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2013 House Bill 4026: Require posting of agency agreements with the feds, other states
  1. Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on January 22, 2013, to require that before a state agency or a local government enters a cross-border memorandum of understanding, agreement, compact, or similar binding agreement with the federal government or another state, it must do a review to determine it does not exceed its authority or violate the state constitution. Information on each agreement would also be forwarded to the Attorney General (who would not be required to do anything with it) and posted on a state web site. Existing agreements that are legally binding would also have to be posted on this state website. In 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a nearly identical bill that passed the legislature with no votes in opposition.
    • Referred to the House Oversight Committee on January 22, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 9, 2013, to only require the legal review the bill would mandate to be sent to the Attorney General after a proposed agreement is executed, not before. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 9, 2013.
  2. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on April 10, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 11, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on April 11, 2013.