How They Voted

Senate Bill 934, Preempt $10.10 minimum wage initiative; hike mandated minimum to $9.20: Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate

To repeal the current state minimum wage law that makes it unlawful to employ a worker for less than $7.40 an hour, and replace it with a new law gradually increasing the mandated minimum to $9.20 an hour in 2017, and the mandated “tipped” worker minimum from $2.65 to $3.50 an hour. (A tipped-worker’s employer must pay the difference between this and the regular minimum if tips come up short). These amounts would then be indexed to inflation.

As introduced the bill was seen as a Republican gambit to keep an “initiated law” off the November ballot which would hike the mandated minimums to $10.10 for both tipped and non-tipped employees. It became a bipartisan gambit after negotiations for the higher rate and inflation indexing brought most Democrats on board.

Sen. Tom Casperson, R – Escanaba, Yes

Senate Bill 817, Reduce student test results portion of teacher rating criteria: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To reduce the percentage of a teacher’s “effectiveness” evaluation that must be based on student progress as measured by state test data from 50 percent to 40 percent, and delay implementation until the 2017-2018 school year. This is related to a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on these ratings.

Sen. Tom Casperson, R – Escanaba, Yes

Senate Bill 481, Repeal licensure mandate on foresters: Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate

To repeal a licensure mandate imposed on foresters, and eliminate a state “Board of Foresters” comprised political appointees who establish educational and experience requirements for foresters.

Sen. Tom Casperson, R – Escanaba, No

Senate Bill 862, Allow alcohol at Michigan Stadium international soccer game: Passed 105 to 5 in the House

To allow the sale of alcohol at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor during a potential soccer game in August 2014 between the Manchester United and Real Madrid international soccer teams.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

Senate Bill 612, Trim mandated barber license instruction hours: Passed 106 to 3 in the House

To reduce from 2,000 to 1,800 the hours of instruction at a “licensed barber college” that an individual must accumulate before he or she is allowed by the state to earn a living at this trade. Also, to add new license restrictions and requirements for a barber whose experience was gained in a county that state agency staffers regard as not having “generally available” records.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

House Bill 5389, Permit nursing home feeding assistance: Passed 93 to 16 in the House

To allow a nursing home to employ a trained person to provide feeding assistance to a resident who does not have complicated feeding problems, under the supervision of a nurse, and with consent of the resident or resident’s representative.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

House Bill 5223, Reduce student test results portion of teacher rating criteria: Passed 95 to 14 in the House

To reduce the percentage of a teacher’s “effectiveness” evaluation that must be based on student progress as measured by state test data from 50 percent to 20 percent in “core” subjects, with the remainder based on (potentially subjective) local student progress measurements, and delay full implementation until the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

The original requirement was established by a 2011 law basing school employment decisions on these effectiveness ratings.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, No

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Source: MichiganVotes.org,