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2012 House Bill 5705: Use Detroit utility tax money for streetlights instead of police

Public Act 393 of 2012

Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on May 30, 2012 To allow revenue from a Detroit utility tax originally intended pay for police officers to instead be used to pay for the streetlights provided by the municipal lighting authority proposed by House Bill 5688.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Local, Intergovernmental, and Regional Affairs Committee on May 30, 2012
Reported in the House on May 31, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on June 7, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Substitute offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on June 7, 2012 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Durhal, III (D) on June 7, 2012 To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 970 and House Bill 5688, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those ones do also. Those bills would increase the Detroit city income tax and create a Detroit streetlight authority, respectively.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on June 7, 2012 To require Detroit to pay $12.5 million annually to its streetligt department.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012
Passed 92 to 14 in the House on June 7, 2012 To allow $12.5 million in annual revenue from a Detroit utility tax originally intended pay for police officers to instead be used to pay for the streetlights provided by the municipal lighting authority proposed by House Bill 5688. This bill also requires passage of another one (Senate Bill 970) which would allow Detroit to raise its city income tax to 3.0 percent for residents and 1.5 percent for non-residents who work in the city.
Received in the Senate on June 12, 2012
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on June 12, 2012
Reported in the Senate on June 13, 2012 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on June 14, 2012 To strip out a section that removes from this statute some obsolete language unrelated to this bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 14, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on June 14, 2012 To require enactment of bills allowing suspension of a required decrease in the city income, and another creating a proposed Detroit streelight authority (Senate Bill 970 and House Bill 5688) before this bill can go into effect.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on September 12, 2012
Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on December 4, 2012 To allow $12.5 million in annual revenue from a Detroit utility tax originally intended pay for police officers to instead be used to pay debt service on money borrowed for streetlight repairs (see House Bill 5688). This bill also requires passage of another one (Senate Bill 970) which would allow Detroit to suspend a required city income tax reduction until the new streetlight debt is paid off.
Received in the House on December 4, 2012
Passed 61 to 48 in the House on December 13, 2012 To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 19, 2012

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