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2012 House Bill 5705: Use Detroit utility tax money for streetlights instead of police

Public Act 393 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on May 30, 2012, to allow revenue from a Detroit utility tax originally intended pay for police officers to instead be used to pay for the streetlights provided by the municipal lighting authority proposed by House Bill 5688.
    • Referred to the House Local, Intergovernmental, and Regional Affairs Committee on May 30, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on May 31, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 7, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on June 7, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. (D) on June 7, 2012, to tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 970 and House Bill 5688, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those ones do also. Those bills would increase the Detroit city income tax and create a Detroit streetlight authority, respectively. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on June 7, 2012, to require Detroit to pay $12.5 million annually to its streetligt department. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 7, 2012.
  2. Passed 92 to 14 in the House on June 7, 2012, to allow $12.5 million in annual revenue from a Detroit utility tax originally intended pay for police officers to instead be used to pay for the streetlights provided by the municipal lighting authority proposed by House Bill 5688. This bill also requires passage of another one (Senate Bill 970) which would allow Detroit to raise its city income tax to 3.0 percent for residents and 1.5 percent for non-residents who work in the city.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. 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 strip out a section that removes from this statute some obsolete language unrelated to this bill. 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 bills allowing suspension of a required decrease in the city income, and another creating a proposed Detroit streelight authority (Senate Bill 970 and House Bill 5688) before this bill can go into effect.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on September 12, 2012.
  4. Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on December 4, 2012, to allow $12.5 million in annual revenue from a Detroit utility tax originally intended pay for police officers to instead be used to pay debt service on money borrowed for streetlight repairs (see House Bill 5688). This bill also requires passage of another one (Senate Bill 970) which would allow Detroit to suspend a required city income tax reduction until the new streetlight debt is paid off.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 4, 2012.
  6. Passed 61 to 48 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 19, 2012.

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