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2003 House Bill 4472

Public Act 79 of 2004

  1. Introduced by Rep. Alexander Lipsey (D) on March 27, 2003, to authorize property tax subsidies (abatements) for the Pfizer/Pharmacia Corporation. This is in response to concerns that, with the proposed purchase by Pfizer of the Pharmacia Corporation, some 8,500 Pharmacia employees in the Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor areas might be reduced or moved to other states. The bill is drafted in such a way as to only apply to this company. Specifically, it would allow local governments to exempt new equipment acquired by the company from personal property tax.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on March 27, 2003.
    • Reported in the House on May 6, 2003, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 102 to 5 in the House on May 14, 2003.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 15, 2003.
    • Referred to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on May 15, 2003.
    • Reported in the Senate on June 17, 2003, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on December 2, 2003, to clarify language in a provision contained in the bill in a way that does not change the substance of the provision. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 2, 2003.
  4. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 3, 2003, to authorize property tax subsidies (abatements) for the Pfizer/Pharmacia Corporation. This is in response to concerns that, with the proposed purchase by Pfizer of the Pharmacia Corporation, some 8,500 Pharmacia employees in the Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor areas might be reduced or moved to other states. The bill is drafted in such a way as to only apply to this company. Specifically, it would allow local governments to exempt new equipment acquired by the company from personal property tax.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 3, 2003.
  6. Passed 103 to 1 in the House on April 1, 2004, to authorize local property tax abatements by communities with Federal Mogul corporation, in conjunction with Senate Bill 824, which authorizes MEGA single business tax credits for the firm. The previous purpose of the bill, to provide subsidies to Pfizer Corporation, was accomplished by 2003 Senate Bill 540.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on April 1, 2004, to authorize local property tax abatements by communities with Federal Mogul corporation, in conjunction with Senate Bill 824, which authorizes MEGA single business tax credits for the firm. The previous purpose of the bill, to provide subsidies to Pfizer Corporation, was accomplished by 2003 Senate Bill 540. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 1, 2004.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Moved to reconsider by Sen. Beverly Hammerstrom (R) on April 1, 2004, the vote by which the Pfizer subsidy version of the bill was passed. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 1, 2004.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on April 1, 2004, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that is specifically tailored to authorize local property tax abatements by communities with Federal Mogul corporation, in conjunction with Senate Bill 824, which authorizes MEGA single business tax credits for the firm. The previous purpose of the bill, to provide subsidies to Pfizer Corporation, was accomplished by 2003 Senate Bill 540. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 1, 2004.
  8. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on April 21, 2004.

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