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2013 House Bill 5072: Change scenic road PR label

Public Act 445 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on October 10, 2013, to change the label applied to roads deemed by a 1993 law to be “heritage routes” because of their scenic, recreational, or historic associations, instead calling them “Pure Michigan Byways”.   Full Text and Analysis.
    • Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on October 10, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 29, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on March 26, 2014, to require Department of Transportation to get permission from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation agency to use the "Pure Michigan" trademark.
      1. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 26, 2014, to require Department of Transportation to get permission from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation agency to use the "Pure Michigan" trademark.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on March 26, 2014, to require the proposed signs to also disclose the amount of cash subsidies and selective tax breaks the state paid to corporations and developers through its "economic development" programs, with the information posted in the same sized font.
      1. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 26, 2014, to require the proposed signs to also disclose the amount of cash subsidies and selective tax breaks the state paid to corporations and developers through its "economic development" programs, with the information posted in the same sized font.
    1. Passed 105 to 3 in the House on March 27, 2014, to change the label applied to roads deemed by a 1993 law to be “heritage routes” because of their scenic, recreational, or historic associations, instead calling them “Pure Michigan Byways”.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"
  2. Received in the Senate on April 22, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on April 22, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 1, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    1. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 16, 2014, to change the label applied to roads deemed by a 1993 law to be “heritage routes” because of their scenic, recreational, or historic associations, instead calling them “Pure Michigan Byways”.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"
  3. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 27, 2014.

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