Introduced by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R) on November 10, 2011
To allow the state to enter a contract to house adult prisoners at the former Michigan youth correctional facility in Baldwin, a privately owned and managed prison whose previous contract with the state was revoked by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2005. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on November 10, 2011
Reported in the House on December 14, 2011
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on February 16, 2012
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that increases the threshold savings that would allow privatization from 5 percent to 10 percent. This substitute was defeated in favor of another that contains this and other changes. to replace the previous version of the bill with one that requires even greater savings before contracting out management of a prison. Note: Private prison management companies (like the one that formerly ran the Baldwin prison) are extremely unlikely to employ guards who belong to the state's largest prison guard union, because the terms of its contract are in large part why Michigan prisons reportedly cost more per prisoner than in other states. The prison guard union has lobbied heavily against this bill, and in favor of making it harder to privatize prisons.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on February 16, 2012
Substitute offered by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R) on February 16, 2012
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that authorizes contracting with any private prison management company, not just the one that owns the Baldwin facility.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 16, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on February 16, 2012
To require private prison management companies to provide a list of all campaign contributions before being awarded a contract.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 16, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on February 16, 2012
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5359, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5359 would prohibit giving a state contract to a vendor who has made campaign contributions in the past 12 months.