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2009 Senate Bill 818: Authorize more electric car battery maker subsidies

Public Act 241 of 2009

Introduced by Sen. Bill Hardiman (R) on September 15, 2009
To revise references in the Michigan Business Tax law so as to reflect the merger of the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources. This is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 806 to 824 which would amend various public acts so as to (re)combine the two departments. The bill was subsequently used as a "vehicle" to authorize new electric car battery maker tax breaks and subsidies.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 15, 2009
Reported in the Senate on November 18, 2009
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Received in the House on December 2, 2009
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on December 2, 2009
Substitute offered by Rep. Ed Clemente (D) on December 17, 2009
To use the bill as a "vehicle" (along with House Bill 5469) to authorize a total of up to $120 million in subsidies for three electric car battery makers, and establishes eligibility criteria and production benchmarks for these. The maximum subsidy for any one of the firms would be $78 million. The bill also revises details in previous authorizations of other business subsidies, including four $100 million battery maker subsidies.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 17, 2009
Passed 98 to 4 in the House on December 17, 2009.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To authorize (along with House Bill 5469) a total of up to $120 million in subsidies for three electric car battery makers, Ford, GM and a German company called "Fortu." The maximum subsidy for any one of the firms would be $78 million, with the amount determined by certain specified production and investment benchmarks, and revise details of certain other business subsidy programs.
Received in the Senate on December 17, 2009
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which along with House Bill 5469, would authorize a total of up to $120 million in subsidies for three electric car battery makers, Ford, GM and a German company called "Fortu".
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on January 8, 2010

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