Capitol Update for the Week of Feb. 10, 2014

Monday, February 10, 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 Feb. 10, 2014: Committee Meetings

Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 307, House Office Building

Agenda:

House Fiscal presentation on FY 2014-15 Executive Recommendation

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

Testimony on proposed FY 2014-15 budgets from:

- Department of Attorney General
- Office of the Auditor General
- Department of Civil Rights

Regulatory Reform

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 612 - (Sen. Hopgood) - Occupations; barbers; hours of education requirement; revise.

Health Policy

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5136 - (Rep. Lori) - Mental health; other; uniform mental health release form; create

Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Overview of the FY 2014-15 Executive Budget Recommendation for School Aid

Transportation and Infrastructure

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4781 - (Rep. Jacobsen) - Traffic control; driver license; number of temporary instruction permits for motorcyclist; limit, and expand conditions for operation by a permitted motorcycle operator.

SB 263 - (Sen. Caswell) - Transportation; railroads; provision in state transportation preservation act of 1976 allowing for rail divestiture or leases to current operators of certain railroad properties; remove, and repeal other provisions.

SB 463 - (Sen. Caswell) - Vehicles; registration plates; required attachment of registration plate to rear of vehicle; eliminate requirement for certain historic military vehicles.

Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: Noon

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Overview of the FY 2014-15 Executive Budget Recommendation for the Department of Education

Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: Noon

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentation by Kirk T. Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation on the FY 2014-15 State Transportation Budget

Elections and Ethics

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: Noon

Location: Room 327, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5152 - (Rep. Lyons) - Elections; petitions; signature, date of signing, and street address on a nominating petition; require elector to include, and prohibit the release of any part of a registered elector’s social security number.

HB 5222 - (Rep. Forlini) - Campaign finance; statements and reports; period when disclosure is required for issue ads; change to 60 days before all elections.

Oversight

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentation: Office of Internal Audit Services, Corrective Action Plan Process

Testimony from the Department of Environmental Quality on the Performance Audit of the Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, September 2013

Testimony from the Department of Community Health on the performance audit of the Caro Center, Bureau of State Hospitals and Behavioral Health Administrative Operations, March 2013

Military and Veterans Affairs

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Room 308, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5036 - (Rep. Rendon) - Higher education; community colleges; acceptance of an American council on education transcript; allow, and clarify transferable credits.

Tax Policy

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 629 - (Sen. Jones) - State financing and management; bonds; refund of certain building authority bonds; extend sunset.

SB 630 - (Sen. Jones) - Economic development; tax increment financing; refund of certain tax increment finance bonds; extend sunset.

HB 5265 - (Rep. Somerville) - Individual income tax; rate; rollback of rate; provide for.

HB 5266 - (Rep. Kelly) - Individual income tax; rate; rollback of rate; provide for.

HB 5267 - (Rep. Farrington) - Individual income tax; rate; conditional rollback of rate; provide for.

Appropriations

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol

SB 557 - (Sen. Schuitmaker) - Mental health; other; certain state funds to be used to provide mental health services; allow.

SB 558 - (Sen. Schuitmaker) - Mental health; other; program to divert persons with serious mental illness from justice system to treatment; establish.

HB 5141 - (Rep. MacGregor) - Property; conveyances; transfer of certain state-owned property to Kent county; provide for.

A review of the Executive Budget by Mary Ann Cleary, Director of House Fiscal Agency

Criminal Justice

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 327, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5234 - (Rep. Jenkins) - Crimes; definitions; human trafficking provisions; modify.

HB 5235 - (Rep. Hovey-Wright) - Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for human trafficking crimes; amend to reflect changes in human trafficking laws.

HB 5236 - (Rep. McBroom) - Crimes; other; criminal forfeiture provisions in the revised judicature act of 1961; amend to reflect changes in human trafficking law.

HB 4346 - (Rep. Stallworth) - Crimes; homicide; intentionally discharging a firearm at a dwelling or an occupied structure; establish as first degree murder.

SB 582 - (Sen. Marleau) - Crimes; weapons; penalties for intentionally discharging a firearm from vehicle or at a dwelling or a potentially occupied structure; increase under certain circumstances.

SB 583 - (Sen. Ananich) - Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for increased penalties for crime of intentionally discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle or at a dwelling or potentially occupied structure; enact.

Commerce

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4998 - (Rep. Schmidt) - Labor; public service employment; entrepreneur-in-residence program; create.

SB 427 - (Sen. Walker) - Employment security; benefits; eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits; exempt oil, gas, and mineral landmen.

HB 5273 - (Rep. Jenkins) - Trade; securities; local stock exchanges for transactions in Michigan securities; authorize and regulate

Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Overview by the Department of Community Health on Executive Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Years 2014-15 and 2015-16

Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 424, State Capitol

Agenda:

HFA Presentation of FY 2014-15 Executive Recommendation with the Budget Directors from LARA and DIFS available for questions

Financial Services

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: Noon

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5277 - (Rep. Callton) - Civil procedure; foreclosure; property inspections during redemption period; revise procedures for.

Michigan Competitiveness

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: Noon

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentation by Christopher Gill, Director of Greenhouse Operations at Mastronardi Produce

Presentation by Dan Carmody, President of Eastern Market Corporation

Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: Noon

Location: Room 352, House Office Building

Agenda:

Department of Human Services Budget Presentation on FY 2014-15 Executive Recommendation

Judiciary

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

HB 5154 – (Rep. Leonard) - Criminal procedure; preliminary examination; certain rules and procedures for conducting a preliminary examination; revise.

HB 5155 – (Rep. Walsh) - Courts; district court; probable cause conferences in felony and misdemeanor cases; clarify district court’s jurisdiction.

HB 4830 – (Rep. Lyons) - Civil procedure; evictions; legal representation; allow corporation, partnership, or limited liability company to appear without an attorney.

Financial Liability Reform

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

HJR CC - (Rep. Franz) - Legislature; other; federal balanced budget amendment; petition congress.

SJR V - (Sen. Green) - Legislature; other; federal balanced budget amendment; petition congress.

Appropriations Subcommittee Community Colleges

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 428, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Review of current budget from House Fiscal Agency

Presentation of Executive Recommendation for FY 2014-15 from State Budget Office

Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

HFA Overview of the FY 2014-15 Executive Budget Recommendation

Budget presentation by the Department of Natural Resources

Insurance

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4926 - (Rep. Callton) - Vehicles; title; access to salvage or scrap certificate of title; allow for insurance companies under certain circumstances.

SB 418 - (Sen. Hune) - Occupations; insurance; travel agents; exempt from being licensed as insurance agents.

Local Government

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 307, House Building

Agenda:

HB 4638 – (Rep. Pettalia) - Records; public; copy of original instrument verified by affidavit; create presumption of compliance with recording act.

HB 4639 – (Rep. Lane) - Records; public; recording affidavit and copy of original conveyance; allowing for indexing under names of parties to the conveyance.

HB 4640 – (Rep. Pettalia) - Records; public; recording copy of original conveyance; specify requirements for accompanying affidavit.

SB 574 – (Sen. Jones) - Local government; other; opt-in provision for eligibility as a foreclosing governmental unit; allow.

HB 5160 – (Rep. Price) - Property tax; payment and collection; liability for collection of taxes; modify.

SB 437 – (Sen. Nofs) - Local government; intergovernmental affairs; separate legal entities provided in interlocal agreements under the urban cooperation act of 1967; clarify.