MichiganVotes.org is a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to provide concise, non-partisan, plain English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. This report was released on Friday, November 12.

House Bill 4703: Review Animal Cruelty Procedures

Review the requirements and procedures for an animal control agency taking possession of an abused animal seized by police, and its final disposition, including humane confiscation and euthanasia. Under this law and House Bill 4704, the owner would be responsible for all associated costs, including euthanasia if ordered. The bills seek to standardize several sections of the national animal cruelty law.

Passed 91 to 14 in the House

Representative Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Representative Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

Bill 4033: extending certain state prison policies to private prisons

Extend to a Michigan private jail that contracts with a federal agency to give inmates the same sentences for giving a prisoner a cell phone or some other contraband that applies to state-run prisons. The bill comes after activists who oppose the privatization of prisons were caught throwing potentially dangerous contraband over the fence at prisoners.

Passed 75 to 29 in the House

Representative Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Representative Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

House Bill 4853: Prescribing Record Keeping for Invasive Medical Examinations

Require that medical records referring to the treatment of an individual involving vaginal or anal penetration by a healthcare professional be kept for 15 years by the healthcare professional and the healthcare establishment or agency, violations being liable to criminal penalties. Additionally, to require licensing boards for different medical specialties to produce “guidance to licensees on generally accepted standards of medical practice for medical services involving vaginal or anal penetration, including internal pelvic floor treatments.” . Steve Carra (R-Dist. 59) cast the only dissenting vote.

Passed 104 to 1 in the House

Representative Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Representative Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

Bill 5294: extend the ban on offering bogus government services

Extend a provision of a state consumer protection law that prohibits third parties from offering online services similar to those provided by a government agency, requiring them to “conspicuously” state that the transaction is is not a government entity, as well as to disclose prices and terms.

Passed 98 to 7 in the House

Representative Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Representative Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

House Bill 5291: Extend port subsidies to private and public developers

Allow state grants equal to 80% of the amount spent by developers and owners on shipping ports and upgrades. As presented, the bill would have required the developer to allow public use of the port for at least 10 years, but this was deleted from the

Home-past version.

Passed 94 to 11 in the House

Representative Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Representative Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

Senate Bill 671: repeal the requirement that the business subsidy scheme benefits the state economy

Revise a 2017 “Good Jobs for Michigan” law that authorized the state to provide ongoing cash grants to Detroit developer Dan Gilbert and potentially other business owners, removing provisions requiring the grants to businesses “have an overall positive fiscal impact on this state.” Unlike other business and developer subsidy programs promulgated in the name of “economic development,” the income transfers from this law appeared to incentivize businesses in other communities in the Michigan to move to Detroit, rather than developing the state’s economy as a whole.The bill would also increase an annual cap on how much a subsidized business could get.

Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate

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Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14) YES

Senator Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15) NO

Senator Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22) NO

Senator Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27) YES

Senator Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32) YES

Senate Bill 700: capping growth assumptions for government pension funds

To cap at 6.7%, the estimate of return that managers of the state government employee pension system use to determine state pension fund assets will increase over time (and if this will suffice). to respect the State’s pension promises to employees). In addition, to require that if new unfunded liability gaps arise, they must be closed (made up) within 10 years or less.

Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14) YES

Senator Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15) YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22) YES

Senator Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27) YES

Senator Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32) YES

Bill 4171: extend the presumption of responsibility for cancer to more government jobs

Extend to “forest firefighters” and “fire / accident rescue officers” a presumption that certain types of cancer have occurred as a result of and in the course of employment, for the purpose of awarding workers’ compensation benefits to such employees. The Senate also passed Senate Bill 4172, aimed at doing the same for volunteer and part-time firefighters, current and former. A 2014 law did this for paid firefighters. Before these additional liabilities, the current benefits are expected to cost the state $ 407,000.

Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14) YES

Senator Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15) YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22) YES

Senator Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27) YES

Senator Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32) YES

House Bill 4711: Authorize Beer Sales at Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University Baseball Games

Authorize liquor licenses authorizing the sale of liquor in Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University baseball stadiums when leased to a private Northwood League which hosts games in the summer for 22 teams collegiate groups compete against each other.

Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14) YES

Senator Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15) YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22) YES

Senator Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27) YES

Senator Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32) YES