Passed 25 to 10 in the Senate on November 3, 2011, to allow and specify procedures for two or more local governments (but not the state) to enter partnership authorities to provide particular government services; and allow an authority to impose up to 5 mills of property taxes, but only if the government bodies and voters in each jurisdiction separately approve these, and subject to statutory and constitutional caps (Headlee amendment) on each local jurisdiction’s property tax rates. An authority could supersede conflicting local ordinances, but not state statutes. The decision to enter such a partnership would not be subject to referendum. Each local government’s employee union could bargain over the terms of employment of transferred employees.
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The vote was 25 in favor, 10 against, and 3 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 652)
Authorize local government consolidated service authorities
|Booher (R)||Brandenburg (R)||Casperson (R)||Caswell (R)||Emmons (R)|
|Green (R)||Hansen (R)||Hildenbrand (R)||Hune (R)||Jansen (R)|
|Jones (R)||Kahn (R)||Kowall (R)||Marleau (R)||Meekhof (R)|
|Moolenaar (R)||Nofs (R)||Pappageorge (R)||Pavlov (R)||Proos (R)|
|Richardville (R)||Robertson (R)||Rocca (R)||Schuitmaker (R)||Walker (R)|
|Anderson (D)||Gleason (D)||Gregory (D)||Hopgood (D)||Hunter (D)|
|Johnson (D)||Smith (D)||Warren (D)||Whitmer (D)||Young (D)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS WHO DID NOT VOTE
|Bieda (D)||Colbeck (R)||Hood (D)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES
|n Anderson (D)||- Bieda (D)||Y Booher (R)||Y Brandenburg (R)||Y Casperson (R)|
|Y Caswell (R)||- Colbeck (R)||Y Emmons (R)||n Gleason (D)||Y Green (R)|
|n Gregory (D)||Y Hansen (R)||Y Hildenbrand (R)||- Hood (D)||n Hopgood (D)|
|Y Hune (R)||n Hunter (D)||Y Jansen (R)||n Johnson (D)||Y Jones (R)|
|Y Kahn (R)||Y Kowall (R)||Y Marleau (R)||Y Meekhof (R)||Y Moolenaar (R)|
|Y Nofs (R)||Y Pappageorge (R)||Y Pavlov (R)||Y Proos (R)||Y Richardville (R)|
|Y Robertson (R)||Y Rocca (R)||Y Schuitmaker (R)||n Smith (D)||Y Walker (R)|
|n Warren (D)||n Whitmer (D)||n Young (D)|
Senate Roll Call 652 on 2011 Senate Bill 8
I don't see a need for this Bill. It is my understanding that these partnerships are legal to do now. There are sections that are very worrisome; that take power away from the voters. Here are a few:
Sec. 11. A contract enteered into pursuant to this act may not be the basis for the recall f any elected officicial as provided under the Michigan election law, 1954 PA 116, MCL 168.1 to 168.992
Sec 10. A contract entered into pursuant to this act shall not by subject to referendum under any local charter provision or local ordinance.
Sec. 9. Except as otherwise provided in this section, if any provision of this act conflicts with any other statute of this state, any promulgated rule of any agancy of this state, any local charter provision, or any local ordinance, the provisions of this act shal control.
No taxpayer in their right mind would agree to give up their power as a voter for this lousy piece of legislation. It's soft-tyranny at best and has no place anywhere on US soil.