How They Voted

Senate Bill 776, State Police Budget with $32 million increase: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate

The Senate version of the State Police budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $638.5 million in gross spending (of which $99.4 million is federal revenue), compared to $606.8 million the previous year (an amount that included $16 million for police radios and which is now included in a different budget).

Sen. Tom Casperson, R – Escanaba, Yes

Senate Bill 774, DNR budget with $40 million increase: Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate

The Senate version of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. This would appropriate $382.9 million in gross spending, compared to $342.9 million, which was the FY 2012-2013 amount enrolled in 2012. Of this, $67.9 million is federal money, and the rest is from state taxes, fees, fines, royalties, etc. The large spending increase comes after a large hunting and fishing license fee increase was enacted in 2013.

Sen. Tom Casperson, R – Escanaba, No

Senate Bill 774, Hopgood Amendment to spend on summer jobs program: The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on April 30, 2014

To increase spending on a “Michigan Conservation Corps” from $4.1 million to $7.6 million. This is the state version of a New Deal era program created in 1933. The extra money would be for a summer jobs program. The amendment was offered to the Department of Natural Resources budget.

Sen. Tom Casperson, R – Escanaba, No

House Bill 5216, Authorize government “certificate of employability” for ex-cons: Passed 110 to 0 in the House

To authorize the Department of Corrections to issue a “certificate of employability” to prisoners being released who have behaved well in prison and successfully completed a career and technical education course.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

House Bill 5217, Limit liability of employer for ex-con worker with “certificate of employability”: Passed 65 to 45 in the House

To limit the liability of employers in personal injury, property damage and wrongful death lawsuits arising from the actions of an employee who is an ex-convict hired after the individual was granted a “certificate of employability” by the state Department of Corrections, as proposed by House Bill 5216.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

Source: MichiganVotes.org, a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, providing concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate.