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2009 House Bill 5599: Authorize 9-1-1 phone tax “fund raid”

Public Act 206 of 2010

  1. Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on November 12, 2009, to take $5 million each year in the current and next two fiscal years from telephone tax money levied to pay for 9-1-1 emergency phone service infrastructure, and use it instead to displace state general fund money in the State Police budget, thus avoiding the need to cut or reform other state spending. The infrastructure this phone tax was intended to create was completed several years ago and the tax was supposed to end, but was extended through 2014 in 2008. The fund this money goes into was previously "raided" in 2004, and again in 2006.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on November 12, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on September 8, 2010, with the recommendation that the amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the House on September 14, 2010, to limit the "fund raid" to two years but increase it to $7 million each year. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 14, 2010.
    • Amendment offered in the House on September 14, 2010, to return any surplus phone tax left over after this "fund raid" to the phone customers who paid it. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 14, 2010.
  2. Passed 63 to 44 in the House on September 14, 2010, to take $7 million each year in the next two fiscal years from telephone tax money levied to pay for 9-1-1 emergency phone service infrastructure, and use it instead to displace state general fund money in the State Police budget, thus avoiding the need to cut or reform other state spending. The infrastructure this phone tax was intended to create was completed several years ago and the tax was supposed to end, but was extended through 2014 in 2008. There was a previous "fund raid" on this money in 2004, and another in 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 15, 2010.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 15, 2010.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 22, 2010, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on September 22, 2010, to revise the "fund raid" amounts to $5 million in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, and $7 million in the next year's budget. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 22, 2010.
  4. Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on September 22, 2010, to take $5 million in the current fiscal year and $7 million in the next year from telephone tax money levied to pay for 9-1-1 emergency phone service infrastructure, and use it instead to displace state general fund money in the State Police budget, thus avoiding the need to cut or reform other state spending. The infrastructure this phone tax was intended to create was completed several years ago and the tax was supposed to end, but was extended through 2014 in 2008. There was a previous "fund raid" on this money in 2004, and another in 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on September 22, 2010.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Cindy Denby (R) on September 29, 2010, to close out the raided fund after this raid, and return whatever is left in it to the phone customers who paid the "fees". The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 29, 2010.
  6. Passed 64 to 41 in the House on September 29, 2010, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on October 11, 2010.

Comments

Re: 2009 House Bill 5599 (Authorize county 9-1-1 fee “fund raid” )  by suckingusdry on December 12, 2010 

 Wasn't there a bill 4 years ago or so that stated "money earmarked for a cause was only to be used for that cause and not used (stollen) for any other perpose



Re: 2009 House Bill 5599 (Authorize county 9-1-1 fee “fund raid” )  by hannah on November 14, 2010 

 as a 911 dispatcher I now understand why we are not obtaining updated equipment and/or extensive training. The money the public allocated to my profession is being taken away from us!  glad to hear the state citizens will have troopers, but who will take the calls and c that the troopers are dispatched?



Re: 2009 House Bill 5599 (Authorize county 9-1-1 fee “fund raid” )  by bapossum on September 16, 2010 

Clearly the message to voters is to never support "dedicated' or "earmarked" taxes or fees for whatever purpose, because legislators surely will "raid" (read steal) that money for their own purposes.  Please voters, just vote out all incumbents!



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