Due to a data-entry error, Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, was listed on MichiganVotes.org as the sponsor of House Bill 5593, now Public Act 216 of 2009, which increased the state licensure fees imposed on nurses. A Michigan Capitol Confidential story citing MichiganVotes.org inadvertently repeated the error.

House Bill 5593 was actually sponsored by Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, D-Salem Township. There were no co-sponsors. Rep Agema voted "no" on the bill when it passed the House on Dec. 10, 2009 (complete roll call voting information here).

MichiganVotes.org and Michigan Capitol Confidential apologize to Rep. Agema for the error.

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Below are some bills from the current Legislature that really were sponsored by Rep. Agema; the full list of all the bills he has ever sponsored is here.

House Bill 6366 (Establish "Arizona" illegal alien law and more)

House Bill 6285 (Narrow allowable film subsidy secrecy)

House Bill 6286 (Require proof of citizenship to register to vote)

House Bill 6259 (Create incentive for state employees to spend less than appropriated)

House Bill 6114 (Reduce Michigan Business Tax and replace revenue by eliminating selective tax breaks and corporate subsidies) (part of a multi-bill package)

House Bill 5923 (Require photo on welfare "bridge cards")

House Bill 5594 (Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services)

House Bill 5523 (Repeal "prevailing wage" law)

House Bill 5351 (Authorize MEGA tax breaks for select "multimodal commerce" firms)

House Bill 5291 (Withhold unemployment benefits if occupational license suspended)

House Bill 4903 (Ban environmental cleanup standards more stringent than federal)

 

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