Capitol Recap for the Week of Sept. 8, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

In order to keep you and your neighbors better informed about the legislation we discuss, I am posting the agenda for any scheduled committee meetings at the beginning of the week and an update with any votes that were taken that week in committee or on the House floor. I hope you find this information helpful and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Week of Sept. 8th, 2014: House Votes

For votes of the full legislature, I will include a summary of each bill with the sponsor, the vote totals and the next step in the legislative process for the bill. If you would like to read more information about a given bill you can head to www.legislature.mi.gov.

Allow a foreclosing governmental unit to purchase certain state and federally-owned land

HB 5398 (H-4) (Bumstead), RC 451, 9/9/14, Passed: 104-5

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

Allows a foreclosing governmental unit to purchase certain state and federally-owned land, with the owner’s consent, in order to facilitate the sale of tax foreclosed land at auction.

Designate bridge in Monroe County as “Matt Urban Memorial Bridge”

HB 4814 (Zorn), RC 452, 9/9/14, Passed: 109-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 4814 designates the bridge on US-24 in Monroe County between North and South Custer Roads as the “Matt Urban Memorial Bridge.” As with all designations under the Memorial Highway Act, private contributions are required for the placement and maintenance of the signs marking the designation.

Designate bridge in Ottawa County as “Sgt. Henry E. Plant Memorial Grand River Bridge”

HB 4411(H-1) (Price), RC 453, 9/9/14, Passed: 109-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

Designates the non-motorized bridge over the Grand River along M-231 in Ottawa County as the “Sgt. Henry E. Plant Memorial Grand River Bridge Nonmotorized Trail.”

Authorize county treasurer to create a delinquent property tax installment payment plan

HB 4882 (H-1) (CAVANAUGH), RC 454, 9/9/14, Passed: 110-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 4882 (H-1) authorizes a county treasurer to create a delinquent property tax installment payment plan for a principal residence, the title to which is held by a financially distressed person. The treasurer may withhold a property subject to a payment plan from a petition for foreclosure if the person makes the initial payment under the plan.

Specifies how a county treasurer may collect a hotel/motel tax

SB 758 (Hildenbrand), RC 455, 9/9/14, Passed: 97-13

Next: Returned to the Senate

SB 758 specifies that a county treasurer may collect a county-imposed hotel/motel tax in the same manner as a delinquent special assessment, along with any associated interest, fees, and costs. This would allow the placement of a lien on a property and potential foreclosure.

Allow community service as an alternative to repayment of driver responsibility fees

SB 633 (S-4) (Caswell), RC 456, 9/9/14, Passed: 110-0

Next: Returned to the Senate

Allows individuals that are assessed driver responsibility fees for certain offenses to engage in ten hours of community service as an alternative to repayment.

Extend sunset on certain DEQ hazardous waste management program user fees

SB 959 (Kahn), RC 457, 9/9/14, Passed: 109-1

Next: Returned to the Senate

With SB 960, these bills would extend the sunset on various Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hazardous waste management program user fees to 2017. These are budget implementation bills necessary for the FY 14-15 DEQ budget that was passed and enacted in June.

Repeals the Multistate Tax Commission retroactive to Jan. 1 2008

SB 156 (H-1) (Brandenburg), RC 458, 9/9/14, Passed: 100-10

Next: Returned to the Senate

SB 156 (H-1) repeals the Multistate Tax Commission retroactive to January 1, 2008 in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of IBM that allowed the company to use the apportionment formula in the MTC instead of the Michigan Business Tax apportionment formula.

Amend the Next Michigan Development Act to authorize a 7th entity

HB 4783 (H-1) (McBroom), RC 459, 9/9/14, Passed: 83-27

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

With SB 398, these bills would amend the Next Michigan Development Act (Act) to authorize the designation of a 7th Next Michigan Development Corporation (NMDC) and give preference to an “eligible act 7 entity” that has a population that matches that of Detroit.

Extend sunset on certain DEQ hazardous waste management program user fees

SB 960 (Kahn), RC 460, 9/9/14, Passed: 110-0

Next: Returned to the Senate

With SB 959, these bills would extend the sunset on various Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hazardous waste management program user fees to 2017. These are budget implementation bills necessary for the FY 14-15 DEQ budget that was passed and enacted in June.

Week of Sept. 8th, 2014: Committee Meetings

Regulatory Reform

Agenda:

TESTIMONY ONLY:

HB 5419 - (Rep. LaFontaine) - Occupations; athletic trainers; license fee and continuing education hours for athletic trainers; modify, and require training on use of automated external defibrillator.

SB 1017 - (Sen. Kahn) - Taxation; tobacco; compensation for upgrades to technology and equipment; clarify.

HB 5455 - (Rep. Santana) - Tobacco; retail sales; prohibition on sale of cigarette separate from individual package; increase fines and allocate fine revenue.

Transportation and Infrastructure

Agenda:

SB 915 - (Sen. Casperson) - Vehicles; registration; fraudulently indicating that there is no security interest in a vehicle; prohibit.

Reported from committee by a 15-0-0 vote

SB 916 - (Sen. Nofs) - Vehicles; title; electronic title for vehicles with a lienholder; allow.

Reported from committee by a 15-0-0 vote

SB 917 - (Sen. Bieda) - Vehicles; title; electronic title for vehicles with a lienholder; allow.

Reported from committee by a 15-0-0 vote

SB 918 - (Sen. Brandenburg) - Vehicles; title; electronic title for vehicles with a lienholder; allow.

Reported from committee by a 15-0-0 vote

SB 277 - (Sen. Hune) - Vehicles; trucks; requirement that commercial vehicles weighing over 5,000 pounds display certain identification information; revise to apply to vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds. Reported from committee by a 15-0-0 vote

Health Policy

Agenda:

TESTIMONY ONLY:

SB 02 - (Sen. Jansen) - Occupations; nurses; advanced practice registered nurse (a.p.r.n.); establish license for nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists and provide other general amendments.

Oversight

Agenda:

Presentation by new Auditor General Doug Ringler on changes and goals for the Office of the Auditor General under his leadership.

HB 5580 - (Rep. MacMaster) - Civil rights; open meetings; open meetings act regarding county commissioners; expand to require minutes to include all topics of discussion, and eliminate anonymity in voting

Testimony Only

Tax Policy

Agenda:

SB 113 - (Sen. Green) - Property tax; exemptions; certain conservation easements; exempt.

Testimony Only

Criminal Justice

Agenda:

SB 602 - (Sen. Hune) - Criminal procedure; sex offender registration; definition of tier II offender; revise to include crime of soliciting prostitute.

Reported from committee by a 7-1 vote

SB 205 - (Sen. Emmons) - Crimes; penalties; crime of soliciting sex act from a minor who is 16 years of age; increase penalties.

Reported from committee by a 7-1 vote

SB 206 - (Sen. Schuitmaker) - Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for crime of soliciting a minor 16 years of age to commit prostitution; provide to reflect increased penalty.

Reported from committee by a 7-1 vote

SB 589 - (Sen. Caswell) - Children; parental rights; grounds for termination of parental rights; expand to include certain victims of human trafficking.

Reported from committee by a 6-3 vote

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Community Health

Agenda:

Performance Metrics and Measurements

Families, Children and Seniors

Agenda:

SB 275 - (Sen. Hune) - Human services; services or financial assistance; suspicion-based drug testing for public assistance recipients; require.

Reported from committee by a 6-3-0 vote

Financial Services

Agenda:

TESTIMONY ONLY:

HB 5412 - (Rep. Jenkins) - Financial institutions; banks; savings promotion raffles by state banks; allow.

HB 5413 - (Rep. Jenkins) - Crimes; gambling; gambling and lottery crimes; clarify exclusion for savings promotion raffles by state banks.

Financial Liability Reform

Agenda:

SB 922 - (Sen. Brandenburg) - State financing and management; bonds; issuance of certain types of bonds; extend sunset.

Reported from committee by a 7-1-3 vote

Appropriations: Subcommittee on School Aid and Education

Agenda:

Quarterly Report by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan on Deficit Districts

Judiciary

Agenda:

HB 4915 - (Rep. Lori) - Crime victims; other; crime victim’s rights fund; extend sunset.

Reported from committee by a 9-0-2 vote

SB 705 - (Sen. Jones) - Courts; records; recording of hearing involving minor; require to be maintained pursuant to supreme court rules.

Reported from committee by a 10-0-1 vote

SB 857 - (Sen. Schuitmaker) - Torts; liability; administration of a drug in response to a drug overdose; provide protection from civil liability.

Reported from committee by an 11-0-0 vote

HB 5785 (Rep. Walsh) Criminal procedure; sentencing; permissible costs; revise.

Reported from committee by a 6-3-2 vote

Tourism

Agenda:

HB 5722 - (Rep. Rendon) - Watercraft; registration; small boats using a portable electric motor; exempt from registration fees

Testimony Only

Insurance

Agenda:

HB 5792 - (Rep. Lund) - Insurance; insurers; notice of divesting or acquiring controlling interest in an insurer; require. Testimony Only

Presentation by the Department of Insurance and Financial Services on the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s “Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) Model Act.”