Roll Call Number Date Bill Number Vote Type Vote Explanation
330 12/3/2019 HB 4687 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4687 (Rep. Hoitenga) Overturns the DNR’s ban on deer baiting. EXPLANATION: This ban was not based on sound science and was implemented by unelected bureaucrats.
329 11/7/2019 HB 4908 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4908 (Rep. Whitsett) Raises the cap on outstanding bonds that may be issued by the State Housing Development Authority and changes how the cap is calculated. EXPLANATION: The State Housing Development Authority alters the supply/demand forces on pricing within the housing industry, which creates market inefficiencies leading to higher costs to consumers. We should be limiting their power instead of increasing it.
PASSED 103-6
328 11/7/2019 SB 320 Passage No I voted NO on SB 320 (Sen. MacGregor) Removes the bonding option for certain liquor licenses and instead requires them to buy insurance. EXPLANATION: This reduces the options available to those who sell liquor.
PASSED 103-6
327 11/7/2019 HB 4171 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4171 (Rep. Alexander) For joint tax returns, the calculation of taxes of pension and retirement income is based on the older spouse if that spouse is deceased and the surviving spouse is not remarried. EXPLANATION: This is a technical fix.
PASSED 109-0
320 – 326 11/6/2019 SB 179
SB 180
SB 181
SB 182
SB 183
SB 361
SB 174
Passage No I voted NO on a re-write of the Animal Industry Act. The bills give more power to unelected bureaucrats and expand the authority of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. These changes are not necessary. There were some good changes in this legislation but they are short-term in nature while the worst aspects of this legislation are permanent.

I voted NO on SB 179 (Sen. Victory) PASSED104-6
I voted NO on SB 180 (Sen. Lauwers) PASSED 107-3
I voted NO on SB 181 (Sen. Lauwers) PASSED 106-4
I voted NO on SB 182 (Sen. McBroom) PASSED 107-3
I voted NO on SB 183 (Sen. McBroom) PASSED 107-3
I voted NO on SB 361 (Sen. Ananich) PASSED 106-4
I voted NO on SB 174 (Sen. Daley) PASSED 74-36

319 11/6/2019 HB 4830 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4830 (Rep. Schroeder) Requires the department to send ambulance operators a notification each year that they will be assessed the quality assurance assessment. EXPLANATION: This will ensure local departments will be able to make accurate budget predictions.
PASSED 110-0
317 & 318 11/6/2019 HB 5117
HB 5118
Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 5117 (Rep. Bolden) & 5118 (Rep Calley) Extends the deadline for wrongfully convicted prisoners to claim compensation under the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act. EXPLANATION: Extends the ability from 6 months to 18 months for an exoneree to make a claim.
Both bills PASSED 110-0
315 & 316 11/6/2019 HB 5043
HB 5044
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5043 (Rep. Vaupel) & HB 5044 (Rep. Garrett) Allows mediation to occur before an investigation when dealing with community mental health agencies. EXPLANATION: This allows for more effective dispute resolution.
Both bills PASSED 110-0
314 11/6/2019 HB 4408 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4408 (Rep. Miller) Amends the Recreational Authorities Act by allowing a recreation authority board that does not levy taxes to obtain an audit every two years instead of every year. EXPLANATION: The current auditing requirement is very costly for these small recreational authority boards that do not levy taxes. This will save money while still ensuring funds are spent properly.
PASSED 110-0
313 11/6/2019 HB 4209 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4209 (Rep. Slagh) Amends the General Property Tax Act to allow a township treasurer or their designee to receive tax payments. EXPLANATION: This provides flexibility to local officials to ensure that services are continuing to be provided in case of illness or something similar that would prevent them from being present in person.
PASSED 110-0
312 11/5/2019 HB 4687 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4687 (Rep. Hoitenga) Overturns the DNR’s ban on deer baiting. EXPLANATION: This ban was not based on sound science and was implemented by unelected bureaucrats.
PASSED 57-49
305-311 11/5/2019 HB 4980
HB 4981
HB 4982
HB 4983
HB 4984
HB 4985
HB 5120
Passage Yes I voted YES on modernizing Michigan’s expungement laws. EXPLANATION: Michigan’s current expungement laws are too narrow in scope. They only allow people with certain convictions to petition for expungement of their record after a minimum of five years. At that time, they can apply to have one felony or two misdemeanors set aside. Expanding expungement eligibility is long overdue. Not allowing people to move on from their criminal mistakes places an undue burden on society, as said individuals are often blocked from employment opportunities due to having convictions from many years ago on their records. This will bring more justice and equity to Michigan’s citizens. In particular, HB 4981 will affect most citizens by expunging minor driving infractions automatically.

HB 4980 (Rep. Leutheuser) PASSED 95-13
HB 4981 (Rep. Wendzel) PASSED 102-6
HB 4982 (Rep. Meerman) PASSED 101-7
HB 4983 (Rep. Rabhi) PASSED 102-6
HB 4984 (Rep. LaGrand) PASSED 97-11
HB 4985 (Rep. Gay-Dagnogo) PASSED 98-10
HB 5120 (Rep. Robinson) PASSED 100-8

304 11/5/2019 HB 4912 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4912 (Rep. Hauck) Clarifies the locations at which alcohol may be served on college campuses. EXPLANATION: Gives colleges more flexibility for hosting events.
PASSED 106-2
303 11/5/2019 HB 4689 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4689 (Rep. VanSingel) Allows for door barricades to be used in schools. EXPLANATION: This gives more options to protect students in case of an emergency such as an active shooter situation.
PASSED 108-0
302 11/5/2019 HB 4958 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4958 (Rep. Hornberger) Requires consent before a doctor can do a pelvic examination. EXPLANATION: Informed consent should always be obtained before sensitive medical procedures.
PASSED 108-0
301 11/5/2019 HB 4851 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4851 (Rep. Hoitenga) Keeps veterans from being penalized on their property tax exemption if local tax collecting unit doesn’t process their exemption on time. EXPLANATION: This gives an opportunity for correction if the local assessor messes up and jeopardizes their tax exempt status.
PASSED 108-0
300 11/5/2019 HB 4412 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4412 (Rep. Kahle) Prohibits the sale of dextromethorphan (commonly found in cough syrup and other cough medicine) to those under 18. EXPLANATION: This limits access to common everyday over-the-counter cough medicine. Although the bill sponsor may have good intentions, I believe there will be unintended consequences.
PASSED 104-4
299 11/5/2019 HB 4485 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4485 (Rep. Glenn) Names a portion of US-10 as the “Marine Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No public funds go toward the naming of this highway.
PASSED 108-0
298 10/30/2019 SB 530 Passage No I voted NO on SB 530 (Sen. Bayer) Increases Air Quality fees. EXPLANATION: We shouldn’t increase fees.
PASSED 105-2
297 10/30/2019 HB 4173 Passage No I voted NO on the expansion of gaming in Michigan to legalize online gaming. Currently, online gambling is illegal in Michigan. In 2004, Michigan voters amended the Constitution to require that any future expansion of gaming had to be voted on by the people. While I would be in favor of removing government limitations and letting the free market do its work, this is an expansion of gaming that I believe constitutionally should be voted on by the voters in Michigan.

I voted NO on HB 4916 (Rep. Iden) PASSED 63-45
I voted NO on HB 4917 (Rep. Hall) PASSED 65-43
I voted NO on HB 4918 (Rep. Webber) PASSED 64-44
I voted NO on HB 4309 (Rep. Webber) PASSED 67-41
I voted NO on HB 4310 (Rep. Vaupel) PASSED 67-41
I voted NO on HB 4308 (Rep. Iden) PASSED 69-39
I voted NO on HB 4311 (Rep. Iden) PASSED 62-46
I voted NO HB 4312 (Rep. Byrd) PASSED 65-22
I voted NO on HB 4323 (Rep. Garrett) PASSED 64-43

288-296 10/30/2019 HB 4916
HB 4917
HB 4918
HB 4309
HB 4310
HB 4308
HB 4311
HB 4312
HB 4323
Passage No I voted NO on the expansion of gaming in Michigan to legalize online gaming. Currently, online gambling is illegal in Michigan. In 2004, Michigan voters amended the Constitution to require that any future expansion of gaming had to be voted on by the people. While I would be in favor of removing government limitations and letting the free market do its work, this is an expansion of gaming that I believe constitutionally should be voted on by the voters in Michigan.

I voted NO on HB 4916 (Rep. Iden) PASSED 63-45
I voted NO on HB 4917 (Rep. Hall) PASSED 65-43
I voted NO on HB 4918 (Rep. Webber) PASSED 64-44
I voted NO on HB 4309 (Rep. Webber) PASSED 67-41
I voted NO on HB 4310 (Rep. Vaupel) PASSED 67-41
I voted NO on HB 4308 (Rep. Iden) PASSED 69-39
I voted NO on HB 4311 (Rep. Iden) PASSED 62-46
I voted NO HB 4312 (Rep. Byrd) PASSED 65-22
I voted NO on HB 4323 (Rep. Garrett) PASSED 64-43

287 10/29/2019 HB 4335 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4335 (Rep. Yaroch) Allows students to use instructional hours that are similar in nature to count towards both cosmetology and barber licensing requirements. EXPLANATION: There is no need for someone to take identical classes for two licenses.
PASSED 109-0
286 10/29/2019 HB 4125 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4125 (Rep. VanSingel) Requires that more General Fund dollars be spent on the Renew Michigan Fund. EXPLANATION: We shouldn’t bind the hands of future legislatures but instead give them discretion on how best to spend General Fund dollars.
PASSED 104-5
285 10/29/2019 HB 5084 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5084 (Rep. Farrington) Allows those who are mortgage lenders to keep their license when moving to a different employer that isn’t licensed. EXPLANATION: An individual doesn’t lose the knowledge necessary for licensure because they move from one company to another.
PASSED 109-0
284 10/29/2019 SB 255 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 255 (Sen. LaSata) Reduces notification time for certain environmental permits if the entity does it electronically and gave the department an advance notice of the locations that construction equipment and materials will be staged. EXPLANATION: It is common sense to allow for modern communication timelines to be used in these circumstances.
PASSED 109-0
283 10/29/2019 HB 4862 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4862 (Rep. Wozniak) Adds healthcare workers to the list of those that can receive critical incident stress management services. EXPLANATION: This is a common-sense way to provide more flexibility to those going through trauma.
PASSED 109-0
281 & 282 10/23/2019 HB 4546
HB 4547
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4546 (Rep. Kahle) & HB 4547 (Rep. Frederick) Allow students to receive reimbursement for dual enrollment courses taken when school is not in session. EXPLANATION: Current law only allows for costs to be reimbursed based on the proportion of the school year that a student attends the postsecondary institution or CTE program. This would allow for summer classes to qualify for reimbursement.
Both bills PASSED 108-0
280 10/22/2019 SB 257 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 257 (Sen. Chang) Updates the domestic violence deferral statute to reflect changes made by PA 87 of 2016. EXPLANATION: This bill closes a loophole potentially allowing a person with multiple domestic violence convictions to get a sentence set aside in a manner inconsistent with the intent of the law. PASSED 110-0
276-279 10/16/2019 HB 4133
HB 4140
HB 4443
HB 4452
Concurrence Yes I voted YES on the House bills of the “Raise the Age” package of bills, which as a whole, treat 17 year olds as juveniles when charged with a crime. EXPLANATION: Currently all 17 year olds are automatically treated as adults. These bills provide 17 year-olds with the same treatment as 16 year-olds, which is not the case under current Michigan law. This legislation will help keep more young offenders out of the adult system. Studies indicates that juveniles transferred to the adult system are significantly more likely to be arrested again in comparison to those youths who remained in the juvenile system. For serious offenses and under certain circumstances, juveniles can still be “waived up” to adult criminal court.

HB 4133 (Rep. Hauck) PASSED 104-6
HB 4140 (Rep. Guerra) PASSED 103-7
HB 4443 (Rep. Hoitenga) 103-7
HB 4452 (Rep. Garrett) PASSED 104-6

272-275 10/16/2019 HB 4540
HB 4541
HB 4542
HB 4543
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4540 (Rep. Afendoulis), HB 4541 (Rep. Tate), HB 4542 (Rep. Webber) & HB 4543 (Rep. Yancey) Requiring marketplace operators to collect and remit sales and use taxes, and requires retailers who have $100,000 in sales or more than 200 separate transactions in a calendar year to collect sales and use taxes. EXPLANATION: This is not a new tax but merely streamlines how it is collected.
All four bills PASSED 110-0
264-271 10/15/2019 SB 90
SB 84
SB 93
SB 97
SB 99
SB 100
SB 101
SB 102
Passage Yes I voted YES on the Senate bills of the “Raise the Age” package of bills, which as a whole, treat 17 year olds as juveniles when charged with a crime. EXPLANATION: Currently all 17 year olds are automatically treated as adults. These bills provide 17 year-olds with the same treatment as 16 year-olds, which is not the case under current Michigan law. This legislation will help keep more young offenders out of the adult system. Studies indicates that juveniles transferred to the adult system are significantly more likely to be arrested again in comparison to those youths who remained in the juvenile system. For serious offenses and under certain circumstances, juveniles can still be “waived up” to adult criminal court.

SB 90 (Sen. Lucido) PASSED 101-7
SB 84 (Sen. VanderWall) PASSED 101-7
SB 93 (Sen. Chang) PASSED 101-7
SB 97 (Sen. Hertel) PASSED 102-6
SB 99 (Sen. Johnson) PASSED 101-7
SB 100 (Sen. Lucido) PASSED 101-7
SB 101 (Sen. Lucido) PASSED 98-10
SB 102 (Sen. Santana) PASSED 100-8

262 & 263 10/15/2019 HB 4516
HB 4517
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4516 (Rep. LaFave) & HB 4517 (Rep. VanWoerkom) Requires the Department of Civil Rights to use a standardized design for persons with disabilities based on the new international symbol of access. EXPLANATION: This would allow the new symbol to be used in signing
PASSED 108-0
260 & 261 10/10/2019 HB 4960
HB 4961
Passage No I voted NO on HB 4960 (Rep. Warren) & HB 4961 (Rep. Griffin) Prohibits a contract between a liquor manufacturer and wholesaler from including a disclosure of financial records and business activities. EXPLANATION: Government should not be dictating the terms of private business contracts.
PASSED 101-7 & 100-8 respectively
259 10/10/2019 HB 4959 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4959 (Rep. Hauck) Requires businesses wanting a wholesale license to have a physical warehouse in the state of Michigan. EXPLANATION: This is protectionism and will not help provide a competitive market, lowering prices for Michigan consumers.
PASSED 101-8
258 10/10/2019 HB 4628 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4628 (Rep. Shannon) Allows the Secretary of State to remove traffic citation records on a driver’s record after three years for various infractions including, speeding, disobeying a traffic signal, driving without insurance, or driving without a seatbelt. EXPLANATION: This will help individuals return to normal vehicle operating standards after minor driving offences.
PASSED 108-1
257 10/10/2019 HB 4550 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on 4550 (Rep. Carter) Update the Guardianship Assistance Act to reference national and state fingerprint based background checks. EXPLANATION: This helps to ensure accurate background checks across state and national systems.
PASSED 109-0
256 10/10/2019 HB 4549 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4549 (Rep. Crawford) Allows DHHS to give child welfare caseworkers access to confidential records for the children and families they work with. EXPLANATION: This simply allows caseworks to access the information needed for them to do their jobs.
PASSED 109-0
255 10/8/2019 HB 4325 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4325 (Rep. Miller) Clarifies the scope of practice for counselors. EXPLANATION: LARA proposed rules that would have forced many licensed professional counselors out of their jobs, which would have hurt those with mental health issues. At this time when mental healthcare is a major problem facing our state, it is important that we reduce barriers to those seeking help.
PASSED 108-0
254 10/8/2019 HB 4731 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4731 (Rep. Yaroch) Names a portion of M-53 as the “SOC Jason R. Freiwald Memorial Highway.” instead of “Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwald Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No public funds go towards the renaming of this highway.
PASSED 108-0
253 10/8/2019 HB 4349 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4349 (Rep. Allor) Designates a portion of US-23 as the “Peter C. Lemon Highway.” EXPLANATION: No public funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 108-0
252 10/8/2019 SB 47 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 47 (Sen. Barrett) Ensures property taxes don’t go up if someone installs solar panels on their house. EXPLANATION: This ensures solar panels are treated the same way as a generator or other appliances. One’s property taxes shouldn’t jump up because you installed solar panels. The property taxes would still adjust when the home is sold just like it would with a generator or other appliances.
PASSED 107-1
249-251 10/3/2019 HB 4389
HB 4390
HB 4391
Passage No I voted NO on HB 4389 (Rep. Allor) HB 4390 (Rep. Yaroch) & HB 4391 (Rep. Yaroch) Adds more regulations to firefighters when it comes to PFAS. EXPLANATION: These regulations go too far and gives too much discretion to state bureaucrats to make laws without legislative oversight.
PASSED 106-2, 104-4 & 104-4 respectively
248 & 247 10/2/2019 HB 4315
HB 4316
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4315 (Rep. Mueller) and HB 4316 (Rep. LaGrand) Increase the penalties for disarming a law enforcement officer of his firearm. EXPLANATION: Criminals trying to take a cop’s gun are most likely intending to use it against that cop and the penalty should be appropriate.
Both bills PASSED 106-3
246 10/2/2019 HNB 4315 RECONSIDERED RECONSIDERED RECONSIDERED
245 9/24/2019 SB 137 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 137 (Sen. Bumstead) Final budget for the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 108-1
244 9/24/2019 SB 144 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 144 (Sen. Barrett) Final budget for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 109-0
243 9/24/2019 SB 141 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 141 (Sen. Nesbitt) Final budget for the Department of Insurance and financial Services for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 58-51
242 9/24/2019 SB 147 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 147 (Sen. Barrett) Final budget for the Department of State Police for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 73-36
241 9/24/2019 HB 4231 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4231 (Rep. Albert) Final budget for Department of Corrections for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 58-51
240 9/24/2019 SB 149 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 149 (Sen. Schmidt) Final budget for the State Transportation Department for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 58-51
239 9/24/2019 SB 134 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 134 (Sen. LaSata) Final budget for Community Colleges for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 58-51
238 9/24/2019 HB 4236 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4236 (Rep. VanSingel) Final budget for Higher Education for fiscal year 2019- 2020. EXPLANATION: We spend too much money on universities. This budget was significantly lower than what the Senate or the Governor wanted and I will continue to advocate for more cuts.
PASSED 58-51
237 9/24/2019 HB 4232 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4232 (Rep. Miller) Final budget for the Department of Education for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 57-51
236 9/24/2019 SB 138 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 138 (Sen. Stamas) Final budget for General Government for fiscal year 2019- 2020. EXPLANATION: There was a lot of stuff in this budget that I opposed, but there were some good cuts to corporate welfare programs that made the budget bearable and I will continue to work at cutting more waste in this budget.
PASSED 59-49
235 9/24/2019 SB 139 Concurrence No I voted NO on SB 139 (Sen. MacGregor) Final budget for the Department of Health and Human Services. EXPLANATION: This continues to provide funds for Planned Parenthood and I will never support a budget that funds abortion providers.
PASSED 64-44
234 9/24/2019 SB 228 Passage No I voted NO on SB 228 (Sen. Runestad) Creates a 25-member Suicide Prevention Commission. EXPLANATION: It is unnecessary for the legislature to create a yet another government commission. This important issue is already being addressed by multiple non-governmental organizations.
PASSED 98-10
233 9/24/2019 HB 4406 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4406 (Rep. Markkanen) Allows eligible foster youth to qualify for the Fostering Futures Scholarship if they attend a training program for future employment rather than a traditional university or community college. EXPLANATION: We shouldn’t be pushing everyone into college when they would rather learn a skilled trade.
PASSED 104-4
232 9/24/2019 HB 4468 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4468 (Rep. Johnson) Amends Michigan’s FOIA to allow the requestor of a public document to stipulate the manner of delivery of updates regarding the request status from the public body. EXPLANATION: This will enable greater transparency and better communication when requesting public documents.
PASSED 107-1
231 9/24/2019 HB 4241 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4241 (Rep. Allor) Final budget for the Department of Natural Resources for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 63-45
230 9/24/2019 HB 4229 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4229 (Rep. VanWoerkom) Final budget for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 69-39
229 9/24/2019 HB 4238 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4238 (Rep. Brann) Final budget for Judiciary for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 102-6
228 9/24/2019 HB 4239 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4239 (Rep. Yaroch) Final budget for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: I made it one of my priorities to have the budgets voted on individually instead of one massive $60 billion omnibus budget with no transparency, and we accomplished that this year. Although this budget is far from perfect, I believe it is an acceptable budget given the current political landscape while still avoiding raising taxes.
PASSED 72-36
227 9/19/2019 HB 4710 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4710 (Rep. Kahle) Licenses the practice of acupuncture in Michigan. EXPLANATION: The free market should be allowed to self-regulate. Licensure is a barrier to entry for what is an otherwise competitive profession.
PASSED 100-9
226 9/19/2019 HB 4209 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4209 (Rep. Slagh) Amends the General Property Tax Act to allow a township treasurer or their designee to receive tax payments. EXPLANATION: This provides flexibility to local officials to ensure that services are continuing to be provided in case of illness or something similar that would prevent them from being present in person.
PASSED 109-0
225 9/19/2019 HB 4128 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4128 (Rep. Miller) Amends the Michigan Probate Code to allow a minor child to change their name without the permission of the noncustodial parent, if the non-custodial parent were convicted of first or second degree murder. EXPLANATION: A child should not be required to carry the name of an individual who commits a crime as heinous as murder, simply because they object.
PASSED 106-3
224 9/19/2019 SB 451 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 451 (Sen. Bizon) Amends the Michigan Energy Assistance Program to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 109-0
223 9/19/2019 SB 450 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 450 (Sen. Hertel) Amends the Livestock Dealers Licensing program administered by the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
222 9/19/2019 SB 448 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 448 (Sen. Irwin) Amends the Electronic Device Manufacturer’s
Registration and the Electronic Device Recycler Registration to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
221 9/19/2019 SB 447 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 447 (Sen. Hertel) Amends various permits issued by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
220 9/19/2019 HB 4371 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4371 (Rep. Hauck) Sentencing guidelines for medical professionals who perform a medical procedure that involves vaginal or anal penetration without documenting it and keeping records for 15 years. EXPLANATION: There is no evidence that this would prevent sexual assault and would instead increase regulations on an industry already crippled with regulations.
PASSED 105-4
219 9/19/2019 HB 4242 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on House Bill 4242 (Rep. Miller) Provides for School Aid K-12 budget funding for FY 2020. EXPLANATION: Although this budget was far from perfect, I was willing to support this budget because it funds our schools, which we are Constitutionally required to do, without raising taxes as the governor wished. I will continue to work at reducing the waste in this budget.
PASSED 91-17
218 9/18/2019 HB 4370 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4370 (Rep. Whiteford) Requires medical professionals who perform a medical procedure that involves vaginal or anal penetration to document it and keep said document for 15 years. EXPLANATION: There is no evidence that this would prevent sexual assault and would instead increase regulations on an industry already crippled with regulations.
PASSED 106-3
217 9/18/2019 SB 445 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 445 (Sen. Santana) Amends the Public Health Code to ensure substance use disorder program facility filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
216 9/18/2019 SB 444 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 444 (Sen. Hertel) Amends the Public Health Code to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
215 9/18/2019 SB 443 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 443 (Sen. Irwin) Amends the Uniform Securities Act to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
214 9/18/2019 SB 442 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 442 (Sen. Hollier) Amends the Limousine, Taxicab, and Transportation Network Company Act to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
213 9/18/2019 SB 441 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 441 (Sen. Santana) Amends the State License Fee Act to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
212 9/18/2019 SB 440 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 440 (Sen. Irwin) Amends the Limited Liability Company Act to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
211 9/18/2019 SB 439 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 439 (Sen. Hollier) Amends the Nonprofit Corporation Act to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
210 9/18/2019 HB 4190 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4190 (Rep. Webber) Allows transfer of MEGA credits during the sale of Federal-Mogul. EXPLANATION: I am adamantly opposed to MEGA tax credits. I worked on an amendment to these bills to ensure that the liability to the state would not increase, that there would be transparency in the tax credit details, and that the money would stay in Michigan instead of going to an out-of-state entity.
PASSED 104-5
209 9/17/2019 SB 438 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 438 (Sen. McCann) Amends the Business Corporation Act to ensure filing fees remain unchanged through September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 106-2
208 9/17/2019 SB 452 Passage yes I voted YES on SB 452 (Sen. Stamas) Inserts a missing reference into the Emergency 911 Service Enabling Act to ensure proper implementation of changes made to the Act in 2018. EXPLANATION: This is a simple technical fix.
PASSED 108-0
207 9/17/2019 HB 4446 Concurrence yes I voted YES on HB 4446 (Rep. Calley) Makes several technical changes to the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. EXPLANATION: These changes cleared up confusion in the law and modernized certain parts as well.
PASSED 82-26
206 9/11/2019 HB 4893 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4893 (Rep. Hood) Extends the sunset until October 1, 2023 for collection of the Solid Waste Surcharge fee for the Solid Waste program administered by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 108-1
205 9/11/2019 HB 4892 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4892 (Rep. Tate) Extends the Fingerprint and Criminal Record Check fee sunset from October 1, 2019 to October 1, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 104-5
204 9/11/2019 HB 4891 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4891 (Rep. Cherry) Extends the sunset until October 1, 2023 for fee collection for the Groundwater Discharge program administered by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 109-0
203 9/11/2019 HB 4890 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4890 (Rep. Sabo) Extends the sunset on various commercial lookup, registration and plate fees from October 1, 2019 to October 1, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 109-0
202 9/11/2019 HB 4889 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4889 (Rep. Hoadley) Extends the sunset on the personal identification card commercial lookup fee from October 1, 2019 to October 1, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 109-0
201 9/11/2019 HB 4861 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4861(Rep. Yaroch) Extends the sunset on the Quality Assurance Assessment Program for ambulance services to October 1, 2023. EXPLANATION: This would allow ambulance services to continue to utilize QAAP to offset the lower reimbursement rates associated with Medicaid.
PASSED 109-0
200 9/11/2019 HB 4858 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4858 (Rep. Huizenga) Extends the sunset on watercraft, off-road vehicle (ORV) and snowmobile commercial lookup fees October 1, 2019 to October 1, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 109-0
199 9/11/2019 HB 4857 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4857 (Rep. Miller) Extends the Sex Offender’s Registration fee sunset from January 1, 2019 to January 1, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 91-16
198 9/11/2019 HB 4853 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4853 (Rep. Brann) Allows an individual who is homeless to receive a free vital record. EXPLANATION: This will help the individual be able to legally obtain services that would otherwise not be available without a valid ID.
109-0
197 9/11/2019 HB 4850 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4850 (Rep. Whiteford) Extends the sunset for psychiatric hospital licensure fees and psychiatric patient bed fees from October 1, 2019 to October 1, 2023. EXPLANATION: This simply maintains the current fees charged by the state.
PASSED 109-0
195 & 196 9/10/2019 HB 4126
HB 4127
Passage No I voted NO on HB 4126 (Rep. Albert) & HB 4127 (Rep. Rendon) Requires Marihuana to include health warnings for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. EXPLANATION: This is unnecessary. These warning labels are unlikely to change behavior and instead only increase the regulatory burden on people.
Both bills PASSED 105-4
194 9/10/2019 SB 169 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 169 (Sen. Daley) Names a portion of M-15 as the “Army Sergeant First Class Michael Cathcart Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No public funds go toward the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
193 9/10/2019 HB 4611 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4611 (Rep. Rendon) Names the I-75 and Cook Road interchange as the “PFC Kenneth Coates Memorial Interchange.” EXPLANATION: No public funds go toward the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
192 9/10/2019 HB 4572 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4572 (Rep. Lightner) Names a portion of I-94 as the “Trooper Manuel H. Fields Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No public funds go toward the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
191 9/10/2019 HB 4485 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4485 (Rep. Glenn) Names a portion of US-10 as the “Marine Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No public funds go toward the naming of this highway.
PASSED 108-0
190 9/10/2019 SB 362 Passage No I voted NO on SB 362 (Rep. Hertel) Extends the timeline for able-bodied adults to prove they have been working in order to be eligible for Medicaid from 10 days to three months. EXPLANATION: Individuals should not have 3 months to prove they qualify for welfare. The existing 10 days are plenty.
PASSED 105-4
189 9/5/2019 SB 372 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 372 (Sen. Stamas) Technical budget bill that allows for reconciliation of differences between the House and Senate budget bills. EXPLANATION: This is a technical bill.
PASSED 59-50
188 9/5/2019 HB 4081 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4081(Rep. Kennedy) Names a portion of M-57 in Genesee County as the “Firefighter Mike Wager Memorial Highway”. EXPLANATION: No public funds go toward the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
187 9/5/2019 HB 4261 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4261(Rep. Jones) Names a portion of US-24 in Wayne County as the “Julie
Plawecki Memorial Highway”. EXPLANATION: I am only supportive of naming highways in honor of fallen service members and emergency personnel, not politicians.
PASSED 102-7
186 9/4/2019 HB 4378 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4378 (Rep. Pagan) States that a public body “may” exempt information from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that would reveal the identity of an individual who has filed an anonymous civil lawsuit. EXPLANATION: If there are civil cases that have intentionally been filed anonymously, such as an abuse or sexual assault, the wishes of the plaintiff should be respected and not revealed through FOIA.
PASSED 109-0
184 & 185 9/4/2019 HB 4372
HB 4373
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4372 (Rep. Glenn) & HB 4373 (Rep. Rendon) Requires the state to investigate a licensed health professional when an allegation is made that the professional was convicted of sexual conduct under pretext of medical treatment and if convicted, the removal of the health professional’s license. EXPLANATION: Medical professionals should not be allowed to continue practicing medicine after being convicted of sexual assault.
Both bills PASSED 108-1
182 & 183 9/4/2019 SB 23
SB 24
Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 23 (Sen. Runestad) & SB 24 (Sen. Lucido) Creates a penalty for mail theft. EXPLANATION: Currently, there are no state penalties for mail theft at the state level, and with the rise of mail theft, especially Amazon packages, prosecutors need a tool to go after these thieves.
Both bills PASSED 106-3
181 9/3/2019 HB 4018 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4018 (Rep. Allor) Eliminated the mandatory minimum 30 days in jail for poaching lake sturgeon. EXPLANATION: Judges should have more discretion with penalties regarding poaching and often jail time is far too harsh.
PASSED 107-2
180 8/29/2019 HB 4570 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4570 (Rep. Sneller) Designates a portion of I-69 as the “Bataan and Corregidor Veterans Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward the naming of this highway.
PASSED 106-0
179 8/29/2019 HR 155 Passage Yes I voted YES on HR 155 to urge the resolution of Representative Larry Inman from the House of Representatives. EXPLANATION: Rep. Inman has not acted honorably in his activates as representative, and should resign.
PASSED 98-8
177 & 178 8/28/2019 HB 4336
HB 4574
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4336 (Rep. S. Johnson) & 4574 (Rep. LaGrand) Clarifies the authority granted to the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) to access and examine electronically stored information and confidential information.  EXPLANATION: This ensures that the Auditor General is able to perform its Constitutional-mandated role of accountability and transparency.
Both bills PASSED 103-3
176 6/20/2019 HB 4162 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4162 (Rep. Reilly) Eliminates the requirement that districts offer the ACT WorkKeys assessment. EXPLANATION: The WorkKeys assessment is a mandated standardized test that educators have told me provides very little value, takes away half a day from teaching, and costs the state over $4 million every year. I was proud to co-sponsor this legislation, which saves taxpayer money and gives teachers more time to teach.
PASSED 85-24
175 6/20/2019 HB 4446 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4446 (Rep. Calley) Makes several technical changes to the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. EXPLANATION: These changes were pretty minor and generally non-controversial.
PASSED 85-24
174 6/20/2019 HB 4044 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4044 (Rep. Hoitenga) Gives more discretion to the Department of Insurance and Financial Services when an applicant has a felony on their record. EXPLANATION: We need to eliminate barriers to employment for those getting out of prison and this is a good first step.
PASSED 109-0
172 & 173 6/20/2019 HB 4069
HB 4465
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4069 (Rep. Kahle) & HB 4465 (Rep. Rabhi) Ensures property taxes don’t go up if someone installs solar panels on their house. EXPLANATION: This ensures solar panels are treated the same way as a generator or other appliances. One’s property taxes shouldn’t jump up because you installed solar panels. The property taxes would still adjust when the home is sold just like it would with a generator or other appliances.
Both bills PASSED 106-3 and 107-2 respectively
171 6/20/2019 HB 4411 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4411 (Rep. Lilly) Amends the Credit Services Protection Act by specifying acceptable situations when a credit service organization may provide services for more than 90 days as long as the customer agrees. EXPLANATION: This should be between the customer and the credit service organization.
PASSED 108-1
170 6/20/2019 HB 4694 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4694 (Rep. Lilly) Allows the hiring of retired teachers to fill certain roles without impacting their retirement. EXPLANATION: There are a shortage of individuals to fill these critical roles in certain areas and this will ensure that recently retired high-quality individuals are able to fill these roles, which they cannot do under the current law.
PASSED 102-7
169 6/20/2019 HB 4223 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4223 (Rep. VanSingel) Starts a new government program to require children receive a dental screening prior to entering kindergarten. EXPLANATION: This is not a proper role of government and should be the responsibility of parents. These are the type of programs that lead to more and more government spending.
PASSED 93-16
168 6/20/2019 HB 4225 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4225 (Rep. Kahle) Ensures that patients on hospice care have access to medication that will keep them comfortable. EXPLANATION: Past legislation that made it harder for individuals to obtain opioids had an unwanted effect on hospice patients and this legislation ensures they can continue to receive care.
PASSED 109-0
167 6/20/2019 HB 4121 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4121 (Rep. Byrd) Eliminates the tax foreclosure avoidance agreement sunset that expires June 30, 2019. EXPLANATION: This will allow county treasurers to work with homeowners to avoid foreclosure.
PASSED 109-0
166 6/20/2019 HB 4223 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4223 (Rep. VanSingel) Starts a new government program to require children receive a dental screening prior to entering kindergarten. EXPLANATION: This is not a proper role of government and should be the responsibility of parents. These are the type of programs that lead to more and more government spending.
PASSED 93-1
165 6/20/2019 HB 4729 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4729 (Rep. Hernandez) Omnibus budget bill for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
164 6/20/2019 HB 4728 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4728 (Rep. Hernandez) School Aid, Higher Education, and Community
College budgets for fiscal year 2019-2020. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
163 6/20/2019 HB 4234 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4234 (Rep. Huizenga) Bailout for farms. EXPLANATION: This is a bailout. I am a strong supporter of our farmers but farms are a business and I am opposed to the government bailing out any businesses. The free market can be painful at times but we are better off in the long run if we let the free market work.
PASSED 99-6
162 6/19/2019 SB 128 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 128 (Sen. Hertel) Updates the definition of a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship. EXPLANATION: While attempting to stop opioid medication from getting into the hands of the wrong individuals, the legislation created a burden for those individuals within hospice care.
PASSED 109-0
161 6/19/2019 SB 294 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 294 (Sen. Zorn) Allows the press box of a high school football stadium to be exempt from the requirement that all school buildings be heated. EXPLANATION: Most schools are inadvertently violating current law and this mandate diverts money that could be used for the classroom. This is a common sense piece of legislation.
PASSED 57-52
160 6/19/2019 SB 149 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 149 (Sen. Schmidt) Transportation Department for fiscal year 2019-2020.
EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
159 6/19/2019 SB 147 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 147 (Sen. Barrett) Department of State Police for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
158 6/19/2019 SB 144 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 144 (Sen. Barrett) Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
157 6/19/2019 SB 141 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 141 (Sen. Nesbitt) Department of Insurance and Financial Services for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. Two Democrats did vote for this one – don’t ask me why.
PASSED 59-50
156 6/19/2019 SB 139 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 139 (Sen. MacGregor) Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
155 6/19/2019 SB 138 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 138 (Sen. Stamas) General Government budget for fiscal year 2019-2020.
EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
154 6/19/2019 SB 137 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 137 (Sen. Bumstead) Department of Environmental Quality budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
153 6/19/2019 SB 134 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 134 (Sen. LaSata) Community Colleges budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote. This was passed on party lines – honestly I’m not sure why the democrats voted no.
PASSED 57-52
152 6/19/2019 HB 4374 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4374 (Rep. Alexander) A person using their professional position of authority to prevent, or attempt to prevent, another from reporting criminal sexual conduct would be a criminal act. EXPLANATION: It should be illegal to prevent someone from reporting a crime.
PASSED 108-1
151 6/19/2019 HB 4408 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4408 (Rep. Miller) Amends the Recreational Authorities Act by allowing a recreation authority board that does not levy taxes to obtain an audit every two years instead of every year. EXPLANATION: The current auditing requirement is very costly for these small recreational authority boards that do not levy taxes. This will save money while still ensuring funds are spent properly.
PASSED 109-0
150 6/19/2019 HB 4451 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4451 (Rep. Calley) Requires an insurer to cover prescription eye drops refills if 23 days have passed from the most recent refill or prescription distribution, or if 75% of dosage has been utilized pursuant to prescriber’s instructions. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to government mandates.
PASSED 105-4
149 6/19/2019 HB 4108 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4108 (Rep. Hauck) Expands the list of mandatory reporters to include physical therapists. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to making it a crime for someone failing to report certain crimes. Although this is well-intentioned legislation, I do not support the idea of requiring people to turn their neighbors in just because they suspect a crime may have occurred. Also, many people are naïve to what others are doing and they could now be a criminal due to their naiveté.
PASSED 107-2
148 6/19/2019 HB 4383 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4383 (Rep. Cambensy) Makes it a 1-year misdemeanor for an individual to intentionally use his/her professional position of authority to prevent, or attempt to prevent, another from reporting criminal sexual conduct to a Title IX coordinator at a college or university. EXPLANATION: It should be illegal to prevent someone from reporting a crime.
PASSED 106-1
147 6/19/2019 HB 4377 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4377 (Rep. Pagan) Requires DHHS to create and distribute a training package for mandatory reporters, and requires employers who have employees that are mandatory reporters to provide the training packages to those individuals. EXPLANATION: Although I am opposed to mandated reporter legislation, if the state is going to prosecute this then they should provide people with proper training.
PASSED 109-0
146 6/19/2019 HB 4376 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4376 (Rep. Griffin) Expands the list of mandatory reporters to include athletic trainers. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to making it a crime for someone failing to report certain crimes. Although this is well-intentioned legislation, I do not support the idea of requiring people to turn their neighbors in just because they suspect a crime may have occurred. Also, many people are naïve to what others are doing and they could now be a criminal due to their naiveté.
PASSED 106-3
145 6/19/2019 HB 4374 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4374 (Rep. Alexander) A person using their professional position of authority to prevent, or attempt to prevent, another from reporting criminal sexual conduct would be a criminal act. EXPLANATION: It should be illegal to prevent someone from reporting a crime.
PASSED 108-1
144 6/19/2019 HB 4509 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4509 (Rep. VanSingel) Allows landlords to represent themselves in court. EXPLANATION: Current law requires a landlord who operates under an LLC to hire a lawyer when dealing with tenant issues in the courts. Many of these cases are simple and shouldn’t require a lawyer. Lawyers aren’t cheap and this mandate only increase costs on landlords and on tenants as well. This legislation will benefit both tenants and landlords.
PASSED 62-47
138 6/19/2019 HB 4236 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
135 & 137, 139-143 6/19/2019 HB 4229
HB 4231
HB 4232
HB 4236
HB 4238
HB 4239
HB 4241
HB 4242
Failed No The following are procedural votes to prepare for passage of a final common budget between the House and Senate.

I voted NO on HB 4229 (Rep. VanWorkem) FAILED 109-0
I voted NO on HB 4231 (Rep. Albert) FAILED 109-0
I voted NO on HB 4232 (Rep. Miller) FAILED 109-0
I voted NO on HB 4236 (Rep. VanSingel) FAILED 109-0
I voted NO on HB 4238 (Rep. Brann) FAILED 109-0
I voted NO on HB 4239 (Rep. Yaroch) FAILED 109-0
I voted NO on HB 4241 (Rep. Allor) FAILED 109-0
I voted NO on HB 4242 (Rep. Miller) FAILED 109-0

133&134 6/13/2019 SB 192
SB 193
Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 192 & SB 193 (Sen. Victory) Waives the required nighttime driving for individuals learning to drive and who have been issued daylight driving only learning permits. EXPLANATION: An individual who is unable to drive at night due to a medical condition is currently unable to meet the requirements of a level 1 and level 2 graduated license.
Both bills PASSED 106-3
127-132 6/13/2019 HB 4232
HB 4233
HB 4241
HB 4246
HB 4242
HB 4236
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4232 (Rep. Miller) Initial budget vote for the Department of Education for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 58-51

I voted YES on HB 4233 (Rep. Allor) Initial budget vote for the department of environmental quality; provide for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 57-52

I voted YES on HB 4241 (Rep. Allor) Initial budget vote for the Department of Natural Resources for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 58-51

I voted YES on HB 4246 (Rep. Maddock) Initial budget vote for the Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 57-52

I voted YES on HB 4242 (Rep. Miller) Initial budget vote for School Aid funding for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 56-53

I voted YES on HB 4236 (Rep. VanSingel) Initial budget vote for the higher education; provide for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 56-53

123-126 6/13/2019 HB 4367
SB 200
SB 282
SB 283
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4367 (Rep. Sheppard), SB 200 (Sen. Wojno), SB 282 (Sen. VanderWall) & SB 283 (Sen. Lucido) Allows trained library employees to administer opioid antagonists. EXPLANATION: This will help as many people as possible to be able to respond quickly to a drug overdose.
All four bills PASSED 109-0
122 6/12/2019 SB 129 Passage No I voted NO on SB 129 (Sen. Schmidt) Creates a special carveout prohibiting the use of a drone if it is harassing to a horse. EXPLANATION: This would only apply specifically to Mackinac Island. We should not be passing laws that creates a carveout to benefit one specific municipality.
PASSED 95-12
121 6/12/2019 HB 4235 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4235 (Rep. Whiteford) Initial budget vote for the Department of Health and Human Services for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. EXPLANATION: This budget indirectly funds facilities who perform abortions, and that is something I can’t support.
PASSED 58-49
117-120 6/12/2019 HB 4237
HB 4239
HB 4230
HB 4234
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4237 (Rep. Yaroch) Initial budget vote for the Department of Insurance and Financial Services for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 59-48

I voted YES on HB 4239 (Rep. Yaroch) Initial budget vote for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 58-49

I voted YES on HB 4230 (Rep. VanSingel) Initial budget vote for the Community Colleges for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 57-50

I voted YES on HB 4234 (Rep. Huizenga) Initial budget vote for General Government funding areas for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 59-48

112-116 6/11/2019 HB 4229
HB 4328
HB 4616
HB 4615
HB 4321
Passage Yes In the past few years these budgets were combined into a giant “omnibus” bill. This process lacked transparency and stifled debate, and needed a better process to ensure that we spend your tax dollars responsibly. I worked closely with the Appropriations Committee chair to have a more open process where each budget gets an up or down vote so we can more closely examine each budget on its own merits. Although I don’t agree with absolutely everything in each budget, as a show of support for this cleaner, fairer, and more open process, I supported all but one of the budgets in this initial vote. This is only the first step – what we voted on will not become law but will be negotiated with the Senate and Governor, and I will continue to work with the Appropriations Committee chair as the budget moves forward.

I voted YES on HB 4229 (Rep. VanWoerkom) Initial budget vote for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 58-49

I voted YES on HB 4238 (Rep. Brann) Initial budget vote for Michigan’s Judiciary System for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 58-49

I voted YES on HB 4616 (Rep. Hernandez) Initial budget vote for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 58-49

I voted YES on HB 4615 (Rep. Hernandez) Initial budget vote for the Department of State Police for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 57-50

I voted YES on HB 4231 (Rep. Albert) Initial budget vote for the Department of Corrections for fiscal year 2019-2020. EXPLANATION: See above.
PASSED 56-51

111 6/11/2019 SB 112 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 112 (Sen. Lucido) Clarifies who can make a determination that property has been abandoned. EXPLANATION: Adding court officers, bailiffs, and deputies will help ensure owners are acting in good faith and have a witness when declaring property abandoned.
PASSED 107-0
110 6/6/2019 SB 150 Passage Yes I voted NO on SB 150 (Sen. Stamas) Supplemental appropriation bill for Fiscal Year 2019. EXPLANATION: This budget bill is full of pork projects, which I am opposed to funding through state government.
PASSED 107-2
109 6/6/2019 HB 4550 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4550 (Rep. Carter) Gives DHHS the ability to access fingerprint information that is vital to the background checks done on juvenile guardians. EXPLANATION: This ensures that the most up-to-date information is used for these background checks.
PASSED 109-0
108 6/6/2019 HB 4549 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4549 (Rep. Crawford) Allows DHHS to give child welfare caseworkers access to confidential records for the children and families they work with. EXPLANATION: This simply allows caseworks to access the information needed for them to do their jobs.
PASSED 109-0
107 6/4/2019 HB 4397 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4397 (Rep. Sheppard) Technical changes following up on the passage of auto insurance reform. EXPLANATION: These are technical cleanup changes that were needed when the legislation was signed into law.
PASSED 89-20
106 6/4/2019 SB 239 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 239 (Sen. Chang) Allows mortuary students to practice under the supervision of a licensed mortician. EXPLANATION: This helps mortuary students to be able to be trained in real life situations.
PASSED 109-0
105 5/24/2019 SB 1 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 1 (Sen. Nesbitt) Reforms Michigan’s broken and decades-old no fault insurance system and reduces car insurance rates. EXPLANATION: Michigan’s auto insurance rates are the highest in the nation. This bipartisan plan brings coverage choices to drivers, guarantees rate reductions, and ensures that fraud and price gouging are addressed. Those who were catastrophically injured in the past will continue to receive unlimited lifetime health care. I am pleased that Governor Whitmer came to the table to work with the Republican Legislature to pass this much-needed reform.
PASSED 94-15
104 5/24/2019 HB 4412 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 4412 (Rep. Kahle) Prohibits the sale of dextromethorphan (commonly found in cough syrup and other cough medicine) to those under 18. EXPLANATION: This limits access to common everyday over-the-counter cough medicine. Although the bill sponsor may have good intentions, I believe there will be negative unintended consequences.
PASSED 104-5
103 5/24/2019 HB 4249 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4249 (Rep. Hoitenga) Limits the authority of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to promulgate rules for multiline telephone systems. EXPLANATION: The rules they previously promulgated would have been devastating for small businesses as well as small non-profits such as churches. The MPSC’s power needed to be reined in.
PASSED 106-3
102 5/24/2019 HB 4407 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4407 (Rep. Guerra) Allows a district court magistrate to hear and preside over civil infraction actions under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. EXPLANATION: This is a technical change to help court efficiency and access to justice.
PASSED 108-1
101 5/24/2019 HB 4331 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4331 (Rep. LaFave) Allows a person to transport or possess an uncased, loaded firearm in any vehicle, including an ATV or UTV on private land, as long as they have permission from the landowner. EXPLANATION: This is a common-sense change. People should be able to transport firearms in whatever manner they choose on their own land.
PASSED 67-42
100 5/24/2019 HB 4434 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4434 (Rep. Hall) Creates a fine instead of a mandatory felony if someone has a recently-expired CPL. EXPLANATION: A five year felony is too harsh for a law-abiding citizen who simply forgot to renew their CPL.
PASSED 90-19
98 & 99 5/24/2019 HB 4444
HB 4445
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4444 (Rep. Steven Johnson) & HB 4445 (Rep. Iden) Allows for broader applications for electronic delivery of Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA). EXPLANATION: This allows updated technology such as thumb drives and emails to be used when delivering FOIA requests.
Both bills PASSED 109-0
95-97 5/22/2019 HB 4189
HB 4190
HB 4191
Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4189 (Rep. Sheppard), HB 4190 (Rep. Webber) & HB 4191 (Rep. Coleman) Allows transfer of MEGA credits during the sale of Federal-Mogul. EXPLANATION: I am adamantly opposed to MEGA tax credits. I worked on an amendment to these bills to ensure that the liability to the state would not increase, that there would be transparency in the tax credit details, and that the money would stay in Michigan instead of going to an out-of-state entity.
All three bills PASSED 106-3
94 5/21/2019 HB 4095 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4095 (Rep. Reilly) Allows certain state licensed facilities to house up to 10 foster children if the facility is located on 20 or more acres of land. EXPLANATION: The state is facing a foster care crisis, and the state should provide greater flexibility for child care facilities located on larger plots of land.
PASSED 73-36
93 5/21/2019 HB 4056 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4056 (Rep. Anthony) Allows state and local correction officers to carry and administer opioid antagonists. EXPLANATION: This simply allows correction officers to carry opioid antagonists in addition to other emergency personnel.
PASSED 109-0
92 5/16/2019 HB 4227 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4227 (Rep. Cambensy) Creates an advisory committee to study the future of minerals mining in Michigan. EXPLANATION: There are plenty of government commissions and private organizations who can study this issue without creating more government bureaucracy.
PASSED 107-1
91 5/15/2019 SB 155 Passage No I voted NO on SB 155 (Sen. Bullock) Prohibits sale of liquid nicotine containers unless the containers are child-proof. EXPLANATION: This places unnecessary roadblocks to those buying this product, especially for those individuals with disabilities.
PASSED 99-10
90 5/15/2019 SB 106 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 106 (Sen. Outman) Prohibits the sale of E-cigarettes (vape products) to minors and makes it illegal for a minor to possess E-cigarettes or their components. EXPLANATION: This would classify vape products the same as tobacco products relative to sales to minors.
PASSED 100-9
89 5/14/2019 HB 4510 Passage Yes Allows an exception I voted YES on HB 4510 (Rep. Farrington) Allows an exception allowing variations to safety equipment on an elevator if it is reasonable that that the change will still be safe. EXPLANATION: This would allow for quicker processing of applications for changes to update existing elevators.
PASSED 57-52
88 5/14/2019 HB 4306 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 4306 (Rep. Cole) Increases the information required to be collected on foreclosure forms. EXPLANATION: Requires more information than necessary on the foreclosure form.
PASSED 107-2
87 5/14/2019 HB 4045 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4045 (Rep. Hope) Allows counties to offer a reward for info leading to arrest of a suspect up to $20,000. EXPLANATION: The current limit is $2,000, so this change will allow counties the flexibility to offer larger incentives for the apprehension of a suspect.
PASSED 109-0
85 & 86 5/14/2019 HB 4320, 4321 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4320 (Rep. Hornberger) & HB 4321 (Rep. Afendoulis) Prohibit dismemberment abortions. EXPLANATION: Ripping apart an oftentimes live baby in its mother’s womb apart is a barbaric procedure, and we need to take every step possible to end abortion in every form.
Both bills PASSED 58-51
84 5/9/2019 HB 4397 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4397 (Rep. Sheppard) Technical changes following up on the passage of auto insurance reform. EXPLANATION: These are technical cleanup changes that were needed when the legislation was signed into law.
PASSED 61-49
82 & 83 5/7/2019 HB 4304, 4305 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 4304 & 4305 (Rep. Vaupel) Updates Michigan law for child support orders to bring into compliance with federal rules and regulations. EXPLANATION: The bills would allow the use of public health coverage for a child who is subject to a support order, by a parent to meet court ordered child support obligations.
Both bills PASSED 110-0
81 5/7/2019 HB 4131 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4131 (Rep. Griffin) Creates a misdemeanor crime to aid or assist a parolee in leaving or attempting to leave a medical facility into which they have been placed as a condition of their parole. EXPLANATION: If a prisoner is placed in a facility, the security of that individual should be taken very seriously.
PASSED 110-0
80 May-19 HB 4120 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4120 (Rep. Markkanen) Allows road commissions to enter into agreements to pay for property in a 30 year period instead of the current 15 year period. EXPLANATION: We have a debt problem in this state and this legislation makes it easier to take on debt.
PASSED 103-6
78, 79 5/2/2019 HB 4031, 4032 Passage yes I voted YES on HB 4031 & 4032 (Rep. Brann) Lowers the supervision fee process for parolees and probationers by requiring all offenders to pay $30 per month for normal supervision or $60 per month for supervision involving an electronic monitoring device such as GPS. EXPLANATION: The current fee system is graduated based on monthly income. This bill simply lowers these fees to a flat rate for all.
Both bills PASSED 109-0
77 5/1/2019 HB 4206 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4206 (Rep. Frederick) Allows school districts to count a day as pupil instruction in the event school was closed due to a declared state of emergency. EXPLANATION: Schools are already allowed 9 days in the case of snow or extenuating circumstances – we need to focus on making sure our children are getting the proper amount of education, not that their summer break is long enough or that the tourism industry is happy.
PASSED 56-53
75, 76 4/30/2019 HB 4152, HB 4153 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4152 (Rep. Steven Johnson) & HB 4153 (Rep. Guerra) Ensures that individuals are charged the same amount to receive a copy of their birth records regardless of the marital status of their parents. EXPLANATION: The State of Michigan made a mistake decades ago that left people born to unmarried parents before October 1, 1978 with unequal treatment when requesting birth records. We can’t put a price tag on ending discrimination.
Both bills PASSED 109-0
73, 74 4/25/2019 4001, 4002 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4001 (Rep. Wentworth) and 4002 (Rep. LaGrand) Requires a criminal conviction prior to asset forfeiture in cases relating to drug offenses where the value of the property seized is under $50,000. EXPLANATION: One should not lose their property without any due process. Although more work is needed, this is a step in the right direction.
Both bills PASSED 107-3
71, 72 4/25/2019 SB 122, SB 202 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 122 & SB 202 (Sen. Horn) Reduces student progress section of teacher and administrator evaluation from 40% to 25% for the next school year. EXPLANATION: Keeping the percentage of growth used to evaluate teachers and administrators at 25 percent for another year will provide relief for educators and allow the Legislature to further consider possible changes to Michigan’s flawed statewide evaluation system.
Both bills PASSED 109-1
55-70 4/25/2019 HB 4133
HB 4134
HB 4135
HB 4136
HB 4137
HB 4138
HB 4139
HB 4140
HB 4141
HB 4142
HB 4143
HB 4145
HB 4443
HB 4452
HB 4144
HB 4146
Passage Yes I voted YES on the “Raise the Age” package of bills, which as a whole, treat 17 year olds as juveniles when charged with a crime. EXPLANATION: Currently all 17 year olds are automatically treated as adults. These bills provide 17 year-olds with the same treatment as 16 year-olds, which is not the case under current Michigan law. This legislation will help keep more young offenders out of the adult system. Studies indicates that juveniles transferred to the adult system are significantly more likely to be arrested again in comparison to those youths who remained in the juvenile system. For serious offenses and under certain circumstances, juveniles can still be “waived up” to adult criminal court.
54 4/24/2019 SB 2 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 2 (Sen. Lucido) Requires a criminal conviction prior to asset forfeiture in cases relating to drug offenses where the value of the property seized is under $50,000. EXPLANATION: Individuals should not lose their property without any due process.
PASSED 107-3
53 4/23/2019 HB 4118 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4118 (Rep. Slagh) Allows all municipalities to lower the speed limit on non-major streets to 25 mph within the municipality provided there is not another speed limit posted. EXPLANATION: Local units of government are more in tune with how speed limits should be set on local roads.
PASSED 106-4
52 4/18/2019 HB 4440 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4440 (Rep. Lilly) Prevents an applicant for a medical marihuana facility from receiving a license for one year if they had operated a facility without a license or operated a facility with an invalid license after June 1, 2019. EXPLANATION: An applicant should not be rewarded for operating in violation of a license.
PASSED 102-4
51 4/17/2019 HB 4206 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4206 (Rep. Frederick) Allows school districts to count a day as pupil instruction in the event school was closed due to a declared state of emergency. EXPLANATION: Schools are already allowed 9 snow days – we need to focus on making sure our children are getting the proper amount of education, not that their summer break is long enough or that the tourism industry is happy.
PASSED 101-7
50 4/16/2019 HB 4156 Passage yes I voted YES on HB 4156 (Rep. Vaupel) Allows a retired mental health professional to keep collecting his/her pension during any period of re-employment with the Department of Health and Human Services under certain circumstances. EXPLANATION: The state already allows retired psychiatrists to continue to keep their pension during reemployment with the state. Due to the shortage of mental health care workers, the state should extend this opportunity to other mental health care professionals.
PASSED 107-0
49 4/16/2019 HB 4151 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4051 (Rep. Whiteford) Creates the Michigan C.A.R.E.S. (Community,
Access, Resources, Education, and Safety) hotline. EXPLANATION: There are already hotlines that perform these functions and are run by non-profits. This is unnecessary and costs the state a potential additional $6 million.
PASSED 99-8
48 4/11/2019 SB 203 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 203 (Sen. MacDonald) Amends the Medical Marijuana Act so only those with over 10% ownership need a background check. EXPLANATION: This way someone who owns a small amount of stock in a business is not required to go through a background check.
PASSED 109-1
46, 47 4/11/2019 HB 4224, 4225 Passage yes I voted YES on HB 4224 (Rep. Hoitenga) & HB 4225 (Rep. Kahle) Ensures that patients on hospice care have access to medication that will keep them comfortable. EXPLANATION: Past legislation that made it harder for individuals to obtain opioids had an unwanted effect on hospice patients and this legislation ensures they can continue to receive care.
Both bills PASSED 110-0
45 4/11/2019 HB 4121 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4121 (Rep. Byrd) Eliminates the tax foreclosure avoidance agreement sunset that expires June 30, 2019. EXPLANATION: This will allow county treasurers to work with homeowners to avoid foreclosure.
PASSED 110-0
44 4/10/2019 HB 4226 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4226 (Rep. Berman) Caps the redemption fee that a designee of a purchaser may charge as part of the mortgage redemption process at $250. EXPLANATION: This limits the fees that a purchaser can charge, regardless of additional expenses that may occur in the redemption of a property.
PASSED 109-1
43 4/9/2019 HB 4185 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4185 (Rep. Farrington) Adds “real property” to the provision related to malicious destruction of fire or police department property. EXPLANATION: This is a technical fix to ensure that all property of police or fire agencies are covered by Michigan laws relating to malicious destruction of property.
PASSED 105-4
37. 38.39,40, 41, 42 4/9/2019 HB 4102, 4103, 4104, 4105, 4106, 4107 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4102 (Rep. Marino), HB 4103 (Rep. Guerra), HB 4104 (Rep. LaFave), HB 4105 (Rep. Berman), HB 4106 (Rep. Wittenberg) & HB 4107 (Rep. Farrington) These bills ensure that cryptocurrency qualifies as “money” for purposes of Michigan law EXPLANATION: These are technical changes that update Michigan law to reflect advancements in technology.
All six bills PASSED 108-1
36 4/9/2019 HB 4013 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4014 (Rep. Schroeder) Implements procedures for requesting, processing, and responding to a request of legislative records. EXPLANATION: This bill helps open up the Legislature to more transparency which is a positive step in my opinion.
PASSED 109-0
35 3/20/2019 HB 4296 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4296 (Rep. Filler) Extends sunset on fees for e-filing for counrt documents. EXPLANATION: This allows for e-filing to continue to occur which is a benefit for those who use the courts. PASSED 106-0
33, 34 3/20/2019 HB 4366, 4367 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4366 & HB 4367 (Rep. Sheppard) Allows trained library employees to administer opioid antagonists. EXPLANATION: This will help as many people as possible to be able to respond quickly to a drug overdose.
Both bills PASSED 106-0 respectively
32 20-Mar HB 4077 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4077 (Rep. Neeley) Modifies the effective date of a commercial rehabilitation certificate if the qualified local government unit doesn’t forward the application to the State Tax Commission is a timely manner. EXPLANATION: It is not the fault of the construction company if the local government didn’t forward this certificate to the state on time.
PASSED 102-4
31 3/19/2019 SB 3 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 3 (Sen. Lucido) Updates procedure related to evictions. EXPLANATION: Clarifying the eviction process will improve the safety of owners, occupants, and the disposition of personal property.
PASSED 106-1
22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27. 28, 29, 30 3/19/2019 HB 4007,  4008,  4009,  4010,  4011,  4012,  4013,  4015,  4016 Passage Yes I voted YES on the Legislative Open Records Act package.
Creates the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) to provide for the public inspection of legislative and executive branch records created after January 1, 2020. EXPLANATION: Current law in Michigan requires that the state and local governments comply with FOIA requests, with the following area of notable exception being the Legislature, the Governor, Lt. Governor and their offices.  This package of bills covers those offices and extends FOIA requirements to them. When running for office, I made a pledge to work for a more accessible and transparent government. The Legislative Open Records Act package holds the legislature, Governor, and Lt. Governor to the same standard of transparency as the rest of Michigan’s public servants.
21 3/12/2019 HB 4060 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4060 (Rep. Love) Names a portion of M-10 as the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: Naming highways after those who died serving our country is appropriate, but not celebrities.
PASSED 101-6
20 3/12/2019 HB 4055 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4055 (Rep. Slagh) Requires that all property taxes be paid before a parcel is split. EXPLANATION: This will help to reduce confusion when land divisions take place.
PASSED 104-0
19 3/12/2019 HB 4132 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4132 (Rep. Bolden) Updates sentencing provisions for the medically frail bill package. EXPLANATION: Technical changes.
18 3/12/2019 HB 4131 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4131 (Rep. Griffin) Creates a misdemeanor crime to aid or assist a parolee in leaving or attempting to leave a medical facility into which they have been placed as a condition of their parole. EXPLANATION: If a prisoner is placed in a facility, the security of that individual should be taken very seriously.
PASSED 110-0
16, 17 3/12/2019 HB 4129, 4130 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4129 (Rep. LaFave) & HB 4130 (Rep. Carter) Allows the parole board to parole “medically frail” prisoners to a medical facility for the remainder of their term. EXPLANATION: Prisoners are incarcerated for a reason, and regardless of age or health, should serve their entire sentence in prison.
Both bills PASSED 104-6
15 3/12/2019 HB 4286 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4286 (Rep. Johnson) Provides increased reporting and funds for the Michigan Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Fund. EXPLANATION: This fund was put into law in 2016 to compensate individuals $50,000 for each year they were wrongfully imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. This fund is currently bankrupt due to sub-par reporting requirements to make sure the fund was at appropriate levels. My bill ensures these individuals receive what is due to them by law, and makes a one-time appropriation of $10 million to tide the fund over until the next fiscal year.
PASSED 110-0
14 3/12/2019 HB 4112 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4112 (Rep. Vaupel) Require that establishments that have an alcohol license post a sign informing the public of the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. EXPLANATION: This is duplicative and unnecessary because alcohol containers such as beer, wine, and liquor bottles already contain such a warning sign.
PASSED 100-10
13 3/7/2019 SB 87 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 87 (Sen. McBroom) Restores a judgeship in the 95th-A District Court in Menominee County. EXPLANATION: By restoring a judgeship, this will allow better access to justice in rural areas to address the recent rise in local caseloads.
PASSED 105-0
11, 12 3/7/2019 HB 4066, 4067 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4066 & HB 4067 (Rep. Calley) Changes the requirements for where a manual fire alarm is allowed to be installed in a school. EXPLANATION: This would allow schools to install a manual fire alarm further inside the school when there is a vestibule as part of the building.
Both bills PASSED 105-0
10 3/7/2019 HB 4244 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4244 (Rep. Green) Allows for the funding of approved projects through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. EXPLANATION: The Natural Resources Trust Fund is funded through revenue from state land leases and sales, and the proceeds fund recreation and wildlife projects throughout the state. These are constitutionally restricted funds so we have little flexibility.
PASSED 105-0
9 3/5/2019 HB 4119 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4119 (Rep. Meerman) Clarifies that a free public library that was established as a township library can still exist under a charter township. EXPLANATION: This ensures that these libraries will be able to continue to function.
PASSED 108-0
8 3/5/2019 HB 4101 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4101 (Rep. Frederick) Allows the chief executive officer of a municipality to appoint a designee to fill their position on a downtown development board. EXPLANATION: This would allow mayors to place a more qualified elected official in charge of a downtown development board. PASSED 108-0
7 2/28/2019 HB 4061 Passage yes I voted YES on HB 4061 (Rep. Yaroch) Designates a portion of M-53 as the “Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwald Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No public funds go toward the naming of this highway. PASSED 110-0
5, 6 2/28/2019 HB 4001, 4002 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4001 (Rep. Wentworth) and 4002 (Rep. LaGrand) Requires a criminal conviction prior to asset forfeiture in cases relating to drug offenses where the value of the property seized is under $50,000. EXPLANATION: One should not lose his property without any due process. Although more work is needed, this is a step in the right direction.
Both bills PASSED 107-3
4 2/6/2019 HCR 1 Passage Yes I voted YES on HCR 1 (Rep. Lower) A concurrent resolution to disapprove Executive Order No. 2019-02. EXPLANATION: According to Article 5 Section 2 of the Michigan Constitution, when the governor issues an Executive Order the Legislature has 60 days to pass a concurrent resolution if they object to the action. This Executive Order looks to overturn several provisions that the Legislature voted into law establishing additional oversight within the Department of Natural Resources. Although I voted in opposition to these provisions when they moved through the Legislature last year, I voted against Executive Order No. 2019-2 because it is of great concern to me when laws are being overturned with the stroke of a pen. This is simply a constitutional check and balance function of government in action.
PASSED 58-51
1, 2, 3 1/9/2019 N/A Election of Speaker Chatfield, Speaker Pro Tempore Wentworth,  and Clerk Randall, Yes I voted in favor of electing Tom Leonard as Speaker of the House, Lee Chatfield as Speaker Pro Tempore, and Gary Randall as Clerk of the House.