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2006 House Bill 5744: Ban government discrimination against non-union assisted living facilities
  1. Introduced by Rep. Bruce Caswell (R) on February 22, 2006, to prohibit administrative rules and regulations, or exceptions to them, from being imposed on assisted living facilities, if the rules discriminate by applying different criteria for enforcement based on whether the employees of a facility are unionized. The Granholm administration has begun the process of imposing such a rule, which reportedly was proposed by the American Federal of State, City and Municipal Employers (AFSCME) union. If imposed the rule would impact 5,000 providers of long term care services for the mentally ill and others, many of which are very small facilities (such as residential group homes).
    • Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on February 22, 2006.
      • Reported in the House on February 28, 2006, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 1, 2006, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 1, 2006.
  2. Passed 56 to 45 in the House on March 2, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 7, 2006.
    • Referred to the Senate Families and Human Services Committee on March 7, 2006.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 8, 2006, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on March 8, 2006, to prohibit administrative rules and regulations, or exceptions to them, from being imposed on assisted living facilities, if the rules discriminate by applying different criteria for enforcement based on whether the employees of a facility are unionized. The Granholm administration has begun the process of imposing such a rule, which reportedly was proposed by the American Federal of State, City and Municipal Employers (AFSCME) union. If imposed the rule would impact 5,000 providers of long term care services for the mentally ill and others, many of which are very small facilities (such as residential group homes).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Vetoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on March 23, 2006.

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