February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Flint water bill rebates, dark skies, tax breaks for developers

Senate Bill 136, Flint water contamination response - rebate water bills: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To appropriate $30 million from state revenue (not federal) to provide water bill refunds to Flint households that were paying for contaminated water.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 673, Extend tax breaks for local developers program: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

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To extend through 2026 the authority of local governments to grant "Obsolete Property Rehabilitation" property tax breaks to particular developers they select. Under current law this expires at the end of 2016.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 501, Require alien drivers have visa or passport while driving: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To require resident aliens who drive a vehicle in Michigan to have both a valid drivers license issued by their native land and a passport or valid visa. Current law only requires a valid drivers license. (A legal alien can also get a Michigan drivers license.)

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4583, Authorize interstate medical licensure compact: Passed 103 to 3 in the House

To authorize Michigan’s participation in an interstate medical licensure compact that would establish “a streamlined process that allows physicians to become licensed in multiple states.” Among other things this would make it easier for residents to access innovative “telemedicine” health care delivery services.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 5023, Establish more “dark sky preserves”: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate

To designate the Rockport State Recreation Area, Negwegon State Park, and Thompson's Harbor State Park as “dark sky preserves,” which means state authorities must restrict outdoor lighting to only that needed for safety, security or reasonable use and enjoyment.

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.