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Michigan Votes

• Mar 4, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Here’s how your local state lawmakers voted on legislation last week: 

Senate Bill 23— Authorize prison for “porch pirates”: passed 38-0 in the Senate. To make stealing mail or packages left in or near a person’s mailbox a crime, with penalties of up to one year in jail and a $500 fine for a first offense, up to five years in prison and $1,000 for a second offense, and 10 years and $2,000 for subsequent convictions.

Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville: Y

House Bill 4001 — Require conviction for property forfeiture: passed 107 to 3 in the House. To establish that property seized from a person because it may be associated with a suspected drug-related crime is not subject to “civil asset forfeiture” unless the individual is actually convicted or accepts a plea bargain. This would not apply to police seizures of property worth $50,000 or more. Forfeiture is a legal process by which a government agency (usually police or prosecutors) acquires permanent ownership of property seized by police. House Bill 4002 prescribes specific procedures, notice requirements, deadlines and more.

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township: Y

Source: MichiganVotes.org, a free, nonpartisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to provide concise, nonpartisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate.

Huizenga votes

Here's how U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, voted on congressional legislation last week:

HR 1112 — Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019: N

HR 8 — Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019: N

H.J. Res. 46 — Relating to a national emergency declared by the president on Feb. 15: N

H. Res. 144 — Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 46) relating to a national emergency declared by the president on Feb. 15: N

HR 276 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act: Y

HR 539 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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