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2013 House Bill 4254: Exempt “electric carriages” from motor vehicle regulations

Public Act 36 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on February 14, 2013, to exempt “electric carriages” from regulations and taxes authorized under the Michigan vehicle code. These are defined as “a horse-drawn carriage that has been retrofitted to be propelled by an electric motor instead of by a horse and that is used to provide taxi service.” The bill would benefit a Detroit operation called "Andre's Carriage Tours" by letting it operate statewide.
    • Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on February 14, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 5, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 14, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 19, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on March 19, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 17, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 8, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that uses this as a "vehicle" for a measure to ban hand-held cell phone use by truck drivers, and bans cell phone use and texting by school bus drivers. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 8, 2013.
  4. Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on May 9, 2013, to ban using a hand-held mobile telephone to talk while operating a commercial motor vehicle or school bus. Also, to exempt “electric carriages” from regulations and taxes authorized under the Michigan vehicle code. These are defined as “a horse-drawn carriage that has been retrofitted to be propelled by an electric motor instead of by a horse and that is used to provide taxi service.” The bill would benefit a Detroit operation called "Andre's Carriage Tours" by letting it operate statewide.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on May 9, 2013.
  6. Passed 106 to 0 in the House on May 14, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 21, 2013.

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