No. 49

STATE OF MICHIGAN

Journal of the Senate

99th Legislature

REGULAR SESSION OF 2017

Senate Chamber, Lansing, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

10:00 a.m.

The Senate was called to order by the President, Lieutenant Governor Brian N. Calley.

The roll was called by the Secretary of the Senate, who announced that a quorum was present.

Ananich—present Hood—present O’Brien—present

Bieda—present Hopgood—present Pavlov—present

Booher—present Horn—present Proos—present

Brandenburg—present Hune—present Robertson—present

Casperson—present Johnson—present Rocca—present

Colbeck—present Jones—present Schmidt—present

Conyers—present Knezek—present Schuitmaker—present

Emmons—present Knollenberg—present Shirkey—present

Green—present Kowall—present Stamas—present

Gregory—present MacGregor—present Warren—present

Hansen—present Marleau—present Young—present

Hertel—present Meekhof—present Zorn—present

Hildenbrand—present Nofs—present

Pastor Terry Boyd of Sycamore Baptist Church of Jackson offered the invocation.

The President, Lieutenant Governor Calley, led the members of the Senate in recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motions and Communications

Senator Conyers entered the Senate Chamber.

Senator Kowall moved that Senators Casperson, Knollenberg and Schmidt be temporarily excused from today’s session.

The motion prevailed.

Senator Hood moved that Senators Ananich, Johnson and Young be temporarily excused from today’s session.

The motion prevailed.

The following communications were received:

Office of Senator Curtis Hertel Jr.

May 18, 2017

I am writing to request my addition in co‑sponsorship of Senate Bills 72 and 73, sponsored by Senator Bieda.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information.

May 18, 2017

I am writing to request my addition in co‑sponsorship of Senate Bill 378, sponsored by Senator Knollenberg.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information.

Sincerely,

Curtis Hertel Jr.

State Senator

District 23

The communications were referred to the Secretary for record.

The Secretary announced that the following House bills were received in the Senate and filed on Thursday, May 18:

House Bill Nos. 4160 4205 4305 4545 4546

The Secretary announced that the following bills were printed and filed on Thursday, May 18, and are available at the Michigan Legislature website:

Senate Bill Nos. 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393

House Bill Nos. 4628 4629 4630 4631 4632

Senators Ananich, Schmidt, Casperson and Johnson entered the Senate Chamber.

Senator Kowall moved that rule 3.902 be suspended to allow the guests of Senator Hertel admittance to the Senate floor.

The motion prevailed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor.

Senator Kowall moved that the rules be suspended and that the following bill, now on Committee Reports, be placed on the General Orders calendar for consideration today:

Senate Bill No. 122

The motion prevailed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor.

Senator Kowall moved that the rules be suspended and that the following resolution, now on Committee Reports, be placed on the Resolutions calendar for consideration today:

Senate Resolution No. 29

The motion prevailed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor.

Messages from the Governor

The following messages from the Governor were received and read:

April 28, 2017

I respectfully submit to the Senate the following appointments to office:

Michigan Veterans’ Facilities Board of Managers

James L. Ausdemore of 4307 Cordley Lake Road, Pinckney, Michigan 48169, county of Livingston, representing veterans, succeeding himself, is reappointed for a term expiring February 28, 2020.

Adam B. Weiner of 760 Caribou Court, Rochester, Michigan 48307, county of Oakland, representing veterans, succeeding Marita Okerstrom, is appointed for a term expiring February 28, 2020.

May 5, 2017

I respectfully submit to the Senate the following appointments to office:

State Historic Preservation Review Board

Dale Allen Gyure of 35696 Camden Court, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48335, county of Oakland, representing architectural history, succeeding himself, is reappointed for a term expiring December 31, 2020.

Misty M. Jackson of 214 S. Main Street, Leslie, Michigan 49251, county of Ingham, representing historic archaeology, succeeding herself, is reappointed for a term expiring December 31, 2020.

May 5, 2017

I respectfully submit to the Senate the following appointments to office:

Underground Storage Tank Authority Board

Juman Doleh-Alomary of 5700 Cass Avenue, Suite #3300, Detroit, Michigan 48202, county of Wayne, representing the general public, succeeding herself, is reappointed for a term expiring May 25, 2020.

Bilal Saad of 19517 Parke Lane, Grosse Ile, Michigan 48138, county of Wayne, representing individuals from a statewide motor fuel retail association, succeeding herself, is reappointed for a term expiring May 25, 2020.

May 18, 2017

I respectfully submit to the Senate the following appointment to office:

Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission

Duncan A. McMillan of 1901 San Lu Rae Drive, S.E., East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506, county of Kent, succeeding Rachel Lipinski, is appointed for a term commencing June 19, 2017, and expiring July 31, 2019.

May 18, 2017

I respectfully submit to the Senate the following appointment to office:

Board of Health and Safety Compliance and Appeals

Kim Dennison of 6225 West Grand River Road, Laingsburg, Michigan 48848, county of Shiawassee, representing labor in the health industry, succeeding herself, is reappointed for a term expiring March 18, 2021.

Sincerely,

Rick Snyder

Governor

The appointments were referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

Recess

Senator Kowall moved that the Senate recess subject to the call of the Chair.

The motion prevailed, the time being 10:09 a.m.

11:03 a.m.

The Senate was called to order by the President pro tempore, Senator Schuitmaker.

During the recess, Senators Knollenberg and Young entered the Senate Chamber.

By unanimous consent the Senate proceeded to the order of

Resolutions

Senator Kowall moved that consideration of the following concurrent resolution be postponed for today:

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 10

The motion prevailed.

House Concurrent Resolution No. 2.

A concurrent resolution to express support for the construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and urge the President and Congress of the United States to fully fund the project.

The question being on the adoption of the concurrent resolution,

The concurrent resolution was adopted.

Senate Resolution No. 29.

A resolution to urge the United States Congress to continue funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on the campus of Michigan State University.

The question being on the adoption of the resolution,

The resolution was adopted.

Senator MacGregor offered the following resolution:

Senate Resolution No. 64.

A resolution to recognize May 24, 2017, as Responsible Chemical Distribution Day.

Whereas, The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) has placed the highest priority on the health, safety, and security of employees, communities, and the environment; and

Whereas, In December 1991 the member companies of NACD undertook as its most important mission the inception of the Responsible Distribution program; and

Whereas, NACD celebrates over 25 years of improving safety and performance through Responsible Distribution, a verified environmental, health, safety and security program committed to continuous performance improvement in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal; and

Whereas, Responsible Distribution verification is conducted by an independent, third-party verifier based on the Responsible Distribution Guiding Principles and a Code of Management Practice, and is required of each NACD member and Chemical Handler Affiliate; and

Whereas, Responsible Distribution’s sixth iteration of the Code of Management Practice requires each member company to have an active program designed to continuously improve safety and reduce incidents in 13 separate areas, including: Senior Management Commitment, Compliance Review and Training, Carrier Selection, Handling and Storage, Job Procedures and Training, Waste Management and Conservation Practices, Emergency Response and Public Preparedness; Community Outreach, Product Stewardship, Internal Audits, Corrective and Preventive Action, Document and Records Control, and Security; and

Whereas, In the past 25 years, nearly 5,000 key NACD member company personnel have been trained in the principles of Responsible Distribution which has resulted in an 18 percent decrease in non-vehicular accidents related to storage and handing, and a 64 percent decrease in vehicular accidents despite a 27 percent increase in total miles driven to deliver product; and

Whereas, Michigan consumers and businesses are dependent on the safe and efficient distribution of raw chemical materials, intermediates, and final products, and Michigan is home to a significant number of NACD member companies; and

Whereas, NACD and many of its Michigan members work in close cooperation with the Michigan Chemistry Council to provide an effective means for individual companies and organizations engaged in the commerce of chemicals within Michigan to combine talents and resources to build understanding for programs such as Responsible Distribution which foster improved performance and adherence to sound public policies; and

Whereas, The people of the state of Michigan are fortunate to be served by an institution of the caliber of the National Association of Chemical Distributors and its member companies, which have proven to be a healthy and positive force within the commerce of chemicals; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body recognize May 24, 2017, as Responsible Chemical Distribution Day; and be further

Resolved, That the National Association of Chemical Distributors and its Michigan members be commended for over 25 years of commitment to Responsible Distribution, including community outreach, pollution prevention ensuring the safety and security of chemical handling and distribution throughout Michigan; and be it further

Resolved, That the Michigan Senate extends best wishes for continued success in the future, and applauds the success of voluntary recognition programs like Responsible Distribution for ways to reduce compliance burdens to the state.

Pending the order that, under rule 3.204, the resolution be referred to the Committee on Government Operations,

Senator Kowall moved that the rule be suspended.

The motion prevailed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor.

The resolution was adopted.

Senators Bieda, Booher, Casperson, Conyers, Emmons, Green, Hansen, Hildenbrand, Hood, Hopgood, Horn, Kowall, Nofs, Proos, Robertson, Schmidt and Schuitmaker were named co‑sponsors of the resolution.

Senator Hertel offered the following resolution:

Senate Resolution No. 65.

A resolution to recognize May 21-27, 2017, as Invisible Illness Awareness Week.

Whereas, An invisible illness is a chronic condition that is not easily observed by the general public and is often not readily detected by medical professionals. Examples include lupus, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, Crohn’s disease, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome among others. These illnesses can be debilitating and prevent a person from performing traditional everyday activities; and

Whereas, Invisible illnesses aren’t easily identified. A person with an invisible illness may feel judged by others or feel as though others simply do not understand what they are going through; and

Whereas, A person with a chronic condition may be dealing with exhaustion, constant aches or pains, dizziness, or cognitive impairments, and yet may appear to be completely healthy on the outside; and

Whereas, Nearly 1 in 2 Americans has a chronic medical condition of one kind or another. Ninety-six percent of people with chronic medical conditions live with an ailment that is invisible. About a quarter of them have some type of activity limitation, ranging from mild to severe; and

Whereas, The onset or duration of an invisible illness can negatively affect a person’s physical, emotional, economic, educational, and social well-being due to activity limitations; and

Whereas, There is a need for increased awareness about invisible illnesses to create a more accepting and understanding world for those who suffer; and

Whereas, The theme of this year’s Invisible Illness Awareness Week is “Visible in Numbers,” because of the widespread scope of the illnesses; and

Whereas, The purpose of Invisible Illness Awareness Week is to increase understanding of invisible illnesses among the general public and medical community while reducing the stigma surrounding the illnesses, in order to create an environment in which there is better care, earlier and more accurate diagnosis, and knowledge that invisible illness patients can lead a healthy life; and

Whereas, We join with the many individuals who are afflicted by these disorders and support increased awareness of invisible illnesses; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body declare May 21-27, 2017, as Invisible Illness Awareness Week.

Pending the order that, under rule 3.204, the resolution be referred to the Committee on Government Operations,

Senator Kowall moved that the rule be suspended.

The motion prevailed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor.

The resolution was adopted.

Senators Ananich, Bieda, Booher, Colbeck, Conyers, Emmons, Hansen, Hildenbrand, Hood, Hopgood, Horn, Hune, Jones, Knezek, Knollenberg, Kowall, MacGregor, Marleau, Meekhof, Nofs, O’Brien, Pavlov, Proos, Rocca, Schmidt, Schuitmaker and Warren were named co‑sponsors of the resolution.

Senator Hertel asked and was granted unanimous consent to make a statement and moved that the statement be printed in the Journal.

The motion prevailed.

Senator Hertel’s statement is as follows:

I rise in support of my resolution to recognize May 21-27, 2017, as Invisible Illness Week.

There’s an old saying: “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” It’s a lesson that the likely explanation to any situation is usually the correct one; a lesson commonly taught to medical students to show that when treating patients, focus on the likely diagnosis—the horses—and ignore the unlikely—the zebras. The reality is that while they may be the exception to the rule, these unlikely cases—the zebras—do exist in the medical world. They are patients with difficult‑to-diagnose, invisible, and sometimes rare conditions. Their day-to-day struggles are often misunderstood as they may appear to be completely healthy on the outside, but may cope with exhaustion, severe pain, or other undetectable ailments.

One of these individuals is Katie Jaskolski. Katie grew up here in mid-Michigan and spent 15 years as a gymnast, including as a member of Michigan State University’s gymnastics team during her freshman year. After becoming sick in 2010 and spending months seeing more than 20 different doctors, Katie was eventually diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She spent much of the next two years sick, in pain, and in a wheelchair, unable to work at her job as a teacher here in Lansing. Thankfully, with proper treatment and intensive rehabilitation, Katie has returned to her active life and made it her mission to now help raise awareness for these difficult and overlooked diseases. Katie is also the co-founder of the Life as a Zebra Foundation, an organization that educates, advocates, and secures funding for the prevention and treatment of various hard-to-diagnose invisible illnesses. I am joined today by Katie Jaskolski and her father John Dama.

They are joining me today in support of Invisible Illness Week in Michigan and to raise awareness for invisible illness, because they are visible in numbers.

By unanimous consent the Senate returned to the order of

General Orders

Senator Kowall moved that the Senate resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole for consideration of the General Orders calendar.

The motion prevailed, and the President pro tempore, Senator Schuitmaker, designated Senator O’Brien as Chairperson.

After some time spent therein, the Committee arose; and the President pro tempore, Senator Schuitmaker, having resumed the Chair, the Committee reported back to the Senate, favorably and without amendment, the following bills:

Senate Bill No. 363, entitled

A bill to amend 1984 PA 431, entitled “The management and budget act,” by amending section 261 (MCL 18.1261), as amended by 2017 PA 21.

Senate Bill No. 266, entitled

A bill to amend 1967 PA 281, entitled “Income tax act of 1967,” by amending section 30 (MCL 206.30), as amended by 2015 PA 161.

Senate Bill No. 380, entitled

A bill to amend 2014 PA 86, entitled “Local community stabilization authority act,” by amending sections 14, 15, 16, and 17 (MCL 123.1354, 123.1355, 123.1356, and 123.1357), sections 14 and 17 as amended by 2016 PA 124.

Senate Bill No. 122, entitled

A bill to amend 2000 PA 92, entitled “Food law,” by amending sections 1105, 3113, and 6101 (MCL 289.1105, 289.3113, and 289.6101), section 1105 as amended by 2014 PA 516, section 3113 as amended by 2016 PA 188, and section 6101 as amended by 2012 PA 178.

The bills were placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

Senate Bill No. 302, entitled

A bill to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled “Natural resources and environmental protection act,” by amending the heading of subpart 1 of part 21 and amending sections 301, 503, 504, 1901, 1903, 2010, 2101, 2104, 2106, 2126, 2130, 2131, 2132, 2136, 35501, 35502, 35503, 40501, 52502, 52503, 52506, and 72118 (MCL 324.301, 324.503, 324.504, 324.1901, 324.1903, 324.2010, 324.2101, 324.2104, 324.2106, 324.2126, 324.2130, 324.2131, 324.2132, 324.2136, 324.35501, 324.35502, 324.35503, 324.40501, 324.52502, 324.52503, 324.52506, and 324.72118), section 301 as amended and section 2010 as added by 2004 PA 587, section 503 as amended by 2012 PA 294, section 504 as amended by 2009 PA 47, sections 1901, 2101, 2106, 2130, and 2136 as added by 1995 PA 60, section 1903 as amended by 2011 PA 117, section 2104 as amended by 1998 PA 28, section 2126 as amended by 2011 PA 323, sections 2131 and 2132 as amended by 2012 PA 622, sections 35501, 35502, and 35503 as added by 1995 PA 59, section 40501 as amended by 2008 PA 416, sections 52502, 52503, and 52506 as added by 2004 PA 125, and section 72118 as added by 2016 PA 288, and by adding sections 2132a, 2137, and 2138; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.

Substitute (S-1).

The following are the amendments to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole:

1. Amend page 8, line 21, after the second “AND” by striking out the balance of the line.

2. Amend page 25, line 1, by striking out “ENHANCING GAME POPULATIONS” and inserting “MANAGING GAME HABITAT”.

The Senate agreed to the substitute as amended recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

Senate Bill No. 303, entitled

A bill to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled “Natural resources and environmental protection act,” by amending sections 2134, 2135, 2154, and 51106 (MCL 324.2134, 324.2135, 324.2154, and 324.51106), sections 2134 and 2135 as added by 1995 PA 60 and sections 2154 and 51106 as amended by 2012 PA 604.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

Senate Bill No. 76, entitled

A bill to make, supplement, and adjust appropriations for certain capital outlay projects for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017; to provide for expenditure of the appropriations; and to prescribe certain conditions for the appropriations.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

Senate Bill No. 280, entitled

A bill to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled “Natural resources and environmental protection act,” by amending sections 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1907, and 1907a (MCL 324.1901, 324.1902, 324.1903, 324.1905, 324.1907, and 324.1907a), section 1901 as added by 1995 PA 60, sections 1902, 1905, 1907, and 1907a as amended by 2012 PA 619, and section 1903 as amended by 2011 PA 117, and by adding section 1907b.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4313, entitled

A bill to amend 1979 PA 94, entitled “The state school aid act of 1979,” by amending sections 3, 4, 6, 8b, 11, 11a, 11j, 11k, 11m, 11r, 11s, 15, 18, 18c, 20, 20d, 20f, 20m, 21g, 22a, 22b, 22d, 22g, 24, 24a, 24c, 25f, 25g, 26a, 26b, 26c, 31a, 31b, 31d, 31f, 32d, 32p, 35a, 39, 39a, 41, 51a, 51c, 51d, 53a, 54, 54b, 56, 61a, 61b, 61c, 62, 64b, 67, 74, 81, 94, 94a, 98, 99h, 99s, 99t, 102d, 104, 104c, 104d, 107, 147, 147a, 147c, 152a, 152b, 166b, 201, 201a, 203, 206, 207a, 207b, 207c, 209, 210b, 210e, 217, 223, 224, 225, 226, 229, 229a, 230, 236, 236a, 236b, 236c, 237b, 241, 244, 245, 251, 252, 254, 256, 263, 263a, 264, 265, 265a, 267, 268, 269, 270, 274, 274c, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, and 286a (MCL 388.1603, 388.1604, 388.1606, 388.1608b, 388.1611, 388.1611a, 388.1611j, 388.1611k, 388.1611m, 388.1611r, 388.1611s, 388.1615, 388.1618, 388.1618c, 388.1620, 388.1620d, 388.1620f, 388.1620m, 388.1621g, 388.1622a, 388.1622b, 388.1622d, 388.1622g, 388.1624, 388.1624a, 388.1624c, 388.1625f, 388.1625g, 388.1626a, 388.1626b, 388.1626c, 388.1631a, 388.1631b, 388.1631d, 388.1631f, 388.1632d, 388.1632p, 388.1635a, 388.1639, 388.1639a, 388.1641, 388.1651a, 388.1651c, 388.1651d, 388.1653a, 388.1654, 388.1654b, 388.1656, 388.1661a, 388.1661b, 388.1661c, 388.1662, 388.1664b, 388.1667, 388.1674, 388.1681, 388.1694, 388.1694a, 388.1698, 388.1699h, 388.1699s, 388.1699t, 388.1702d, 388.1704, 388.1704c, 388.1704d, 388.1707, 388.1747, 388.1747a, 388.1747c, 388.1752a, 388.1752b, 388.1766b, 388.1801, 388.1801a, 388.1803, 388.1806, 388.1807a, 388.1807b, 388.1807c, 388.1809, 388.1810b, 388.1810e, 388.1817, 388.1823, 388.1824, 388.1825, 388.1826, 388.1829, 388.1829a, 388.1830, 388.1836, 388.1836a, 388.1836b, 388.1836c, 388.1837b, 388.1841, 388.1844, 388.1845, 388.1851, 388.1852, 388.1854, 388.1856, 388.1863, 388.1863a, 388.1864, 388.1865, 388.1865a, 388.1867, 388.1868, 388.1869, 388.1870, 388.1874, 388.1874c, 388.1875, 388.1876, 388.1877, 388.1878, 388.1879, 388.1880, 388.1881, 388.1882, 388.1883, 388.1884, and 388.1886a), sections 3, 4, 6, 11, 11a, 11j, 11k, 11m, 11r, 15, 18, 20d, 20f, 22a, 22b, 22d, 22g, 24, 24a, 24c, 25f, 25g, 26a, 26b, 26c, 31a, 31d, 31f, 32d, 32p, 35a, 39, 39a, 41, 51c, 51d, 53a, 54, 56, 61b, 62, 64b, 67, 74, 81, 94, 94a, 99s, 102d, 104, 104d, 107, 147, 147a, 147c, 152a, 166b, 201, 201a, 203, 206, 207a, 207b, 207c, 209, 210b, 217, 223, 224, 225, 226, 229a, 230, 236, 236a, 236b, 236c, 237b, 241, 251, 252, 254, 256, 263, 263a, 264, 265, 265a, 267, 268, 269, 270, 274, 274c, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, and 284 as amended and sections 11s, 20m, 21g, 31b, 54b, 152b, 210e, and 286a as added by 2016 PA 249, sections 8b, 229, and 244 as amended by 2015 PA 85, section 18c as amended by 2012 PA 201, sections 20, 61a, 61c, 98, 99h, 99t, and 104c as amended by 2016 PA 313, section 51a as amended by 2016 PA 534, and section 245 as amended by 2014 PA 196, and by adding sections 22m, 64d, 95b, 164g, 164h, 239b, 249, 250, and 274d; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4229, entitled

A bill to amend 1979 PA 94, entitled “The state school aid act of 1979,” by amending sections 236 and 236a (MCL 388.1836 and 388.1836a), as amended by 2016 PA 249.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4231, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of environmental quality for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4233, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the judiciary for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4234, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of education for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4235, entitled

A bill to amend 1979 PA 94, entitled “The state school aid act of 1979,” by amending sections 11 and 17b (MCL 388.1611 and 388.1617b), section 11 as amended by 2016 PA 249 and section 17b as amended by 2007 PA 137.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4236, entitled

A bill to amend 1979 PA 94, entitled “The state school aid act of 1979,” by amending sections 201 and 201a (MCL 388.1801 and 388.1801a), as amended by 2016 PA 249.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4237, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of natural resources for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

House Bill No. 4238, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

Substitute (S-1).

The Senate agreed to the substitute recommended by the Committee of the Whole, and the bill as substituted was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

By unanimous consent the Senate returned to the order of

Third Reading of Bills

Senator Kowall moved that the rules be suspended and that the following bills, now on the order of Third Reading of Bills, be placed on their immediate passage:

House Bill No. 4313

House Bill No. 4229

House Bill No. 4231

House Bill No. 4233

House Bill No. 4234

House Bill No. 4235

House Bill No. 4236

House Bill No. 4237

House Bill No. 4238

The motion prevailed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor.

The following bill was read a third time:

Senate Bill No. 332, entitled

A bill to amend 1963 PA 181, entitled “Motor carrier safety act of 1963,” by amending section 5 (MCL 480.15), as amended by 2016 PA 452.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 200 Yeas—38

Ananich Hansen Knollenberg Robertson

Bieda Hertel Kowall Rocca

Booher Hildenbrand MacGregor Schmidt

Brandenburg Hood Marleau Schuitmaker

Casperson Hopgood Meekhof Shirkey

Colbeck Horn Nofs Stamas

Conyers Hune O’Brien Warren

Emmons Johnson Pavlov Young

Green Jones Proos Zorn

Gregory Knezek

Nays—0

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

Senate Bill No. 290, entitled

A bill to amend 1954 PA 116, entitled “Michigan election law,” by amending sections 867 and 881 (MCL 168.867 and 168.881), as amended by 2014 PA 406.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 201 Yeas—27

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Brandenburg Hopgood Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Horn Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Nays—11

Ananich Gregory Hune Warren

Bieda Hertel Johnson Young

Conyers Hood Knezek

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

Protest

Senator Bieda, under his constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of Senate Bill No. 290.

Senator Bieda’s statement is as follows:

I understand some of the sentiment against this, but this is a large—actually, a record-large—fee increase. I think it’s a 100 percent increase. In the 12 years I’ve served here, this is the largest increase I’ve ever seen. It has to go to the integrity and fairness of our elections when some people—even in this last presidential election, people on both sides of the aisle—brought into contention the fairness of the election and the accuracy of the count. I think this is a bad message to send at this time with this humongous fee increase.

As I said, I’ve served here 12 years and I’ve never seen a 100 percent increase on anything, and this is a large, record increase. It also goes to the sanctity of our elections, for people to be able to challenge the result of an election, whether the accuracy or whether there may have been some abuses that led up to it, and I acknowledge that. I also acknowledge that there’s been a lot of good that came out of several of our recount elections in trying to identify problems in our system of electing candidates and causes. For that reason, I voted “no” on Senate Bill No. 290.

The following bill was read a third time:

Senate Bill No. 249, entitled

A bill to create the educational instruction access act; to limit the powers of local governmental bodies regarding the selling, transferring, leasing, or renting of property; and to provide remedies and penalties.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 202 Yeas—25

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Robertson

Brandenburg Hune Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Jones Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Knollenberg O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Kowall Pavlov Stamas

Green MacGregor Proos Zorn

Hansen

Nays—13

Ananich Hertel Horn Rocca

Bieda Hood Johnson Warren

Conyers Hopgood Knezek Young

Gregory

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4313, entitled

A bill to amend 1979 PA 94, entitled “The state school aid act of 1979,” by amending sections 11, 17b, 201, and 236 (MCL 388.1611, 388.1617b, 388.1801, and 388.1836), sections 11, 201, and 236 as amended by 2016 PA 249 and section 17b as amended by 2007 PA 137.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 203 Yeas—27

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Brandenburg Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Nays—10

Ananich Gregory Hopgood Knezek

Bieda Hertel Johnson Warren

Conyers Hood

Excused—0

Not Voting—1

Young

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

Pursuant to Joint Rule 20, the full title of the act shall be inserted to read as follows:

“An act to make appropriations to aid in the support of the public schools, the intermediate school districts, community colleges, and public universities of the state; to make appropriations for certain other purposes relating to education; to provide for the disbursement of the appropriations; to authorize the issuance of certain bonds and provide for the security of those bonds; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state departments, the state board of education, and certain other boards and officials; to create certain funds and provide for their expenditure; to prescribe penalties; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,”.

The Senate agreed to the full title.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4229, entitled

A bill to amend 1979 PA 94, entitled “The state school aid act of 1979,” by amending sections 236 and 236a (MCL 388.1836 and 388.1836a), as amended by 2016 PA 249.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 204 Yeas—28

Booher Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Brandenburg Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Casperson Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Colbeck Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Conyers Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Nays—10

Ananich Hertel Johnson Warren

Bieda Hood Knezek Young

Gregory Hopgood

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

Pursuant to Joint Rule 20, the full title of the act shall be inserted to read as follows:

“An act to make appropriations to aid in the support of the public schools, the intermediate school districts, community colleges, and public universities of the state; to make appropriations for certain other purposes relating to education; to provide for the disbursement of the appropriations; to authorize the issuance of certain bonds and provide for the security of those bonds; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state departments, the state board of education, and certain other boards and officials; to create certain funds and provide for their expenditure; to prescribe penalties; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,”.

The Senate agreed to the full title.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4231, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of environmental quality for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 205 Yeas—27

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Brandenburg Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Nays—11

Ananich Gregory Hopgood Warren

Bieda Hertel Johnson Young

Conyers Hood Knezek

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4233, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the judiciary for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 206 Yeas—27

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Brandenburg Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Nays—11

Ananich Gregory Hopgood Warren

Bieda Hertel Johnson Young

Conyers Hood Knezek

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4234, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of education for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 207 Yeas—27

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Brandenburg Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Nays—11

Ananich Gregory Hopgood Warren

Bieda Hertel Johnson Young

Conyers Hood Knezek

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4235, entitled

A bill to amend 1979 PA 94, entitled “The state school aid act of 1979,” by amending sections 11 and 17b (MCL 388.1611 and 388.1617b), section 11 as amended by 2016 PA 249 and section 17b as amended by 2007 PA 137.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 208 Yeas—27

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Brandenburg Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Nays—11

Ananich Gregory Hopgood Warren

Bieda Hertel Johnson Young

Conyers Hood Knezek

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

Pursuant to Joint Rule 20, the full title of the act shall be inserted to read as follows:

“An act to make appropriations to aid in the support of the public schools, the intermediate school districts, community colleges, and public universities of the state; to make appropriations for certain other purposes relating to education; to provide for the disbursement of the appropriations; to authorize the issuance of certain bonds and provide for the security of those bonds; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state departments, the state board of education, and certain other boards and officials; to create certain funds and provide for their expenditure; to prescribe penalties; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,”.

The Senate agreed to the full title.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4236, entitled

A bill to amend 1979 PA 94, entitled “The state school aid act of 1979,” by amending sections 201 and 201a (MCL 388.1801 and 388.1801a), as amended by 2016 PA 249.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 209 Yeas—27

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Brandenburg Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Nays—11

Ananich Gregory Hopgood Warren

Bieda Hertel Johnson Young

Conyers Hood Knezek

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

Pursuant to Joint Rule 20, the full title of the act shall be inserted to read as follows:

“An act to make appropriations to aid in the support of the public schools, the intermediate school districts, community colleges, and public universities of the state; to make appropriations for certain other purposes relating to education; to provide for the disbursement of the appropriations; to authorize the issuance of certain bonds and provide for the security of those bonds; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state departments, the state board of education, and certain other boards and officials; to create certain funds and provide for their expenditure; to prescribe penalties; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,”.

The Senate agreed to the full title.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4237, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of natural resources for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 210 Yeas—27

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Rocca

Brandenburg Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor Robertson

Nays—11

Ananich Gregory Hopgood Warren

Bieda Hertel Johnson Young

Conyers Hood Knezek

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4238, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:

Roll Call No. 211 Yeas—26

Booher Hildenbrand Marleau Robertson

Brandenburg Horn Meekhof Schmidt

Casperson Hune Nofs Schuitmaker

Colbeck Jones O’Brien Shirkey

Emmons Knollenberg Pavlov Stamas

Green Kowall Proos Zorn

Hansen MacGregor

Nays—12

Ananich Gregory Hopgood Rocca

Bieda Hertel Johnson Warren

Conyers Hood Knezek Young

Excused—0

Not Voting—0

In The Chair: Schuitmaker

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

By unanimous consent the Senate proceeded to the order of

Introduction and Referral of Bills

Senator MacGregor introduced

Senate Bill No. 394, entitled

A bill to amend 1939 PA 280, entitled “The social welfare act,” by amending section 117a (MCL 400.117a), as amended by 2016 PA 279.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Senators Hertel, Ananich, Hood, Gregory, Conyers, Colbeck and Knezek introduced

Senate Bill No. 395, entitled

A bill to amend 1954 PA 116, entitled “Michigan election law,” (MCL 168.1 to 168.992) by adding sections 484a and 956a.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Elections and Government Reform.

Senator Casperson introduced

Senate Bill No. 396, entitled

A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled “Michigan vehicle code,” by amending sections 722 and 725 (MCL 257.722 and 257.725), section 722 as amended by 2016 PA 72 and section 725 as amended by 2016 PA 454, and by adding section 719d.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Senators Jones, O’Brien, Schuitmaker, Emmons, Nofs, Proos, MacGregor, Horn and Marleau introduced

Senate Bill No. 397, entitled

A bill to amend 1975 PA 238, entitled “Child protection law,” by amending section 2 (MCL 722.622), as amended by 2016 PA 491.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Families, Seniors and Human Services.

Senators O’Brien, Jones, Schuitmaker, Emmons, Nofs, Proos, MacGregor, Horn and Marleau introduced

Senate Bill No. 398, entitled

A bill to amend 1975 PA 238, entitled “Child protection law,” by amending section 3a (MCL 722.623a), as added by 1996 PA 581.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Families, Seniors and Human Services.

Senators Proos, Casperson, Stamas, Horn and Hansen introduced

Senate Bill No. 399, entitled

A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled “Michigan vehicle code,” by amending section 724 (MCL 257.724), as amended by 2016 PA 450.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Senator Jones introduced

Senate Bill No. 400, entitled

A bill to amend 1986 PA 32, entitled “Emergency 9-1-1 service enabling act,” by amending sections 102, 201, 312, 401a, 401b, 401c, 403, 406, 407, and 408 (MCL 484.1102, 484.1201, 484.1312, 484.1401a, 484.1401b, 484.1401c, 484.1403, 484.1406, 484.1407, and 484.1408), sections 102, 401a, and 401b as amended by 2012 PA 260, sections 201 and 312 as amended by 2007 PA 164, section 401c as amended by 2012 PA 433, sections 403, 406, and 407 as amended by 2007 PA 165, and section 408 as amended by 2013 PA 113.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Energy and Technology.

Senator Pavlov introduced

Senate Bill No. 401, entitled

A bill to amend 1980 PA 300, entitled “The public school employees retirement act of 1979,” by amending sections 5, 41, 81d, 127, and 131 (MCL 38.1305, 38.1341, 38.1381d, 38.1427, and 38.1431), sections 5 and 131 as amended and section 81d as added by 2012 PA 300, section 41 as amended by 2016 PA 136, and section 127 as added by 2010 PA 75, and by adding sections 21a and 133.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Education.

House Bill No. 4160, entitled

A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled “Michigan vehicle code,” by amending section 676b (MCL 257.676b).

The House of Representatives has passed the bill and ordered that it be given immediate effect.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

House Bill No. 4205, entitled

A bill to amend 1969 PA 306, entitled “Administrative procedures act of 1969,” by amending sections 32 and 45 (MCL 24.232 and 24.245), section 32 as amended by 2011 PA 270 and section 45 as amended by 2016 PA 513.

The House of Representatives has passed the bill and ordered that it be given immediate effect.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Oversight.

House Bill No. 4305, entitled

A bill to amend 2008 PA 551, entitled “Uniform securities act (2002),” by amending sections 202a and 451 (MCL 451.2202a and 451.2451), section 202a as added by 2013 PA 264 and section 451 as added by 2014 PA 355.

The House of Representatives has passed the bill and ordered that it be given immediate effect.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Commerce.

House Bill No. 4545, entitled

A bill to amend 1936 (Ex Sess) PA 1, entitled “Michigan employment security act,” by amending section 11 (MCL 421.11), as amended by 2011 PA 269.

The House of Representatives has passed the bill and ordered that it be given immediate effect.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Commerce.

House Bill No. 4546, entitled

A bill to amend 1936 (Ex Sess) PA 1, entitled “Michigan employment security act,” by amending section 54 (MCL 421.54), as amended by 2016 PA 522.

The House of Representatives has passed the bill and ordered that it be given immediate effect.

The bill was read a first and second time by title and referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Committee Reports

The Committee on Agriculture reported

Senate Bill No. 122, entitled

A bill to amend 2000 PA 92, entitled “Food law,” by amending sections 1105, 3113, and 6101 (MCL 289.1105, 289.3113, and 289.6101), section 1105 as amended by 2014 PA 516, section 3113 as amended by 2016 PA 188, and section 6101 as amended by 2012 PA 178.

With the recommendation that the bill pass.

The committee further recommends that the bill be given immediate effect.

Joe Hune

Chairperson

To Report Out:

Yeas: Senators Hune, Schmidt and Ananich

Nays: None

The bill was referred to the Committee of the Whole.

The Committee on Agriculture reported

Senate Bill No. 382, entitled

A bill to amend 1995 PA 279, entitled “Horse racing law of 1995,” by amending sections 2, 8, and 17 (MCL 431.302, 431.308, and 431.317), as amended by 2016 PA 271.

With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

The committee further recommends that the bill be given immediate effect.

Joe Hune

Chairperson

To Report Out:

Yeas: Senators Hune, Green, Schmidt, Booher and Ananich

Nays: None

The bill and the substitute recommended by the committee were referred to the Committee of the Whole.

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

The Committee on Agriculture submitted the following:

Meeting held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 8:30 a.m., Room 1300, Binsfeld Office Building

Present: Senators Hune (C), Green, Schmidt, Booher and Ananich

The Committee on Energy and Technology reported

Senate Resolution No. 29.

A resolution to urge the United States Congress to continue funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on the campus of Michigan State University.

(For text of resolution, see Senate Journal No. 32, p. 366.)

With the recommendation that the resolution be adopted.

Michael L. Nofs

Chairperson

To Report Out:

Yeas: Senators Nofs, Proos, Horn, Schuitmaker, Hune, Zorn, Hopgood, Knezek and Conyers

Nays: None

The resolution was placed on the order of Resolutions.

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

The Committee on Energy and Technology submitted the following:

Meeting held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 12:30 p.m., Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor, Boji Tower

Present: Senators Nofs (C), Proos, Horn, Schuitmaker, Hune, Zorn, Hopgood, Knezek and Conyers

Excused: Senator Shirkey

The Committee on Economic Development and International Investment reported

House Bill No. 4058, entitled

A bill to amend 1992 PA 147, entitled “Neighborhood enterprise zone act,” by amending section 13 (MCL 207.783), as amended by 2005 PA 339; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.

With the recommendation that the bill pass.

The committee further recommends that the bill be given immediate effect.

Kenneth B. Horn

Chairperson

To Report Out:

Yeas: Senators Horn, Schmidt, Brandenburg, Stamas, Emmons, MacGregor, Warren, Conyers and Bieda

Nays: None

The bill was referred to the Committee of the Whole.

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

The Committee on Economic Development and International Investment submitted the following:

Meeting held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., Room 1200, Binsfeld Office Building

Present: Senators Horn (C), Schmidt, Brandenburg, Stamas, Emmons, MacGregor, Warren, Conyers and Bieda

The Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security reported

Senate Resolution No. 36.

A resolution of support for an initiative to bring the first Fisher House to Michigan.

(For text of resolution, see Senate Journal No. 33, p. 192.)

With the recommendation that the following substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the resolution then be adopted:

A resolution of support for an initiative to bring the first Fisher House to Michigan.

Whereas, Michigan now boasts among its citizens more than 640,000 veterans, many of whom recently returned home from service in Iraq and Afghanistan; and

Whereas, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) provides state‑of-the-art health care for veterans living in a 15-county area of Michigan and northwest Ohio; and

Whereas, The VAAAHS also serves as a referral center for specialty care, providing critical medical treatment that is not available in other nearby Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, including trans-aortic valve replacement, deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease, and access to the Traumatic Brain Injury Center; and

Whereas, Each year, the VAAAHS serves veterans by providing more than 800,000 outpatient visits and more than 5,000 episodes of inpatient care at the hospital and extended care center; and

Whereas, The VAAAHS is rated the second-best VA medical center in the United States; and

Whereas, Many VAAAHS patients travel a long distance to receive care, which can present a significant barrier to health care for these veterans and their families and caregivers; and

Whereas, Between 200 and 300 families per month request lodging at the VAAAHS for the purpose of traveling with their veteran as he or she receives care; and

Whereas, Family support and engagement has been shown to significantly improve patient outcomes; and

Whereas, The Fisher House Program provides a free-of-charge “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers; and

Whereas, There are currently 71 Fisher Houses located in 27 states, but none in Michigan; and

Whereas, The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved a Fisher House location at the VAAAHS; and

Whereas, In May 2016, Fisher House Michigan, a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code, was formed with the purpose of bringing the first Fisher House to Michigan; and

Whereas, In November 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Fisher House Foundation approved building a Fisher House at the VAAAHS; and

Whereas, The construction will be funded by a $5 million capital campaign by Fisher House Michigan, as well as matching funds from the Fisher House Foundation, a nationwide nonprofit organization; and

Whereas, Once it is complete, the Fisher House at the VAAAHS will provide 5,840 nights annually of free lodging to veterans’ family members and caregivers; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we recognize and commend the work that is being done to bring a Fisher House to the VAAAHS; and be it further

Resolved, That we encourage the citizens of Michigan to support these efforts; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Fisher House Foundation and Fisher House Michigan.

Margaret E. O’Brien

Chairperson

To Report Out:

Yeas: Senators O’Brien, Emmons, Zorn, Colbeck and Knezek

Nays: None

The resolution and the substitute recommended by the committee were placed on the order of Resolutions.

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

The Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security submitted the following:

Meeting held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., Room 1300, Binsfeld Office Building

Present: Senators O’Brien (C), Emmons, Zorn, Colbeck and Knezek

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

The Education Subcommittee on the Michigan Merit Curriculum submitted the following:

Meeting held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., Room 1100, Binsfeld Office Building

Present: Senators Knollenberg (C), Zorn and Hopgood

Scheduled Meetings

Appropriations -

Subcommittee -

Capital Outlay - Wednesday, May 24, 4:00 p.m., Harry T. Gast Appropriations Room, 3rd Floor, Capitol Building (373-2768)

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Board of Trustees - Tuesday, June 6, 10:30 a.m., Lansing State Office, 5th Floor, 222 North Washington Square (284-5299)

Natural Resources - Wednesday, May 24, 12:30 p.m., Room 1300, Binsfeld Office Building (373-1721)

Regulatory Reform - Wednesday, May 24, 1:00 p.m., Room 1100, Binsfeld Office Building (373-5323)

Senate Fiscal Agency Board of Governors - Thursday, June 8, 9:30 a.m., Harry T. Gast Appropriations Room, 3rd Floor, Capitol Building (373-2768)

Transportation - Thursday, May 25, 8:00 a.m., Room 1100, Binsfeld Office Building (373-5312)

Senator Kowall moved that the Senate adjourn.

The motion prevailed, the time being 12:00 noon.

The President pro tempore, Senator Schuitmaker, declared the Senate adjourned until Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

JEFFREY F. COBB

Secretary of the Senate

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