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2019 Senate Bill 152: Re-do some vetoed appropriations

Public Act 154 of 2019

Introduced by Sen. Jim Stamas (R) on February 28, 2019
To provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental school aid appropriation for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them. The bill was later used as a "vehicle" for negotiating changes to the 2019-20 state budget.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 28, 2019
Reported in the Senate on August 29, 2019
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
To provide a template or "place holder" for potential supplemental appropriation for the next fiscal year. The bill contains no appropriations, and its passage is a procedural step to facilitate enacting an eventual agreement on the state budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2019.
Received in the House on August 29, 2019
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on August 29, 2019
Substitute offered by Rep. Shane Hernandez (R) on December 4, 2019
To adopt a version of the bill that contains actual appropriations; see Dec. 4 House-passed version for details.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2019
To authorize $459.3 million in additional spending in the 2019-20 state budget, of which $177.0 million is federal money. This spending was part of the $947 million that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her line-item veto authority to remove from budgets passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. See also Senate Bill 154, which adds another $114.5 million in additional education spending, for a total of $573.8 million.
The added spending in this bill is spread across many budget line items; highlights include: $340 million in additional spending on Medicaid, various subsidies for some hospitals and medical service providers, and smaller amounts for other social welfare programs; $27 million for state "payments in lieu of taxes" to local governments; $13 million for municipal bus subsidies; $13 million for indirect subsidies to local communities in the form of State Police "secondary road patrols;" $30.9 million in prison and corrections funding; $15 million for PFAS contamination response activities; and much more.
Received in the Senate on December 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Stamas (R) on December 10, 2019
To give the legislature authority in this year's budget only to reverse fund shifts between certain line items that were made by an executive branch Administrative Board. This reflects an agreement reached between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over what the former regarded as legally questionable fund transfers.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 10, 2019
To authorize $459.3 million in additional spending in the 2019-20 state budget, of which $177.0 million is federal money. This spending was part of the $947 million that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her line-item veto authority to remove from budgets passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. See also Senate Bill 154, which adds another $114.5 million in additional education spending, for a total of $573.8 million.
As part of a deal between the Governor and legislature to finalize the budget, language was added giving the legislature authority in this year's budget only to reverse fund shifts between line items that were made by an executive branch Administrative Board.
The added spending in this bill is spread across many budget line items; highlights include: $340 million in additional spending on Medicaid, various subsidies for some hospitals and medical service providers, and smaller amounts for other social welfare programs; $27 million for state "payments in lieu of taxes" to local governments; $13 million for municipal bus subsidies; $13 million for indirect subsidies to local communities in the form of State Police "secondary road patrols;" $30.9 million in prison and corrections funding; $15 million for PFAS contamination response activities; and much more.
Importantly, a Senate amendment added language to this bill giving the legislature authority in this year's budget only to reverse fund shifts between line items that were made by an executive branch Administrative Board. The magnitude of these transfers were regarded as an obstacle to the legislature re-authorizing spending to the budget that Gov. Whitmer had line-item vetoed in an effort to gain leverage in negotiating a final budget deal; see also House Bill 5177 and Senate Bill 154.
Received in the House on December 10, 2019
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, to which was added language reflecting an agreement that gives the legislature authority in this year's budget only to reverse fund shifts between line items that were made by an executive branch Administrative Board. The magnitude of these transfers were regarded as an obstacle to the legislature re-authorizing spending to the budget that Gov. Whitmer had line-item vetoed in an effort to gain leverage in negotiating a final budget deal. See also House Bill 5176.
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on December 20, 2019

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