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April 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

School tax hikes, cash-only for rims, bigger fonts on seed warnings

Senate Bill 637, Expand grass seed seller regulations: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To revise details of a law that imposes a testing and labeling mandate on grass seed sellers. The bill would require cool season lawn and turf seed and mixtures to include a "sell by" date, and ban selling them if a state-mandated germination test was more than 15 months earlier. The bill would also require a larger font size be used on a required warning label.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 5257, Revise liquor marketing regulations: Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate

To revise the very detailed regulations and restrictions on alcohol marketing so as to permit wholesalers and retailers to use social media to promote product tastings and inform consumers of where to find their products.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

Senate Bill 331, Ban parts shops paying cash for rims and tires: Passed 83 to 24 in the House

To prohibit used auto parts dealers from paying cash to an individual for used tires, wheels and rims. Only payments by traceable checks, electronic transfers, etc. would be allowed. This bill is intended as a theft prevention measure.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

House Bill 4578, Authorize school recreation property taxes: Passed 108 to 0 in the House

To add school districts to a law that lets several local governments organize a recreational authority with the power to levy up to one-mill of property tax for swimming pools, recreation centers, public auditoriums, public conference centers and parks. The law is silent on whether the recreational facilities could be school facilities if the bill becomes law, but does require them to be open to the public. It also requires voters in each municipality to approve one of these tax levies.

Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No”

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Ban government employee pension “spiking”

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Clarify right to have guns in vehicles

  2016 Senate Bill 826
Scrap “Common Core” curriculum and tests

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Revise gas station liquor license provision



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