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Karoub Report – December 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: December 18, 2019

With lawmakers wrapping up their last session day of the year before heading home for the holidays, the House and Senate sent a 10-bill package of Internet and sports betting legislation to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who is expected to sign them into law; The House and Senate have passed, and sent to Gov. Whitmer, a deal that was struck between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Whitmer that brings almost to a close the ongoing dispute over the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget. In addition to the $573.5 million in restored spending contained in two supplemental bills (SBs 152 and 154) Gov. Whitmer agreed to give the Legislature a 30-day heads up if the state Administrative Board attempts to move money around with departments (HB 5176), which gives the Legislature the ability pre-emptively to act; Michigan Secretary of State is launching new self-service stations, replacing 93 existing kiosks and adding 57 more for a total of 150, according to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. New stations will be located in grocery stores, including Kroger and Meijer and customers will pay a technology fee of $3.95 for every vehicle renewed at a self-service station; Legislation (HB 5041) has been introduced by Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit) that would allow for stop-arm camera systems to be added to school buses to photograph or video the license plate numbers of cars that pass illegally while students are loading or unloading; Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist has signed into law legislation (SB 174) that would require egg producers to make sure all Michigan egg-laying hens are in cage-free systems effective December 2024; and Gov. Whitmer is urging the Legislature to pass legislation that would pause the implementation of the Medicaid work requirements in Michigan until the federal courts determine whether or not they are legal. But Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey in quick response to her request told reporters, “Nope, not necessary.” For more information on these and other legistlative issues, please click on the December 2019 Karoub Report below.

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