No. 6

STATE OF MICHIGAN

 

JOURNAL

OF THE

House of Representatives

 

102nd Legislature

REGULAR SESSION OF 2024

 

 

 

 

House Chamber, Lansing, Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

 

6:00 p.m.

 

The House was called to order by the Speaker.

 

The roll was called by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, who announced that a quorum was present.

 

Aiyash用resent Dievendorf用resent Maddock容xcused Schmaltz用resent

Alexander用resent Edwards用resent Markkanen用resent Schriver用resent

Andrews用resent Farhat用resent Martin用resent Schuette用resent

Aragona用resent Filler用resent Martus用resent Scott用resent

Arbit用resent Fink用resent McFall用resent Shannon用resent

Beeler用resent Fitzgerald用resent McKinney用resent Skaggs用resent

BeGole用resent Fox用resent Meerman用resent Slagh用resent

Beson用resent Friske用resent Mentzer用resent Smit用resent

Bezotte用resent Glanville用resent Miller用resent Snyder用resent

Bierlein用resent Grant用resent Morgan用resent St. Germaine用resent

Bollin用resent Green, P.用resent Morse用resent Steckloff用resent

Borton用resent Greene, J.用resent Mueller用resent Steele用resent

Brabec用resent Haadsma用resent Neeley用resent Tate用resent

Breen用resent Hall用resent Neyer用resent Thompson用resent

Brixie用resent Harris用resent O誰eal用resent Tisdel用resent

Bruck用resent Hill用resent Outman用resent Tsernoglou用resent

Byrnes用resent Hoadley用resent Paiz用resent VanderWall用resent

Carra用resent Hood用resent Paquette用resent VanWoerkom用resent

Carter, B.用resent Hope用resent Pohutsky用resent Wegela容xcused

Carter, T.用resent Hoskins用resent Posthumus用resent Weiss用resent

Cavitt用resent Johnsen用resent Prestin用resent Wendzel容xcused

Churches用resent Koleszar用resent Price用resent Whitsett容xcused

Coffia用resent Kuhn用resent Puri用resent Wilson用resent

Conlin用resent Kunse用resent Rheingans用resent Witwer用resent

DeBoer用resent Liberati用resent Rigas用resent Wozniak用resent

DeBoyer用resent Lightner容xcused Rogers用resent Young用resent

DeSana用resent MacDonell用resent Roth用resent Zorn用resent

 

e/d/s = entered during session

Bishop Reginald Bluestein Sr., Bishop of New Purpose International Church in Detroit, offered the following invocation:

 

泥ear Heavenly Father,

We come before You today as the Governor delivers the state of the state address. We ask for Your divine guidance and wisdom for our leader as she addresses the people of this great state.

We pray for the people of this state, that they may come together and work towards the common good of all citizens. May we put aside our differences and work towards unity, justice, and equality for all. May our state be a beacon of hope and light for those who seek a better life.

We offer our prayers for the Governor and all those in leadership positions. May they be guided by Your grace and wisdom as they make decisions that affect the lives of all of us. May they be filled with compassion, humility, and integrity in their leadership.

We ask all of this in Your holy name. Amen.

 

 

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Rep. Aiyash moved that Reps. Lightner, Maddock, Wegela, Wendzel and Whitsett be excused from today痴 session.

The motion prevailed.

 

 

Messages from the Senate

 

 

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 13.

A concurrent resolution providing for a joint convention of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That the Senate and House of Representatives meet in joint convention in the Hall of the House of Representatives, on January 24, 2024 at 6:00 p.m., to receive the message of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The Senate has adopted the concurrent resolution.

The question being on the adoption of the concurrent resolution,

The concurrent resolution was adopted.

 

By unanimous consent the House returned to the order of

Motions and Resolutions

 

 

Rep. Aiyash moved that a special committee of four members be appointed to notify the Senate that the House was ready to meet the Senate in Joint Convention.

The motion prevailed.

The Speaker appointed as such committee Reps. Scott, Shannon, Bierlein and Mueller.

 

 

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The special committee to notify the Senate that the House was ready to meet in Joint Convention returned to the House along with the members of the Senate.

The committee, through its Chairperson, reported that it had performed the duty assigned it. The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The Sergeant at Arms announced the members of the Senate, who were admitted and conducted to seats.

 

 


Joint Convention

 

6:30 o団lock p.m.

The Joint Convention was called to order by the President of the Joint Convention, Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist.

Rev. Richard White III, Pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Detroit, offered the following invocation:

 

鏑ord, we come to You right now thanking You for this day and for all of Your many blessings! Lord, we thank You for how this Governor has fought to deliver real progress for our great state of Michigan. Thank You for how You have empowered her to create jobs, lead the way for business investment, repair of our roads, and invest in quality education for all people!

Lord, I thank You for this committed, dedicated, and determined Governor who is diligently working to make our state better! Thank You for the bipartisan bills passed, and the signing of common-sense gun violence prevention bills, that keep Michigan communities safe. Lord thank You for using her to establish Michigan as a top state for electric vehicle and battery investments, and more than 16,000 good-paying jobs for the people of Michigan. Lord thank You for this governor working to ensure access to quality, affordable health care and lowering the cost of prescription drugs for the people of our state. Lord, we thank You for her commitment and desire to solving the problems that Michiganders face every day! Thank You for her effort to ensure that every Michigander has a great public education and a path to a goodpaying job. We thank You Lord that under her leadership every community in Michigan has clean and safe drinking water! Lord, I thank You that this governor has worked to see that everyone can drive to work or drop their children off at school safely, without blowing a tire or cracking a windshield!

Lord, we praise and thank You for this governor working to fight to ensure a brighter, healthier future for all Michiganders! Continue to bless, keep, sustain, and strengthen her for the great work You have instore for her to do! Lord, we ask that You be with her tonight as she will give her state of the state address and that You will continue to empower and strengthen her with the wisdom, knowledge and understanding that she needs to take our state to higher heights and deeper depths! Lord, we ask that You bless her and all that work with her to help make our state all that You have ordained for us to be! In Your name we pray amen!!

 

 

The roll of the Senate was called by the Secretary, who announced that a quorum of the Senate was present.

 

The roll of the House was called by the Clerk, who announced that a quorum of the House was present.

 

The President of the Joint Convention announced that the two Houses had met in Joint Convention to receive the message of the Governor.

 

Representative Aiyash moved that a special committee, consisting of three Representatives and three Senators, be appointed to invite and escort the State Officers to the Joint Convention.

The motion prevailed.

The President of the Joint Convention named as such committee Representatives Martus, Glanville and Slagh, and Senators Polehanki, Bellino and Hoitenga.

 

The Sergeant at Arms announced the special committee appointed to invite the State Officers to be present at the Joint Convention.

The State Officers, escorted by the committee, were conducted to seats.

 

Senator Singh moved that a special committee, consisting of two Representatives and two Senators, be appointed to invite and escort the Judges of the Court of Appeals to the Joint Convention.

The motion prevailed.

The President of the Joint Convention named as such committee Representatives Fitzgerald and VanWoerkom, and Senators Cavanagh and Outman.

 

The Sergeant at Arms announced the special committee appointed to invite the Judges of the Court of Appeals to be present at the Joint Convention.

The Judges of the Court of Appeals, escorted by the committee, were conducted to seats.

 

Representative Aiyash moved that a special committee, consisting of two Representatives and two Senators, be appointed to invite and escort the Justices of the Supreme Court to the Joint Convention.

The motion prevailed.

The President of the Joint Convention named as such committee Representatives Brenda Carter and Neyer, and Senators Shink and Johnson.

The Sergeant at Arms announced the special committee appointed to invite the Justices of the Supreme Court to be present at the Joint Convention.

The Justices of the Supreme Court, escorted by the committee, were conducted to seats.

 

Senator Singh moved that a special committee, consisting of five Representatives and five Senators, be appointed to invite and escort the Governor to the Joint Convention.

The motion prevailed.

The President of the Joint Convention named as such committee Representatives Neeley, Churches, VanderWall, Posthumus and DeBoer, and Senators Hertel, McCann, Anthony, Bumstead and Hauck.

 

The Sergeant at Arms announced the special committee to wait on the Governor.

The Governor, escorted by the committee, was conducted to the rostrum.

 

The President of the Joint Convention then introduced Governor Whitmer who gave her message to the Joint Convention as follows:

 

 

Governor Whitmer:

敵ood evening, Michigan! How about them Lions?

I am excited to be here tonight between two leaders who have gotten a lot done over the past year: Speaker Joe Tate and Majority Leader Winnie Brinks.

I want to acknowledge Minority Leaders Matt Hall and Aric Nesbitt. We delivered a balanced budget focused on the kitchen-table issues in 2023, and I know we will this year too.

Now, I want to thank productive partners in governance Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Please join me in thanking Major General Paul Rogers, Colonel James Grady, and those who serve in our State Police and National Guard.

To our state employees, my cabinet and executive office staff葉hank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of the people of Michigan.

Like some of you, I am a product of the 80s. I love big hair and bold leather jackets. Classic movies and of course, classic rock.

All great albums from the 80s have some things in common. Chart-topping hits that everyone loves Deep cuts for the fans and a few experimental tracks. At their best, these are timeless records whose impact transcends a single year or artist.

At our best, that痴 what we aspire to do, too. Get things done that outlast us. Make policy for future generations. Over the past year, our record, like any great album, had something in it for everyone, and all the tracks熔r policies謡ere bound by a common theme: making a real difference in people痴 lives.

We composed this record thanks to the people in this room and every Michigander at home. Groups only succeed when all its members are thriving, and lately, Michigan has been playing in harmony.

Let痴 go through the set list.

A lot of people had faith we would roll back the retirement tax on our seniors. We got it done to save half a million senior households an average of $1,000 a year.

We rolled back this tax, and I want to thank Representative Angela Witwer for her leadership.

We quintupled the Working Families Tax Credit so people working 9 to 5 or second or third shift get hundreds more dollars back in their pockets. Let痴 acknowledge Senator Kristen McDonald Rivet for getting it done.

This year, the Democratic legislative majority delivered $1 billion in tax relief. This year, seniors will keep more of what they earned and hundreds of thousands of working families will get refund checks, putting money back in their pockets to help with groceries, gas, or home repairs.

We know that girls just wanna have fun... and pay down debt so we did. Since I took office, we paid down $18 billion of debt. We brought our rainy day fund to an all-time high of nearly $2 billion. We even created a new rainy fund for our schools and put $500 million in it.

We won稚 back down in our fight to protect reproductive freedom. We passed Prop 3 to protect abortion rights and repealed our extreme 1931 abortion ban with Representative Pohutsky and Senator Geiss.

For every sweet child of ours in Michigan, we made school breakfast and lunch free.

All 1.4 million public school students get 2 meals a day so they can focus on learning and parents save $850 a year on groceries, per child. I want to thank Senator Darrin Camilleri and Representative Regina Weiss who led this effort. When I introduce my next budget, we池e going to keep feeding students and lowering grocery bills.

We put cost-saving pieces of the Affordable Care Act into state law. You might be wonderingwhat痴 cost got to do, got to do with it? Now, young people can stay on their parent痴 insurance until they turn 26 and you can稚 be charged more for having a preexisting condition. No one should be running up that bill to get better when they池e sick.

While some folks in Washington are trying to repeal the ACA and strip away health care for kids, seniors, and working families, we got your back like a rock in Michigan. We will protect your careno matter what. I want to thank Representative Matt Koleszar and Senator Kevin Hertel for their work on this issue.

While other states restrict your freedom to be who you are and love who you love, we heed the words of Ms. Diana Ross and say we池e coming out to protect equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community! Thank you, Senator Moss and Representative Hoskins, for your leadership.

We also ended natural hair discrimination by passing the CROWN Act! Thank you, Senator Sarah Anthony.

Finally, to protect every breath you take and our Great Lakes, we enacted a historic clean energy package. Together, we: will reach 100% clean energy by 2040, lower the cost of household utilities by an average of $145 a year, and create thousands of good-paying jobs, backed by the strongest labor standards in the country. We will make more American energy employing American workers.

I want to acknowledge Senators Singh, Geiss, and Shink, and Representatives Aiyash, Puri, and Coffia for making Michigan a national leader on climate action.

We have a heck of a record and we are starting 2024 fired up. My fellow Michiganders, the state of our state is ready to rock!

We got into the groove last year, but great bands do not rest on their laurels葉hey make the next record better than the last one. There痴 more to do, and nothing is gonna stop us now.

Let痴 talk about the challenges Michiganders face today. Top of mind is costs. It痴 hard to buy a house, afford a car, or save for retirement while keeping up with bills. People put things off to make ends meet: replacing old tires fixing busted gutters buying your child a warmer coat.

No matter who you are or where you come from, if you work hard, you should be able to provide for your family and have a fair shot at a better future. You should have the freedom to live the way you want. That痴 the American Dream. You should be able to chase it in Michigan. At our best, that痴 what we are預 home of opportunity for people seeking a great life at a good cost of living.

Tonight, that痴 what I値l focus on揺ow we can keep lowering costs improve education to set up our children for success make more stuff right here in Michigan and compete with the world.

First, costs. No one likes paying $6 for a box of cereal or more for an oil change than they did last year. But I want to be upfront with you: I cannot solve global inflation alone. No one person can溶ot even the President. If you meet someone who says they have a secret plan to fix inflation羊un!

What we can do is make life more affordable by lowering costs on the biggest items in your monthly budget. When your paycheck hits your bank account, you know your largest and most important expenses: housing, child care, transportation, education, utilities, and food.

From axing the retirement tax and free school meals to the Michigan Achievement Scholarship and Reconnect which lower the cost of college by thousands to programs like Tri-Share that slash the cost of child care by 66% we are taking action.

Things are headed in the right direction. Inflation is slowing down unemployment remains low and take home pay is up. It痴 a great time to find a good-paying job, with unions fighting successfully for better pay and benefits. President Biden痴 policies are bringing jobs and supply chains home to Michigan from China.

Still, Michiganders need more breathing room. This year, we will continue our work to lower costs on the biggest items in your budget. So, let痴 get into it.

A few weeks ago, I rolled out the Michigan Vehicle Rebate, a plan to lower the cost of buying a new car with a $1,000 rebate off any car and $2,000 for electric vehicles. If it was assembled by a union, you get an extra $500 bucks葉hat痴 up to $2,500 off. The MI Vehicle Rebate would be offered at the point of sale耀o you save money as you walk out of the dealership.

Michigan痴 auto industry has been the backbone of our economy for a century, powered by the men and women of the UAW, who negotiated and ratified a record contract last year. We want our auto workers and our auto industry to thrive right here in Michigan.

Let痴 help them both do what they do best洋ake the world痴 best cars and trucks. With the MI Vehicle Rebate we can lower costs and support the ongoing transition to an all-electric, union-made future.

Next, housing, usually the largest expense in everyone痴 budget. Right now, too many families spend more than half their income on their rent or mortgage Our housing stock is old溶early half of all units in Michigan were built before 1970 Young people cite housing affordability as one of their top concerns.

These are statewide challenges. In Traverse City, school districts need housing for teachers who have nowhere else to go. On the Westside and in the UP, there just aren稚 enough homes for growing families. Detroiters see higher rates when they re-sign.

In other words, the rent is too damn high and we don稚 have enough damn housing!

Our response will be simple: build, baby, build!

Our target is clear: in Michigan痴 first-ever statewide housing plan that I commissioned last year, we set a goal of 75,000 new or refurbished units in 5 years.

We are headed in the right direction. In the 5 years since I took office, we致e invested double what we did in the previous 8 years to build or rehabilitate 34,000 housing units, supporting 20,000 good-paying construction jobs.

Our local partners are getting it done too. From November 2022 to November 2023, our 4 largest counties邑ayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Kent用ermitted over 8,000 units.

In 2024, let痴 keep going.

In 2024, let痴 build more of every kind of housing耀ingle family homes, apartments, and mixed-use buildings.

In 2024, we will make the largest investment to build housing in Michigan history.

We will invest almost $1.4 billion to build or rehabilitate nearly 10,000 homes. That痴 10 times what we put into housing just 10 years ago. Getting this done will support thousands of good-paying, middle-class jobs in the skilled trades庸rom pipefitters and carpenters to bricklayers and roofers.

Housing is a serious challenge, so we are making a serious investment. It痴 about so much more than just a roof over your head. Housing builds generational wealth and forms the foundation for success in school, work, and life. Let痴 work together to build more housing so every Michigander has an affordable place to call home.

Finally, I知 calling for a new caregiver tax credit, that will put money back in the pockets of Michiganders who care for an aging or sick relative.

I know how tiring caregiving can be, especially when you池e juggling a career and kids of your own. When I was sandwiched between my newborn daughter and my mom who was dying from brain cancer, I was pushed to my limit despite having resources and help.

I know a lot of people are concerned about how much it値l take熔r is taking葉o care for aging parents, financially and emotionally. Maybe you池e concerned about how your kids will take care of you while living their own lives.

The new Caring for MI Family Tax Credit could save thousands of Michigan families up to $5,000 on their taxes.

By allowing people to write off caregiving expenses including counseling, transportation, and nursing or respite services, we can save them money. We can help more seniors age-in-place at home instead of a costlier long-term care facility. We can support parents of children with long-term care needs by saving them money.

We know the burden of caregiving falls disproportionately on women and especially women of color. While the caregiving work they do is often invisible, it is invaluable. According to the AARP, family members provide $522 billion in uncompensated care every year.

Let痴 support them by getting this done.

Next, let痴 talk about education. This is a priority all parents share. Whether you池e in a small town or big city a Republican, Democrat, or Independent getting ahead or getting by you want your child to succeed.

I am proud of the record bipartisan investments we致e made since I took office. Republicans and Democrats came together to raise per-pupil funding by 22% in 5 years. That痴 hundreds more dollars for your child invested directly into your local school to lower class sizes and upgrade shop classrooms and computer labs. We also invested in campus safety and mental health and made breakfast and lunch free. When kids are unsafe struggling or starving, they cannot reach their full potential.

Every parent knows that the person standing at the front of the classroom matters. In some states, educators are being undermined, micromanaged, and even criminalized just for doing their jobs. In Florida, teachers are disrespected and book bans are rampant揺eck, just two weeks ago, a district banned the dictionary! In Texas, nearly 1 in 3 teachers aren稚 even certified.

That痴 not how you improve education. In Michigan, we池e forging a different path.

We池e sending a message LOUD and CLEAR: we support our teachers.

We walk the walk. We fund scholarships for future educators, pay student teachers, and help full-time teachers with their student loans so they stay in Michigan. We accept out-of-state certificates, so if you have experience, you can enter the classroom without jumping through bureaucratic hoops. As a result, enrollment rates in Michigan痴 teacher prep programs are beating other states. If you want to teach, we want you here.

We let teachers focus on doing what they do best: teaching!

But we know education in Michigan needs work. We want student outcomes to exceed expectations. We need to better prepare students for success after they graduate, whether they enter the workforce, community college, trade school, or a 4-year university. There is no correct path. It all depends on the person. What we can do is get them ready.

A big part of that is starting education earlier and continuing later.

4-year-olds who go to pre-K arrive at kindergarten better prepared to learn. They are more likely to graduate, go to college, and earn more. And we know higher education or skills training leads to higher incomes.

If you get an associates degree you can earn $23,000 more a year. The best-paying jobs today and in our future economy require some education after high school.

We must support our kids from pre-K through postsecondary to prosperity.

Last year, I proposed Pre-K for All by the end of 2026, saving families $10,000 a year and giving every child a solid academic foundation. Together, we are changing our definition of education to include pre-K, and last year, we expanded free pre-K to 5,600 more kids.

And you know what? This year we池e going to go a heck of a lot further.

In our next budget, let痴 deliver pre-K for every single 4-year-old in Michigan... 2 years ahead of schedule.

When we get this done, no matter who you are, where you come from, or how much you make, your child can enroll in pre-K and be set up for success. Let this be a message to parents in other statescome to Michigan. We got your back every step of the way and we値l save you 10 grand on your child痴 education.

We know that education does not end after high school graduation. That痴 why we lowered the cost of college with the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, saving students thousands every year. We made community college預nd job training for medical techs and electricianstuition-free for anyone 21 and older with Michigan Reconnect.

Today, let痴 go further.

In our next budget, let痴 make the first 2 years of community college in Michigan tuition-free for every high school graduate.

As Michiganders pursue an associates degree or skills certificate at a community college, they can save an average of $4,000 on tuition. This is a transformational opportunity for graduating seniors and will help us achieve our Sixty by 30 goal to have 60% of adults earn a post-secondary degree or skills training by 2030. We池e broadening our vision of education beyond K through 12.

Every single Michigander can count on a free public education from pre-K through community college. That痴 the Michigan guarantee. Let痴 get it done!

Finally, let痴 talk about making it in Michigan.

Over the last few years, we have seen a manufacturing renaissance, driven by President Biden痴 investments in American workers and industry. It痴 happening nationwide, with 800,000 manufacturing jobs added since 2021. Companies are investing in America and especially in Michigan in a big way. We are competing and winning the future of the auto industry, making cars, semiconductors, and batteries here instead of China.

You may have heard about expansions by the Big Three in Detroit, Lansing, and Flint but there are so many businesses from other states and nations expanding or moving to Michigan. Calumet Electronics in the Keweenaw Peninsula Nel Hydrogen痴 gigafactory in Plymouth Charter Township Scout Motors R&D hub in Novi Fortescue痴 battery plant in Detroit Hydro痴 aluminum recycling facility in Cassopolis and SK Siltron痴 semiconductor wafer plant in Bay City

We池e showing the world that we make a lot more than just cars. In the decades ahead, we will dominate the manufacturing of batteries, chips, and clean energy too.

To keep winning, we must upgrade our economic development toolkit. We can and must outcompete our neighbors. Tonight, I want to talk about some new tools.

We know Michigan is home to a lot of research and development熔r R&D葉hanks to our leading universities and businesses. Unfortunately, we are one of just a handful of states without a tax credit to incentivize R&D. Every other Midwestern state has one. An R&D tax credit will unleash innovation while lowering costs for businesses. Let痴 get it done.

Our current toolkit limits our ability to attract small and second stage businesses. Let痴 start the HIRE Michigan Fund to lower overall payroll taxes for these firms. The value here is simple: the more you hire in Michigan, the more you should save in Michigan. We had a similar, bipartisan program years ago that worked well. So, let痴 bring it back傭ecause everyone loves a throwback.

We also need to uplift regions that have too often been left out or left behind. Renaissance Zones are strategically selected areas with lower taxes for businesses and entrepreneurs so we can drive investment and create local jobs. We already have several of these statewide, but there are strict categories that define eligible projects within them. Let痴 simplify these into a single, flexible category to incentivize growth.

Finally, let痴 establish an Innovation Fund to invest in high-growth startups that will create the future, right here in Michigan. Right now, we have no state-level mechanism to attract and retain promising young companies. With the new Innovation Fund, we can launch hundreds of new Michigan-based startups and create thousands of jobs. Together, we池e going to build the infrastructure for innovation so founders can start and build their companies here in Michigan.

As we win all these projects, our infrastructure must keep up. The Growing Michigan Together Council identified infrastructure as one of the keys to growing our population. That痴 why we are fixing the damn roads, bridges, pipes, and everything in between.

Since I took office, we have fixed 20,000 lane miles of road and 1,400 bridges, supporting 118,000 good-paying jobs. I know you saw it last year. Our state flower葉he orange barrel謡as in full bloom. And the hardworking men and women who fix our roads were out in force, getting the job done.

4 years ago, I stood at this rostrum and rolled out the Rebuilding Michigan Plan, a $3.5 billion investment to fix our roads while supporting over 45,000 jobs without raising taxes by a dime. It focused on vital economic corridors including 96 and 275 in Metro Detroit the 475-69 interchange in Flint 94 in Jackson 196 between Holland and Saugatuck and 496 a few blocks away. We made progress on them all.

Tonight, I知 calling on the Michigan Department of Transportation to authorize the final $700 million of the Rebuilding Michigan Plan.

This final round of projects includes 94 along the Metro Airport, 696 from Southfield through Warren, and a bridge in Erie Township. The Rebuilding Michigan Plan is making commutes safer, saving drivers time and money, and allowing businesses to ship products more easily across Michigan. Let痴 keep fixing the damn roads!

Every Michigander deserves a classic Michigan story遥ou work hard, follow your dreams, and build a great life. When you get knocked down, you get up again. You keep fighting. That痴 what makes us special.

Hell, just look at our Lions. Once a punchline, now a powerhouse. They致e dominated by centering the grit that defines every Michigander. On the way up, they turned naysayers and cynics into dreamers. And I don稚 know if you recall, but our Wolverines are national champions. Both these incredible teams are showing the country what Michigan is all about.

That story熔ur story幼an be seen in our people痴 stories. Tonight, I want to tell you one, about a woman named Elaine, who is here with us today. Elaine, please stand.

Elaine was born in Saginaw in the wake of WWII. She was 1 of 7 kids and grew up poor. After graduating from Saginaw High, she worked odd jobs, got married, and moved to Chicago. After her divorce, she came home to Michigan with her sons.

Elaine struggled as a single mom. One day, over dinner in the parking lot of a fast-food joint, she made her sons a promise. One day, she said, they would be able to eat at the Olive Garden across the street預 sit-down restaurant with metal forks and waiters who refill your glass without you even asking.

Elaine worked hard, using food stamps to put groceries in the fridge and housing assistance to keep a roof over her son痴 heads. She was a secretary for years, but wanted to chase her dream and get a job that gave her purpose. She never thought she could do it. Elaine, I知 glad you proved yourself wrong.

She went back to Wayne State with a Pell Grant, earning 2 degrees. After graduating with her master痴 in social work at 45, she had a successful career in Saginaw. In retirement, she volunteers at local shelters and even wrote a book: My grandchildren make me laugh. I am the proud owner of a signed copy.

What Elaine is most proud of, however, is who her sons have become. She calls them: 素ine young men, who care for themselves and their families. One works at the same clinic Elaine did. The other heads back to college soon, following in her footsteps.

Elaine and my mom were born 6 years apart. They both worked hard, faced adversity, and persevered. They池e both strong, proud women from Michigan葉hat痴 a badge of honor. Elaine reminds me of my mom.

Elaine痴 story is Michigan痴 story. She had simple dreams for her kids. She wanted them to get a great education and eat at a restaurant occasionally. She wanted them to have hope and be good people. Congratulations Elaine遥ou did it!

Tonight痴 proposals are crafted so we can make more stories like Elaine痴 possible in Michigan. We will build a Michigan where if you get knocked down, you have the support you need to get back up. Lowering costs on the biggest items in your budget Improving education so your kids can thrive Ensuring you can 僧ake it no matter who you are or what you致e been through. We will deliver real change for people right now and for Michiganders generations from now.

That痴 what our work is about揚etting things done for people we never meet洋oms just like Elaine.

A mom who can afford a nicer place to live in new housing we池e building get her associates degree tuition-free with Michigan Reconnect and make more time to study in the mornings because she doesn稚 have to pack a lunch for her kids. She can drive them to school on safe roads, where she knows that they will be taught by a skilled educator and receive a public education from pre-K through community college for free.

We are a state of humble, hardworking people with big dreams for our children. This year, let痴 keep rocking so everyone can have their own classic Michigan story. Thank you all for being here. Drive safe Go Lions!.. and goodnight!

 

 

The business of the Joint Convention having been completed, the Governor, the Justices of the Supreme Court, the Judges of the Court of Appeals and the State Officers withdrew.

 

Representative Aiyash moved that the Joint Convention adjourn.

The motion prevailed, the time being 7:51 o団lock p.m.

 

The Lt. Governor and members of the Senate retired.

 

The Speaker announced that the House of Representatives and Senate had met in Joint Convention and had listened to the message of the Governor.

 

 

Announcement by the Clerk of Printing and Enrollment

 

 

The Clerk announced that the following bills had been reproduced and made available electronically on Tuesday, January 23:

House Bill Nos. 5402 5403 5404 5405 5406 5407 5408 5409

 

 

Reports of Standing Committees

 

 

The Committee on Higher Education, by Rep. Glanville, Chair, reported

House Bill No. 5147, entitled

A bill to amend 2015 PA 45, entitled 滴igher education authorization and distance education reciprocal exchange act, by repealing section 7 (MCL 390.1697).

Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.

The bill was referred to the order of Second Reading of Bills.

 

 

Favorable Roll Call

 

To Report Out:

Yeas: Reps. Glanville, Rheingans, Koleszar, Scott, Byrnes, Coffia, Hill, MacDonell, Paiz, VanderWall, Zorn and Bruck

Nays: None

 

 

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

 

The following report, submitted by Rep. Glanville, Chair, of the Committee on Higher Education, was received and read:

Meeting held on: Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Present: Reps. Glanville, Rheingans, Koleszar, Scott, Byrnes, Coffia, Hill, MacDonell, Paiz, VanderWall, Zorn and Bruck

Absent: Reps. Paquette and DeSana

Excused: Reps. Paquette and DeSana

 

 

COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE REPORT

 

The following report, submitted by Rep. Miller, Chair, of the Committee on Agriculture, was received and read:

Meeting held on: Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Present: Reps. Miller, Paiz, Young, Coffia, Conlin, Dievendorf, Fitzgerald, Rheingans, Neyer, VanderWall, Roth, Bierlein and Smit

 

 

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Rep. DeSana moved that the House adjourn.

The motion prevailed, the time being 8:00 p.m.

 

The Speaker declared the House adjourned until Thursday, January 25, at 12:00 Noon.

 

 

RICHARD J. BROWN

Clerk of the House of Representatives