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2014 House Bill 5610: Revise legislative journal printing detail

Public Act 357 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby (R) on May 28, 2014, to no longer require the legislature to print and bind up to 500 copies of the official House and Senate journals for the year and distribute these to members, state departments, colleges, universities, and other specified recipients. Instead, the clerk of the House and secretary of the Senate could decide how many copies to print. The journals would still have to be made available to the public on the internet.
    • Referred to the House Oversight Committee on May 28, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on June 3, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 104 to 4 in the House on June 5, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 10, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on June 10, 2014.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on September 30, 2014, to require a copy of the printed and bound journal to be given to each legislator. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 30, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on November 12, 2014, to not automatically provide a copy of the printed and bound journal to each legislator, but do give one to the Library of Michigan. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 12, 2014.
  4. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 12, 2014, to no longer require the legislature to print and bind up to 500 copies of the official House and Senate journals for the year and distribute these to members, state departments, colleges, universities, and other specified recipients. Instead, the clerk of the House and secretary of the Senate could decide how many copies to print. The journals would still have to be made available to the public on the internet, and a hard copy given to the Library of Michigan.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on November 12, 2014.
  6. Passed 106 to 3 in the House on December 2, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 9, 2014.

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