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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, June 21.

House Bill 4234: Authorize subsidized state farm loans for rainy weather

To authorize $15 million in state-subsidized, below-market rate loans to Michigan farmers affected by rainy weather in the spring of 2019.

Passed 34 to 1 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

Passed 99 to 6 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Dist. 51) did not vote

House Bill 4694: Authorize more school retiree “double dipping”

To revise a law that allows certain retired school employees to work in schools that need more staff in particular subjects while still collecting pension checks alongside their current pay. According to the House Fiscal Agency, this would benefit some former staff brought back as instructors in a particular non-profit’s reading program used by around 150 western Michigan schools, and like other “double dipping” exceptions in the law could potentially increase unfunded liabilities in the school pension system.

Passed 102 to 7 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

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

House Bill 4223: Mandate dental testing and screening for children

To mandate that children entering kindergarten or first grade for the first time bring a form signed by a dentist or dental hygienist certifying that the child’s teeth were examined and assessed within the past six months. Also, to require the state welfare department to create a dental oral assessment program for children who did not get the exam before registering for school enrollment.

Passed 93 to 16 in the House

Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Dist. 47)  YES

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

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