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How They Voted

Senate Bill 134, Authorize penalties for defrauding drug tests: Passed 33 to 1 in the Senate

To make the manufacture, advertisement, sale, or distribution of synthetic urine or another adulterant for purposes of defrauding a drug test a crime subject to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Sen. Ed McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

Senate Bill 146, Give tax breaks to some home buyers: Passed 29 to 5 in the Senate

To give a $5,000 state income tax exemption to an individual, and $10,000 on joint returns, if an individual or couple deposits those amounts in a specialty savings account the bill would authorize for individuals who have not bought or owned a Michigan home in the past three years (dubbed by the bill a “first time home buyer”). Up to $50,000 in such deposits could be exempted from state income tax over time. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018.

Sen. Ed McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

House Bill 4289, Give tax breaks to some home buyers: Passed 89 to 15 in the House

A House version of the Senate-passed tax break bill described above.

Rep. Beau LaFave, R – Iron Mountain, Yes

House Bill 4454, Revise landfill and recycling restrictions, mandates, fees and more: Passed 87 to 17 in the House

To mandate that by January 1, 2028, at least 90% of single-family dwellings in municipalities with more than 5,000 residents have access to curbside recycling that meets detailed criteria specified in the bill. The bill also rewrites many definitions and requirements related to landfills, solid waste and recycling mandates. It is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 4453 to 4461 that would expand regulation, fees and fines in the areas of solid waste and recycling.

Rep. Beau LaFave, R – Iron Mountain, Yes

House Bill 4272, Assert immunity of “Michigan-made” gas cans from federal regulation: Passed 75 to 34 in the House

To establish that portable fuel containers that are completely made in Michigan and sold here only are not subject to federal regulations, notwithstanding the U.S. constitution s interstate commerce clause.

Rep. Beau LaFave, R – Iron Mountain, Yes

House Bill 4263, Revise school pension calculations: Passed 108 to 0 in the House

To require managers of the state-run school pension system to use a layered amortization” method for repaying the debt accumulated by failing to contribute enough to meet the system’s pension promises. Officials to amortize (pay back) each layer of underfunding accumulated in a given period over a specified time. The bill would also permit and require managers to assume 6.8% annual growth in assets when calculating annual state pension fund contributions.

Rep. Beau LaFave, R – Iron Mountain, Yes

House Bill 4202, Authorize automated “photo cop” school bus passing citations: Passed 102 to 7 in the House

To permit school districts to install cameras on school buses for the purpose of prosecuting motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus.

Rep. Beau LaFave, R – Iron Mountain, Yes

House Resolution 60, Authorize subpoena of former state health director and payment records: Passed 59 to 50 in the House

To grant the House Standing Committee on Oversight the power to issue subpoenas and get documents on employee separations and severance agreements entered into by the executive branch of state government. This relates to $155,000 paid to the former state Health of Human Services Department director Robert Gordon to not discuss his departure in the midst of the fall 2020 epidemic caseload surge.

Rep. Beau LaFave, R – Iron Mountain, Yes

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Source: MichiganVotes.org

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