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2012 Senate Bill 955: Appropriations: Higher Education
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 14, 2012 To provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Higher Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 14, 2012
Reported in the Senate on April 24, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on April 25, 2012 To adopt a version of this budget that expresses the fiscal and policy preferences of the Republican-majority in the House on various spending items and programs.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 25, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on April 26, 2012 To increase higher education spending by $224 million.
The amendment failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on April 26, 2012 To eliminate provisions making some university funding contingent on meeting certain performance goals.
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on April 26, 2012 To strip out a provision requiring universities to report on efforts "to accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs of students enrolled in accredited counseling degree programs".
The amendment failed 10 to 27 in the Senate on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on April 26, 2012 To not use tax revenues earmarked to the state School Aid Fund in next year's higher education budget, but instead use non-earmarked revenue. Although the state constitution explicitly authorizes using SAF money for higher education, the public school establishment contends that the 1994 Proposal A initiative earmarking a sales tax increase to the SAF means it can only be used for K-12 schools.
The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on April 26, 2012
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on April 26, 2012 The Senate version of the Fiscal higher education budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2012. This would appropriate $1.400 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.36 billion the previous year. The Senate significantly watered down "incentive grant" criteria proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, which would have made some funding contigent on degree completions; number of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health degrees; and number of students receiving Pell Grants. The Senate kept a tuition restraint restraint provision, but reduced the amount of extra money for schools that meet its proposed 3.5 percent cap on increases.
Received in the House on April 26, 2012
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 26, 2012
Substitute offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on May 2, 2012 To strip out all of the appropriations of the Senate-passed version of the bill, which is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 2, 2012
Passed 63 to 47 in the House on May 2, 2012 To send the bill back to the Senate "stripped" of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
Received in the Senate on May 3, 2012
Failed 0 to 38 in the Senate on May 3, 2012 To concur with the House-passed version of the budget. The vote sends the bill to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences.
Received in the Senate on June 5, 2012
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on June 5, 2012 The House-Senate conference report for the Higher Education budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. The bill appropriates $1.399 billion for state universities, compared to $1.364 billion the previous year. Of this, $97 million is federal money, and the rest comes for state taxes and fees. An identical version of this budget was pasted into House Bill 5372, which is the version to be sent to the Governor and signed into law.
Received in the House on June 5, 2012

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