Roll Call Number Date Bill Number Vote Type Vote Explanation
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 Lee Chatfield as Speaker of the House, Jason Wentworth as Speaker Pro Tempore, and Gary Randall as Clerk of the House.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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