Capitol Update for the Week of March 3, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In order to help make our state government more transparent and accessible to my constituents, each week that there is session I am going to post to my website a synopsis of the work each House committee will do for the week. This will include the time and location for the meeting as well as any bills or presentations the committee will hear. Each agenda item will include the bill number, the sponsor, and a brief summary of the legislation. If you would like to read in greater detail about any of these bills, you can read them in their full-text at www.legislature.mi.gov.

Please also note that you and your neighbors are welcome to observe any committee meeting or legislative session. Most House committee meetings are in the House Office Building (124 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing) but some convene in the Capitol across the street.

As your elected officials, it is our job to conduct legislative business with efficiency and transparency. I hope you find these posts helpful and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Week of March 3, 2014: Committee Meetings

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Community Health

Date: Monday, March 3

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 352, House Appropriations Room, State Capitol

Agenda:

Public Testimony – Executive Budget Recommendation for FY 2014-15 on Behavioral Health Services and Medical Services

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 307, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentations on Economic and Rural Development, Strategic Growth Initiative, and Agricultural Exports

Regulatory Reform

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 504 - (Sen. Hune) - Liquor; other; administration of the liquor control code; clarify.

SB 505 - (Sen. Hune) - Liquor; other; prohibition of aiding or assisting other vendors; modify.

SB 506 - (Sen. Hune) - Liquor; tax; collection and payment of the beer tax; clarify.

SB 507 - (Sen. Hune) - Liquor; tax; method for collection and payment of wine and mixed spirit drink tax; provide for.

SB 650 - (Sen. Hune) - Liquor; distribution; distribution of beer produced by certain micro brewers to a retailer; allow.

SB 329 - (Sen. Hildenbrand) - Liquor; other; provision regarding the acquisition, sale, development, or operation of real property to another vendor by a brewer; expand to include wine maker, distiller, or brandy manufacturer and limit the number of real properties.

HB 5284 - (Rep. Lane) - Occupations; residential builders; relicensing of certain formerly licensed residential builders and residential maintenance and alteration contractors; expand authority of board.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on General Government

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

Testimony on Proposed FY 2014-15 budgets:

  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation/Michigan Strategic Fund
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority
  • Michigan Land Bank

Energy and Technology

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5282 - (Rep. Pscholka) - Crimes; other; right to use force when providing security at a nuclear generating facility; clarify.

Health Policy

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5345 - (Rep. Lori) - Crime victims; other; reference to mentally retarded and mental retardation; modify.

HB 5346 - (Rep. Cavanagh) - Children; child care; reference to mentally retarded and mental retardation; modify.

HB 5347 - (Rep. Haines) - Mental health; developmental disability; reference to mentally retarded and mental retardation; change to developmental disability.

HB 5348 - (Rep. Leonard) - Mental health; developmental disability; reference to mentally retarded and mental retardation; change to developmental disability.

HB 5349 - (Rep. Cotter) - Mental health; developmental disability; reference to mentally retarded in revised judicature act; replace with developmentally disabled.

HB 5350 - (Rep. Cochran) - Children; other; reference to mentally retarded and mental retardation; modify.

HB 5351 - (Rep. Knezek) - Mental health; developmental disability; reference to mentally retarded children to developmentally disabled children; modify.

HB 5352 - (Rep. Somerville) - Mental health; developmental disability; reference to mentally retarded; change to developmentally disabled.

HB 5332 - (Rep. Lori) - Health; substance abuse; uniform substance use disorder credentialing program; require certain state departments and agencies to comply with the program developed by the department.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on School Aid

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Great Start Readiness Program and Early Childhood Funding

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Education

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: Noon

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Michigan Department of Education School Reform Efforts

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: Noon

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

  • Public Testimony on Governor’s FY 2014-15 State Transportation Budget Proposal
  • Public Transit

Oversight

Date: Tuesday, March 4

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

  • Testimony from the Department of Education on the Performance Audit of Early On, November 2013
  • Testimony from the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on the Performance Audit of the Business Enterprise Program, November 2012

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Higher Education

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol

Agenda:

Testimony from Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan

Tax Policy

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5342 - (Rep. Lyons) - Use tax; exemptions; over-the-counter medications sold pursuant to a prescription; exempt.

SB 516 - (Sen. Booher) - Corporate income tax; financial institutions; certain foreign corporations, tax base, and unitary filing provisions; revise.

SB 622 - (Sen. Booher) - Use tax; exemptions; exemption for property affixed to property in another state; revise effective date.

Military and Veterans Affairs

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 308, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 671 - (Sen. Moolenaar) - Occupations; licensing fees; waiver of initial application and initial registration and license fees for certain veterans; provide for.

SB 672 - (Sen. Green) - Occupations; security guards; waiver of initial fees for security business and alarm licenses; authorize for certain veterans.

Commerce

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5097 - (Rep. Walsh) - Labor; arbitration; limitation on wage increases during collective bargaining agreement negotiations; provide for exceptions.

Education

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 307, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 120 – (Sen. Colbeck) - Education; curriculum; certain American heritage instruction and documents; allow and prohibit censorship of.

SB 121 – (Sen. Colbeck) - Education; curriculum; celebrate freedom week to be observed in all public schools; require.

SB 423 – (Sen. Colbeck) - Education; school districts; instruction in certain United States historical information; require.

Financial Services

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: Noon

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5119 - (Rep. VerHeulen) - Commercial code; bank deposits and collections; application of article 4a of the uniform commercial code; revise.

SB 547 - (Sen. Booher) - Commercial code; commercial paper; general revisions to article 3 of the uniform commercial code; provide for.

SB 548 - (Sen. Booher) - Commercial code; commercial paper; references to uniform commercial code in uniform electronic transactions act; update.

SB 549 - (Sen. Booher) - Commercial code; bank deposits and collections; general revisions to article 4 of the uniform commercial code; provide for.

SB 551 - (Sen. Booher) - Commercial code; secured transactions; calculation of damages for violation of article 9 by secured party; revise, and extend rules in deficiency actions to consumer transactions.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Judiciary

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: Noon

Location: Room 327, House Office Building

Agenda:

Overview of the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office

  • Dawn Van Hoek, Director, State Appellate Defender Office

Overview of the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System

  • Thomas M. Harp, Administrator, MAACS

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Room 424, State Capitol

Agenda:

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: Veterans Programs

Appropriations: Subcommittee on ASC Environmental Quality

Date: Thursday, March 6

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

DEQ Presentations:

  • Water Quality and Use Initiative
  • Electronic Document Management System

Judiciary

Date: Thursday, March 6

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5091 – (Rep. Johnson) - Weapons; other; brandishing a firearm; exempt the carrying of a firearm that is holstered or carried on a sling.

HB 5092 – (Rep. Dillon) - Weapons; other; definition of brandish; provide for.

Financial Liability Reform

Date: Thursday, March 6

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4964 - (Rep. Walsh) - Retirement; investments; automatic enrollment in certain retirement plans; allow public employers to provide and limit liability for default investment decisions.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Natural Resources

Date: Thursday, March 6

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

DNR Presentations:

  • Forestry Program
  • Wildfire Protection Program
  • Mackinac Island State Park

Best Management Practices for Water Quality and Forestry