Capitol Update for the Week of Feb. 3, 2014

Monday, February 3, 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. 3, 2014: Committee Meetings

Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 307, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentation from Michigan State University on sustainable agriculture and regional food systems

Regulatory Reform

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5163 - (Rep. VerHeulen) - Agriculture; animals; persons allowed to breed large carnivores; expand.

Energy and Technology

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 4885 - (Rep. Nesbitt) - Taxation; severance; tax on production of oil and gas produced by enhanced recovery projects; reduce.

HB 5254 - (Rep. Outman) - Natural resources; gas and oil; pipeline definition; expand to include pipelines carrying carbon dioxide gas for certain purposes.

HB 5255 - (Rep. Stallworth) - Natural resources; gas and oil; condemnation authority for pipelines; expand to include pipelines carrying carbon dioxide for certain purposes.

HB 5274 - (Rep. Pettalia) - Natural resources; gas and oil; regulations for carbon dioxide pipelines; provide for.

HB 5013 - (Rep. Stamas) - Public utilities; electric utilities; certain industrial customers; allow to negotiate new contracts, and remove sunse

Health Policy

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Presentation from the Mental Health and Wellness Commission on the final 2013 report.

Tax Policy

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5

Time: 9:45 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentation by Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Association of Counties on Downtown Development Authorities and Tax Increment Financing Authorities.

Criminal Justice

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 327, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5231 - (Rep. Graves) - Crimes; prostitution; gender references in certain prostitution statutes; eliminate, and provide for increased penalties.

HB 5232 - (Rep. Jenkins) - Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for certain prostitution offenses; revise.

HB 5088 - (Rep. Kivela) - Law enforcement; other; reporting certain methamphetamine-related offenses to department of state police; require, and prohibit sale of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to individual convicted of methamphetamine-related offense without a prescription.

HB 5089 - (Rep. Genetski) - Crimes; controlled substances; purchasing or attempting to purchase ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing that it will be combined with any other quantity of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine; prohibit and provide a penalty.

HB 5090 - (Rep. Nesbitt) - Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for crime of purchasing or attempting to purchase ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing that it will be combined with any other quantity of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine; enact.

Commerce

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5216 - (Rep. Kesto) - Corrections; parole; issuance by department of corrections of certificate of employability to certain prisoners; allow.

HB 5217 - (Rep. Walsh) - Labor; other; limited liability for employers that employ individuals issued a certificate of employability; provide for.

HB 5218 - (Rep. Santana) - Occupations; individual licensing and regulation; prerequisite of “good moral character”; eliminate for occupational licensing purposes.

Appropriations

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Room 352, House Appropriations, State Capitol Building

Agenda:

Presentation of Governor Snyder’s fiscal year 2015 and 2016 budget recommendations

Families, Children and Seniors

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5

Time: Noon

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5038 - (Rep. Kurtz) - Children; services; child welfare caseloads; codify.

HB 5039 - (Rep. Kurtz) - Children; protection; duties of children’s ombudsman; expand.

HB 5228 - (Rep. Kurtz) - State agencies (existing); human services; access to certain substance abuse records; allow.

Testimony from Director Corrigan, Department of Human Services, Director Ruffin, Office of the Children’s Ombudsman

Michigan Competitiveness

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5

Time: 12:25 p.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

Presentation: Aquaculture & Net Pen Fish Farming in Washington State - Alan Cook, Icicle Seafoods, Inc. Seattle, Washington

Education and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Room 326, House Office Building

Agenda:

Public testimony on the Report on Options for Assessments Aligned with the Common Core State Standards

Also, meeting jointly with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12, School Aid, Education. Sen. Howard Walker, Chair

Judiciary

Date: Thursday, Feb. 6

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 521, House Office Building

Agenda:

HB 5061 – (Rep. Santana) - Animals; animal shelters; animal shelters to deny adoptions under certain circumstances; require, and allow animal shelters to consider prior criminal history before adoption.

HB 5062 – (Rep. Santana) - Law enforcement; reports; access by animal shelter to certain criminal history record information through ICHAT; allow without a fee for purposes of animal adoption.

HB 5063 – (Rep. Santana) - Criminal procedure; prosecuting attorneys; prosecuting attorneys to report charges of animal abuse to department of state police; require for purposes of animal adoption.

Financial Liability Reform

Date: Thursday, Feb. 6

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Room 519, House Office Building

Agenda:

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

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