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2011 House Bill 4496: Authorize certain community college bachelors degrees

Public Act 495 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on March 24, 2011, to allow community colleges to grant bachelor degrees in nursing, cement technology, maritime technology, energy production technology or culinary arts.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on March 24, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on June 8, 2011, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on June 22, 2011, to prohibit community colleges from offering bachelor degree programs that have not met the requirements of national or regional accreditation bodies. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 22, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on June 22, 2011, to prohibit community college bachelor degree programs if they would compete with a nearby state university program. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 22, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa L. Howze (D) on June 22, 2011, to require community college bachelor degree nursing programs to be approved by the state government board of nursing. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 22, 2011.
  2. Passed 67 to 43 in the House on June 23, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 29, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on June 29, 2011.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on December 13, 2012, to more precisely define the bachelor degrees community colleges could offer. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 13, 2012.
  4. Passed 20 to 17 in the Senate on December 13, 2012, to allow community colleges to grant bachelor degrees in nursing, cement technology, maritime technology, energy production technology or culinary arts.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 13, 2012.
  6. Passed 65 to 44 in the House on December 13, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 27, 2012.

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