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2003 House Bill 4820

Public Act 299 of 2003

  1. Introduced by Rep. Chris Ward (R) on June 10, 2003, to require school board elections to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in either May or November, and consolidate school bond and millage elections to one of the four days on which all elections would be held in the state, as proposed in House Bills 4821 and 4824. The bill would also require all school elections to take place in the same polling places as other types of elections, and be run by municipal or county election officials, with the same absentee voter and other procedures as all other elections. See also House Bill 4824 and Senate Bill 877.
    • Referred to the House Local Government and Urban Policy Committee on June 10, 2003.
    • Reported in the House on June 17, 2003, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. John Pappageorge (R) on June 19, 2003, to reguire school elections to be held on November general elections days and revise the proposed procedures for filling school board vacancies. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 19, 2003.
  2. Passed 73 to 33 in the House on June 19, 2003.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 24, 2003.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations and Reform Committee on June 24, 2003.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 11, 2003, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 11, 2003, to replace the previous version of the bill with one which incorporates technical changes and which accomodates Senate Bill 877, which sets the rules for the school "floater" election date. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 11, 2003.
  4. Passed 30 to 8 in the Senate on December 11, 2003, to require school board elections to be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in either May or November, and consolidate school bond and millage elections to one of the four days on which all elections would be held in the state, as proposed in House Bills 4821 and 4824. The bill would also require all school elections, including intermediate school district (ISD) elections, to take place in the same polling places as other types of elections, and be run by municipal or county election officials, with the same absentee voter and other procedures as all other elections. Schools could also hold one annual special election on a Tuesday "floater" date as specified in Senate Bill 877. The bill is part of an election consolidation and reform package comprised of House Bills 4820 to 4828, and Senate Bill 877.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 16, 2003.
  6. Passed 86 to 22 in the House on December 18, 2003, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on January 8, 2004.

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