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2013 Senate Bill 182: Appropriations: K-12 School Aid budget
  1. Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on February 13, 2013, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2013-2014 K-12 School Aid budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 13, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 23, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 24, 2013, to adopt a version of this budget that expresses the fiscal and policy preferences of the Republican-majority in the Senate on various spending details. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on April 24, 2013, to add $83.2 million in spending for school district "technology improvements" related to proposed "computer adaptive" tests, with the money coming from the state rainy day fund. The amendment failed 14 to 22 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on April 24, 2013, to not use tax revenues earmarked to the state School Aid Fund in the university and community college budgets, 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 18 to 18 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on April 24, 2013, to strip out a provision increasing the amount of online courses students could take in public schools. The amendment failed 11 to 24 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on April 24, 2013, to strip out a provision allocating $46 million to districts on the basis of their adopting certain specified "best practices," and instead distribute the money on a per-pupil basis. The amendment failed 18 to 16 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on April 24, 2013, to strip out a provision authorizing a technology-based certification program in collaboration with a private information technology company. The amendment passed 26 to 8 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on April 24, 2013, to eliminate use of a "blended" pupil count formula that bases school district grants partly on the number of students they had in the previous school year. The amendment failed 10 to 24 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on April 24, 2013, to strip out $18 million proposed for adopting "computer adaptive" tests, and use this to increase spending on adult education programs. The amendment failed 12 to 23 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Moved to reconsider by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on April 24, 2013, the vote by which the fifth set of amendments offered by Senator Hopgood were not adopted. The motion failed 12 to 23 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on April 24, 2013, to tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 295, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 290 would allow school districts to use a “sinking fund” property tax of up to 5 mills to buy or fix school buses, computers and software, or security equipment. The amendment failed 14 to 22 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on April 24, 2013, to revise funding related to "catching up" on unfunded liabilities in school employee pension system. The amendment essentially distributes "catch up" money to districts on the basis of their payroll, rather than giving individual school districts higher per-pupil foundation grants using a formula that would allocate more for lower-spending districts. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on April 24, 2013, to strip out a provision allocating more money to lower-spending school districts. A related amendment allocates more money to districts on the basis of payroll, and in intended to mitigate higher pension costs. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on April 24, 2013, to increase funding for districts with a higher proportion of students from low income households. The amendment failed 14 to 22 in the Senate on April 24, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on April 24, 2013, the Senate version of the K-12 school aid budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2013. It would appropriate $13.225 billion for K-12 public schools, compared to $12.944 billion this year.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 25, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 25, 2013.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on May 14, 2013, to adopt a version of the budget that contains no appropriations, intended to launch negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2013.
  4. Passed 60 to 48 in the House on May 15, 2013, 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on May 16, 2013.
  6. Failed 0 to 38 in the Senate on May 16, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the measure to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on June 5, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 5, 2013.

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