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2012 House Bill 5688: Authorize municipal streetlight authority

Public Act 392 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on May 29, 2012, to authorize the creation of municipal lighting authorities, which would have the power to borrow to create and operate a streetlight system for one or more cities (primarily for Detroit). Municipalities could contract with the authority to provide this service, and offer a full faith and credit pledge to repay the authority’s debt.
    • Referred to the House Local, Intergovernmental, and Regional Affairs Committee on May 29, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on May 31, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 6, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on June 6, 2012, to include provisions that would require the proposed authority to hire Detroit municipal streetlight workers under their same union contract benefits and conditions, and imposing other collective bargaining mandates. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on June 6, 2012, to restrict "revolving door" hiring by a contractor engaged by proposed authority of officials formerly employed by the city department that previously provided the streetlight service. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on June 6, 2012, to require the proposed authority to subsidize the relocation of low income residents from a portion of the city that less than 30 percent of the streetlights work. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on June 6, 2012, to require local governments served by the proposed authority to approve any changes to its proposed works plan. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on June 6, 2012, to require local governments served by the proposed authority to approve any changes to its proposed works plan. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) on June 6, 2012, to tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 970 and House Bill 5705, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those ones do also. Those bills would increase the Detroit city income tax and earmark some Detroit utility tax revenue to the authority, respectively. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. David Nathan (D) on June 6, 2012, to limit authority contract with companies to a maximum of 10 years. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on June 7, 2012, to impose collective bargaining mandates on the proposed authority. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012.
  2. Passed 79 to 27 in the House on June 7, 2012, to authorize the creation of a Detroit streetlight authority with the power to borrow money to restore the city's streetlights, 70 percent of which are reportedly out. The bill requires passage of House Bill 5705, which would authorize earmarking Detroit utility tax revenue to pay off the new debt.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Motion in the House on June 7, 2012, to give immediate effect.
  4. The motion passed 77 to 29 in the House on June 7, 2012, to give the bill immediate effect.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on June 12, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on June 12, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 13, 2012, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on June 14, 2012, to revise the board of the proposed Detroit streetlight authority. Three members would be selected by the governor, and five by the Detroit City Council. Also, to require enactment of bills allowing suspension of a required decrease in the city income, and another earmarking some city utility tax to pay the authority's debt (Senate Bill 970 and House Bill 5705) before this bill can go into effect. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 14, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on June 14, 2012, to require enactment of a bill allowing the suspension of a required decrease in the Detroit city utility tax (House Bill 5705) before this bill can go into effect. The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on June 14, 2012.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on June 14, 2012, to remove a provision limiting to Detroit another provision allowing a city's unions to bargain for the unionization of a lighting authority's employees. The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on June 14, 2012.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on September 12, 2012.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 4, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 4, 2012.
  6. Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on December 4, 2012, to authorize a Detroit streetlight authority with the power to borrow money to restore the city's streetlights, 70 percent of which are reportedly out. The bill requires passage of House Bill 5705, which would let Detroit earmark current utility tax revenue to pay off the new debt, and Senate Bill 970, which would suspend a required city income tax reduction until the new debt is paid off. It also allows Detroit's city unions to bargain for the unionization of the authority's employees.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the House on December 4, 2012.
  8. Passed 60 to 49 in the House on December 13, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 19, 2012.

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