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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734. senchertel@senate.michigan.gov
Rep. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing, District 68. (517) 373-0826. sarahanthony@house.mi.gov

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Senate Bill 783: Replace disabled veteran property tax breaks with state income tax credit
Passed 32 to 3 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To grant disabled veterans and their widows a state income tax credit equal to 100% of the local property taxes levied on the taxpayer's homestead. This would replace a current law that authorizes local property tax exemptions.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 223: Expand school lessons on sexual assault and harassment
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To require state officials to develop written materials for public school students containing specified information on sexual assault and harassment including available resources and contact information, and require schools to give it to every student in 6th through 12th grade. Schools would also be “encouraged” to provide sexual assault and sexual harassment response training to all school personnel who had contact with students.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 226: Criminalize certain invasive medical exams of minors
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To require that a medical assistant or a second licensed professional be present when conducting a medical treatment, procedure, or examination of a minor that involves vaginal or anal penetration, and also that a parent or guardian give permission first, with some exceptions for emergencies, forensic exams and more. Violations would be a crime subject to two years in prison, and five years for multiple offenses.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6369: Extend law facilitating driverless car use
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To extend until 2027 the 2022 expiration of a 2016 law that prohibits local governments from imposing a local fee, registration, franchise, or regulation on an “on-demand automated motor vehicle network” devised for driverless vehicles.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1151: Ban bridge or toll road scofflaws from selling car
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To authorize the Secretary of State to essentially prohibit a person with unpaid bridge or toll-road tolls from selling their car, by denying the transfer registration to a buyer. This is related to efforts by some legislators and developers to authorize “public/private partnerships” to collect tolls on some bridges and roads.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1207: Move presidential primary date
Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To move the state’s presidential primary election from the second Tuesday in March to the second Tuesday in February.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 362: Authorize certain developer tax breaks and housing subsidies
Passed 71 to 37 in the House on November 10, 2022
To authorize a new form of property tax break for developers who refurbish or build property to be called "attainable housing," and rent out 30% or more of the units to households with incomes less than 120% of the county median, at rates that do not exceed 30% of the household's income. The bill would authorize local governments giving 50% property tax cuts to developers, with state taxpayers ultimately covering the foregone local tax revenue.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 422: Authorize rental housing subsidies for developers
Passed 70 to 38 in the House on November 10, 2022
To authorize a new selective property tax break that local elected officials can give to certain developers, this one granting a 50% exemption on structures for up to 12 years for residential developments that rent at least 30% of their units at discounted rates to households with income not above 120% of the area median.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 432: Authorize more developer subsidies
Passed 71 to 37 in the House on November 10, 2022
To give local governments the authority to grant 15-year property tax exemptions to developers of certain new or rehabbed rental housing projects (dubbed “workforce housing”), which the owners could rent to households whose income is "not greater than the area median income." Rather than property taxes, owners would pay local "service fees" at a rate not exceeding 10% of the owner's "shelter rents," or at tax the tax rate in effect before the rehab project.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1163: Repeal sunset on bar and restaurant "commons area" liquor service
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on November 10, 2022
To repeal the December 31, 2026 sunset on a 2020 law that lets local governments permit bars and restaurants to serve alcohol in a "commons area" within a “social district… shared by at least two other bars or restaurants."
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1165: Revise veterans license plate detail
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on November 10, 2022
To establish that the surviving spouse of a person who was a member of the U.S. military or reserves may use and renew a special discounted registration vehicle license plate that was issued to the veteran.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 844: Spend more on corporate subsidies
Passed 25 to 8 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To add $1.003 billion to the state spending already approved for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The largest share, $846 million, will be spent giving subsidies to a handful of corporations and developers selected by officials at a "Michigan Economic Development Corporation" agency. The bill also adds spending on various social welfare programs and on improvements to state armories.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 844: Spend more on corporate subsidies
Passed 76 to 28 in the House on September 28, 2022
The House vote on the spending bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6184: Limit state health department emergency orders to 28 days, and more
Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To revise the law that authorizes the state health department to impose emergency orders in response to an epidemic, by requiring such orders to identify the epidemic, describe how required procedures or restrictions on gatherings will protect the public health, and disclose the data and information used to justify the order, which could not extend beyond 28 days without legislative consent.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 1133: Increase fee to record deeds
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To increase from $2 to $4 the fee charged by a county register of deeds to record deeds and other instruments. The bill cancels an existing provision to lower the fees from the current $4 to $2 starting in 2023.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4491: Revise process for removing dead voters from the rolls
Passed 32 to 1 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To require county clerks to update a qualified voter file by canceling registrations of deceased voters at least monthly, and at least weekly starting six weeks before an election, and daily in the last 15 days. The bill would also permit clerks in smaller cities and townships to do certain specific ballot "pre-processing activities" prior to election day.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5703: Require public schools prominently post key school code provisions
Passed 28 to 5 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To require public schools to prominently post in the school board's meeting room the provision from the state Constitution establishing that, "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” This language is from the Northwest Territory ordinance passed by congress in 1787, and has been in Michigan constitution since the state's admission to the union in 1837.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6019: Investigate adding more nuclear power to state electricity grid
Passed 32 to 4 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To require the Michigan Public Services Commission to pay a consultant to do a feasibility study on expanding nuclear power generation in the state.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5880: Mandate parental consent for minor's non-emergency medical treatment
Passed 58 to 21 in the House on September 28, 2022
To prohibit a licensed or registered health care provider from providing nonemergency health care to a minor without first obtaining the consent of the minor's parent or guardian.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6367: Reinstate repealed public urination and defecation bans
Passed 65 to 32 in the House on September 28, 2022
To prohibit a local government that has an ordinance or charter provision authorizing criminal penalties for public urination, defecation or littering, from repealing the measure (styled by the bill as “decriminalizing public indecency”). Also, to require any local governments that decriminalized this in 2022 to promptly reenact their ordinances.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4575: Prohibit local bans on natural gas or propane heaters and furnaces
Passed 61 to 45 in the House on September 28, 2022
To prohibit local governments from banning the use of natural gas or propane appliances and heaters in a new or existing residential building or structure. A number of California cities have imposed such bans.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 184: Impose drinking water safety mandate on school
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To require schools and child care facilities to develop a “drinking water safety plan” that meets detailed standards and reporting requirements, and have at least one “filtered bottle-filling station” for every 100 occupants. State grants would be authorized, but no funding source is specified.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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Senate Bill 1081: Stop naming roads after politicians
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To no longer name Michigan roads after politicians, living or dead, and instead name them only after individuals who died in service to the state or a local community, or members of the military who were killed or performed acts of great heroism or valor. The bill would assign the duty of naming roads to a state board.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5732: Increase spending on some communities' road patrol subsidies
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To earmark $15 million in liquor tax revenue to a “secondary road patrol and training fund,” with the intention of increasing subsidies for some local governments that come in the form of having State Police patrol their local roads.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5956: Let courts keep imposing building and personnel costs on defendants
Passed 98 to 10 in the House on September 22, 2022
To extend for three more years a law that permits courts to impose a portion of their operating expenses on guilty defendants, such as building maintenance, employee benefit costs and more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6369: Extend driverless car facilitation law
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on September 22, 2022
To extend until 2027 the 2022 expiration of a 2016 law that prohibits local governments from imposing a local fee, registration, franchise, or regulation on an “on-demand automated motor vehicle network” devised for driverless cars.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6195: Revise laws to incorporate lessons learned from COVID epidemic
Passed 62 to 36 in the House on September 22, 2022
To cap at 28 days the authority of the state health department to impose emergency orders in response to a “menace to public health,” after which legislative approval would be required to extend the order. This is one of a number of Republican bills to add various limits and reporting requirements to state agency emergency response measures.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5751: Prescribe standards for “emotional support animal” certification
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 22, 2022
To make it a civil infraction subject to fines up to $2,000 for a health care provider to falsely certify that an individual has a need for an emotional support animal, for the purpose of allowing the individual to have an animal on or in property where pets are not allowed. A 2015 law requires the Department of Civil Rights to create credentials and vests for service animals to permit bringing them into a rental unit or public accommodations where animals are not allowed.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 184: Impose drinking water safety mandate on schools
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To require schools and child care facilities to develop a “drinking water safety plan” that meets detailed standards and reporting requirements, and have at least one “filtered bottle-filling station” for every 100 occupants. State grants would be authorized, but no funding source is specified.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5732: Increase spending on some communities' road patrol subsidies
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To earmark $15 million in liquor tax revenue to a “secondary road patrol and training fund,” with the intention of increasing subsidies for some local governments that come in the form of having State Police patrol their local roads.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 6195: Revise laws to reflect lessons learned from epidemic
Passed 62 to 36 in the House on September 22, 2022
T cap at 28 days the authority of the state health department to impose emergency orders in response to a “menace to public health,” after which legislative approval would be required to extend the order. This is one of a number of Republican bills to add various limits and reporting requirements to state agency emergency response measures.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5956: Let courts keep imposing building and personnel operations costs on defendants
Passed 98 to 10 in the House on September 22, 2022
To extend for three more years a law that permits courts to impose a portion of their operating expenses on guilty defendants, such as building maintenance, employee benefit costs and more more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5751: Prescribe standards for “emotional support animal” certification
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 22, 2022
To make it a civil infraction subject to fines up to $2,000 for a health care provider to falsely certify that an individual has a need for an emotional support animal, for the purpose of allowing the individual to have an animal on or in property where pets are not allowed. A 2015 law requires the Department of Civil Rights to create credentials and vests for service animals to permit bringing them into a rental unit or public accommodations where animals are not allowed.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6369: Extend driverless car facilitation law
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on September 22, 2022
To extend until 2027 the 2022 expiration of a 2016 law that prohibits local governments from imposing a local fee, registration, franchise, or regulation on an “on-demand automated motor vehicle network” devised for driverless cars.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1081: Stop naming roads after politicians
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
to no longer name Michigan roads after politicians, and instead name them only after individuals who died in service to the state or a local community, or members of the military who were killed or performed acts of great heroism or valor without regard for their own safety. The bill would assign the duty of naming roads to a state transportation asset management council
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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Senate Bill 85: Authorize electric vehicle plant subsidies for GM
Passed 78 to 25 in the House on December 14, 2021
To appropriate $1 billion for new corporate subsidies for General Motors to locate electric vehicle and battery plants in Michigan, plus additional spending on epidemic relief and other items.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 85: Authorize electric vehicle plant subsidies for GM
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on December 14, 2021
The Senate vote on the bill described above.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4375: Revise school pension “double dipping” for retired teachers
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 30, 2022
To permit public school teachers and other staff who retire and begin collecting a pension to return to work in a school district and claim both a paycheck and a pension check if at least nine months have passed since the "retirement." Under current law, with some exceptions for hard-to-fill positions, public school retirees who "double dip" get reduced benefits. The bill would also repeal a requirement that a school district must contribute toward paying-down the unfunded state pension liabilities associated with employing a retired teacher.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 814: Give gas station owners ethanol fuel sales tax-subsidy
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on June 30, 2022
To give gas station owners an income tax or business tax credit based on the amount of fuel mixed with ethanol they sell, with higher payments for higher levels of ethanol. The state would write a check to the owner for the difference if the ethanol tax credit exceeded the owner’s tax liability. Fiscal analysts estimate this will cause the state to forego $2.3 million in annual revenue.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5487: Mandate certain merchant disclosures on eBay type sites
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 30, 2022
To prescribe detailed disclosures that “high-volume third-party sellers” (more than 200 'consumer product' sales in a year) would have to make to an "online marketplace" (like eBay) to disclose the seller's full name, full physical address, a working phone number and email address, whether the seller makes, imports or resells consumer products and more. The site would then have to post a phone number on the seller's offerings for reporting "suspicious marketplace activity." The bill appears targeted at larger merchants who present themselves as individuals on sites like eBay, and is supported by broad coalition of large Michigan "brick and mortar" retailers.
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. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing, District 68. (517) 373-0826. sarahanthony@house.mi.gov


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