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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.

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