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

Public Act 206 of 2010

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.   Official Text and Analysis.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Passed 64 to 41 in the House on September 29, 2010 To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on October 11, 2010

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