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2003 Senate Bill 840
  1. Introduced by Sen. Tony Stamas (R) on November 12, 2003, to establish an "Office of Small Business Czar" in the new Department of Labor and Economic Growth (LEG), which would "facilitate the creation and retention of small business jobs; implement the department's strategic plan addressing small business creation and retention in the State; coordinate all programs to create and retain small business jobs; assist small business; work to create a business environment that encourages and sustains entrepreneurship; work to empower entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the market".
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development, Small Business and Regulatory Reform Committee on November 12, 2003.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 13, 2003, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 13, 2003, to replace the previous version of the bill with one which would place the czar in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, funded by “off budget” Indian casino gambling revenue. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 13, 2003.
  2. Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on December 2, 2003, to establish an "Office of Small Business Czar" in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which would "facilitate the creation and retention of small business jobs; implement the department's strategic plan addressing small business creation and retention in the State; coordinate all programs to create and retain small business jobs; assist small business; work to create a business environment that encourages and sustains entrepreneurship; work to empower entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the market." Funding for the "Czar" would come from “off budget” Indian casino gambling revenue.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on December 2, 2003.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on December 2, 2003.
      • Reported in the House on December 10, 2003, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 58 to 47 in the House on December 10, 2003.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Vetoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 23, 2003.
  6. Received in the Senate on March 3, 2004.

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