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2013 Senate Bill 218: Expand borrow-and-spend "water resource improvement authorities"

Public Act 25 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on February 26, 2013, to eliminate the sunset on local governments creating new “water resource improvement authorities”which use extra property tax levies and “tax increment financing” schemes to divert other taxing units' property tax revenue to cover debt service payments on debt they incur for various recreation and development projects. The bill would also expand the scope of activities and geographic limits of these entities, letting them borrow and spend for dredging among other things.
    • Referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Committee on February 26, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 13, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 13, 2013.
  2. Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on March 14, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 14, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on March 14, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on April 9, 2013, with the recommendation that the amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the House on April 17, 2013, to establish that if passed the bill will go into effect 90 days later. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on April 17, 2013, to establish that if passed the bill will go into effect 90 days later. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2013.
  4. Passed 92 to 16 in the House on April 18, 2013, to eliminate the sunset on local governments creating new “water resource improvement authorities”which use extra property tax levies and “tax increment financing” schemes to divert other taxing units' property tax revenue to cover debt service payments on debt they incur for various recreation and development projects. The bill would also expand the scope of activities and geographic limits of these entities, letting them borrow and spend for dredging among other things.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on April 23, 2013.
  6. Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 9, 2013.

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