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2017 Senate Bill 148: Appropriations: Department of Transportation
Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 9, 2017 To provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Department of Transportation 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 9, 2017
Reported in the Senate on April 25, 2017 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on May 3, 2017 To add some $100 "placeholder" line items for spending proposals that are still being worked out.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on May 4, 2017 To allocate $14.7 million to a particular rail grade separation project.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on May 4, 2017
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on May 4, 2017 To earmark reductions from Gov. Rick Snyder's executive budget recommendation that have been adopted by Senate to road spending. Reportedly the reductions are intended to make room in the budget for either a tax cut or school pension reform.
The amendment failed 18 to 19 in the Senate on May 4, 2017.
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Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on May 4, 2017.
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The Senate version of the Department of Transportation budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2017. This would appropriate $4.347 billion in gross spending, of which $1.340 billion is federal money. $185 million of this budget goes to pay the debt on money borrowed by the previous two administrations to spend more on repair and maintenance projects during their tenure.
Received in the House on May 4, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Laura Cox (R) on May 17, 2017 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that contains no appropriations; see House-passed bill for an explanation.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 17, 2017
Passed 63 to 44 in the House on May 17, 2017.
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To send the bill back to the Senate "stripped" of all actual appropriations, leaving it as a "template" or "placeholder." This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The House has actually passed its version of the full budget in two "omnibus" bills, House Bills 4313 and 4323.
Received in the Senate on May 18, 2017
Received in the Senate on June 22, 2017

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