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 March 16, 2015

Floor Votes

The following is a summary of legislation that recently passed the House. I have listed the analyst who worked on each issue and his/her telephone number. Feel free to contact staff directly with any questions or if you need additional information.


Cap the fee county treasurers charge to provide electronic property records

HB 4075 (Rendon), RC 34, 3/17/15, Passed: 104-4

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

Many local realtor associations and listing services bulk purchase property tax records for their members. These records provide information such as special assessments and tax data, which help realtors list properties as well as enter into transactions for the purchase of properties for sale.


Allow for adoption agencies to deny services based on religious beliefs

HB 4188 (H-2) (LaFontaine), RC 35, 3/18/15, Passed: 65-44

HB 4198 (SANTANA), RC 36, 3/18/15, Passed: 65-44

HB 4190 (Leutheuser), RC 37, 3/18/15, Passed: 65-44

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

These bills create a new act that will prohibit requiring child placing agencies from providing services if providing those services would violate the agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs. HB 4189 and HB 4190 amend various codes to comply with the new act.


Allow notices of evictions to be served electronically

HB 4038 (H-2) (Forlini), RC 38, 3/18/15, Passed: 85-24

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 4038 (H-2) (Forlini) would amend MCL 600.5718 of the “Revised Judicature Act of 1961” to allow a notice of eviction to be served electronically.


Changes to the Public Employee Retirement System Investment Act to be consistent with the Detroit Bankruptcy Plan of Adjustment

HB 4289 (Yonker), RC 39, 3/18/15, Passed: 108-1

This bill changes some terms in Section 13g of the Public Employee Retirement System Investment Act to make the Act consistent with the Detroit Bankruptcy Plan of Adjustment.


Updates regulations regarding commercial driver’s license learner’s permits

SB 42 (Casperson), RC 40, 3/19/15, Passed: 105-2

Next: Returned to the Senate

Senate Bill 42 amends the Vehicle Code to do four distinct things: (1) update regulations regarding commercial driver’s license learner’s permits to be consistent with federal requirements; (2) clarify that a driver under Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) provisions would not be delayed in attaining a higher level license if involved in an accident not associated with a moving violation; (3) allow the Secretary of State to suspend the license of a driver under their 3-year probationary period without a review hearing, unless a hearing is requested; and (4) remove language prohibiting issuance of a personalized license plate with a message that could be considered “offensive to good taste and decency” due to a court decision invalidating the language.


Allow the State Treasurer to disclose the address of certain housing units exempt from property taxes under MSHDA

HB 4501 (Farrington), RC 24, 3/3/15, Passed: 110-0

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

House Bill 4051 amends the Revenue Act to allow the State Treasurer to disclose the address of housing units that are part of a housing project exempt from property taxes under the State Housing Development Authority Act or under the auspices of a Municipal Housing Commission, and whether the unit is subject to a service charge in lieu of property tax. The bill further allows the Treasurer to disclose the millage rates of property taxes.


Reestablish the teacher critical shortage list protocols

HB 4059 (H-2) (Hughes), RC 25, 3/5/15, Passed: 108-2

Next: Sent to the Senate for consideration

Re-establishes the teacher critical shortage list protocols which allow school districts to hire retired teachers in identified subject areas without the teacher being required to forfeit their pension benefits to take the position.


Week of March 16, 2015: Committee Meetings


Health Policy


Presentations by:

Michigan Pharmacists Association

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Express Scripts


Criminal Justice


HB 4015 – (Rep. Kelly) – Crimes; other; resale of event tickets at higher or lower prices; allow.

Reported committee by a 5-3-0 vote

Testimony Only:

HB 4187 – (Rep. Durhal) – Crimes; malicious destruction; vandalizing, desecrating, or intentionally destroying certain public property on a highway, freeway, or interstate road; prohibit, and provide penalties.


Natural Resources


A presentation on invasive species in the Great Lakes coastal wetlands given by Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research.


Appropriations: Subcommittee on State Police


– Presentation by Ms. Dawn Brinningstaull, Director of the Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC) describing the past and present operations of the CJIC and discussing recent and ongoing upgrades to CJIC IT systems

– Presentation by Capt. Joseph Gasper, Commander or the State Executive Security Division, describing the past and present operations of the Division


Appropriations: Subcommittee on Natural Resources  


DNR Presentations: Law enforcement, Fisheries, and Great Lakes research vessel updates


Transportation and Infrastructure


Testimony only:

HB 4026 – (Rep. Kosowski) – State financing and management; purchasing; use of qualifications-based selection process when employing design professionals; require.

HB 4225 – (Rep. Somerville) – Highways; construction and repair; database for all road and bridge projects; establish


Transportation and Infrastructure


HB 4225 – (Rep. Somerville) – Highways; construction and repair; database for all road and bridge projects; establish.

Testimony Only


Commerce and Trade


Presentation by the Small Business Association of Michigan


Appropriations: Subcommittee on School Aid


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Programs


Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development  


Testimony Only:

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

– Public Comment


Appropriations: Subcommittee on Human Services


– Foster Care Program Overview
– Kent County Performance-Based Funding Pilot Program
– Master Settlement Agreement


Appropriations: Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs


– Presentation by Mr. Kevin Elsenheimer, Deputy Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and Mr. Allan Pohl, Deputy Director of LARA, describing and discussing regulatory fee extensions, increases, decreases, and repeals assumed within the Executive Recommendation for the FY 2015-16 LARA budget

– Presentation by Mr. Edward Rodgers II, Director of the Bureau of Services for Blind People (BSBP), describing the organization and operation of the BSBP


Appropriations: Subcommittee on Community Colleges


– Community College Annexation of Non-Contiguous Areas
– Community College District Taxable Land



SB 18 – (Sen. Nofs) – Property; conveyances; certain land in Calhoun county; provide for conveyance after obtaining from United States.

Reported from committee by a 27-0-0 vote

SB 19 – (Sen. Nofs) – Property tax; assessments; definition of transfer of ownership; exclude certain transfers.

Reported from committee by a 27-0-0 vote

Testimony Only: 

Administrative Transfer Request 2015-3

Legislative Transfer Request 2015-2


Families, Children, and Seniors


HB 4041 – (Rep. Pscholka) – Human services; services or financial assistance; family independence assistance program group’s compliance with compulsory school attendance; require in order to receive assistance.

Reported from committee by a 5-3-0 vote

Presentation by:

Dr. Phillip Knight, Food Bank Council of Michigan


Appropriations: Subcommittee on Education


– Public Testimony on Executive Budget Recommendation for FY 2015-16
– House Fiscal Agency Decision Document


Appropriations: Subcommittee on General Government


Performance Audit of the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Program-Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Strategic Fund, and Michigan Department of Treasury


Tax Policy


SB 81 – (Sen. Brandenburg) – Property tax; principal residence exemption; eligibility to claim exemption on certain homes in foreclosure claimed by certain foreclosing entities; eliminate requirement to pay amount equivalent to school operating mills.

Testimony Only




HB 4017 – (Rep. Farrington) – Food; other; persons donating food to nonprofit organizations or corporations that distribute donated food; provide immunity for.

Reported from committee by a 17-0-0

Presentation by the Michigan Milk Producers Association, Ken Nobis, President

Presentation by the Michigan Agri-Business Association, Jim Byrum, on a recent visit to Cuba to assess trade opportunities


Financial Liability Reform


Testimony Only:

HB 4325 – (Rep. Poleski) – Education; school districts; preplanned financial reporting; require for school districts as part of early warning system.

HB 4326 – (Rep. Poleski) – Education; financing; preliminary review to determine the existence of probable financial stress in school districts; require under certain conditions, and modify the state financial authority for certain school districts.

HB 4327 – (Rep. Pscholka) – Education; school districts; deficit elimination plan; provide for enhancement.

HB 4328 – (Rep. Lyons) – School aid; other; deficit elimination plan requirement; revise.

HB 4329 – (Rep. Somerville) – Education; financing; school district placement under control of an emergency manager for failure to comply with enhanced deficit elimination plan; provide for.

HB 4330 – (Rep. Kelly) – School aid; payments; reference to deficit elimination plan compliance in school aid act; update, include enhanced deficit elimination plans, and revise other reporting requirements.

HB 4331 – (Rep. Jacobsen) – Local government; financing; emergency municipal loan act; increase cap on emergency loans.

HB 4332 – (Rep. Garcia) – State financing and management; funds; surplus funds act; modify.


Tourism and Outdoor Recreation


Presentations-Michigan International Speedway and 
John Bracey from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs


Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation


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

Testimony Only

– Testimony on Rail Freight and Rail Passenger Programs including Amtrak Service in Michigan


Regulatory Reform


Testimony Only:

HB 4245 – (Rep. Forlini) – Occupations; inspectors; registration as a building official, plan reviewer, or inspector; eliminate employment as a requirement for.

Presentation by:

Justin Winslow, Vice President – Government Affairs, Michigan Restaurant Association

Oversight and Ethics


HB 4070 – (Rep. Heise) – Public employees and officers; ethics; incompatible offices exception for public safety positions; create for small local units of government.

Testimony Only

Presentation from the Office of Internal Audit Services