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How did Michigan Rep. Triston Cole and Sen. Wayne Schmidt vote recently?

Following is a roundup by concerning recent votes made by Michigan 105th District Representative Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) and 37th District State Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City.

Triston Cole

Triston Cole

Senate Bill 103, Reduce “student growth” portion of teacher rating criteria: Passed 97 to 8 in the House
To base just 20 percent of a teacher’s “effectiveness” rating on actual progress of students in the teacher’s classroom as measured by state assessments, instead of as much as 50 percent suggested by a 2011 teacher tenure reform law. Also, to let school districts develop their own evaluation tools for other parts of the rating rather than ones prescribed by the state. A school would be prohibited from assigning students to a class in the same subject for two years in a row taught by a teacher rated “ineffective” in that subject, but new students could still be assigned to that teacher.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 4822, Ban “social promotions” for third graders who can’t read
To prohibit “social promotions” of third graders who have not reached minimum reading benchmarks, subject to many conditions and exceptions, and with requirements that additional “intervention” programs be created (including summer school) and individual tutoring provided before a student is actually held back. This would not take effect until the 2019-2020 school year.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Wayne Schmidt

Wayne Schmidt

House Bill 4476, Restrict imposing mediation in bad domestic relations disputes: Passed 104 to 1 in the House
To prohibit a court from ordering the parties in a domestic relations dispute to enter mediation against either’s will if there is a personal protection or “no contact” order restraining one of them, or if either is involved in a child abuse or neglect proceeding.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 4478, Authorize PPOs for threats against pets: Passed 96 to 9 in the House
To authorize courts to issue a personal protection order against an individual who threatens, harms or tries to take a petitioner’s pet, or tries to stop the petitioner’s efforts get the pet back if it has been taken.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona N

Senate Bill 240, Ban powdered alcohol: Passed 102 to 3 in the House
To ban the sale, use or possession of “powdered alcohol” in Michigan.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Senate Bill 446, Extend authority to ban deer feeding: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on
To extend until 2020 the sunset on Department of Natural Resources authority to prohibit feeding deer and elk.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 4505, Increase civil asset forfeiture burden of proof: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate
To require a more rigorous “clear and convincing” burden of proof standard for police agencies to take ownership of property that has been seized in connection with a possible crime, called “forfeiture.” Under current law property may be taken under the least rigorous “preponderance of the evidence” standard, and owners need not be convicted or even charged.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 4504, Require police civil asset forfeiture disclosures: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate
To require law enforcement agencies to file annual reports on the number of civil asset forfeiture proceedings concluded, pending or “negotiated.” The reports would have to disclose details regarding the charges (if any) and outcome of the case; the property and value; whether any federal agencies were involved; how much the police agency realized from taking ownership of seized property, and more. The State Police would compile these disclosures and post a report on the internet.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 340, Increase penalties for tobacco sales to minors: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To increase the penalties for selling tobacco to minors, from $50 to $100 for a first offense, and $500 for a subsequent offense. The increased penalties would also apply to a minor who tries to buy or who possesses tobacco.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 239, Ban local restrictions on particular dog breeds: Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate
To prohibit local governments from enforcing an ordinance that imposes regulations or restrictions on dogs based solely on their breed or type (such as pit bulls or dobermans).
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 4209, Authorize, regulate and tax medical marijuana dispensaries: Passed 95 to 11 in the House
To authorize a comprehensive regulatory and licensure regime for medical marijuana growers, transporters, testers, dispensaries and more, with civil and criminal penalties for violations. Also, to impose a 3 percent tax on retail sales. The state’s voter-authorized medical marijuana law is ambiguous on dispensaries, which the bill would allow, though local governments could choose to ban them.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 4827, Create “seed to sale” medical marijuana database: Passed 99 to 7 in the House
To establish a comprehensive “seed-to-sale” tracking system for commercial marijuana, with information on each step including recording final sales to individual customers. This would all be contained in a computer database and would not be a public record, but could be used for enforcing the medical marijuana law, including tracking how much individual card holders purchase and from who.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 4581, Increase state payments to liquor distribution oligopolists: Passed 102 to 4 in the House
To increase from $7.50 to $10 the per-case fee that the three private companies granted a state oligopoly to warehouse and distribute liquor to retailers can collect from the state as a “reimbursement” for their distribution costs. According to the House Fiscal Agency the bill would have the effect of transferring some $10 million annually from taxpayers to these companies.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

SOURCE:, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. Please visit
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