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2011 House Bill 5125: Allow elimination of road commissions

Public Act 14 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on October 26, 2011, to authorize a county board of commissioners to abolish the county road commission and assume its powers and duties.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on October 26, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on November 9, 2011, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on November 29, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that would require a vote of the people to dissolve a road commission. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on November 29, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises the method for eliminating a road commission. See House-passed bill for details. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2011.
  2. Passed 66 to 40 in the House on November 30, 2011, to establish that a county road commission can be eliminated by a county board if its creation was originally authorized by the county board, and eliminated by a vote of the people if that's how it was originally authorized. If either happens, the county board would assume the duty of managing the county's road system.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 1, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on December 1, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 14, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 15, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that requires a vote of the people to eliminate any county road commission, and sunsets the bill in 2015. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 15, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. John Gleason (D) on December 15, 2011, to require additional public notice and hearing requirements to eliminate a county road commission. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 15, 2011.
  4. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on December 15, 2011, to establish that a county road commission can be eliminated by a county board if the road commission's members are appointed, and eliminated by a vote of the people if they are elected. If either happens, the county board would assume the duty of managing the county's road system.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 15, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on February 7, 2012, to move up by one year a 2015 deadline in the bill for counties to make this decision. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 7, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on February 7, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does requies a vote of the people in all county road commission power transfers, and requires public hearings. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on February 7, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on February 7, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does requies a vote of the people in all county road commission power transfers, and requires public hearings. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on February 7, 2012.
  6. Passed 63 to 41 in the House on February 7, 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 February 21, 2012.

Comments

Re: 2011 House Bill 5125 (Allow elimination of road commissions )  by Negs on January 10, 2012 

 Does anyone know where this bill now stands?  Thanks.



Re: 2011 House Bill 5125 (Allow elimination of road commissions )  by gypsy on January 9, 2012 
Any proof for those allegations?

Re: 2011 House Bill 5125 (Allow elimination of road commissions )  by TaterSalad on January 9, 2012 

 Road Commissions are an entitlement and here is why:  Take a look at Wayne countys road commission and their free spending and hiring with relatives and goods with county $$.  Ficano and his cronys are a providing a big entitlement  their cronys for supporting him.



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