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2014 Senate Bill 748: Revise limousine regulations and special Detroit powers
  1. Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on January 30, 2014, to allow Detroit to expand the scope of a protectionist city regulatory regime on “limousines,” by increasing the capacity limit of vehicles subject to the city's restrictions from ones that carry six or fewer people including the driver to ones that carry eight. The bill would also lower the city population threshold in a law that authorizes Detroit to impose these regulations, to reflect the city's shrinking population. The limousine regulations have the effect of limiting competition to the taxi cartels that are protected by the city. The bill is cosponsored by Oakland County Republican Mike Kowall.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on January 30, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 4, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Virgil Smith, Jr. (D) on June 11, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
  2. Passed 30 to 8 in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 12, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Local Government Committee on June 12, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on November 13, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill be referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    • Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on November 13, 2014.