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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734. senchertel@senate.michigan.gov
Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, District 15. 517-373-1758 . senjrunestad@senate.michigan.gov
Rep. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing, District 68. (517) 373-0826. sarahanthony@house.mi.gov
Rep. David Martin, R- Davison, District 48. (517) 373-7557. davidmartin@house.mi.gov

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House Bill 4188: Revise school pension procedures
Passed 23 to 8 in the Senate on December 7, 2022
To establish procedures for managers of the state public school employee pension system to select a vendor for the defined-contribution annuity option authorized by a 2017 reform law. That law largely replaced the perennially underfunded “defined benefit” school pension system with one that offers employees 401k accounts with generous employer contributions, or an annuity to be created later. This bill authorizes the actual creation of that annuity option.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 1203: Increase annual fees imposed on Uber and Lyft type services
Passed 89 to 13 in the House on December 6, 2022
To cancel a reduction of annual “registration” fees imposed on “transportation network companies” like Uber and Lyft that under current law goes into effect in March 2023, and instead keep collecting the higher fees until Sept. 30, 2027. The impositions were authorized by a 2016 law establishing a comprehensive regulatory regime on this industry.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1111: Earmark internet gambling tax revenue to charity gambling regulation
Passed 97 to 5 in the House on December 6, 2022
To use money from a state “internet gaming fund” to cover the cost of administering regulations on charitable gambling operations that use casino-type games (“millionaire parties”).
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 450: Ban emergency rules that bar hospital or nursing home visitors
Passed 93 to 4 in the House on December 7, 2022
To prohibit state or local officials from imposing emergency orders that prohibit or limit a family member or patient representative from visiting a patient or resident in a health care facility or nursing home, subject to reasonable limits on the number of visitors at one time and other precautions.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 783: Replace disabled veteran property tax breaks with income tax credit
Passed 88 to 12 in the House on December 7, 2022
To revise details of the property tax exemptions granted to disabled veterans, and reimburse local governments for the foregone revenue this represents, by using a new state income tax credit to deliver the benefit rather than local property tax breaks. Also, to make widows of servicemembers killed in action eligible for these tax breaks, and provide benefits for veterans who are at least 50% but less than 100% disabled.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1221: Extend tax breaks for owners benefitting from an Oakland “renaissance zone”
Failed 29 to 67 in the House on December 7, 2022
To extend for another 15 years the generous tax exemptions authorized by lawmakers for the corporate and other beneficiaries of a particular “renaissance zone” in Oakland County.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 783: Replace disabled veteran property tax breaks with state income tax credit
Passed 32 to 3 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To grant disabled veterans and their widows a state income tax credit equal to 100% of the local property taxes levied on the taxpayer's homestead. This would replace a current law that authorizes local property tax exemptions.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 223: Expand school lessons on sexual assault and harassment
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To require state officials to develop written materials for public school students containing specified information on sexual assault and harassment including available resources and contact information, and require schools to give it to every student in 6th through 12th grade. Schools would also be “encouraged” to provide sexual assault and sexual harassment response training to all school personnel who had contact with students.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 226: Criminalize certain invasive medical exams of minors
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To require that a medical assistant or a second licensed professional be present when conducting a medical treatment, procedure, or examination of a minor that involves vaginal or anal penetration, and also that a parent or guardian give permission first, with some exceptions for emergencies, forensic exams and more. Violations would be a crime subject to two years in prison, and five years for multiple offenses.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6369: Extend law facilitating driverless car use
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To extend until 2027 the 2022 expiration of a 2016 law that prohibits local governments from imposing a local fee, registration, franchise, or regulation on an “on-demand automated motor vehicle network” devised for driverless vehicles.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1151: Ban bridge or toll road scofflaws from selling car
Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To authorize the Secretary of State to essentially prohibit a person with unpaid bridge or toll-road tolls from selling their car, by denying the transfer registration to a buyer. This is related to efforts by some legislators and developers to authorize “public/private partnerships” to collect tolls on some bridges and roads.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1207: Move presidential primary date
Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on November 29, 2022
To move the state’s presidential primary election from the second Tuesday in March to the second Tuesday in February.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 362: Authorize certain developer tax breaks and housing subsidies
Passed 71 to 37 in the House on November 10, 2022
To authorize a new form of property tax break for developers who refurbish or build property to be called "attainable housing," and rent out 30% or more of the units to households with incomes less than 120% of the county median, at rates that do not exceed 30% of the household's income. The bill would authorize local governments giving 50% property tax cuts to developers, with state taxpayers ultimately covering the foregone local tax revenue.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 422: Authorize rental housing subsidies for developers
Passed 70 to 38 in the House on November 10, 2022
To authorize a new selective property tax break that local elected officials can give to certain developers, this one granting a 50% exemption on structures for up to 12 years for residential developments that rent at least 30% of their units at discounted rates to households with income not above 120% of the area median.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 432: Authorize more developer subsidies
Passed 71 to 37 in the House on November 10, 2022
To give local governments the authority to grant 15-year property tax exemptions to developers of certain new or rehabbed rental housing projects (dubbed “workforce housing”), which the owners could rent to households whose income is "not greater than the area median income." Rather than property taxes, owners would pay local "service fees" at a rate not exceeding 10% of the owner's "shelter rents," or at tax the tax rate in effect before the rehab project.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1163: Repeal sunset on bar and restaurant "commons area" liquor service
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on November 10, 2022
To repeal the December 31, 2026 sunset on a 2020 law that lets local governments permit bars and restaurants to serve alcohol in a "commons area" within a “social district… shared by at least two other bars or restaurants."
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1165: Revise veterans license plate detail
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on November 10, 2022
To establish that the surviving spouse of a person who was a member of the U.S. military or reserves may use and renew a special discounted registration vehicle license plate that was issued to the veteran.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 844: Spend more on corporate subsidies
Passed 25 to 8 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To add $1.003 billion to the state spending already approved for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The largest share, $846 million, will be spent giving subsidies to a handful of corporations and developers selected by officials at a "Michigan Economic Development Corporation" agency. The bill also adds spending on various social welfare programs and on improvements to state armories.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 844: Spend more on corporate subsidies
Passed 76 to 28 in the House on September 28, 2022
The House vote on the spending bill described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6184: Limit state health department emergency orders to 28 days, and more
Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To revise the law that authorizes the state health department to impose emergency orders in response to an epidemic, by requiring such orders to identify the epidemic, describe how required procedures or restrictions on gatherings will protect the public health, and disclose the data and information used to justify the order, which could not extend beyond 28 days without legislative consent.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 1133: Increase fee to record deeds
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To increase from $2 to $4 the fee charged by a county register of deeds to record deeds and other instruments. The bill cancels an existing provision to lower the fees from the current $4 to $2 starting in 2023.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4491: Revise process for removing dead voters from the rolls
Passed 32 to 1 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To require county clerks to update a qualified voter file by canceling registrations of deceased voters at least monthly, and at least weekly starting six weeks before an election, and daily in the last 15 days. The bill would also permit clerks in smaller cities and townships to do certain specific ballot "pre-processing activities" prior to election day.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5703: Require public schools prominently post key school code provisions
Passed 28 to 5 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To require public schools to prominently post in the school board's meeting room the provision from the state Constitution establishing that, "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” This language is from the Northwest Territory ordinance passed by congress in 1787, and has been in Michigan constitution since the state's admission to the union in 1837.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6019: Investigate adding more nuclear power to state electricity grid
Passed 32 to 4 in the Senate on September 28, 2022
To require the Michigan Public Services Commission to pay a consultant to do a feasibility study on expanding nuclear power generation in the state.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5880: Mandate parental consent for minor's non-emergency medical treatment
Passed 58 to 21 in the House on September 28, 2022
To prohibit a licensed or registered health care provider from providing nonemergency health care to a minor without first obtaining the consent of the minor's parent or guardian.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6367: Reinstate repealed public urination and defecation bans
Passed 65 to 32 in the House on September 28, 2022
To prohibit a local government that has an ordinance or charter provision authorizing criminal penalties for public urination, defecation or littering, from repealing the measure (styled by the bill as “decriminalizing public indecency”). Also, to require any local governments that decriminalized this in 2022 to promptly reenact their ordinances.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4575: Prohibit local bans on natural gas or propane heaters and furnaces
Passed 61 to 45 in the House on September 28, 2022
To prohibit local governments from banning the use of natural gas or propane appliances and heaters in a new or existing residential building or structure. A number of California cities have imposed such bans.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 184: Impose drinking water safety mandate on school
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To require schools and child care facilities to develop a “drinking water safety plan” that meets detailed standards and reporting requirements, and have at least one “filtered bottle-filling station” for every 100 occupants. State grants would be authorized, but no funding source is specified.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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Senate Bill 1081: Stop naming roads after politicians
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To no longer name Michigan roads after politicians, living or dead, and instead name them only after individuals who died in service to the state or a local community, or members of the military who were killed or performed acts of great heroism or valor. The bill would assign the duty of naming roads to a state board.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5732: Increase spending on some communities' road patrol subsidies
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To earmark $15 million in liquor tax revenue to a “secondary road patrol and training fund,” with the intention of increasing subsidies for some local governments that come in the form of having State Police patrol their local roads.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5956: Let courts keep imposing building and personnel costs on defendants
Passed 98 to 10 in the House on September 22, 2022
To extend for three more years a law that permits courts to impose a portion of their operating expenses on guilty defendants, such as building maintenance, employee benefit costs and more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6369: Extend driverless car facilitation law
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on September 22, 2022
To extend until 2027 the 2022 expiration of a 2016 law that prohibits local governments from imposing a local fee, registration, franchise, or regulation on an “on-demand automated motor vehicle network” devised for driverless cars.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6195: Revise laws to incorporate lessons learned from COVID epidemic
Passed 62 to 36 in the House on September 22, 2022
To cap at 28 days the authority of the state health department to impose emergency orders in response to a “menace to public health,” after which legislative approval would be required to extend the order. This is one of a number of Republican bills to add various limits and reporting requirements to state agency emergency response measures.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5751: Prescribe standards for “emotional support animal” certification
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 22, 2022
To make it a civil infraction subject to fines up to $2,000 for a health care provider to falsely certify that an individual has a need for an emotional support animal, for the purpose of allowing the individual to have an animal on or in property where pets are not allowed. A 2015 law requires the Department of Civil Rights to create credentials and vests for service animals to permit bringing them into a rental unit or public accommodations where animals are not allowed.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 184: Impose drinking water safety mandate on schools
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To require schools and child care facilities to develop a “drinking water safety plan” that meets detailed standards and reporting requirements, and have at least one “filtered bottle-filling station” for every 100 occupants. State grants would be authorized, but no funding source is specified.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 5732: Increase spending on some communities' road patrol subsidies
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
To earmark $15 million in liquor tax revenue to a “secondary road patrol and training fund,” with the intention of increasing subsidies for some local governments that come in the form of having State Police patrol their local roads.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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House Bill 6195: Revise laws to reflect lessons learned from epidemic
Passed 62 to 36 in the House on September 22, 2022
T cap at 28 days the authority of the state health department to impose emergency orders in response to a “menace to public health,” after which legislative approval would be required to extend the order. This is one of a number of Republican bills to add various limits and reporting requirements to state agency emergency response measures.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5956: Let courts keep imposing building and personnel operations costs on defendants
Passed 98 to 10 in the House on September 22, 2022
To extend for three more years a law that permits courts to impose a portion of their operating expenses on guilty defendants, such as building maintenance, employee benefit costs and more more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5751: Prescribe standards for “emotional support animal” certification
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 22, 2022
To make it a civil infraction subject to fines up to $2,000 for a health care provider to falsely certify that an individual has a need for an emotional support animal, for the purpose of allowing the individual to have an animal on or in property where pets are not allowed. A 2015 law requires the Department of Civil Rights to create credentials and vests for service animals to permit bringing them into a rental unit or public accommodations where animals are not allowed.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6369: Extend driverless car facilitation law
Passed 106 to 2 in the House on September 22, 2022
To extend until 2027 the 2022 expiration of a 2016 law that prohibits local governments from imposing a local fee, registration, franchise, or regulation on an “on-demand automated motor vehicle network” devised for driverless cars.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1081: Stop naming roads after politicians
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 20, 2022
to no longer name Michigan roads after politicians, and instead name them only after individuals who died in service to the state or a local community, or members of the military who were killed or performed acts of great heroism or valor without regard for their own safety. The bill would assign the duty of naming roads to a state transportation asset management council
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Not Voting'
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Senate Bill 85: Authorize electric vehicle plant subsidies for GM
Passed 78 to 25 in the House on December 14, 2021
To appropriate $1 billion for new corporate subsidies for General Motors to locate electric vehicle and battery plants in Michigan, plus additional spending on epidemic relief and other items.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 85: Authorize electric vehicle plant subsidies for GM
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on December 14, 2021
The Senate vote on the bill described above.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4375: Revise school pension “double dipping” for retired teachers
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 30, 2022
To permit public school teachers and other staff who retire and begin collecting a pension to return to work in a school district and claim both a paycheck and a pension check if at least nine months have passed since the "retirement." Under current law, with some exceptions for hard-to-fill positions, public school retirees who "double dip" get reduced benefits. The bill would also repeal a requirement that a school district must contribute toward paying-down the unfunded state pension liabilities associated with employing a retired teacher.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 814: Give gas station owners ethanol fuel sales tax-subsidy
Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on June 30, 2022
To give gas station owners an income tax or business tax credit based on the amount of fuel mixed with ethanol they sell, with higher payments for higher levels of ethanol. The state would write a check to the owner for the difference if the ethanol tax credit exceeded the owner’s tax liability. Fiscal analysts estimate this will cause the state to forego $2.3 million in annual revenue.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5487: Mandate certain merchant disclosures on eBay type sites
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 30, 2022
To prescribe detailed disclosures that “high-volume third-party sellers” (more than 200 'consumer product' sales in a year) would have to make to an "online marketplace" (like eBay) to disclose the seller's full name, full physical address, a working phone number and email address, whether the seller makes, imports or resells consumer products and more. The site would then have to post a phone number on the seller's offerings for reporting "suspicious marketplace activity." The bill appears targeted at larger merchants who present themselves as individuals on sites like eBay, and is supported by broad coalition of large Michigan "brick and mortar" retailers.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4698: Criminalize false “active shooter alarm”
Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate on June 30, 2022
To make pulling a false “active shooter alarm” in a public place a misdemeanor punishable up to a year in prison and $1,000 fine. The bill defines “active shooter alarm" as “an alarm system that is designed to alert individuals inside that place, that there is an active shooter on or near the premises, including an alarm system that when activated locks doors, informs local law enforcement of the active shooter, flashes a blue light, and broadcasts a message inside the place indicating the presence of an active shooter.”
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1012: Subsidize student social worker and psychologist interns in public schools
Passed 95 to 11 in the House on July 1, 2022
To authorize paying individuals in a professional training program that is required to obtain a state social worker, school counselor, psychologist or mental health professional license, a stipend for serving as an intern in various capacities at a public school.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 744: Give state subsidies to shipping and port interests
Passed 94 to 12 in the House on July 1, 2022
To authorize a selective state subsidy program (dubbed “Great Lakes Maritime” grants) that would give up to $2.5 million annually to developers and corporations who own a port facility, which they could spend on improvements and other things, including promoting their business.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6194: COVID "lessons learned" bills - emergency order time limits
Passed 56 to 48 in the House on July 1, 2022
To limit the duration of an emergency order issued by the state health department to 28 days. Note: When in Oct. 2020 the state Supreme Court invalidated a law that claimed to give governors authority to govern through emergency orders with no time limitation, the current Governor issued imposed the same open-ended orders under a provision of the state Public Health Code, which this bill would amend by adding the 28 day limit.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6184: Limit state health department's "emergency orders" power
Passed 56 to 49 in the House on July 1, 2022
To require emergency orders imposed by the state health department in response to an epidemic to describe how any restrictions on gatherings or procedures will protect the public health, and disclose the information used to justify an emergency order, including data or statistics used to determine if it is necessary.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6108: Raise age to buy tobacco
Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To raise from 18 to 21 the minimum age to buy tobacco in Michigan.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6109: Raise age to enter “cigar bar”
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To raise the minimum age to enter a “cigar bar” or "tobacco specialty products" store from 18 to 21.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5244: Repeal COVID epidemic workplace illness law
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To repeal a 2020 law that authorized employee lawsuits against an employer who takes an “adverse employment action” or “retaliates” against an employee who is absent from work during the declared coronavirus epidemic emergency; and that prohibited employees who tested positive for COVID and had symptoms from reporting for work.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6128: Repeal COVID epidemic business liability waiver
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To repeal a 2020 COVID epidemic amendment to the state's occupational health and safety law that gave businesses liability exemptions for exposure of an individual to COVID-19 on the premises, unless this was caused by a reckless disregard of a substantial and unnecessary risk that an individual would be exposed, and as long as it can establish that operations were in substantial compliance with the law.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 888: Create government cryptocurrency commission
Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To create a new state government “blockchain and cryptocurrency commission” comprised of specified officials and political appointees including industry representatives, for the purpose of "fostering an expansion of the industry in this state." The commission would also be tasked with examining “the feasibility, validity, risks, and admissibility, including privacy risks and benefits of using blockchain technology in state and local government and Michigan-based businesses;” and identifying “best practices for enabling blockchain technology and cryptocurrency transactions."
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 563: Require public beach safety website warnings
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 23, 2022
To require municipalities with a public beach to post on a website specified information on beach safety and anti-drowning techniques, and require state natural resource regulators to create and promulgate the safety tips.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5487: Mandate certain merchant disclosures on eBay type sites
Passed 89 to 15 in the House on June 21, 2022
To prescribe detailed disclosures that “high-volume third-party sellers” (more than 200 'consumer product' sales in a year) would have to make to an online marketplace (like eBay), including the seller's full name, location and contact information, whether the seller makes, imports or resells consumer products, and more. The site would then have to post a phone number on the seller's offerings for reporting "suspicious marketplace activity." The bill is supported by a broad coalition of large retail chains with outlets in this state.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1058: Authorize government granting approval to sell certain products
Passed 100 to 4 in the House on June 21, 2022
To give state agriculture department regulators the authority to issue “certificates of free sale” if requested by a plant grower or nursery. This would verify their products are “legally sold or distributed in this state and on the open market with the approval of the department.” The bill does not mandate producers get the certificate or ban sales by ones who have not.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Resolution 290: Urge President Joe Biden to enforce border and immigration laws
Passed 65 to 39 in the House on June 21, 2022
To resolve that the Michigan House urges President Joe Biden "to reject radical open border policies and to enforce our nation's immigration laws."
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4996: Require governor announce legislative vacancy election date within 30 days
Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on June 15, 2022
To require the governor to announce the election dates to fill a vacancy in the legislature within 30 days of the seat becoming open.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 744: Authorize subsidies to shipping and port interests
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 15, 2022
To add a selective state subsidy program that would give private developers and corporations $2.5 million in “Great Lakes Maritime” grants for a variety of improvements and uses related to port facilities, including pursuing more business.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4884: Revise governor removal of corrupt or neglectful school board members
Passed 61 to 43 in the House on June 14, 2022
To revise provisions of the state school code that prescribe a process for a governor exercising the authority granted by the state constitution to remove a local public official from office, in cases when that official is school board member or intermediate school board member. House Bill 4883 would amend the process for removing other local officials, which is authorized for neglect, corruption or malfeasance.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4416: Remove restrictive covenants from condo and homeowner association deeds
Passed 105 to 0 in the House on June 15, 2022
To make it unlawful to record in the county deeds office a property owners’ or condominium association’s governing documents that contain a “restrictive covenant” that violates the federal Civil Rights Act, and establish that existing ones are void and unenforceable. The bill would also require associations that receive a member request to delete the restrictive covenants to act on it, and empower courts to enforce this.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5560: Revise domestic violence confidentiality detail
Passed 105 to 0 in the House on June 15, 2022
To establish that a police officer or a prosecuting attorney may provide a domestic or sexual violence service agency with the name and pertinent information of a victim of domestic violence for the purpose of offering supportive services.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6013: Give teachers stipend for “mentoring” colleagues
Passed 101 to 4 in the House on June 15, 2022
To give $1,000 annual stipends to public school “mentor teachers” as defined in the bill, and also give $90 daily stipends to prospective teachers who are filling the teacher licensure requirement to obtain a prescribed number "apprenticeship and internship" hours.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6108: Raise age to buy tobacco
Passed 79 to 26 in the House on June 15, 2022
To raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in Michigan, from 18 to 21.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5859: Give COVID learning loss grants to parents
Failed 51 to 56 in the House on June 7, 2022
To authorize grants up to $1,500 to parents whose children experienced “learning loss” due to school closures during the COVID epidemic, with 40% of the amount based on household income and the rest based on how many days a child’s classrooms were closed.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5427: Make permanent permission for some government boards' remote meetings
Passed 81 to 24 in the House on June 9, 2022
To make permanent the permission granted to local government employee retirement boards to hold their meetings remotely, which was was granted temporarily by state epidemic response laws enacted in 2020. This is one of a growing number of proposals to grant this privilege to various public and quasi-public bodies (like agricultural commodity "marketing boards").
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6020: Authorize internship grants for social worker and related trainees
Passed 93 to 12 in the House on June 9, 2022
To authorize paying individuals in a professional training program that is required to obtain a state social worker, school counselor, psychologist or mental health professional license, a stipend for serving as an intern in various capacities at a public school.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 656: Authorize “robo-bartenders”
Passed 78 to 28 in the House on June 8, 2022
To place in statute authorization for “robo-bartender” alcoholic dispensing machines in restaurants, bars and other establishments with a liquor license. The machines could dispense up to 96 ounces of beer, wine, or mixed spirit drink in a single order, and staff would be required to monitor their use. Rules adopted under an existing law permit a much more limited version of this, which the industry has sought to expand.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5984: Permit liquor at some swimming pools
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 8, 2022
To permit establishments with an “on-premises” liquor license that also have a “public swimming pool” and pay an additional $350 license fee, to sell drinks at the pool subject to a broad range of additional regulations and requirements.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 1029: Suspend gas tax this summer
Passed 30 to 7 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To suspend collection of the state’s 27.2 cent-per-gallon "motor fuel tax" on gasoline and diesel fuel sales from June 15 to Sept. 15, 2022. The Senate Fiscal Agency reports this would reduce the amount available for future road and bridge repairs by around $360 million.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 972: Suspend sales tax on gas and diesel
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To suspend collection of the state’s 6% sales tax on purchases of gasoline and diesel fuel from June 15 to Sept. 15, 2022. The Senate Fiscal Agency reports that suspending sales and use taxes on fuel would reduce state and school revenue around $680 million in the current fiscal year.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5291: Authorize port subsidies to private and public developers
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To authorize state grants of up to $2.5 million each to developers and owners of shipping ports and related facilities. The bill creates a new state agency to manage the subsidies, and to pursue more projects eligible for them.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4527: Authorize carnival ride safety violation fines
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To authorize civil fines of $2,500 per day for carnival ride safety violations. The bill would also revise procedures on permit revocations, appeals, reporting and disclosure mandates and more.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5190: Revise state high school graduation requirements
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on May 26, 2022
To revise state high school graduation requirements by adding a new one, that schools offer and students take a one-semester “personal finance” course, which would also substitute for a portion of the math credits that are currently required. The Michigan Department of Education would be required to develop the personal finance course.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 6070: Authorize adoption-related business tax credits
Passed 95 to 12 in the House on May 24, 2022
To authorize adoption leave business tax credits for employers, which would be equal to half the annual wages of the employee for up to 12 weeks of adoption leave, up to a maximum of $4,000.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 726: Authorize more school pension “double dipping”
Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate on March 23, 2022
to reduce from a year to four months the time period a former public school employee must be retired to be eligible to collect a paycheck as a substitute teacher while also collecting pension checks
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4568: Cut state income tax $2.5 billion
Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on May 19, 2022
To cut the state income tax rate from 4.25% to 4.0%; authorize a $500 nonrefundable child tax credit; increase the amount the state adds on to a federal earned income tax credit for low-income households that owe no taxes, from 6% to 20% of the federal amount; increase the income tax exemption for individuals age 67 and above from $20,000 to $21,800; authorize tax credits for disabled veterans, and more. The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates the bill would save taxpayers around $2.5 billion annually.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4232: Lower age to sell or serve alcohol
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on May 19, 2022
To change a law that prohibits a person younger than age 18 from selling or serving alcoholic drinks. The bill would lower the minimum age to 17.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4568: Grant taxpayers $500 "inflation relief payment"
Passed 69 to 34 in the House on May 19, 2022
To revise the state income tax law to authorize a $500 per household "inflation relief payment" plus an extra $100 per dependent, which would be given to households that filed a state income tax return for 2021. This is part of the $2.5 billion Republican income tax cut proposal represented by the "S-1" version of this bill passed by the state Senate on the same day, described above, which the House is expected to approve with some amendments.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 6019: Investigate expanding nuclear power to generate electricity
Passed 85 to 20 in the House on May 19, 2022
To require the Michigan Public Services Commission to do a feasibility study on expanding nuclear power generation in the state.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Joint Resolution R: Lengthen legislative term limits
Passed 76 to 28 in the House on May 10, 2022
To place on the November 2022 general election ballot a constitutional amendment to extend legislative term limits to 12 years in either or both the state House and Senate. Under Michigan’s current term limits, state representatives may only be elected for three terms of two-years each, and state senators for two terms of four-years each. The proposal would also place in the constitution a financial disclosure mandate, requiring lawmakers to submit lists each year of all assets, liabilities and more. Michigan's current term limits were placed in the state constitution by voters in a 1992 citizen's initiative that passed 59% to 41%.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted No'
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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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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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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Rep. David Martin (R) '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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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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Rep. David Martin (R) '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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Rep. David Martin (R) '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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) '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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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) '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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Rep. David Martin (R) '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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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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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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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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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Rep. David Martin (R) '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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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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Rep. David Martin (R) '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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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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Rep. David Martin (R) '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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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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. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5637: Expand “right to try” experimental drugs to coronavirus
Passed 56 to 48 in the House on February 23, 2022
To extend to COVID-19 treatments a 2014 "Right to Try” state law that lets terminal patients use and drug companies provide non-FDA approved treatments, subject to a broad array of restrictions, conditions and requirements.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4173: Eliminate cap on crime information rewards
Passed 102 to 0 in the House on February 24, 2022
To eliminate the $2,000 cap in a law authorizing counties to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a criminal, or the capture of an escaped convict. Under the bill there would be no limit on how large a reward a county could pay.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5686: Require legislature get notice of changes to school "seat time" rules
Passed 54 to 50 in the House on February 23, 2022
To require that prior to their adoption any changes made by state officials to a “pupil accounting and auditing manual” must be sent to the chairpersons of the state House and Senate education policy committees. This document is used to set standards for the number of school days and hours provided by public school districts for purposes of determining whether a district meets the qualifications to get state school aid money. As introduced the bill would have required legislative approval for these changes, which have played a role in school districts' decisions to close classrooms during the COVID epidemic.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5527: Raise spending cap on job training subsidy program for select employers
Passed 82 to 22 in the House on February 22, 2022
To increase from $50 million to $100 million the debt cap in a 2008 law that authorized state job training subsidies for particular employers, provided through community colleges. The scheme diverts income tax collected from the new employees to repay the local college for the training.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 768: Cut state income tax rate
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on February 15, 2022
To cut the state income tax rate from 4.25% to 3.9% starting Jan. 1, 2022; authorize a $600 nonrefundable tax credit for dependents age 18 and below; and reduce the corporate income tax from 6.0% to 3.9%. The bill would also increase the annual income tax deduction allowed for individuals age 67 and above from $20,000 to $30,000, and for couples from $40,000 to $60,000.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4084: Revise fines for illegal garbage dumping
Passed 94 to 7 on February 17, 2022
To make it a misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $2,500 for unauthorized dumping of between 3 cubic feet and 5 cubic yards of refuse or trash, with the fine going up by another $2,500 for each subsequent offense. Employers would be potentially liable, and offenders could also be ordered to clean up the mess. Under current law this is a civil not criminal offense.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5058: Exempt industrial hemp from food adulterant list
Passed 98 to 3 in the House on February 17, 2022
To amend a section of the state food law that deals with adulterated food, so as to declare that its prohibitions do not apply to food that contains or has added to it any quantity of "industrial hemp."
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5304: Authorize “robo-bartenders”
Passed 74 to 27 in the House on February 17, 2022
To authorize and create a comprehensive regulatory regime for the use of “robo-bartender” dispensing machines for beer, wine and mixed drinks that are located at a customer's table or with use of a secure "key card" in other parts of establishments with a liquor license, including restaurants, certain hotel rooms and more. The machines could not dispense more than 96 ounces in a single order, or dispense spirituous liquor “straight.” Customers would still have to place the order with a human staff member, and staff members would still be required to monitor the service.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 821: Let joint emergency services agencies tax and borrow
Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on February 10, 2022
To permit local governments that have created joint emergency services agencies including fire departments impose new property taxes and incur long term debt (sell bonds) to acquire buildings and equipment if local voters approve.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5075: Require transparency in government medical services rationing regime
Passed 106 to 0 in the House on February 9, 2022
To revise a 2002 law that authorized a joint legislative committee inquire into the proposed actions of a state “Certificate of Need” commission, which was created in the 1970s to ration the number of medical providers and facilities in the state. The bill would require this committee to meet annually and review the law’s impact on the availability, quality and the cost of medical services in Michigan. Related bills would establish other transparency requirements for this law and entity.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4149: Make minor hunting & fishing rule infractions a civil offense only
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 10, 2022
To repeal criminal sanctions for a person who is ice fishing and fails to attach his or her name and address to tip-ups, or regular fishing with more than the authorized number of lines. These violations would instead be subject to fines up to $150.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4410: Give universities extra money for construction cost overruns
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 9, 2022
To go along with the $8.4 million spending increase approved a day earlier by the House for a Michigan Technological University construction project, and raise the bill's total cost by adding another $4.2 million to cover similar cost overruns at an Oakland University construction project, giving it a new total cost of $44.2 million.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4948: Repeal requirement that state use ‘bond buybacks' to lower its overall debt
Passed 96 to 9 in the House on February 10, 2022
To revise a law that permits the state to “ buy back” commercial housing market bond debt it has assumed. The bill would permit rather than require the state to cancel such “repurchased” bond debt. Such discretion could benefit the state if officials time the market right, but increase costs if their timing is off.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4996: Require governor to promptly set special legislative vacancy election date
Passed 80 to 25 in the House on February 10, 2022
To require the governor to announce the election dates to fill a vacancy in the state House or Senate within 30 days of the vacancy. Under current law governors have discretion in the timing, which can affect legislative outcomes.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5558: Ban fetal tissue research from abortions
Passed 55 to 51 in the House on February 9, 2022
To prohibit research that uses organs, tissues, or cells taken from a dead embryo, fetus, or neonate obtained from an abortion. This and related bills would repeal an exception that allows this if the mother gives consent.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 642: End competitive bidding on state engineering contracts
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on January 27, 2022
To no longer seek competitive bids for state architectural, engineering or land surveying service contracts, and instead let officials assess and rank vendors according to specified (and potentially subjective) criteria, and then try to negotiate a “fair and reasonable” contract with the “highest ranking” firm. The bill does not establish how “fair and reasonable” would be defined in the absence of competitive bidding. If officials don’t get the price they want they would repeat the process with the next firm on their list.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 706: Authorize “automated vehicle roadways” and user fees
Passed 33 to 4 in the Senate on January 27, 2022
To authorize “automated vehicle roadways" or lanes, use of which would be exclusively reserved for vehicles operating while communicating with an “automated vehicle roadway system.” The bill would permit the state to contract out construction and operation of such roads and permit charging tolls on them.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5541: Authorize multistate “uniform bar examination”
Passed 101 to 0 in the House on January 25, 2022
To establish that a “uniform bar examination” created and administered by a national group would fill the current Michigan mandate that lawyers be members of the state bar association, but only if Michigan officials choose to administer this uniform test in this state. The bill would also increase bar examination fees and related charges.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4188: Revise school pension calculations
Passed 96 to 5 in the House on January 25, 2022
To establish procedures and standards for selecting a vendor for the defined-contribution annuity option authorized for school retirees by the 2017 pension reform law that largely replaced a persistently underfunded “defined benefit” pension system with 401k account employer contributions, or an annuity to be created later, which this bill would do.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4277: Ban hand-held phone or electronics use while driving
Passed 75 to 26 in the House on January 25, 2022
To prohibit the use of a "mobile electronic device" including a cell phone while driving, except for hands-free or voice-activated devices, with violations subject to fines or up to 16 hours of community service for texting-while-driving, and 24 hours for a second offense. This and House Bill 4788 would also increase fines and license penalty points and authorize license suspensions for three or more violations within three years, ban driving with headphones or ear-buds, ban recording, watching or sending a video while driving, ban interacting on social media while driving and more.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 145: Give tax breaks to some home buyers: Passed 86 to 16 in the House on January 26, 2022
To grant $5,000 state income tax exemptions, and $10,000 on joint returns, if the money is deposited in a specialty savings account the bill would authorize for individuals who have not bought or owned a Michigan home in the past three years (dubbed "first time home buyers"). The exemptions could be claimed for up to five years, meaning $50,000 could be exempted from state income tax liability over time by certain households. Fiscal agency analysts estimate the bill will transfer up to $19.8 million in benefits to these households, with an equivalent amount of revenue foregone by the state. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4290: Give $50,000 tax exemptions to some individual home buyers
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on January 20, 2022
To grant $5,000 state income tax exemptions, and $10,000 on joint returns, if the money is deposited in a specialty savings account for individuals who have not bought or owned a Michigan home in the past three years (labeled by related bills as "first time home buyers"). The exemptions could be claimed for up to five years, meaning $50,000 could be exempted from state income tax liability over time by individuals who can afford to do so. Legislative fiscal agency analysts estimate the bill will provide up to $19.8 million in benefits for these individuals, with an equivalent amount of revenue foregone by the state. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4290: Give tax breaks to some home buyers
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on January 20, 2022
To exempt from state income tax up to $5,000, and $10,000 on joint returns, that is deposited in a specialty savings account the bill would authorize for individuals who have not bought or owned a Michigan home in the past three years (dubbed by the bill a "first time home buyer"). Up to $50,000 could be exempted from state income tax liability by an account owner over time. A version of this proposal was vetoed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 85: Authorize spending $1 billion on new corporate subsidy program
Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on December 14, 2021
To appropriate $1 billion for a new corporate subsidy scheme. The money would pay for a “Critical Industry Fund” to give grants and loans to certain companies to create jobs or job training, and a “Strategic Site Readiness Fund” to give others money to create “investment-ready sites” for new plants and facilities. The bill also appropriates $409 million for relief to businesses "afflicted" by the coronavirus epidemic and responses, and $75 million to reduce personal property taxes levied on business tools and equipment.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 85: Authorize spending $1 billion on new corporate subsidy program
Passed 78 to 25 in the House on December 14, 2021
The House vote to spend $1 billion on the new corporate subsidy program described above.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5351: Cut small business tools-and-equipment tax
Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on December 14, 2021
To double a small business exemption on the value of business tools and equipment subject to property taxes (called the “personal property tax"), from $80,000 to $160,000, and also index this to inflation going forward.
Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4970: Require all school employees take seizure classes
Passed 85 to 17 in the House on December 14, 2021
To mandate that “all (public) school personnel” complete seizure recognition and seizure first-aid response training every other year.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 764: Authorize income tax deduction for gambling losses
Passed 72 to 30 in the House on December 14, 2021
To authorize state income tax deductions for gambling losses claimed on an individual’s federal tax returns.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 728: Extend open meetings act to “independent citizens redistricting commissions”
Passed 100 to 2 in the House on December 14, 2021
To extend an Open Meetings Act requirement that public bodies hold their meetings in public to the “independent citizens redistricting commission” authorized by a 2018 ballot initiative. The bill was introduced after this controversial commission met behind closed doors to discuss secret legal memos related to its potential federal Voting Rights Act violations.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 770: Create new corporate subsidy program
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on December 9, 2021
To create a new corporate subsidy program and account, to be called the “Strategic Site Readiness Fund,” which would give grants and loans to certain companies to create “investment-ready sites” for new job producing plants and facilities.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5603: Create new corporate subsidy program
Passed 83 to 21 in the House on December 8, 2021
The House version of the new corporate subsidy program described above as Senate Bill 770.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 771: Create new corporate subsidy program
Passed 27 to 1 on December 9, 2021
To create a new corporate subsidy program and account, to be called the “Critical Industry Fund,” which would give grants and loans to certain companies to create jobs or job training.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Sen. Jim Runestad (R) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5604: Create new corporate subsidy program
Passed 83 to 21 in the House on December 8, 2021
The House version of the new corporate subsidy program described above as Senate Bill 771.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 671: Repeal requirement that corporate subsidy scheme benefit state economy
Passed 78 to 26 in the House on December 8, 2021
To revise a "brownfields" law used to give subsidies to particular developers by stripping-out provisions requiring that the transfer of state revenue to a developer “result in an overall positive fiscal impact to this state.” The bill would authorize subsidies of up to $10 million to each beneficiary, which recipients could collect by essentially getting a portion of employees' or residents’ income tax.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 242: Make county commissioners terms four years
Passed 75 to 29 in the House on December 8, 2021
To change the terms of county commissioners to four years, instead of the current two years “concurrent” with state representative" terms.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4427: Repeal criminal penalties for minor in possession of tobacco
Passed 102 to 0 in the House on December 9, 2021
To eliminate the criminal penalties for a minor who tries to buy or possesses tobacco. A first offense would be a civil offense with a $50 fine (as in current law), and community service and participation in a government approved “health promotion and risk reduction” program. Subsequent offenses would also be civil offenses subject to a $100 fine on a second offense and $150 on subsequent offenses.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 637: Add social/therapeutic welfare provisions to 9-1-1 call responses
Passed 91 to 11 in the House on December 9, 2021
To authorize a state government “community crisis response grant program” that would give state grants to local governments related to 9-1-1 call responses, with the amount in part determined by a particular social-welfare organization selected by the state. This would include in 911 call responses "community crisis responder clinicians...or peers,” for "stabilization, de-escalation, harm reduction, screening and assessment, and connection to mental health, substance use disorder, social, health, or other services and supports as needed.”
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 5489: Authorize state entry to multi-state “psychology interjurisdictional compact”
Passed 95 to 7 in the House on December 9, 2021
To authorize Michigan’s entry into a multi-state psychology interjurisdictional compact that permits psychologists licensed in one member state to also practice in other member states. The bill would prescribe rules and definitions for this.
Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 5351: Increase small business tools-and-equipment tax exemption
Passed 58 to 46 in the House on December 8, 2021
To double the a small business exemption on the value of business tools and equipment subject to property taxes (called the “personal property tax"), from $80,000 to $160,000, and also index this to inflation going forward.
Rep. David Martin (R) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) 'Voted No'
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