January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more

Senate Bill 90, Create African-American Affairs Commission: Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate

To create an Office of African-American Affairs in the state Department of Civil Rights, and a government African-American Affairs Commission consisting of 15 political appointees who have "a particular interest or expertise in African-American concerns," with the mission of developing “a unified policy and plan of action to serve the needs of African-Americans in this state.”

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Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4459, Allow embedding emergency contact info in drivers license: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To require the Secretary of State to embed machine-readable emergency contact information in digitized drivers licenses if a person requests this. Access to the embedded information would be limited to law enforcement agencies. House Bill 4460 does the same for state ID cards.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4813, Revise electrician licensure mandate detail: Passed 58 to 49 in the House

To revise details of a law that requires a person to accumulate 8,000 hours as an apprentice before he or she can get a state license to independently earn a living as an electrician. The bill would change a current restriction that limits a licensed electrician to having just one apprentice, by increasing this to three apprentices.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4552, Impose additional training mandate on school counselors: Passed 78 to 29 in the House

To mandate that school counselors must accumulate 50 hours of training on career and college admissions counseling, which would be provided by schools in lieu of other topics covered by existing "professional development" programs.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

SOURCE: MichiganVotes.org, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. Please visit http://www.MichiganVotes.org.