September 29, 2014

Capitol Update for the Week of Sept. 29, 2014

In order to help make our state government more transparent and accessible to my constituents, each week that there is session I am going to post to my website a synopsis of the work each House committee will do for the week. This will include the time and location for the meeting as well as any bills or presentations the committee will hear. Each agenda item will include the bill number, the sponsor, and a brief summary of the legislation. If you would like to read in greater detail about any of these bills, you can read them in their full-text at www.legislature.mi.gov.

Please also note that you and your neighbors are welcome to observe any committee meeting or legislative session. Most House committee meetings are in the House Office Building (124 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing) but some convene in the Capitol across the street.

As your elected officials, it is our job to conduct legislative business with efficiency and transparency. I hope you find these posts helpful and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Week of Sept. 29, 2014: Committee Meetings

Energy and Technology

Date Tuesday, Sept. 30

Time 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5806 - (Rep. Pscholka) - Higher education; community colleges; term of installment contracts for energy conservation improvements allowed under statute; extend.

SCR 14 - (Sen. Casperson) - A concurrent resolution to urge the United States Environmental Protection Agency to forgo its recent proposal to tighten emission limits on wood stoves.

Regulatory Reform Date: Tuesday, Sept. 30

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5578 - (Rep. Crawford) - Liquor; authorized distribution agents; cap on the per case distribution fee; eliminate.

HB 4651 - (Rep. Singh) - Health; smoking; exemption of business from smoking ban; prohibit transfer of exemption to a different business and modify conditions for transfer to a different location.

HB 5513 - (Rep. Schor) - Mobile homes; other; manufactured housing reforms; specify remedies for health and safety violations and provide other reforms.

Transportation and Infrastructure

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5117 - (Rep. Victory) - Counties; boards and commissions; transfer of functions of a county road commission to the county board of commissioners; eliminate sunset.

HB 5118 - (Rep. Victory) - Counties; boards and commissions; powers and duties of county road commissioners to be exercised by the county board of commissioners; eliminate sunset.

HB 5408 - (Rep. Schmidt) - Vehicles; other; commercial quadricycle; define and exclude from definition of “motor vehicle”.

HB 5409 - (Rep. Irwin) - Vehicles; other; commercial quadricycles; allow to serve alcohol under certain circumstances and make other revisions to Michigan vehicle code.

SB 903 - (Sen. Hildenbrand) - Vehicles; fund-raising registration plates; fund-raising registration plate recognizing “Michigan Blood”; create, and earmark to Michigan Blood.

SB 970 - (Sen. Casperson) - Vehicles; driver training; certain requirements applicable to commercial learner’s permit; amend to comply with federal regulations.

Testimony only:

HB 5595 - (Rep. Howrylak) - History and arts; historic sites; second amendment monument on the capitol grounds; provide for.

Health Policy

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5668 - (Rep. Lyons) - Health; emergency response; auto-injectable epinephrine; allow prescribers to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense to authorized entities under certain circumstances and limit liability.

Testimony and Vote

HB 5839 - (Rep. Kesto) - Health; occupations; permanent revocation; define.

HB 5840 - (Rep. Somerville) - Health; occupations; grounds for disciplinary subcommittee action; include certain assault, murder, and manslaughter convictions.

HB 5841 - (Rep. Farrington) - Health; occupations; intentional acts by a licensee and registrant resulting in his or her financial gain and harm to patients; allow disciplinary subcommittee to impose sanction of permanent revocation.

HB 5842 - (Rep. Pettalia) - Health; occupations; reinstatement of or limitation on a permanently revoked license or registration; prohibit.

Presentation on “Hot-Spotting/Super Utilizers” by Dr. Corey Waller, M.D., Spectrum Health Center for Integrative Medicine.

Oversight

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 30

Time: Noon

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5802 - (Rep. Cavanagh) - Housing; homeless; interagency council on homelessness; create.

Tax Policy

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5202 - (Rep. McCready) - Property tax; special assessments; certain special assessments placed on property; eliminate being placed as a lien on property.

SB 831 - (Sen. Nofs) - Property tax; principal residence exemption; homestead exemption; prohibit increase upon death of homeowner under certain conditions.

SB 786 - (Sen. Caswell) - Property tax; exemptions; aquaculture production facility and hydroponics production facility; exempt.

SB 787 - (Sen. Caswell) - Taxation; specific tax; specific tax on hydroponics and aquaculture production facilities; provide for.

Military and Veterans Affairs

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 308, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5418 - (Rep. Knezek) - Labor; employment preference; voluntary veterans’ preference; allow for private businesses

Criminal Justice

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Room 327, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 585 - (Sen. Nofs) - Crimes; prostitution; minimum age of person committing certain prostitution-related crimes; increase, and prohibit local units of government from enacting or enforcing ordinances that establish a lower minimum age except under certain circumstances.

HB 4914 - (Rep. McMillin) - Law enforcement; reports; reporting requirements relating to SWAT teams; establish. Testimony Only

SB 325 - (Sen. Jones) - Children; abduction; uniform child abduction prevention act; create.

SB 998 - (Sen. Jones) - Law enforcement; other; sexual assault evidence kit tracking and reporting act; create.

SB 1004 - (Sen. Johnson) - Crime victims; rights; sexual assault victim’s rights act; create.

SB 1021 - (Sen. Johnson) - Health facilities; hospitals; administration of and procedures relating to sexual assault evidence kit; modify, and require patient be notified of payment provisions applicable to sexual assault medical forensic examination.

SB 1036 - (Sen. Jones) - Health; testing; administration of HIV testing of certain defendants; require expedited testing upon request of victim under certain circumstances.

Michigan Competitiveness

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1

Time: Noon

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4148 - (Rep. Shirkey) - Higher education; community colleges; granting of baccalaureate degrees in certain fields; allow.

Financial Services

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1

Time: Noon

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5835 - (Rep. Callton) - Occupations; business licensing and regulation; statewide database of transactions by precious metal and gem dealers; create, and require participation.

HB 5836 - (Rep. Callton) - Occupations; junk and secondhand dealers; statewide database of transactions; create, and require participation.

HB 5837 - (Rep. Callton) - Occupations; pawnbrokers; statewide electronic database of pawned items and certain other items of personal property; provide for, and make general revisions to licensing statute.

HR 395 - (Rep. McMillin) - A resolution to urge the Congress of the United States to direct the Comptroller General to complete a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the federal reserve banks.

Families, Children and Seniors

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1

Time: Noon

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 890 - (Sen. Caswell) - Human services; children’s services; support subsidy; rename, and provide for deferred determination of care agreements for certain adoptions.

HB 5825 - (Rep. Shirkey) - Children; adoption; option to disclose identity of paternity in a private adoption; allow.

HB 5849 - (Rep. Hovey-Wright) - Children; protection; children’s assurance of quality foster care policy; create.

HB 5850 - (Rep. Denby) - Children; foster care; specific policy for foster children; create.

HB 5851 - (Rep. Darany) - Children; foster care; information regarding the foster children’s assurance of quality foster care policy; require the department of human services to provide to foster children.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Joint Capital Outlay

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Senate Appropriations, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

  1. Presentations on FY 2014-15 Capital Outlay Priority Project Requests — Central Michigan University — Glen Oaks Community College — Gogebic Community College — Michigan State University — Wayne State University
  2. Kalamazoo Valley Community College - Healthy Living Campus Cost Share Adjustment

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