MichiganVotes.org is a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to provide concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate. This report was released Friday, May 29.

House Bill 5541: Allow communications impediment state ID card designation

To allow a state identification card applicant to request from the Secretary of State a non-public designation in the department’s central files as an individual with a communication impediment including autism, and make it so law enforcement has access and can see the designation record.

Passed 107 to 0 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47) YES

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

House Bill 5217: Permit student athletes to earn endorsement revenue

To prohibit colleges, the NCAA, or other intercollegiate athletic organizing bodies from prohibiting a student from participating in sports if the student has received compensation for the use of his or her name, image, likeness rights, or athletic reputation, or if the student hires an agent.

Passed 94 to 13 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47) YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) NO

House Bill 5766: Coronavirus epidemic response bills – Tax Tribunal deadlines

To extend for up to 96 days the filing deadlines for appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal during 2020. Specifically, for deadlines that normally fall between May 27 and the end of August, the new deadline would be August 31. The Senate Fiscal Agency describes the Tax Tribunal as “an administrative court that hears tax appeals for all Michigan taxes [and] has jurisdiction over assessment disputes only after the assessment has been protested before the [local] Board of Review.”

Passed 37 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 5097: Authorize small non-payday loans by payday lenders

To allow payday lenders to make “small loans” of up $2,500, subject to restrictions specified in the bill. These would be 90-day to one-year loans that are not secured by a future paycheck.

Passed 58 to 49 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51)  YES

Senate Bill 718: Extend roadside drug testing statewide

To authorize statewide roadside drug testing. This expands a five-county pilot program authorized by a 2016 law.

Passed 77 to 30 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51)  YES

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