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

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


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