Capitol Update for the Week of Feb. 24, 2014

Monday, February 24, 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. 24, 2014: Committee Meetings

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Community Health

Date: Monday, Feb. 24

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Public Testimony - Executive Budget Recommendation for FY 2014-2015 on Public Health, Office of Services to the Aging, Health Policy, and Crime Victim Services Commission.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 307, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentations and testimony on MI Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and Conservation Districts.

Regulatory Reform

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 575 - (Sen. Schuitmaker) - Occupations; health care professions; disciplinary subcommittees; provide for removal of members for conflicts of interest.

SB 576 - (Sen. Schuitmaker) - Public employees and officers; ethics; penalties for noncompliance with conflict of interest disclosure; implement into statute.

SB 577 - (Sen. Jones) - Occupations; health care professions; grounds for administrative sanctions; expand for licensed health professionals.

SB 578 - (Sen. Jones) - Health; occupations; decisions of disciplining subcommittees; establish process for review before decision is final.

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, Feb. 25

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

Testimony on proposed FY 2014-15 budgets:

  • Department of Treasury
  • Revenue Sharing, Economic Vitality Incentive Program, and County Incentive Program

Energy and Technology

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

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, Feb. 25

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

VOTE

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

TESTIMONY ONLY

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

Transportation and Infrastructure

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4916 - (Rep. Brown) - Traffic control; traffic regulation; solicitation of charitable donations in public right-of-way; allow under certain circumstances.

HB 5257 - (Rep. Franz) - Highways; name; portion of highway M-116 in Mason county; designate as the “Trooper Paul K. Butterfield, II Memorial Highway”.

HB 5064 - (Rep. Rutledge) - Highways; name; designation of I-75 as the “Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway”; provide for.

HB 5168 - (Rep. Walsh) - Transportation; authorities; agreement between a regional transit authority and a street railway; allow, and provide other general revisions.

HB 5169 - (Rep. Schmidt) - Transportation; authorities; definition of public transportation provider in regional transit authority act; amend to exclude street railways.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: Noon

Location: Room 424, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: Veterans Homes

Natural Resources

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: Noon

Location: Room 307, House Office Building

Agenda:

HR 305 - (Rep. LaFontaine) - A resolution to urge complete hydrologic separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, to call for the formation of a regional body to negotiate terms of hydrologic separation, and to urge Congress and other entities to take interim steps to prevent Asian carp movement into the Great Lakes.

HCR 22 - (Rep. LaFontaine) - A concurrent resolution to urge complete hydrologic separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, to call for the formation of a regional body to negotiate terms of hydrologic separation, and to urge Congress and other entities to take interim steps to prevent Asian carp movement into the Great Lakes.

SB 719 - (Sen. Booher) - Natural resources; funding; clean Michigan initiative loans; allow to renegotiate.

Appropriations: Subcommittees on Education and School Aid Fund (Joint Committee Meeting)

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: Noon

Location: Room 426, House Office Building

Agenda:

Deficit and Distressed Districts: Proposed Financial Independence Teams, Enhanced Deficit Elimination Plans, and Periodic Financial Status Reports

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: Noon

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

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

Oversight

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

-Testimony from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Unemployment Insurance Agency on the Performance Audit of the Collection of Delinquent Unemployment Taxes and Reimbursements, January 2012

-Testimony from the Department of Human Services and Department of Technology, Management, and Budget on the Performance Audit of Interface and Change Controls of the Bridges Integrated Automated Eligibility Determination System, May 2013

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Environmental Quality

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Room 426, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

DEQ Presentation:

  • Storm water, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) Program
  • Drinking Water Revolving Loan Program

Tax Policy

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 114 - (Sen. Gregory) - Property tax; assessments; assessment of commercial rental property; revise.

SB 711 - (Sen. Marleau) - Sales tax; exemptions; tax exemption on tangible personal property used in construction or renovation of qualified convention facility; extend sunset.

SB 735 - (Sen. Marleau) - Use tax; exemptions; tax exemption on tangible personal property used in construction or renovation of qualified convention facility; extend sunset.

SB 327 - (Sen. Robertson) - Taxation; administration; certain guidelines used by employees involved in the administration, collection, or auditing of taxes; clarify.

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

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 424, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Presentation by Stephanie Comai, LARA Deputy Director, pertaining to the implementation of and expenditures for the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s Integrated System project (UIA-IS), including the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (MiDAS), the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM), the Interactive Voice Response System (IVR), and the Enterprise Fraud Detection System (EFDS)

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Community Health

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 352, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Executive Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2014-15 on Medical Services including Inspector General

Financial Services

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Time: Noon

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

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

HB 5030 - (Rep. Brinks) - Financial institutions; credit unions; written disclosure of rights of account holders; require for joint accounts.

HB 5031 - (Rep. Cochran) - Financial institutions; savings banks; written disclosure of rights of account holders; require for joint accounts.

HB 5032 - (Rep. Cochran) - Financial institutions; banks; written disclosure of rights of account holders; require for joint accounts.

Families, Children and Seniors

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Time: Noon

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

SB 276 - (Sen. Hune) - Human services; other; public assistance recipients to perform community service as a condition of eligibility; require.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Human Services

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Time: Noon

Location: Room 352, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Public Testimony

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Joint Capital Outlay

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Senate Appropriations Room

Agenda:

  • Planning Authorization for G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility
  • DTMB FY 2014-15 Capital Outlay Project Request Review and Evaluations Process

Appropriations: Subcommittee on School Aid and Education (Joint Meeting)

Date: Thursday, Feb. 27

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Senate Appropriations Room

Agenda:

Quarterly Report by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan on Deficit Districts

Appropriations: Subcommittee on State Police

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 308, House Office Building

Agenda:

State Executive Security Division, Forensic Science Division, and the Biometrics and Identification Division

Insurance

Date: Thursday, Feb. 27

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

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

HB 4995 - (Rep. Nesbitt) - Traffic control; violations; electronic proof of insurance verification; allow, and provide for cancellation of registration under certain circumstances.

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Natural Resources

Date: Thursday, Feb. 27

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 426, Capitol Building

Agenda:

DNR Presentations:

  • Invasive Species Initiative
  • Law Enforcement Program
  • Marine Safety Grant Program
  • Michigan Wildlife Council