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2012 House Bill 5717: Authorize fruit grower crop loss loans

Public Act 193 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on May 31, 2012, to authorize a low-interest loan program for agricultural growers, processors, and some retail establishments, to alleviate crop damage attributable to a natural disaster. Up to $15 million is spending on subsidies would be authorized. This is intended to aid fruit growers and producers who suffered extensive crop damage in 2012 due to an extended March warm spell followed by a hard freeze.
    • Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on May 31, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on June 6, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) 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. Kevin Daley (R) on June 6, 2012, to clarify wording related to the $15 million appropriation. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Daley (R) on June 6, 2012, to clarify timing details related to the $15 million appropriation. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2012.
  2. Passed 104 to 5 in the House on June 6, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 7, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 7, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 14, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 14, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 14, 2012.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 14, 2012, to authorize a low-interest loan program for agricultural growers, processors, and some retail establishments, to alleviate crop damage attributable to a natural disaster. Up to $15 million is spending on subsidies would be authorized. This is intended to aid fruit growers and producers who suffered extensive crop damage in 2012 due to an extended March warm spell followed by a hard freeze.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 14, 2012.
  6. Passed 103 to 6 in the House on June 14, 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 June 26, 2012.

Comments

Re: 2012 House Bill 5717 (Authorize fruit grower crop loss loans )  by Mike Hignite on July 3, 2012 

The agricultural business is inherently tied to weather.  The citizens of Michigan should not be subsidizing the risk of private businesses.  If that business is concerned about weather risk, it can buy private insurance against weather-related losses. 


Pretend it is another business -- a ski resort.  If we have unseasonable warm winters with little snow, should we pay subsidies to Mt. Brighton?  No, this is their business.   Do we tax them more if we have tons of daily fresh snow?  Of course not. 


Get government the hell out of everyone's business.  Last year we had a bumper crop of cherries, but the cherry law quota required growers to dump cherries on the road to keep prices high.  This year bad weather crippled the crop, and now we are supposed to subsidize the loss?  If government would actually allow a capital market, both problems would go away.  Adam Smith knew and wrote about it in 1776.  How long will it take for us to actually learn and do what works.



2012 House Bill 5717 (Authorize fruit grower crop loss loans )  by admin on June 13, 2012 
Introduced in the House on May 31, 2012, to authorize a low-interest loan program for agricultural growers, processors, and some retail establishments, to alleviate crop damage attributable to a natural disaster. Up to $15 million is spending on subsidies would be authorized. This is intended to aid fruit growers and producers who suffered extensive crop damage in 2012 due to an extended March warm spell followed by a hard freeze

The vote was 104 in favor, 5 opposed and 1 not voting

(House Roll Call 369 at House Journal 0)

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