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2017 Senate Bill 704: Create structure for state tourism marketing subsidies
Introduced by Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R) on December 5, 2017
To amend and potentially expand a law that authorizes private convention and tourism bureaus in various regions to impose a hotel and motel room tax to support tourism marketing programs. The bill would require an existing state Travel Bureau and state Travel Commission, along with the director of the state agency that operates subsidy programs for business owners and developers (the Michigan Economic Development Corporation), to create a “comprehensive, long-range master plan” and annual marketing plans for this.
The bill also includes a legislative “finding” that “the expansion of the tourism industry is vital to the growth of this state's economy” and that the state “can best undertake effective tourism marketing through the coordinated efforts of existing state government agencies in tourism promotion and private convention and tourism promotional bureaus.”
This bill is part of package comprised of Senate Bills 703 to 707 that insert these same provisions into different laws that authorize private bureaus to impose a room tax on lodging facilities.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Commerce Committee on December 5, 2017
Reported in the Senate on January 18, 2018
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 28 to 8 in the Senate on September 26, 2018.
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To amend and potentially expand a law that authorizes private convention and tourism bureaus in various regions to impose a hotel and motel room tax to support tourism marketing programs. The bill would require an existing state Travel Bureau and state Travel Commission, along with the director of the state agency that operates subsidy programs for business owners and developers (the Michigan Economic Development Corporation), to create a “comprehensive, long-range master plan” and annual marketing plans for this.
The bill also includes a legislative “finding” that “the expansion of the tourism industry is vital to the growth of this state's economy” and that the state “can best undertake effective tourism marketing through the coordinated efforts of existing state government agencies in tourism promotion and private convention and tourism promotional bureaus.”
This bill is part of package comprised of Senate Bills 703 to 707 that insert these same provisions into different laws that authorize private bureaus to impose a room tax on lodging facilities.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on September 26, 2018
The vote by which the following bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 26, 2018
Received in the Senate on September 26, 2018
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 26, 2018.
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(same description)
To amend and potentially expand a law that authorizes private convention and tourism bureaus in various regions to impose a hotel and motel room tax to support tourism marketing programs. The bill would require an existing state Travel Bureau and state Travel Commission, along with the director of the state agency that operates subsidy programs for business owners and developers (the Michigan Economic Development Corporation), to create a “comprehensive, long-range master plan” and annual marketing plans for this.
The bill also includes a legislative “finding” that “the expansion of the tourism industry is vital to the growth of this state's economy” and that the state “can best undertake effective tourism marketing through the coordinated efforts of existing state government agencies in tourism promotion and private convention and tourism promotional bureaus.”
This bill is part of package comprised of Senate Bills 703 to 707 that insert these same provisions into different laws that authorize private bureaus to impose a room tax on lodging facilities
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Received in the House on September 27, 2018
Referred to the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee on September 27, 2018
Reported in the House on November 28, 2018
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.

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