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2015 Senate Bill 571: Repeal annual union PAC contribution “re-up” requirement

Public Act 269 of 2015

Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on October 20, 2015 To repeal a requirement that union members or employees of a corporation who wish to have contributions to a union or corporate Political Action Committee (PAC) automatically deducted from their paycheck must affirmatively give consent on an annual basis by means of signing a permission form. The bill would repeal the annual “re-up” requirement. Also, to allow unions to ask members to contribute to their PAC on the same form they use to ask them to pay union dues, with similar provisions for companies and nonprofits.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on October 20, 2015
Reported in the Senate on October 29, 2015 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 4, 2015.
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To repeal a requirement that union members or employees of a corporation who wish to have contributions to a union or corporate PAC automatically deducted from their paycheck must affirmatively give consent on an annual basis by means of signing a permission form. The bill would repeal the annual “re-up” requirement. Also, to allow unions to ask members to contribute to their Political Action Committee (PAC) on the same form they use to ask them to pay union dues, with similar provisions for companies and nonprofits.
Received in the House on November 4, 2015
Referred to the House Elections Committee on November 4, 2015
Reported in the House on December 9, 2015 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on December 16, 2015 To add provisions revising a number of campaign finance law details, and prohibiting school districts and local governments from sending any communications to residents that mention an upcoming property tax millage or other local ballot measure within 60 days of the vote.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on December 16, 2015 To exempt incumbent judge campaign committees that raise or spend less than $1,000 from certain campaign finance reporting mandates.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 16, 2015
Passed 58 to 48 in the House on December 16, 2015.
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To repeal a requirement that union members or employees of a corporation who wish to have contributions to a union or corporate PAC automatically deducted from their paycheck must affirmatively give consent on an annual basis by means of signing a permission form. The bill would repeal the annual “re-up” requirement. Also, to add provisions revising a number of campaign finance law details, and prohibit schools and local governments from sending any communication to residents that mentions an upcoming property tax millage election within 60 days of the vote.
Received in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. David Knezek (D) on December 16, 2015 To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 224, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 224 would a impose two-year moratorium on lobbying by a former member of the Michigan House or Senate, or a former governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and Secretary of State.
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
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Substitute offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on December 16, 2015 To adopt a substitute that strips out many of the bill's provisions, and replaced them with provisions preferred by Democratic members.
The substitute failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
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Amendment offered in the Senate on December 16, 2015 To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 194, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 194 would to require candidates for most state and many local offices to file make detailed disclosures regarding their personal and family finances.
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on December 16, 2015 To strip out a provision repealing a mandate that election "robocalls" include an "I approve of this ad" type disclaimer.
The amendment passed 19 to 18 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on December 16, 2015 To impose additional campaign finance disclosure requirements on "independent expenditure committees".
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
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Moved to reconsider in the Senate on December 16, 2015 To reconsider the vote by which the Bieda amendment was adopted.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 16, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on December 16, 2015 To impose additional campaign finance disclosure requirements on "independent expenditure committees".
The amendment failed 18 to 19 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
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Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on December 16, 2015.
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To concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which added provisions revising a number of campaign finance law details, and prohibiting schools and local governments from sending any communication to residents that mentions an upcoming property tax millage election within 60 days of the vote.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 6, 2016

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