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2011 House Bill 4874: Revise Detroit powers population threshold

Public Act 287 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D) on July 27, 2011, to revise the population threshold in a law that allows Detroit to engage in certain borrowing, and allows it to impose “special assessment” property taxes to pay private contractors for snow removal, mosquito abatement, and security services. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by granting certain privileges or exemptions to “a city with a population greater than 1 million,” later revised to 900,000, and then 750,000. This bill changes that to 600,000.
    • Referred to the House Local, Intergovernmental, and Regional Affairs Committee on July 27, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on December 8, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on December 8, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 8, 2011.
  2. Passed 107 to 0 in the House on December 8, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 13, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on December 13, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 14, 2011, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on December 14, 2011, to revise the population threshold in a law that allows Detroit to engage in certain borrowing, and allows it to impose “special assessment” property taxes to pay private contractors for snow removal, mosquito abatement, and security services. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by granting certain privileges or exemptions to “a city with a population greater than 1 million,” later revised to 900,000, and then 750,000. This bill changes that to 600,000.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on December 14, 2011, the vote by which the following bill was passed, so Senators who missed the first vote can vote. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 14, 2011.
  6. Received in the Senate on December 14, 2011, to revise the population threshold in a law that allows Detroit to engage in certain borrowing, and allows it to impose “special assessment” property taxes to pay private contractors for snow removal, mosquito abatement, and security services. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by granting certain privileges or exemptions to “a city with a population greater than 1 million,” later revised to 900,000, and then 750,000. This bill changes that to 600,000. Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on December 14, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 19, 2011.

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