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

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Senate Bill 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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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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