2018 Roll Call Number Date Bill Number Vote Type Vote Explanation
558 6/12/2018 HB 5095 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5095 (Rep. Lauwers) Amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protections Act to adopt the federal regulations for ballast water exchange on oceangoing vessels. EXPLANATION: The federal regulations give more discretion to the U.S. Coast Guard to determine what types of ballast water exchange systems to adequately protect against Aquatic Invasive Species. This bill puts Michigan’s standards in line with Canada and the other Great Lakes states which would allow us to be more competitive within the shipping market. PASSED 56-52
557 6/12/2018 HB 4069 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4069 (Rep. Tedder) Allows school districts to employ as substitute teachers, individuals who have 60 semester hours of college credit (instead of the current 90). EXPLANATION: This change gives local school districts more options when hiring substitute teachers.
PASSED 63-46
556 6/12/2018 HB 5908 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5908 (Rep. VerHeulen) Reinstates funding for Fire Protection Grants. EXPLANATION: These grants were formerly funded by driver responsibilities fees, which the legislature repealed earlier this year. This legislation restores that funding from an alternate source.
PASSED 96-13
555 6/12/2018 HB 5811 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5811 (Rep. Farrington) Provides for the state to review and approve the use of at least one remote electronic notarization program. EXPLANATION: Currently, the majority of documents that are notarized can be electronically signed, so changes should be made to allow notaries to electronically sign documents.
PASSED 106-3
554 6/12/2018 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
551-553 6/12/2018 HB 4926-4928 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4926 (Rep. Iden), HB 4927 (Rep. Iden) & HB 4928 (Rep. Kesto) Legalizes internet gambling in Michigan, and creates a regulatory structure with penalties for violation. EXPLANATION: Regardless of your view in internet gambling, this legislation is clearly unconstitutional, as Michigan voters clearly stated in 2004 that any expansion of gambling must be voted on by the people.
Both bills PASSED 68-40, 68-40 & 73-36
550 6/12/2018 HB 5739 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5739 (Rep. Marino) Adds the Kiwanis Club to the optional income tax return charity contribution. EXPLANATION: The state should not be assisting specific private charities over others.
PASSED 103-4
549 6/12/2018 HB 5142 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5142 (Rep. Kosowski) Allows a school district, intermediate school district, or the board of directors of a public school academy to hire a noncertified, nonendorsed teacher to teach a course in an industrial technology education program or career and technical education program under specified guidelines. EXPLANATION: To expand skilled trade opportunities in our schools, it is important that students are exposed to experts in the skilled trade fields.
PASSED 72-37
548 6/12/2018 HB 4265 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4265 (Rep. Hughes) Mandates that vehicles leave at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. EXPLANATION: We should not be mandating a subjective number when common sense already dictates caution when passing a bicyclist. Current law already prohibits reckless driving, which would cover these actions.
PASSED 99-10
547 6/12/2018 HB 4198 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4198 (Rep. Alexander) Requires that drivers training spend one hour of classroom instruction on bicycle and motorcycle safety. EXPLANATION: State law already requires that driver’s training teach bicycle awareness. Assigning a specific time segment to this topic may not fit the needs or be necessary in certain areas of our state. I support allowing local instructors to use their discretion as to what the training needs are for their students instead of a top-down approach to education.
PASSED 107-2
546 6/12/2018 HB 4030 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4030 (Rep. Byrd) Adds Lions of Michigan to the optional income tax return charity contribution. EXPLANATION: I do not believe that the State of Michigan should give certain charities access to this charity checkoff option.
PASSED 104-3
545 6/12/2018 HB 6004 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 6004 (Rep. Rendon) Removes a notification requirement regarding the low income home energy assistance program block grant home heating credit. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 86-23
543 & 544 6/12/2018 HB 5335 & HB 5408 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5335 (Rep. VerHeulen) & HB 5408 (Rep. Cole) Creates the Michigan Infrastructure Council and revises the Transportation Asset Management Council EXPLANATION: Our state doesn’t need more government commissions and councils.
Both bills PASSED 106-3 & 89-20 respectively
542 6/12/2018 HB 5145 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5145 (Rep. Alexander) Allows teachers and school administrators who engage with local employers or technical centers to count toward the renewal of a teaching certificate, professional teaching certificate, or advanced professional education certificate. EXPLANATION: This would allow teachers and administrators to have a better understanding of professional trade careers while at the same time enable them to work toward their certification renewal.
PASSED 104-5
541 6/12/2018 SB 1036 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 1036 (Sen. Schmidt) This allows the state to convey property currently owned by the Department of Corrections to another state agency and/or to the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. EXPLANATION: This would allow the state to sell unused prison facilities that are sitting vacant.
PASSED 109-0
540 6/12/2018 SB 908 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 908 (Sen. Hertel) Technical change to give the City of Lansing control over all of the Groesbeck Golf Course operations. EXPLANATION: This clarifies that the City of Lansing would be able to operate their city golf course without limitations by the state.
PASSED 104-5
539 6/12/2018 HB 4918 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4918 (Rep. Allor) Puts restrictions in place on third-party businesses who offer similar services to the Federal Veteran’s Administration (VA). EXPLANATION: While the intent of this bill is to address certain bad actors, I am hesitant to restrict third-party organizations that, in some cases, may provide better services than the VA.
PASSED 107-2
538 6/12/2018 HB 4828 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4828 (Rep. Greig) Names a portion of I-696 as the “Trooper Vicki Moreau DeVries Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
537 6/12/2018 HB 5086 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5086 (Rep. Maturen) Makes multiple technical changes to the Local Community Stabilization Authority Act. EXPLANATION: These changes reduce administrative burden and align the statute with current practice, and provide numerous technical clarification changes.
PASSED 108-1
536 6/12/2018 HB 4438 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4438 (Rep. Barrett) Exempts farmers who choose to provide mobile portable sanitation facilities for field farm workers from the requirement of becoming licensed septage haulers if they meet specific criteria. EXPLANATION: Exempting farmers from the septage hauling licensing requirement would allow farm activities to comply with MIOSHA requirements, without delaying day-to-day operations.
PASSED 80-29
535 6/12/2018 HB 4115 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4115 (Rep. Leutheuser) Increases the aggregate value of the sales tax exemption for raising funds from a $5,000 exemption to a $10,000 exemption for a non-profit organization that raises less than $25,000. EXPLANATION: This would allow non-profit organizations to devote more of their resources to the mission of their organization instead of paying taxes.
PASSED 81-28
534 6/12/2018 HB 5435 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5435 (Rep. Leutheuser) Allows a property owner to request that their tax exemption certificate under the Commercial Rehabilitation and Obsolete Property Rehabilitation programs be removed. The bill also allow the owners to ask the local unit of government to reinstate a certificate that has been revoked. EXPLANATION: This would allow select companies to game the system and avoid paying the same taxes as their competitors.
PASSED 95-14
533 6/12/2018 HB 4360 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4360 (Rep. Lucido) Requires that new vehicle impound structures and services could not be operated by a local unit of government or law enforcement agency unless no private vendors are willing to submit a bid to provide these services. EXPLANATION: Private companies often provide these services at a cheaper rate than public entities.
PASSED 82-27
531 & 532 6/12/2018 HB 5143 & HB 5680 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5143 & HB 5680 (Rep. Barrett) Ensures that homeowners who buy an alternative energy generator (such as solar panels) are not punished by a higher personal property tax, but instead would be treated in the same fashion as other similar purchases in the home, such as appliances. EXPLANATION: This is purely a tax fairness issue.
PASSED 106-3 & 105-4 respectively
528-530 6/12/2018 HB 6013-6015 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6013 (Rep. Hernandez), HB 6014 (Rep. Sheppard) & HB 6015 (Rep. Noble) Creates the Innovative Transportation Board, Innovative Transportation Fund, and Innovative Transportation Grant Fund by shifting $10 million from the State Trunkline fund. EXPLANATION: Everyone can feel the deterioration of our roads – Even though MDOT funding is at an all-time high, the roads are still not being addressed in an adequate fashion. This legislation encourages MDOT, who has been reluctant to innovate, to explore new materials and processes to increase the lifespan of our roads and in turn, save taxpayer money.
All three bills PASSED 98-11, 100-9 & 99-10
526 & 527 6/12/2018 HB 5889 & HB 6076 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5889 (Rep. VanSingel) & HB 6076 (Rep. VanSingel) Requires the DNR to pay their share of lake level assessments when invoiced without requiring local governments to file a lawsuit for reimbursement. EXPLANATION: This is a common sense solution to a nonsensical problem.
Both bills PASSED 108-1 respectively
525 6/12/2018 SB 178 Passage No I voted NO on SB 178 (Sen. Stamas) Creates fund-raising plates for the “Detroit Red Wings,” “Detroit Tigers,” “Detroit Lions” & “Detroit Pistons.” EXPLANATION: These changes are simply carveouts for one privileged organization over others.
PASSED 80-29
524 6/12/2018 SB 836 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 836 (Sen. Casperson) Provides flexibility pertaining to how the weight is distributed on tandem axle trucks. EXPLANATION: This will not change weight limits, just flexibility in how the weight is distributed.
PASSED 95-14
523 6/12/2018 SB 542 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 542 (Sen. Casperson) Limits the geographic scope of the Pesticide Notification Registry to adjacent property owners. EXPLANATION: The Pesticide Notification Registry is something that property owners can register through to be informed of treatments close to or around their property. This legislation makes various changes to ensure that the notification requirements are consistent and reasonable.
PASSED 66-42
522 6/12/2018 SB 226 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 226 (Sen. Jones) Allows fees when a person serving a legal injury or papers is seeking global positioning service (GPS) verification or for photo verification if requested by a plaintiff. EXPLANATION: This simply modernizes statute in regards to these requests.
PASSED 103-6
521 6/12/2018 SB 889 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 889 (Sen. Knollenberg) Eliminates the requirement that an individual must pass the basic skills examination in order to receive their teaching certificate. EXPLANATION: The basic skills examination requirement is an unnecessary burden for teachers in order to obtain their teaching certificate. This requirement has already been removed from the Interim Teaching Certification.
PASSED 105-4
520 6/12/2018 HB 5141 & 5142 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5141 (Rep. Kahle) Allows a school district, intermediate school district, or the board of directors of a public school academy to hire a noncertified, nonendorsed teacher to teach a course in an industrial technology education program or career and technical education program under specified guidelines. EXPLANATION: To expand skilled trade opportunities in our schools, it is important that students are exposed to experts in the skilled trade fields.
PASSED 62-47
519 6/12/2018 HB 5837 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5837 (Rep. Miller) Allows municipal utilities located in other states and Canada to become a member of a Joint Agency located in Michigan to pool together their resources to fund and operate energy-related assets and services, so long as it is verified that the utilities located outside of Michigan have the legal authority to join the agency. EXPLANATION: This would give utilities more flexibility to provide consistent energy to Michigan consumers.
PASSED 109-0
518 6/12/2018 SB 915 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 915 (Sen. Casperson) Clarifies that a school bus can be wider than 96 inches but not wider than 102 inches and is not subject to seasonal load restrictions. EXPLANATION: Other vehicles that have a width of 102 inches are allowed to operate on Michigan roads, so this allowance is being changed for school busses.
PASSED 109-0
517 6/12/2018 HB 5139 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5139 (Rep. Rendon) Would require the Michigan Department of Education to develop or adopt a model program of instruction in career development that local schools must follow. EXPLANATION: These decisions should be left to local school district, who best know the needs of their community.
PASSED 98-11
516 6/12/2018 HB 5985 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5985 (Rep. VerHeulen) Revises the MI Indigent Defense Commission Act, particularly to provide a process for handling the funding needed to implement local plans to comply with the new minimum standards aimed at ensuring that indigent defense services are consistently delivered and constitutionally adequate throughout the state. EXPLANATION: Michigan historically has had one of the least effective indigent defense systems in the nation. In 2013, the legislature created a commission to ensure competent defense of those who could not afford a lawyer during a trial. One of the most basic roles of government is ensuring the right to a fair trial, and this legislation continues working toward that end.
PASSED 97-12
515 6/12/2018 HB 5934 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5934 (Rep. Canfield) Puts into law the funding methodology for the rural hospital access pool and the obstetrical stabilization pool. EXPLANATION: As the Medicaid population increases and decreases with the changes in the economy, the legislature may be faced with amending this new statute every year to adjust the funding formula. When government involves itself in the healthcare industry, prices rise and quality decreases. We should be focusing on getting government out of the healthcare industry instead of expanding its influence.
PASSED 108-1
514 6/12/2018 HB 5536 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5536 (Rep. Wentworth) Creates a county veteran service fund and establishes the criteria counties must meet to receive funding. EXPLANATION: There are some counties in Michigan that do not provide veteran’s services. This legislation helps remove barriers from counties seeking to provide veteran services at the county level.
PASSED 108-1
513 6/12/2018 HB 6028 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6028 (Rep. Howell) Allows school buses to use hazard lights on a four lane highway that has a speed limit of 50 mph to reflect the changes in speed limits from 45 to 50. EXPLANATION: This simply makes allowances for recent changes in speed limits.
PASSED 105-4
511 & 512 6/12/2018 HB 5942 & HB 5943 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5942 (Rep. LaFave) & HB 5943 (Rep. VanSingel) Makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally threaten to use a firearm, explosives, or other dangerous weapon to commit an act of violence against any students or school employees on school grounds or school property, if the threat can be reasonably interpreted to be harmful, adverse, or dangerous to human life. EXPLANATION: In the current climate of increased threats at our schools, it is imperative that there be a reasonable punishment for those threatening our children’s learning environment.
PASSED 99-10 & 96-13 respectively
509 & 510 6/12/2018 HB 5854 & HB 5855 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5854 (Rep. Howell) & HB 5855 (Rep. Bellino) Allows the DNR to establish a program for “Voluntary Wetland Restoration Projects.” EXPLANATION: This would give the DNR flexibility to work with landowners on a voluntary basis instead of a mandated basis when it comes to restoration and protection efforts.
PASSED 65-44 & 64-45 respectively
507 & 508 6/12/2018 SB 302 & SB 303 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 302 (Sen. Casperson) & SB 303 (Sen. Booher) Institutes a strategy for management of public land, which includes guidelines for buying and selling land from private individuals, an updated schedule for management practices, and a method of updating the legislature on accomplishment of land management goals. EXPLANATION: Currently, Michigan does not have a good strategy for managing our more than 4.6 million acres of public land. Over the last several years, the Department of Natural Resources has developed a process to provide better management practices, and the legislature is required to approve the plan.
PASSED 66-43 & 67-42 respectively
495-506 6/12/2018 SB 1000-1011 Passage Yes I voted YES on SBs 1000-1011 (Various sponsors) These bills repeal various reporting requirements that are obsolete, unnecessary, or duplicative. EXPLANATION: These repeals simply clean up state law that is outdated or obsolete.

All bills PASSED
SB 1000: 100-9
SB 1001: 105-4
SB 1002: 98-11
SB 1003: 100-9
SB 1004: 101-8
SB 1005: 95-14
SB 1006: 100-9
SB 1007: 99-10
SB 1008: 100-9
SB 1009: 95-14
SB 1010: 97-12
SB 1011: 100-9

493 & 494 6/12/2018 SB 757 & SB 758 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 757 & SB 758 (Sen. Knollenberg) Removes the permit requirement for the installation, maintenance, replacement, or servicing of a low-voltage electric fence. EXPLANATION: Less regulation would be beneficial and allow industry more freedom to expand.
PASSED 101-8 & 99-10 respectively
492 6/12/2018 SB 197 Passage No I voted NO on SB 197 (Sen. MacGregor) Adds the Fostering Futures Scholarship Fund to the optional income tax return charity contribution. EXPLANATION: The state should not be assisting specific private charities over others.
PASSED 104-5
491 6/12/2018 SB 343 Passage No I voted NO on SB 343 (Sen. Proos) Requires local schools to provide data to students regarding the occupations in their area that have the most demand for new workers. EXPLANATION: Schools are already allowed to provide information on these opportunities. We do not need an additional state mandate, and decisions about this information should be made at the local level.
PASSED 96-13
490 6/12/2018 SB 175 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 175 (Sen. Stamas) Extends the timeframe for high school students graduating in 2022, 2023, or 2024 to fulfill a foreign language requirement for a diploma by completing a career and technical education program or curriculum or by completing a visual or performing arts instruction. EXPLANATION: This continues to provide flexibility to students entering high school to satisfy their graduation requirements.
PASSED 90-19
488 & 489 6/12/2018 SB 941 & SB 942 Passage No I voted NO on SB 941 (Sen. Hildenbrand) & SB 942 (Sen. Hansen) This implements the governor’s “Marshall Plan for Talent.” EXPLANATION: Our state already has numerous job training programs; simply adding another program is not the answer.
Both bills PASSED 105-4 respectively
487 6/12/2018 SB 946 Passage No I voted NO on SB 946 (Sen. Horn) Creates the Going Pro Talent Fund Act, which codifies the existing Skilled Trades Training Fund. EXPLANATION: There is no clear sustained revenue source for this program. This money should instead be spent on other priorities such as roads or reducing state government.
PASSED 100-9
486 6/12/2018 SB 344 Passage No I voted NO on SB 344 (Sen. Proos) Provides a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) indicator on a student’s diploma if they completed certain applicable classes in grades 7 to 12. EXPLANATION: It’s unclear how this would be a benefit, since these classes would already be included on a high school transcript.
PASSED 98-11
485 6/12/2018 SB 888 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 888 (Sen. Proos) Clarifies that a junior or community college employee who is primarily attending as a student does not qualify for the state employee retirement plan. EXPLANATION: This simply clarifies the law to make sure these employees are treated appropriately.
PASSED 107-2
483 & 484 6/12/2018 HB 5579 & SB 848 School Bus/Omnibus No I voted NO on HB 5579 (Rep. Kelly) & SB 848 (Sen. Hildenbrand) State budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. EXPLANATION: There has been some good work and sound financial practices in many of the budget categories. Eleven different budgets were rolled into one omnibus budget. This stifles debate and even though I could have supported several of the budgets independently, I could not support the omnibus. This budget continues to fund Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, and I could not in good conscience support this provision. In the education budget, spending was raised for higher education and early childhood development programs, which is not a proper role of government. I am continuing to advocate for a smaller and more responsible state government to ensure your taxpayer dollars are being used in an efficient manner.
PASSED 63-46 & 66-43 respectively
481 & 482 6/12/2018 SB 684 & SB 685 Passage No I voted NO on SB 684 (Sen. Horn) & SB 685 (Sen. MacGregor) Mandates additional information and opportunities be provided to students on various career options. EXPLANATION: Schools are already allowed to provide information on these opportunities. We do not need an additional state mandate, and decisions about this information should be made at the local level.
PASSED 89-20 & 86-23 respectively
480 6/12/2018 SB 196 Passage No I voted NO on SB 196 (Sen. Knollenberg) Adds the Fostering Futures Scholarship Fund to the optional income tax return charity contribution. EXPLANATION: The state should not be assisting specific private charities over others.
PASSED 104-5
479 6/12/2018 SB 672 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 672 (Sen. Pavlov) Strikes language that exempts buses from rules requiring safety reports and inspections for commercial motor carriers. EXPLANATION: This is a simple clarification to ensure there is no conflict of regulation between state and federal government.
PASSED 109-0
478 6/12/2018 SB 640 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 640 (Sen. Pavlov) Clarifies that an interstate bus travelling through Michigan is exempt from the Michigan Motor Bus Transportation Act. EXPLANATION: This is a simple clarification to ensure there is no conflict of regulation between state and federal government.
PASSED 109-0
478 6/12/2018 HB 6025 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6025 (Rep. Brann) Names certain portions of US-131as the “PFC Nicholas H. Blodgett”, “CPL Ross A. Smith”, and “SPC Eric T. Burri Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward the completion of this project.
PASSED 109-0
476 6/12/2018 SB 459 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 459 (Sen. Zorn) Names a portion of M-52 as the “Trooper Calvin R. Jones Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward the completion of this project.
PASSED 109-0
475 6/12/2018 SB 622 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 622 (Sen. Stamas) Names a portion of US-23 as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward the completion of this project.
PASSED 109-0
474 6/12/2018 HB 6050 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6050 (Rep. Lauwers) Amends the Large Carnivore Act to allow for breeding of black bears under certain situations. EXPLANATION: This change provides the opportunity for qualified bear handlers to breed their captive bears.
PASSED 63-46
473 6/12/2018 SB 916 Passage No I voted NO on SB 916 (Sen. Kowall) Requires an “automated recycling kiosk” (such as for recycling old cell phones) to be licensed. EXPLANATION: A simple recycling station like this should not be required to be licensed.
PASSED 98-11
472 6/12/2018 HB 5778 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5778 (Rep. Albert) Provides guidelines for individuals to follow if they want to breed large carnivores. EXPLANATION: If all guidelines are followed, individual zoos should be allowed to apply for a permit to breed large carnivores.
PASSED 55-54
461-471 6/12/2018 HB 5955-5965 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 5955-5965 (various sponsors) This creates the “Local Government Occupational Licensing Act,” which limits the authority of cities, villages, townships, and counties to create new occupational fees or licensing requirements or to continue to regulate certain professions. EXPLANATION: The legislation forbids local units of government from implementing new licensing restrictions, adding a layer of licensing on top of a profession that the state already licenses, and would negate any local licenses that may have applied when the state regulates a new an unlicensed area. These bills keep these local units of government from pre-empting statewide licenses to a greater extent than provided for by the state.

HBs 5955-5962 PASSED 58-50 & HBs 5963-65 PASSED 58-51

460 6/12/2018 SB 1015 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 1015 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Increases the balance of funding the state retains from the Hospital Quality Assurance Assessment Program from $105.0 million to $118.4 million. EXPLANATION: This is a technical change to implement the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
PASSED 108-0
459 6/12/2018 SB 988 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 988 (Sen. MacGregor) Eliminates the requirement that counties pay half of increases to the administrative rate paid to private foster care providers. EXPLANATION: This would remove an unfunded mandate from counties, and place the cost where it should belong – at the state level.
PASSED 108-0
458 6/7/2018 SB 1016 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 1016 (Sen. Stamas) Reduces the Gross Direct Premiums Tax for qualified health insurance policies from 1.25 percent to .95 percent for 2019. EXPLANATION: This is a tax reduction, and will help small businesses to better provide healthcare benefits to their employees.
PASSED 104-4
457 6/7/2018 SB 817 Passage No I voted NO on SB 817 (Sen. Bieda) Creates the Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial fund. EXPLANATION: The state should not be assisting specific private charities over others.
PASSED 104-4
456 6/6/2018 SB 816 Passage No I voted NO on SB 816 (Sen. Knollenberg) Adds the World War II Legacy Memorial fund to the income tax return charity contribution. EXPLANATION: The state should not be assisting specific private charities over others.
PASSED 105-3
455 6/6/2018 SB 897 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 897 (Sen. Shirkey) Adds a work requirement for able-bodied individuals receiving medical assistance. EXPLANATION: Temporary government assistance is intended to be exactly that – temporary. This legislation would require that any able-bodied individual receiving Medicaid assistance log 80 hours a month through a job, internship, education or other job training course.
PASSED 62-47
6/6/2018 Citizen initiated legislation Passage Yes I voted YES on citizen initiated legislation to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Citizen-initiated legislation is brought before the legislature for consideration when a certain number of Michigan voters have signed a proposal being circulated. EXPLANATION: Michigan’s prevailing wage law sets an arbitrary, artificial wage limit and conditions on companies that bid on public sector construction projects. By repealing this antiquated law, the playing field will be leveled for all companies who bid on these projects, which will promote more competition and ultimately save taxpayer money. I agree with the more than 380,000 Michigan citizens who brought this proposal to the Legislature, which is why I voted to approve this proposal.
PASSED 56-53
452 6/5/2018 SB 330 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 330 (Sen. O’Brien) Clarifies that an individual who has had their driver’s license suspended or revoked in another state, and severely injures another person while operating a vehicle in Michigan is guilty of a felony. EXPLANATION: This is a technical change to provide clarity in Michigan law.
PASSED 107-1
451 6/5/2018 HB 4185 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4185 (Rep. Bizon) Mandates a motorist to maintain at least a 3-foot distance when passing a bicyclist on the left. EXPLANATION: There are already provisions in Michigan law for reckless driving and similar offenses. This further regulation is unneeded and would be extremely difficult to enforce.
PASSED 102-6
450 6/5/2018 HB 4990 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4990 (Rep. Brann) Provides that vehicles owned and operated by a nonprofit food pantry or food bank do not need to pay vehicle registration fees, and ensures that they only have to renew the plate every 5 years. EXPLANATION: There are multiple nonprofit organizations that have their vehicle registrations waived, so the more entities that can be treated the same, the better.
PASSED 108-0
449 6/5/2018 SB 887 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 887 (Sen. Brandenburg) Clarifies that when a contractor is installing materials bought by the owner of the property being improved, the contractor shall be exempt from the use tax. EXPLANATION: This would prevent treasury from “double dipping” and charging tax twice on an item.
PASSED 107-1
447 & 448 6/5/2018 HB 4809 & HB 4810 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4809 (Rep. Marino) & HB 4810 (Rep. Kosowski) Makes the candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petition nonrefundable for the county officers. EXPLANATION: When running for the listed public offices, a candidate has the option to collect nominating signatures or to simply pay a fee to be placed on the ballot. These bills would make that fee nonrefundable.
PASSED 90-18 & 91-17 respectively
444 5/30/2018 HB 4748 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4748 (Rep. Calley) Creates a candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petition. EXPLANATION: I believe that a candidate should be required to collect signatures to have their name appear on the ballot.
PASSED 94-13
442, 443, 445, 446 5/30/2018 HB 4745, 4747, 4749, 4750 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4745 (Rep. Marino), HB 4747 (Rep. LaSata), HB 4749 (Rep. Brann) & HB 4750 (Rep. Lilly) Makes the candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petition nonrefundable for the office of state senator, state representative and county officers. EXPLANATION: When running for the listed public offices, a candidate has the option to collect nominating signatures or to simply pay a fee to be placed on the ballot. These bills would make that fee nonrefundable.
All bills PASSED:
HB 4745: 97-10
HB 4747: 92-15
HB 4749: 91-15
HB 4750: 90-17
441 5/30/2018 HB 5907 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5907 (Rep. Frederick) Requires schools to provide information regarding college enrollment and testing opportunities. EXPLANATION: Schools already have the ability to distribute this information.
PASSED 105-2
440 5/30/2018 HB 5199 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5199 (Rep. Lilly) If a vote differential is less than 25,000 votes, the boards of county canvassers are required to canvass the returns for the presidential election on an expedited schedule. EXPLANATION: This will help to tally results in a reasonable amount of time.
PASSED 107-0
439 5/30/2018 HB 5820 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5820 (Rep. Kesto) Makes several technical changes to the current court procedure for court-ordered mental health treatments. EXPLANATION: Instead of a judge ordering an individual to be hospitalized for mental health treatment, this would give courts the authority to order an individual to receive mental health treatment through an outpatient program or service.
PASSED 107-0
437 & 438 5/30/2018 HB 5818 & 5819 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5818 (Rep. Guerra) & HB 5819 (Rep. Kesto) Allows a guardian to consent to mental health treatment for a ward. EXPLANATION: Currently, guardians do not have the ability to consent to mental health treatment on behalf of a ward.
Both bills PASSED 105-2 respectively
436 5/30/2018 HB 5810 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5810 (Rep. Vaupel) Gives more flexibility to provide treatment to prisoners needing mental health assistance. EXPLANATION: By enabling further treatment options, this will help individuals receive the help that they need.
PASSED 104-3
435 5/30/2018 HB 5377 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5377 (Rep. Kesto) Amends the Corrections Code to create an objective, evidence
based parole system by a prisoner meeting a number of conditions. EXPLANATION: This enable prisoners who have served their time and are no longer deemed a danger to society to be considered for parole. These provisions do not apply to prisoners serving a life sentence.
PASSED 97-10
433 &434 5/30/2018 HB 5739 & 5740 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5739 (Rep. Marino) & HB 5740 (Rep. Farrington) Adds the Kiwanis Club to the optional income tax return charity contribution. EXPLANATION: The state should not be assisting specific private charities over others.
PASSED 101-6 & 99-8 respectively
432 5/30/2018 HB 4495 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4495 (Rep. Lucido) Creates fundraising license plates for the Kiwanis International Michigan District. EXPLANATION: I am skeptical of specific fundraising license plates. Considering that the governor vetoed a ‘Choose Life’ license plate that would have raised money for those considering suicide or in crisis pregnancy situations, I cannot support additional carveouts when we refuse to support life.
PASSED 101-6
431 5/30/2018 HB 5622 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5622 (Rep. Reilly) Names a portion of M-15 as the “Purple Heart Trail.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward the completion of this project.
PASSED 107-0
430 5/30/2018 HB 5254 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5254 (Rep. Vaupel) Creates the Public Employee Fingerprint Criminal History Record Check Act. EXPLANATION: This is another government database that overlaps with existing systems in state government, which makes it unnecessary.
PASSED 103-4
429 5/30/2018 SB 1012 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 1012 (Sen. Robertson) Updates Michigan election law to allow three or more state political parties to be included on the primary ballot, updates general, primary, nonpartisan, and special ballot instructions and requires a county board of election commissioners to notify a public officer of a recall petition within three business days, rather than 24 hours, after receiving the petition. EXPLANATION: These changes are necessary to accommodate the Michigan Libertarian Party, who became eligible to have candidates on the ballot after the 2016 presidential election.
PASSED 107-0
428 5/30/2018 HB 5355 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5355 (Rep. Albert) Amends the Public School Employees Retirement Act to gradually reduce the payroll growth assumption from 3.5% to 0%. EXPLANATION: This provides a more predictable and reliable way to pay off the $30 billion in debt accumulated by the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.
PASSED 106-0
425-427 5/29/2018 SB 992-994 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 992 (Sen. Horn), SB 993 (Sen. MacGregor) & SB 994 (Sen. Shirkey) These bills repeal the burdensome Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) and replace it with the more business and consumer friendly Insurance Provider Assessment (IPA). EXPLANATION: The HICA tax has increased the cost of health insurance in Michigan and puts Michigan at a competitive disadvantage. Also, these changes level the playing field for Medicaid and commercial providers.
All three bills PASSED 107-1
424 5/29/2018 HB 5800 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5800 (Rep. Rabhi) Prohibits a school from expelling a sexual assault victim, or suspending the victim for more than 10 days, for an action that the victim took “arising out of” an incident in which the victim was sexually assaulted. EXPLANATION: Students who are victims of sexual assault should not be punished for defending themselves or reporting the incident to school administration.
PASSED 98-10
423 5/29/2018 HB 5725 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5725 (Rep. Barrett) Names a portion of M-5 as the “Staff Sergeant Duane J. Dreasky Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward the completion of this project.
PASSED 108-0
422 5/29/2018 HB 5719 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5719 (Rep. VanderWall) Allows a beer and wine license to be issued to a jurisdiction with fewer than 1,000 residents. EXPLANATION: Currently, these licenses are not issued to a jurisdiction with fewer than 1,000 residents. This would level the playing field by allowing smaller towns to apply for these licenses as well as larger municipalities.
PASSED 103-5
421 5/29/2018 HB 5606 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5606 (Rep. Lilly) Allows a wine maker, brandy manufacturer, small distiller, micro brewer, brewer, or brewpub to also sell or provide other non-alcoholic beverages for consumption. EXPLANATION: Currently, these specialty alcohol sellers are not allowed to serve non-alcoholic beverages. It is a common-sense change to allow these establishments to serve water and non-alcoholic beverages.
PASSED 107-0
420 5/29/2018 HB 5729 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5729 (Rep. Iden) Create the Pyramid Promotion Scheme Act. EXPLANATION: These bills clarify the differences between pyramid scheme business models and other direct selling businesses.
PASSED 89-19
419 5/29/2018 HB 4643 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4643 (Rep. Maturen) Amends the State Real Estate Transfer Tax to allow a buyer to request a refund from the State for payment of the State Real Estate Transfer Tax if the transfer of the property is based on land in which a home is built upon. EXPLANATION: This change ensures new home builders will be able to use the State Equalized Value off the improvements made to the land, rather than the plot itself.
PASSED 95-13
418 5/29/2018 HB 4574 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4574 (Rep. Rendon) Streamlines the process for obtaining a disability windshield placard. EXPLANATION: This technical change makes it easier for the Secretary of State to process disability placards.
PASSED 108-0
417 5/24/2018 HB 6043 Passage No I voted NO on HB 6043 (Rep. Clemente) Requires school districts, ISDs, public school academies, and nonpublic schools to submit information regarding crimes and other inappropriate behavior involving a minor committed by employees or potential employees to the MI Department of Education. EXPLANATION: While this bill is well-intentioned, it is incomplete in the implementation of the process it suggests. There needs to be verification of allegations being submitted, and clear guidelines given for those involved.
PASSED 88-21
416 5/24/2018 HB 5792 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5792 (Rep. Hoadley) Establishes a campus sexual assault response improvement plan and grant process. EXPLANATION: The state should not be establishing a special fund for institutions to improve their response to sexual assault. These institutions already receive a large sum of money from the state, and if further money is needed, these requests should be made through the budget process.
PASSED 99-10
415 5/24/2018 HB 5795 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5795 (Rep. Singh) The bill establishes a Higher Education Sexual Assault Prevention, Advocacy, and Resource Officer in the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. EXPLANATION: This adds unnecessary personnel at the state level, when these same responsibilities are covered by the title IX system.
PASSED 94-15
407 5/24/2018 HB 5791 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5791 (Rep. Chang) Requires the Department of Education to develop age-appropriate material relating to sexual assault and harassment for grades 6-12 students. EXPLANATION: I believe that local school districts should make the decision on what material to distribute to their students.
PASSED 103-6
391- 406, 408 – 414 5/24/2018 SB 871
SB 872
HB 5793
HB 5783
HB 5784
HB 5787
HB 5788
HB 5789
HB 5790
HB 5794
HB 5660
HB 5661
HB 5537
HB 5982
HB 5658
HB 5798
HB 5539
HB 5799
HB 5659
HB 5796
SB 874
SB 880
HB 5797
Passage Yes SEXUAL ASSAULT REFORM PACKAGE
These bills institute a wide variety of provisions to strengthen Michigan’s sexual assault laws. The deficiency of our state’s laws was brought to light during the recent trial of Larry Nassar. The parts of the package that I supported include:
– Extends the criminal and civil statute of limitations and provides retroactive provisions to address survivors of Larry Nassar.
– Establishes best practices for medical treatments involving bodily penetration.
– Modernizes and strengthens the crime of sexual misconduct under the guise of medical treatment by extending that crime to non-penetrative assaults and to all genders.
– Increases the penalty for possession, production, distribution and financing of child pornography.
– Creates a criminal offense for an individual to intentionally use their professional position of authority to prevent, or attempt to prevent, another from reporting criminal sexual conduct.
– Makes evidence from previous sexual assault charges admissible in court.
– Clarifies that the governor can exercise his constitutional authority to remove college board members even if the legislature is not in session.
– Expands mandatory reporter requirements for sexual assault.
– Add provisions to protect the identity of an individual who has filed an anonymous sexual assault lawsuit.YES on SB 871 (Sen. O’Brien) 108-1
YES on SB 872 (Sen. Knezek) 99-10
YES on HB 5793 (Rep. Theis) 108-1
YES on HB 5783 (Rep. Whiteford) 108-1
YES on HB 5784 (Rep. Hauck) 108-1
YES on HB 5787 (Rep. Kesto) 108-1
YES on HB 5788 (Rep. Geiss) 108-1
YES on HB 5789 (Rep. Noble) 108-1
YES on HB 5790 (Rep. Rendon) 108-1
YES on HB 5794 (Rep. Iden) 106-3
YES on HB 5660 (Rep. Love) 107-2
YES on HB 5661 (Rep. Farrington) 107-2
YES on HB 5537 (Rep. Kesto) 107-2
YES on HB 5982 (Rep. Cambensy) 107-2
YES on HB 5658 (Rep. Cox) 104-5
YES on HB 5798 (Rep. Albert) 109-0
YES on HB 5539 (Rep. LaSata) 109-0
YES on HB 5799 (Rep. Hornberger) 108-1
YES on HB 5659 (Rep. Griffin) 109-0
YES on HB 5796 (Rep. Pagan) 109-0
YES on SB 874 (Sen. Jones) 107-2
YES on SB 880 (Sen. Jones) 108-1
YES on HB 5797 (Rep. Pagan) 106-3
389 5/23/2018 HB 5985 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5985 (Rep. VerHeulen) Revises the MI Indigent Defense Commission Act, particularly to provide a process for handling the funding needed to implement local plans to comply with the new minimum standards aimed at ensuring that indigent defense services are consistently delivered and constitutionally adequate throughout the state. EXPLANATION: Michigan historically has had one of the least effective indigent defense systems in the nation. In 2013, the legislature created a commission to ensure competent defense of those who could not afford a lawyer during a trial was effective. One of the most basic roles of government is ensuring the right to a fair trial, and this legislation continues working toward that end.
PASSED 94-15
388 5/23/2018 HB 6006 & HB 6007 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6006 & HB 6007 (Rep. Lower) Eliminates the Michigan Capitol Committee. EXPLANATION: The body that oversees the Capitol is now called the Michigan Capitol Commission, so this section of statute is no longer needed and can now be repealed.
PASSED 62-47 & 63-46 respectively
387 5/23/2018 HB 6005 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6005 (Rep. Hauck) Eliminate an outdated reporting requirement regarding DNA collection profiling. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 73-36
386 5/23/2018 HB 6004 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6004 (Rep. Rendon) Removes a notification requirement regarding the low income home energy assistance program block grant home heating credit. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 89-20
385 5/23/2018 HB 6003 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6003 (Rep. Allor) Amends the Motor Fuels Quality Act, PA 44 of 1984, to remove an outdated reporting requirement. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 99-10
384 5/23/2018 HB 6001 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6001 (Rep. Johnson) Repeals a reporting requirement regarding coupons received from USDA. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 101-8
382 & 383 5/23/2018 HB 6000 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 6000 (Rep. LaFave) & HB 6002 (Rep. Allor) Repeals several one-time reporting requirements related to the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act consumer fireworks program. EXPLANATION: This section of statute is no longer needed and can now be repealed.
PASSED 91-18 & 88-29 respectively
381 5/23/2018 HB 5999 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5999 (Rep. Hoitenga) Amends the Insurance Code to removes a reporting requirement regarding the existence of competition in the small employer carrier health insurance market. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 69-40
380 5/23/2018 HB 5998 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5998 (Rep. Noble) Repeals certain references to the Board of Control for the School of the Blind. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 96-13
379 5/23/2018 HB 5998 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
378 5/23/2018 HB 5997 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5997 (Rep. Bellino) Repeals a duplicative reporting requirement regarding the Office of Community Corrections. EXPLANATION: This section of statute is no longer needed and can now be repealed.
PASSED 71-38
377 5/23/2018 HB 5996 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5996 (Rep. Alexander) Eliminates an outdated licensing metric reporting requirement for Grade A Milk producers, which has already been implemented by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 100-9
376 5/23/2018 HB 5995 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5995 (Rep. Iden) Repeals a duplicative reporting requirement related to the Veteran Right to Employment Services Act. EXPLANATION: This section of statute is no longer needed and can now be repealed.
PASSED 70-39
375 5/23/2018 HB 5993 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5993 (Rep. Marino) Eliminates an outdated nursery licensing reporting requirement. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 105-4
374 5/23/2018 HB 5990 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5990 (Rep. Hornberger) Repeals a duplicative reporting requirement regarding the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council. EXPLANATION: This section of statute is no longer needed and can now be repealed.
PASSED 94-15
373 5/23/2018 HB 5890 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5890 (Rep. Pagel) Reduces notification requirements for moving large aggregate processing materials and equipment. EXPLANATION: For equipment such as road paving machines, these require permits through the Department of Environmental Quality. This is a common sense change to improve flexibility when working with the road construction industry.
PASSED 109-0
372 5/23/2018 HB 4475 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4475 (Rep. Howell) Institutes a strategy for management of public land, which includes guidelines for buying and selling land from private individuals, an updated schedule for management practices, and a method of updating the legislature on accomplishment of land management goals. EXPLANATION: Currently, Michigan does not have a good strategy for managing our more than 4.6 million acres of public land. Over the last several years, the Department of Natural Resources has developed a process to provide better management practices, and the legislature is required to approve the plan.
PASSED 67-42
371 5/23/2018 HB 5579 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5579 (Rep. Kelly) Appropriations; zero budget; fiscal year 2018-2019 omnibus appropriations for school aid, higher education, and community colleges; provide for. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
370 5/23/2018 HB 5575 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5575 (Rep. Brann) Appropriations; zero budget; department of insurance and financial services; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
369 5/23/2018 HB 5574 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5574 (Rep. Brann) Appropriations; zero budget; department of licensing and regulatory affairs; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
368 5/23/2018 HB 5572 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5572 (Rep. Hernandez) Appropriations; zero budget; state transportation department; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
367 5/23/2018 HB 5570 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5570 (Rep. Bizon) Appropriations; zero budget; department of military and veterans affairs; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
366 5/23/2018 HB 5568 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5568 (Rep. Victory) Appropriations; zero budget; department of agriculture and rural development; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
365 5/23/2018 HB 5567 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5567 (Rep. VerHeulen) Appropriations; zero budget; general government; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
364 5/23/2018 HB 5562 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5562 (Rep. Pagel) Appropriations; zero budget; corrections; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
363 5/23/2018 HB 5561 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5561 (Rep. Miller) Appropriations; zero budget; department of state police; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
FAILED 109-0
360-362 5/22/2018 SB 652 – SB 354 Passage Yes I voted NO on SB 652 (Sen. Casperson), SB 653 (Sen. Booher) & SB 654 (Sen. Robertson) These bills would create an advisory board made up of representatives from various industries to review all proposed environmental rules during the Department of Environmental Quality rulemaking process. EXPLANATION: These bills put special interest groups with their own agendas in charge of making rules. We should not have unelected interest groups with financial incentives writing our laws. I believe that these rules should go through the legislature so the people can hold their elected officials accountable.
All three bills PASSED 57-51 58-50 & 59-49 respectively
350-359 5/22/2018 SB 731 – SB 740 Passage Yes I voted YES on SBs 731-740 (various sponsors) Provide general updates to state law that governs registers of deeds in order to provide clarity and codify current practices. EXPLANATION: With the many updates to modern technology, there are aspects of filing documents with register of deeds that need to be updated. These changes are mainly technical clarifications.
All bills PASSED:
SB 731 (Sen. Zorn):107-1
SB 732 (Sen. Zorn): 108-0
SB 733 (Sen. Zorn): 108-0
SB 734 (Sen. Conyers): 108-0
SB 735 (Sen. Knezek): 108-0
SB 736 (Sen. Hertel): 108-0
SB 737 (Sen. Hertel): 106-2
SB 738 (Sen. Proos): 108-0
SB 739 (Sen. Proos): 108-0
SB 740 (Sen. Proos): 108-0
348 & 349 5/22/2018 HB 5620 & HB 5621 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5620 (Rep. Hornberger) & HB 5621 (Rep. Allor) Allows the purchaser of certain tangible personal property to apply for a refund of the sales and use tax from the Department of Treasury. EXPLANATION: Currently the burden is placed on the seller, which often makes it difficult for the purchaser to recoup their savings. This legislation allows the purchaser to go directly to Treasury without the hassle of going through a middleman.
Both bills PASSED 107-1
347 5/22/2018 HB 5235 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5235 (Rep. Marino) Amends the Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act to give employers on a regularly scheduled monthly payment schedule 16 days after the end of the previous month to pay employees. EXPLANATION: This streamlines the payroll process and provides options for companies when paying employees.
PASSED 70-38
346 5/22/2018 HB 5093 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5093 (Rep. LaFave) Amends MPSERS to provide a 3 percent employer match for certain employees who elected to switch from a defined benefit (pension) to a defined contribution (401k-style) retirement plan in 2012. EXPLANATION: A small group of members who originally elected to switch to a defined contribution plan in 2012 were not included in the enhanced defined contribution plan under pension reform legislation passed earlier this year, which offers teachers the same retirement plans as other state employees.
PASSED 108-0
345 5/17/2018 HB 5902 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5902 (Rep. Lauwers) Establishes a special electric rate between Consumers Energy and one particular electric customer, Hemlock Semiconductor near Midland. EXPLANATION: This specific company will be permitted to continue receiving several state tax credits, further increasing the burden on other taxpayers. By instituting this special rate for this specific company, all other electric customers will pay higher rates, because under current law, Consumers Energy is guaranteed the same profit. Our electric rates are already one of the highest in the country – we do not need legislation to further burden ratepayers. The state should not be picking winners and losers.
PASSED 77-31
344 5/17/2018 HB 5638 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5638 (Rep. Miller) Streamlines the process and institutes scientific reasoning for how the Department of Environmental Quality reviews, tests and processes large quantity water user (farmers etc.) withdrawal permits. EXPLANATION: This cuts through bureaucratic tape and simplifies the process of applying a large quantity water permit.
PASSED 93-15
343 5/17/2018 HB 5834 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5834 (Rep. LaFave) Exempts persons with a mobility disability from being required to obtain a drivers license to operate a mobility device (powered wheelchair etc.) when not on the road. EXPLANATION: This is a technical fix to provide clarity in state law.
PASSED 108-0
342 5/17/2018 HB 5374 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5374 (Rep. Howrylak) Clarifies that a power-driven mobility device (powered wheelchair etc.) being used by a person with a mobility disability would fall under the definition of “pedestrian” not “vehicle.” EXPLANATION: This is a technical fix to provide clarity in state law.
PASSED 108-0
341 5/17/2018 HB 5923 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5923 (Rep. Alexander) Names a portion of I-94 in Jackson County as the “Corrections Officers Jack Budd and Josephine McCallum Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward this project.
PASSED 108-0
340 5/17/2018 HB 5766 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5766 (Rep. Cole) Allows private snow plow trucks to use rotating amber lights on the road between jobs and allows wider snow plows to be attached to a vehicle. EXPLANATION: This is a common-sense change. Plow trucks should be allowed to leave safety lights on when travelling between jobs.
PASSED 107-1
339 5/17/2018 HB 5635 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5635 (Rep. Cole) Expands the regular meeting requirement for equalization of the boards of commissioners from the Tuesday following the second Monday in April, to a range from that Tuesday until the third Monday in April. EXPLANATION: This bill gives counties a week long option, rather than a one day option regarding when they hold their monthly meeting
PASSED 108-0
338 5/17/2018 HB 5454 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5454 (Rep. Lucido) Allows a property owner to retain his/her principal residence exemption (PRE) on his or her property if the owner can no longer occupy the home due to damage or destruction of the principal residence. EXPLANATION: PRE should not be eliminated for an individual while their damaged/destroyed principle residence is being repaired.
PASSED 108-0
337 5/17/2018 HB 4679 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4679 (Rep. Lilly) Requires the Senate and House Fiscal Agencies to supply a fiscal note for each bill assigned to a committee and to distribute the fiscal notes to all members before a vote is taken in committee and on the floor. EXPLANATION: This would provide more transparency and fiscal information to lawmakers when considering legislation.
PASSED 107-1
336 5/17/2018 HB 5411 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5411 (Rep. Barrett) Clarifies who is considered a “covered employee” for the purpose of receiving retirement benefits. EXPLANATION: This technical change ensures that a “Corrections Security Inspector” and “Corrections Security Representative” receive retirement benefits as employees of the State of Michigan.
PASSED 108-0
335 5/17/2018 HB 5782 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5782 (Rep. Crawford) Names a portion of US-23 as the “Major Andrew Becker Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward this project.
PASSED 108-0
331-334 5/16/2018 HB 5750-5751 & HB 5953-5954 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5750 (Rep. Kahle), HB 5751 (Rep. Rendon) & HB 5953,54 (Rep. Kahle) Would allow for the use of newborn “drop boxes” for parents wishing to anonymously surrender their child. EXPLANATION: This bill provides a safe and legal alternative to abandonment or infanticide of unwanted newborns.
All bills PASSED
HB 5750: 97-11
HB 5751: 94-14
HB 5953: 96-12
330 5/16/2018 SB 883 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 883 (Sen. Booher) Approves funding for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund 2017-2018 projects. EXPLANATION: The legislature is required to sign off on projects that have been vetted and approved by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board.
PASSED 107-1
328 & 329 5/16/2018 HB 5325 & HB 5720 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5325 (Rep. Afendoulis) & HB 5720 (Rep. VerHeulen) Allows local units of government to assess all occupants, residential and commercial within a Principal Shopping District, a Business Improvement District or a Business Improvement Zone. EXPLANATION: This is expanding taxation to residential occupants only in certain geographical areas.
Both bills PASSED 76-32 & 77-31 respectively
327 5/16/2018 HB 5811 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5811 (Rep. Farrington) Provides for the state to review and approve the use of at least one remote electronic notarization program. EXPLANATION: Currently, the majority of documents that are notarized can be electronically signed, so changes should be made to allow notaries to electronically sign documents.
PASSED 105-3
326 5/16/2018 HB 5805 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 5805 (Rep. Bizon) Requires that a pharmacist who is substituting a lower cost generically equivalent drug product to only charge the selling price of that drug to a cash paying customer. EXPLANATION: This is forcing a company to sell their product at a specific price point to a specific group of customers.
PASSED 105-3
322-325 5/16/2018 HB 5892-5895 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5892 (Rep. Allor), HB 5893 (Rep. Rendon), HB 5894 (Rep. Hauck) & HB 5895 (Rep. LaFave) Repeals various references to probation camps that no longer exist. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
All bills PASSED
HB 5892: 104-4
HB 5893: 99-9
HB 5894: 99-9
HB 5895: 98-10
317-321 5/16/2018 HB 5884-5888 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5884 (Rep. Noble), HB 5885 (Rep. Kosowski), HB 5886 (Rep. Johnson), HB 5887 (Rep. Bellino) & HB 5888 (Rep. Hammoud) Repeals various references to tuberculosis sanatoriums. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
All bills PASSED
HB 5884: 105-3
HB 5885: 106-2
HB 5886: 104-4
HB 5887: 105-3
HB 5888: 105-3
316 5/16/2018 HB 5775 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5775 (Rep. Hauck) Repeals section 59 of the Penal Code, which relates to the disposition or sale of animals permanently unfit to work. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 99-9
315 5/15/2018 HB 5769 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5769 (Rep. Rendon) Repeals an outdated provision authorizing land sites for a boys’ vocational school. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 107-1
312-314 5/15/2018 HB 5761-5763 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5761 (Rep. Bellino), HB 5762 (Rep. Kahle) & HB 5763 (Rep. Griffin) Repeals several references to making or procuring false protests. EXPLANATION: Today, these provisions are covered by insurance fraud laws. This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 106-2, 106-2 & 104-4 respectively
310 & 311 5/15/2018 HB 5738 & HB 5741 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5738 (Rep. Noble) & HB 5741 (Rep. LaFave) Repeals various provisions related to an outdated interstate compact between Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. EXPLANATION: This section of the statute is now obsolete and can be repealed.
PASSED 108-0 & 105-3
309 5/15/2018 SB 848 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 848 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Appropriations; zero budget; omnibus budget appropriations; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 105-3
308 5/15/2018 HB 5934 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5934 (Rep. Canfield) Puts into law the funding methodology for the rural hospital access pool and the obstetrical stabilization pool. EXPLANATION: As the Medicaid population increases and decreases with the changes in the economy, the legislature may be faced with amending this new statute every year to adjust the funding formula. When government involves itself in the healthcare industry, prices rise and quality decreases. We should be focusing on getting government out of the healthcare industry instead of expanding its influence.
PASSED 107-1
307 5/15/2018 HB 5908 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5908 (Rep. VerHeulen) Changes the reimbursement formula for the Personal Property Tax (PPT). EXPLANATION: This ensures that the PPT reimbursement to local units of government would be more equitable across the state.
PASSED 92-16
306 5/15/2018 HB 5901 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5901 (Rep. Whiteford) Extends the Crime Victims Rights funding of the statewide trauma system for 3 additional years. EXPLANATION: The crime victim’s fund should not be used as a funding stream for a statewide trauma center, as only a portion of that system will actually serve victims of crimes. This earmark should be eliminated altogether.
PASSED 69-39
305 5/15/2018 SB 839 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 839 (Sen. Casperson) Allows greater flexibility in determining if a full permit review is needed when changes are made to a mining permit. EXPLANATION: This cuts through bureaucratic tape and streamlines the process of modifying an existing mining permit.
PASSED 63-45
304 5/15/2018 SB 839 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
303 5/15/2018 HB 5575 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5575 (Rep. Brann) Appropriations; zero budget; department of insurance and financial services; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 107-1
302 5/15/2018 HB 5574 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5574 (Rep. Brann) Appropriations; zero budget; department of licensing and regulatory affairs; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 107-1
301 5/15/2018 HB 5572 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5572 (Rep. Hernandez) Appropriations; zero budget; state transportation department; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 107-1
300 5/15/2018 HB 5570 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5570 (Rep. Bizon) Appropriations; zero budget; department of military and veterans affairs; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 105-3
299 5/15/2018 HB 5568 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5568 (Rep. Victory) Appropriations; zero budget; department of agriculture and rural development; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 107-1
298 5/15/2018 HB 5567 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5567 (Rep. VerHeulen) Appropriations; zero budget; general government; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 107-1
297 5/15/2018 HB 5562 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5562 (Rep. Pagel) Appropriations; zero budget; corrections; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 107-1
296 5/15/2018 HB 5561 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5561 (Rep. Miller) Appropriations; zero budget; department of state police; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 106-2
295 5/15/2018 SB 863 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 863 (Sen. Hansen) Appropriations; zero budget; school aid appropriations; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 106-2
294 5/15/2018 SB 862 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 862 (Sen. Green) Appropriations; zero budget; department of natural resources; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 106-2
293 5/15/2018 SB 859 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 859 (Sen. Proos) Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 107-1
292 5/15/2018 SB857 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 857 (Sen. Schuitmaker) Appropriations; zero budget; higher education; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 106-2
291 5/15/2018 SB 856 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 856 (Sen. MacGregor) Appropriations; zero budget; department of health and human services; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 106-2
290 5/15/2018 SB 854 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 854 (Sen. Green) Appropriations; zero budget; department of environmental quality; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 106-2
289 5/15/2018 SB 853 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 853 (Sen. Hansen) Appropriations; zero budget; department of education; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 107-1
288 5/15/2018 SB 851 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 851 (Sen. Booher) Appropriations; zero budget; community colleges; provide for fiscal year 2018-2019. EXPLANATION: Procedural budget vote.
PASSED 106-2
287 5/15/2018 SB 647 Passage No I voted NO on SB 647 (Sen. Zorn) Reauthorizes the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. EXPLANATION: This program expired last year and does not need to be renewed.
PASSED 104-4
285 & 286 5/15/2018 SB 840 & SB 881 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 840 & SB 881 (Sen. Casperson) Streamline the waste treatment facilities permit renewal process relating to mining operations. EXPLANATION: This cuts through bureaucratic tape and streamlines the process of modifying an existing mining permit.
The bills PASSED 66-42 & 63-45
284 5/15/2018 HB 5645 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5645 (Rep. Barrett) Allows an alleged victim of a crime involving an assault to have a courtroom support dog and handler to be with the witness during their testimony. EXPLANATION: This provides flexibility for individuals while testifying in a potentially stressful situation.
PASSED 107-1
283 5/15/2018 SB 568 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 568 (Sen. Jones) Increases the permitted handlebar height on a motorcycle from 15 to 30 inches. EXPLANATION: This provides additional flexibility in the style of motorcycle individuals can ride.
PASSED 108-0
282 5/15/2018 HB 5749 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5749 (Rep. Webber) Clarifies that semi-trucks in a “platoon” are not subject to the sufficient space requirement in the Michigan Vehicle Code. EXPLANATION: Autonomous vehicles continue to be developed, dictating updates to Michigan’s traffic laws.
PASSED 64-44
281 5/15/2018 HB 5407 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5407 (Rep. Hughes) Requires defendants to remain in the courtroom while victim impact statements are given. EXPLANATION: The law currently provides victims the right to make an impact statement, but no requirement that the defendant be present. Perpetrators should have to face their victims in court if the victim so chooses.
PASSED 105-3
280 5/15/2018 SB 551 Concurrence No I voted NO on SB 551 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Creates an additional layer of bureaucracy to advise how much revenue the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) Board should make available annually. EXPLANATION: Creating this additional layer of bureaucracy is unnecessary, because if the Legislature believes that projects proposed by the NRTF board are not appropriate, the budget can already be voted down as proposed. This is a solution in search of a problem.
PASSED 56-51
278 & 279 5/10/2018 SB 803 & SB 804 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 803 & SB 804 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Allows the MI Liquor Control Commission to issue a liquor license to an entity operating in a state-owned building that is larger than one million square feet and is located on state-owned land, and would allow the facility to be operated without the guidance of a blind person. EXPLANATION: This allows vacant space in large state buildings to be used for an eating establishment. This bills slightly decrease the state requirements and limitations that are currently in effect for eating establishments that operate in state-owned buildings.
Both bills PASSED 103-3 & 99-8 respectively
277 5/8/2018 HB 4158 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4158 (Rep. 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: Law enforcement should not be able to seize and forfeit property from a person who is never even charged with or convicted of a crime. No one should profit from criminal activity, but an individual’s constitutional right to due process must be protected as well.
PASSED 83-26
274-276 5/8/2018 HBs 5828 – 5830 Passage No I voted NO on HBs 5828 – 5830 (Rep. Wentworth, Rep. Hornberter and Rep. Kosowski) These bills created a statewide School Safety Commission, and institute new statewide mandates on school building codes. EXPLANATION: As a firm advocate of local control, I believe each school district should determine what safety measures are most applicable to their specific student body, building and grounds. Safety needs in Grand Rapids will be much different then Sault Ste. Marie. These provisions also would apply to private schools, which is an increase of government mandates while not receiving government funding. At the local level, school boards have a direct look at the needs of their district, and can be accountable for their decisions better than an unelected statewide commission.
The bills PASSED 98-11, 97-12 and 97-12 respectively
273 5/8/2018 HB 5830 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
270-272 5/8/2018 HB 5850-5852 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 5850 – 5852 (Rep. Iden, Rep. LaFave and Rep. Bellino) These bills create several common-sense measures to increase school safety, as well as extending the OK2SAY program run by the MI Attorney General. School safety measures will be reported to Michigan State Police and additional active shooter training will be added to police training standards. EXPLANATION: We have a responsibility to protect students so that they can learn in a safe environment, and these are a step in the right direction.
The bills PASSED 108-1, 69-40 and 108-1 respectively
269 5/8/2018 HB 5829 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
268 SB 440 Passage No I voted NO on SB 440 (Sen. Hansen) Creates the “Michigan Craft Beverage Council” fund within the state treasury. EXPLANATION: A state-run council is unnecessary. The industry stakeholders should instead form and belong to a private trade association that seeks to represent its members’ and the industry’s interests if they so choose.
PASSED 107-2
267 5/3/2018 HB 5768 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5768 (Rep. Iden) Puts into law administrative rules dealing with delivering out-of-state alcohol to wholesalers that implements a 24-hour holding period after delivery. EXPLANATION: Adding more wait time does not improve public safety, and only drives costs up.
266 5/3/2018 HB 5767 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5767 (Rep. Hauck) Streamlines the Special License (for an outdoor event etc.) process to allow beer or wine dispensing equipment and brand-logoed tents to be provided by the manufacturer, as well as alcohol to be delivered ahead-of-time instead of the day of the event. EXPLANATION: These changes provide more freedom to those holding the event, and help streamline logistics for those involved.
PASSED 105-2
265 5/3/2018 HB 4667 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4667 (Rep. Iden) Changes the name of the “Grape & Wine Industry Council” to the “Michigan Craft Beverage Council. EXPLANATION: A state-run council is unnecessary. The industry stakeholders should instead form and belong to a private trade association that seeks to represent its members’ and the industry’s interests.
PASSED 104-3
264 5/2/2018 HB 5711 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5711 (Rep. Cole) Allows DNR Mentored Youth Hunting Program participants to hunt on public lands. EXPLANATION: Currently, youth participating in this hunt are only allowed to hunt on private land.
PASSED 102-7
263 5/2/2018 HB 4991 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4991 (Rep. Howrylak) Provides that compensation from wrongful imprisonment be excluded from total household resources when calculating the homestead property tax credit. EXPLANATION: When an individual is wrongly imprisoned for an act they never committed, they should not be taxed on the compensation they receive.
PASSED 107-2
262 5/1/2018 SB 815 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 815 (Sen. Horn) Revises the 50% vehicle registration fee reduction for wheelchair vans by allowing the fee reduction to be given to vehicles that have permanent wheelchair lifts or hand controls. EXPLANATION: Currently, this discount is limited specifically to “vans” that meet the accessibility requirement. This bill allows any vehicle that has been modified for an individual’s accessibility needs to qualify.
PASSED 109-0
261 5/1/2018 HB 5662 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5662 (Rep. VanderWall) Allows an individual to operate an ORV without a helmet when towing an ice-fishing shanty or similar structure across a public lake. EXPLANATION: Michigan law already permits motorcyclists to ride without a helmet. Why should an individual operating an ORV be required to wear a helmet?
PASSED 106-3
260 5/1/2018 HB 5391 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5391 (Rep. VanderWall) Allows the use of “electric skateboards” on public roads. EXPLANATION: Currently, electric skateboards are not allowed to operate on state roads. I believe the regulations put in place are still too high but this is a step in the right direction.
PASSED 96-13
259 5/1/2018 HB 5504 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5504 (Rep. Wittenberg) Revises law to remove mandated use of an “audible signal” when overtaking passing another vehicle. EXPLANATION: This is an outdated provision that is no longer practical with modern vehicles.
PASSED 109-0
258 5/1/2018 SB 297 Passage No I voted NO on SB 297 (Sen. Horn) Increases government regulation on electricians in Michigan. EXPLANATION: This bill creates further industry barriers to entry for electricians. At a time when we are trying to promote our skilled trades, we should not make it harder for people to enter the field.
PASSED 89-20
257 5/1/2018 HHB 5692 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5672 (Rep. Tedder) Names a portion of M-15 in Oakland County the “Deputy Eric Overall Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
256 5/1/2018 HB 5234 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5234 (Rep. Howrylak) Allows counties to place a prisoner on medical probation, and allows them to release a prisoner if the prisoner is expected to die within the next 6 months. EXPLANATION: It is entirely subjective as to when someone will die. Victims should have the comfort of knowing that when a criminal is sentenced, they will serve the full sentence that has been determined by our judicial system.
PASSED 99-10
254 & 255 4/26/2018 HB 4916 & HB 4917 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4916 & HB 4917 (Rep. Howrylak) Amends the Business Corporation Act to change the late filing penalties for annual reports filed by Professional Limited Liability Companies from a one-time $50 fee to a $10 fee for each month when late, not exceeding $50. EXPLANATION: Revising this process brings these late fees in line with other business corporation filing requirements.
Both bills PASSED 109-0
253 4/26/2018 HB 5530 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5530 (Rep. Theis) Prohibits a juvenile convicted of a criminal sexual conduct crime from returning to the same school building they previously attended if the victim also attends at that building. EXPLANATION: Juveniles convicted of criminal sexual conduct should not be allowed to return to the same school as their victims, as it may further victimize the individuals who have already suffered enough from the crime.
PASSED 106-3
252 4/26/2018 HB 4422 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4422 (Rep. Hughes) Allows individuals without a teacher certificate to be employed as substitute teachers if they hold a professional license or certificate in the subject matter he or she would teach. Retired teachers who return as substitute teachers would also be able to teach without affecting their retirement benefits. EXPLANATION: The more flexibility and local control that can be given to our local schools regarding teacher hiring decisions, the better.
PASSED 106-3
251 4/25/2018 HB 5181 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5181 (Rep. Farrington) Gives secured parties (banks etc.) similar rights to owners when attempting to recover an abandoned vehicle. EXPLANATION: The bill allows a secured party to recover an abandoned vehicle 10 days after it has been towed if the owner has not attempted to recover the vehicle.
PASSED 109-0
250 4/25/2018 SB 618 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 618 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Names a portion of M-59 in Livingston County as the “Candice Dunn Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway
249 4/25/2018 HB 5782 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5782 (Rep. Crawford) Names a portion of US-23 as the “Major Andrew Becker Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
248 4/25/2018 HB 4828 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4828 (Rep. Greig) Names a portion of I-696 as the “Trooper Vicki Moreau DeVries Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
247 4/25/2018 HB 5673 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5673 (Rep. Allor) Names a portion of US-23 as the “Trooper Larry Forreider Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
246 4/25/2018 HB 5664 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5664 (Rep. Wittenberg) Names a portion of I-96 as the “Officer Mason Samborski Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 107-2
244 & 245 4/24/2018 HB 5578 & HB 5579 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 5578 (Rep. Cox) & HB 5579 (Rep. Kelly) These bills are the House proposed budgets for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. EXPLANATION: There has been some good work and sound financial practices in many of the budget categories. However, these bills rolled sixteen different budgets into two omnibus budget bills. I believe we need to have a more open process where each budget category is voted on individually, with record roll call votes on amendments. Not doing this stifles debate and even though I could have supported several of the budget areas independently, I could not support them as a whole.One of my main objections is that the budget still includes funding that goes toward abortion providers. I proposed an amendment that would prohibit all state and federal funds from going towards abortion providers, but unfortunately it was not adopted. I cannot in good conscience support a budget that continues to fund these abortion providers. As the budget process progresses, I will continue to advocate for a smaller and more responsible state government to ensure your taxpayer dollars are being used in an efficient manner.
PASSED 66-41 & 71-36 respectively
240 – 243 4/24/2018 HB 5726 – HB 5729 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5726 (Rep. Leutheuser), HB 5727 (Rep. Hornberger), HB 5728 (Rep. Noble) & HB 5729 (Rep. Iden) Create the Pyramid Promotion Scheme Act. EXPLANATION: These bills would clarify the differences between pyramid scheme business models and other direct selling businesses.
All four bills PASSED 88-19, 86-21, 96-11 & 90-17 respectively
239 4/24/2018 HB 5085 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5085 (Rep. Marino) Statutorily restricts certain tax dollars to be used for substance abuse prevention and treatment. EXPLANATION: We should not be restricting how future tax dollars are spent. These funds should go through the normal appropriation process and be spent in a way that makes the most sense at that time. Substance abuse prevention and treatment may seem appropriate now, but fifteen years down the road we may have other needs and should have the flexibility to respond to those needs.
PASSED 104-3
238 4/24/2018 HB 4925 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4945 (Rep. Miller) Allows for the operation of golf carts on certain public roads in townships. EXPLANATION: This provides a further option for those townships wishing to permit a golf cart as a means of transportation.
PASSED 67-40
237 4/24/2018 HB 4628 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4628 (Rep. Rendon) Names a portion of M-66 between M-55 in Lake City and M-72 in Kalkaska the “Veterans Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 106-0
235 & 236 4/19/2018 HB 5686 & HB 5687 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5686 (Rep. Hornberger) & HB 5687 (Rep. Griffin) Clarify that the Secretary of State shall not issue a driver’s license or state ID with a term that exceeds the number of days an individual is in the U.S. legally. EXPLANATION: This legislation ensures that when an individual’s visa expires they are not allowed to continue carrying a valid drivers license or state ID.
Both bills PASSED 99-10 & 96-13 respectively
232-234 4/19/2018 5644, HB 5646 & HB 5669 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5644 (Rep. Barrett), HB 5646 (Rep. Calley) & HB 5669 (Rep. Miller) Codify current voting practices relating to spoiled absentee ballots, verifying that the Qualified Voter File is accurate, and clarifying acceptable ID requirements for voters. EXPLANATION: These are already current policies within the Michigan Secretary of State. These bills simply put those policies into statute.
All three bills PASSED 107-2, 107-2 & 64-45 respectively
231 4/18/2018 HB 4115 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4115 (Rep. Leutheuser) Increases the aggregate value of the sales tax exemption for raising funds from a $5,000 exemption to a $10,000 exemption for a non-profit organization that raises less than $25,000. EXPLANATION: This will allow non-profit organizations to devote more of their resources to the mission of their organization instead of paying taxes.
PASSED 76-33
230 4/18/2018 SB 290 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 290 (Sen. Robertson) Requires a candidate who requests a recount to pay an increased fee per precinct if he or she lost the election by more than 75 votes or 5 percent of the total number of votes cast, whichever is greater. EXPLANATION: The current structure of fees is too low to adequately pay for the costs of a recount. Taxpayers should not be footing the bill, especially for a frivolous recount.
PASSED 93-16
229 4/17/2018 HB 5321 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5321 (Rep. Cole) Places a moratorium on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from issuing permits that include authorizing the sterilization of game animals. EXPLANATION: Recent scientific studies have shown that sterilizing deer is not an effective method for lowering the population in a particular area.
PASSED 69-40
228 4/17/2018 SB 841 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 841 (Sen. Brandenburg) Reduces the personal liability of business partners registered as a Limited Liability Partnership. EXPLANATION: These changes will put Michigan on a level playing field with the other 46 state in the United States that offer greater personal protection to business partners.
PASSED 107-1
227 4/12/2018 HB 4891 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4891 (Rep. Lucido) Clarifies that a parent, guardian, or foster parent of a minor child may monitor their phone conversations. EXPLANATION: This bill confirms the right of parents, foster parents, and guardians to monitor their children’s phone calls until they turn 18 and are no longer legally responsible for their behavior.
PASSED 105-3
226 4/12/2018 HB 4971 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4971 (Rep. Cochran) Raises the amount of reward money a county can offer for information leading to the arrest of a criminal from $2,000 to $20,000. EXPLANATION: This expands options for counties when setting reward amounts.
PASSED 108-0
221 – 225 4/12/2018 SBs 810 – 814 Passage Yes I voted YES on SBs 810 – 814 (Sen. Robertson) Amend the Michigan Election Law to make general revisions and removes outdated and obsolete provisions. EXPLANATION: Eliminating unnecessary and outdated election law is common sense reform.
217- 220 4/11/12/2018 HB 4561 – 4564 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4561 (Lauwers), HB 4562 (Rep. VanderWall), HB 4563 (Rep. Rendon) & HB 4564 (Barrett) Define the meaning of “agriculture.” EXPLANATION: These bills clarify that personal property exemptions for agriculture related products and processes apply only when being used for agricultural purposes.
The bills PASSED 87-22, 97-11, 91-17 & 86-23 respectively.
216 4/11/2018 SB 809 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 809 (Sen. Robertson) Amends the Michigan Election Law to make general revisions and removes outdated and obsolete provisions. EXPLANATION: Eliminating unnecessary and outdated election law is common sense reform.
PASSED 107-2
215 4/10/2018 SB 521 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 521 (Sen. Jones) Codifies the practice of “all way stop” when traffic lights are out. EXPLANATION: This bill clarifies the law to reflect current practice by many motorists.
PASSED 99-10
214 4/10/2018 HB 4522 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4522 (Rep. Whiteford) Allows an individual to claim an additional dependency exemption in the tax year in which the taxpayer received a Michigan Certificate of Stillbirth. EXPLANATION: This bill recognizes the personhood of a stillborn child.
PASSED 109-0
212 & 213 4/10/2018 HB 5508 & HB 5509 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5508 & HB 5509 (Rep. Inman) Amends the Summer Resort and Park Associations Act and the Nonprofit Corporation Act to allow summer resort associations to become nonprofit organizations. EXPLANATION: All homeowners associations in the State of Michigan should have the same classification and be considered nonprofits.
Both bills PASSED 108-1
211 3/22/2018 HB 5678 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5678 (Rep. Kahle) Allows a prescriber to delegate reviewing a patient’s medical or clinical records and medical assessments to another licensed health care professional. EXPLANATION: This ensures individuals such as hospice workers are able to continue to care for their patients after the Legislature passed a new law last year regarding opioid abuse.
PASSED 107-2
210 3/22/2018 HB 5497 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5497 (Rep. Barrett) Prohibits an individual from using a drone to interfere with the official duties of a “public safety official.” EXPLANATION: This ensures that proper protections are in place for our law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel so they can perform their duties without being interfered with by an individual operating a drone.
PASSED 106-3
209 3/22/2018 HB 5496 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 5496 (Rep. Hoitenga) Expands the powers of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission to oversee the regulation of unmanned drones. EXPLANATION: Drones are a quickly-evolving technology, and this would give more power to an unelected bureaucracy which could stifle innovation.
PASSED 107-2
207 & 208 3/22/2018 HB 5495 & HB 5498 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5495 (Rep. Hauck) & HB 5498 (Rep. Lower) Prohibits the use of a drone to knowingly and intentionally interfere with manufacturing plants, electric and natural gas utilities, telecommunication facilities, correctional facilities and law enforcement facilities. EXPLANATION: This protects the safety needs of Michigan’s key facilities while respecting lawful drone operators’ rights.
PASSED 104-5 & 102-7 respectively
206 3/22/2018 HB 5494 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5494 (Rep. Hoitenga) States that drone use is considered an “extension of the individual” with regard to criminal activity. EXPLANATION: This clarifies that if a person is operating a drone and commits a crime using the drone, they would be responsible for the crime committed with the drone.
PASSED 108-1
203-205 3/22/2018 HB 5335, HB 5406 & HB 5408 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5335 (Rep. VerHeulen), HB 5406 (Rep. Victory) & HB 5408 (Rep. Cole) Creates the Michigan Infrastructure Council, the Water Asset Management Council and revises the Transportation Asset Management Council EXPLANATION: Our state doesn’t need more government commissions and councils. Instead of wasting money on a new bureaucracy, we should put the money directly to roads.
The three bills PASSED 107-2, 107-2 and 83-26
202 3/22/2018 HB 5090 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5090 (Rep. VanSingel) Exempts vehicles towing trailers (for example, lawn care businesses) from having to stop at weigh stations. EXPLANATION: This gets rid of a victimless offense that is rarely enforced.
PASSED 88-21
201 3/22/2018 HB 5626 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5626 (Rep. Noble) Provides the option to counties for all school districts that would receive funds under a new or renewed enhanced millage ballot question to be listed collectively as “public schools” instead of listing each school district individually on the ballot. EXPLANATION: This allows ISD enhancement millages to be simplified, allowing easier comprehension of the millage being proposed.
PASSED 56-53
200 3/22/2018 HB 4871 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4871 (Rep. Chang) Makes several technical changes to the way Business Improvement Zones operate. EXPLANATION: This bill allows for a shorter timeframe if a project will not take the full amount of time.
PASSED 107-2
199 3/22/2018 HB 5283 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5283 (Rep. Frederick) Expands the eligible activities for site cleanup under the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act. EXPLANATION: This bill merely is a bailout for a specific project whose developer made a bad business decision.
PASSED 66-43
197 & 198 3/22/2018 HB 5620 & HB 5621 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5620 (Rep. Hornberger) & HB 5621 (Rep. Allor) Allows the purchaser of certain tangible personal property to apply for a refund of the sales and use tax from the Department of Treasury. EXPLANATION: Currently the burden is placed on the seller, which often makes it difficult for the purchaser to recoup their savings. This legislation allows the purchaser to go directly to Treasury without the hassle of going through a middleman.
Both bills PASSED 109-0
196 3/22/2018 HB 5487 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5487 (Rep. Canfield) Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a uniform Medicaid credentialing process. EXPLANATION: This simplifies the credentialing process that Michigan health providers need to go through, which in turn is less government red tape.
PASSED 109-0
195 3/22/2018 HB 5152 & 5153 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5152 (Rep. Singh) & HB 5153 (Rep. Canfield) Requires the Department of Health and Humans Services to develop a non-opioid directive form. EXPLANATION: This form is unnecessary and creates more red tape for healthcare providers. This statement can already be made without a government-issued form.
Both bills PASSED 108-1
194 3/22/2018 HB 5257 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5257 (Rep. Iden) Adds increased government regulation on what kind of software a person can possess. EXPLANATION: There are already laws prohibiting technology from being used for nefarious purposes. This legislation is allowing for people to be prosecuted based off of circumstantial evidence.
PASSED 106-3
191 &193 3/22/2018 HB 5017 & 5018 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5017 & HB 5018 (Rep. Lucido) Creates both a misdemeanor and a felony level offense for cyberbullying. EXPLANATION: The bill adds another crime to the books for an act that can already be covered by another criminal offense. This is merely a feel-good piece of legislation for something that is already illegal.
PASSED 91-17 and 92-17 respectively
189 & 190 3/21/2018 HB 4106 & HB 5676 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4106 (Rep. LaFave) & HB 5676 (Rep. Iden) Allows high school credit to be given to a pupil in grades 9-12 after the successful completion of an internship or work experience. EXPLANATION: This allows credit for skills learned outside the classroom to be used toward a high school diploma.
Both bills PASSED 104-4 & 106-2 respectively
188 3/21/2018 SB 801 Passage No I voted NO on SB 801 (Sen. Jones) Adds Tianeptine Sodium as a schedule 2 controlled substance. EXPLANATION: Tianeptine Sodium is an antidepressant which is not currently regulated by any other state in the United States. We should wait until there is further data on this product before banning it.
PASSED 102-6
187 3/21/2018 SB 727 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 727 (Sen. Pavlov) Eliminating the requirement that an individual must pass the basic skills examination (currently the SAT) when pursuing an interim teaching certificate. EXPLANATION: This makes applying for an interim teaching certificate more accessible to a greater number of candidates.
PASSED 85-23
186 3/21/2018 SB 712 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 712 (Sen. Stamas) Amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to clarify a public body that subscribes to the state’s law enforcement records management system is responsible for FOIA requests related to that public body’s data. EXPLANATION: This ensures that those agencies that input certain information are directly responsible for requests for that information.
PASSED 106-2
185 3/21/2018 HB 4265 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4265 (Rep. Hughes) Mandates that vehicles leave at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. EXPLANATION: We should not be mandating a subjective number when common sense already dictates caution when passing a bicyclist. Current law already prohibits reckless driving, which would cover these actions.
PASSED 98-10
184 3/21/2018 HB 4198 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4198 (Rep. Alexander) Requires that drivers training spend one hour of classroom instruction on bicycle and motorcycle safety. EXPLANATION: State law already requires that driver’s training teach bicycle awareness. Assigning a specific time segment to this topic may not fit the needs or be necessary in certain areas of our state. I support allowing local instructors to use their discretion as to what the training needs are for their students instead of a top-down approach to education.
PASSED 102-2
182 & 183 3/21/2018 HB 5652 & HB 5653 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5652 (Rep. Reilly) & HB 5653 (Rep. Leutheuser) Updates mortality tables and related calculations for the State Employees’ Retirement Act and the Judges Retirement Act. EXPLANATION: The most accurate information should be used when making these calculations.
Both bills PASSED 107-1
181 3/21/2018 HB 5230 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5230 (Rep. Marino) & HB 5231 (Rep. Albert) Provides an annuity retirement option to public school and state employees. EXPLANATION: This gives public school and state employees more flexibility in investments when planning for retirement.
Both bills PASSED 73-35 & 71-37 respectively
180 3/21/2018 HB 4360 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4360 (Rep. Lucido) Requires that new vehicle impound structures and services could not be operated by a local unit of government or law enforcement agency unless there are no private vendors willing to submit a bid to provide these services. EXPLANATION: Private companies often provide these services at a cheaper rate than public entities.
PASSED 85-23
179 3/21/2018 HB 5231 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5230 (Rep. Marino) & HB 5231 (Rep. Albert) Provides an annuity retirement option to public school and state employees. EXPLANATION: This gives public school and state employees more flexibility in investments when planning for retirement.
Both bills PASSED 73-35 & 71-37 respectively
178 3/21/2018 HB 5230 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
177 3/21/2018 SB 623 Passage No I voted NO on SB 623 (Sen. Horn) Creates an income tax deduction for a specific project in Saginaw. EXPLANATION: I support a level playing field for all business in Michigan, not a privileged few. There are too many exemptions already on the books in Michigan, and they should be eliminated, not expanded.
PASSED 91-17
176 3/21/2018 HB 4360 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
173 3/21/2018 HB 4922 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4922 (Rep. Yaroch) Gives local police agencies more discretion with how they can use the revenue from inspection fees, and allows local units of government to audit the inspection fee records. EXPLANATION: Police agencies should have more discretion to determine the best way to utilize the revenue from these inspection fees, while still maintaining accountability.
PASSED 107-1
172 3/21/2018 HB 5456 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5456 (Rep. Wentworth) Creates the “Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act.” EXPLANATION: Fraudulent asbestos litigation has been rampant for years, and Michigan must join other states that have passed this common-sense legislation to rein in fraud.
PASSED 83-25
171 3/15/2018 HB 5678 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5678 (Rep. Kahle) Allows a prescriber to delegate reviewing a patient’s medical or clinical records and medical assessments to another licensed health care professional. EXPLANATION: This ensures individuals such as hospice workers are able to continue to care for their patients after the Legislature passed a new law last year regarding opioid abuse.
PASSED 104-2
170 3/15/2018 HBs 5644, 5646 & 5669 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5644 (Rep. Barrett), HB 5646 (Rep. Calley) & HB 5669 (Rep. Miller) These bills codify current voting practices relating to spoiled absentee ballots, verifying that the Qualified Voter File is accurate, and clarifying acceptable ID requirements for voters. EXPLANATION: These are already current policies within the Michigan Secretary of State. These bills simply put those policies into statute.
All three bills PASSED 105-1, 101-5 & 62-44 respectively
169 3/15/2018 HB 5278 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5278 (Rep. Neeley) Modifies the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board to include sexual violence. EXPLANATION: This simply expands the scope of this board.
PASSED 106-0
168 3/15/2018 SB 662 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 662 (Sen. Jones) Amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to define what constitutes a “bona fide member” as that term relates to the sale of alcohol under a Club License. EXPLANATION: This allows members of a club (such as the VFW, American Legion, or Elks) to purchase alcoholic drinks at other posts or locations of the same club to which they are affiliated.
PASSED 106-0
167 3/15/2018 HB 5180 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5180 (Rep. LaFave) Allows individuals with physical disabilities to use pneumatic-powered weapons for hunting under certain circumstances. EXPLANATION: New technologies such as pneumatic bows allows additional technologies to be available to disabled individuals. Those wanting to hunt with a pneumatic bow would need to apply for a permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
PASSED 59-47
166 3/14/2018 HB 5618 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5618 (Rep. Hornberger) Limits the State Aid to Public Libraries Act to ensure that libraries are only funded on the basis of Michigan residents that they serve. EXPLANATION: Taxpayer dollars should not go towards supporting a service provided to a resident of another state.
PASSED 80-28
165 HB 5591 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5591 (Rep. Iden) Establishes a statute of limitations for an alleged violation of the Michigan Occupational Code by a licensed real property appraiser. EXPLANATION: Currently, there is no statute of limitations for this industry. Adding this requirement brings the real property appraiser claim process in line with residential builders and realtors.
PASSED 107-1
164 HB 5536 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5536 (Rep. Wentworth) Creates a county veteran service fund and establishes the criteria counties must meet to receive funding. EXPLANATION: There are some counties in Michigan that do not provide veteran’s services. This legislation helps remove barriers from counties seeking to provide veteran services at the county level.
PASSED 107-1
163 3/14/2018 HB 5430 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5430 (Rep. Theis) Allows insurers to deliver notices and provide certain documents electronically if requested by the customer. EXPLANATION: There are aspects of the insurance law that still require paper copies even if a customer requests all communication to be electronic. This law needs to be updated to provide more flexibility to the customer.
PASSED 108-0
162 3/13/2018 HB 5609 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5609 (Rep. Love) The bill increases the value limit on gifts from property-casualty insurers and agents to applicants and insurers from $10 to $50. EXPLANATION: The state should not be regulating what private companies give to their customers as a perk of business.
PASSED 107-2
158-161 3/13/2018 SB 590-SB 593 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 590-SB 593 (Sen. Stamas & Sen. Shirkey) Allows communities to take into account Personal Property Tax reimbursements when calculating their debt limit, which maintains the same debt capacity that each local unit of government had prior to the phase-out of eligible manufacturing personal property tax. EXPLANATION: This legislation allows communities to continue using their debt limit calculations.
All four bills PASSED 106-3
157 3/13/2018 SB 589 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 589 (Sen. MacGregor) Expands the definition of an “electric patrol vehicle” to allow three-wheeled vehicles (Segways) on public sidewalks. EXPLANATION: Current law prohibits law enforcement from operating three-wheeled Segways on a public sidewalk. This bill simply allows these vehicles to be operated on a public sidewalk.
PASSED 106-3
156 3/13/2018 HB 5384 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5394 (Rep. Wentworth) Names a portion of Business Route 127 as the “SPC Robert Friese Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
155 3/13/2018 HB 4084 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4084 (Rep. Tedder) Removes the three-credit course of study in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities requirement in order to receive a professional teaching certificate. EXPLANATION: There is little data to indicate that this requirement is effective. This requirement can be a barrier to entry for new teachers.
PASSED 102-7
154 3/13/2018 HB 4643 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4643 (Rep. Maturen) Amends the State Real Estate Transfer Tax to allow a buyer to request a refund from the State for payment of the State Real Estate Transfer Tax if the transfer of the property is based on land in which a home is built upon. EXPLANATION: This change will ensure new home builders will be able to use the SEV off the improvements made to the land, rather than the plot itself. PASSED 96-1
153 3/13/2018 HB 4811 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4811 (Rep. Victory) Adopts the recently enacted federal food safety rules in state statute to remove the regulatory burden created by a patchwork of food safety requirements for Michigan’s food processors. EXPLANATION: Adoption of these new rules will better assist the agricultural industry in meeting those standards and prevents duplication of effort between federal and state regulators.
PASSED 101-8
151, 152 3/8/2018 HB 5463 & HB 5464 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 5463 (Rep. Chang) & HB 5464 (Rep. Bellino) Prohibits the sale of nitrous oxide to a minor. EXPLANATION: There are plenty of legitimate uses for nitrous oxide, while only a small minority abuse this project. We should not punish everyone else due to the actions of a few bad apples.
Both bills PASSED 104-3
149, 150 3/8/2018 HB 5402 & HB 5403 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5402 (Rep. Farrington) & HB 5403 (Rep. Gay-Dagnogo) Allows recorded forensic interviews of children to be used for training purposes in another county, if authorized by the prosecuting attorney and with the written consent of the minor witness’s nonoffending parent or legal guardian. EXPLANATION: This will ensure that effective training is given to forensic interviewers who may interact with children in the course of an investigation.
Both bills PASSED 105-2 & 106-1 respectively
146 – 148 3/8/2018 HB 5530, HB 5531 & HB 5532 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5530, HB 5531 (Rep. Theis) & HB 5532 (Rep. Santana) Prohibits a juvenile convicted of a criminal sexual conduct crime from returning to the same school building they previously attended if the victim also attends at that building. EXPLANATION: Juveniles convicted of criminal sexual conduct should not be allowed to return to the same school as their victims, as it may further victimize the individuals who have already suffered enough from the crime.
All three bills PASSED 106-1, 93-14 & 106-1 respectively
145 3/8/2018 HB 5407 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5407 (Rep. Hughes) Requires defendants to remain in the courtroom while victim impact statements are given. EXPLANATION: The law currently provides victims the right to make an impact statement, but no requirement that the defendant be present. Perpetrators should have to face their victims in court if the victim so chooses.
PASSED 105-2
143 & 144 3/7/2018 HB 5412 & HB 5413 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5412 (Rep. Iden) & HB 5413 (Rep. Johnson) Amends Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act to expand the definition of non-paper physical media and allow public bodies to publish certain documents electronically. EXPLANATION: The change allows departments and agencies to utilize up-to-date technology going forward, rather than relying on outdated mediums and requiring the legislature to update and approve new mediums via statute.
Both bills PASSED 106-2 and 107-1 respectively
142 3/7/2018 HB 5215 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5215 (Rep. Kahle) Repeals Section 185 of the Michigan Penal Code related to assisting an inmate who escapes from the Adrian girls training school. EXPLANATION: The Adrian girls training school was closed in 2009, so this section is no longer applicable.
PASSED 108-0
141 3/7/2018 HB 5260 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5260 (Rep. Barrett) Amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to define what constitutes a “bona fide member” as that term relates to the sale of alcohol under a Club License. EXPLANATION: This allows members of a club (such as the VFW, American Legion, or Elks) to purchase alcoholic drinks at other posts or locations of the same club to which they are affiliated.
PASSED 108-0
140 3/7/2018 SB 353 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 353 (Sen. Proos) Prevents local units of government from adopting or enforcing ordinances that prohibit an employer from asking certain questions during the interview process. EXPLANATION: Governments shouldn’t be restricting private businesses from asking potential employees about their wage history.
PASSED 62-46
139 3/7/2018 SB 442 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 442 (Sen. Kowall) make various updates to the Business Corporation Act that reflect advancements in technology. EXPLANATION: These changes are mainly technical, and bring Michigan’s business laws up-to-date.
PASSED 108-0
137 & 138 3/7/2018 HB 4887 & HB 5256 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4887 & HB 5256 (Rep. Lucido) Creates a process for pawnbrokers when law enforcement officers have probable cause to believe property could be stolen. EXPLANATION: This gives both law enforcement and pawnbrokers clarity on how to handle suspected stolen property.
Both bills PASSED 107-1
132-136 3/7/2018 HBs 5234, 5245 and 4101 – 4103 Passage No I voted NO on HBs 5234, 5245 and 4101 – 4103 (various sponsors) Allows counties to place a prisoner on medical probation, and allow them to release a prisoner if the prisoner is expected to die within the next 6 months. EXPLANATION: It is entirely subjective as to when someone will die. Victims should have the comfort of knowing that when a criminal is sentenced, he will serve the full sentence that has been determined by our judicial system.
HB 5234 PASSED 99-9
HB 5245 PASSED 98-10
HB 4101 PASSED 94-14
HB 4102 PASSED 95-13
HB 4103 PASSED 101-7
131 3/6/2018 HB 5259 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5259 (Rep. Iden) Adds vehicle identification mandates to dispatch and taxi vehicles. EXPLANATION: This is yet another regulation which places more unnecessary burdens on our businesses.
PASSED 105-3
130 3/6/2018 HB 5417 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5417 (Rep. Johnson) Removes the current mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased when transported in a motor vehicle, including an off-road vehicle. EXPLANATION: This includes a provision that bows, crossbows and slingshots would need to be unloaded and uncocked to transport without a case. This change would bring Michigan in line with several other Great Lakes states that have similar transport provisions.
PASSED 99-9
129 3/6/2018 HB 5417 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4973 (Iden) Exempts from disclosure cybersecurity plans, assessments, and threats, as well as information that would identify a person that could, as a result of the disclosure, become a victim of a cybersecurity incident. EXPLANATION: This bill makes sure state security plans remain confidential so bad actors don’t compromise our security.
PASSED 104-4
127 & 128 3/6/2018 HB 4545 & HB 4546 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4545 (Ellison) and HB 4546 (Howell) Allows access to unemployment insurance data to be accessed by institutions of higher education, intermediate school districts, and Michigan works agency for course training program planning or evaluation. EXPLANATION: This streamlined information is helpful when creating job training programs and courses.
Both bills PASSED 107-1
126 3/1/2018 HB 4321 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4321 (Rep. Cox) $175 million in road funding for state, county, and local road agencies. EXPLANATION: This is leftover money from last year’s budget, and rather than letting it sit idle in an account, putting it towards roads is a good choice.
PASSED 109-0
125 3/1/2018 HB 5438 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5438 (Rep. Cox) Specifies that providing or withholding of an individual’s access to a controlled substance is a form of coercion. EXPLANATION: This can be an issue when those involved in running human trafficking rings keep exploited individuals hooked on illicit drugs. Seven other states have similar provisions.
PASSED 108-1
124 3/1/2018 HB 4633 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4633 (Rep. Brann) Requires law enforcement to enter information on missing persons into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. EXPLANATION: Law enforcement already enter this information into several systems. This bill simply adds an additional system so cases can be resolved more efficiently.
PASSED 109-0
123 3/1/2018 SB 638 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 638 (Sen. O’Brien) Updates Michigan’s law regarding credit for reinsurance to match the National Association of Insurance Commissioners model law, which was updated in 2016. EXPLANATION: This ensures that Michigan’s reinsurance policies remain in line with other states.
PASSED 108-1
121 & 122 3/1/2018 HB 4030 & HB 4031 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4030 & 4031 (Rep. Byrd) Adds Lions of Michigan to the optional income tax return charity contribution. EXPLANATION: I do not believe that the State of Michigan should give certain charities access to this charity checkoff option.
Both bills PASSED 105-2
120 3/1/2018 HB 4840 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4840 (Rep. Tedder) Clarifies that roads with overhead pedestrian walkways inside school zones can be subject to school zone speed limits. EXPLANATION: This gives local schools additional options to address safety concerns in their community.
PASSED 108-1
119 3/1/2018 SB 596 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 596 (Sen. Hansen) Allows expanded options for trail amenities. EXPLANATION: This provides more flexibility for Michigan outdoor recreation trails at no cost to the state.
PASSED 109-0
118 3/1/2018 HB 5112 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5112 (Rep. LaSata) Names a portion of Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County as “Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
117 3/1/2018 HB 4430 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4430 (Rep. Howrylak) Creates the “Fourth Amendment Protection Act.” EXPLANATION: This prohibits Michigan or a political subdivision of this state from assisting, participating with, or providing material support or resources to a federal agency to collect or use a person’s electronic data without a warrant.
PASSED 108-1
115 & 116 2/28/2018 HB 5435 & HB 5436 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5435 (Rep. Leutheuser) & HB 5436 (Rep. Frederick) Allows a property owner to request that their tax exemption certificate under the Commercial Rehabilitation and Obsolete Property Rehabilitation programs be removed. The bills also allow the owners to ask the local unit of government to reinstate a certificate that has been revoked. EXPLANATION: This allows select companies to game the system and avoid paying the same taxes as their competitors.
Both bills PASSED 100-9
114 2/28/2018 HB 5097 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5097 (Rep. Griffin) Caps permit fees that a county road commission may charge a telecommunication or video services provider for doing work in a county right-of-way and prohibits county road commissions from requiring providers to conduct or to pay for surveys in connection with their work. EXPLANATION: This allows for a more uniform policy across the state without local road commissions charging exorbitant fees to providers. This should increase access to broadband services.
PASSED 68-41
113 2/28/2018 HB 5524 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5524 (Rep. Santana) Mandates that the Michigan Department of Education work with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop or adopt a mental health first aid professional development course for teachers. EXPLANATION: Teachers already have access to mental health first aid courses. We don’t need to develop duplicative curriculum on the taxpayer dime.
PASSED 107-2
112 2/28/2018 HB 5439 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5439 (Rep. Whiteford) Mandates the Department of Health and Human Services to create an inpatient psychiatric bed registry that psychiatric treatment facilities must report to in real time. EXPLANATION: This is an unfunded mandate on private entities requiring them to jump through more government hoops instead of focusing on their patients.
PASSED 106-3
109-111 2/28/2018 HBs 5243, 5244 and 5246 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 5243, 5244 and 5246 (Rep. Kesto) Creates a requirement that psychological evaluations for parole be completed within 45 days after being requested by the parole board, allows a clinician to apply for a 15 day extension on the report time constraint for evaluations of mental competency to stand trial, and creates a requirement that evaluations of mental competency to stand trial be completed within 45 days of the court order. EXPLANATION: Currently, there is no statutory timeline for these evaluations. These evaluations should take place in a reasonably short amount of time.
All three bills PASSED 108-1, 107-2 & 108-1 respectively
108 2/28/2018 SB 522 Passage No I voted NO on SB 522 (Sen. Casperson) Allows the governing body of a village or township to pay a community center’s board of directors. EXPLANATION: These directors have never been paid before. Local municipalities already have limited resources, and this would be an additional burden placed on the taxpayers.
PASSED 104-5
107 2/28/2018 HB 5379 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5379 (Rep. Hertel) Allows students at a public school or public school academy to possess and use FDA approved over-the-counter topical substances with written approval from a parent or guardian. EXPLANATION: Students should be able to apply or reapply sunscreen without the burden of government regulation.
PASSED 108-1
105 & 106 2/28/2018 HB 4667 & HB 4668 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4667 (Rep. Iden) & HB 4668 (Rep. Kesto) Changes the name of the “Grape & Wine Industry Council” to the “Michigan Craft Beverage Council. EXPLANATION: A state-run council is unnecessary. The industry stakeholders should instead form and belong to a private trade association that seeks to represent its members’ and the industry’s interests.
Both bills PASSED 107-2
104 2/27/2018 HB 4614 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4614 (Rep. Miller) Repeals the requirement that teachers with a Provisional Certificate obtain a Professional Teaching Certificate if they have a single nonrenewable two-year extension following a lapse of their Provisional Certificate. EXPLANATION: This gives a teacher more flexibility instead of spending time and money working towards an unnecessary professional certificate.
PASSED 108-0
103 2/27/2018 HB 5282 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5282 (Rep. Lucido) Clarifies that the court does not retain jurisdiction after making a determination that an individual is eligible for restricted driving privileges. EXPLANATION: This ensures that the Secretary of State is the correct entity to determine driving privileges.
PASSED 108-0
101 & 102 2/27/2018 HB 4666 & HB 4670 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4666 (Rep. Runestad) & HB 4670 (Rep. Bellino) Puts into place penalties for those who perjure themselves when making proof of service (notification of a defendant). EXPLANATION: When these individuals lie, they put innocent people in jeopardy of going to jail.
Both bills PASSED 96-12
100 2/27/2018 HB 5010 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5010 (Rep. Farrington) Extends the statute of limitations for armed robbery from 6 years to 10 years. EXPLANATION: There are no known situations that this would fix. This would be a solution in search of a problem.
PASSED 92-16
99 2/27/2018 HB 5355 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5355 (Rep. Albert) Amends the Public School Employees Retirement Act to gradually reduce the payroll growth assumption from 3.5% to 0%. EXPLANATION: This provides a more predictable and reliable way to pay off the $30 billion in debt accumulated by the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.
PASSED 108-0
98 2/27/2018 SB 582 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 582 (Sen. Knollenberg) Allows Physical Therapists to certify an individual’s disability when applying for a disability license plate, temporary or permanent disability placard, or free parking sticker. EXPLANATION: This change provides applicants who need the benefit of a disability placard with the convenience of working with their physical therapist rather than having to go back to a doctor to have them certify the disability.
PASSED 105-3
97 2/27/2018 HB 4699 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4699 (Rep. Wentworth) Provides totally disabled veterans with the ability to purchase license plates other than a Disabled Veteran plate for the same $5 fee. EXPLANATION: Some Disabled Veterans would rather not have a license plate that tells everyone that they are disabled.
PASSED 108-0
96 2/22/2018 HB 5190 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5190 (Rep. Sneller) Includes the Professional Golf Association Tour Champions Tournament for 2018-2020 in the list of events eligible to receive a special “national sporting event” liquor license. EXPLANATION: Allowing special liquor licenses for the PGA Tour Champions event at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc is consistent with the issuance of such licenses for other past sporting events of national prominence.
PASSED 108-0
95 2/22/2018 HB 4053 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4053 (Rep. Barrett) Designates English as the official language of Michigan. EXPLANATION: This is common-sense reform that will put Michigan in step with the 32 other states that have English as their official language. This legislation codifies current practice and encourages those in our state to be united as we all pursue the American dream through our common language.
PASSED 62-46
92-94 2/22/2018 HBs 4536-4538 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HBs 4536 – 4538 (Rep. Lucido) Require that if an individual is arrested for any crime, and before trial, the accusing witness recants his/her statement, affidavit, or testimony alleging that the individual committed a crime and the charge is dismissed, then the arrest record, all biometric data, fingerprints, and DNA sample or profile, and statements obtained from the individual shall be expunged or destroyed and removed from the Law Enforcement Information Network. EXPLANATION: If it is found that an individual has been falsely accused, then their record should be cleared.
All three bills PASSED 108-0
91 2/21/2018 HB 4321 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4321 (Rep. Cox) $175 million in road funding for state, county, and local road agencies. EXPLANATION: This is leftover money from last year’s budget, and rather than letting it sit idle in an account, putting it towards roads is a good choice.
PASSED 109-0
88-90 2/21/2018 HBs 4298-4300 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4298 (Rep. Kosowski), HB 4299 (Rep. Runestad) & HB 4300 (Rep. Hornberger) Requires investigative forensic interviews of children at child advocacy centers to be entirely video-recorded. EXPLANATION: Dealing with children who have been through a traumatic situation can be a delicate situation. Having a video record of these interviews ensures that there is an accurate record of their responses and the questions that were asked of them by investigators. Not only does this protect the child, but also avoids miscarriages of justice by overzealous government officials.
The bills PASSED 91-18, 92-17 & 93-16
87 2/21/2018 SB 551 Passage No I voted NO on SB 551 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Creates an additional layer of bureaucracy to advise how much revenue the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) Board should make available annually. EXPLANATION: Creating this additional layer of bureaucracy is unnecessary, because if the Legislature believes that projects proposed by the NRTF board are not appropriate, the budget can already be voted down as proposed. This is a solution in search of a problem.
PASSED 56-53
84-86 2/20/2018 SBs 419 – 421 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 419 (Sen. Emmons), SB 420 (Sen. Pavlov) and SB 421 (Sen. Jones) Provides that prior to terminating parental rights, a court must assess a parent’s financial ability to provide care for the child and/or whether a parent has rectified the conditions that led to a removal or prior termination. EXPLANATION: This helps allow families to avoid the court system when it is unnecessary and helps families remain intact.
The bills PASSED 104-1, 103-5 & 107-1
83 2/20/2018 SB 419 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
82 2/15/2018 HB 5261 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5261 (Rep. Tedder) Creates a one-time filing requirement, instead of annual for the small taxpayers personal property tax exemption. EXPLANATION: Elimination of the annual form saves local units of government and the State of Michigan money while reducing the burden on small business.
PASSED 106-3
81 2/15/2018 HB 5091 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5091 (Rep. Kahle) Amends the Income Tax Act to require employers who withhold taxes to send Treasury a duplicate tax withholding statement for individual employees by January 31, instead of February 28 annually. EXPLANATION: This coordinates state W-2 information timelines with federal W-2 timelines.
PASSED 109-0
80 2/15/2018 HB 5220 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5220 (Rep. Hoitenga) Allows an increase in the maximum amount of oleoresin capsicum from 10 to 18 percent in a self-defense spray or foam device, as well as allowing dye to be included in the compound. EXPLANATION: These changes makes Michigan regulations on “pepper spray” less stringent and similar to other states.
PASSED 88-21
79 2/15/2018 SB 645 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 645 (Sen. Casperson) Puts into statute an already-existing state safety oversight entity for public railroad transportation systems. EXPLANATION: This legislation brings the statute into line with federal requirements. Although this issue was dealt with through executive order in 2003, it is important to have the added stability of placing the changes in statute.
PASSED 109-0
78 2/15/2018 HB 5235 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5235 (Rep. Marino) Amends the Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act to give employers on a regularly scheduled monthly payment schedule 16 days after the end of the previous month to pay employees. EXPLANATION: This streamlines the payroll process and provides options for companies when paying employees.
PASSED 70-39
68, 69 & 73-77 2/14/2017 HB 5040, HB 5041, HB 5043, SB 613, HB 5046, HB 5079 and SB 625 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5040 (Rep. Chatfield), HB 5041 (Santana), HB 5043 (Rep. Hauck), SB 613 (Sen. Jones), HB 5046 (Rep. Marino), HB 5079 (Rep. Rendon) and SB 625 (Sen. Horn) These bills move up the elimination of Driver Responsibility Fees (DRFs) from October 1, 2019 to October 1, 2018 and provide complete forgiveness to individuals with outstanding DRFs at that time, including by allowing said individuals to have their driver licenses reinstated. EXPLANATION: Driver Responsibility Fees were originally mandated during a previous administration to cover a budget shortfall. These fees in no way improve an individual’s driving skills, and burdens Michigan residents unnecessarily.
All 7 bills PASSED 109-0
72 2/14/2017 SB 400 Passage No I voted NO on SB 400 (Sen. Jones) Increases phone taxes to pay for more 911 services. EXPLANATION: I oppose all tax increases. This should be funded through the appropriations process. There is plenty of money in the budget to pay for these infrastructure upgrades.
PASSED 98-11
70 & 71 2/14/2017 SB 748 & SB 750 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 748 (Sen. Brandenburg) and SB 750 (Sen. Knollenberg) Amends the Income Tax Act and the City Income Tax Act to ensure that a tax filer can continue to claim the Michigan personal exemption in light of recent federal tax reforms while increasing the personal exemption to $4,900 by 2021. EXPLANATION: Although many Michiganders will see federal tax relief under recent reforms to the tax code, residents will see a state tax increase if we do not make a corresponding change to state law. The Legislature has a responsibility to protect against such unintended consequences, and these bills are a means to that end. By increasing the personal exemption, this also provides tax relief to Michigan residents.
Both bills PASSED 107-2 and 109-0 respectively
63-67 2/14/2017 HB 5084, HB 5052, HB 5072, HB 5114 & HB 5131   Yes I voted YES on HB 5084 (Rep. Marino), HB 5052 (Rep. Jones), HB 5072 (Rep. Webber), HB 5114 (Rep. Calley) and HB 5131 (Rep. Kosowski) These bills repeal references to election of county auditors, since there are no longer any elected county auditors in Michigan. EXPLANATION: These bills clean up Michigan election law by removing outdated references to county auditors, which are no longer necessary or utilized. The Department of Treasury now audits local units of government.
The first four bills PASSED 109-0, and HB 5131 PASSED 108-1
62 2/14/2017 HB 4410 HB 4410 Yes I voted YES on HB 4410 (Rep. Lucido) Allows an individual, through a written will, to exclude a child from receiving money or property from their estate. EXPLANATION: An individual’s will should be enforced as they intended.
PASSED 101-8
61 2/14/2017 SB 400 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
60 2/13/2017 SB 393 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 393 (Sen. Horn) Consolidates the currently utilized Tax Increment Financing (TIF) acts into one act and establishes standardized reporting processes and penalties for noncompliance. EXPLANATION: While I am opposed to the concept of TIFs, this bill combined several fragmented TIF acts into one, increased reporting requirements and included metrics to measure effectiveness. This will make it easier to eliminate TIFs in the future.
PASSED 106-2
59 2/13/2017 HB 5238 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5238 (Rep. Griffin) Allows public school district boards or intermediate school districts to acquire and finance either “energy conservation improvements or operational improvements” through the use of lease-purchase agreements. EXPLANATION: This simply provides more options for school districts looking to lower their operating costs through energy or operational improvements.
PASSED 106-2
58 2/13/2017 HB 4665 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4665 (Rep. VerHeulen) Allows a student to remain enrolled in a strict discipline academy after they no longer meet the requirements for enrollment at the option of their school, parent, or legal guardian. EXPLANATION: This gives parents more options when dealing with a child who is enrolled at one of these academies.
PASSED 105-3
57 2/13/2017 HB 4523 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4523 (Rep. Johnson) Repeals the Michigan Explosives Act of 1970 and institutes identical state penalties for violation of the Federal Explosives Act. EXPLANATION: This legislation repeals a duplicative law requiring a state-issued permit and makes it absolutely clear that a federal permit is required. Federal explosive permitting laws currently protect and vet applicants more thoroughly than state law by requiring a background check and information on the handling, security and storage of explosives.
PASSED 108-0
56 2/8/2018 HB 5456 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5456 (Rep. Wentworth) Creates the “Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act.” EXPLANATION: Fraudulent asbestos litigation has been rampant for years, and Michigan must join other states that have passed this common-sense legislation to rein in fraud.
PASSED 58-51
55 2/8/2018 HB 4705 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4705 (Rep. Lucido) Requires drivers training curriculum to include training of what to do when pulled over by a law enforcement officer. EXPLANATION: Currently, there is no required educational component that teaches young drivers how to behave if they are stopped by law enforcement. Since the state already sets the requirements for driver’s education, this change may help increase driver safety when interacting with law enforcement.
PASSED 109-0
53 & 54 2/8/2018 HB 4486 & HB 4487 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4486 & HB 4487 (Rep. Lucido) Increase penalties for third and fourth degree child abuse. EXPLANATION: I am very hesitant to increase penalties. These bills, although well-intended, increase penalties for those who did not directly commit child abuse. Fourth degree child abuse is vaguely defined, and could be arbitrarily prosecuted. Under the bill, a person could face 2 years in prison for fourth degree child abuse, even if that person never actually harmed a child.
Both bills PASSED 100-9
52 2/7/2018 HB 4528 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4528 (Rep. Yanez) Expands the eligibility of participation in the Health Professional Recovery Program to include Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. EXPLANATION: This simply allows EMS personal to participate in the same substance abuse training that other health professionals have access to.
PASSED 107-1
51 2/7/2018 HB 5034 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5034 (Rep. Miller) Clarifies, for a joint return, 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: The bill provides clarification for an otherwise ambiguous section relating to joint returns and pension deductions.
PASSED 105-2
50 2/7/2018 SB 616 Passage No I voted NO on SB 616 (Sen. Emmons) Gives Indian tribes preference when placing foster children. EXPLANATION: This restricts foster child placement services from putting children in homes that will best suit the child’s situation.
PASSED 105-3
49 2/6/2018 HB 5200 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5200 (Rep. Howell) Makes technical changes to allow for frog gigging. EXPLANATION: The regulation of frog season(s) would be treated similarly to all other sport fishing regulations, putting Michigan in line with most other state’s regulations on frog gigging.
PASSED 85-23
48 2/6/2018 HB 4813 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4813 (Rep. Vaupel) Expands the list of controlled substances that may be used as tranquilizers to sedate animals prior to being euthanized. EXPLANATION: These changes allow more effective and humane methods of sedation to be used when euthanizing animals.
PASSED 105-3
47 2/6/2018 HB 4956 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4956 (Rep. Cole) Eliminates the limited maximum length between the sliding tandem rear axles and the connection point on a semi tractor. EXPLANATION: Provides semi truck drivers with additional flexibility pertaining to how they distribute the weight within the trailer without compromising the safety of the driver or other motorists.
PASSED 108-0
46 2/6/2018 HB 4752 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4752 (Rep. Kesto) Eliminates sunsets on certain probate court fee ratios and related provisions. EXPLANATION: Technical changes regarding probate court operations.
PASSED 108-0
45 2/1/2018 SB 481 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 481 (Sen. Stamas) Names a portion of US-10 as the “Marine Lance Corporal Ryan Burgess Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
44 2/1/2018 HB 4922 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4922 (Rep. Yaroch) Gives local police agencies more discretion with how they can use the revenue from inspection fees, and allows local units of government to audit the inspection fee records. EXPLANATION: Police agencies should have more discretion to determine the best way to utilize the revenue from these inspection fees, while still maintaining accountability.
PASSED 109-0
43 1/31/2018 HB 5284 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5284 (Rep. Guerra) Transfers a right-of-way to Delta Community College. EXPLANATION: This is a simple property transfer from one public entity to another.
PASSED 109-0
42 1/31/2018 SB 543 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 543 (Sen. O’Brien) Names a portion of I-94 in Kalamazoo County as the “Ed Switalski, Fire Chief, Comstock Township Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 109-0
39-41 1/31/2018 HB 4585, HB 4590 & HB 4591 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4585 (Rep. Yaroch), HB 4590 (Rep. Kesto), and HB 4591 (Rep. Iden) Creates a 2 year felony for individuals who commit or attempt to commit a crime against a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, firefighter, or EMS worker. EXPLANATION: The Legislature should avoid the kind of “special victim” legislation embodied by these bills. Every life is equally valuable, and we should not be creating laws that value one life over another. These bills are unnecessary, and there has been no evidence provided that these bills will prevent crimes.
The bills PASSED 94-15, 94-15, and 93-16 respectively
36 & 37 1/31/2018 HB 4418 & HB 4419 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4118 (Rep. Kesto) & HB 4119 (Rep. Iden) Creates a new felony for detainees or prisoners who throw or attempt to throw bodily material on a prison staff. EXPLANATION: These actions are already illegal, so additional penalties should not be added.
Both bills PASSED 86-23
34 & 35 1/30/2018 SB 529 & SB 530 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 529 & 530 (Sen. MacGregor) Makes changes to the reimbursement process for Child Care Fund expenditures between the counties, courts, state, and child welfare agencies for child welfare and juvenile justice services. EXPLANATION: These bills simplify the process of payments and billing between the state and counties, providing better long-term care to children.
Both bills PASSED 108-0
33 1/30/2018 HB 4471 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4471 (Rep. Iden) Creates the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act, which establishes standards for the appointment of receivers and delineates the powers and duties of a receiver. EXPLANATION: The Michigan Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Michigan Court Rules to govern certain aspects of receivership cases. This legislation puts these changes into statute.
PASSED 101-7
31 & 32 1/30/2018 HB 4821 & HB 4822 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4821 (Runestad) and HB 4822 (Ellison) Amends the Estate and Protected Individuals Code to revise the appointment process for public administrators and to require additional notice to potential heirs. EXPLANATION: These changes will help prevent probate abuse by providing a clear path of action for public administrators and requiring a more thorough search for heirs.
Both bills PASSED 108-0
30 1/30/2018 HB 4644 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4644 (Rep. Cole) Allows annual oversized vehicle transport permits to be obtained for a vehicle to operate on a state trunkline without requiring a separate permit for each individual piece of equipment carried by that vehicle. EXPLANATION: This bill simplifies the permitting process for vehicles that routinely carry oversized equipment.
PASSED 96-12
29 1/25/2018 SB 634 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 634 (Sen. Schmidt) Revises various requirements regarding Temporary Limited License in Psychology. EXPLANATION: These changes give graduates enough time to complete the required training for full licensure.
PASSED 93-13
28 1/25/2018 HB 4472 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4472 (Rep. Bizon) Amends the Public Health Code to allow a pharmacist to dispense an interchangeable biological drug product. EXPLANATION: State statute regulating generic drugs cannot be applied to interchangeable biological drugs. Therefore, statutory updates are necessary to allow these remedies.
PASSED 105-1
26 & 27 1/25/2018 HB 5257 & HB 5258 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5257 (Rep. Iden) & HB 5258 (Rep. Lower) These bills add increased government regulation on what kind of software a person can possess. EXPLANATION: There are already laws prohibiting technology from being used for nefarious purposes. This legislation is allowing for people to be prosecuted based off of circumstantial evidence.
Both bills PASSED 103-3
24 & 25 1/25/2018 HB 4779 & HB 4780 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4779 (Rep. Kosowski) & HB 4780 (Rep. Kesto) Provides for certain state records and materials to be able to be published online as the official record. EXPLANATION: With changes in technology, this often means changes to allow more access and transparency to this vital information.
Both bills PASSED 106-0 & 105-1 respectively
23 1/25/2018 HB 5100 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5100 (Rep. Hughes) Clarifies that attachment of a tow ball, bicycle rack, removable hitch, or any device designed to carry an object on the rear of a vehicle, including the object, is not considered an obstruction of the license plate. EXPLANATION: The current statute is very broad and allows law enforcement to issue a citation for an obstructed license plate regardless of how much of the plate is covered. This bill gives motorists peace of mind when hauling a bike rack or similar apparatus on the rear of their vehicle.
PASSED 104-2
22 1/25/2018 HB 5422 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5422 (Rep. Tedder) Gives individuals 62 and older a refundable $100 tax credit. EXPLANATION: I am a strong proponent of tax cuts, not carvouts for specific groups of individuals. The legislature should not be picking winners and losers in the form of tax credits, and this credit will be claimed by many individuals that don’t even pay taxes. Instead of giving tax cuts to specific age groups, I am in support of reducing our taxes across the board, and could not support this bill.
PASSED 100-6
20 & 21 1/25/2018 HB 5420 & HB 5421 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5420 (Rep. Hauck) & HB 5421 (Rep. Noble) Amends the Income Tax Act and the City Income Tax Act to ensure that a tax filer can continue to claim the Michigan personal exemption in light of recent federal tax reforms while increasing the personal exemption to $4,800 by 2020. EXPLANATION: Although many Michiganders will see federal tax relief under recent reforms to the tax code, residents will see a state tax increase if we do not make a corresponding change to state law. The Legislature has a responsibility to protect against such unintended consequences, and these bills are a means to that end.
Both bills PASSED 105-1
18 & 19 1/25/2018 HB 5155 & HB 5156 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5155 & HB 5156 (Rep. LaSata) Clarifies that the state Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs are administered by the DNR and only in state recreation areas. EXPLANATION: These technical changes provide clarification on departmental responsibilities.
Both bills PASSED 106-3
17 1/24/2018 HR 234 Passage Yes I voted YES on HR 234 (Rep. Zemke) A resolution calling on Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon to resign immediately or for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees to remove her from the Office of President of Michigan State University immediately. EXPLANATION: As seen by the week-long trial of disgraced MSU medical doctor Larry Nassar, multiple reports were made to MSU administration and staff over a 20-year period about his grossly inappropriate conduct, with no action taken by the school. This shows a systemic lack of leadership and accountability.
PASSED 96-11
16 1/18/2018 SB 574 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 574 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Allows the payment of regional enhancement property tax revenue to a public school academy, not just traditional public schools. EXPLANATION: Funds should be distributed on a per-pupil basis to all public schools if an Intermediate School District approves a millage.
PASSED 55-52
15 1/18/2018 SB 409 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 409 (Sen. Casperson) Reduces fees paid to lease Great Lakes bottomlands for certain non-commercial uses of the bottomlands. EXPLANATION: This reduces the fees that are charged for private breakwater structures.
PASSED 59-48
14 1/18/2018 HB 5198 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5198 (Rep. Allor) Allows for DNR employees to be trained in combatting natural or human-caused disasters to assist other states when affected by these hazards. EXPLANATION: If Michigan provides assistance to another state, that state would be required to provide cost reimbursements to Michigan. Being properly equipped to assist other states during their time of need while not being on the hook for the expenses is good policy.
PASSED 107-0
12 & 13 1/17/2018 HB 5001 & 5002 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5001 & 5002 (Rep. Rendon) Increases licensing requirements on Registered Foresters. EXPLANATION: This is increased government regulation, as well as a fee increase.
Both bills PASSED 98-10
11 1/17/2018 HB 5284 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5284 (Rep. Guerra) Transfers a right-of-way to Delta Community College. EXPLANATION: This is a simple property transfer from one public entity to another.
PASSED 108-0
10 1/17/2018 HB 4430 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4430 (Rep. Howrylak) Creates the “Fourth Amendment Protection Act.” EXPLANATION: This prohibits Michigan or a political subdivision of this state from assisting, participating with, or providing material support or resources to a federal agency to collect or use a person’s electronic data.
PASSED 107-0
9 1/17/2018 HB 5144 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5144 (Rep. Kesto) Makes several changes to the Michigan Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). EXPLANATION: These change several aspects of the MMFLA that need to be clarified or revised in preparation for the upcoming licensing of Michigan Marihuana Facilities.
PASSED 95-13
7&8 1/17/2018 SB 94 & 95 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 94 (Sen. Hildenbrand) and SB 95 (Sen. Robertson) Accelerate the phase-in of the “sales tax on the difference” reforms. EXPLANATION: This would increase the dollar amount that a person could exempt from taxation when trading in a car, boat, or recreational vehicle toward the purchase a car, boat, and/or recreational vehicle.
Both bills PASSED 85-23 with 2/3 vote notwithstanding Governors veto
6 1/16/2018 HB 5227 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5227 (Rep. Victory) Creates government mandates on the type of potato seeds that farmers can use. EXPLANATION: This bill expands government regulation on private industry.
PASSED 102-5
5 1/11/2018 SB 702 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 702 (Sen. Pavlov) Prohibits deed restrictions from being enacted by local school boards that would prohibit a charter school from buying a school building. EXPLANATION: This would prevent school boards from trying to cut out competition from charter schools when it comes to renting or buying school property that may be vacant or unused.
PASSED 61-45
4 1/11/2018 HB 5112 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5112 (Rep. LaSata) Names a portion of Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County as the “Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards the naming of this highway.
PASSED 106-0
3 1/11/2018 HB 4176 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4176 (Rep. Kosowski) Permits the use of amber flashing lights on vehicles that participate in neighborhood watch programs. EXPLANATION: This bill allows neighborhood watch groups options to better identify themselves.
PASSED 106-0
2 1/11/2018 SB 525 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 525 (Sen. Jones) Makes various changes to the number of judges in Michigan following the recent release of the Judicial Resource Recommendations (JRR) by the State Court Administrative Office. EXPLANATION: These reforms right-size our courts.
PASSED 63-43
1 1/11/2018 SB 207 Passage No I voted NO on SB 207 (Sen. Green) Expands arrest powers for state property security personnel. EXPLANATION: This bill goes too far in expanding the jurisdiction of state property security guards.
PASSED 61-45