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

Senate Bill 73: Repeal life without parole for some cocaine sale crimes
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate
on September 20, 2017
To revise a law that authorized a mandatory life sentence for possessing or selling large quantities of cocaine or other "hard" drugs. This bill would change the law to instead authorize twice the usual drug trafficking sentence for these crimes. Senate Bill 72 would make prisoners convicted of these offenses eligible for parole after serving five years in prison.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 356: Impose “salespersons license” mandate on liquor industry
Passed 106 to 1 in the House
on September 20, 2017
To impose licensure, regulation and legal training requirements on any person who works for a beer or wine manufacturer, wholesaler or outstate seller and is involved in selling these products to retailers. This would essentially convert a Liquor Control Commission rule into state law.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 335: Revise campaign finance law to reflect Citizens United ruling
Passed 62 to 45 in the House
on September 19, 2017
to revise Michigan campaign finance law provisions that violate the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United case. The decision limited the power of congress and state legislatures to restrict election-related political speech by corporations, including non-profit groups motivated by ideological or political concerns.
The bill would authorize “independent expenditure committee” (dubbed "super-PACs") that could advocate for a candidate (or ballot initiative) but not contribute to or coordinate with a candidate. (Candidates could solicit money for those committees, however.) Committees would be subject to campaign finance filings but would not have to disclose the identity of donors, and there would be no cap on spending or contributions, which could come from corporations and unions.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 335: Revise campaign finance law to reflect Citizens United ruling
Passed 23 to 12 in the Senate
on September 14, 2017
To revise Michigan campaign finance law provisions that violate the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United case. The decision limited the power of congress and state legislatures to restrict election-related political speech by corporations, including non-profit groups motivated by ideological or political concerns.
The bill would authorize “independent expenditure committee” (dubbed "super-PACs") that could advocate for a candidate but not contribute to or coordinate with a candidate. Committees would be subject to campaign finance filings but would not have to disclose the identity of donors, and there would be no cap on spending or contributions, which could come from corporations and unions.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 100: Ease restrictions on cost and fee awards in lawsuits against the state on September 14, 2017
To ease restrictions on a person who successfully sues the state also collecting costs and fees in addition to any court-ordered damage awards, with some exceptions. Under current law, the winning plaintiff must prove a state agency's position was "frivolous" to collect costs and fees. The bill would instead require the state provide clear and convincing evidence that its position was justifiable. It would also remove a cap on attorney fees that may be reimbursed.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4892: Fix and sanction city candidate filing deadline errors
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate
on September 13, 2017
To provide an exemption to state-imposed city election candidacy filing deadlines for several cities that gave prospective candidates bad information on this, causing some to miss the filing deadline for elections this November. The bill would require these cities to put these candidates on the ballot. It would also require more training and oversight for these cities' election officials, and impose $2,500 fines. Starting in 2018 cities that do this would be subject to $5,000 fine.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4716: Remove child from parents for female genital mutilation
Passed 89 to 16 in the House
on September 14, 2017
To take away the parental rights of a parent who subjects a child to female genital mutilation. This would be in the same section of law that terminates parental rights for severe child abuse and molestation.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 409: Facilitate private home Great Lakes harbor leases
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate
on September 6, 2017
To authorize 50 year "bottomland" leases to owners of single-family homes on Great Lakes shorelines who want to create a private, non-commercial, recreational harbor formed by a breakwater. Owners would have to pay 1 percent of their home's state equalized property value in an up-front lump sum payment every 25 years. The money would go into a segregated account that pays for parts of the Department of Environmental Quality's operations.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 404: Give veterans free state identification cards
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate
on September 6, 2017
To exempt veterans from having to pay the usual fee to get a state identification card.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4892: Correct some cities' candidate filing deadline errors
Passed 92 to 13 in the House
on September 6, 2017
To provide an exemption to state-imposed city election candidacy filing deadlines for several cities that gave prospective candidates bad information on this, causing some to miss being on the ballot this November. The bill would require these cities to put these candidates on the ballot. It would also require more training and oversight for these cities' election officials, and impose $2,500 fines.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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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.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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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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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734. senchertel@senate.michigan.gov
Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, District 68. 517-373-0826. AndySchor@house.mi.gov


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