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2005 House Bill 5354: Sell state school for the blind property

Public Act 180 of 2006

  1. Introduced by Rep. Michael Murphy (D) on October 25, 2005, to authorize the sale by the state at fair market value of the 35 acres of the former Michigan school for the blind property in Ingham county. The school was closed in 1994. The bill would give the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy right of first refusal for a limited time. This charter school presently leases part of the property. See also Senate Bill 940.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on October 25, 2005.
      • Reported in the House on February 21, 2006, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass. The substitute would assign $200,000 of the proceeds from the sale to a camp for blind children.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 27, 2006, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that would give 5 percent of the net sale revenue or $50,000, whichever is less, to the Newsline for the Blind Fund; 5 percent of the net revenue or $50,000 to support of Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville, Michigan; and the balance to the state General Fund. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 27, 2006.
  2. Passed 106 to 0 in the House on April 27, 2006, to authorize the sale by the state at fair market value of the 35 acres of the former Michigan school for the blind property in Ingham county. The school was closed in 1994. The bill would give the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy right of first refusal for a limited time. This charter school presently leases part of the property. The bill would 5 percent of the sale revenue to the Newsline for the Blind Fund; 5 percent to support of Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville, Michigan; and the balance to the state General Fund.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 2, 2006.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 2, 2006.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 24, 2006, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that would sell part of the property to the charter school and part to the Lansing housing commission for a public housing project. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 24, 2006.
  4. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 24, 2006, to authorize the sale by the state at fair market value of the 35 acres of the former Michigan school for the blind property in Ingham county, which was closed in 1994. The bill would sell 8.5 acres to the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy, a charter school that now leases part of the property, and the balance to the Lansing Housing Commission for a public housing project. Five percent of the sale revenue to the Newsline for the Blind Fund and the rest to support of Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville, Michigan.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on May 24, 2006, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which would sell part of the property to the charter school and part to the Lansing housing commission for a public housing project. Passed 106 to 0 in the House on May 24, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Motion by Rep. Chris Ward (R) on May 24, 2006, to give the bill immediate effect. The motion passed 106 to 0 in the House on May 24, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on June 6, 2006.

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