Votes by Charlevoix County’s state lawmakers Schmidt and Cole

A look at how Charlevoix County’s Michigan legislators, 37th District Sen. Wayne Schmidt and 105th District Rep. Triston Cole, voted on bills in recent weeks.

 

Senate Bill 848, Appropriations, “Omnibus” budget: Passed 33 to 2 in the Senate
The “omnibus” non-education state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2018. This authorizes $39.937 billion in spending, up from $38.786 billion authorized the year before. Of this amount, $20.847 billion is federal money, and $19.091 billion comes from state taxpayers. With the separate education budget (House Bill 5579) added, the legislature authorizes spending $56.780 billion next year, up from $53.667 billion this year.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 848, Appropriations, “Omnibus” budget: Passed 66 to 43 in the House
The House vote on the state budget described above.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 5579, Appropriations, “Omnibus” education budget: Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate
The state education budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2018. This appropriates $16.843 billion, including $1.843 billion of federal money. Of this, $14.765 billion goes to K-12 public schools, up from $14.580 billion this year. Another $1.669 billion is for state universities, compared to $1.629 billion this year. Community colleges get $408 million, up from $399 million. The bill increases the basic state “foundation allowance” grants to public schools by $120 per pupil for higher-spending districts, and $240 per pupil for districts that get less funding.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 5579, Appropriations, “Omnibus” education budget: Passed 63 to 46 in the House
The House vote on the education budget described above.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Senate Bill 683, Impose full licensure on acupuncturists: Passed 33 to 3 in the Senate
To convert a registration mandate now imposed on acupuncturists into a more comprehensive licensure regime, including training and apprenticeship requirements, license fees, regulations specified in the bill and additional ones that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs would be authorized to impose, and more.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 331, Impose licensure on genetic counselors: Passed 33 to 3 in the Senate
To impose licensure, fees, certification through a nationally recognized agency, and more on “genetic counselors” as they are defined in the bill.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 110, Authorize more local developer subsidies: Passed 32 to 4 in the Senate
To authorize local subsidies and other incentives for developers to build housing projects that provide low or moderate cost rental units.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 916, Impose licensure mandate on “automatic recycling kiosks”: Passed 98 to 11 in the House
To require second-hand goods and junk dealers that use an “automatic recycling kiosk” to obtain a license from the local government in each jurisdiction where one is located. “Automatic recycling kiosk” is defined as one that verifies identity by “remote examination of a seller’s government-issued identification card by a live representative during all hours of operation,” and that captures and stores images of the seller and goods.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Senate Bill 941, Authorize debt and spending on job training programs: Passed 105 to 4 in the House
To spend $100 million on government job and career training programs, scholarships, program grants and more, labeled as a “Marshall plan for talent.” Senate Bill 942 would authorize paying for this with money borrowed against revenues from a 1998 state tobacco lawsuit settlement.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 4926, Permit, regulate and tax internet gambling: Passed 68 to 40 in the House
To repeal a state ban on internet gambling, and establish a comprehensive regulatory and licensure regime for internet gambling companies, with a 10 percent tax on their gross revenue, a $200,000 application fee and a $100,000 annual license fee.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 5955, Preempt local government occupational licensure mandates: Passed 58 to 50 in the House
To prohibit local governments from imposing new licensure mandates on individuals seeking to earn a living in a particular occupation if the state already imposes its own licensure mandate on that occupation. Locals could keep their current licensure mandates but not impose any new ones.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Legislative Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate
To repeal the state prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to contractors who submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on union pay scales that local union officials represent as prevalent in a particular area. The voter-initiated legislation was placed before the legislature by petition, and does not require the Governor’s approval to become law.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Legislative Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 56 to 53 in the House
The House vote on the prevailing wage law repeal described above.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Senate Bill 787, Allow lower cost auto insurance option for seniors: Passed 23 to 13 in the Senate
To exempt a person age 65 or above from having to buy the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage mandated by the state’s no fault auto insurance law. Specifically, these individuals could buy either unlimited coverage or a policy that caps medical coverage at $50,000, with injury expenses above that amount covered by the individual’s Medicare and related coverage. By the same margin the Senate also passed Senate Bill 1014, which restricts charges for long term attendant care provided by family members to crash victims under the standard unlimited medical benefit coverage.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 5391, Impose regulations on electric skateboards: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To prohibit riding an electric skateboard at a speed greater than 25 mph, and ban riding one on a street with a speed limit greater than 25 mph. The bill defines electric skateboard as one that is “no more than 60 inches long and 18 inches wide, is designed to transport only 1 person at a time, has an electrical propulsion system with power of no more than 2,500 watts, and has a maximum speed on a paved level surface of not more than 25 miles per hour.” Riders could go on streets subject to the same rules as bicycles.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 4115, Increase nonprofit sales tax exemption: Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate
To exempt from sales tax the first $10,000 in retail sales by a nonprofit organization that has less than $25,000 in sales during a year, rather than $5,000 under current law.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 897, Impose work requirement on able-bodied Medicaid recipients: Passed 62 to 47 in the House
To require state welfare officials to seek federal permission to allow requiring able-bodied individuals enrolled in the Medicaid expansion authorized by the federal health care law to work at least 80 hours a month for at least nine months a year, or be in school, job-training or volunteer work. The bill authorizes exceptions for a parent with children under age six, individuals getting disability benefits or above age 62, a disabled person’s caretaker and more.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Senate Bill 897, Impose work requirement on able-bodied Medicaid recipients: Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate
The Senate vote to concur with the House-passed version of the bill described above.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 941, Spend $100 million on job training and preparation programs: Passed 30 to 2 in the Senate
To spend $100 million on government job and career training programs, scholarships, program grants and more, which would be labeled a “Marshall plan for talent.” Senate Bill 942 would authorize paying for this with money borrowed against revenues from a 1998 state tobacco lawsuit settlement.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 4106, Give high school graduation credits for internship or work: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate
To require school districts to give 9th through 12th grade students credit toward state graduation requirements for spending at least four hours per week getting work experience or in an internship. The credit would equal that granted for taking one traditional course. Students would be excused from one class period of instructional time for each day they work or intern. This would not apply to students who are struggling in school as defined in the bill, and would be subject to various specified conditions.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 5687, Require resident alien’s drivers license to expire with visa: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate
To require that a drivers license issued to a resident alien must have an expiration no later than the date on which the individual’s presence in the in the U.S. becomes unlawful.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

House Bill 5606, Revise wine tasting restrictions: Passed 107 to 0 in the House
To amend the state’s very detailed and prescriptive liquor control code to permit wineries that conduct tastings and sales at their production facility to also sell customers other nonalcoholic beverages, and require them to provide water.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 5810, Revise involuntary mental health treatment process: Passed 104 to 3 in the House
To revise a 2005 law that authorizes courts to order involuntary assisted outpatient mental health treatment for an individual with a serious mental illness in response to a petition (usually from family members) showing the individual represents a risk themselves or others. The bill would streamline petition approval requirements, place a 10 day deadline on court action, require a psychiatrist to supervise an assisted outpatient plan ordered by the court, and more.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Senate Bill 123, Establish minimum clearance when passing bicycles: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate
To require drivers who are passing a bicyclist to their right that is going the same direction to stay at least three feet to the left. Also, to explicitly allow passing a bicycle in a no passing zone if there is enough room to make it safe to do so. Senate Bill 170 establishes the same rules for drivers passing a bicycle to the left of the vehicle.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt R – Traverse City Y

Senate Bill 653, Create environmental permit appeal panel: Passed 58 to 50 in the House
To create a state environmental permit appeal panel comprised of certain officials and representatives of specified interests including business and environmentalist organizations. A permit applicant aggrieved by permit denial could appeal to the panel, which would have the authority to revise or reject state environmental regulators’ decision or conditions of a permit.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

House Bill 6043, Require report to state of disclosures on prospective school employees: Passed 88 to 21 in the House
To expand a law that requires individuals who apply for a school job to sign a document that authorizes the applicant’s current or former employers to disclose any unprofessional conduct to the school. The bill would require the school to report to the Department of Education any information obtained this way about sex or other crimes involving a minor, or inappropriate conduct involving a minor. This would also apply if a school receives similar information about a current employee. The department would be required to keep these reports for six years.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Senate Bill 871, Extend statute of limitations criminal sexual conduct crimes: Passed 108 to 1 in the House
To extend the statute of limitations on prosecuting second and third degree criminal sexual conduct offenses in which the victim is a minor to 15 years after the offense is committed, or the alleged victim’s 28th birthday. In cases where an unknown offender is later identified by DNA evidence the statute of limitations would extend 15 years after the identification.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

Senate Bill 872, Extend statute of limitations on criminal sexual conduct suits: Passed 99 to 10 in the House
To extend the statute of limitations to 10 years on filing civil lawsuits related to criminal sexual conduct offenses, or if the victim was a minor, until the individual turns 28 years of age. This would be retroactive for cases going back to 1997 that match the profile of offenses committed by convicted MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, except a victim would have to file a suit within three months of the bill becoming law.
105 Rep. Triston Cole R – Mancelona Y

SOURCE: MichiganVotes.org, 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 www.MichiganVotes.org.

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

 

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