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2014 Senate Bill 768: Appropriations: Higher Education
  1. Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 11, 2014, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Higher Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 11, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 29, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 6, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 6, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on May 6, 2014, to not use any money from the state School Aid Fund in this budget, but only money from the state general fund. The amendment failed 18 to 20 in the Senate on May 6, 2014.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on May 6, 2014, to remove a provision requiring universities to report on their attempts to "accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs of students enrolled in accredited counseling degree programs." The provision relates to allegations in news reports that universities are disciplining or discriminating against students in counseling, social work, or psychology programs because the student refuses to counsel a client about goals that conflict with the student's sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on May 6, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young (D) on May 6, 2014, to strip out language that mandates reports from universities on their embryonic stem cell research. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on May 6, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on May 6, 2014, to require universities to submit a report on how much they spend on health care services for uninsured students. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 6, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on May 6, 2014, to remove a prohibition on universities providing health insurance or other fringe benefits for "unmarried partners" of employees. The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on May 6, 2014.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on May 6, 2014, the Senate version of the higher education budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $1.527 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.430 billion the previous year.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 6, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on May 6, 2014.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on May 14, 2014, to adopt a version of the budget that contains no appropriations, but is instead intended to launch negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2014.
  4. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2014, to send the bill back to the Senate "stripped" of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on May 20, 2014.
  6. Failed 0 to 38 in the Senate on May 20, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on June 12, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 12, 2014.

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