Capitol Update for the Week of March 2, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

In order to help make our state government more transparent and accessible to my constituents, each week that there is session I am going to post to my website a synopsis of the work each House committee will do for the week. This will include the time and location for the meeting as well as any bills or presentations the committee will hear. Each agenda item will include the bill number, the sponsor, and a brief summary of the legislation. If you would like to read in greater detail about any of these bills, you can read them in their full-text at www.legislature.mi.gov.

Please also note that you and your neighbors are welcome to observe any committee meeting or legislative session. Most House committee meetings are in the House Office Building (134 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing) but some convene in the Capitol across the street.

As your elected officials, it is our job to conduct legislative business with efficiency and transparency. I hope you find these posts helpful and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Week of March 2, 2015: Committee Meetings

Health Policy

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building  

Agenda:

Presentation By:

Medicaid - The Michigan Department of Community Health

Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

DNR Presentation: Belle Isle Park & Michigan state parks

Natural Resources

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Senate Appropriations, State Capitol

An overview given by Dan Wyant, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, on the status of the ORR’s Recommendations on Environmental Regulations.

Criminal Justice

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time 9 a.m.

Location: Room 327, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4069 - (Rep. Santana) - Criminal procedure; youthful trainees; eligibility criteria for youthful trainee program; modify.

HB 4135 - (Rep. Heise) - Criminal procedure; youthful trainees; revocation of trainee status under Holmes youthful trainee act for committing certain subsequent crimes; provide for.

HB 4169 - (Rep. Hovey-Wright) - Criminal procedure; sentencing; option of placing individual in prison under the Holmes youthful trainee act; eliminate.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on State Police

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time 9 a.m.

Location: Room 308, House Office Building

Agenda:
- Presentation by Capt. Kari Kuzmierz, Commander of the Training Division, describing the operations of the Training Division and discussing Trooper, Motor Carrier, and State Properties Security Officer Recruit Schools

- Presentation by Lt. Col. W. Thomas Sands, Commander of the Field Services Bureau (FSB), and Capt. Gene Kapp, Commander of the Third District, describing the operations of the FSB and discussing the strength of enlisted ranks and implementation of the Regional Policing Plan and Secure Cities Partnership -

- Presentation by Ms. Harriet Miller-Brown, State 9-1-1 Coordinator, describing the operations of the State 9-1-1 Committee and discussing enhancements to 9-1-1 systems within the state

Commerce and Trade

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4162 - (Rep. Nesbitt) - Occupations; individual licensing and regulation; requirement for installation and repair of elevators by elevator journeymen; modify for installation and repair of residential lifts.

HB 4163 - (Rep. Pscholka) - Occupations; individual licensing and regulation; licensing of residential lift contractors; create as class of elevator contractors.

Testimony Only:

HB 4195 - (Rep. Pscholka) - Economic development; other; Michigan early stage venture corporation entering new investments or creating additional venture funds; prohibit.

HB 4196 - (Rep. McCready) - Economic development; other; venture capital authority fund; sunset.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on School Aid

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Department of Community Health presentation on FY 2015-16 Executive Budget Recommendation - Medical Services, and Office of Services to the Aging

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Community Health

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 352, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Department of Community Health presentation on FY 2015-16 Executive Budget Recommendation - Medical Services, and Office of Services to the Aging

Transportation and Infrastructure

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 521, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

SB 42 - (Sen. Casperson) - Vehicles; driver training; certain requirements applicable to commercial learner's permit; amend to comply with federal regulations.

Presentations by the following:

County Road Association of Michigan

Michigan Municipal League

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Human Services

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: Noon

Location: Room 352, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

- MISACWIS Update

- Foster Care Program Overview

Communications and Technology

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: Noon

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentations on cyber security by:

HR 17 - (Rep. Tedder) - A resolution to memorialize the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to refrain from regulating broadband Internet services as common carrier services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: Noon

Location: Room 307, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4094 - (Rep. Pscholka) - Appropriations; zero budget; department of agriculture and rural development; provide for fiscal year 2015-2016.

Testimony on:

- Groundwater Protection Fee: Michigan Farm Bureau

- Sustainable Forestry Initiative program: Scott Robbins, Michigan Forest Products Council & Todd Johnson, Weyerhaeuser Forestry Services Manager

Judiciary

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: Noon

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4038 - (Rep. Forlini) - Housing; landlord and tenants; notification of evictions; allow by electronic mail.

SB 12 - (Sen. Jones) - Retirement; state employees; retired state employees to contract with department of attorney general in litigation matters involving this state; allow under certain circumstances without losing retirement allowance.

SB 53 - (Sen. Jones) - Weapons; other; exemption for retired federal law enforcement officers to carry weapon in weapon-free zones; provide for.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Room 424, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

- Presentation by Mr. Al Schefke, Director of the Corporations, Securities, and Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCLB), describing the past and present operations of the CSCLB and discussing the

recent deregulation of various occupations

- Presentation by Mr. Irvin Poke, Director of the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC), describing the past and present operations of the BCC and discussing demolition permitting in Detroit

Appropriations

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 352, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentations Discussing Tax Credits

SB 137 - (Sen. Hildenbrand) - Insurance; health insurers; distribution and use of autism coverage fund revenues; modify.

SB 138 - (Sen. Hildenbrand) - Crime victims; rights; distribution of crime victim's rights funds; modify.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on General Government

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 307, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Testimony on proposed FY 2015-16 budgets:

- Michigan Economic Development Corporation/Michigan Strategic Fund

- Michigan State Housing Development Authority

- Land Bank Fast Track Authority

Families, Children, and Seniors

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 327, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4188 - (Rep. LaFontaine) - Children; adoption; objection to placements by child placing agency based on religious or moral convictions; allow.

HB 4189 - (Rep. Santana) - Children; adoption; objection to placements by child placing agency based on religious or moral convictions; allow.

HB 4190 - (Rep. Leutheuser) - Children; adoption; licensure of child placing agency that objects to placements on religious or moral grounds; allow.

HB 4037 - (Rep. Forlini) - Family law; marriage and divorce; persons authorized to solemnize marriage; allow township supervisor to perform.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Education

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Overview of the Child Development and Care (CDC) program and proposed increases to programming

Financial Services

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

PRESENTATION BY:

Donald P. Mann, Regulatory Liaison, Community Bankers of Michigan

Mike Kus, Legal Counsel, Community Bankers of Michigan

Jim Wheeler, President, Mercantile Bank of Michigan - Alma Main Office

Tax Policy

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4122 - (Rep. Lauwers) - Taxation; administration; film credits; sunset.

HB 4124 - (Rep. Townsend) - Individual income tax; retirement or pension benefits; limitations and restrictions on retirement income deduction for a surviving spouse; clarify.

Agriculture

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentation by the Michigan Pork Producers Association

Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: Noon

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 54 - (Sen. Casperson) - Natural resources; hunting; use of unmanned aerial vehicles to interfere with or harass another individual who is hunting; prohibit.

SB 55 - (Sen. Pavlov) - Natural resources; hunting; use of unmanned aerial vehicles for taking game; prohibit.

Presentations given by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Michigan Boating Industries Association

Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: Noon

Location: Room 308, House Office Building

Agenda:

Overview of the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office and Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System

- Dawn Van Hoek, Director

Overview of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

- Jonathan Sacks, Executive Director

Regulatory Reform

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: Noon

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4054 - (Rep. Schor) - Mobile homes; other; health and safety violations; provide for remedies and require posting of financial assurance.

Testimony Only:

HB 4220 - (Rep. Santana) - Occupations; athletics; Michigan unarmed combat regulatory act; revise to include amateur mixed martial arts.

HB 4221 - (Rep. Santana) - Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for violations of certain Michigan amateur mixed martial arts regulatory act violations; provide for.

HB 4222 - (Rep. Santana) - Occupations; athletics; amateur mixed martial arts licensure; provide for.

Presentation By:

Charles Owens, Michigan State Director - National Federation of Independent Business

Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: Noon

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4098 - (Rep. Pscholka) - Appropriations; zero budget; department of transportation; provide for fiscal year 2015-2016.

- Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA)

- County Road Association of Michigan

- Michigan Association of Counties

- Michigan Municipal League

Appropriations Subcommittee on Capital Outlay

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Room 352, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentations on FY 2014-15 Capital Outlay Supplemental Request

- Ferris State University

- Lake Michigan College

- West Shore Community College

- Michigan State Police

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Higher Education

Date: Thursday, March 5

Time 9 a.m.

Location: Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Presentations on:
- Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities
- Financial Aid

Insurance

Date: Thursday, March 5

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4193 - (Rep. Nesbitt) - Traffic control; violations; electronic proof of insurance; allow.

HB 4224 - (Rep. Barrett) - Insurance; insurers; filing fee for annual statement for foreign insurers; eliminate

Joint Committee Meeting on Appropriations: Subcommittee on School Aid

Date: Thursday, March 5

Time 9 a.m.

Location:  Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Quarterly Report by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan on Deficit Districts