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Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, District 68. 517-373-0826. AndySchor@house.mi.gov
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734. senchertel@senate.michigan.gov
 

Senate Bill 242: Authorize giving state revenue to a few particular corporations: Passed 71 to 35 in the House on July 12, 2017
To authorize giving up to $200 million worth of state tax revenue to certain business owners, in particular a foreign company said to be involved in iPhone manufacture. Earlier this year the Legislature also authorized up to $1.8 billion in state payouts to companies owned by Detroit developer Dan Gilbert and possibly some others.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 244: Require state disclose which companies get of selective corporate subsidies: Passed 71 to 35 in the House on July 12, 2017
To require the state agency in charge of granting special corporate tax breaks and subsidies to disclose the companies that receive the cash payments authorized by Senate Bill 242 (previous bill).
The agency has claimed that some $9 billion in ongoing corporate handouts authorized by an earlier subsidy program called MEGA are exempt from disclosure, citing the same tax return confidentiality provisions that apply to regular taxpayers. (Around half of those payments are reportedly collected by the Big Three automakers.) An amendment to also disclose details of those handouts was defeated on a voice vote.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4759: Sell Senate's former office building in Lansing: Passed 26 to 9 in the Senate on June 28, 2017
To sell the former state Senate office building in Lansing for fair market value. Last year the Senate moved into a new building acquired through a lease-purchase agreement that reportedly will cost taxpayers more than $134 million over 30 years.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4759: Sell Senate's former office building in Lansing: Passed 107 to 0 in the House on June 20, 2017
The House vote on the bill described above.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 274: Restrict opioid prescription quantities: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
To restrict the amount of opioid pain pills a doctor may prescribe to a seven day supply for acute conditions and 30 days for chronic ones.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 270: Require bona fide prescriber-patient relationship” for opioid prescription: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
To require a doctor have a “bona fide prescriber-patient relationship” before prescribing opioid and other painkillers that are subject to abuse.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4559: Let beer and wine cartel members hold tastings for staff: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
To permit the handful of members in the state-protected beer and wine wholesale and distribution cartel to hold educational product sampling sessions for employees.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 160: License Polaris “Slingshot” type vehicles as a motorcycle: Passed 68 to 39 in the House on June 20, 2017
to revise the regulations on motorcycles in the state vehicle code so they also apply to “autocycles,” in particular to three wheeled vehicles like the Polaris “Slingshot.” Under current law vehicles like this happen to fit a particular definition requiring they be enclosed and have other car-like features such as windshields and wipers
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 248: Create World War I centennial commission: Passed 105 to 2 in the House on June 20, 2017
To create a state World War I centennial commission that would plan and encourage activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Also called The Great War, WWI was the first fully “industrialized” war. It began in August of 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918; the United States entered in April 1917. The Senate approved the bill unanimously in April.
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House Bill 4355: Ban police sex with prostitutes: Passed 93 to 14 in the House on June 20, 2017
To repeal an exemption that allows police to have sex with a prostitute as part of an investigation.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4584: Mandate giving spina bifida information to new parents: Passed 64 to 43 in the House on June 20, 2017
To mandate that a physician or other medical provider give an expecting mother or new parent specified information about spina bifida if this is detected in a fetus or newborn. Opponents were concerned that these tests produce a large number of false-positive results.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 245: Repeal switchblade ban: Passed 106 to 1 in the House on June 20, 2017
To repeal the state law against owning, selling or possessing a switchblade knife. Reportedly the ban is outdated and unevenly enforced.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4170: Authorize more comprehensive "Do Not Resuscitate" type forms: Passed 106 to 1 in the House on June 20, 2017
To authorize a process for creating a standardized form for individuals to express their wishes regarding medical treatment and end of life care, which is called Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST). This would be like the current Do Not Resuscitate form but with more details.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4323: State budget for fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 2017: Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
The non-education portion of the state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2017. This would appropriate $39.9 billion, compared to $38.7 billion authorized the year before. Of this, $21.2 billion is federal money. When combined with the education budget (next bill), the state will spend $56.5 billion next year, vs. $54.9 billion last year, or a 2.9 percent increase.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4323: State budget for fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 2017: Passed 64 to 43 in the House on June 20, 2017
The House vote on the budget bill described above.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4313: State education budget for 2017-18: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
The final K-12 school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2017. This bill appropriates $16.608 billion, of which $1.838 billion is federal money. Of this total, $14.580 billion would go to K-12 public education, compared to $14.161 billion approved last year. Another $1.629 billion is for state universities, compared to $1.582 billion the prior year. Community colleges would get $399 million, up from $395 million last year.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4313: State education budget for 2017-18: Passed 72 to 35 in the House on June 20, 2017
The House vote on the education budget bill described above.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4427: Regulate access to police body camera images: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
To establish that police body camera recordings taken in a private place are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Individuals whose image is captured, owners of property seized or damaged in a crime and some others could still request a copy of the recordings subject to privacy exemptions. Police body camera recordings would have to be kept for at least 30 days, or longer if there is an related investigation.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4557: Authorize prison for bringing 26 cases of beer or wine into state: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
To authorize up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine for bringing more than around 26 cases of wine or beer into the state without all the required licenses mandated by the state. Smaller quantities would be subject to 93 days in jail.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4213: Require court order to breathalyze minor who says no: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
To establish that a police officer must get a court order to get a breath test for alcohol from a minor who objects. This is not related to drunk driving or vehicles, but to enforcement of a state law that bans minors from being in possession of alcohol. Recent court cases have suggested that doing this without a court order is unconstitutional.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 245: Repeal switchblade ban: Passed 106 to 1 in the House on June 20, 2017
To repeal the state law against owning, selling or possessing a switchblade knife, “the blade or blades of which can be opened by the flick of a button.” Reportedly the ban is outdated and unevenly enforced.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 94: Accelerate vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference”: Passed 88 to 19 in the House on June 20, 2017
To accelerate the 24-year phase-in of a 2013 law that exempted from sales tax the value of a trade-in when buying a new vehicle. This would save buyers $28.7 million in 2021, which would gradually increase through 2028.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4608: Exempt residential painters and decorators from licensure mandate: Passed 62 to 45 in the House on June 20, 2017
To exempt painters and decorators from the licensure mandate imposed residential maintenance and alteration contractors.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 249: Ban government discrimination against charter schools in property sales: Passed 60 to 47 in the House on June 20, 2017
To prohibit a school district or local government from refusing to sell property to a charter or private school, or taking other actions designed to keep these potential conventional public school competitors from using property for a lawful educational purpose. Prohibited actions could also include imposing deed or zoning restrictions. A number of local governments and conventional school districts have adopted such restrictions in the past
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4647: Overhaul school employee retirement system: Passed 55 to 52 in the House on June 15, 2017
To replace the current school pension system with one that requires more cost-sharing by new employees, and contains provisions intended to limit state management practices responsible for the $29.1 billion of unfunded liabilities in the status quo system. New employees could choose instead to receive substantial employer contributions to 401(k) accounts. If the overhauled defined benefit component is not properly funded then enrollees would have to pay half the cost of correcting this, and if underfunding exceeds specified levels this option would be closed to new hires.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 401: Overhaul school employee retirement system: Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 15, 2017
The Senate vote on the identical pension reform provisions as in the House bill described above.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 401: Amendment to impose unfunded school pension liability costs on charters: Failed 14 to 24 in the Senate on June 15, 2017
Curtis Hertel amendment to require charter schools to contribute to the cost of paying down the school pension system's $29.1 billion in unfunded liabilities, even though their employees do not get benefits from the system. The amendment was supported by all Democrats and by Republicans Emmons, Rocca and Schmidt.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4636: Criminalize female genital mutilation of minors: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 15, 2017
To make it a crime subject to 15 years in prison to perform a clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation on person less than age 18. Claims that the procedure is required by custom or ritual would be explicitly excluded as a defense to prosecution. Related bills would ban transporting a girl for this purpose, authorize lawsuits from victims, and permanently revoke the license of a medical professional convicted of this.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4013: Allow electronic vehicle registration in car instead of paper: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 15, 2017
To allow the vehicle registration document motorists are required to have when driving to be an electronic picture of the document on their smartphone or other device.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4215: Repeal rule banning car running in driveway: Passed 30 to 6 in the Senate on June 13, 2017
To repeal a ban on leaving an unattended vehicle running other than on a public street or highway. This would allow warming up the car in the driveway in winter.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4613: Create process to restrict expansive court cost levies: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 15, 2017
To create a state commission to recommend changes to trial court funding in light of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that questioned charging defendants for costs that are unrelated to their case and instead cover routine court and municipal operations. The Senate also passed House Bill 4612 to extend the current (possibly excessive) levies another three years.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4407: Require opioid abuse training in schools: Passed 102 to 5 in the House on June 13, 2017
To require public schools to include instruction on prescription opioid abuse in required health classes. House Bill 4406 requires a state commission to develop a lesson plan.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4403: Include opioid addiction treatment in Medicaid benefits: Passed 105 to 2 in the House on June 13, 2017
To include acute treatment services and clinical stabilization services for opioid addiction among the medical services the state has assumed a duty to provide through its social welfare system, including Medicaid.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 343: Give students government predictions related to careers: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 7, 2017
To require school districts to give students a regional “career outlook” forecast document created by a government "Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives." This would be part of a process that seventh-graders must undergo of creating an "educational development plan" with school officials.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 297: Mandate electrician have proof of licensure while on job: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 8, 2017
To mandate that an electrician on a job must show a government official or inspector a photo ID and evidence of licensure status if ordered.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4457: Authorize new energy debt scheme for colleges and universities: Passed 108 to 0 in the House on June 6, 2017
To include state colleges and universities in a scheme authorized by a 2016 law for counties, which lets them contract with vendors for energy efficiency projects, and pay for these with money the projects are supposed to save (or from regular tax revenue if savings don’t appear).
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4416: Allow law-abiding citizens to carry pistol without special permit on June 7, 2017
To establish that a person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm may carry a gun in public including a concealed pistol. In other words, the bill would eliminate the requirement for a law-abiding citizen to get a special permit to carry a concealed pistol.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4636: Criminalize female genital mutilation of minors: on June 8, 2017
To make it a crime subject to 15 years in prison to perform a clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation on person less than age 18. Claims that the procedure is required by custom or ritual would be explicitly excluded as a defense to prosecution. Related bills would ban transporting a girl for this purpose, authorize lawsuits from victims, and permanently revoke the license of a medical professional convicted of this.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4184: Restrict local government “phone-in” voting: Passed 96 to 12 in the House on May 31, 2017
To restrict members of an elected public body casting a vote without being physically present. This would be allowed in one meeting per year per member, if the individual is absent for what other members deem to be good cause. It would also be allowed if a delay on a personnel or infrastructure issue could raise costs or liability.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4302: Increase penalty for assaulting court and municipal employees: Passed 93 to 14 in the House on May 30, 2017
To increase from 10 to 15 years in prison the maximum penalty for an assault on a local government employee or officer that causes a serious injury. The bill was introduced after two Berrien County bailiffs were killed by handcuffed defendant who grabbed a deputy's gun while being escorted to court.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Contact my lawmakers
Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, District 68. 517-373-0826. AndySchor@house.mi.gov
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734. senchertel@senate.michigan.gov


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