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Prop 3: A Push Backward

Proposal 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot, … handle peak loads. Proposal 3 is asking permission … arises as to why a “13-Year Plan?” Why not … more

Activist's Critique of Prop 3 Study Completely Incorrect

Union of Concerned Scientists analysis of Mackinac Center study wrong on every single point

… Deyette at the pro-Proposal 3 “Union of Concerned … Mackinac Center’s study on Proposal 3’s economic impact. In … more

Prop 3 Can't Change the Laws of Economics

No matter how badly supporters want to think it can

Proposal 3 , the renewable energy … "free lunch," why don't Proposal 3 supporters cap the … free lunch." But Prop 3 supporters of "green … more

Prop 3 Would Cost Taxpayers Billions

… state about the ballot proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot. … Unions Today: Proposal 3: '25 X 25' Renewable … this week explaining Proposals 1 through 5.) Monday: … vote on Proposal 3 would mandate that … more

Michigan Ballot Proposals

… commentary on the following proposals expected to appear … down Prop 3: Election Update! … regarding these ballot proposals as Center analysts … more

Making Sense Of The Complicated Ballot Language For Proposal 1

Personal property tax cut would result in $500 million tax decrease when fully phased in

Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot … emergency services. 3. Increase portion of … who researched the proposal and wrote a policy … voters into thinking the proposal will raise taxes. The … more

Bars, Restaurants Could See 280 Percent Increase in Labor Costs With Minimum Wage Ballot Proposal

Small business owners fear negative consequences; group pushing proposal disagrees

… said he thinks the proposal would put restaurants … with a 1 percent to 3 percent decline in low-skilled … workers. If the ballot proposal were to pass, Michigan … could suggest that the 36.5 percent increase … more

Proposal 1 a Referendum on PA 4

… state about the ballot proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot. … to save more than $3 million a year; and The … this week explaining proposals 1 through 5.) Proposal 1 on the ballot … more

Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools

Yet Democratic legislators proposed wiping them out

… getting. In 2013, Democrats in the Michigan … bill on March 20, 2013, to repeal the law authorizing … more

Love it or Hate it, Voters are Aware of Proposal 1

Poll suggests substantial turnout on May 5

… the battle over the Proposal 1 sale tax increase … to the question was 343, or 8.6 percent of those … landlines. ~~~~~ See also: Proposal 1 Will Cost Average … more

Study: Proposal 3 Would Result in Lost Jobs, Higher Costs

… fewer jobs in 2025 if Proposal 3 passes in November, … renewable energy mandate proposal. The study , … concluded that Prop 3 would lower disposable … more

Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less

What the law says now and what it would be changed to

The tax hike proposal that goes before … percent yields about $3 billion, roughly 20 … the language in the proposal not only wouldn’t … 4 percent - such as 3.99 percent — and, arguably, … more

Wind Subsidies Upon Mandates Upon Subsidies

Ad Infinitum, Ad Absurdum

Perhaps coincidentally, Proposal 3 , a ballot measure … more

Voters Reject Special Interest Power Plays

Proposals 2-6 soundly defeated

… soundly defeated. Proposal 2, which would have … landslide 58%-42%, as did Proposals 3 through 6. F. Vincent … districts. Proposal 3, the attempt to put … more

Families Forced Into SEIU Scheme Relieved and Thankful After Proposal 4 Defeat

Robert Haynes: 'It took ordinary people like us to bring attention to what was really happening.'

… thanks to the defeat of Proposal 4, they should soon … taken more than $32 million from the elderly … being spent by Proposal 4 supporters. Aside … have the SEIU return $3 million to the families. The … more

Federal Tax Proposal Not Perfect, but Good for Michigan, Nation

Reform plans are on the right track

… since 1986. The proposed legislation would … highest rate, currently 39.6 percent, would remain … the first place. This proposal will allow more people … percent, 25 percent and 35 percent, depending … more

Which Ballot Proposals Are 'Grassroots'?

… international bridge ballot proposals are not a grassroots … writes that the 2/3 tax limitation and … effort . If you think a proposal on the November ballot … groups . Proposal 3: '25 x 25' Renewable … more

Happy Anniversary Proposal A

… Michigan voters approved "Proposal A," a fundamental … the second half of 1993, the measure was driven … the initial rollback, Proposal A capped property … requirement and require 3/4 vote of Legislature … more

All Five Constitutional Amendments Soundly Defeated

Emergency manager law repealed

… Vernuccio said of the Proposal 2 defeat. “The voters … Relations Manager 989-631-0900 or 989-513-3970 MIDLAND … percent in Michigan and Proposal 2 being defeated with … more

Tax Hike Election Coming to You Tuesday?

Proposals to restrict local elections to the state primary or general election stall

… what is actually being proposed. Not all the elections … elections on Tuesday, May 3 — next week. The Michigan … governments putting tax hike proposals on the May election … improvement. Before 2003, schools and local governments … more

Why Are Some Tea Party Supporters Fighting Proposal 1 In Michigan?

… ins and outs of what Proposal 1 would do in Michigan, … said. "But with a $53 billion state budget … members. “This proposal cuts taxes and pays … exemptions." 3. Confusion about how … more

More Windmill-Related Environmental Concerns

'We're picking up 10 (dead) bats for every bird'

… if voters approve Proposal 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot, … consisting of between 2,300 to 3,790 massive turbines, … more

With Income Tax Rejected By Voters, East Lansing Looks at Spending Cuts

A common story: Residents will pay for years of pension underfunding by elected officials

… this week to a ballot proposal that would have imposed … will need to find $3 million in extra revenue … put the income tax proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot, … measure failed with 53 percent of voters casting … more

Riches-to-Rags Story Developing For Movie Operations in Michigan

House budget proposes eliminating state's $50M film subsidy program

… representatives are proposing to eliminate the … production companies up to 35 percent incentive on … expenditures. The state awarded $93 million in tax credits … Been Forced To Spend $30 Million on 'Iron Man … more

City Income Tax Proposal On November Ballot Sparks Business Revolt

Chamber of Commerce official: ‘Time for cities to get back to their core functions’

… opposition to an income tax proposal the city council has … revenue increased from $33.0 million in 2013 to … the November ballot proposal. The measure, if approved … more

Gov. Snyder Could Replace Board That Helped Facilitate Forced Unionization Of Home-Based Caregivers

If Proposal 4 passes, constitutional amendment would lock in current union-stacked board

… the situation if Proposal 4 were to pass in November. Proposal 4, which Gov. Snyder … Community Care Council (MQC3), the dummy employer … 4, those on the MQC3 board  before the … more

House Road Plan Secures Road Funding

Road funding does not rely on an increasing budget

… large earmark. The proposed $192 million amounts to just 3 percent of the currently … the 80-20 loss from Proposal 1. Voters indicated … income tax revenue is a 23.8 percent allocation … more

Legal Foundation Seeks End to Forced Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers

State agency asked to award $3 million back to workers that the SEIU took as dues

… now." The SEIU is backing Proposal 4 in an effort  to … of dues, or about $3 million. The action … supplies. If Proposal 4 were defeated on … To date more than $32 million has been … more

$1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Prop 2

Proposal 2, the “ Protect … will save taxpayers $312 million in the first … districts from saving $300 million annually . [3] These three … more

Proposal 2 Could Protect Teachers Who Are Drunk, Dealing Drugs in the Classroom

Bay City contract shows what can happen when local union provisions overrule state laws

… Michigan voters approve  Proposal 2  on Nov. 6, insane … contract  states on page 93 (see image nearby) that … and more. But if Proposal 2 is enshrined in … employment' and subsection (3) of Proposal 2 does … more

Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal

Mistake in ballot language means fuel for boats, snowmobiles, lawnmowers would cost extra

… Murray). The ballot proposal that goes before … automatically trigger a $663 million net increase … anonymity. Officially dubbed Proposal 2015-1, the ballot … was in House Bill 4539 , passed at the same … more

Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal

… gallon when gas costs $3, but just 12 cents per … schools would gain $336.5 million. But these … ago, the average was $3.26 per gallon. The average … more

Father Taking Care of His Disabled Adult Kids Called An 'Idiot' by Proposal 4 Spokesman

The Arc Michigan Executive Director Dohn Hoyle resorts to name-calling against Robert Haynes because Haynes doesn't support forced unionization scheme

… and are opposed to Proposal 4, came in response … Granholm. On May 3, 2010, reporter Tom … group supporting Proposal 4, has refused repeated … children.  My daughter is 32 and my son is 29. … more

Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District

Taxpayers paying hundreds of millions extra

… negotiations that led to Proposal 1 being placed on … side Senate Bill 3 , sponsored by Sen. … remains in force now that Proposal 1 has been rejected … Zeeland passed a millage proposal for a project last … more

Media Resoundingly Rejects Prop 2, Prop 4

Only two weekly newspapers support either of the union-backed plans to alter the state constitution

… Election Day looms, Proposal 2 and Proposal 4 are without any … taken more than $32 million from the Medicaid … ends in February 2013. MLive Media … more

The Price Tag on the Ballot Proposals

Constitutional changes would cost billions to Michigan taxpayers, citizens

… to judge many of the proposals extend beyond dollars … passes. Proposal 3. Voting “yes” on Proposal 3 would require the state … contribute to a union, as Proposal 4 requires) there … more

Prop 4 Would Put Union Scam in Constitution

… state about the ballot proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot. … Unions Wednesday: Proposal 3 Would Cost Taxpayers … this week explaining Proposals 1 through 5.) Monday: … Council, also known as “MCQ3?” It’s a tale that began … more

Per-Pupil Spending About Even

… Oxford Foundation’s proposed revision of Michigan’s … middle school students [3] spent $7,299 per … school options. The proposal has received harsh … Elementary at $10,630. Hickory Woods is the … more

Small Business Owner: An Increased Minimum Wage Hurts Everyone

… Kelly The ballot proposal that would raise … increase the wage by 36 percent for non-tipped … significantly with this proposal. Furthermore, future … already represents 30 to 35 percent of every … more

October 26, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

… time. Senate Bill 1301 : Let “port authorities” … time. Senate Bill 1315 : Make warrantless … time. Senate Bill 1325 : Impose licensure … comprised of Senate Bills 1325 to 1327. Referred … more

Prop 5: Protecting Taxpayers from the Government

… state about the ballot proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot. … Unions Wednesday: Proposal 3 Would Cost Taxpayers … this week explaining Proposals 1 through 5.) Monday: … burdens are 8 percent to 23 percent lower in states … more

Union Power Grab Proposal Heading To Court

… "Protect Our Jobs" proposal for the Nov. 6 statewide … Bill Schuette. On Aug.3, in a letter to Gov. … get to vote on the proposal will now be decided … Jobs’ Would Protect the 3 Percent at the Expense … more

New Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering Restrictions Anger Local Government Tax Hikers

But 1st Amendment gives rights to people, not governments

… referencing local tax hike ballot proposals during the 60 days … proposal on the May 3, 2016, ballot that it … conference about the proposal, which was part of … electioneering for its tax hike proposals. In 2009, the … more

School Districts Value Best Teachers $1 More Than The Worst

District officials said merit pay law is an 'unfunded mandate'

… districts could undo if Proposal 2 passes in November. … top-notch teachers $3 more than the worst. A … fared better with $3 a year; "effective" … teacher is as much as $3. That's what the school … more

'It's hard to believe the union could get away with something like this'

Ex-Teamster says it's 'thievery' that the SEIU is taking money he could use to take care of his mother

… been used to bankroll Proposal 4, a proposal on the November ballot … of dues, or about $3 million. In 2005, … taken more than $32 million from the … more

Supreme Court Rules: Union Power Grab Proposal Will Be On Ballot

If adopted, 'Protect Our Jobs' could affect 170 state laws

… so-called Protect Our Jobs proposal will be on the Nov. … Jobs' Would Protect the 3 Percent at the Expense … reach suggests that the proposal — if adopted — could … these effects of the proposal are likely to be mentioned … more

Past State of the State Speeches Show Wide Variation in Proposed Government Expansions/Contractions

… one in the number of proposals to expand the scope … limitations 2.9 8 ('73) 0 ('70, … Center has tallied proposed expansions and/or limitations … '82)   Gov. Blanchard, 1983-1990 Avg. … more

Gov. Snyder’s 2012 State of the State Address Included Five Proposed Government Expansions, One Limitation

… address included five proposed expansions of government … Policy Director 989-631-0900 MIDLAND — … of government in his proposal, only to rein in the … limitations 2.9 8 (’73) 0 (’70, ’79, ’82)   Gov. … more

Gov. Snyder’s 2013 State of the State Address Included Eight Proposed Government Expansions, Two Limitations

… Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2013 State of the State address included eight proposed expansions of government … Release Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 Contact: Ted O'Neil Media … of government in his proposal, only to rein in the … more

Planting Trees in Vacant Parking Lots to Save Great Lakes

… Donald Trump's budget proposes cutting most Great … Recovery Park area, about 3 miles north of downtown. … more

Retired Educator Says He 'Would Not Have Gone Into Teaching' With Proposed Pension Reform

… teacher’s pension with 30 years of service from … earn $70,260, and with 30 years of service would … receive a pension of $31,500 a year, Van Beek … That pension increases 3 percent every year. Leon … more

Superintendent Praises Proposed School Pay Raise Reform — Bill Awaits Snyder Signature or Veto

… scheduled for June 3. Richmond … Teacher Receives $53,756 in Salary, Contributes … Grow Unusual: For 30 Years Teachers Share … more

Mackinac Center President Invites Bob King to Debate ‘Protect Our Jobs’ Ballot Proposal After UAW Chief a No-Show at Policy Conference Debate

Wisconsin recall results show how seriously voters take issue of unionized government

… the outcome of this proposal will have a major … Communications  989-631-0900 MIDLAND — … debate the issue on May 31 at the Detroit Regional … amendment would benefit the 3 percent — the number … more

'Controlling' School Health Insurance Costs, Local Style

… aid for schools by $300 per pupil, the Petoskey school board proposed a plan to reduce … Michigan. Other components of the proposal won’t substantially … funding reductions so traumatic ($300 is just 3 percent … more

House Votes to Temporarily Trim Legislative Employee Benefits

… Democrats. A similar proposal that applies to the … tabulated more than 300 large public and … workers are receiving a 3 percent raise on Oct. … year: HOUSE REPUBLICANS (3) ~Caul   ~Lund … more

84 Companies Offered $63.8 Million Michigan Taxpayer Dollars In 2016

Yet Gov. Snyder says he doesn't believe in 'buying companies into our states'

… Program" Gov. Snyder proposed and the Legislature … Michigan and will collect $3 billion in cash subsidies … Corporation approved giving $63.8 million state taxpayer … more

$500,000 Retirement Nest Eggs Likely Under Teacher Pension Alternative

Like the current system, new one intended as a hefty supplement to Social Security

… numbers on what their proposed alternative would … must deposit another 37 cents into the state-run … pension system, the proposed alternative is intended … employee who works for 30 years at an average … more

Earmarking Increasing Government Revenue to Roads Is a Good Idea

It's that or an ever-increasing state

… over a House-passed proposal to earmark $600 million … revenues will be pushing $32 billion by the time … still covers the House proposal, without cutting a … year. That’s nearly $3 billion more than the … more

Another Local Politician Violates Election Law, Sanctions Again Unlikely

‘Elected officials ... violate the law far too often,’ says critic of taxpayer-funded tax-hike electioneering

… assessment. The proposal failed Nov. 7 by a 56-43 percent margin. There … residents to vote yes on a 3-mill property tax increase … said. The Fraser proposal would have imposed … more

Sheriffs Float the Idea of a Kayak Tax

Just another example of the trough truce

… Lawmakers introduced a proposal in 2010 that would … 2007-10, the fund gave $4.3 million to counties … 2016, and stood at $3.1 million for 2017. But … division. That leaves just $3 million for the 83 county … more

MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Fall 2012 Edition

… this issue: Proposal 2 Would Cost Taxpayers … Says Study: Proposal 3 Would Result in … Would Protect the 3 Percent at the Expense … more

Gov. Snyder Keeps Pace in State of the State

Bipartisan track record to expand government

… into two categories: Proposals to expand government vs. proposals to limit it. Over … proposed expansions, 3.75 proposed limitations Gov. … proposed expansions, 3 proposed limitations Gov. … more

Prop 2 Supporters Change Name

… Plenty if you’re Proposal 2 . The unions behind the proposal to change the state … unions that represent 3 percent of Michigan's … even if the ballot proposal still does not reach … more

Trump, Snyder Agree: More Visas for Foreigners With Degrees

Possible change of course for presidential candidate

… appear to agree. Among proposals for returning Detroit … issue during a March 3 candidate debate in … seen. After the March 3 debate, Trump posted … more

‘Protect Our Jobs’ Would Make Union Bosses the Most Powerful People in Michigan

Of the multitude of proposals scheduled for the … would benefit about 3 percent of Michigan’s … representatives. The proposed amendment states: … bosses representing the 3 percent — but be paid … more

Pension Protestors Should Be 401(k) Supporters

Offering 401(k)-style benefits is good for teachers and taxpayers alike

… with this savings, the proposed plan would be more … up: Taxpayers put $3.2 billion into the system … put in 3 percent. The proposed plan requires less … It costs taxpayers 37 percent of employee … more

July 20, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

… House pension reform proposal: Failed 16 to 22 in … settlement money: Passed 31 to 6 in the Senate … 1997). The House instead proposes keeping a somewhat … would increase from $3 million to $20 million. … more

GOP Budget Spends More on Film Subsidies

Picking Hollywood over taxpayers

… that has already been proposed for the program. Michigan’s … guaranteed up to 32 percent in give-backs. Last … plan also includes a proposal to slightly lower … Christmas ," " Transformers 3 ," " Real Steel " … more

Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

Results show the investment is not worth it

… Snyder, who previously proposed eliminating the subsidies, … last year. 3. No money . According … more

February 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

… from lawsuits if the proposed regulations are followed. Who … development: Passed 93 to 17 in the House To … "No"   Senate Bill 319 , Repeal mandatory … to the approximately 350 current prisoners … more

Ten Reasons to Reject State Obamacare Exchange

With a hat tip to the Goldwater Institute in Arizona

… to Michigan and to the proposed state exchange that … the exchange. "3. The federal government … Both PPACA and the proposed regulations prohibit … Presidential Executive Order 13132, which requires … more

Economics 101: Minimum Wage Kills Jobs

When prices go up, quantity demanded goes down

… a lot lately due to proposals at the state and … being lifted "by about 3 percent …" Writing … more

Archaic Prevailing Wage Law Should Be Repealed

State-imposed wages lead to unnecessary extra costs for taxpayers

… Robertson’s similar proposal, Senate Bill 3 . … estimates that, from 2003 to 2012, an average … road-funding plan, Proposal 1. But there’s … million per year, or $1.3 billion total, was added … more

Happy New Year: The Center Looks Back and Looks Forward

… power — the number of proposed expansions and limitations … A s 2013 comes to an end it may … highest average number of proposed expansions at 16.25. … Gov. Rick Snyder's 3-year average is a mere … more

Governor's Commission Rejects Voters' Judgment On More Windmills

Citizens voted down 25 percent 'green energy' mandate by huge margin; Snyder wants 30 percent

… Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed the state take steps to get 30 percent of its electric … himself. “Gov. Snyder’s 2015 proposal and the commission’s … having “a minimum of 30 percent clean energy … more

Will Republicans Backtrack on Corporate Welfare Cuts?

Many economic development programs receive bipartisan support

… Investment top GOP Proposal.” Their nine-point … The bill was passed 33-3 in the Senate, with … more

Detroit 'Openly and Notoriously' Went Bankrupt

Its reward? Maybe a state bailout

… ground to complain about proposals to give them disproportionately … lawmakers to ante up $350 million toward a partial … $1.75 billion and $3 billion. A few … more

July 12, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

… cap put in place by Proposal A in 1994 capped annual … the Senate on July 3 To discharge the … liquidation: Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on June … assessments: Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate … more

July 5, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

… cap put in place by Proposal A in 1994 capped annual … the Senate on July 3 To discharge the … liquidation: Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on June … assessments: Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate … more

Grand Traverse Residents 'Occupy' the Boardman

… is protesting the proposed removal of the dams, … Dam on Friday, Aug. 3, in order to raise awareness … that established the 370-acre Grand Traverse … expanded and repaired in 1930. Consumers Energy … more

October 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Key votes from 2013-14

… be applied toward a proposed bankruptcy settlement. Who … key votes of the 2013-2014 session. House … passed a more rigorous proposal, and has not taken … Detroit: Passed 74 to 36 in the House on May … more

Beware 'Wimpy' Tax Cut Promises

Politicians will gladly give tax relief later for a big tax increase today

… competing road funding proposals to cut the state … in 2002, when a 23-year phaseout of the … this tax cut trigger proposal is that “general fund” … in the House on July 3, 2002, an amendment … more

The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’

… upcoming sales tax ballot proposal. Part of the package … revenues are collecting $3 billion more than they … smaller exemptions. Proposal 1 of 2014 eliminated … will have paid out $734 million to those tax … more

‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot

… upcoming sales tax ballot proposal. The Earned Income … tax revenues are up $3 billion more than just … exemptions. Proposal 1 of 2014 eliminated … will have paid out $734 million to those tax … more

Budget Cutting Ideas Abound

… Mackinac Center first proposed this idea in 2003 … has risen more than 30 percent, from $40.0 … State Budget Office proposed a less expansive version … fiscal year to $52.3 billion this year. With … more

March 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

… The bill is part of proposal to essentially replace … Senate Bill 783 , Let landlords ban … initiative; the current proposal is intended to forestall … marijuana use: Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate To … more

Upside-Downside of “9-9-9” Income Tax Reform

… His “9-9-9” advocacy proposed dumping the current … not arbitrary. 3. Convenience Maxim. … fiasco befell Indiana’s proposed tax-easing more than … —an annual effort of 3.8 million full-time … more

Dec. 9 MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call Report

… available" jobs. Some of the proposed changes reflect what … health benefit: Passed 23 to 13 in the Senate To … collect money from a proposed mandate that would … more

April 13, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

… road and transit tax proposal, which also includes … Voting   Senate Bill 943 : Authorize extra punishment … ones that have been proposed). Homebuilders would … time. Senate Bill 1035 and House Bill … more

Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

… Trust’s heavy-handed proposal is a solution in search … lift Michigan’s No. 3 ranking higher in future … more

Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

… Trust’s heavy-handed proposal is a solution in search … lift Michigan’s No. 3 ranking higher in future … more

Don’t Subsidize Billionaires’ Hobbies; Take Away the Copyright

… change, and here’s one proposal worth considering: … are worth more than $3 billion, got the state … people in America, 39 are some sort of owner … more

February 14, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

… Initiative” ballot proposal, which authorized … offenses by minors: Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate To … linked to Senate Bill 319, which would make … more

Tax Cut ‘Fever’?

Happy New Year!

… side, several increase proposals are under active … closing days of 2013, long-time Michigan … House Bills 4202 and 4203 to impose sales taxes … current Legislature: a $3 billion expansion of … more

February 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

… that would go to a proposed "Private Forestland … waiver provision: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate … "No" Senate Bill 135 , Increase age … teacher-student sex: Passed 32 to 4 in the Senate … more

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