Michigan lawmakers are setting the stage for some final budget-related votes within the next few weeks.
Last week, the House and Senate took some preliminary budget votes — while addressing some non-budget topics as well. Among the highlights:
Public health budget: The Senate approved its initial version of a Department of Community Health budget for the fiscal year that begins in October. It covers several facets of the state’s community health budget (see analysis). It does not include an expansion of Medicaid, but that proposal could be dealt with separately in a different bill.
Senate Bill 198 was approved by a 20-18 vote. It next advances to the House, which already has passed its own version. Differences between the two versions are expected to be reconciled within the next few weeks. By the time the Senate takes a final vote on the community health budget, several details could be different from the version approved this week.
The Senate vote from Thursday:
Jim Ananich, D-Flint – No
Glenn Anderson, D-Westland – No
Steve Bieda, D-Warren – No
Darwin Booher, R-Evart – Yes
Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township – No
Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba – Yes
Bruce Caswell, R-Hillsdale – Yes
Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton Township – No
Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan – Yes
Mike Green, R-Mayville – Yes
Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield – No
Goeff Hansen, R-Hart – Yes
Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell – Yes
Morris Hood III, D-Detroit – No
Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor – No
Joe Hune, R-Hamburg – No
Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit – No
Mark Jansen, R-Gaines Township – Yes
Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park – No
Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge – No
Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Township – Yes
Mike Kowall, R-White Lake Township – Yes
James Marleau, R-Lake Orion – Yes
Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive – Yes
John Moolenaar, R-Midland – Yes
Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek – Yes
John Pappageorge, R-Troy – Yes
Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair – Yes
John Proos, R-St. Joseph – Yes
Randy Richardville, R-Monroe – Yes
Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc – Yes
Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights – No
Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton – No
Virgil Smith, D-Detroit – No
Howard Walker, R-Traverse City – Yes
Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor – No
Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing – No
Coleman Young II, D-Detroit – No
Health claims: The Senate approved a measure that would continue a 1 percent tax or assessment on health insurance claims that first took effect in early 2012.
Senate Bill 335 was approved by a 25-13 vote, sending the measure to the House. Most Democrats supported the “health insurance claims assessment act” and Republicans were split.
Republicans voting against the bill: Brandenburg, Colbeck, Hildenbrand, Hune, Jones, Kowall, Nofs, Pavlov, Proos, Robertson, Rocca and Schuitmaker. The only Democrat to vote against the measure was Young.
Presence at meetings: The House approved a measure aimed at requiring members of government boards and other public bodies to be physically present at meetings when they vote. The bill — which would change the Open Meetings Act — is aimed at cracking down on the practice of board members voting remotely via teleconference instead of being physically present at meetings.
House Bill 4363 was approved by a 92-14 vote in the House. The legislation advances to the Senate.
Most of the 14 lawmakers voting against the proposal were Democrats. The full list of ‘no’ votes: Terry Brown, D-Pigeon; Scott Dianda, D-Calumet; Fred Durhal Jr., D-Detroit; Pam Faris, D-Clio; John Kivela, D-Marquette; Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac; Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores; Sam Singh, D-East Lansing; Charles Smiley, D-Burton; Thomas Stallworth III, D-Detroit; Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, D-Detroit; Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit; Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights; and Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor.
Three lawmakers did not vote – Rudy Hobbs, D-Southfield; John Olumba, I-Detroit; and Rose Mary Robinson, D-Detroit.
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