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85%Emmons, Judy  (term)R ×××××××
83%Brandenburg, Jack  (term)R ×××X×××××
81%Hune, Joe  (term)R ×××××××××
81%Pavlov, Phil  (term)R ×××××××××
81%Robertson, David  (term)R ××××X×××××
79%Green, Michael  (term)R ××××××XX×XXX××
79%Marleau, Jim  (term)R ×XXXX××X××××××
79%Schuitmaker, Tonya  (term)R ××××××X××××
79%Casperson, Tom  (term)R ××××××XX×XX××XX
77%Kowall, Mike  (term)R ×××××××××××
77%MacGregor, Peter  (term)R ×××××××××××
77%Proos, John  (term)R ×××××××××××
75%Booher, Darwin  (term)R ××××××××××××
75%Hildenbrand, Dave  (term)R ××××××××××××
75%Meekhof, Arlan  (term)R ××××××××××××
74%Hansen, Goeff  (term)R ×××××××X×××××
74%Shirkey, Mike  (term)R ×××××X×××××××
74%Stamas, Jim  (term)R ××××××××X××××
73%Nofs, Mike  (term)R ×××××××××××××
72%Knollenberg, Marty  (term)R ×××××X××××××××
67%Horn, Kenneth  (term)R ××××××××××××××××
67%Schmidt, Wayne  (term)R ××××××××××××××××
60%O'Brien, Margaret  (term)R ×××××××××××××××××××
58%Jones, Rick  (term)R ××××××××××××××××××××
58%Zorn, Dale W.  (term)R ××××××××××××××××××××
30%Rocca, Tory  (term)R ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××X
19%Ananich, Jim  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××
19%Knezek, David  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××
17%Hertel, Curtis, Jr.  (term)D ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××
16%Conyers, Ian  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××X××XX××X×××××X
13%Hollier, Adam  (term)D ××××××××××××××××××××
13%Gregory, Vincent  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××X××××××××××××
12%Hopgood, Hoon-Yung  (term)D XX××X×××××××××××××××××××××XX×××××××××X×××××
9%Young, Coleman, II  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××X×××××××X××××
8%Bieda, Steve  (term)D ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××
2%Hood, Morris, III  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××
0%Johnson, Bert  (term)D ×XX×
0%Warren, Rebekah  (term)D ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××

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F Chamber failed to hold vote,  E Excused,  X Not Voting,  
? Ideal Vote not set,   No vote in this chamber


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House Bill 5907: Cyber Schools
[Require schools notify student of college credit testing opportunities] to require public schools to notify students in eighth grade and above each year about opportunities to take examinations that let them earn college credits
   • Senate Roll Call 1061 on December 21, 2018.

Senate Bill 1205: MESSA Data
[Increase MESSA and other school insurance claims data disclosures] to establish that public employers with 50 or more employees in a health insurance plan (instead of 100 employees under current law) would have to be provided by the insurer with claims utilization and cost information in an electronic, spreadsheet compatible format useful for comparison shopping; and also revise the information that must be included in these reports. This is likely targeted at the MESSA insurance subsidiary of the state's largest teachers union (the MEA), which administers insurance sold to many school districts
   • Senate Roll Call 1064 on December 21, 2018.

House Bill 5385: Speed Limits
to potentially allow speed limits greater than the current 25 miles per hour on a through-highway that passes through a subdivision, or in a subdivision that is not zoned residential
   • Senate Roll Call 1039 on December 21, 2018.

House Bill 6595: Ballot Proposals
to impose additional rules and restrictions on petition gathering for constitutional amendments, initiatives, and referendums. Not more than 10 percent of signatures could come from one of Michigan’s current 14 congressional districts; petitions would have to have a brief summary of the proposal; paid petition gatherers would have to sign an affidavit that indicates this; and petitions on which the circulator provided his or her wrong address would be invalidated
   • Senate Roll Call 1046 on December 21, 2018.

Senate Bill 1211: Wetlands bill
[Revise restrictions on owners of property deemed “wetland”] to revise many rule and process details related to enforcement of restrictions imposed on owners of property deemed to be a wetland. The bill is said to give state officials less discretion in interpreting regulations in a way that restricts use or subjects landowners to sanctions. Among other things it would authorize damage awards to property owners harmed by such actions unless the state demonstrated that its position was "substantially justifiable"
   • Senate Roll Call 1055 on December 21, 2018.

House Bill 4926: Internet gambling
to repeal a state ban on internet gambling. House Bill 4927 repeals the ban, and this bill establishes a comprehensive regulatory and licensure regime for internet gambling companies, with a 10 percent tax on their gross revenue, a $200,000 application fee and a $100,000 annual license fee
   • Senate Roll Call 1018 on December 20, 2018.

Senate Bill 1244: Hazardous Chemicals
to revise some rule and process details related to regulations on hazardous substance cleanups. The bill is said to give state officials less discretion in interpreting regulations in a way that subjects regulated persons to sanctions. Among other things, the bill would require regulators to base cleanup standards for various chemicals on federal toxicity values
   • Senate Roll Call 921 on December 19, 2018.

House Bill 6122: Sugar Beets
to increase the allowable moisture content of soil washed from sugar beets in a law that exempts this from regulations on “solid waste”
   • Senate Roll Call 929 on December 19, 2018.

House Bill 4474: Carrying On National Guard property
to permit an individual licensed to carry a concealed pistol, or who is exempt from licensure, to carry one on Michigan National Guard property. This places in statute what is already
   • Senate Roll Call 1038 on December 21, 2018.

Senate Bill 100: State pays in lawsuit
[Ease restrictions on cost and fee awards in lawsuits against the state] to remove certain restrictions on a person who successfully sues the state also collecting “costs and fees” in addition to any court-ordered damage awards, with some exceptions. Under current law, the winning plaintiff must prove a state agency's position was "frivolous" to collect costs and fees. The bill would instead require the state provide clear and convincing evidence that its position was justifiable. It would eliminate a provision that than prohibits these damage awards if the plaintiff's net worth exceeds $500,000, own a business worth more than $3.0 million, or employs more than 250 people
   • Senate Roll Call on December 19, 2018.

House Bill 5634: Tinted Windows
[Repeal car tinted glass and 'fuzzy dice' restrictions] to repeal or reduce restrictions on vehicle side window tinting and obstruction of driver's vision (including hanging novelties like fuzzy dice from the rear view mirror)
   • Senate Roll Call 891 on December 18, 2018.

House Bill 6465: Ballast Water
[Adopt Coast Guard ballast water discharge permit standards] to make compliance with the U.S. Coast Guard standards for ballast water discharges from oceangoing vessels sufficient to get a requried state permit. Michigan adopted its own permit requirement and standards in 2006, which was before the Coast Guard finalized theirs in 2012
   • Senate Roll Call 866 on December 18, 2018.

House Bill 5526: A-F
to require the Department of Education to develop a system that assigns each public school building a series of letter grades between A and F based on different academic measures, including success and growth rates on the state’s math and reading tests, as indicated by specific metrics the department would determine. Also, schools would be assigned ratings based on their statewide rankings compared to other schools on student absenteeism, proportion of students who take state assessment tests, and performance of socio-economic different subgroups compared to their peers in other schools
   • Senate Roll Call 838 on December 18, 2018.

House Bill 5025: Detroit Income Tax
[Authorize state enforcement of Detroit tax disputes] to subtract a person’s business-related Detroit income tax liabilities from state income tax refunds, pursuant to the dispute resolution and collection procedures proposed by House Bill 4618
   • Senate Roll Call 799 on December 13, 2018.

Senate Bill 1258: Recreational Passports
to require a person to "opt out" of paying the optional state park "passport" surcharge that is attached to annual vehicle registration (license plate) renewals, meaning the default would be "opt in" and a person who doesn’t want to pay must actively choose not to. Under current law “opt out” is the default, and a person has to affirm they want to pay the extra. See also House Bill 6125, which would require having paid the fee to park at trailhead or forest campgrounds; under current law this applies only to state parks
   • Senate Roll Call 820 on December 13, 2018.

House Bill 5017: "Cyberbullying” crime
to create a crime of “cyberbullying” another person, with sanctions ranging from 93 days in jail and a $500 fine for a first offense to 10 years if the action causes an individual’s death. The bill defines “cyberbully" as using a computer network, or a telecommunications system with the intention to intimidate, frighten, harass or cause emotional distress to another person. Similar bills and laws apply to minors and students but this one applies to everyone
   • Senate Roll Call 816 on December 13, 2018.

House Bill 5962: No Locals Occupational
[Preempt local government occupational licensure mandates] to extend to counties the ban proposed by House Bill 5955 on local governments imposing new licensure mandates on individuals seeking to earn a living in a particular occupation where the state already imposes its own licensure mandate on that occupation
   • Senate Roll Call 782 on December 13, 2018.

Senate Bill 1197: Mackinac Tunnel
[Authorize Straits of Mackinac pipeline and utility tunnel] to create a new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority governed by a three member board appointed by the governor with the duty of entering into agreements for the construction, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning of a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac, which among other things would contain a controversial oil pipeline. This is contingent on Gov. Rick Snyder finalizing a deal that has been in the works with Enbridge, the current oil pipeline owner, by the end of 2018
   • Senate Roll Call 680 on December 5, 2018.

Senate Bill 396: Logging Trucks
to permit logging equipment to operate on the shoulder of a highway, revise seasonal road load limits and add a provision allowing the road shoulder operation, and permit counties to require a performance bond from a logging operation doing this
   • Senate Roll Call 657 on December 4, 2018.

Senate Bill 1198: Telemedicine abortions

   • Senate Roll Call 633 on November 29, 2018.

Senate Bill 1191: The Trees

   • Senate Roll Call 615 on November 29, 2018.

Senate Bill 1017: Open And Obvious
[Revise required “standard of care” definition for lawsuits] to revise the standard of care that is owed to private property “invitees and licensees” as defined in the bill for purposes of establishing tort lawsuit claims against an owner. An owner would owe visitors a level of “ordinary care” to protect an invitee from risks attached to conditions of the property if the risk of harm is unreasonable, if the owner knew or should have known this, and if the owner did not give warning. Beyond this, owners would not be liable risks that are "open and obvious" to a visitor. The bill is said to codify in statute what is already standard practice in Michigan courts
   • Senate Roll Call 625 on November 29, 2018.

Senate Bill 1175: Paid Leave Re-do

   • Senate Roll Call 605 on November 28, 2018.

Senate Bill 796: Union Leave Time
[Ban schools and local governments paying union officials to do union work] to prohibit the state and local governments including public schools from carrying union officials on their payroll for doing union work, on either a full time or part time basis. Under these so-called “release time” arrangements many public school districts pay a local union official a full time teacher's salary and benefits even though the individual does not teach or perform any other educational functions
   • Senate Roll Call 600 on November 27, 2018.

Senate Bill 706: Tourism Is Important

   • Senate Roll Call 571 on September 26, 2018.

House Bill 5377: Presumptive Parole

   • Senate Roll Call 560 on September 5, 2018.

Senate Bill 653: Environmental Appeal Board

   • Senate Roll Call 533 on June 12, 2018.

House Bill 5985: Indigent Defense Commission Fix

   • Senate Roll Call 444 on June 12, 2018.

Senate Bill 897: Medicaid Work Requirements

   • Senate Roll Call 411 on June 7, 2018.

Senate Bill 787: No-Fault Amendment

   • Senate Roll Call 432 on June 7, 2018.

Legislative Initiative Petition 2: Repeal prevailing wage
to repeal the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to contractors who submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on union pay scales that local union officials represent as prevalent in a particular area
   • Senate Roll Call 409 on June 6, 2018.

House Bill 4360: No vehicle storage lots
to prohibit local governments, law enforcement agencies, and universities from opening a new motor vehicle storage facility. Instead they would have to contract with private vendors. Current facilities would be grandfathered
   • Senate Roll Call 402 on June 6, 2018.

Senate Bill 839: Mining Rules
to establish streamlined procedures and timetables for a mining company getting restrictions in its state operating permit revised, with many exceptions. This would specifically apply to the process state authorities use to determine that a permit amendment does not “result in environmental impacts that are materially increased or different” from those specified in the original permit. Among other things this refers to allowing a permittee “to relocate, reconfigure, or modify surface or underground facilities, buildings, or equipment, other than a tailings basin or a stockpile”
   • Senate Roll Call 175 on March 22, 2018.

House Bill 5669: Local IDs for voting
to place in statute a definition of “identification for election purposes,” including a list of specific forms of personal identification that meet the criteria
   • Senate Roll Call 212 on April 18, 2018.

Senate Bill 727: Teaching Certificates
to revise a detail of a law that lets an individual get an interim teaching certificate if among other things he or she is taking a training program deemed to be the equivalent of at least 12 college credit hours. The bill would retain a requirement that the program have a “proven record of producing successful teachers,” but remove a requirement that this record had to be proven “in one or more other states,” and also remove a basic math and reading skills test
   • Senate Roll Call 51 on January 31, 2018.

House Bill 5097: Right of Ways
to cap at $300 the fee a county road commission can charge an internet or a cable TV provider for a permit to do work in a right of way, or a total of $1,000 for all permits per project. These amounts would be doubled in large counties (more than 500,000 residents). The bill would also limit the bonding requirements that can be imposed on ISP or cable company right of way projects
   • Senate Roll Call 173 on March 21, 2018.

Senate Bill 876: Retroactivity On Sexual Assaults
[Extend statute of limitations on all criminal sexual conduct suits] to eliminate the statute of limitations on filing a civil lawsuit against the state related to criminal sexual conduct offenses where the victim was a minor. This would apply retroactively to 1997
   • Senate Roll Call 153 on March 14, 2018.

House Bill 4321: $275M From BSF To Roads
to appropriate $160 million from state general fund revenue to road repairs, and $15 million for "next generation technologies, hydrogen fueling stations, and demonstration projects related to enhanced transportation services for senior citizens." The road repair money would be divided between the state and local governments according to the usual road tax allocation formula
   • Senate Roll Call 118 on March 1, 2018.

House Bill 4606: Marijuana Trucking
to repeal a law that bans transporting medical marijuana in a vehicle unless it is enclosed in a case or is in the vehicle’s trunk and is inaccessible from inside the vehicle. The citizen-initiated law that legalized medical marijuana is silent on transporting it, and a recent court ruling held that a person authorized to use medical marijuana cannot be prosecuted under a different law for transporting it
   • Senate Roll Call 112 on February 27, 2018.

Senate Bill 660: Egg Laying Rules Delay

   • Senate Roll Call 46 on January 31, 2018.

House Bill 5010: Armed Robbery Penalties
to extend the statute of limitations for armed robbery from six years to 10 years after the offence is committed. In cases where no perpetrator has been identified of the offense, the statute of limitation would be 10 years after the offender is identified by his legal name
   • Senate Roll Call 242 on May 1, 2018.

House Bill 5234: medically frail prisoners

   • Senate Roll Call 237 on April 26, 2018.

House Bill 4945: Golf carts on some highways

   • Senate Roll Call 217 on April 19, 2018.

Senate Bill 852: Private To Public Prison Food
the Senate version of the Department of Corrections budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2018. This would appropriate $2.010 billion in gross spending, of which $5.3 million is federal money
   • Senate Roll Call 261 on May 3, 2018.

House Bill 5638: Groundwater Regulations

   • Senate Roll Call 396 on June 6, 2018.

Senate Bill 635: foreclosed mortgage fee
to cap at $200 the amount that the purchaser of a foreclosed mortgage property can charge to calculate how much the delinquent borrower would have to pay to redeem the property within the statutory period of redemption
   • Senate Roll Call 527 on June 12, 2018.

Senate Bill 110: Rent Control Prohibition

   • Senate Roll Call 514 on June 12, 2018.

Senate Bill 1225: School Employee Double Dipping
[Permit privatized non-core school service workers to collect both a pay and a pension check] to permit a retired school employee hired by a private contractor to perform school custodial, food, or transportation services to continue collecting a school pension the individual earned doing similar work as a direct school employee. Current law restricts this for retirees who performed "core" services, that is, teaching. The bill would clarify that the non-core services it specifies are not subject to that restriction
   • Senate Roll Call 714 on December 6, 2018.


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