Charlevoix County’s state legislators Cole, Schmidt at work is a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy which provides concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate.

• House Bill 4423, Increase speed limits: Passed 28 to 8 in the Senate
To increase speed limits on rural freeways to 75 mph where engineering studies and traffic patterns indicate this is safe.
General speed limits elsewhere would be 70 mph on other freeways, 65 mph on state trunkline highways with light traffic, 55 mph on county roads, and 55 mph on unpaved roads except in Oakland and Wayne Counties, where they would be 45 mph.
The speed limit on subdivision streets would remain at 25 mph.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• House Bill 4426, Lower drivers licence points for barely speeding: Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate
To reduce the drivers license points imposed for exceeding speed limits. The bill would prescribe: Four points more than 15 miles per hour over the limit; three points between 10 and 15 mph over; two points for between five and 10 mph over, and one point for less than 5 mph over.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• Senate Bill 1163, Give multi-million dollar subsidy to AK Steel owners: Passed 30 to 7 in the Senate
To revise a state business subsidy program in a manner that would allow the current owner of the former River Rouge steel plant (AK Steel) to collect refundable tax credits (which are often paid as cash subsidies). According to the House Fiscal Agency this could result in the state giving tens of millions to the company’s owners.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• Senate Bill 852, Let Detroit issue automated “photo cop” school bus tickets: Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate
To allow the Detroit public school district to contract with a private vendor to install and operate an automated traffic citation system to ticket motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus, based on images collected by cameras attached to school buses.
Fines would start at $300, rising to $1,000 for a third offense, and the money would go to the Detroit public school district (less the amount collected by the private vendor).
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• House Bill 5484, Authorize “hunters pink” alongside “hunter’s orange” for safety: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate
To revise the law that requires hunters in the field to wear some high-visibility “hunters orange” apparel for safety purposes.
The bill would also permit “hunters pink” as an alternative, and possibly other colors, but only if the state Natural Resources Commission determined a color is effective at enhancing safety.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• Senate Bill 332, Reduce minor-in-possession of alcohol sanctions: Passed 105 to 1 in the House
To remove the misdemeanor penalties for a first violation of the minor-in-possession of alcohol law, but not on second or third violation, which carry potential 30 and 60 day jail sentences.
First-time offenders would instead be subject to a $100 civil fine.
The bill also revises certain permissible police actions such as requiring a minor to take a chemical breath test.
Senate Bill 333 also removes drivers license suspension as a first-offense sanction.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

• House Bill 5821, Ban state contracts with entities boycotting Israel or other trade partner
To prohibit the state from contracting for products or services from a person, company, agency or other entity that boycotts a “strategic partner” (like Israel), unless it is done in a non-discriminatory manner and based on “bona fide business or economic reasons.”
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

• Senate Bill 291, Authorize wrongful imprisonment compensation: Passed 104 to 2 in the House
To authorize payment by the state of civil damages to a person wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he or she did not commit.
The damages would be $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

• Senate Bill 510, Restrict commercial use of student data: Passed 83 to 23 in the House
To prohibit websites or apps designed for K–12 school purposes to sell, share or use for targeted advertising any information in a student’s educational record.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona N

• House Bill 6066, Require voters with no ID to prove identity within 10 days: Passed 57 to 50 in the House
To require a person who does not have a photo identification card when voting to verify their identification with local election clerks within 10 days or the vote will not be counted. Related bills facilitate poor individuals obtaining free IDs and necessary documentation.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

• House Bill 4643, Establish legal recourse for target of illegal union picket: Passed 57 to 50 in the House
To revise a law that makes it illegal to picket a business for purposes of blocking access to individuals doing or seeking work there.
The bill would allow an employer to ask for a court injunction to stop the picketing, and a union that disobeyed the injunction could be fined $10,000 per day, and $1,000 for individuals.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Y = Yes, N = No, X = Not Voting