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2015 House Bill 4325: Establish overspending public school “early warning system”

Public Act 109 of 2015

Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on March 10, 2015
To establish a process by which school districts would be required to submit their budget projections and assumptions to the state each July, and require intermediate school districts to declare whether they concur with the projections and assumptions. If they did not this would trigger a detailed reporting and oversight process specified in this and related bills. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4325 to 4330 intended to create an “early warning system” for school districts with financial problems.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Financial Liability Reform Committee on March 10, 2015
Reported in the House on April 15, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. John Chirkun (D) on April 23, 2015
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on April 23, 2015
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on April 23, 2015
To exempt school districts with specified levels of surplus in their budgets from the bill's fiscal condition reporting requirements.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Pam Faris (D) on April 23, 2015
To require new school board members to receive training on public school governance and finance.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2015
Received in the Senate on April 28, 2015
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on April 28, 2015
Reported in the Senate on June 18, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-5) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on June 18, 2015
To leave it to the discretion of the state Department of Treasury whether an overspending school district would be subject to the bill's increased oversight and reporting requirements.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 18, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. David Knezek (D) on June 18, 2015
To not require the enactment of House Bills 4327 to 4332 before this bill can become law. Among other things those bills authorize withholding state funding from an overspending school district that fails to follow the procedures this bill would require.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 18, 2015
Received in the House on June 18, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on June 18, 2015
To remove one in a list of events or conditions that must be met to trigger additional state oversight of a school district.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 18, 2015
Passed 63 to 45 in the House on June 18, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, except for one change (see Poleski amendment).
Received by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on June 30, 2015
Passed 26 to 9 in the Senate on June 30, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on July 7, 2015

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