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2009 House Bill 5351: Authorize MEGA tax breaks for select "multimodal commerce" firms
  1. Introduced by Rep. David Agema (R) and Rep. Bert Johnson (D) on September 10, 2009, to authorize Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) targeted tax breaks for particular firms selected by state “economic development” appointees which are in a business related to "multimodal commerce," defined as “the movement of products, information, and services via air, roads, rail, or water”.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on September 10, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on December 3, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on December 10, 2009, 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 December 10, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on December 10, 2009, to tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 945, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 945 would authorize the creation of local “right to work zones,” where employers to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 10, 2009.
  2. Passed 87 to 21 in the House on December 10, 2009, to authorize Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) targeted tax breaks and subsidies for particular firms selected by state “economic development” appointees which are in a business related to "multimodal commerce," defined as “the movement of products, information, and services via air, roads, rail, or water”.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on January 13, 2010.
    • Referred to the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee on January 13, 2010.

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