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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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House Bill 4712: Retroactively increase state subsidies for a particular developer
Passed 29 to 7 in the Senate on October 13, 2021
To retroactively make a particular developer’s project eligible for increased “refundable” state business tax credits under a suspended program that authorized actual cash payments from the state treasury to a relative handful of companies and developers approved by state officials. The bill would allow the particular developer to "shuffle" the credits/subsidies he was granted between two separate projects in a way that maximizes how much is collected.
The bill would also increase the total subsidies the developer will receive, and allow another five years to complete the project. The House Fiscal Agency estimates this will result in a $12.8 million increase in either foregone state revenue, or in actual cash disbursements to this developer.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4837: Restrict outside groups’ access to state voter database
Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on September 30, 2021
To restrict access to the state's qualified voter file (QVF) database to the Secretary of State office and other authorized election officials, local and county election clerks, and state employees or vendors who do maintenance and security work on the QVF. The bill would remove a provision authorizing access by a “designated voter registration agency.” The Senate also passed House Bill 4838 by the same margin, which would have banned connecting the electronic poll book at election precincts from being connected to the internet on election day. Note: Both bills were vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Oct. 3.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 321: Require teacher “mental health first aid” training
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on September 29, 2021
To add to teacher continuing education courses a requirement that they include “mental health first aid” training, and require the Department of Education in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services to "develop or adopt" a program for this. This would include "identifying potential risk factors and warning signs for mental illness, and strategies for helping an individual experiencing a mental health crisis."
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 664: Count quarantined public students for funding allocation purposes
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 7, 2021
To include absent students who are "in quarantine" and "being educated through physical educational materials” as defined in the bill to be deemed present on the school district enrollment “count days" on which state aid is determined.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 280: Put time limits on initiated law petition signature counting
Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on September 30, 2021
To require the board of state canvassers to complete the canvass of signatures collected on an initiated law petition within 100 days after it is filed with the Secretary of State. If canvassers declare there are enough valid signatures then the proposed law must be immediately forwarded to the legislature for consideration. Under the state constitution, unless the legislature enacts the law proposed by an initiative that gains the required number of signatures, it goes on the next general election ballot for a vote of the people.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 280: Put time limits on initiated law petition signature counting
Passed 55 to 48 in the House on October 6, 2021
The House vote on amending the initiated law process described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 82: 2021-2022 State Budget
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on September 21, 2021
The non-education of the state budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2021. The bill appropriates $50.706 billion for all non-education state spending, of which $10.378 billion is federal money, including unprecedented amounts enacted by Congress as part of epidemic "stimulus" and relief bills.
When the state education spending authorized in House Bill 4400 is added (see below), the combined budgets propose spending a grand total of $68.9 billion in the 2021-22 fiscal year, which is $10.4 billion more than the state has ever spent prior to the pandemic. That includes $3.6 billion more in state spending, a 10.4% increase, and $6.7 billion more in federal spending, a 28.4% increase.
The legislature did not appropriate the total amount available for the year, leaving about $11 billion in federal grants and higher-than expected state revenue collections to be allocated later.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 82: 2021-2022 State Budget
Passed 99 to 6 in the House on September 22, 2021
The House vote on the budget bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4400: 2021-2022 State Education Budget
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on September 22, 2021
The state education budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2021. The bill appropriates $19.218 billion for all state education spending. This includes $431.9 million for community colleges, $1.808 billion for the state's four-year colleges and universities, and $1.978 billion for K-12 public schools.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4400: 2021-2022 State Education Budget
Passed 97 to 8 on September 22, 2021
The House vote on the budget bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4061: Restrict “Integrated Public Alert Warning System” use by governor
Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on September 1, 2021
To prohibit officials including the governor from using an official “Integrated Public Alert Warning System” to transmit an announcement of a new law or change in government policy, and instead limit its use to emergencies involving immediate or imminent loss of life or property. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer received criticism for using this system during a 2020 state of emergency to make announcements that did not meet this standard. The system is described as a “secure network connecting all of the public alert and warning systems in the United States into a single system.” In the House six Democrats supported the bill, but the Senate vote was a party line vote.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4272: Assert immunity of "Michigan-made" gas cans from federal regulation
Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on September 1, 2021
To establish that portable fuel containers that are completely made in Michigan and sold here only are not subject to federal regulations, notwithstanding court judgments that hold federal rules to be controlling under the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4063: Revise minor “work permit” law for homeschoolers
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 1, 2021
To expand a law that requires a school-aged minor to get a work permit from a school district official in order to get a job (with a number of exceptions). The bill would extend to home-schooled students a requirement that their parent or guardian issue the required permit.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4837: Restrict outside groups’ access to state voter database
Passed 75 to 33 in the House on August 17, 2021
To restrict access to the state's qualified voter file (QVF) database to the Secretary of State office, other election officials it authorizes, local and county election clerks, and state employees or vendors who do maintenance and security work on the QVF. The bill would remove a provision authorizing access by a “designated voter registration agency.” Twenty Democrats joined all Republicans in voting 'yes' on this and House Bill 4838.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4838: Ban election day internet connections to state poll books
Passed 77 to 31 in the House on August 17, 2021
To prohibit the electronic poll book at each election precinct from being connected to the internet on election day until its votes have been tabulated. It would also prohibit connecting an electronic voting system to the internet until after the votes are counted, and then only to upload the results to the appropriate clerk.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4523: Authorize railroad crossing improvement grants
Passed 104 to 4 in the House on August 17, 2021
To require the Department of Transportation to “develop parameters for prioritizing the funding of grant applications for grade separation projects" (road and street railroad crossing improvements) from a segregated state account proposed for this by House Bill 4524, which also passed. House Bill 4522 proposes allocating $30 million for this but has not advanced.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4712: Retroactively grant potential cash subsidies to particular developer
Passed 87 to 21 in the House on August 17, 2021
To retroactively make a particular developer’s project eligible for “refundable” state business tax credits under a suspended program that authorized actual cash payments from the state treasury to a relative handful of companies and developers approved by state officials. The bill would also allow the developer to "shuffle" the credits/subsidies that granted between two separate projects in a way that maximizes the subsidy. The House Fiscal Agency estimates this will result in $12.8 million in either state revenue, or in actual cash disbursements to this developer. The 17 Republicans opposing the bill were joined by four Democrats.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Legislative Initiative Petition 1: Repeal one of two state emergency powers laws; REPEALED 60 to 48 in the House on July 21, 2021 on July 21, 2021
To approve an “initiated law” that would repeal one of the two Michigan statutes that authorize a governor to assume extraordinary powers during an emergency, including statewide “lockdowns” like those ordered under the 2020 coronavirus epidemic.
Enacted in 1945, this law places no limit on the duration of a declared emergency. The state’s other emergency powers law adopted in 1976 puts a 28 day deadline on a governor’s assumption of emergency powers, with legislative approval required for any extensions.
Approval by the governor is not required for an initiated law approved by both the House and Senate. The Senate approved the proposal a week earlier, which means with this vote the 1945 law is officially repealed.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4788: Authorize village term limit initiatives
Passed 59 to 49 in the House on July 21, 2021
To authorize voter initiatives to place term limits on elected officials of “general law” villages. A petition signed by 10% of registered voters would place a measure on the local ballot limiting future elected officials to four two-year terms or two four-year terms.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Legislative Initiative Petition 1: Repeal one of two state emergency powers laws
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on July 15, 2021
To approve an “initiated law” that would repeal one of the two state laws that authorize a governor to assume extraordinary powers during an emergency, including statewide “lockdowns” like those ordered under the 2020 coronavirus epidemic.
Enacted in 1945, this law places no limit on the duration of a declared emergency. The state’s other emergency powers law adopted in 1976 puts a 28 day deadline on a governor’s assumption of emergency powers, with legislative approval required for any extensions.
A state Supreme Court ruling in Oct. 2020 held that a law authorizing what amounts to unilateral governance for the duration of a governor’s term violates the constitution’s separation of powers provisions.
Approval by the governor is not required for an initiated law, which is placed before the legislature by petition. If the legislature does not approve the measure it is placed on the next general election ballot.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4980: Permit drag races in the sand at Silver Lake State Park
Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate on July 15, 2021
To make an exception to the state law banning drag racing for “an activity at Silver Lake State Park authorized by the Department of Natural Resources.” This would apply to a 450-acre section of sand dunes park managers have set aside as a "scramble area" for ORVs.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 28: Spend more on auto crash rehab facilities
Passed 33 to 0 in the Senate on June 30, 2021
To appropriate $25 million for grants to certain rehab clinics said to be aggrieved by fee caps in the 2019 auto insurance reform law. This law eliminated a requirement for all policies to include unlimited lifetime medical and personal care benefits for crash victims, which was said to generate of fraud and abuse, and was cited as a major reason for the state's very high insurance costs.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 507: Require Secretary of State to fully re-open
Passed 95 to 14 in the House on June 30, 2021
To prohibit the Secretary of State from charging late fees on drivers license or licenses and document renewals until all its branch offices are open for walk-in service that allow same-day transactions to be completed without the requirement of an advance appointment.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 27: Investigate coronavirus deaths in nursing homes
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on June 30, 2021
To appropriate $1.25 million for county prosecutors to investigate "the long-term care and residential care facility policies implemented by the governor" in response to the coronavirus epidemic and "data on infection and transmission rates, tracking, tracing, and number of deaths associated with these facilities"
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4434: Require unemployment bureau communications use plain language
Passed 19 to 16 in the Senate on June 24, 2021
To end further state participation in the $300 weekly "supplemental" unemployment benefits authorized by a federal "stimulus" spending bill. News reports indicate 25 other states have refused the benefits due to concerns they incentivize people not to work while jobs are plentiful. The bill would also require the state unemployment agency to use clear and concise plain language in its communications and determinations.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 379: Prohibit governor from unilaterally increasing state’s road debt
Passed 19 to 16 in the Senate on June 24, 2021
To prohibit a governor from adding to the state’s long term debt by borrowing money for road repairs (“bonding”) without consent from two-thirds of the House and Senate. The bill comes after the legislature refused to enact a 45 cent per gallon gas tax proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who then authorized $800 million in new road debt in 2020, and eventually up to $3.5 billion. Money to service these debts comes out of future gas taxes and other transportation tax revenue.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4204: Authorize automated "photo cop" school bus passing citations
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on June 24, 2021
To permit school districts to install cameras on school buses the purpose of prosecuting motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4603: Permanently allow "virtual only" commodity marketing board meetings
Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on June 24, 2021
To permit members of the agricultural commodity marketing boards to meet electronically. The bill would permit this on a permanent basis, not just in epidemics. These entities allocate money collected through mandatory assessments levied on growers; examples include commissions for growers of apples, asparagus, potatoes, cherries, beans, beef and others.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4411: Authorize K-12 school budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year
Passed 105 to 3 in the House on June 24, 2021
To appropriate $16.742 billion for K-12 public schools in the 2021-22 fiscal year, of which $1.943 billion is federal money. The budget would raise the per-pupil state "foundation allowance" target to $8,700. This would be the first year since voters authorized this complex distribution formula in the 1994 Proposal A school funding initiative that its goal was reached of equalizing this amount between all of Michigan's 537 conventional public school districts.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4725: Mandate binding arbitration with jail unions
Passed 97 to 10 in the House on June 24, 2021
To impose a binding arbitration mandate on local governments in union labor negotiations with corrections officers (jail guards). A similar mandate has long applied to local police agencies, and more recently fire departments, and reportedly increases costs and complicates contract negotiations.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 285: Require ID to vote, authorize exceptions
Passed 19 to 16 in the Senate on June 16, 2021
To require a person to show an original or a copy of identification when requesting an absentee ballot in person or by mail, with those unable to do so getting a "provisional" ballot. Also passed were Senate Bills 303 and 304 to authorize the provisional ballots, which require a voter to show documents within six days that verify his or her identity and address for the vote to be counted.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 362: Authorize certain developer tax breaks, and housing subsidies
Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate on June 17, 2021
To authorize a new form of property tax break for developers who refurbish or build rental housing and rent out at least 30% of the proposed units at below-market prices to households with incomes less than 120% of the median for their county (dubbed “attainable housing”). The bill would authorize a 50% property tax cut on the structures. Also passed was the related Senate Bill 360, to grant income tax breaks to these developers, which the Senate Fiscal Agency reports would bring "unknown and potentially significant" costs.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 422: Authorize additional subsidies for developers
Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate on June 17, 2021
To create another type of selective property tax break that local elected officials can give to certain developers, this one granting a 50% cut for up to 12 years for residential developments.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4066: Preempt local knife carry restrictions
Passed 69 to 41 in the House on June 17, 2021
To preempt local governments or authorities from enacting any ordinance, rule, or tax relating to the transportation, possession, carrying, sale, transfer, purchase, gift, devise, licensing, registration, or use of a knife or knife making components that is more restrictive than state law.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4561: Waive some state license fees in epidemic
Passed 97 to 10 in the House on June 17, 2021
To make restaurants and other food service establishments and vendors afflicted by government epidemic lockdowns eligible for refunds on the fees they under various state license regimes. The House also passed related bills applying similar provisions to other occupational or business licensing regimes.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4434: Cancel delivery of $300 weekly federal unemployment bonus payments
Passed 60 to 49 in the House on June 17, 2021
To end further state participation in the $300 per week "supplemental" federal unemployment benefits authorized by congress in epidemic "stimuulus" bills. News reports indicate 25 other states have refused the benefits as of the date of this vote, due to concerns they incentivize people not to work when jobs are plentiful. The bill would also require the state unemployment agency to use clear and concise plain language in communications to employers and benefit claimants, with vocabulary based on a fourth-grade reading level.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 393: Give tax break to businesses afflicted by virus lockdowns: 19 to 16 in the Senate on June 9, 2021
To authorize tax relief for a business that was forced to close for at least six weeks due to an executive or emergency order that cost the company 25% of its gross receipts for the year. The bill would authorize a business income tax credit equal to the firm’s property tax liability for the year. Businesses that rent would get a comparable credit based on lease costs. This applies to restaurants, taverns, hotels and motels, health clubs, entertainment facilities and other such “public facing” enterprises.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 507: Waive drivers license late fees until Secretary of State fully open
Passed 25 to 10 in the Senate on June 10, 2021
To prohibit the Secretary of State from charging drivers license renewal late fees until all its branch offices are open “on a consistent basis” for a minimum of 25 hours per week for in-person services with no appointment or preregistration requirement. Also, to require the department to submit to the legislature a detailed report on how it plans to get caught up on renewals delayed by branch office closures and open-hour limitations in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 486: Put only Yoopers on wolf council until wolves found in LP
Passed 19 to 16 in the Senate on June 10, 2021
To require that members of a state wolf management advisory council all be Upper Peninsula residents, unless and until winter tracking surveys and genetic testing show wolves are present in the Lower Peninsula, at which time a majority of the members of the council would have to be residents of the Lower Peninsula.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4684: Impose financial disclosure mandate on legislators
Passed 65 to 44 in the House on June 9, 2021
To impose a mandate on state legislators to file detailed annual personal financial disclosure reports, called "conflict of interest reports." The reports would go to a legislative ethics committees proposed by House Bill 4680, and would not be public records subject to disclosure under the state's Freedom of Information Act law.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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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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