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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 4188: Revise school pension procedures
Passed 23 to 8 in the Senate on December 7, 2022
To establish procedures for managers of the state public school employee pension system to select a vendor for the defined-contribution annuity option authorized by a 2017 reform law. That law largely replaced the perennially underfunded “defined benefit” school pension system with one that offers employees 401k accounts with generous employer contributions, or an annuity to be created later. This bill authorizes the actual creation of that annuity option.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 1203: Increase annual fees imposed on Uber and Lyft type services
Passed 89 to 13 in the House on December 6, 2022
To cancel a reduction of annual “registration” fees imposed on “transportation network companies” like Uber and Lyft that under current law goes into effect in March 2023, and instead keep collecting the higher fees until Sept. 30, 2027. The impositions were authorized by a 2016 law establishing a comprehensive regulatory regime on this industry.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1111: Earmark internet gambling tax revenue to charity gambling regulation
Passed 97 to 5 in the House on December 6, 2022
To use money from a state “internet gaming fund” to cover the cost of administering regulations on charitable gambling operations that use casino-type games (“millionaire parties”).
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 450: Ban emergency rules that bar hospital or nursing home visitors
Passed 93 to 4 in the House on December 7, 2022
To prohibit state or local officials from imposing emergency orders that prohibit or limit a family member or patient representative from visiting a patient or resident in a health care facility or nursing home, subject to reasonable limits on the number of visitors at one time and other precautions.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 783: Replace disabled veteran property tax breaks with income tax credit
Passed 88 to 12 in the House on December 7, 2022
To revise details of the property tax exemptions granted to disabled veterans, and reimburse local governments for the foregone revenue this represents, by using a new state income tax credit to deliver the benefit rather than local property tax breaks. Also, to make widows of servicemembers killed in action eligible for these tax breaks, and provide benefits for veterans who are at least 50% but less than 100% disabled.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1221: Extend tax breaks for owners benefitting from an Oakland “renaissance zone”
Failed 29 to 67 in the House on December 7, 2022
To extend for another 15 years the generous tax exemptions authorized by lawmakers for the corporate and other beneficiaries of a particular “renaissance zone” in Oakland County.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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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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House Bill 4698: Criminalize false “active shooter alarm”
Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate on June 30, 2022
To make pulling a false “active shooter alarm” in a public place a misdemeanor punishable up to a year in prison and $1,000 fine. The bill defines “active shooter alarm" as “an alarm system that is designed to alert individuals inside that place, that there is an active shooter on or near the premises, including an alarm system that when activated locks doors, informs local law enforcement of the active shooter, flashes a blue light, and broadcasts a message inside the place indicating the presence of an active shooter.”
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1012: Subsidize student social worker and psychologist interns in public schools
Passed 95 to 11 in the House on July 1, 2022
To authorize paying individuals in a professional training program that is required to obtain a state social worker, school counselor, psychologist or mental health professional license, a stipend for serving as an intern in various capacities at a public school.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 744: Give state subsidies to shipping and port interests
Passed 94 to 12 in the House on July 1, 2022
To authorize a selective state subsidy program (dubbed “Great Lakes Maritime” grants) that would give up to $2.5 million annually to developers and corporations who own a port facility, which they could spend on improvements and other things, including promoting their business.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6194: COVID "lessons learned" bills - emergency order time limits
Passed 56 to 48 in the House on July 1, 2022
To limit the duration of an emergency order issued by the state health department to 28 days. Note: When in Oct. 2020 the state Supreme Court invalidated a law that claimed to give governors authority to govern through emergency orders with no time limitation, the current Governor issued imposed the same open-ended orders under a provision of the state Public Health Code, which this bill would amend by adding the 28 day limit.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6184: Limit state health department's "emergency orders" power
Passed 56 to 49 in the House on July 1, 2022
To require emergency orders imposed by the state health department in response to an epidemic to describe how any restrictions on gatherings or procedures will protect the public health, and disclose the information used to justify an emergency order, including data or statistics used to determine if it is necessary.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6108: Raise age to buy tobacco
Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To raise from 18 to 21 the minimum age to buy tobacco in Michigan.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6109: Raise age to enter “cigar bar”
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To raise the minimum age to enter a “cigar bar” or "tobacco specialty products" store from 18 to 21.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5244: Repeal COVID epidemic workplace illness law
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To repeal a 2020 law that authorized employee lawsuits against an employer who takes an “adverse employment action” or “retaliates” against an employee who is absent from work during the declared coronavirus epidemic emergency; and that prohibited employees who tested positive for COVID and had symptoms from reporting for work.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6128: Repeal COVID epidemic business liability waiver
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To repeal a 2020 COVID epidemic amendment to the state's occupational health and safety law that gave businesses liability exemptions for exposure of an individual to COVID-19 on the premises, unless this was caused by a reckless disregard of a substantial and unnecessary risk that an individual would be exposed, and as long as it can establish that operations were in substantial compliance with the law.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 888: Create government cryptocurrency commission
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To create a new state government “blockchain and cryptocurrency commission” comprised of specified officials and political appointees including industry representatives, for the purpose of "fostering an expansion of the industry in this state." The commission would also be tasked with examining “the feasibility, validity, risks, and admissibility, including privacy risks and benefits of using blockchain technology in state and local government and Michigan-based businesses;” and identifying “best practices for enabling blockchain technology and cryptocurrency transactions."
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 563: Require public beach safety website warnings
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To require municipalities with a public beach to post on a website specified information on beach safety and anti-drowning techniques, and require state natural resource regulators to create and promulgate the safety tips.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5487: Mandate certain merchant disclosures on eBay type sites
Passed 89 to 15 in the House on June 21, 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), including the seller's full name, location and contact information, 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 is supported by a broad coalition of large retail chains with outlets in this state.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1058: Authorize government granting approval to sell certain products
Passed 100 to 4 in the House on June 21, 2022
To give state agriculture department regulators the authority to issue “certificates of free sale” if requested by a plant grower or nursery. This would verify their products are “legally sold or distributed in this state and on the open market with the approval of the department.” The bill does not mandate producers get the certificate or ban sales by ones who have not.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Resolution 290: Urge President Joe Biden to enforce border and immigration laws
Passed 65 to 39 in the House on June 21, 2022
To resolve that the Michigan House urges President Joe Biden "to reject radical open border policies and to enforce our nation's immigration laws."
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4996: Require governor announce legislative vacancy election date within 30 days
Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on June 15, 2022
To require the governor to announce the election dates to fill a vacancy in the legislature within 30 days of the seat becoming open.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 744: Authorize subsidies to shipping and port interests
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 15, 2022
To add a selective state subsidy program that would give private developers and corporations $2.5 million in “Great Lakes Maritime” grants for a variety of improvements and uses related to port facilities, including pursuing more business.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4884: Revise governor removal of corrupt or neglectful school board members
Passed 61 to 43 in the House on June 14, 2022
To revise provisions of the state school code that prescribe a process for a governor exercising the authority granted by the state constitution to remove a local public official from office, in cases when that official is school board member or intermediate school board member. House Bill 4883 would amend the process for removing other local officials, which is authorized for neglect, corruption or malfeasance.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4416: Remove restrictive covenants from condo and homeowner association deeds
Passed 105 to 0 in the House on June 15, 2022
To make it unlawful to record in the county deeds office a property owners’ or condominium association’s governing documents that contain a “restrictive covenant” that violates the federal Civil Rights Act, and establish that existing ones are void and unenforceable. The bill would also require associations that receive a member request to delete the restrictive covenants to act on it, and empower courts to enforce this.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5560: Revise domestic violence confidentiality detail
Passed 105 to 0 in the House on June 15, 2022
To establish that a police officer or a prosecuting attorney may provide a domestic or sexual violence service agency with the name and pertinent information of a victim of domestic violence for the purpose of offering supportive services.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6013: Give teachers stipend for “mentoring” colleagues
Passed 101 to 4 in the House on June 15, 2022
To give $1,000 annual stipends to public school “mentor teachers” as defined in the bill, and also give $90 daily stipends to prospective teachers who are filling the teacher licensure requirement to obtain a prescribed number "apprenticeship and internship" hours.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6108: Raise age to buy tobacco
Passed 79 to 26 in the House on June 15, 2022
To raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in Michigan, from 18 to 21.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5859: Give COVID learning loss grants to parents
Failed 51 to 56 in the House on June 7, 2022
To authorize grants up to $1,500 to parents whose children experienced “learning loss” due to school closures during the COVID epidemic, with 40% of the amount based on household income and the rest based on how many days a child’s classrooms were closed.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5427: Make permanent permission for some government boards' remote meetings
Passed 81 to 24 in the House on June 9, 2022
To make permanent the permission granted to local government employee retirement boards to hold their meetings remotely, which was was granted temporarily by state epidemic response laws enacted in 2020. This is one of a growing number of proposals to grant this privilege to various public and quasi-public bodies (like agricultural commodity "marketing boards").
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6020: Authorize internship grants for social worker and related trainees
Passed 93 to 12 in the House on June 9, 2022
To authorize paying individuals in a professional training program that is required to obtain a state social worker, school counselor, psychologist or mental health professional license, a stipend for serving as an intern in various capacities at a public school.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 656: Authorize “robo-bartenders”
Passed 78 to 28 in the House on June 8, 2022
To place in statute authorization for “robo-bartender” alcoholic dispensing machines in restaurants, bars and other establishments with a liquor license. The machines could dispense up to 96 ounces of beer, wine, or mixed spirit drink in a single order, and staff would be required to monitor their use. Rules adopted under an existing law permit a much more limited version of this, which the industry has sought to expand.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5984: Permit liquor at some swimming pools
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 8, 2022
To permit establishments with an “on-premises” liquor license that also have a “public swimming pool” and pay an additional $350 license fee, to sell drinks at the pool subject to a broad range of additional regulations and requirements.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1029: Suspend gas tax this summer
Passed 30 to 7 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To suspend collection of the state’s 27.2 cent-per-gallon "motor fuel tax" on gasoline and diesel fuel sales from June 15 to Sept. 15, 2022. The Senate Fiscal Agency reports this would reduce the amount available for future road and bridge repairs by around $360 million.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 972: Suspend sales tax on gas and diesel
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To suspend collection of the state’s 6% sales tax on purchases of gasoline and diesel fuel from June 15 to Sept. 15, 2022. The Senate Fiscal Agency reports that suspending sales and use taxes on fuel would reduce state and school revenue around $680 million in the current fiscal year.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5291: Authorize port subsidies to private and public developers
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To authorize state grants of up to $2.5 million each to developers and owners of shipping ports and related facilities. The bill creates a new state agency to manage the subsidies, and to pursue more projects eligible for them.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4527: Authorize carnival ride safety violation fines
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To authorize civil fines of $2,500 per day for carnival ride safety violations. The bill would also revise procedures on permit revocations, appeals, reporting and disclosure mandates and more.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5190: Revise state high school graduation requirements
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To revise state high school graduation requirements by adding a new one, that schools offer and students take a one-semester “personal finance” course, which would also substitute for a portion of the math credits that are currently required. The Michigan Department of Education would be required to develop the personal finance course.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6070: Authorize adoption-related business tax credits
Passed 95 to 12 in the House on May 24, 2022
To authorize adoption leave business tax credits for employers, which would be equal to half the annual wages of the employee for up to 12 weeks of adoption leave, up to a maximum of $4,000.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 726: Authorize more school pension “double dipping”
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on March 23, 2022
to reduce from a year to four months the time period a former public school employee must be retired to be eligible to collect a paycheck as a substitute teacher while also collecting pension checks
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4568: Cut state income tax $2.5 billion
Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on May 19, 2022
To cut the state income tax rate from 4.25% to 4.0%; authorize a $500 nonrefundable child tax credit; increase the amount the state adds on to a federal earned income tax credit for low-income households that owe no taxes, from 6% to 20% of the federal amount; increase the income tax exemption for individuals age 67 and above from $20,000 to $21,800; authorize tax credits for disabled veterans, and more. The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates the bill would save taxpayers around $2.5 billion annually.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4232: Lower age to sell or serve alcohol
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on May 19, 2022
To change a law that prohibits a person younger than age 18 from selling or serving alcoholic drinks. The bill would lower the minimum age to 17.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4568: Grant taxpayers $500 "inflation relief payment"
Passed 69 to 34 in the House on May 19, 2022
To revise the state income tax law to authorize a $500 per household "inflation relief payment" plus an extra $100 per dependent, which would be given to households that filed a state income tax return for 2021. This is part of the $2.5 billion Republican income tax cut proposal represented by the "S-1" version of this bill passed by the state Senate on the same day, described above, which the House is expected to approve with some amendments.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6019: Investigate expanding nuclear power to generate electricity
Passed 85 to 20 in the House on May 19, 2022
To require the Michigan Public Services Commission to do a feasibility study on expanding nuclear power generation in the state.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Joint Resolution R: Lengthen legislative term limits
Passed 76 to 28 in the House on May 10, 2022
To place on the November 2022 general election ballot a constitutional amendment to extend legislative term limits to 12 years in either or both the state House and Senate. Under Michigan’s current term limits, state representatives may only be elected for three terms of two-years each, and state senators for two terms of four-years each. The proposal would also place in the constitution a financial disclosure mandate, requiring lawmakers to submit lists each year of all assets, liabilities and more. Michigan's current term limits were placed in the state constitution by voters in a 1992 citizen's initiative that passed 59% to 41%.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Joint Resolution R: Lengthen legislative term limits
Passed 26 to 6 in the Senate on May 10, 2022
The Senate vote on the term limits constitutional amendment described above. The measure was brought to both bodies on the same day and requires a two-thirds majority from each to be placed on the November ballot, which it received.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 382: Require teachers get dyslexia training
Passed 32 to 1 in the Senate on May 11, 2022
To require individuals seeking the license and certificates required to teach in a public school to obtain training in dyslexia, as specified in the bill.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5749: Increase pay of district court judges
Passed 96 to 8 in the House on May 10, 2022
To increase the pay of district court judges to the same rate as probate court judges, which is 84% of the amount set by a state officers compensation commission for Supreme Court justices. Probate and circuit court judges now receive $159,917 per year, and district court judges now get $158,027.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5984: Permit liquor at some public pools
Passed 100 to 4 in the House on May 10, 2022
To permit establishments with a public swimming pool and an “on-premises” liquor license to pay an additional $350 license fee that gives them permission to sell drinks at the pool, subject to a broad range of additional regulations and requirements including advanced pool filtration.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 4326: Let students substitute computer programming for language credit
Passed 59 to 49 in the House on May 18, 2021
To allow a student to meet the foreign language requirement in the state’s high school graduation requirements by taking a computer software class instead.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 884: Ban use of non-US made voting machines in Michigan
Passed 22 to 12 in the Senate on May 4, 2022
To prohibit the use in Michigan of electronic voting systems produced or provided by an entity that is listed as a national security risk on the Federal Communications Commission website.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 166: Let pharmacists fill more out-of-state prescriptions
Passed 103 to 0 in the House on May 4, 2022
To establish that a pharmacist who receives a prescription from an advanced practice registered nurse prescriber or physician's assistant prescriber in another state or Canada may dispense the drug or device without determining whether the prescriber has the correct licenses. Under current law, Michigan pharmacists may fill such prescriptions written by out-of-state doctors, dentists and veterinarians.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4375: Authorize more “double dipping” by pensioned ex-teachers
Passed 102 to 1 in the House on May 4, 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 12 months have passed since the "retirement." Under current law, with some exceptions for hard-to-fill positions, retirees who "double dip" get reduced benefits. The bill would also repeal a requirement that a school district must pay the unfunded pension benefit liability contributions associated with employing a retired teacher. Also, it would extend for 10 years a 2021 sunset on allowing retirees to fill certain high-demand positions and collect both a paycheck and full pension check.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4077: Restrict regulations on unattended self-service gas stations
Passed 60 to 43 in the House on May 5, 2022
To prohibit state regulators from requiring unattended self-service gas stations to install measures to prevent public access, including locked dispensers, security fencing or other measures. The bill would instead require daily inspections by an owner or operator, emergency shut-off switches, surveillance cameras, fire extinguishers and more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5968: Create state “opioid healing and recovery fund”
Passed 89 to 10 in the House on April 28, 2022
To create a segregated state account (“fund”) to hold money extracted from pharmaceutical companies in lawsuits related to their sales of opioid pain killers, and spend it in a manner consistent with the “judgment, settlement, or compromise of claims” in legal settlements with certain drug producers (called the "Janssen settlement" and the "National Prescription Opiate Litigation").
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 627: Adopt another remonumentation of Michigan-Indiana state line plan
Passed 99 to 0 in the House on April 28, 2022
To create a Michigan-Indiana state line commission comprised of the county surveyors of Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale counties, to oversee a survey and remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana state line. This would be paid for from an existing state account that collects fees on recording deeds. It would be the eighth law passed in the past 20 years related to this task.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Resolution 128: Assert Senate opposition to college COVID mandates
Passed 22 to 15 in the Senate on April 20, 2022
To adopt a non-binding resolution asserting that the state Senate opposes "mandates related to COVID-19 at all public and private colleges and universities in Michigan," and send it to the Michigan Association of State Universities, the president of Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities, and the president of the Michigan Community College Association.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 996: Ban nitrous oxide paraphernalia
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on April 20, 2022
To add selling an object specifically designed for ingesting or inhaling nitrous oxide to a 1988 law that banned the sale of drug “paraphernalia,” subject to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4252: Increase certain state payments to railroad companies
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 13, 2022
To increase the subsidies the state gives to railroad companies each year to maintain their active traffic control devices, circuitry, and appurtenances at rail grade crossings. Also, to increase the payments by 6.64% every other year going forward.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5765: Allow 'double dipping' for corrections pensioners
Passed 101 to 3 in the House on April 12, 2022
To allow "retired" state prison employees to collect a pension while also getting paid to do corrections work. This authorization would expire two years after the bill becomes law.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 875: Ban "photo-cop” red-light tickets
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on March 22, 2022
To prohibit the use of automated, unmanned, photographic traffic signal enforcement system ("photo-cops") to issue traffic citations for violating red lights or stop signs.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5541: Authorize use of multistate uniform bar examination
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on March 23, 2022
To authorize use of a “uniform bar examination” to fill the current Michigan mandate that lawyers be members of the state bar association, but only if Michigan officials choose to also administer this uniform test in this state. The bill would also increase a related bar examination fee.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 726: Authorize more school pension 'double dipping'
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on March 23, 2022
To reduce from a year to four months the time period a former public school employee must be retired to be eligible to collect a paycheck as a substitute teacher while also collecting pension checks.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Resolution 119: Senate call to end public transportation mask mandates
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on March 22, 2022
To adopt a non-binding resolution that the Michigan Senate calls for an immediate end to public transportation face mask mandates on trains, planes and buses.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 565: Appropriate $4.7 billion for water and wastewater systems
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on March 24, 2022
To appropriate $4.709 billion for spending on water and wastewater infrastructure programs and grants. Of this $4.133 billion comes from federal “stimulus” and relief dollars, with the rest money collected by the state.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 565: Appropriate $4.7 billion for water and wastewater systems
Passed 95 to 7 in the House on March 24, 2022
The House vote on the large appropriations bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 302: Add 'voting twice is illegal' declaration to voter registration
Passed 62 to 40 in the House on March 24, 2022
To add to the declarations an individual makes when registering to vote, a statement that the individual "understands it is a felony to offer to vote or attempt to vote more than once at the same election, in either the same or another voting precinct.”
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5744: Authorize government granting approval to sell certain products
Passed 105 to 0 in the House on March 23, 2022
To authorize state regulators to issue “certificates of free sale” for food upon request of a "food processor." This would verify a product is registered, is not disapproved by government administrators and is legal to sell. The bill does not mandate producers get the certificate or ban sales by ones who who have not.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5671: Increase cap on sales by home-based 'cottage food' operations
Passed 61 to 44 in the House on March 23, 2022
To increase from $25,000 to $40,000 the cap on annual sales by a home-based “cottage food” operation, which are exempt from state licensure mandates imposed on commercial food producers. Also, to allow these operations to sell over the internet or by mail-order through a third-party "cottage food delivery platform."
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5570: Authorize gas tax 'holiday'
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on March 15, 2022
To suspend collecting the state motor fuel tax levied on gasoline and diesel fuel purchases between April 1 and September 30, 2022. The current tax rate is 27.2 cents per gallon on both fuels, and revenue from it pays for state and local road repairs. The House Fiscal Agency projects this would reduce that revenue by $725 million in 2022, leaving an equivalent amount in motorists' pockets.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4074: Encourage schools to teach free enterprise and entrepreneurship
Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on March 22, 2022
To encourage (but not require) public schools to offer a program of instruction on free enterprise and entrepreneurship for high school students.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5682: Authorize enhanced penalties for assaulting emergency room staff
Passed 85 to 17 in the House on March 16, 2022
To authorize enhanced penalties for assaulting a hospital "health professional" or volunteer by creating a new crime punishable by 93 days in jail and a $1,000 fine or more depending on specific circumstances.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4912: Authorize "alternative" veterinary practices and more
Passed 100 to 3 in the House on March 17, 2022
To revise various regulations in the law governing veterinary practices. Among other things the bill would prohibit veterinarians from practicing “unless it is within the context of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship” as defined in the bill; waive certain licensure mandates during a declared emergency or in response to a “to a large-scale animal cruelty case;” authorize the use of specified “therapeutic philosophy and practice that is not considered part of conventional, Western veterinary medicine;” and more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5804: Mandate 'veterinarian-client-patient relationships'
Passed 71 to 31 in the House on March 17, 2022
To prohibit veterinarians from practicing “unless it is within the context of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship” as defined in the bill. See also House Bill 4912.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5612: Exempt diapers and incontinence products from sales tax
Failed 50 to 53 in the House on March 15, 2022
To exempt diapers and adult incontinence products from sales tax. It is unusual for the House to complete and record a vote to defeat a particular bill, rather than suspending the vote and moving on to the next agenda item. In the background of this vote are ongoing negotiations on some very substantial proposals to cut the state income tax and suspend the state gas tax.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5188: Prohibit bans on gun sales during state of emergency
Passed 62 to 39 on March 10, 2022
To amend provisions in the state health code that delegate to the state health department the authority to assume extraordinary powers during an emergency, including the statewide “lockdowns” ordered under the 2020 coronavirus epidemic. The bill would prohibit officials from using this law to ban the sale or use of lawfully possessed firearms, ammunition, or other weapons during a declared emergency or disaster.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5268: Ban officials sending out unsolicited absentee voter ballot applications
Passed 56 to 45 in the House on March 10, 2022
To prohibit the Secretary of State or local election officials from delivering unsolicited absentee voter ballot applications to registered voters.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5253: Ban election officials taking money or gifts for election equipment
Passed 57 to 44 in the House on March 10, 2022
To prohibit state or local election officials and bureaus from accepting gifts from individuals or nongovernmental entities for election-related activities, equipment, or staff.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5703: Require public schools prominently post key parents rights laws
Passed 85 to 16 in the House on March 10, 2022
To require public schools to prominently post two state law provisions in specified rooms, including the one where the school board meets. The first provision is the text from section 1 of the Michigan Constitution’s Article 8, which reads, “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
The bill would also require schools to post the section of the state School Code that reads: “It is the natural, fundamental right of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching, and education of their children. The public schools of this state serve the needs of the pupils by cooperating with the pupil's parents and legal guardians to develop the pupil's intellectual capabilities and vocational skills in a safe and positive environment.”
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5570: Authorize state gas tax holiday until October 2022
Passed 63 to 39 in the House on March 9, 2022
To suspend collecting the state gasoline and diesel tax between April 1 and September 30, 2022. The current tax rate is 27.2 cents per gallon on both fuels, and revenue from it pays for state and local road repairs. The House Fiscal Agency projects this would save motorists around $725 million in 2022, with the foregone revenue to "backfilled" from a $4 billion state budget surplus.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 768: House vote to cut state income tax rate
Passed 62 to 42 in the House on March 1, 2022
To cut the state income tax rate from 4.25% to 3.9% starting Jan. 1, 2022; authorize a $500 nonrefundable income tax credit for a taxpayers' dependents who are age 18 and under; and lower from age 67 to age 62 eligibility for certain income tax exemptions on retirement income.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 768: Senate vote to cut state income tax rate
Passed 22 to 15 in the Senate on March 3, 2022
The Senate vote on the House-passed version of the bill described above, which does not include the business tax cut in an earlier version the Senate approved. With this vote the bill gets sent on to the Governor for signature or veto.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4833: Reform heavy equipment rentals tax
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on March 1, 2022
To replace the property tax levied on heavy equipment owned by rental companies with a 2% tax on heavy equipment rentals, to be distributed mostly to local governments.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 392: Cut state business income tax rate
Passed 22 to 15 in the Senate on March 3, 2022
To cut the state’s business income tax rate from 6% to 3.9% starting Jan. 1 2022.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5637: Expand “right to try” experimental drugs to coronavirus
Passed 56 to 48 in the House on February 23, 2022
To extend to COVID-19 treatments a 2014 "Right to Try” state law that lets terminal patients use and drug companies provide non-FDA approved treatments, subject to a broad array of restrictions, conditions and requirements.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4173: Eliminate cap on crime information rewards
Passed 102 to 0 in the House on February 24, 2022
To eliminate the $2,000 cap in a law authorizing counties to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a criminal, or the capture of an escaped convict. Under the bill there would be no limit on how large a reward a county could pay.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5686: Require legislature get notice of changes to school "seat time" rules
Passed 54 to 50 in the House on February 23, 2022
To require that prior to their adoption any changes made by state officials to a “pupil accounting and auditing manual” must be sent to the chairpersons of the state House and Senate education policy committees. This document is used to set standards for the number of school days and hours provided by public school districts for purposes of determining whether a district meets the qualifications to get state school aid money. As introduced the bill would have required legislative approval for these changes, which have played a role in school districts' decisions to close classrooms during the COVID epidemic.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5527: Raise spending cap on job training subsidy program for select employers
Passed 82 to 22 in the House on February 22, 2022
To increase from $50 million to $100 million the debt cap in a 2008 law that authorized state job training subsidies for particular employers, provided through community colleges. The scheme diverts income tax collected from the new employees to repay the local college for the training.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 768: Cut state income tax rate
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on February 15, 2022
To cut the state income tax rate from 4.25% to 3.9% starting Jan. 1, 2022; authorize a $600 nonrefundable tax credit for dependents age 18 and below; and reduce the corporate income tax from 6.0% to 3.9%. The bill would also increase the annual income tax deduction allowed for individuals age 67 and above from $20,000 to $30,000, and for couples from $40,000 to $60,000.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4084: Revise fines for illegal garbage dumping
Passed 94 to 7 on February 17, 2022
To make it a misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $2,500 for unauthorized dumping of between 3 cubic feet and 5 cubic yards of refuse or trash, with the fine going up by another $2,500 for each subsequent offense. Employers would be potentially liable, and offenders could also be ordered to clean up the mess. Under current law this is a civil not criminal offense.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5058: Exempt industrial hemp from food adulterant list
Passed 98 to 3 in the House on February 17, 2022
To amend a section of the state food law that deals with adulterated food, so as to declare that its prohibitions do not apply to food that contains or has added to it any quantity of "industrial hemp."
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5304: Authorize “robo-bartenders”
Passed 74 to 27 in the House on February 17, 2022
To authorize and create a comprehensive regulatory regime for the use of “robo-bartender” dispensing machines for beer, wine and mixed drinks that are located at a customer's table or with use of a secure "key card" in other parts of establishments with a liquor license, including restaurants, certain hotel rooms and more. The machines could not dispense more than 96 ounces in a single order, or dispense spirituous liquor “straight.” Customers would still have to place the order with a human staff member, and staff members would still be required to monitor the service.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 821: Let joint emergency services agencies tax and borrow
Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on February 10, 2022
To permit local governments that have created joint emergency services agencies including fire departments impose new property taxes and incur long term debt (sell bonds) to acquire buildings and equipment if local voters approve.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5075: Require transparency in government medical services rationing regime
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on February 9, 2022
To revise a 2002 law that authorized a joint legislative committee inquire into the proposed actions of a state “Certificate of Need” commission, which was created in the 1970s to ration the number of medical providers and facilities in the state. The bill would require this committee to meet annually and review the law’s impact on the availability, quality and the cost of medical services in Michigan. Related bills would establish other transparency requirements for this law and entity.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4149: Make minor hunting & fishing rule infractions a civil offense only
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 10, 2022
To repeal criminal sanctions for a person who is ice fishing and fails to attach his or her name and address to tip-ups, or regular fishing with more than the authorized number of lines. These violations would instead be subject to fines up to $150.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4410: Give universities extra money for construction cost overruns
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 9, 2022
To go along with the $8.4 million spending increase approved a day earlier by the House for a Michigan Technological University construction project, and raise the bill's total cost by adding another $4.2 million to cover similar cost overruns at an Oakland University construction project, giving it a new total cost of $44.2 million.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4948: Repeal requirement that state use ‘bond buybacks' to lower its overall debt
Passed 96 to 9 in the House on February 10, 2022
To revise a law that permits the state to “ buy back” commercial housing market bond debt it has assumed. The bill would permit rather than require the state to cancel such “repurchased” bond debt. Such discretion could benefit the state if officials time the market right, but increase costs if their timing is off.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4996: Require governor to promptly set special legislative vacancy election date
Passed 80 to 25 in the House on February 10, 2022
To require the governor to announce the election dates to fill a vacancy in the state House or Senate within 30 days of the vacancy. Under current law governors have discretion in the timing, which can affect legislative outcomes.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5558: Ban fetal tissue research from abortions
Passed 55 to 51 in the House on February 9, 2022
To prohibit research that uses organs, tissues, or cells taken from a dead embryo, fetus, or neonate obtained from an abortion. This and related bills would repeal an exception that allows this if the mother gives consent.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 642: End competitive bidding on state engineering contracts
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on January 27, 2022
To no longer seek competitive bids for state architectural, engineering or land surveying service contracts, and instead let officials assess and rank vendors according to specified (and potentially subjective) criteria, and then try to negotiate a “fair and reasonable” contract with the “highest ranking” firm. The bill does not establish how “fair and reasonable” would be defined in the absence of competitive bidding. If officials don’t get the price they want they would repeat the process with the next firm on their list.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 706: Authorize “automated vehicle roadways” and user fees
Passed 33 to 4 in the Senate on January 27, 2022
To authorize “automated vehicle roadways" or lanes, use of which would be exclusively reserved for vehicles operating while communicating with an “automated vehicle roadway system.” The bill would permit the state to contract out construction and operation of such roads and permit charging tolls on them.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5541: Authorize multistate “uniform bar examination”
Passed 101 to 0 in the House on January 25, 2022
To establish that a “uniform bar examination” created and administered by a national group would fill the current Michigan mandate that lawyers be members of the state bar association, but only if Michigan officials choose to administer this uniform test in this state. The bill would also increase bar examination fees and related charges.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4188: Revise school pension calculations
Passed 96 to 5 in the House on January 25, 2022
To establish procedures and standards for selecting a vendor for the defined-contribution annuity option authorized for school retirees by the 2017 pension reform law that largely replaced a persistently underfunded “defined benefit” pension system with 401k account employer contributions, or an annuity to be created later, which this bill would do.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4277: Ban hand-held phone or electronics use while driving
Passed 75 to 26 in the House on January 25, 2022
To prohibit the use of a "mobile electronic device" including a cell phone while driving, except for hands-free or voice-activated devices, with violations subject to fines or up to 16 hours of community service for texting-while-driving, and 24 hours for a second offense. This and House Bill 4788 would also increase fines and license penalty points and authorize license suspensions for three or more violations within three years, ban driving with headphones or ear-buds, ban recording, watching or sending a video while driving, ban interacting on social media while driving and more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 145: Give tax breaks to some home buyers: Passed 86 to 16 in the House on January 26, 2022
To grant $5,000 state income tax exemptions, and $10,000 on joint returns, if the money is deposited in a specialty savings account the bill would authorize for individuals who have not bought or owned a Michigan home in the past three years (dubbed "first time home buyers"). The exemptions could be claimed for up to five years, meaning $50,000 could be exempted from state income tax liability over time by certain households. Fiscal agency analysts estimate the bill will transfer up to $19.8 million in benefits to these households, with an equivalent amount of revenue foregone by the state. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4290: Give $50,000 tax exemptions to some individual home buyers
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on January 20, 2022
To grant $5,000 state income tax exemptions, and $10,000 on joint returns, if the money is deposited in a specialty savings account for individuals who have not bought or owned a Michigan home in the past three years (labeled by related bills as "first time home buyers"). The exemptions could be claimed for up to five years, meaning $50,000 could be exempted from state income tax liability over time by individuals who can afford to do so. Legislative fiscal agency analysts estimate the bill will provide up to $19.8 million in benefits for these individuals, with an equivalent amount of revenue foregone by the state. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4290: Give tax breaks to some home buyers
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on January 20, 2022
To exempt from state income tax up to $5,000, and $10,000 on joint returns, that is deposited in a specialty savings account the bill would authorize for individuals who have not bought or owned a Michigan home in the past three years (dubbed by the bill a "first time home buyer"). Up to $50,000 could be exempted from state income tax liability by an account owner over time. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 85: Authorize spending $1 billion on new corporate subsidy program
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on December 14, 2021
To appropriate $1 billion for a new corporate subsidy scheme. The money would pay for a “Critical Industry Fund” to give grants and loans to certain companies to create jobs or job training, and a “Strategic Site Readiness Fund” to give others money to create “investment-ready sites” for new plants and facilities. The bill also appropriates $409 million for relief to businesses "afflicted" by the coronavirus epidemic and responses, and $75 million to reduce personal property taxes levied on business tools and equipment.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 85: Authorize spending $1 billion on new corporate subsidy program
Passed 78 to 25 in the House on December 14, 2021
The House vote to spend $1 billion on the new corporate subsidy program described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5351: Cut small business tools-and-equipment tax
Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on December 14, 2021
To double a small business exemption on the value of business tools and equipment subject to property taxes (called the “personal property tax"), from $80,000 to $160,000, and also index this to inflation going forward.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4970: Require all school employees take seizure classes
Passed 85 to 17 in the House on December 14, 2021
To mandate that “all (public) school personnel” complete seizure recognition and seizure first-aid response training every other year.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 764: Authorize income tax deduction for gambling losses
Passed 72 to 30 in the House on December 14, 2021
To authorize state income tax deductions for gambling losses claimed on an individual’s federal tax returns.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 728: Extend open meetings act to “independent citizens redistricting commissions”
Passed 100 to 2 in the House on December 14, 2021
To extend an Open Meetings Act requirement that public bodies hold their meetings in public to the “independent citizens redistricting commission” authorized by a 2018 ballot initiative. The bill was introduced after this controversial commission met behind closed doors to discuss secret legal memos related to its potential federal Voting Rights Act violations.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 770: Create new corporate subsidy program
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on December 9, 2021
To create a new corporate subsidy program and account, to be called the “Strategic Site Readiness Fund,” which would give grants and loans to certain companies to create “investment-ready sites” for new job producing plants and facilities.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5603: Create new corporate subsidy program
Passed 83 to 21 in the House on December 8, 2021
The House version of the new corporate subsidy program described above as Senate Bill 770.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 771: Create new corporate subsidy program
Passed 27 to 1 on December 9, 2021
To create a new corporate subsidy program and account, to be called the “Critical Industry Fund,” which would give grants and loans to certain companies to create jobs or job training.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5604: Create new corporate subsidy program
Passed 83 to 21 in the House on December 8, 2021
The House version of the new corporate subsidy program described above as Senate Bill 771.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 671: Repeal requirement that corporate subsidy scheme benefit state economy
Passed 78 to 26 in the House on December 8, 2021
To revise a "brownfields" law used to give subsidies to particular developers by stripping-out provisions requiring that the transfer of state revenue to a developer “result in an overall positive fiscal impact to this state.” The bill would authorize subsidies of up to $10 million to each beneficiary, which recipients could collect by essentially getting a portion of employees' or residents’ income tax.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 242: Make county commissioners terms four years
Passed 75 to 29 in the House on December 8, 2021
To change the terms of county commissioners to four years, instead of the current two years “concurrent” with state representative" terms.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4427: Repeal criminal penalties for minor in possession of tobacco
Passed 102 to 0 in the House on December 9, 2021
To eliminate the criminal penalties for a minor who tries to buy or possesses tobacco. A first offense would be a civil offense with a $50 fine (as in current law), and community service and participation in a government approved “health promotion and risk reduction” program. Subsequent offenses would also be civil offenses subject to a $100 fine on a second offense and $150 on subsequent offenses.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 637: Add social/therapeutic welfare provisions to 9-1-1 call responses
Passed 91 to 11 in the House on December 9, 2021
To authorize a state government “community crisis response grant program” that would give state grants to local governments related to 9-1-1 call responses, with the amount in part determined by a particular social-welfare organization selected by the state. This would include in 911 call responses "community crisis responder clinicians...or peers,” for "stabilization, de-escalation, harm reduction, screening and assessment, and connection to mental health, substance use disorder, social, health, or other services and supports as needed.”
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5489: Authorize state entry to multi-state “psychology interjurisdictional compact”
Passed 95 to 7 in the House on December 9, 2021
To authorize Michigan’s entry into a multi-state psychology interjurisdictional compact that permits psychologists licensed in one member state to also practice in other member states. The bill would prescribe rules and definitions for this.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5351: Increase small business tools-and-equipment tax exemption
Passed 58 to 46 in the House on December 8, 2021
To double the a small business exemption on the value of business tools and equipment subject to property taxes (called the “personal property tax"), from $80,000 to $160,000, and also index this to inflation going forward.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 728: Extend Open Meetings requirements to “independent citizens redistricting commission”
Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on December 2, 2021
To extend an Open Meetings Act requirement that public bodies hold their meetings in public to the “independent citizens redistricting commission” authorized by a 2018 ballot initiative. The bill was introduced after this controversial commission met behind closed doors to discuss secret legal memos related to its potential violations of the federal Voting Rights Act.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 633: Permit another government authority to hold virtual meetings indefinitely
Passed 31 to 6 in the Senate on November 30, 2021
To permit government agencies authorized by a 1978 "energy employment” law created to provide or subsidize municipal power plants and related projects and dubbed “joint agencies,” to hold “virtual” board meetings electronically on a permanent basis, not just during epidemics. This is one of at least 10 bills proposed this year to grant this privilege to certain government authorities, some obscure and some that are not.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4257: Revise state “memorandum of understanding” procedures
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on November 30, 2021
To establish that if the governor signs a memorandum of understanding with another party - defined as an informal agreement that does not impose contractual duties or obligations on this state - when that governor has left office its terms only apply until they are rejected by a subsequent governor. The bill would also require that these agreements be signed by the governor and filed in the state office of the great seal.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 99: Expand “promise zone” tax increment financing authority spending
Passed 32 to 2 in the Senate on December 2, 2021
To add paying for on-campus room and board to the benefits a local government “promise zone” tax increment financing authority (TIFA) may provide to students eligible for its scholarships. These entities were authorized in 2008 to “capture" a portion of any increases in the state portion of school property tax revenue in the area, and use the money to partially subsidize college tuition for local students.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5190: Revise "financial literacy" in state high school graduation requirements
Passed 57 to 43 in the House on December 1, 2021
To revise state high school graduation standards that require 2.0 credits in a language other than English by reducing this to 1.5 credits, and adding a .5 credit “financial literacy” requirement. The Michigan Department of Education would be required to develop "content expectations" for the personal finance course. This would also consolidate similar provisions already in this law.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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Senate Bill 671: Repeal requirement that corporate subsidy scheme benefit state economy
Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate on November 10, 2021
To revise a 2017 “Good Jobs For Michigan” law that authorized the state to give ongoing cash subsidies to Detroit developer Dan Gilbert and potentially other business owners, by stripping-out provisions requiring business subsidies to “result in an overall positive fiscal impact to this state.” Unlike the other corporate and developer subsidy schemes enacted in the name of “economic development,” this law’s revenue transfers appeared to create incentives for businesses in other Michigan communities to move to Detroit, rather than grow the state economy as a whole. The bill would also increase an annual cap on how much a subsidized company could get.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 700: Cap government pension fund growth assumptions
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on November 10, 2021
To cap at 6.7% the return estimate that managers of the state’s government employee pension system use to determine state pension fund assets will grow over time (and whether it’s enough to meet the state’s pension promises to employees). Also, to require that if new unfunded liability gaps appear, they must be filled (“caught-up on”) within 10 years or less.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4703: Revise animal cruelty procedures
Passed 91 to 14 in the House on November 10, 2021
To revise requirements and procedures for an animal control agency taking possession of an abused animal seized by police, and its ultimate disposition, including forfeiture and humane euthanization. Under this and House Bill 4704 the owner would be responsible for all related costs, including euthanization if ordered. The bills are intended to provide uniformity in several sections of state animal cruelty law.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4033: Extend certain state prison policies to private prison
Passed 75 to 29 in the House on November 9, 2021
To extend to a private Michigan prison that contracts with a federal agency to hold inmates the same penalties for giving a prisoner a cell phone or certain other contraband that applies to state-run prisons. The bill comes after activists who oppose prison privatization have been caught tossing potentially dangerous contraband over the fence to prisoners.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4853: Prescribe record keeping for invasive medical exams
Passed 104 to 1 in the House on November 10, 2021
To require medical records referencing treatment of an individual that involves vaginal or anal penetration by a health professional to be retained for 15 years by the health professional and health facility or agency, with violations subject to criminal sanctions. Also, to require the licensure boards for different medical specialties to produce “guidance to licensees on generally accepted standards of medical practice for medical services involving vaginal or anal penetration, including internal pelvic floor treatments.”
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5294: Expand ban on offering faux-government services
Passed 98 to 7 in the House on November 10, 2021
To expand a provision of a state consumer protection act that restricts third parties from offering online services that are similar to ones performed by a governmental agency, by requiring them to “conspicuously” indicate that the operation is not a government entity, plus disclosing the prices and terms.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5291: Extend port subsidies to private and public developers
Passed 94 to 11 in the House on November 10, 2021
To authorize state grants equal to 80% of the amount spent by developers and owners on shipping ports and improvements. As introduced the bill would have required the developer to permit public use of the port for at least 10 years, but this was deleted from the House-passed version.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5097: Ban "Critical Race Theory" curriculum in public schools
Passed 55 to 0 in the House on November 2, 2021
To prohibit public schools from teaching "critical race theory." Specifically, the bill prohibits instructing children that because of their race or gender individuals comprising a racial or ethnic group or gender all act in certain ways, hold certain opinions, are born racist or sexist, bear collective guilt for historical wrongs, or regard race or gender as a better predictor of outcome than character, work ethic, or skills. Also, to ban teaching that the cultural norms or practices of a racial or ethnic group or gender are flawed and must be eliminated or changed to conform; that racism (or sexism) is inherent in individuals from a particular race or ethnic group (or gender); that a racial or ethnic group or gender is in need of deconstruction, elimination, or criticism; or that the actions of some individuals serve as an indictment against their race or gender. Democrats abstained from voting on the bill.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 4939: Exclude new car rebates from sales tax
Passed 83 to 20 in the House on November 3, 2021
To deduct manufacturer rebates from the purchase price of a new car, boat or RV for purposes of calculating sales tax. The bill would require foregone school aid revenue generated by the narrow tax break to be taken from other state taxes and fees.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4501: Refund employer fines levied under unconstitutional “unlimited” emergency law
Passed 19 to 16 in the Senate on November 2, 2021
To require state regulators to refund civil penalties they imposed on employers for violating emergency orders issued under a 1945 emergency powers law that has been ruled unconstitutional because it let a governor declare a state of emergency and govern unilaterally with no time limit.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 601: Restrict school face mask mandates and more
Passed 19 to 15 in the Senate on October 26, 2021
To require public schools that impose epidemic-related face mask mandates on students to grant waivers; ban districts from requiring school board meeting attendees to wear a face mask or get a COVID test; prohibit schools from requiring asymptomatic students to get a COVID test, and more.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 600: Prohibit schools requiring students get emergency-use COVID vaccine
Passed 19 to 15 in the Senate on October 26, 2021
To prohibit public or private schools from mandating student get a vaccine authorized solely for emergency use (meaning the COVID vaccines available when the bill was introduced). Also, to ban different requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated students including separated seating, facemask requirements and more.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 602: Ban certain state face mask mandates in schools
Passed 19 to 15 in the Senate on October 26, 2021
To prohibit the state health department from issuing an order that requires schoolchildren who are asymptomatic for COVID-19 to wear a face mask, receive an experimental drug vaccination (meaning one for COVID), or get tested for COVID-19. This would apply to attending school, riding the bus, or participating in on- or off-campus extracurriculars. This would also apply to adults attending school board meetings.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4485: Keep cigar tax cap
Passed 28 to 6 in the Senate on October 26, 2021
To repeal the Oct. 1, 2021 sunset on a law that caps the 32% tobacco tax imposed on cigars at 50 cents per cigar. In other words, if the bill becomes law the 50 cent cap would remain in effect.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5267: Exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax
Passed 32 to 2 in the Senate on October 26, 2021
To exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 562: Grant “brownfield” subsidy to particular developer
Passed 29 to 5 in the Senate on October 27, 2021
To amend the definition of “brownfield” subsidies in a way that would allow a certain developer to collect these taxpayer-funded benefits on a particular venture.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4066: Preempt local knife restrictions
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on October 19, 2021
To preempt local governments 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. Also, to preempt local rules or ordinances relating to the manufacture of a knife that are more restrictive than those relating to the manufacture of any other commercial goods.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4281: Let more local governments impose extra property tax for police
Passed 95 to 11 in the House on October 27, 2021
To revise population thresholds in a law that permits certain communities to levy property taxes for public safety services, so as to allow Romulus to impose this type of tax. The bill would also let governments in Berkley, Harper Woods and the city of Saginaw impose these levies
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4722: Ban disparate regulations on Airbnb-type rentals
Passed 55 to 48 in the House on October 27, 2021
To allow local governments to restrict a person from doing Airbnb-type short term rentals on more than two properties within their jurisdiction, and to limit the total number of short term rentals to 30% of the local rental market. With some narrow exceptions locals could not enforce zoning restrictions that restrict short term rentals. Locals could adopt regulations on noise, advertising, traffic, nuisances, dwelling capacity, inspections, fees and taxes otherwise permitted by law.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 687: Create school choice tax credit and K-12 scholarships program
Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on October 19, 2021
To create a K-12 “student opportunity scholarship program” that would allow individuals and companies to get a tax credit for contributing to a nonprofit “scholarship organization” that would provide grants to lower income families to pay tuition at a non-pubic school, or pay for other education expenses, services and supplies. Beneficiaries would get individual accounts from which families could draw money for permitted expenses. Senate Bill 688 and House Bill 5405 would authorize up to $500 million in annual tax credits for this, which would increase with demand according to a specified formula.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5404: Create school choice tax credit and K-12 scholarships
Passed 55 to 48 in the House on October 19, 2021
The House version of the school choice tax credit bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 637: Add social/therapeutic welfare provisions to 9-1-1 call responses
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 20, 2021
To authorize state grants to local governments, with the amounts determined using criteria devised by a particular social-welfare organization. This would pay for sending one or more “community crisis responder clinicians or community crisis responder peers” on 911 calls, who among other things would do “ screening and assessment” for referral of individuals to “mental health, substance use disorder, social, health, or other services and supports as needed.” Reportedly there are 51 organizations that would be the ultimate recipients of the money.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4637: Authorize process to change township’s name
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 19, 2021
To establish a process to allow a township to change the township’s name. Two thirds of the township board would have to agree to put the question on the ballot in a regular November or August election, and voters would have to approve it.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5080: Exempt delivery and installation costs from sales tax
Passed 69 to 34 in the House on October 19, 2021
To exempt from sales tax the delivery and installation costs necessary to complete a purchase, which are taxable under current law.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4801: Impose licensure mandate on paid electric vehicle charging services
Passed 85 to 18 in the House on October 19, 2021
To impose a new licensure and $75 per charger fee regime on paid electric vehicle charging services.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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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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House Bill 4685: Impose financial disclosure mandate on state officers
Passed 64 to 45 in the House on June 9, 2021
To impose a personal financial disclosure mandate on state officers, defined as the governor and lieutenant governor, the Secretary of State, Attorney General, state treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, members of the liquor control and civil service commissions, members of the State Board of Education and of state university governing boards.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Joint Resolution D: Dock out-of-line legislator's pay; new law effective dates
Passed 81 to 28 in the House on June 9, 2021
To place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment that would to empower a two-thirds majority of the state House or Senate to suspend part or all of the salary and expense allowances of a member who acts unethically or is excessively absent from regular sessions. Also, to require record roll call votes on giving a new law "immediate effect" when it is passed. The state Constitution requires a two-thirds House and Senate majority vote for a new bill to go into effect immediately rather than after a specified period, and in the House this is usually done by "hammering through" the requirement using a voice vote only, not a record roll call vote.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 458: Require governor notify legislature when traveling out of state
Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on June 2, 2021
To require that when leaving the state and on return, the governor must notify the lieutenant governor, and require this person to notify legislative leaders in writing within 12 hours.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 458: Irwin legislative leader "domestic terrorist" amendment
Failed 16 to 20 in the Senate on June 2, 2021
To add an exception to SB 458, waiving the "governor has left the state" reporting requirement for a legislative leader believed to present "a security risk to this state because of his or her affiliations with a domestic terrorist organization." This was proposed by Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 429: Establish sand and gravel mining regulatory regime, fees
Passed 19 to 17 in the Senate on June 2, 2021
To impose a state permit mandate on "aggregates" mining (sand and gravel), which are needed for road repair and reconstruction projects. The bill would preempt locally imposed restrictions and permit requirements (with exceptions), and authorize a $5,000 permit application fee.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4631: Reduce a limit on government “civil asset forfeiture” takings
Passed 77 to 33 in the House on June 3, 2021
To create an exception to a 2019 law that prohibited government “civil asset forfeitures,” which are takings of property that may be associated with a suspected drug-related crime, unless the individual is actually convicted or accepts a plea bargain. That only applies to police seizures of property worth $50,000 or more, and the bill would lower this to $20,000 for property seized by public airport authority police.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4823: Shift more online gambling tax revenue to horse race industry: on June 2, 2021
To remove a cap on the amount of state online gambling tax revenue that can be given to the horse race industry and tracks. Fiscal agency analysts note this could cause a modest reduction in revenue for schools.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4667: Ban government “vaccination passport"
Passed 62 to 47 in the House on June 2, 2021
To prohibit the state or local governments from producing or issuing a COVID-19 vaccine passport, subject to a $1,000 penalty per violation. The bill would also ban governments from providing an incentive to a person to require or use a vaccination passport.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4448: Prohibit limiting government open records disclosures during emergency
Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on May 27, 2021
To establish that an executive order, proclamation, or directive issued under the law that authorizes the governor to declare an emergency may not lengthen the required government agency response times or otherwise limit the scope of a public body's duties to provide records requested under the state Freedom of Information Act. Such an order was imposed in April 2020 and rescinded that June.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 457: Ban emergency orders that mandate minors get vaccination
Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate on May 25, 2021
To prohibit including a mandate in an epidemic-related state or local health department order that requires minors to get a coronavirus vaccination.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4256: Let service animal trainers use public accommodations
Passed 94 to 14 in the House on May 27, 2021
To revise a law that requires facilities open to the public (“public accommodations") to permit the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, so that it also requires them to allow trainers to use the facility to train or socialize a service animal.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4293: Ban union bargaining over substitute teacher jobs
Passed 56 to 52 in the House on May 27, 2021
To add the employment of an individual as a substitute teacher to the list of prohibited subjects of collective bargaining between school districts and teacher unions.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4294: Let current school employees work as subs without degree or credentials
Passed 56 to 52 in the House on May 27, 2021
To allow a school district to hire a current employee as a substitute teacher even if the individual does not have a college degree or otherwise meet the legal requirements to be a substitute teacher. The person would get a raise if their current pay was less than a substitutes’ pay but would not get a cut if it was more. This would expire with the 2021-22 school year.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4501: Refund employer fines levied under “unlimited” emergency law ruled unconstitutional
Passed 74 to 34 in the House on May 25, 2021
To require state regulators to refund civil penalties they imposed on employers for violating emergency orders issued under a 1945 emergency powers law that has been ruled unconstitutional because it let a governor declare a state of emergency with no time limit and use it to govern unilaterally.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4132: Make absentee ballot interference a felony
Passed 66 to 43 in the House on May 26, 2021
To make it a felony to knowingly submit an absent voter ballot application containing false information or a forged signature, or fill out and submit an absent voter ballot application in another person’s name, or submit an absent voter ballot application with the intent to obtain multiple absent voter ballots.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Joint Resolution G: Ban banning state employees from communicating with a legislator
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on May 18, 2021
To place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment establishing that a state department or agency may not take disciplinary action against an employee because the employee communicates with a member of the legislature or a member's staff. The proposal would also ban restricting a nonpartisan employee of the legislature from communicating with a lawmaker or their staff. This requires a two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate to go on the ballot.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4088: Prescribe rules for bird feeding
Passed 61 to 47 in the House on May 20, 2021
To establish that deer feeding from backyard bird feeders does not constitute "deer baiting" or feeding, which are currently prohibited due to disease transmission concerns. The bill would explicitly permit placing up to two gallons of bird seed in a feeder within 300 feet of a residence.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4074: Encourage schools to teach free enterprise and entrepreneurship
Passed 95 to 13 in the House on May 19, 2021
To encourage public schools to offer a program of instruction on free enterprise and entrepreneurship for high school students.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 378: Authorize dependent income tax credit
Passed 25 to 10 in the Senate on May 13, 2021
To authorize a $500 non-refundable state income tax credit for each dependent age 18 and below in 2022 through 2025.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 79: Ban state from imposing vaccine "passport" mandates
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on May 13, 2021
To prohibit the state health and welfare department from spending any money to develop, implement, or enforce any proposal or process to impose vaccine "passport" requirements. This was an amendment to a budget bill, along with a ban on imposing facemask mandates on anyone under age 18.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 428: Ban imposing face mask mandates on toddlers
Passed 20 to 15 in the Senate on May 13, 2021
To prohibit the state or a local health department from imposing a face mask mandate on children younger than age 5.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4082: Revise restriction on administration reshuffling appropriated money
Passed 58 to 49 in the House on May 13, 2021
To restrict a state “administrative board” increasing or decreasing an item of appropriation without permission from legislative appropriation committees if the amount is more than 3% or $125,000 and won’t change the appropriation by more than $200,000. The bill comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used this device to repurpose some $600 million appropriated in the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4669: Create transportation bond repayment sinking fund
Passed 58 to 49 in the House on May 13, 2021
To create a transportation bond repayment sinking fund, to hold money to be used only to repay road debt incurred by the Whitmer, Granholm and Engler administrations. No new road debt could be incurred without depositing an equal amount in the sinking fund up to $234 million annually, over several years if necessary. The House Fiscal Agency reports the state currently owes $1.159 billion to bond holders, which currently uses $143 million of road tax revenue. A House-passed supplemental spending bill (House Bill 4420) would appropriate $626 million for the sinking fund.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 128: Impose same expanded hours mandate on both new and used car dealers
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 5, 2021
To impose a new mandate on both new and used auto dealers that they must be open for 30 hours per week during at least 48 weeks a year. This would likely have no effect on new car dealers, whose generally larger operations and costs make them likely to keep long hours already, but the additional burden could force some used car dealers to go out of business.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 335: Exempt high school graduation ceremonies from “lockdown” orders
Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on May 5, 2021
To establish that emergency “lockdown” orders issued by the state health department do not prohibit or otherwise limit holding a high school graduation commencement ceremony held during the 2020-2021 school year at a public or nonpublic school to honor the graduating class of 2020 or 2021.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 116: Establish alternative “apprenticeship” requirements in barber licensure mandate
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 5, 2021
To revise a state licensure mandate imposed on barbers that requires 1,800 hours of instruction at a “licensed barber college” before an individual can earn a living at this trade. The bill would allow an individual to substitute “apprenticeship” hours for the barber college mandate, if this met a lengthy list of requirements specified in the bill.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4591: Ban state "severance pay" and “confidentiality agreements” with officials
Passed 110 to 0 in the House on May 4, 2021
To prohibit the state from entering “severance pay,” “nondisclosure” or “confidentiality” agreements with current or prospective government officials and appointees, subject a fine of up to $2,500. Specifically, such agreements would be unlawful if the payment exceeded 12 weeks of the individual's regular pay, or prohibited him or her from revealing factual information about an alleged violation of law. This would not apply to unionized state employees whose terms of employment are already specified by a union contract. The bill comes after it was revealed the former head of the state health department who resigned during the coronavirus epidemic was the beneficiary of such a deal.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4530: Eliminate May and August election dates
Passed 63 to 46 in the House on April 27, 2021
To eliminate the statewide May and August election dates. Partisan primary votes that are currently held in August would instead take place in June. School elections that are currently held on the discontinued May date would mostly happen in June instead.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4448: Prohibit limiting government open records disclosures during emergency
Passed 98 to 11 in the House on April 27, 2021
To establish that an executive order, proclamation, or directive issued under the law that authorizes the governor to declare an emergency may not lengthen the required government agency response times or otherwise limit the scope of a public body's duties under the state Freedom of Information Act.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4257: Revise state “memorandum of understanding” procedures
Passed 59 to 50 in the House on April 27, 2021
To establish that if the governor signs a memorandum of understanding with another party, defined as an informal agreement that does not impose contractual duties or obligations on this state, after that governor leaves its terms only apply until it is rejected by a subsequent governor. Also, to require that these agreements be signed by the governor and filed in the state office of the great seal, similar to the practice for new laws.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4382: Ban replaceable-battery smoke alarms
Passed 89 to 20 in the House on April 27, 2021
To prohibit the sale of smoke alarms powered by a replaceable and removable battery starting on April 1, 2022, and instead mandate that all smoke alarms must be powered by a nonremovable and nonreplaceable battery that lasts at least 10 years, or by another power source utilizing new technology. This would not apply to alarms powered by a building electrical system and some other exceptions.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 230: Waive liquor license fees in epidemic, cut wholesale price
Passed 19 to 15 in the Senate on April 28, 2021
To waive liquor license renewal fees for the 2021 renewal period, and extend a temporary increase in the usual 17% discount from the "uniform prices" on the hard liquors purchased from the state by liquor stores, bars and restaurants. Under Michigan's "Liquor Control" law, the state is the sole "wholesaler" of hard liquor, which it manages through three entities contracted to do the work (until the 1990s the state actually operated liquor warehouses). An earlier epidemic response law set the discount at 23% through July 1, 2021, which the bill would extend to December 31, 2023. Opponents mainly expressed concerns about the extended state license fee revenue loss.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 146: Give tax breaks to some home buyers
Passed 29 to 5 in the Senate on April 22, 2021
To give a $5,000 state income tax exemption to an individual, and $10,000 on joint returns, if an individual or couple deposits those amounts in a specialty savings account the bill would authorize for individuals who have not bought or owned a Michigan home in the past three years (dubbed by the bill a "first time home buyer"). Up to $50,000 in such deposits could be exempted from state income tax over time. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4289: Give tax breaks to some home buyers
Passed 89 to 15 in the House on April 22, 2021
A House version of the Senate-passed tax break bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4454: Revise landfill and recycling restrictions, mandates, fees and more
Passed 87 to 17 in the House on April 22, 2021
To mandate that by January 1, 2028, at least 90% of single-family dwellings in municipalities with more than 5,000 residents have access to curbside recycling that meets detailed criteria specified in the bill. The bill also rewrites many definitions and requirements related to landfills, solid waste and recycling mandates. It is part of a legislative package comprised of House Bills 4453 to 4461 that would expand regulation, fees and fines in the areas of solid waste and recycling.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4272: Assert immunity of "Michigan-made" gas cans from federal regulation
Passed 75 to 34 in the House on April 20, 2021
To establish that portable fuel containers that are completely made in Michigan and sold here only are not subject to federal regulations, notwithstanding the U.S. constitution’s interstate commerce clause.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4263: Revise school pension calculations
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on April 20, 2021
To require managers of the state-run school pension system to use a “layered amortization" method for repaying the debt accumulated by failing to contribute enough to meet the system's pension promises. Officials to amortize (pay back) each “layer” of underfunding accumulated in a given period over a specified time. The bill would also permit and require managers to assume 6.8% annual growth in assets when calculating annual state pension fund contributions.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4202: Authorize automated "photo cop" school bus passing citations
Passed 102 to 7 in the House on April 20, 2021
To permit school districts to install cameras on school buses for the purpose of prosecuting motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Resolution 60: Authorize subpoena of former state health director and payment records
Passed 59 to 50 in the House on April 20, 2021
To grant the House Standing Committee on Oversight the power to issue subpoenas and get documents on employee separations and severance agreements entered into by the executive branch of state government. This relates to $155,000 paid to the former state Health of Human Services Department director Robert Gordon to not discuss his departure in the midst of the fall 2020 epidemic caseload surge.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4029: Legalize “stun guns”
Passed 78 to 32 in the House on April 14, 2021
To repeal a ban on the sale, possession or use of "stun devices" 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." This does not include a launchable device, which means Tasers would still be prohibited.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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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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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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