For the week ending Dec. 11: The House held no votes this week due to members in quarantine. This report includes Senate votes through Wednesday; noteworthy bills among the 55 that passed the Senate on Thursday will appear in the next weekly roll call report.

Senate Bill 1105, Create alternative tax for multi-acre industrial solar installations: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate

To exempt large industrial solar energy arrays covering many acres from the state "personal property tax," and instead levy a tax on an installation equal to $3,500 per megawatt of the solar panels' nominal "nameplate capacity," with the revenue allocated to different taxing units using the same formula as regular property taxes. Estimates suggest this would reduce net local tax collections slightly but have a greater impact on taxes levied for schools.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y

Senate Bill 1133, Create government "propane commission" with interest groups and officials

To create a new government "propane commission" comprised of specified officials and political appointees, with the power to impose a 1/10 of one cent per gallon "marketing assessment" on retail propane sellers if a majority of firms in the business vote for this. The mission of this new government entity would be to provide rebates for consumers to buy more efficient appliances.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y

Senate Bill 54, Give some developers tax breaks for rehabbing "historic" structures: Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate

To grant certain developers approved by state or local officials business income tax credits that are worth up to 25 percent of the amount spent to restore a structure that meets various criteria for being considered "historic." Developers could "carry forward" any unused credit amount for up to 10 years. The bill would explicitly authorize foregoing up to $5 million in state revenue each year in order to deliver these subsidies to some developers.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y

Senate Bill 676, Require government foreclosure sale "profit" go to homeowner: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To require the amount by which proceeds from the foreclosure sale of an individual's tax-delinquent home exceeds the unpaid tax bill to be returned to the homeowner. Under current law owners with a small tax debt can lose everything in foreclosure.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y

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Senate Bill 1046, Let low level theft and vandalism perpetrators go with just a ticket: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To expand a law that lets police issue an "appearance ticket" and release an offender for certain low level offenses (as with traffic tickets). Under the bill police would not be permitted to detain and book a suspect for a misdemeanor or ordinance violation, not including domestic violence, with specified exceptions.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y

Senate Bill 1215, Authorize local government bridge operation deals with developers: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To establish rules for a city that contracts with a private developer (a "public-private partnership") to build and operate a toll bridge for as long as 75 years.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y

Senate Bill 464, Authorize more financial abuse safeguards in financial institutions: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To require financial institutions to adopt various procedures, protocols, staff training, reports and more intended to reveal and prevent financial exploitation of individuals. The bill also prescribes the responses that law enforcement or other relevant agencies must adopt for responding to reports of financial exploitation. Among other things bank and financial institutions would have the authority to delay the disbursement of funds or freeze accounts in some cases.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y

Senate Bill 1222, Ease medical license mandate for veterans licensed elsewhere: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To make current military personnel, veterans, and their dependents with a medical services occupational license issued by another state eligible for license reciprocity in Michigan.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y

Senate Bill 1234, Establish conditions for poverty-based property tax break: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To require a person granted a poverty property tax exemption to sign a form affirming he or she still owns the property and lives there.

• 33 Sen. Rick Outman R - Six Lakes Y

• 35 Sen. Curt VanderWall R - Ludington Y