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2013 House Bill 4546: Increase marketing “assessments” imposed on potato growers

Public Act 202 of 2013

Introduced by Rep. Rick Outman (R) on April 16, 2013 To authorize higher marketing “assessments” imposed on potato growers with more than 20 acres. Specifically, the state "potato commission" could increase these fees from the current maximum of 1.5 cents per hundred weight to as much as 5.5 cents. The bill would also revise details of the political appointees authorized to set these fees.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on April 16, 2013
Reported in the House on May 15, 2013 With the recommendation that the amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the House on November 14, 2013
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 14, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on November 14, 2013 To make passage of the bill contingent on repealing the state "right to work" law.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 14, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on November 14, 2013 To allow growers and potato shippers to opt-out of being required to pay into this marketing scheme.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 14, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Daley (R) on November 14, 2013 To only allow a referendum on the assessments if at least 25 percent of the growers sign a petition, eliminating an alternative provision requiring this if at least 200 growers sign a petition.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 14, 2013
Passed 73 to 37 in the House on November 14, 2013 To increase the maximum "assessment" that can be levied on growers under a government potato marketing scheme, with exceptions for smaller growers, and revise the constituents represented on the board of political appointees authorized to determine the level of assessments.
Received in the Senate on December 3, 2013
Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on December 3, 2013
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on December 11, 2013 (same description)
To increase the maximum "assessment" that can be levied on growers under a government potato marketing scheme, with exceptions for smaller growers, and revise the constituents represented on the board of political appointees authorized to determine the level of assessments.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 17, 2013

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