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2008 House Bill 5972: Authorize tax break for electronic silicon company

Public Act 263 of 2008

  1. Introduced by Rep. Andy Coulouris (D) on April 10, 2008, to grant a business tax break based on the price it pays for electricity to the Hemlock Semiconductor company and perhaps other producers of polycrystalline silicon used in solar cells and semiconductor chips. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 5524, which would end electric power provider competition in Michigan.
    • Referred to the House Energy and Technology Committee on April 10, 2008.
      • Reported in the House on April 17, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 17, 2008, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2008.
  2. Passed 107 to 0 in the House on April 17, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 22, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee on April 22, 2008.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 26, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 26, 2008.
      • Amendment offered in the Senate on June 26, 2008.
    • The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 26, 2008, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described, and which also removes the tie-bar to House Bill 5524, which would end electric power provider competition in Michigan.
  4. Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on June 26, 2008, to grant a business tax break based on the price it pays for electricity to the Hemlock Semiconductor company and perhaps other producers of polycrystalline silicon used in solar cells and semiconductor chips.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 26, 2008.
  6. Passed 105 to 0 in the House on June 28, 2008, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on August 6, 2008.

Comments

"no vote explanation"  by Admin003 on June 27, 2008 


Senator Cassis, under her constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of House Bill Nos. 5972, 5973, and 5976.

Senator Cassis’ statement is as follows:

House Bill No. 5972, House Bill No. 5973, and House Bill No. 5976 represent the largest legislative give-away to one global, extremely prosperous manufacturer of polycrystalline silicon, used in the making of solar cells and semiconductor microchips. The name of the company is Hemlock Semiconductor. At a minimum of $311 million to approximately $357 million, these refundable Michigan business tax credits will be subsidized by Michigan taxpayers, leaving a significant deficit in the General Fund in the years 2012 through 2023.

Considering the state of all our businesses in Michigan that could certainly be helped with broad-based tax relief, giving so much to one company is unprecedented. For these reasons, I oppose these bills.


2008 House Bill 5972 (Authorize tax break for electronic silicon company )  by admin on January 1, 2001 
Introduced in the House on April 10, 2008, to grant a business tax break based on the price it pays for electricity to the Hemlock Semiconductor company and perhaps other producers of polycrystalline silicon used in solar cells and semiconductor chips. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 5524, which would end electric power provider competition in Michigan

The vote was 107 in favor, 0 opposed and 3 not voting

(House Roll Call 293 at House Journal 35)

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