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

Public Act 202 of 2013

  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 3, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on December 3, 2013.
  4. Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on December 11, 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 17, 2013.

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