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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 257: Limit epidemic emergency order intrusions into family gatherings and spectating
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on March 23, 2021
To prohibit the state health department from imposing restrictions on members of a family or household observing another member in a sporting event, dining out together at a single table, or otherwise gathering together. Also, to prohibit orders that bar an individual from traveling to another property he or she owns, or ban high school graduation ceremonies, or ban an individual from buying a product in a store.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 250: Prescribe epidemic incidence threshold for lockdown restrictions
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on March 25, 2021
To place in state law specific disease incidence thresholds and limits for restricting gatherings and occupancy limits in restaurants and other “event venues” during an coronavirus epidemic. The bill would prescribe specific occupancy restrictions based on current local disease incidence levels.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4210: Exempt some developers' “broadband equipment” from personal property tax
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on March 25, 2021
To exempt “broadband equipment” owned by certain internet developers claiming to serve "underserved areas" from personal property taxes levied on business tools and equipment. The bill is connected to Senate Bill 46, and the Senate Fiscal Agency is unable to quantify the amount of foregone revenue the tax subsidies they promise would cost the state, in part because the bills would permit developers to claim them in areas where broadband internet may already be available.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 46: Exempt some developer's “broadband equipment” from personal property tax
Passed 57 to 49 in the House on March 25, 2021
To exempt “broadband equipment” owned by certain internet developers claiming to serve "underserved areas" from personal property taxes levied on business tools and equipment, along with House Bill 4210. See the Senate vote on that bill above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4117: Authorize two-year license plate renewal
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on March 25, 2021
To authorize a two-year vehicle registration (license plate tab) renewal.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4211: Authorize enhanced sanctions for disarming a law enforcement officer
Passed 100 to 7 in the House on March 24, 2021
To authorize an enhanced penalty of 20 years in prison and a $5,000 fine for taking a law enforcement or corrections officer's gun by force, which would be added to penalties imposed for the underlying crimes.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4354: Impose oral chemotherapy insurance mandate
Passed 91 to 15 in the House on March 24, 2021
To impose a new coverage mandate that would require insurance companies to include coverage for orally administered chemotherapy in all health insurance policies that provide for cancer chemotherapy treatments, without requiring any dollar limit, deductible or co-pay for these that does not apply to other treatments. Also, to ban charging a copay of more than $150 per month on these drugs.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4355: Permit "telehealth" services
Passed 56 to 51 in the House on March 24, 2021
To establish that medical service professionals in another state may provide “telehealth” services to Michigan patients without needing to also get a Michigan license.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4022: Require state agencies post employee salaries and benefits (without names)
Passed 79 to 27 in the House on March 25, 2021
To add employee salary and benefit information to information each state department is required to post on a state website. This would include individual employee position titles, (unionized) civil service status, salary and general benefits information, but no names, emails or other identifying information (which may still be obtained through a specific Freedom of Information Act request).
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4386: Expand open records law to governor’s office
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 18, 2021
To repeal the exemption in the state Freedom of Information Act for records held by the governor and lieutenant governor’s offices and staff, subject to a broad range of exceptions. These exceptions include records related to gubernatorial appointments; sanctions on judges; pardons, reprieves and commutations; executive budget preparations; deficit-related spending cuts; the annual state-of-the-state address; records subject to executive privilege; communications with constituents; and information related to security, employee personal information and more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4383: Expand open records law to legislators and governor’s office
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 18, 2021
To extend the Freedom of Information Act to legislators, whose offices are currently exempt, subject to a broad range of exceptions and exemptions. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4383 to 4392.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Resolution 31: Denounce Attorney General's refusal to investigate nursing home deaths
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on March 18, 2021
To denounce the decision by Attorney General Dana Nessel to not investigate the governor's nursing home policy early in the coronavirus epidemic, along with the data that was reported on deaths in nursing homes, and to encourage county prosecutors to pursue independent investigations.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4210: Authorize selective tax breaks for some "broadband" companies
Passed 59 to 50 in the House on March 17, 2021
To exempt “broadband equipment” used by certain internet providers specified in the bill from personal property taxes levied on business tools and equipment.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4115: Authorize 4:00 a.m. liquor licenses
Passed 61 to 47 in the House on March 18, 2021
To allow local governments to permit on-premises liquor sales in bars and restaurants between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. If a municipality did allow this, a bar or restaurant would still need to apply to the state Liquor Control Commission for a special license and pay $250 each year.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 209: Revise physician liability in seatbelt notes from doctor
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on March 17, 2021
To establish that a physician is not liable for civil damages that result if he or she refuses to provide a written verification that an individual is unable to wear a seat belt in a car or wear a helmet where that is required for ORVs, snowmobiles, etc. These laws each permit medical exceptions.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Resolution 26: Authorize Senate lawsuit against governor for unlawful expenditures
Passed 20 to 14 in the Senate on March 11, 2021
To authorize the Senate Majority Leader to commence legal action on behalf of the Senate, challenging any action by the governor to spend money that has not been authorized in appropriation bills passed by the House and Senate. This relates to vetoes of provisions in House Bills 4047 and 4048 that would prohibit spending part of the state’s federal stimulus and coronavirus relief money unless two provision of two other bills are also signed into law (Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 4049). Those bills would transfer the authority of the state health department to close schools in an emergency to county health departments, and require legislative consent after 28 days to a governor's authority to maintain a state of emergency and issue executive orders. Under this resolution, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey would be authorized to sue the governor if the administration spends money without the legislative authorization required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4047: Override veto of coronavirus relief bill line items
Failed 60 to 49 in the House (2/3 majority required) on March 9, 2021
To override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's line-item veto of $150 million in state aid for businesses afflicted by coronavirus epidemic lockdowns, and another $150 million for deposit in the state's unemployment insurance account to "offset expected exposure to state fraud and improper payments" during the epidemic.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 1: Limit state health department epidemic orders without legislative approval
Passed 59 to 50 in the House on March 9, 2021
To restrict emergency orders the state health department (the Department of Health and Human Service) may impose in response to an epidemic to 28 days unless an extension is approved by the Legislature. A state Public Health Code adopted by the Legislature in 1978 gives the department the authority to issue such orders. The bill would also require officials to disclose in such orders how any restrictions on gatherings protects public health, and all the information used in deciding to issue the emergency order.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 114: Allocate coronavirus epidemic relief dollars for businesses and more
Passed 66 to 44 in the House on March 10, 2021
To appropriate $150 million in state dollars for deposit into the state unemployment insurance benefit fund to offset exposure to fraud and improper payments during the coronavirus epidemic. The bill also appropriates $405 million state tax dollars for tax and fee relief to businesses afflicted by coronavirus lockdowns. These appropriations had been in another bill but were line-item vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4127: Revise procedure for clearing dead, moved or inactive voters from voter rolls
Passed 61 to 48 in the House on March 9, 2021
To revise the procedure specified in state election law to remove certain registered voters listed in the qualified voter file who haven't voted since 2000 or who have unknown dates of birth in the voter rolls, and do not respond to a mailing.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4049: Transfer power to close schools during epidemic to locals
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on March 2, 2021
To establish that the director of the Department of Health and Human Services does not have the authority to issue epidemic-related emergency orders that close schools for in-person instruction or prohibit school sporting events. The legislature gave this authority to the state health department director in the Public Health Code enacted in 1978; the bill would amend that law by instead giving this authority to local health departments.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 11: Require concealed pistol permits be processed during state of emergency
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on March 4, 2021
To establish that the emergency executive orders issued by the governor or the state health department do not relieve county clerks of their duty to process concealed pistol carry permits, or the State Police of their duty to provide fingerprinting services for this.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 118: Revise sanction on school district that hires unlicensed teacher
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on March 4, 2021
To revise a law that punishes a school district that hires an instructor, counselor or administrator who has not complied with the licensure mandates imposed by law on these professions. Currently, the amount paid to the individual is deducted from state school aid. The bill would deduct 50 percent for 10 days after a district is notified, and then revert to the usual 100% deduction. The same law makes it a felony subject to a $1,500 fine for a school official who fails to comply. The Senate Fiscal Agency reports that just under $1.0 million in penalties was assessed on districts in the 2019-20 school year.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4048: Allocate more state and federal coronavirus relief dollars to schools
Passed 31 to 4 in the Senate on March 2, 2021
To appropriate $1.946 billion in additional school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal year, of which $1.876 billion is federal money and $170 million comes from state tax collections. However, $840 million of the federal money may only be spent if House Bill 4049 becomes law, which transfers the power to close schools during an epidemic from the state health department to local health departments.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4048: Allocate more state and federal coronavirus relief dollars to schools
Passed 77 to 33 in the House on March 3, 2021
The House vote on the school spending bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4047: Appropriate state and federal coronavirus dollars
Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on March 2, 2021
To appropriate $2.309 billion in state and federal epidemic relief dollars, with $1.677 federal money and $632 million coming from state taxpayers. Of this, $600 million would go for food stamps, $150 million for unemployment benefits, $150 million to temporary raises for front-line social welfare direct care workers, $110 million for vaccines, $547 million for more coronavirus testing and lab grants, $282 million in rental housing subsidies of which $62 million is for administration, $300 million state dollars for property tax relief and much more. Of the testing and lab grant dollars, $347.3 million can only be spent if a bill passes limiting state health department emergency orders to 28 days without legislative approval (see Senate Bill 1).
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4047: Appropriate state and federal coronavirus dollars
Passed 85 to 25 in the House on March 3, 2021
The House vote on the supplemental spending 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 63 to 47 in the House on March 3, 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 nearly immediate loss of life or property. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used this system during a 2020 state of emergency she had ordered 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.”
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 114: Allocate coronavirus epidemic relief dollars
Passed 19 to 15 in the Senate on February 25, 2021
To appropriate $672.7 million federal dollars and $55 million collected from state taxpayers for various coronavirus response activities including $390.1 million more for vaccine distribution and virus tests, $282.5 million more for rental subsidies, and $55 million state dollars to give a $2.25 hourly raise to certain social welfare direct care workers through September.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 29: Authorize more school spending in current fiscal year
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on February 25, 2021
To appropriate an additional $1.246 billion for Michigan's public school system in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Of this, $932 million is federal money and the rest comes from state taxpayers. A total of $807 million would be allocated to school districts based on the number of children from lower income households they enroll. Another $90 million would go to K-8 summer school programs and $45.0 million for high school credit recovery programs, with smaller amounts for other purposes.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4015: Authorize sanctions for offering faux-government services
Passed 102 to 7 in the House on February 24, 2021
To add to the dozens of violations specified in a state consumer protection act a new one that applies to a private third party who offers “online services that are performed by a state agency, department, or division” without “conspicuously” indicating that the operation is not a government entity, and without disclosing the prices and terms.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Joint Resolution A: Require two-thirds vote on "lame duck" session bills on February 24, 2021
To place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to require that bills passed in a “lame duck” legislative session held after the election in an even year must get a two-thirds House and Senate majority vote to become law. To be placed on the ballot, a House or Senate Joint Resolution proposing a constitutional amendment much get at least a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate. Approval by the governor is not required.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 46: Exempt some companies’ “broadband equipment” from personal property tax
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on February 18, 2021
To exempt “broadband equipment” used by some internet providers from personal property taxes levied on business tools and equipment. The beneficiaries would be firms claiming to "resolve a lack of broadband service," which is undefined in the bill. For this reason the Senate Fiscal Agency is unable to estimate how much revenue the state and local governments may forego if the bill becomes law.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 18: Authorize interstate physical therapist licensure compact
Passed 25 to 10 in the Senate on February 18, 2021
To authorize Michigan’s participation in an interstate physical therapist licensure compact that would make it easier for a therapist seeking licensure in more than one state to demonstrate licensure status in his or her home state. The bill would establish that a therapist licensed in a member state that has complied with the compact’s detailed provisions would be granted a “compact privilege” to practice in other compact member states, subject to those other states' laws.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4019: Allocate new federal coronavirus relief dollars to schools
Passed 59 to 50 in the House on February 4, 2021
To appropriate $868.5 million in recently-approved federal coronavirus relief money, which is about 25% of the entire amount available to the state, with the rest to be allocated later. The appropriation directs $510 million federal dollars to expand food stamp distributions and related programs; $165.5 million for household rent and utility subsidies; $143.7 million for coronavirus testing and contact tracing; and smaller amounts for other purposes.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4048: Allocate new federal coronavirus relief dollars to schools
Passed 58 to 51 in the House on February 4, 2021
To revise school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal year to accommodate a $1.8 billion increase in federal coronavirus relief. The bill would allocate $1.490 billion to school districts, which they can spend on any of 15 specific activities listed in the federal relief bill. Among other items this bill also authorizes $86.7 million for non-public schools, $21 million for extra grants to summer school teachers, and more. The bill also appropriates $363 million state dollars to pay for extra “incentives” to get teachers back in public school classrooms. The bill is "tie-barred" to House Bill 4049, which transfers the power to close schools during an epidemic from the state health department to local health departments; this means the school spending bill can't become law unless that bill also becomes law.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4049: Transfer power to close schools during epidemic from state health department to locals
Passed 57 to 52 in the House on February 4, 2021
To establish that the director of the Department of Health and Human Services does not have the authority to issue epidemic-related emergency orders that close schools for in-person instruction or prohibit school sporting events. The legislature gave this authority to the state health department director in the Public Health Code enacted in 1978; the bill would amend that law by instead giving this authority to local health departments.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4047: Give grants to businesses “afflicted” by state coronavirus lockdowns
Passed 60 to 49 in the House on February 4, 2021
To appropriate $393.5 million state dollars to give property tax and other relief to “afflicted businesses” impacted by state coronavirus lockdowns including restaurants and bars, “exercise facilities, “recreation facilities or places of public amusement,” and “entertainment venues." Also, to appropriate $150 million to the state unemployment insurance system “for offsetting expected exposure to state fraud and improper payments" during the epidemic.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 1253: Limit state health department epidemic orders without legislative approval
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on December 10, 2020
To restrict emergency orders issued by state Department of Health and Human Services in response to an epidemic to 28 days unless an extension is approved by the legislature.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5679: Remove retroactive restrictions from sex offender registry law and more
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on December 16, 2020
To revise the state’s public sexual offender registry law in response to a court ruling that banned enforcing new registrations, restrictions and requirements on individual registrants if these were not in force when the individual was required to register. The bill also adds some new restrictions and requirements.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (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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