2017 Senate Bill 601 / 2018 Public Act 618

Appropriations: "Christmas Tree" supplemental budget (as passed)

Introduced in the Senate

Sept. 28, 2017

Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-29)

To provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental natural resources department appropriation for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations

April 26, 2018

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

Amendment offered

To make nonpublic schools eligible for school safety grants.

The amendment passed by voice vote

Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D-27)

To increase the proposed grant program spending to $50 million.

The amendment failed 15 to 20 (details)

Passed in the Senate 35 to 0 (details)

To appropriate $18.6 million for various purposes related to school and student safety. This includes $15 million in school safety grants, $3 million for a school "panic button app" emergency notification system, and $650,000 for a student safety hotline.

Received in the House

April 26, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations

Dec. 21, 2018

Substitute offered by Rep. Laura Cox (R-19)

To adopt a version of the bill that uses it as a "vehicle" to deliver hundreds of million in additional spending.

The substitute passed by voice vote

Amendment offered by Rep. Beau LaFave (R-108)

To add money for a Northern Michigan University construction project.

The amendment passed by voice vote

Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D-69)

To add $40 million for 54,000 square foot state Capitol facility.

The amendment passed by voice vote

Passed in the House 84 to 23 (details)

To appropriate $1.256 billion for additional spending on a broad range of state programs and departments, including $115 million in so-called "Christmas-tree" grants for specific "enhancement" projects in the districts of a number of influential lawmakers. The spending includes money for a new Soo lock, Straits of Mackinac utility tunnel, university building projects, a new state Capitol facility, state broadband subsidies, and <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/billanalysis/Senate/htm/2017-SFA-0601-E.htm">much more</a>. It also includes funding for an additional 175 child protective services workers, $114 million for roads, $20 million for PFAS contamination response activities, and a $100 million deposit in the state rainy day fund. Of the total, $409 million is federal money.

Received in the Senate

Dec. 21, 2018

Passed in the Senate 34 to 4 (details)

Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder

Dec. 28, 2018