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May 26 Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report



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Senate Bill 249, Ban government discrimination against charter schools in property sales: Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate
To prohibit a school district or local government from refusing to sell property to a charter or private school, or taking other actions designed to keep these potential conventional public school competitors from using property for a lawful educational purpose. Prohibited actions could also include imposing deed or zoning restrictions. A number of local governments and conventional school districts have adopted such restrictions in the past
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Senate Bill 290, Increase election recount deposit requirements: Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate
To increase to $250 per precinct the deposit that a candidate must make to get an election recount if the winner’s vote margin was 5 percent or more. This relates to the actions of the 2016 Green Party presidential candidate and Democratic Party operatives after the defeat of Hillary Clinton in Michigan. These persons orchestrated a statewide recount allegedly on behalf of a Green Party candidate who received less than 2 percent of the Michigan vote.
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Senate Bill 363, Let state pay more for road salt from Michigan company: Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate
To allow the state to not buy products that are “mined” from the lowest bidder, meaning road salt purchased from the Detroit Salt Company. The state could pay up to up 8 percent more for road salt from this firm. Note: While Detroit Salt's mine is in Michigan, it is owned by a Canadian holding company.
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Senate Bill 122, Allow dogs in outdoor cafés: Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate
To permit a restaurant to allow customers’ dogs in outside dining areas. Under current law only seeing-eye and other service dogs are allowed in restaurants. Local governments could still choose to ban dogs.
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House Bill 4611, Facilitate horse race gambling by cell phone
To establish a new kind of horse race gambling license called a third party facilitator license, for persons who facilitate off-track betting on live and simulcast horseraces. This is said to facilitate using cell phones to place bets.
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House Bill 4427, Regulate access to police body camera images: Passed 108 to 0 in the House
To establish that police body camera recordings taken in a private place are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Individuals whose image is captured, owners of property seized or damaged in a crime and some others could still request a copy of the recordings subject to privacy exemptions. Police body camera recordings would have to be kept for a least 30 days, or longer if there is an related investigation.
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SOURCE: MichiganVotes.org, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. Please visit http://www.MichiganVotes.org.