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House and Senate Elect Caucus Leadership: On Thursday, the House and Senate Democratic and Republican Caucuses elected their leadership for the 2019-2020 session. The House Democrats elected Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) as the Minority Leader and Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) as Minority Floor Leader. The House Republicans chose Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) as the next Speaker of the House, Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) as Majority Floor Leader and Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) as Speaker Pro Tempore. The House will formally elect Rep. Chatfield as Speaker when it convenes the new session in January.

In the Senate, Senate Republicans elected Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) as Majority Leader and Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) as Majority Floor Leader. The Senate Republicans also chose Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) as Appropriations Committee Chair. The Senate Democrats re-elected Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) as Minority Leader and elected Sen-Elect Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) as Minority Floor Leader. Sen. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing) will serve as Minority Vice Chair for Appropriations.

House Passes New Jobs Training: On Thursday, November 8, the full House of Representatives gave its approval to House Bill 5697 (Afendoulis), which would extend bonding authority within the Michigan New Jobs Training Program out to December 31, 2023. Currently, that authority is set to expire December 31 of this year. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration, but has not yet been referred to a committee.

Part Time Student Retirement Fix Moves: Also on Thursday, November 8, the House Financial Liability Reform Committee took further testimony and reported out a substitute for House Bill 6378 (Van Singel). As you may recall, HB 6378 attempts to resolve outstanding liability related to payments for students that ORS believes were erroneously omitted from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS). The bill now goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Webinar on Personal Property Tax Reimbursements: On Monday, November 19, at 10:00 AM EST, the MCCA will host a webinar titled Personal Property Tax Review and Recent Changes. The webinar will feature David Zin of the Senate Fiscal Agency to explain the fall reimbursement information that was just released, as well as what colleges can expect in the coming months. Please register for the event to receive information about how to join the webinar.

Legislative Session Schedule: Both the Senate and House of Representatives will reconvene on Tuesday, November 27.

 
 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Michigan Legislature’s website (bill tracking and committee meetings)

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan Senate

Community College Legal Authority (Michigan Constitution)

Community College Act of 1966

 

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