registration mandate now imposed on acupuncturists into a comprehensive licensure regime, including training and apprenticeship requirements, license fees, regulations specified in the bill plus additional ones that state licensure officials would be authorized to impose, and more.

Sen. Roger Victory: Y

Senate Bill 349 — Let some liquor distillers get higher price from state: passed 27-9 in the Senate. To allow liquor makers to get a higher wholesale price if 40 percent of the grain they use is grown in Michigan. Under Michigan’s extraordinarily detailed “liquor control” regulatory regime, the state government is the sole statewide wholesaler of all distilled liquor, and sells to retailers at uniform statewide prices. Fiscal analysts project the bill would reduce state revenue by $9.4 million.

Sen. Roger Victory: Y

Senate Bill 369 — Increase allowable pawnbroker interest rate: passed 24-12 in the Senate. To increase the maximum interest rate a pawnbroker may charge on merchandise-backed loans from 3 percent per month to 4 percent per month. Reportedly, this would be the first increase in the rate allowed by a state law since 1917.

Sen. Roger Victory: Y

Huizenga votes

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

HR 4863 — United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019: N

HR 3734 — SERV Act: Y

HR 499 — Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act: Y

HR 3537 — Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2019: Y

HR 3224 — Deborah Sampson Act: Y

HR 4162 — GI Bill Planning Act of 2019: Y

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