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2014 House Bill 5571: Detroit bankruptcy settlement and grant package - arts tax
  1. Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on May 8, 2014, to prohibit any extension of a Detroit regional arts tax authorized by a 2010 law and approved for 10 years in a 2012 election by voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. This property tax imposes 0.2 mills that goes to the Detroit Institute of the Arts. This is part of a legislative package consisting of House Bills 5566 to 5575 that are related to the Detroit bankruptcy and a proposed state grant to the city of $195 million, which among other things is intended to avoid the city art museum having to sell any paintings.
    • Referred to the House Detroit's Recovery and Michigan's Future Committee on May 8, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
      • Reported in the House on May 21, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 22, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on May 22, 2014, to strip out the language that potentially restricts extension of the regional arts tax. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2014.
  2. Passed 66 to 44 in the House on May 22, 2014, to potentially prohibit any extension of a Detroit regional arts tax authorized by a 2010 law and approved for 10 years in a 2012 election by voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. This property tax imposes 0.2 mills that goes to the Detroit Institute of the Arts. The prohibition would apply if ownership of the art museum is transferred to a nonprofit entity, but the tax could be renewed if the city retains ownership.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 27, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on May 27, 2014.

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