How They Voted

House Bill 5414, Reduce, then end “driver responsibility fees”: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To gradually reduce the so-called “driver responsibility fees” (a.k.a. “bad driver tax”) imposed for certain traffic violations, ending them for most offenses as of Oct. 1, 2019. These fees were adopted in 2003 to avoid state budget spending cuts. Reportedly, thousands of low-income individuals have lost their licenses due to inability to pay these penalties. Senate Bill 633 would authorize doing “community service” as an alternative in many cases.

Sen. Tom Casperson, R – Escanaba, Yes

Senate Bill 667, Ban minors from using “e-cigarettes”: Passed 94 to 16 in the House

To prohibit minors form using electronic cigarettes, making it a misdemeanor crime punishable by a $50 fine, community service, and being ordered into a health promotion and risk reduction program. Senate Bill 668 adds e-cigarettes to the law prohibiting merchants from selling tobacco to minors.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

Senate Bill 536, Expand real estate development tax breaks: Passed 70 to 39 in the House

To authorize property tax exemptions of five to seven years for property owned by a nonprofit organization whose purpose is real estate development, if the local government agrees, and if the organization is approved by the political appointees on the board of the state agency responsible for granting and overseeing selective tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers (the “Michigan Economic Development Corporation,” an arm of the “Michigan Strategic Fund”).

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, No

House Bill 5314, House vote on education budget: Passed 60 to 50

The state education budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2014. See Senate vote above for description.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

House Bill 5313, House vote on state budget: Passed 100 to 10

The House vote on the state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2014. See Senate vote above for description.

Rep. Edward McBroom, R – Vulcan, Yes

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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.