In order to keep you and your neighbors better informed about the legislation we discuss, I am posting the agenda for any scheduled committee meetings at the beginning of the week and an update with any votes that were taken that week in committee or on the House floor. I hope you find this information helpful and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance. 

Week of Feb. 9, 2015

Floor Votes

There were no votes taken on the House Floor this week

Committee Votes

Natural Resources and Appropriations: Subcommittee on Natural Resources


Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund presentation by Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife Council presentation by Department of Natural Resources

Appropriations: Subcommittee on State Police


MSP staff from the Biometric and Identification Division and Forensic Science Division describe their past and present operations and discuss:

– Recent and ongoing upgrades to MSP IT systems,

– Current condition of MSP laboratories

– Backlog of evidence requiring forensic analysis

Health Policy


Presentations By:

Michigan State Medical Society

Michigan Osteopathic Association

Michigan Optometric Association

Michigan Association of Chiropractors

Michigan Nurses Association

Commerce and Trade


HB 4119 – (Rep. Garcia) – Civil procedure; garnishment; garnishment of periodic payments; revise procedure.

Reported from committee by a 19-0-0 vote

HB 4120 – (Rep. McCready) – Labor; fair employment practices; deductions from wages without written consent of employee; include certain reimbursements related to garnishment.

Reported from committee by a 19-0-0 vote

Presentations from:

Business Leaders of Michigan
Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Criminal Justice


Overview of Criminal Justice System

Transportation and Infrastructure


Discussion with Kirk Steudle, Director Michigan Department of Transportation

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development


House Fiscal Agency overview of the FY 2014-15 MDARD budget

Communications and Technology


Presentation by the Michigan Public Service Commission



Testimony Only:

HB 4076 – (Rep. Rendon) – Weapons; firearms; reference to certain repealed definition in the penal code; eliminate.

HB 4151 – (Rep. Pettalia) – Weapons; firearms; 1959 PA 186; repeal.

HB 4152 – (Rep. Sheppard) – Weapons; firearms; definition of firearm in MCL 8.3t; modify.

HB 4153 – (Rep. Franz) – Weapons; firearms; definition of firearm in MCL 752.841; modify.

HB 4154 – (Rep. Brett Roberts) – Weapons; firearms; definition of firearm in natural resources and environmental protection act; modify.

HB 4155 – (Rep. Cole) – Weapons; firearms; definition of firearm in the Michigan penal code; modify.

HB 4156 – (Rep. Barrett) – Weapons; firearms; definition of firearm in 1927 PA 372; modify.

HB 4159 – (Rep. Johnson) – Weapons; licensing; waiver for certain individuals to carry weapon in weapon-free zones; expand to include certain corrections, probation, and parole officers.

HB 4160 – (Rep. Johnson) – Weapons; other; brandishing a firearm; exempt certain actions.

HB 4161 – (Rep. Hughes) – Weapons; other; definition of brandish; provide for.

SB 34 – (Sen. Green) – Weapons; licensing; concealed pistol licensing boards; eliminate, and transfer duties to the department of state police and county clerks.

SB 35 – (Sen. Green) – Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; reference in sentencing guidelines; update.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs


Directors of LARA and DIFS to provide an overview of departmental organization, responsibilities, policies, programs, and procedures

Financial Liability Reform


HB 4059 – (Rep. Hughes) – Retirement; public school employees; retirant employed at a reporting unit under certain circumstances without forfeiting retirement allowance or health care coverage; eliminate


Reported from committee by a 9-0-0 vote  

Families, Children and Seniors


Presentations By:
Nick Lyon- Interim Director, Department of Human Services
Scott Dzurka- President and CEO, United Way’s Michigan Association of United Ways



Presentation from

Jamie Clover Adams, Director

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)

Tax Policy


Testimony Only:

HB 4018 – (Rep. Farrington) – Sales tax; definitions; definition of prewritten computer software; revise.

HB 4019 – (Rep. Farrington) – Use tax; definitions; definition of prewritten computer software; revise.

HB 4051 – (Rep. Farrington) – Taxation; administration; disclosure of certain tax-exempt property; provide for.

Financial Services



Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services

Tourism and Outdoor Recreation


A presentation given by Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan Agritourism Association.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs


Presentation given by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Environmental Quality


– Departmental overview presentation by the Department of Environmental Quality

– Executive Budget Recommendation presentation by the Department of Environmental Quality



Presentation by the Department of Insurance and Financial Services

on Insurance Basics



Testimony Only:

HB 4110 – (Rep. Pscholka) – Appropriations; zero budget; multisection school aid supplemental; provide for.

HB 4112 – (Rep. Pscholka) – Appropriations; zero budget; supplemental appropriations; provide for fiscal year 2014-2015.

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