How did Charlevoix County’s state lawmakers vote on recent bills?

• House Bill 4578, Authorize school recreation taxes: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To add school districts to a law that lets several local governments organize a recreational authority with the power to levy up to one-mill of property tax for swimming pools, recreation centers, public auditoriums, public conference centers and parks.
The law is silent on whether the recreational facilities could be school facilities if the bill becomes law, but does require them to be open to the public. It also requires voters in each municipality to approve one of these tax levies.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

 

• Senate Bill 189, Ease certain lawsuit against the state restrictions: Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate
To remove certain restrictions on a person who successfully sues the state collecting costs and fees in addition to any court-ordered damage awards.
Under current law, the winning plaintiff must prove a state agency’s position was “frivolous” to collect costs and fees.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• Senate Bill 292, Disclose unfunded pension liabilities costs in state budget: Passed 109 to 0 in the House
To require the executive budget the governor must submit each year to include an accounting by department of how much is needed pay the annual “catch up” costs on unfunded liabilities.
These liabilities are incurred to pay future pension and post-retirement health benefits promised to retired state employees.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

• House Bill 4344, Remove Big 3 protectionism from auto repair shop licensure bill. Passed 86 to 23 in the House
To remove a provision from a previously passed auto repair shop licensure bill that would have prohibited a repair shop from replacing a major part on a newer vehicle with one not made by the vehicle’s maker.
Under this bill, shops would be able to use parts from a different manufacturer if the customer directs this to be done in writing.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona N

• House Bill 4136, Add civics to high school graduation requirements: Passed 82 to 27 in the House
To add a civics component to the state high school graduation requirements.
Students would be required to pass a test comprised of questions identical to some or all those of those on the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship naturalization test.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y
• House Bill 4426, Reduce points for barely speeding: Passed 75 to 34 in the House
To reduce the drivers license points imposed for exceeding speed limits by 5 mph or less to one point from two points. The current two points would still apply to speeds above 5 mph and not more than 10 mph.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

• House Bill 4423, Increase speed limits: Passed 56 to 53 in the House
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.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

• House Bill 4787, Authorize enhanced penalties for abortion coercion: Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate
To authorize enhanced penalties for threatening or committing a “stalking” or assaultive crime with the intent to coerce a pregnant female to have an abortion, or taking other coercive actions with that goal.
The bill authorizes additional fines of $5,000 to $10,000 on top of penalties imposed for the underlying crimes.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• House Bill 5247, Permit green flashing lights on snow plow trucks: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To allow snow plow trucks to use flashing green lights, in addition to the current yellow lights prescribed by law.
Adding green is said to make the trucks easier to notice in snowstorms.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• Senate Bill 706, Ban local logging truck regulations stricter than state’s: Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate
To prohibit local governments from imposing restrictions on logging trucks that exceed those authorized by state law.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• House Bill 5512, Extend sunset on welfare heating subsidies: Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate
To extend for another three years the 2016 sunset on a state home heating welfare subsidy program.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• Senate Bill 885, Let assisted living facilities sell drinks to residents: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To increase from 20 to 25 the number of liquor licenses that may be granted to certain continuing care retirement homes, and revise the allocation of these among different types of facilities.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

• House Bill 5230, Ban snowplow service contract indemnity clauses: Passed 101 to 8 in the House
To prohibit indemnity promises in commercial snowplow and deiicing service contracts, which require the contractor to indemnify the property owner from lawsuits seeking damages based on negligence or omissions (like missing a spot when clearing ice from walkways).
The bill would clarify that the property owner is responsible to maintain the property in a safe condition, but could still sue the snow removal company for contract violations.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

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

 

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