Your state legislators at work

The latest look at how Charlevoix County’s Michigan State Legislators are voting on house and senate bills which may affect you.

• House Bill 4060, Aretha Franklin honorary road designation: Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate
To designate the portion of the M-10 freeway between Livernois and I-94 in Detroit as the “Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway.”
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt
R – Traverse City Y

• Senate Bill 362, Ease reporting requirements for able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
To grant greater leeway in the individual “workforce engagement” reporting requirements submitted by able-bodied individuals accepting health coverage benefits under the Medicaid expansion authorized by the federal health care law. A 2018 law made getting a job, job-training or meeting community service requirements a condition of able-bodied individuals accepting these social welfare benefits.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt
R – Traverse City Y

• House Bill 4225, Exempt hospice painkiller from “bona fide prescriber-patient relationship” requirement
To establish a hospice exception from a law that prohibits prescribers who do not have a “bona fide prescriber-patient relationship” from prescribing controlled substance painkillers. This requirement otherwise requires a medical service provider to have reviewed a patient’s relevant medical records, and completed a full medical history and current condition assessment including an examination. The exception is intended to let hospice care providers adjust medication to the meet serious and rapidly changing needs of a dying individual.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt
R – Traverse City Y

• House Bill 4234, Authorize subsidized state farm loans for rainy weather: Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate
To authorize $15 million in state-subsidized, below-market rate loans to Michigan farmers affected by rainy weather in the spring of 2019.
37 Sen. Wayne Schmidt
R – Traverse City Y
• House Bill 4234, Authorize subsidized state farm loans for rainy weather: Passed 99 to 6 in the House
The House vote on the farm loan bill described above.
105 Rep. Triston Cole
R – Antrim County Y

• House Bill 4694, Authorize more school retiree “double dipping”: Passed 102 to 7 in the House
To revise a law that allows certain retired school employees to work in schools that need more staff in particular subjects while still collecting pension checks alongside their current pay.
According to the House Fiscal Agency this would benefit some former staff brought back as instructors in a particular non-profit’s reading program used by around 150 western Michigan schools, and like other “double dipping” exceptions in the law could potentially increase unfunded liabilities in the school pension system.
105 Rep. Triston Cole
R – Antrim County Y

• House Bill 4223, Mandate dental testing and screening for children: Passed 93 to 16 in the House
To mandate that children entering kindergarten or first grade for the first time bring a form signed by a dentist or dental hygienist certifying that the child’s teeth were examined and assessed within the past six months.
Also, to require the state welfare department to create a dental oral assessment program for children who did not get the exam before registering for school enrollment.
105 Rep. Triston Cole
R – Antrim County 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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