Senate Bill 687: Create school choice tax credit and K-12 scholarships program

To create a K-12 “student opportunity scholarship program” that would allow individuals and companies to get a tax credit for contributing to a nonprofit “scholarship organization” that would provide grants to lower income families to pay tuition at a non-public school, or pay for other education expenses, services and supplies. Beneficiaries would get individual accounts from which families could draw money for permitted expenses. Senate Bill

688 and House Bill 5405 would authorize up to $500 million in annual tax credits for this, which would increase with demand according to a specified formula.

Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14) YES

Sen. Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15) YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22) YES

Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27) NO

Sen. Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32) YES

Passed 55 to 48 in the House

Rep. Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

Senate Bill 637: Add social/therapeutic welfare provisions to 9-1-1 call responses

To authorize state grants to local governments, with the amounts determined using criteria devised by a particular social-welfare organization. This would pay for sending one or more “community crisis responder clinicians or community crisis responder peers” on 911 calls, who among other things would do “screening and assessment” for referral of individuals to “mental health, substance use disorder, social, health, or other services and supports as needed.” Reportedly, there are 51 organizations that would be the ultimate recipients of the money.

Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14) YES

Sen. Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15) YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22) YES

Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27) YES

Sen. Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32) YES

House Bill 4637: Authorize process to change township’s name

To establish a process to allow a township to change the township’s name. Two thirds of the township board would have to agree to put the question on the ballot in a regular November or August election, and voters would have to approve it.

Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14) YES

Sen. Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15) YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22) YES

Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27) YES

Sen. Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32) YES

House Bill 5290: Revise posting of seasonal road weight limits

To require the state and local road agencies to post the names of the highways and streets that are not subject to seasonal load limit restrictions, rather than posting those that are. This could be satisfied by posting an electronic map showing these roads.

Passed 104 to 0 in the House

Rep. Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

House Bill 4535: Ban wheelers from snowmobile trails in winter

To ban wheeled vehicles from snowmobile trails from December 1 to April 1.

Passed 101 to 2 in the House

Rep. Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

House Bill 5080: Exempt delivery and installation costs from sales tax

To exempt from sales tax the delivery and installation costs necessary to complete a purchase, which are taxable under current law.

Passed 69 to 34 in the House

Rep. Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

House Bill 4801: Impose licensure mandate on paid electric vehicle charging services

To impose a new licensure and $75 per charger fee regime on paid electric vehicle charging services.

Passed 85 to 18 in the House

Rep. Bob Bezotte (R-Dist. 47) YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) YES

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