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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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Legislative Initiative Petition 1: Repeal one of two state emergency powers laws; REPEALED 60 to 48 in the House on July 21, 2021 on July 21, 2021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 The Senate approved the proposal a week earlier, which means with this vote the 1945 law is officially repealed.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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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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