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More subsidies and higher fees; knives and founding documents
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House Bill 4226, Expand technology business subsidies: Passed 33 to 4 in the Senate
To increase from three to nine the number of areas in which “certified technology parks” (previously dubbed "smart zones") are allowed to expand by creating a "satellite" zone. These entities use “tax increment financing” schemes to provide infrastructure or other subsidies to technology-based businesses.
Senate Bill 22, Increase some State Police pensions: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate
To increase the annual pension benefits to at least $16,000 for certain State Police employees who retired and were collecting pension payments as of 1986.
Senate Bill 211, Authorize uncensored public school American heritage instruction: Passed 30 to 8 in the Senate
To require public school boards to “permit” instruction and reading of “America's founding documents” including those related to the country’s “representative form of limited government, the Bill of Rights, our free-market economic system, and patriotism.” School districts would be prohibited from censoring or restraining reading that includes “religious references in original source documents, writings, speeches, proclamations, or records.”
Senate Bill 305, Preempt local knife regulations: Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate
To preempt local government ordinances or rules on the transportation, possession, carrying, sale, purchase, manufacturing, etc. of a knife or knife-making components. A similar preemption restricts local gun regulations.
Senate Bill 351, Ban divorce lawyer “ambulance chasing”: Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate
To prohibit a lawyer from soliciting business from a party to a divorce action within 21 days of its initiation, punishable by fines of $1,000, and $5,000 for subsequent violations.
House Bill 4470, Increase food business license fees: Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate
To increase various state license fees imposed on food establishments including grocery stores, warehouses, processors, etc. This is projected to extract an additional $2.5 million annually from food-related businesses.
House Bill 4470, Increase food business license fees: Passed 79 to 30 in the House
The House vote on the fee increase bill described above.
Senate Bill 69, Extend business job training subsidy program: Passed 104 to 5 in the House
To extend until 2023 the sunset on a 2008 law that authorized state job training subsidies for particular employers, provided through community colleges. Also, to revise details of a minimum wage condition on the subsidies. The House removed a provision prohibiting the beneficiary companies from also collecting certain other state subsidies and tax breaks. A Senate-passed bill would eliminate an $50 million annual debt cap on the program.
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 http://www.MichiganVotes.org.