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2013 Senate Bill 270: Convert 21st Century Jobs Fund from rule-based to discretionary corporate subsidies
  1. Introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons (R) on March 19, 2013, to essentially eliminate requirements that certain proportions of the money spent by a “21st Century Jobs Fund” business subsidy program go to specified actions, including the state government buying shares of particular companies or giving them loans or cash grants, a tourism industry marketing subsidy, and other so-called government ‘economic development’ spending. This and related bills would in general convert this from appearing to be a ‘rule-based’ subsidy program governed by statutory prescriptions and restrictions into one in which the political appointees on the Michigan Strategic Fund board have more discretion to give out subsidies as they choose. See also Senate Bills 269 to 272 and 278, House Bills 4481 and 4482, and 2012 Senate Bill 929, now Public Act 145 of 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development Committee on March 19, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 21, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on June 13, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 13, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on June 13, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on December 4, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
  4. Passed 83 to 25 in the House on December 18, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 18, 2014.