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2013 Senate Bill 193: Appropriations: Higher Education
  1. Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 13, 2013, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Higher Education 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 25, 2013, 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, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on April 25, 2013, to not allocate a portion of each university's money on the basis of best practices "incentive" measures. The amendment failed 16 to 20 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on April 25, 2013, to not use tax revenues earmarked to the state School Aid Fund in the higher education budget, but instead use non-earmarked (general fund) 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 12 to 24 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on April 25, 2013, to use $100 million from the state "rainy day fund" to increase university spending in this budget. The amendment failed 11 to 25 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on April 25, 2013, to strip out language mandates reports from universities on their embryonic stem cell research. The amendment failed 11 to 25 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on April 25, 2013, the Senate version of the higher education budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2013. This would appropriate $1.430 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.399 billion the previous 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, but is instead 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 61 to 47 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 a House-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the bill 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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