No. 47

STATE OF MICHIGAN

Journal of the Senate

102nd Legislature

REGULAR SESSION OF 2023

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Chamber, Lansing, Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

 

10:00 a.m.

 

 

The Senate was called to order by the President, Lieutenant Governor Garlin D. Gilchrist II.

 

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

 

 

Albert用resent Hauck用resent Moss用resent

Anthony用resent Hertel用resent Nesbitt用resent

Bayer用resent Hoitenga用resent Outman用resent

Bellino用resent Huizenga用resent Polehanki用resent

Brinks用resent Irwin用resent Runestad用resent

Bumstead用resent Johnson用resent Santana用resent

Camilleri用resent Klinefelt用resent Shink用resent

Cavanagh用resent Lauwers用resent Singh用resent

Chang用resent Lindsey用resent Theis用resent

Cherry用resent McBroom用resent Victory用resent

Daley用resent McCann用resent Webber用resent

Damoose用resent McDonald Rivet用resent Wojno用resent

Geiss用resent McMorrow用resent


 

Senator Rick Outman of the 33rd District offered the following invocation:

Father, thank You for this day, and thank You for the honor and privilege we have that You have bestowed upon each of us here to be able to serve in the capacity we do. Give us wisdom for the task at hand. Help us to look to You for guidance as we make decisions for the people of this great state. Help us to come together as one body, to put aside our differences, and to look for the common ground and build on that in order to craft good and meaningful legislation for this state. Bless this body, this state, and this nation, and help us to truly be one nation under God. We ask all this in the name of Your Son. Amen.

 

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

 

 

Motions and Communications

 

 

Senator Lauwers moved that Senator Nesbitt be temporarily excused from today痴 session.

The motion prevailed.

 

Senator Singh moved that Senators Cavanagh, Geiss, Irwin, Moss and Santana be temporarily excused from today痴 session.

The motion prevailed.

 

 

The following communication was received:

Office of Senator Sarah E. Anthony

May 11, 2023

I am writing to request that my name be added to a package of bills known as Safe Patient Care Act
(SB 334-336). The three-bill package was introduced by Senators Santana, Chang and Moss and delivered to the clerk痴 office before I had an opportunity to sign.

Because these bills will assist with building and retaining a strong nursing workforce along with improving care for patients in Michigan hospitals, I want to ensure that my name is listed as a co-sponsor.

I thank you in advance for honoring my request.

In Service,

Sarah Anthony

State Senator 21st District

The communication was referred to the Secretary for record.

 

 

The following communication was received:

Office of Senator Paul Wojno

May 16, 2023

Per Senate Rule 1.110(c), I am requesting that my name be added as a co-sponsor to Senate Bill 339 which was introduced on May 16, 2023, by Senator Mallory McMorrow.

Warmest regards,

Paul Wojno

State Senator

10th District

The communication was referred to the Secretary for record.

 

 

The following communication was received:

Office of Senator Erika Geiss

May 17, 2023

Please add my signature as a co-sponsor to the following bills:

      Senate Bill 205

      Senate Bill 206

      Senate Bill 207

If there are any questions or issues, do not hesitate to reach out to me or members of my staff.

Sincerely,

Erika Geiss

State Senator

Michigan痴 1st District

The communication was referred to the Secretary for record.

By unanimous consent the Senate proceeded to the order of

Introduction and Referral of Bills

 

 

Senators Nesbitt and Cavanagh entered the Senate Chamber.

 

Senators Santana, Geiss, Shink, Hertel, Wojno, McMorrow and Chang introduced

Senate Bill No. 340, entitled

A bill to amend 1981 PA 180, entitled 徹lder Michiganians act, (MCL 400.581 to 400.594) by adding sections 10a and 10b.

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

 

Senators Irwin and Moss entered the Senate Chamber.

 

Senator Singh moved that rule 3.902 be suspended to allow the guests of Senators Moss and Damoose admittance to the Senate floor.

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

 

 

Recess

 

 

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

The motion prevailed, the time being 10:06 a.m.

 

10:38 a.m.

 

The Senate was called to order by the President, Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist.

 

During the recess, Senators Santana and Geiss entered the Senate Chamber.

 

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

The motion prevailed.

Senator Anthony痴 statement is as follows:

Today I rise to acknowledge May 17, which we in the mid-Michigan area essentially know as LOVE Lansing Day. Many of you know Lansing as our capital city and really the home of state government; however there is so much more to our region that is worth uplifting here today. It is a truly special place, and I like to refer to it as the heart of our state.

It is the birthplace of NBA greats, and it痴 the stomping ground of civil rights leaders and Motown musicians. We cheer for the Spartans. We eat olive burgers; we shop at Quality Dairy and eat its ice cream; we provide things like the little gift that we gave you today, which is Cravings Popcorn; and we eat
Mr. Leslie痴 Cheesecakes. Now we do get lost in Frandor, we swerve around potholes, and we walk the River Trail. We admire the three stacks, we eat soul food at Gregory痴, we drink Strange Matter Coffee, and we hoop in Moneyball Sportswear. Our region is known for autoworkers and state employees, world-class health systems, and family farms. Our State Capitol hosts school groups and protests, prom pictures, Black Girl Day of Play, and everything in between.

From Delhi to Delta, East Lansing and Grand Ledge, we share pride in calling the 517 our home. Now, many of you who move here謡hether you graduated from Michigan State University or Lansing Community College or located here for work謡e know that Lansing is a place where you don稚 have to be born here to bloom here. So, in honor of 517 Day and to commemorate my first three bills that were signed into law this term, I am proud to leave my colleagues a small gift and just to say, Happy LOVE Lansing Day.

 

By unanimous consent the Senate returned to the order of

General Orders

 

 

Senator Singh 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, Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist, designated Senator Bayer as Chairperson.

After some time spent therein, the Committee arose; and the President, Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist, having resumed the Chair, the Committee of the Whole reported back to the Senate, favorably and with a substitute therefor, the following bill:

Senate Bill No. 50, entitled

A bill to amend 1865 PA 124, entitled 鄭n act to designate the holidays to be observed in acceptance and payment of bills of exchange, bank checks and promissory notes, the business of banking, savings and loan, building and loan, municipal offices, the holding of courts and relative to the continuance of suits, by amending sections 1 and 2 (MCL 435.101 and 435.102), section 1 as amended by 1984 PA 4.

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. 4244, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of state police for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 4245, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the judiciary for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 4247, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of corrections for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 4281, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of insurance and financial services for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 4289, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of agriculture and rural development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 4290, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of natural resources for the fiscal year ending
September 30, 2024; 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. 4292, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the legislature, the executive, the department of the attorney general, the department of state, the department of treasury, the department of technology, management, and budget, the department of civil rights, and certain other state purposes for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations; to provide for the disposition of fees and other income received by the state agencies; and to declare the effect of this act.

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. 4310, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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

Motions and Communications

 

 

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

House Bill No. 4244

House Bill No. 4245

House Bill No. 4247

House Bill No. 4281

House Bill No. 4289

House Bill No. 4290

House Bill No. 4292

House Bill No. 4310

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

Third Reading of Bills

 

 

The following bill was read a third time:

Senate Bill No. 14, entitled

A bill to amend 1969 PA 306, entitled 鄭dministrative procedures act of 1969, by amending sections 32 and 45 (MCL 24.232 and 24.245), as amended by 2018 PA 602.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

Senator Lauwers offered the following substitute:

Substitute (S-2).

The question being on the adoption of the substitute,

Senator Lauwers requested the yeas and nays.

The yeas and nays were ordered, 1/5 of the members present voting therefor.

The substitute was not adopted, a majority of the members serving not voting therefor, as follows:

 

 

Roll Call No. 291 Yeas18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Nays20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: President

 

 

Senator Webber offered the following amendment:

1. Amend page 9, following line 22, by inserting:

摘nacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect unless Senate Joint Resolution C of the 102nd Legislature becomes a part of the state constitution of 1963 as provided in section 1 of article XII of the state constitution of 1963..

The question being on the adoption of the amendment,

Senator Lauwers requested the yeas and nays.

The yeas and nays were ordered, 1/5 of the members present voting therefor.

The amendment was not adopted, a majority of the members serving not voting therefor, as follows:

 

 

Roll Call No. 292 Yeas18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Nays20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: President

 

 

Senator Nesbitt offered the following amendment:

1. Amend page 3, following line 14, by inserting:

(8) An agency shall not adopt or promulgate a rule that is more stringent than an applicable federal standard if this state痴 unemployment rate is greater than the national average for any consecutive 3-month period in the preceding calendar year. This prohibition continues until this state痴 unemployment rate is less than the national average for 3 consecutive months..

The question being on the adoption of the amendment,

Senator Lauwers requested the yeas and nays.

The yeas and nays were ordered, 1/5 of the members present voting therefor.

The amendment was not adopted, a majority of the members serving not voting therefor, as follows:

 

 

Roll Call No. 293 Yeas18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Nays20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Excused0

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: President

 

 

Senator Lauwers offered the following amendment:

1. Amend page 9, following line 22, by inserting:

摘nacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect unless Senate Bill No. 270 of the
102nd Legislature is enacted into law..

The question being on the adoption of the amendment,

Senator Lauwers requested the yeas and nays.

The yeas and nays were ordered, 1/5 of the members present voting therefor.

The amendment was not adopted, a majority of the members serving not voting therefor, as follows:

 

 

Roll Call No. 294 Yeas18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Nays20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: President

 

 

Protests

 

 

Senators Chang and Camilleri, under their constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the adoption of the amendment offered by Senator Lauwers to Senate Bill No. 14.

Senator Chang moved that the statement she made during the discussion of the amendment be printed as her reasons for voting 渡o.

The motion prevailed.

Senator Chang痴 statement, in which Senator Camilleri concurred, is as follows:

In 1913110 years ago佑alifornia passed the Alien Land Law. It was broadly written to include all immigrants in its exclusion, but at the time it really was focused on Japanese immigrants憂apanese farmers. The Asiatic Exclusion League was the organization pushing this bill at the time back in 1913. They then also advocated for Californians to boycott Japanese restaurants. They used signs saying things like, Save California from the Japs; Japs keep moving, this is a white man痴 neighborhood. This Alien Land Law prevented immigrants憂apanese farmers庸rom owning land in California, and in the 1920s immigrant landowners lost over 100,000 acres of land. The California Legislature then expanded this law to exclude U.S.-born children of Asian immigrants and Asian-owned businesses.

Regardless of the Senator痴 intent悠 appreciate our conversation about it謡e need to learn our history and we need to make sure we don稚 repeat it. We need to be cognizant of the climate we池e in and the impact of the words we use in this chamber, as well as the amendments like this that could do harm. So I encourage my colleagues to vote 渡o.

 

 

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. 295 Yeas20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Nays18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: President

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

 

 

Protest

 

 

Senator Lauwers, under his constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of Senate Bill No. 14 and moved that the statement he made during the discussion of the bill be printed as his reasons for voting 渡o.

The motion prevailed.

Senator Lauwers statement is as follows:

I致e just got to say, I have to agree with my colleague from the U.P. and I also have to explain, I guess, why I知 offering the amendments I am and why I rise葉his is my 渡o vote explanation. Sometimes we have really good intentions here in the Legislature and there痴 a point in history where we really messed up with this experiment once before. It痴 one of the reasons I came to Lansing.

Before I came to Lansing, and I think it was actually a Republican Legislature that did this傭est intentions in the world謡e passed laws that were more stringent than the states around us and the federal government on ballast water discharge for our shipping vessels. Thought we壇 lead by example. Thought the other states around us would join us. Thought the feds would join us. Recently we just celebrated the money that痴 being put into one of our ports because it痴 finally going to reopen. Why is it reopening? Because we put them all out of business with that legislation. We made our laws more restrictive than the feds and more restrictive than the states around us and we watched all of our shipping遥ou can track it預ll our shipping moved out of Michigan and to the states and our neighbors to the east in Canada, we gave them our business.

I came to Lansing and one of the first things I wanted to do was right that. Can稚 we change our ballast laws to even at least be in compliance with the other states around us? Not much support for that. Republican administration. Then I was told, Relax, we池e going to adopt the feds rules soon. There痴 no need for your legislation. We池e going to do what the feds are doing so you have nothing to worry about. The problem is it took so long. That only took six years after I was elected for us to finally妖id it the first year I came here, six years later we finally adopted the federal regulations. Now we池e going to go back again and say, Ok, we can put on laws that are more strict than the feds.

Please, think about the unintended consequences of this. Think hard about why we would do this and when we would do this and what impact it will have on our state. We really悠 understand the desire to lead by example but when we lead by example, let痴 make sure that the example isn稚 that we池e going to put Michigan second or last to our competitive neighbors.

 

 

Senators Lauwers, Webber, Nesbitt and McCann asked and were granted unanimous consent to make statements and moved that the statements be printed in the Journal.

The motion prevailed.

Senator Lauwers first statement is as follows:

I don稚 believe state regulations should run amok of federal regulations and I fear what this will mean for the businesses in our state. But if the genesis of this bill is rooted in environmental concerns, in a desire to protect Michigan痴 environment and natural resources, then that痴 what it should be limited to. That痴 certainly what all of the testimony we heard in committee was about. So I ask for a 土es vote on my amendment to focus this on just the environment.

 

Senator Webber痴 statement is as follows:

Mr. President, my amendment would tie-bar this bill before us to my constitutional amendment requiring approval by the Legislature of any new rule or regulation with a cost of more than $1 million. Perhaps the majority thinks it痴 a good idea to turn Michigan into California, with even more regulations on the books than those imposed by the federal government. I don稚. But if you do, you should be willing to put your names on these regulations and be accountable to the voters, not leave these decisions up to bureaucrats like this bill would do. Because let痴 be clear, this bill before us opens the door to a tidal wave of regulations that could cripple small family businesses in this state. Small businesses may not have the ability to pay for lobbyists and lawyers to manage regulations, but small-business owners may or likely have a direct contact to their State Senator or Representative.

Michigan is fortunate to have the JCAR process, which provides an important check on the rules and regulations, if used. However, I don稚 have high hopes that the majority will use this oversight tool in the coming years. Now is the time for increased government transparency and accountability, especially as my colleagues on the other side of the aisle seem intent on growing the size and scope of government. If we are going to continue to grow government, we must increase accountability to the people it serves. Don稚 let bureaucrats in Lansing that are unaccountable to voters make decisions that could cripple small businesses across our state. I ask for a 土es vote on my amendment.

 

Senator Nesbitt痴 statement is as follows:

I rise to speak on my amendment and ask for your support. Families in Michigan are still struggling and small businesses are still anxious as inflation rates remain volatile and energy and fuel prices continue to increase. The unpredictable nature of this Biden/Whitmer economy is already threatening enough to those trying to make ends meet. Creating additional, unnecessary, and burdensome regulations at the state level that exceed those at the federal level will only compound the current economic hardships.

Therefore, my amendment is very simple. It prohibits creating a rule that is more stringent than the applicable federal rule if Michigan experiences an unemployment rate greater than the national average for three consecutive months. The prohibition will remain until the unemployment rate falls below the national average for three consecutive months. Colleagues, I ask for your support of my amendment, and ensure we aren稚 creating additional barriers on Michigan workers and small businesses.

Senator Lauwers second statement is as follows:

My amendment ties the bill before us to my Senate Bill No. 270, which restricts foreign purchases of our farmland. It creates a registry for farmland and allows the process to happen, but it doesn稚 prevent it. If my colleagues across the aisle are eager for more regulations, this is one of the few that I am ready to support. This shouldn稚 be a partisan matter, either. In February, a bipartisan group of U.S. House members sent a letter to the Agriculture Secretary condemning the federal government痴 lack of oversight on such land purchases. Before we start piling additional regulations on Michigan businesses, let痴 start with those from outside our shores who are buying up our agricultural land. I ask for support of my amendment.

 

Senator McCann痴 statement is as follows:

I rise in support on Senate Bill No. 14, which would help ensure that Michigan has every tool in our toolbox to protect our state痴 environment and public health. Senate Bill No. 14 repeals the no-stricter-than-federal-law, enacted in 2018, that currently keeps Michigan from establishing rules more stringent than those already established by federal law unless it clears a so-called 田lear and convincing mandate. Well this mandate is poorly defined, confusing, and presents a potential lengthy process that prevents Michigan from acting swiftly to address environmental and public health crises.

Prior to 2018, Michigan had the ability to go above federal standards to keep our natural resources and communities safer. We saw that following the Flint water crisis, when Michigan enacted a lead-and-copper rule in 2018 that set the nation痴 most stringent standards for lead in drinking water. Or the time further back, when Governor Milliken went above the federal standards that limited the amount of phosphorus flowing into Lake Erie at a time when algae blooms threatened the survival of the lake.

We all know that federal standards are meant as the floor, not the ceiling. They are often the lowest standards for a state to meet. We also know that no state is monolithic, and every state has unique needs. Our Great Lakes State is certainly no exception. With Michigan痴 aggressive economic-development push into electrification and the development of industries and suppliers that contribute to it, it will be even more important than ever to rapidly adjust our environmental standards to ensure the health of the Great Lakes watershed.

Every day this Legislature passes bills that recognize Michigan痴 unique needs. This bill is simple. It is about restoring the necessary tools that Michigan needs to curb threats to our natural resources, protect the wellbeing of Michigan痴 citizens, and be able to act promptly in doing so. Michigan痴 economy thrives when our citizens are healthy and our environment is protected. I ask for your support on this.

 

 

The following bill was read a third time:

Senate Bill No. 164, entitled

A bill to amend 1961 PA 120, entitled 鄭n act to authorize the development or redevelopment of principal shopping districts and business improvement districts; to permit the creation of certain boards; to provide for the operation of principal shopping districts and business improvement districts; to provide for the creation, operation, and dissolution of business improvement zones; and to authorize the collection of revenue and the bonding of certain local governmental units for the development or redevelopment projects, by amending sections 10, 10b, 10c, 10e, 10f, 10g, 10h, 10j, 10k, and 10l (MCL 125.990, 125.990b, 125.990c, 125.990e, 125.990f, 125.990g, 125.990h, 125.990j, 125.990k, and 125.990l), as amended by 2020 PA 91.

The question being on the passage of the bill,

 

The Assistant President pro tempore, Senator Geiss, assumed the Chair.

 

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

 

 

Roll Call No. 296 Yeas20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

Nays18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

 

 

Protests

 

 

Senators Theis and Johnson, under their constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of Senate Bill No. 164 and moved that the statements they made during the discussion of the bill be printed as their reasons for voting 渡o.

The motion prevailed.

Senator Theis statement is as follows:

On its face, business improvement zones熔r BIZs耀eem helpful for doing things in a municipality when the municipality might not do them on its own. It allows businesses to commit to their district that they will pay for improvements as voted by themselves and it seems like a reasonable approach. Except this bill removes the fairness in that process when the express job of the government is to provide equal protection under the law. Passing this bill removes the equitable voting rights within the zoned district. As it stands, each entity has a single, equal vote to authorize, amend, or renew these zones.

We changed to that language in 2020 to make things fair. This language protects the little guy, the mom-and-pop shop. The same small businesses who employ a significant portion of our state痴 workers, and those who don稚 have the power, the money, or the time to lobby legislators. These small businesses are already struggling under the crushing weight of inflation and a downward-trending economy. They池e desperately trying to find employees and they have no financial cushion, having spent everything to keep going through COVID.

If this bill were to become law and re-establish a weighted voting system, it could crush our small businesses. The big guy gets to vote on what the little guy has to pay, with larger businesses literally having a larger voting share than the smaller ones and being able to determine how the assessing is done, thereby favoring themselves.

Literally two businesses in a zone, if one is large enough, could make the decision to initiate the district using proportional voting and three businesses, if large enough, would be enough to vote it through. Keep in mind, they get to decide what the zone is going to look like, who it will include, and it includes a myriad of ways the assessment can be determined, including a vague 殿ny other factor relating to assessable property identified in the zone plan.

The assessments that could be levied under this bill on property owners to fund this zone will likely be a significant financial burden, especially for small businesses. The zone plan 杜ay provide for caps on the assessment amounts but it doesn稚 have to葉hat痴 on page 5. Language requiring the assessment be allotted 登n the basis of the benefit to assessable property has been crossed out葉hat痴 page 4. This bill even removes language that requires the project would 兎nhance the business environment within a zone. That痴 the main point, but we crossed that language out葉hat痴 page 3. Later they provide instead that the benefit is assumed through a rebuttable presumption, meaning that mom-and-pop literally have to get a lawyer and go to court if they池e going to prove that it痴 not going to benefit them.

Further, this bill removes the requirement that money paid to the treasurer be first applied to their taxes before the zone葉hat痴 page 14, by the way葉hus putting these mom-and pop-shops at real risk of losing their property to tax foreclosure if they can稚 pay both the taxes and the assessment預n assessment they very likely voted against, if they池e struggling. To add insult to injury, if they can稚 pay the zone can take them to court謡ith interest, setting up a plausible scenario whereby they致e paid some money to the treasurer intended for the taxes but it got applied to the zone instead. It might not be enough, so now they go to court with interest to pay the remainder and also they could lose their property because of tax foreclosure. Because they can lose their business if taxes aren稚 paid, and there痴 a remedy for the unpaid assessment, there is no ethical reason to allow these funds to go to the zone before they go to pay taxes.

We need to stand up for the little guy, the small mom-and-pop shops that are the backbone of our community. I urge a 渡o vote.

 

Senator Johnson痴 statement is as follows:

Similar legislation to Senate Bill No. 164 was passed by this body last year during lame duck, but I now have more information and a much clearer understanding of the full effects of this proposal.

As written, this bill would not only allow business improvement zones to make assessments proportionally容ither on assessed value, taxable value, square footage, or street footage傭ut this legislation would also allow them to allocate voting rights of property owners proportionately too.

To me this is a dangerous precedent and it痴 un-American. Under this bill, just one large business could have its vote count for up to 25 percent of the overall outcome of an election for a proposed business improvement zone. To me, this disenfranchises small business owners and the mom-and-pop operations who will also be forced to pay these assessments if a business improvement zone is created. In some cases this also would include residents living in mixed-use buildings.

All property owners should have an equal vote in this process. For example, when there痴 a countywide millage on the ballot, we don稚 give people extra votes because they live in a more valuable home. Yet, this is exactly what this legislation proposes to do to property owners considering a business improvement zone assessment擁n essence, a tax increase. I will be voting 渡o and I urge my colleagues to do the same.

 

 

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

The motion prevailed.

Senator Shink痴 statement is as follows:

I rise today to ask for everyone痴 support on Senate Bill No. 164. Our cities and downtowns are not only commercially important, but are the heart of local culture and history. A flourishing downtown stimulates the local economy, revitalizes surrounding neighborhoods, and is a beneficial driver for local business.

Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids have successfully utilized BIZ zones, adding life and energy to their downtowns. My legislation amends the 1961 PA 120 vote allocation. This amended BIZ legislation allows zones to be created using a variety of weighting tools to determine member votes, to make BIZ zones match their community. Changes to the BIZ law in 2019 removed any ability to use weighted voting, which severely limits the flexibility and value of the BIZ. The bill would eliminate the current provisions requiring business improvement zones to allocate assessments based on the benefit to assessable property. In its place, a zone plan would allocate votes based on assessed value, taxable value, square footage, street frontage, or other factors relating to property. Again, to make it fit the community.

The bill allows for comparative voting for business improvement zones. Since 2019, no BIZs have been created in Michigan. This is reflective of the change in the law. For example, one property owner cannot be allocated over 25 percent of the vote. Any amount apportioned to a property owner more than 25 percent would have to be proportionally reallocated among the remaining property owners based on the assessed value of the remaining property. This bill is supported by many small businesses, including in economically-distressed areas, by Ann Arbor SPARK, Downtown Detroit Partnership and BIZ, the Michigan Municipal League, the city of Ferndale, and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

The bill restores the ability to use assessed or taxable value as a voting mechanism for BIZs which confers local flexibility in how the zones are established and governed. By amending the current bill and measurement of assessable property and adding proportional allocation votes, BIZs will permit greater local autonomy while enhancing the appeal and overall health of a downtown area. I hope all members of this body will join me in supporting this important legislation today.

Recess

 

 

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

The motion prevailed, the time being 11:38 a.m.

 

12:05 p.m.

 

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

 

 

Senator Singh moved that the Senate proceed to consideration of the following bills:

House Bill No. 4244

House Bill No. 4245

House Bill No. 4247

House Bill No. 4281

House Bill No. 4289

House Bill No. 4290

House Bill No. 4292

House Bill No. 4310

The motion prevailed.

 

 

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4244, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of state police for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 297 Yeas20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Nays18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4245, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the judiciary for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 298 Yeas20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Nays18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

 

 

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4247, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of corrections for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 299 Yeas20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

Nays18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

 

 

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4281, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of insurance and financial services for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 300 Yeas20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Nays18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4289, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of agriculture and rural development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 301 Yeas20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Nays18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

 

 

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4290, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of natural resources for the fiscal year ending
September 30, 2024; 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. 302 Yeas21

 

 

Anthony Cherry McBroom Polehanki

Bayer Geiss McCann Santana

Brinks Hertel McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Irwin McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Klinefelt Moss Wojno

Chang

Nays17

 

 

Albert Hauck Lauwers Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga Lindsey Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

 

 

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4292, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the legislature, the executive, the department of the attorney general, the department of state, the department of treasury, the department of technology, management, and budget, the department of civil rights, and certain other state purposes for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations; to provide for the disposition of fees and other income received by the state agencies; and to declare the effect of this act.

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. 303 Yeas20

 

 

Anthony Chang Klinefelt Polehanki

Bayer Cherry McCann Santana

Brinks Geiss McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Hertel McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Wojno

 

 

Nays18

 

 

Albert Hauck Lindsey Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose Lauwers

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

The following bill was read a third time:

House Bill No. 4310, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024; 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. 304 Yeas21

 

 

Anthony Cherry Lindsey Polehanki

Bayer Geiss McCann Santana

Brinks Hertel McDonald Rivet Shink

Camilleri Irwin McMorrow Singh

Cavanagh Klinefelt Moss Wojno

Chang

 

 

Nays17

 

 

Albert Hauck Lauwers Runestad

Bellino Hoitenga McBroom Theis

Bumstead Huizenga Nesbitt Victory

Daley Johnson Outman Webber

Damoose

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

 

By unanimous consent the Senate proceeded to the order of

Resolutions

 

 

Senator Klinefelt offered the following resolution:

Senate Resolution No. 53.

A resolution to recognize May 17, 2023, as Older Michiganians Day.

Whereas, According to the 2021 American Community Survey, five-year data set, 2,438,552 Michiganians are age 60 or older, equating to 1 of every 4 citizens being an older adult as defined by the Older Americans Act; and

Whereas, There are more older adults than children under the age of 18 in our state (2,188,856); and

Whereas, There are more older adults than pre-K through 12th grade students in our state (1,624,039); and

Whereas, 10,000 Americans celebrate their 65th birthday every day and become eligible for Medicare; and

Whereas, Older Michiganians are critical to Michigan痴 economy, workforce, educational system, faith-based institutions, charitable organizations, and institutions of government; and

Whereas, Many survived the Great Depression, sacrificed at home and abroad to defeat fascism and imperialism in World War II, built the post-war American economy, advocated for civil rights, led our state into the 21st century and have now lived through the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas, Older adults deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for their many contributions to our communities. Older citizens play vital leadership, volunteer and mentoring roles all across our great state. Their lifetime contributions are immense and immeasurable in sum, while also being deeply personal, impactful, and meaningful on an individual basis; and

Whereas, Older adults are one of our state痴 greatest resources for understanding our past and improving our future. They are truly a foundation upon which we can build a better tomorrow; and

Whereas, This invaluable group of citizens is being honored and admired for their many years of service in communities large and small across the entire state of Michigan. They have been an indispensable source of knowledge and inspiration throughout the years; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body recognize May 17, 2023, as Older Michiganians Day. We honor our state痴 population of older citizens.

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

Senator Singh moved that the rule be suspended.

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

The resolution was adopted.

Senators Bayer, Bellino, Brinks, Bumstead, Cavanagh, Chang, Cherry, Damoose, Geiss, Hertel, Irwin, Johnson, Lauwers, McCann, McDonald Rivet, McMorrow, Moss, Outman, Polehanki, Runestad, Santana, Shink, Singh, Webber and Wojno were named co-sponsors of the resolution.

 

 

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

The motion prevailed.

Senator Klinefelt痴 statement is as follows:

I am going to start by saying, Tomato, tomato; Michigander, Michiganian. It is what it is.

I rise today to speak to Senate Resolution No. 53, which recognizes May 17, 2023, as Older Michiganians Day and I ask my Senate colleagues to join me in expressing our gratitude to our older residents. I would also like to recognize our older Michiganians who are joining us at the Capitol today. In 2021, older Michiganians were one-in-every-four residents. Our older Michiganians are a living part of our state and nation痴 history, and we would not be here without them.

Many of our senior Michiganians survived the Great Depression. They sacrificed at home and abroad in World War II, working as Rosie the Riveters, laboring for the Arsenal of Democracy, and fighting to defend our freedom around the globe. The older Michiganians helped build the post-war American and Michigan economies, and led our state into the 21st century. They deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for their many contributions to our communities.

In honor of all they continue to do to make Michigan a better place, I hope you will all join me in supporting this resolution to celebrate Older Michiganians Day today in Michigan.

 

 

Recess

 

 

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

The motion prevailed, the time being 12:23 p.m.

 

12:29 p.m.

 

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

 

By unanimous consent the Senate returned to the order of

Motions and Communications

 

 

Senator Singh moved that the rules be suspended and that the following bill, now on Third Reading of Bills, be placed on its immediate passage:

Senate Bill No. 50

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

Third Reading of Bills

 

 

The following bill was read a third time:

Senate Bill No. 50, entitled

A bill to amend 1865 PA 124, entitled 鄭n act to designate the holidays to be observed in acceptance and payment of bills of exchange, bank checks and promissory notes, the business of banking, savings and loan, building and loan, municipal offices, the holding of courts and relative to the continuance of suits, by amending sections 1 and 2 (MCL 435.101 and 435.102), section 1 as amended by 1984 PA 4.

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. 305 Yeas37

 

 

Albert Daley Klinefelt Outman

Anthony Damoose Lauwers Polehanki

Bayer Geiss Lindsey Santana

Bellino Hauck McBroom Shink

Brinks Hertel McCann Singh

Bumstead Hoitenga McDonald Rivet Theis

Camilleri Huizenga McMorrow Victory

Cavanagh Irwin Moss Webber

Chang Johnson Nesbitt Wojno

Cherry

 

 

Nays1

 

 

Runestad

 

 

Excused0

 

 

Not Voting0

 

 

In The Chair: Geiss

 

 

The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

 

 

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

The motion prevailed.

Senator Santana痴 statement is as follows:

As we all know, on July 4 of 1776 America declared its independence from England, marking the beginning of the great American experiment, where all men were to be created equal with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While this was a success and marked achievement in human history, for white folks this historical event was simply a continuation of a horrific legacy of slavery afflicted not only to original colonies but all of the Americas. For hundreds of years white southerners traded slaves, and even some of our Founding Fathers擁ncluding George Washington and Thomas Jefferson用articipated in chaining, abusing, ownership, and the disgusting trade on American soil.

In theory, enslaved people were emancipated following President Abraham Lincoln痴 Emancipation Proclamation, but the complete and total emancipation of slave people did not occur until Juneteenth of 1865. For more than two years after Lincoln痴 proclamation, enslaved people in many southern states and territories擁ncluding those who finally found their freedom on Juneteenth in Galveston, Texas幼ontinued to face brutality from their enslavers. While freedom under the law was finally guaranteed, Black and brown people faced the brunt of the U.S. government for years to follow, and the continuation today. It was simply the beginning of a long, gradual, and heartfelt journey for true freedom for Black Americans, which includes many of our ancestors.

When the newly-emancipated slaves tried to move north for the greater social and economic freedoms, they were harassed, shot at, and even killed by former Confederate soldiers or even their previous masters. Today, we still face an injustice of the system that allows Black women to die from pregnancy-related causes, three times the rate of white women. A system that allows Black men to die at the hands of police officers at 2.5 times the rate of white men and children. And despite the seemingly unending discrimination, still, we as people persevere. We stood up, we dreamed, we stomped, and we roared, No more, as we marched on Washington and behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., more than 100 years after Lincoln痴 Emancipation Proclamation to Congress finally provided equality for all Americans.

This bill is about making sure that we right the wrongs of the past. It will allow for our state to make sure that we are acknowledging our second Independence Day of Juneteenth. It痴 very important to the history of Black Americans in this country. So I ask all of us to support Senate Bill No. 50 and the passage of this bill so that we can continue to make sure that we continue to have a legacy, not only in our country but in our state of all American history.

 

By unanimous consent the Senate proceeded to the order of

Statements

 

 

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

The motion prevailed.

Senator Runestad痴 statement is as follows:

Joseph Jefferson Jackson溶icknamed Shoeless Joe用layed Major League Baseball in the early 1900s. His batting average was the fourth-highest in Major League history. He ranked 35th on the list of 100 greatest baseball players. Yet, no one remembers any of that. Joe is best remembered for his involvement in the Black Sox scandal in which members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox participated in a conspiracy to fix the World Series. As a result, the Commissioner banned Jackson from baseball after the 1920 season. So all of his great baseball achievements are forgotten. In fact, Joe is best known for only one single historical phrase the Chicago Daily News wrote in a headline, 鉄ay it ain稚 so, Joe. Attributed to a child outside the courthouse, 展hen Jackson left the criminal court building in the custody of a sheriff after telling his story to the grand jury, he found several hundred youngsters, aged from 6 to 16, waiting for a glimpse of their idol. One child stepped up to the outfielder, and, grabbing his coat sleeve, said: 的t ain稚 true, is it, Joe? 添es, kid, I知 afraid it is, Jackson replied. The boys opened a path for the ball player and stood in silence until he passed out of sight. 展ell, I壇 never have thought it, sighed the lad.

And so it is with the disillusionment that comes to people with many public figures we thought we could trust. For instance, as you know, just last week I indicated I thought Attorney General Nessel was the one and the only Democrat I might really be able to work with on some transparency issues here in Lansing. But now even that one Democrat痴 commitment is called into question. I read a Detroit News story covered by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charlie LeDuff about her island vacation with a big shot prominent campaign donor Kelly Neumann who owns a law firm in the state. The pair stayed in the penthouse of the luxurious Ritz Carlton resort in paradisiacal accommodation at almost $9,000 per night. The Washington Liberty Beacon also reported that they also reserved and chartered the Ritz Carlton痴 exclusive, opulent, sailing yacht for a trip that cost nearly $10,000. LeDuff reports, 典he bill, the hotel confirmed, was picked up by a prominent Traverse City lawyer with overlapping interests with Nessel痴 office, namely nursing home malfeasance and auto insurance claims. To date, we can稚 get any confirmation as to whether that host ever got reimbursed and if so when was that reimbursement paid. Was the big donor law firm doing any business with or suing any part of the state of Michigan? We simply don稚 know.

In the end, just like that poor disillusioned kid who had worshiped Shoeless Joe, we can just now imagine a little girl, a budding future attorney, who worships Attorney General Nessel approach her and say, Attorney General Dana Nessel, say tell me it痴 not true you were aboard the sailing vessel. Nessel, say it ain稚 so. Say you weren稚 aboard the vessel. And from what痴 been reported so far, almost two weeks old, not refuted, the Attorney General would simply have to lean over and say, Yes, kid, I知 sorry to break it to you. It痴 true. Attorney General Nessel was aboard the vessel. Then we can all just imagine that little child staggering away teary-eyed muttering, I never, never thought it would happen.

But that little girl would be relieved to hear that the Democrats can join me in ending this problem for I have a bill we will introduce very soon on the floor requiring disclosure of any money that nonprofits and other entities that are not officially registered to lobby must disclose regarding any travel or hotel stays that could be used to create influence. I welcome the Democrats support of this bill.

 

 

Announcements of Printing and Enrollment

 

 

The Secretary announced that the following bills and joint resolution were printed and filed on Tuesday, May 16, and are available on the Michigan Legislature website:

Senate Bill No. 339

House Bill Nos. 4556 4557 4558 4559 4560 4561 4562 4563 4564 4565 4566 4567 4568 4569 4570 4571 4572 4573 4574 4575 4576 4577 4578 4579 4580 4581 4582 4583 4584 4585 4586 4587 4588 4589 4590

House Joint Resolution B

 

 

Committee Reports

 

 

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

 

The Committee on Housing and Human Services submitted the following:

Meeting held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at 8:30 a.m., Room 403, 4th Floor, Capitol Building

Present: Senators Irwin (C), Santana, Cavanagh, Bayer, Shink, Chang, Geiss, Lindsey, Hoitenga and Damoose

Excused: Senator Cherry

 

 

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

 

The Committee on Government Operations submitted the following:

Meeting held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at 12:30 p.m., Harry T. Gast Appropriations Room, 3rd Floor, Capitol Building

Present: Senators Brinks (C), Singh, Moss, Nesbitt and Lauwers

 

 

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

 

The Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture submitted the following:

Meeting held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at 3:00 p.m., Room 1300, Binsfeld Office Building

Present: Senators Shink (C), Cherry, Singh, Polehanki, Victory and Hoitenga

Excused: Senator Daley

 

 

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

 

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure submitted the following:

Meeting held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at 3:30 p.m., Room 403, 4th Floor, Capitol Building

Present: Senators Geiss (C), Klinefelt, Wojno, Hertel, Camilleri, Chang, McCann, Bellino, Victory and Bumstead

Excused: Senator McBroom

 

 

Scheduled Meetings

 

 

Civil Rights, Judiciary, and Public Safety Thursday, May 18, 12:00 noon, Room 1200, Binsfeld Office Building (517) 373-5312

 

Energy and Environment Thursday, May 18, 1:30 p.m., Room 403, 4th Floor, Capitol Building
(517) 373-5323

Labor Thursday, May 18, 9:00 a.m., Room 1300, Binsfeld Office Building (517) 373-5314

 

Regulatory Affairs Thursday, May 18, 8:30 a.m., Room 1100, Binsfeld Office Building (517) 373-1721

 

 

Senator Singh moved that the Senate adjourn.

The motion prevailed, the time being 12:42 p.m.

 

The Assistant President pro tempore, Senator Geiss, declared the Senate adjourned until Thursday,
May 18, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

DANIEL OBERLIN

Secretary of the Senate