The Medicaid Expansion bill is still in the Senate. Why you may ask?
After the initial vote there was ANOTHER vote to give the bill immediate effect. According to the Michigan Constitution there needs to be 2/3 majority vote to give a bill immediate effect or else the bill (HB 4714) does not take effect until 90 days after the last date of the session (in December) which would be in April 2014
§ 27 Laws, effective date.
Sec. 27. No act shall take effect until the expiration of 90 days from the end of the session at which it was passed, but the legislature may give immediate effect to acts by a two-thirds vote of the members elected to and serving in each house.
History: Const. 1963, Art. IV, § 27, Eff. Jan. 1, 1964.
There wasn’t a 2/3 majority
Why is this important?
Pushing back the implementation is always important. Addtionally, it does throw a monkey wrench to getting everyone signed up on January 1st, 2014 when the implementation of Obamacare begins
And who knows what could happen in 90 days that could affect the Expansion?
Here are just four examples of the changes made in the nightmare that the Obama care law is:
1. Small business provisions delayed – April
2. Employer mandate delayed – July 2
3. Eligibility guidelines – verifications waived for a year...attestations will suffice. (Meaning we will take peoples’ words for it) July.
4. Delay of requirement to cap limits on out of pocket expenses – August
But wait, there’s more!.….18 Senators voted No on the bill but only 14 Senators voted NO to give the expansion bill immediate effect.
One of those “voting no before he voted Yes” on immediate effect was Senator Meekhof.
If you recall the 1st vote on the Senate floor was 19 Yes 18 No. After an exemplary move by Senator Colbeck who did not vote denying Lt Gov Cally, (a YES vote) the tie breaking vote to put the bill over the top. BRAVO to Senator Colbeck !
19 to 18 is not a majority of the majority (GOP) vote.
Therefor, as Senate floor leader Senate Meekhof should NOT have asked for a reconsideration of the vote, or a second vote.
“Senator Meekhof moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was defeated. The motion prevailed.” Senate Journal #65 pg 1322
As you know the reconsideration vote gave Casperson the opportunity to flip and cast the deciding YES vote.
Meekhof did the right thing once, however he went from hero to zero authorizing the reconsideration vote that passed the Expansion bill. And Senator Meekhoff has designs on becoming the new Senate majority leader.
Sen. Richardville will definitely push for a reconsideration vote on immediate effect this Tuesday at noon when the Senate reconvenes!
So our FIRST Action Item is:
Call (as a first choice, then e-mail) Arlan B Meekhof (R) 30th District and tell him to do the RIGHT THING this time and refuse to take a reconsideration vote on immediate effect
You can call any time and leave a message
By Phone: (517) 373-6920 Toll Free: (866) 305-2130 By Fax: (517) 373-2751 By Email: SenAMeekhof@senate.michigan.gov
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since the spin under the Dome has always been that the opposition to the Expansion was just a “Tea party thing” be sure to include when you call IF you are a MIGOP precinct delegate, Committee member or County Chair.
SECOND Action Item
Call, E-mail the Senators who voted NO for the bill to have immediate effect, Thank them and ask them to hang tough and vote NO again should Meekhoff authorized a vote to reconsider (the first) immediate effect vote
Sen. Booher Phone: 517-373-1725 Fax: 517-373-0741
Sen. Emmons Phone: 517-373-3760 Fax: 517-373-8661
Sen Brandenburg Phone: 517-373-7670 Fax: 517-373-5958
Sen. Green Phone: 517-373-1777 Fax: 517-373-5871
Sen. Caswell Phone: 517-373-5932 Fax: 517-373-5944
Sen. Hune Phone: 517-373-2420 Fax: 517-373-2764
Sen. Colbeck Phone: 517-373-7350 Fax: 517-373-9228
Sen. Jones Phone:517-373-3447 Fax: 517-373-5849
Sen.Moolenaar Phone: 517-373-7946 Fax: 517-373-2678
Sen. Nofs Phone: 517-373-2426 Fax: 517-373-2964
Sen. Pavlov Phone: 517-373-7708 Fax: 517-373-1450
Sen.Proos Phone: 517-373-6960 Fax: 517-373-0897
Sen. Robertson Phone: 517-373-1636 Fax: 517-373-1453
Sen. Schuitmaker Phone: 517-373-0793 Fax: 517-373-5607
Copy & Paste into your email program to send one email to all the Senators:
THIRD Action Item
Call/email the Senators (below) especially IF you are a constituent, who voted NO to pass the bill but then turned around and voted YES for the bill to have an immediate effect! (pg 3126 of Senate Journal # 65) The “I voted No before I voted Yes” cover.
And ask them why they would do that?!
Inform your Senator that you want them to vote consistently and vote NO for immediate effect should there be one (and there will be Tuesday)
Sen. Meekhof (once again) By Phone: (517) 373-6920 Toll Free: (866) 305-2130 By Fax: (517) 373-2751 By Email: SenAMeekhof@senate.michigan.gov
Sen. Dave Hildebrande (R) 29th State Senate District (517) 373-1801
Fax: 517-373-5801 SenDHildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov
Mark Jensen (R) 28th State Senate District (517) 373-0797 Fax: 517-373-5236 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Pappageorge (R) 13th State Senate District (517) 373-2523 Fax: 517-373-5669 email@example.com
The Senate session Tuesday may be another long one as there will be arm twisting to get the Senators who voted No to vote Yes as Sen. Richarville’s goal is to get the bill out ASAP and over to the House for a vote most likely on Wednesday.
“The focus was definitely to get House Bill 4714 up for a vote and through the chamber. We’ll see what next week holds,” said Amber McCann, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe.
TO WATCH OR LISTEN ON SENATE TV Tuesday starting at noon CLICK HERE
THEN on to the House
Look for Part Two tomorrow, Tuesday for Action Item and information on the House vote
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