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October 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Electronic proof of insurance and criminal justice reform


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House Bill 4193, Allow electronic "proof of insurance" for drivers: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To revise the state’s no-fault insurance law to allow “proof of insurance” documents that motorists are required to have when driving to be an electronic communication from the insurance company visible on a mobile device. If asked a driver could be required to forward the information to a designated site.

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House Bill 4102, Appropriate money for State Police lawsuit settlement; Flint water system: Passed 30 to 5

To appropriate $7.725 million to settle a lawsuit over injuries sustained in a crash caused by a State Police car chase. Also, to make a $100 "placeholder" appropriation related to the possibility of changing Flint's municipal water supplier back to the Detroit system (which serves most communities in the metropolitan region).

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4713, Require “culpable mental state” for criminal conviction: Passed 106 to 0 in the House

To establish that (with some significant exceptions) if a law does not indicate whether a “culpable mental state” (“mens rea”) is required to establish guilt, the presumption will be that this is required, meaning that prosecutors must show that the defendant violated the law “purposely, knowingly or recklessly.” This would not be the case if a law explicitly imposes a “strict liability” standard. Under current law, many complex “administrative” offenses authorize criminal penalties for actions that a regular person would not know are illegal.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4138, Authorize "presumptive parole": Passed 67 to 39 in the House

To require that parole be granted to prisoners who have served their minimum time if the person has a “high probability” under a "validated risk assessment instrument" of not being a risk to public safety, and also meets other criteria specified in the bill and current law, subject to a number of restrictions and exceptions.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

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