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2013 Senate Bill 665: Transfer state Capitol upkeep to new commission

Public Act 240 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on November 6, 2013, to create a commission to employ a manager and staff who would take over the functions of maintaining, restoring and improving the state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site.” The bill would also create a statutory “fund” (account) to hold money for these purposes, but does not itself appropriate or earmark any specific revenue. Currently, these functions are generally performed by an existing staff using annual appropriations that are not mandated by statute.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on November 6, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 13, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 13, 2013.
  2. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to require the legislature to create a commission to employ a manager and staff that would take over the functions of maintaining, restoring and improving the state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site.” The bill would also require appointment of a “capitol architect” and create several statutory “funds” (accounts) to hold money for these purposes, but does not itself appropriate or earmark any specific revenue. Currently, these functions are generally performed by an existing staff using annual appropriations that are not mandated by statute.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 14, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on November 14, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on December 3, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on December 10, 2013, to revise details of the commission membership, among other things requiring one of two members appointed by the governor to have "expertise and experience in historic preservation". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 10, 2013.
  4. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 11, 2013, to create a commission to employ a manager and staff who would take over the functions of maintaining, restoring and improving the state Capitol building, grounds and parking as a “historic site.” The bill would also create a statutory “fund” (account) to hold money for these purposes, but does not itself appropriate or earmark any specific revenue. Currently, these functions are generally performed by an existing staff using annual appropriations that are not mandated by statute.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 11, 2013.
  6. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 21, 2013.

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