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

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House Bill 4729: Authorize COVID-19 epidemic response spending
Passed 92 to 0 in the House on March 17, 2020
The House vote on the epidemic response funding bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 718: Expand roadside drug testing pilot program
Passed 28 to 9 in the Senate on March 17, 2020
To revise a 2016 law that ordered a roadside drug testing pilot program in five counties by extending it to the entire state.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4908: Increase cap on state housing subsidy debt
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on March 17, 2020
To increase to $5 billion the current $3.4 billion cap on the amount of debt backed by the Michigan State Housing Developing Authority, which subsidizes housing developer borrowing.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 592: Allow "double dipping" for corrections pensioners
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 17, 2020
To allow "retired" state prison employees to collect a pension while also getting paid to do corrections work as an independent contractor, or employed by one. Versions of this law are often passed when government agency employees who are permitted to begin collecting full pensions at a comparatively early age take advantage of this rather than continuing to work until a more typical retirement age.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5576: Gov. Whitmer’s “Michigan Reconnect” scholarship proposal
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on March 17, 2020
To authorize a college and trade school grant program for individuals age 25 and above, with grants in the amount needed to cover tuition and fees for career-oriented classes at a community college that is above the amount covered by other scholarships and government aid. It would also authorize one-time grants of $1,500 for completing a private apprenticeship program. This is the “Michigan Reconnect” program proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her 2019 State of the State address, and is projected to cost $46.3 million.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 268: Gov. Whitmer’s “Michigan Reconnect” scholarship proposal
Passed 81 to 12 in the House on March 17, 2020
The House version of this proposal, whose provisions will likely be divided among two or more bills.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5024: Let townships impose property tax for mosquito control
Passed 72 to 21 in the House on March 17, 2020
To permit townships to impose a 1 mill property tax for six years for mosquito abatement if voters approve, which would let these governments use existing tax revenue to pay for other spending instead.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4910: Criminalize false emotional support animal claim
Passed 59 to 33 in the House on March 17, 2020
To make it a crime to falsely represent to a housing provider that a person has a disability or is in possession of an emotional support animal prescribed by a licensed medical service professional, and permit a housing provider to require reliable documentation to confirm this. The bill would also establish procedures, standards and required credentials (including state licensure) for a medical professional prescribing an “emotional support animal.” Falsely claiming this status, or falsely prescribing for it, would be subject to fines, jail or community service.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4911: Authorize eviction for false emotional support animal claim
Passed 67 to 26 in the House on March 17, 2020
To allow a landlord to evict a tenant who falsely claimed that a member of household has a disability or is in possession of an emotional support animal prescribed by a (legitimate) medical service professional.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 812: Clarify unemployment insurance "work search" requirements
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 12, 2020
To require the state unemployment insurance benefits agency (the Michigan Employment Security Commission) to specify what an individual would have to do to be considered "actively engaged in seeking work" for the purpose of remaining eligible while receiving these benefits.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 268: Gov. Whitmer’s “Michigan Reconnect” scholarship proposal
Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on March 12, 2020
To authorize a college grant program for individuals age 25 and above, with grants in the amount needed to cover tuition and fees for career-oriented classes at a community college that is above the amount covered by other scholarships and government aid. It would also authorize one-time grants of $1,500 for completing a private apprenticeship program.
This is the “Michigan Reconnect” program proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her 2019 State of the State address, and is projected to cost $46.3 million.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5576: House version, Gov. Whitmer's “Michigan Reconnect” program
Passed 93 to 14 in the House on March 12, 2020
The House vote on a bill that contains the same provisions as Senate Bill 268 (above), Gov. Whitmer's “Michigan Reconnect” program.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4587: Let landlords sue for delinquent late fees
Passed 80 to 27 in the House on March 12, 2020
To let landlords in eviction and delinquent rent collection actions claim unpaid monthly late fees of up to $50, or 10 percent of the rent amount.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4332: Permit airbows for hunting during firearms season
Passed 70 to 37 in the House on March 12, 2020
To permit the use of pneumatic air bows to hunt game during any open season in which a firearm may be used, and permit disabled hunters to use air bows during bow season. These devices are like crossbows but use compressed air to drive an arrow.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 543: Authorize “secure identity verification device” to buy alcohol
Passed 100 to 7 in the House on March 12, 2020
To authorize the use by stores, bars and restaurants of a “secure identity verification device” to determine whether a person is old enough to buy alcohol. The methods could include the following, as described by the Senate Fiscal Agency: An electronic biometric scan referenced against certain photo identification cards; a photo identification previously verified by an electronic authentication process; a commercially available knowledge-based electronic authentication process; and an authenticated picture identification “securely linked to biometrics contemporaneously collected from the individual.”
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5286: Preempt local knife regulations
Passed 71 to 36 in the House on March 12, 2020
To preempt local government ordinances or rules on the transportation, possession, carrying, sale, purchase, manufacturing, etc. of a knife or knife-making components. A similar preemption restricts local gun regulations.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 716: Require legislative authorization for road repair borrowing
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on March 4, 2020
To prohibit a state transportation commission from borrowing more than $100 million in any fiscal year without first giving the legislature at least 30 days' notice. The bill would empower the legislature to halt the borrowing with a majority vote in the House and Senate. If this bill were passed and signed by the Governor (unlikely), it would likely lead to suspension of $3.5 billion in road repair debt that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the commission to approve, which it did on Jan. 30, 2020.

Related, the Senate also passed on a voice-vote a non-binding resolution declaring that it would not vote to appropriate money to pay the increased debt service on that new road borrowing. The resolution has no effect, but a future vote to deny appropriations to repay already-borrowed money could potentially trigger a state government showdown and fiscal crisis.

Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5479: Ban government gun "buybacks"
Passed 58 to 49 in the House on March 4, 2020
To prohibit local governments from using any public resources for firearm purchase (“buyback”) programs. Governments could only buy guns from licensed dealers for law enforcement purposes.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Resolution B: Deny Heartwell nomination to chair Natural Resources Commission
Passed 20 to 17 in the Senate on February 27, 2020
To disapprove the appointment by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of former Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell as chairman of Michigan Natural Resources Commission. This follows the (reportedly related) Feb. 13 denial of Anna Mitterling's appointment to this commission, which has "exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sportfish" and designating which species may or may not be hunted. Heartwell’s nomination is opposed by the National Rifle Association because of his role as a “state membership coordinator” of antigun groups organized by former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 669: Revise state hospital rationing law (“certificate of need”)
Passed 21 to 16 in the Senate on February 26, 2020
To revise the powers of a state Certificate of Need (CON) commission that are related to “capital expenditures” for a new hospital or clinic, or expansion of an existing one. This commission has the power to approve or deny facility expansions, as well as any changes in the location, purpose or number of beds allowed in an existing facility, or plans to offer more clinical services. The Senate Fiscal Agency reports that the proposed change would have little practical effect because these regulated capital expenditures “are used to finance expansions of facilities and those expansions themselves require a certificate of need” from the commission.
This and similar laws in other states were enacted under a federal mandate in the 1970s with the intention of lowering health care spending by reducing investment in the field; 15 states have repealed the laws but 35 states, including Michigan, still have them.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 672: Revise psychiatric hospital rationing (“certificate of need”)
Passed 21 to 16 in the Senate on February 26, 2020
To exempt psychiatric hospitals or units from the rationing restrictions imposed under a state Certificate of Need law that requires medical service providers to get permission from a panel of existing providers before adding new or expanded facilities. In return for the exemption, private psychiatric hospitals and units would have to maintain half their beds for "public patients," defined as ones receiving social welfare benefits, or subject to a treatment order signed by a clinical psychiatrist, or deemed by a court to be a threat to themselves or others.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4740: Establish another “dark sky preserve”
Passed 106 to 1 in the House on February 25, 2020
To designate Dr. T. K. Lawless Park in Cass County as a “dark sky preserve.” The term is not defined in this or a related statute but in general it means restricting outdoor lighting to a minimum.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4736: Ban using open records requests to locate huntable game
Passed 85 to 22 in the House on February 25, 2020
To prohibit using information obtained in response to an open records request seeking Department of Natural Resources records related to resource-related restoration, management or research projects, for the purpose of locating game to hunt. This and House Bill 4735 would authorize a process by which an individual seeking such records could sign a form attesting that he or she will not use the information to take game or help others do so, subject to misdemeanor penalties for violations
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4042: Authorize interstate nurse licensure compact
Passed 55 to 50 in the House on February 26, 2020
To authorize Michigan’s participation in an interstate nurses licensure compact that would allow registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs/VNs) to get a multi-state license that is good in all states that join the compact.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 432: Expand subsidies for certain research and development operations
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 18, 2020
To exempt from property taxes certain nonprofit operations that do product research and development for business and industry and also get certain state "economic development" subsidies and grants.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5347: Impose more "beer festival" rules
Passed 103 to 1 in the House on February 20, 2020
To revise details of rules for beer festivals, among other things stipulating that they can last more than one day without requiring a separate special license, permitting "micro brewers" to serve their own products at an event, repealing a requirement for regulators to determine whether an event is "appropriate," and more. This is one of a 16-bill package revising many provisions of Michigan’s extraordinarily detailed and extensive “liquor control” regulatory regime, which essentially writes into state law detailed rules governing the members of this cartel that would ordinarily be promulgated by an administrative agency.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5015: Require state agencies post salaries and benefits (but not names)
Passed 104 to 3 in the House on February 18, 2020
To revise the information that must be included in a 2016 law that required each state department to post its organizational staffing chart on a state website. As introduced, the bill required the name of each agency staffer to be listed with the title of their position, and the individuals salary and benefits. The version that passed the House deleted the requirement that the names to be posted.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Resolution A: Senate Resolution A, Oppose Heartwell's NRC nomination by defeating Mitterling's
Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on February 13, 2020
To disapprove the appointment by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Anna Mitterling to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. Reportedly the real target of this action by the Senate Republican majority is Whitmer’s nomination of current NRC member and former Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell as chair of the commission, which has "exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sportfish," and designating which species may or may not be hunted. Heartwell’s nomination is opposed by the National Rifle Association because of his role as a “state membership coordinator of antigun groups" organized by former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5117: Facilitate wrongful imprisonment compensation
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 11, 2020
To exempt from state Court of Claims procedural restrictions and deadlines the claims that are made by former prisoners under a 2016 law that authorizes state payments to a person wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he or she did not commit. Reportedly these obstacles have prevented a number of former prisoners from getting the compensation the law entitles them to receive.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5124: Revise delinquent property tax forgiveness options
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on February 13, 2020
To expand the authority and allowable options for a local government in reducing or forgiving delinquent property taxes on a property subject to foreclosure. The bill would authorize eight different options for reducing the amount of delinquent taxes that must be paid by lower income homeowners under certain circumstances.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4567: Overhaul commercial fishing laws
Passed 72 to 32 in the House on February 6, 2020
To revise and update many details, definitions and procedures in the comprehensive regulatory regime that governs commercial fishing in Michigan. Among other things this and related bills would impose new restrictions on catches and require commercial fisherman who anchor nets in place to disclose their GPS coordinates to state authorities. The bills would also increase license fees and penalties for rule violations, impose new fish catch reporting requirements, and more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 385: Repeal ticket scalping ban, restrict ticket resale websites
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on January 30, 2020
To repeal a state law that bans ticket “scalping” at sports and entertainment events, but prohibit the sale or use of software primarily designed to interfere with an event sponsor's internet ticket sale operation, or a website that is designed to ensure an equitable ticket allocation process. Among other things the bill adds restrictions that target operations that buy-up a substantial portion of the tickets for an event with the intent of manipulating the price.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 517: Require state to study converting some freeways to toll roads
Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate on January 28, 2020
To require the state Department of Transportation to contract for a study on the feasibility of charging tolls on some interstate freeways in Michigan, including revenue projections, optimal tolling rates, vehicle counts, traffic diversion and more. Also, to assert as "the intent of the legislature" that the state apply to the federal government for permission to convert some interstate freeways to toll roads.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 714: Ease high water erosion control permit mandates
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on January 30, 2020
To revise restrictions on Great Lakes waterfront property owners when water levels are high, so as to allow temporary erosion control structures without having to undergo the process of trying to get a state permit, subject to notification requirements and using approved materials. The material would have to be removed or a permit acquired within 78 weeks.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4126: Require retail marijuana pregnancy warning labels
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on January 29, 2020
To impose a warning label requirement on producers and sellers of recreational marijuana that is focused on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Products would be required to have a label warning pregnant women that use may result in “fetal injury, preterm birth, low birth weight, or developmental problems for the child.” Retailers would have to give every buyer a pamphlet measuring 3.5 inches by 5 inches that includes safety information related to marijuana use by minors, and a poison control hotline number. House Bill 4127 was also passed to require the same for medical marijuana.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Concurrent Resolution 18: Oppose mandating "labor peace agreements" to get marijuana business license
Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on January 22, 2020
To oppose a proposed rule from the state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency that would impose a mandate on prospective marijuana business licensees to sign a "labor peace agreement" with a union. The resolution text describes this mandate as forcing applicants to "accept the terms of labor unions without negotiation," and asserts it would "set a dangerous precedent for similar requirements for anyone seeking a license or permit issued by the state."
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5187: Reimburse school aid fund for data center tax breaks
Passed 95 to 12 in the House on January 23, 2020
To establish that the effect of tax revenue that is foregone (not collected) due to tax breaks granted to a “data center” must be limited to non-school budgets only. Specifically, the bill would require that foregone tax revenue that would have gone to the state school aid fund but was lost because of sales tax breaks granted to “data centers” be “reimbursed” by transferring a similar amount of revenue to the school aid fund from other taxes. This refers to benefits granted to a Nevada company that occupied the former Steelcase Pyramid building in Grand Rapids, and to other “data center” businesses under the political deal that authorized these privileges.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4020: Legalize “stun guns”
Passed 84 to 24 in the House on January 14, 2020
To repeal a ban on the sale, possession or use of stun guns by adults, defined as a “device that is capable of creating an electro-muscular disruption…capable of temporarily incapacitating or immobilizing an individual by the direction or emission of conducted energy." The stun gun definition excludes launchable devices, which excludes "tasers" from the bill; current law requires a person to have concealed pistol license to carry a taser.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4311: Permit, regulate and tax internet gambling
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on December 11, 2019
To establish a comprehensive regulatory and licensure regime that allows the Detroit and Michigan Indian casinos to enter the internet gambling business. Operators would have to pay $100,000 to get a license with a $50,000 application fee and a $50,000 annual renewal fee, and would be subject to a complex state and local tax regime with rates ranging from 4% to 23% on internet gambling revenue.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4916: Allow sports betting through casinos
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on December 11, 2019
To allow and establish a comprehensive licensure and regulatory regime for sports betting through Michigan Indian casinos and Detroit casinos, subject to an 8.4% state tax on receipts.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing, District 68. (517) 373-0826. sarahanthony@house.mi.gov
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734 . senchertel@senate.michigan.gov


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