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2003 House Bill 5306
  1. Introduced by Rep. Judy Emmons (R) on November 13, 2003, to establish a state "Office of Manufacturing Czar" in the Department of Labor and Economic Growth (LEG), with a "czar" to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Manufacturing Czar would "devote facilitate the creation and retention of manufacturing jobs; implement the portions of LEG’s strategic plan addressing the manufacturing job creation and retention; coordinate programs to create and retain manufacturing jobs in the State; assist manufacturers in the State; work to create a business environment that encouraged and sustained manufacturing in the State; work to empower manufacturers to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the market".
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on November 13, 2003.
      • Reported in the House on December 3, 2003, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Judy Emmons (R) on December 9, 2003, to replace the previous version of the bill with one which would place the manufacturing czar in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, funded by “off budget” Indian casino gaming revenue. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 9, 2003.
  2. Passed 56 to 51 in the House on December 9, 2003, to establish a state "Office of Manufacturing Czar" in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, with a "czar" to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Manufacturing Czar would "devote facilitate the creation and retention of manufacturing jobs; implement the portions of LEG’s strategic plan addressing the manufacturing job creation and retention; coordinate programs to create and retain manufacturing jobs in the State; assist manufacturers in the State; work to create a business environment that encouraged and sustained manufacturing in the State; work to empower manufacturers 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 Senate on December 10, 2003.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development, Small Business and Regulatory Reform Committee on December 10, 2003.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 11, 2003, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on December 17, 2003, to establish a state "Office of Manufacturing Czar" in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, with a "czar" to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Manufacturing Czar would "devote facilitate the creation and retention of manufacturing jobs; implement the portions of LEG’s strategic plan addressing the manufacturing job creation and retention; coordinate programs to create and retain manufacturing jobs in the State; assist manufacturers in the State; work to create a business environment that encouraged and sustained manufacturing in the State; work to empower manufacturers 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"

  5. Vetoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on January 9, 2004.

Comments

Anonymous  by Anonymous Citizen on December 18, 2003 
The last thing that the state needs is another layer of government. All that will be accomplished is more people working for the government in Lansing, taking more of my tax money. Enough - no more government.

Rep. Bieda's "no vote comment"  by Admin003 on December 10, 2003 
Rep. Bieda, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:

"Mr. Speaker and members of the House:

I voted no on the floor substitute to HB 5306 because the executive branch is currently reviewing and revamping the MEDC and this legislation would be counter-productive in governmental attempts to address job losses in the manufacturing sector. Frankly, adding another level of governmental bureaucracy does not seem to be an appropriate nor intelligent response to the problem, especially at a time in which this state has absorbed almost three billion dollars in cuts within one calendar year."

2003 House Bill 5306  by admin on January 1, 2001 
Introduced in the House on November 13, 2003, to establish a state "Office of Manufacturing Czar" in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, with a "czar" to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Manufacturing Czar would "devote facilitate the creation and retention of manufacturing jobs; implement the portions of LEG’s strategic plan addressing the manufacturing job creation and retention; coordinate programs to create and retain manufacturing jobs in the State; assist manufacturers in the State; work to create a business environment that encouraged and sustained manufacturing in the State; work to empower manufacturers to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the market." Funding for the "Czar" would come from “off budget” Indian casino gambling revenue

The vote was 56 in favor, 51 opposed and 3 not voting

(House Roll Call 698 at House Journal 91)

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