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2014 House Bill 5493: Replace per-gallon fuel tax with 6 percent wholesale tax
  1. Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on April 29, 2014, to replace the current 15 cent per gallon motor carrier fuel tax imposed on interstate truckers with a 6 percent tax on the wholesale fuel price. House Bill 5477 establishes the new rate, and this bill deletes language related to old rate, and also requires truckers to apply within 18 months for refunds of the Michigan fuel tax they paid for fuel burned in other states. This is part of a House road funding package.
    • Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 29, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on May 7, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on May 8, 2014, 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 May 8, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on May 8, 2014, to cap the total revenue from the proposed tax at the amount of revenue that would have been generated under the current per-gallon fuel taxes. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014.
  2. Passed 84 to 25 in the House on May 8, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 13, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Infrastructure Modernization Committee on May 13, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 21, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 21, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 21, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on June 11, 2014, to link the bill to Senate Joint Resolution A, which proposes a Constitutional amendment to impose a 1 percent sales tax increase that would go to roads, replacing the state motor fuel and diesel taxes. If it were adopted then this bill would not go into effect. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
  4. Failed 18 to 19 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to replace the current 15 cent per gallon motor carrier fuel tax imposed on interstate truckers with a tax on the wholesale fuel price somewhere between 7 and 17 percent per gallon. The exact rate would be specified in House Bill 5477 and was the subject of intense and incompete negotiations on the day this vote was taken.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Moved to reconsider in the Senate on June 11, 2014, the vote by which the bill was defeated. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
  6. Received in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
  7. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to replace the current 15 cent per gallon motor carrier fuel tax imposed on interstate truckers with a tax on the wholesale fuel price somewhere between 7 and 17 percent per gallon. The exact rate would be specified in House Bill 5477 and was the subject of intense and incompete negotiations on the day this vote was taken.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Received in the House on June 12, 2014.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on December 19, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that reflects the road funding deal whose main pieces are House Bill 5477 and the sales tax increase proposed by House Joint Resolution UU. For the bill to go into effect voters must approve the latter in May 5, 2015 election. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 19, 2014.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on December 19, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that reflects the road funding deal whose main pieces are House Bill 5477 and the sales tax increase proposed by House Joint Resolution UU. For the bill to go into effect voters must approve the latter in May 5, 2015 election. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 19, 2014.
  9. Passed 87 to 23 in the House on December 19, 2014, to replace the current 15 cent per gallon motor carrier fuel tax imposed on interstate truckers with a tax on the wholesale fuel price somewhere between 14.9 percent per gallon rate specified in House Bill 5477.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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