Roll Call Number Date Bill Number Vote Type Vote Explanation
190 3/17/2020 HB 4729 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4729 (Rep. Hernandez) Appropriates an additional $125 million to address Coronavirus and necessary activities to combat the epidemic. EXPLANATION: This will help our state more effectively respond to the increased needs of our residents during this time.
PASSED 92-0
189 3/17/2020 HB 4740 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4740 (Rep. Miller) Establishes the Dr. T. K. Lawless County Park in Cass County as a Dark Sky Preserve. EXPLANATION: It’s important to have places with no light pollution so we can enjoy the stars.
PASSED 93-0
187 & 188 3/17/2020 HB 5401 & 5463 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5401 (Rep. Eisen) & 5463 (Rep. Lilly) Allows the DNR and local sheriffs to expedite No Wake Zone orders due to high water flooding, and to consider how long the order should be in effect. EXPLANATION: This should help prevent wakes from boats causing more damage in areas where the water level is extremely high.
Both bills PASSED 93-0
185 & 186 3/17/2020 HB 5576 & HB 5580 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 5576 (Rep. Frederick) & HB 5580 (Rep. Anthony) Creates the Michigan Reconnect Grant Act for adults over the age of 25 to earn an associate degree or industry-recognized certificate tuition-free from eligible institutions. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to so-called “free college.” The more government subsidizes something, the higher the costs become.
Both bills PASSED 82-12 & 84-10 respectively
184 3/17/2020 HB 4125 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4125 (Rep. VanSingel) Requires that more General Fund dollars be spent on the Renew Michigan Fund. EXPLANATION: We shouldn’t bind the hands of future legislatures but instead give them discretion on how best to spend General Fund dollars.
PASSED 104-5
182 & 183 HB 5024 & HB 5025 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5024 (Rep. Sneller) & HB 5025 (Rep. Howell) Allows townships to tax their residents for mosquito abatement. EXPLANATION: Residents should pay to spray their own land and should not be able to force their neighbors to pay to spray their property.
Both bills PASSED 72-21 & 75-18
181 3/17/2020 HB 4313 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4313 (Rep. Howell) Creates a $25.00 pheasant hunting license. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to increasing fees on hunters. We should make it easier to hunt and not harder.
PASSED 78-15
180 3/17/2020 SB 268 Passage No I voted NO on SB 268 (Sen. Horn) Creates the Michigan Reconnect Grant Act for adults over the age of 25 to earn an associate degree or industry-recognized certificate tuition-free from eligible institutions. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to so-called “free college.” The more government subsidizes something, the higher the costs become.
PASSED 81-12
179 3/17/2020 HB 5397 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5397 (Rep. Hernandez) This is a procedural bill for budget purposes.
PASSED 93-0
178 3/17/2020 SB 812 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 812 (Sen. Horn) Amends the Michigan Employment Security Act to prescribe how an individual conducts a search for work. EXPLANATION: This is a necessary change to bring UIA into compliance with federal standards.
PASSED 92-1
177 3/17/2020 SB 754 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 754 (Sen. VanderWall) Restores a judgeship in the 79th District Court in Lake and Mason Counties. EXPLANATION: With a rising caseload, this will allow better access to justice and timely trials.
PASSED 92-1
175 & 176 3/17/2020 SB 711 & SB 712 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 711 & SB 712 (Sen. Bumstead) Creates a new “limited production manufacturer” liquor license that allows an entity to purchase bulk alcohol if it is being utilized to manufacture another alcoholic product. EXPLANATION: This provides more options for alcohol manufacturers.
Both bills PASSED 92-1
174 3/17/2020 HB 5496 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5496 (Rep. Howell) Revises two definitions in the Solid Waste law to conform to the EPA Rule and allows coal ash landfills to continue operating consistent with state operating licenses and previous approvals. EXPLANATION: This is a technical clarification to allow coal ash landfills to continue operating.
PASSED 93-0
172 & 173 3/17/2020 HB 4910 & HB 4911 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4910 (Rep. Hall) & HB 4911 (Rep. Cambensy) Creates the Misrepresentation of Emotional Support Animals Act to give property owners the ability to request verification from a medical professional that an animal is a support animal. EXPLANATION: This will help landlords deal with individuals who are taking advantage of the support animal designation to get around a no pet policy.
Both bills PASSED 59-33 & 67-26
171 3/17/2020 SB 125 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 125 (Sen. Barrett) clarifies that veterans who are on active duty are exempt from certain requirements of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. EXPLANATION: Currently, they must be on active duty specifically located outside of the U.S which is hard to verify. This simplifies the process.
PASSED 92-0
170 3/17/2020 HB 4686 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4686 (Rep. Berman) Gives an individual that has voluntarily placed themselves on the Casino disassociated persons list the option of having their name taken off of the list. EXPLANATION: This can only happen after five years of being on the list so as to ensure these individuals don’t bounce on and off the list.
PASSED 91-1
169 3/17/2020 HB 5437 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5437 (Rep. Sneller) Includes the Professional Golf Association Tour Champions Tournament for 2021-2025 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 91-1
167 & 168 3/17/2020 HB 5024 & HB 5025 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
166 3/17/2020 HB 4686 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
165 3/17/2020 HB 4313 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
163 & 164 3/17/2020 HB 5426 & HB 5427 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5426 (Rep. Hall) & HB 5427 (Rep. VanWoerkom) Updates the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps Act to allow for additional volunteers to be involved with the program as advisors and to limit its use in the private sector to just critical facilities. EXPLANATION: After seeing an audit of this program it became evident that changes were needed to ensure the goals of the program were met.
Both bills PASSED 91-0
162 3/12/2020 HB 5265 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5265 (Rep. Hernandez) This is a procedural bill for budget purposes.
PASSED 107-0
160 & 161 3/12/2020 HB 5576 & HB 5580 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5576 (Rep. Frederick) & HB 5580 (Rep. Anthony) Creates the Michigan Reconnect Grant Act for adults over the age of 25 to earn an associate degree or industry-recognized certificate tuition-free from eligible institutions. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to so-called “free college.” The more government subsidizes something, the higher the costs become.
Both bills PASSED 93-14 & 95-12 respectively
159 3/12/2020 SB 269 Passage No I voted NO on SB 269 (Sen. Geiss) Puts increased requirements on paid tax preparers. EXPLANATION: Government should not be interfering in the conduct of private businesses.
PASSED 104-3
158 3/12/2020 SB 415 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 415 (Sen. Nesbitt) Provides clarity in the Credit Card Arrangements Act. EXPLANATION: The act needs to be updated to allow companies to provide gas cards to employees for necessary expenses related to their employment.
PASSED 107-0
157 3/12/2020 HB 5286 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5286 (Rep. S. Johnson) Ensures that local municipalities do not enact knife ordinances that are stricter than state law. EXPLANATION: Currently, Michigan local ordinances regarding knives can vary by municipality, which can lead to a knife being legal in one area, and illegal in another. This can lead to confusion for law-abiding Michigan residents when travelling through the state.
PASSED 71-36
156 3/12/2020 HB 4587 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4587 (Rep. Sheppard) Allows limited late payment fees to be awarded in summary (eviction) proceedings. EXPLANATION: Michigan landlord-tenant law is silent on a maximum allowable fee for late rent. This legislation will clarify the allowance of late payment fees.
PASSED 80-27
155 3/12/2020 HB 4454 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4454 (Rep. C. Johnson) Provides penalties and increased civil fines for unlawful dumping of garbage. EXPLANATION: This will help curb the illegal dumping of garbage, which has become a growing problem within the city of Detroit and across Michigan.
PASSED 103-4
154 3/12/2020 HB 4332 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4332 (Rep. LaFave) Allows the use of pneumatic bows for disabled hunters. EXPLANATION: Pneumatic bows are easier to handle and use, particularly for those with physical limitations. This provides more options for hunters to enjoy Pure Michigan.
PASSED 70-37
153 3/12/2020 SB 543 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 543 (Sen. VanderWall) Allows liquor retail licensees to use alternative methods to satisfy the “diligent inquiry” requirement for verifying an individual’s age. EXPLANATION: The State should allow the option for business to use biometric identifiers, since they are utilized for security purposes and should be more than sufficient to verify that an individual is 21 years of age or older. This is not a mandate, but rather another option.
PASSED 100-7
152 3/12/2020 SB 151 Concurrence No I voted NO on SB 151 (Sen. Stamas) Supplemental budget. EXPLANATION: Wasteful spending on pork projects around the state. Very irresponsible.
PASSED 101-6
151 3/12/2020 HCR 17 Passage Yes I voted YES on HCR 17 (Rep. Sheppard) A concurrent resolution to urge the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to appeal the federal court ruling invalidating the waiver for Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements, defend the waiver, and uphold its intended purpose of encouraging self-sufficiency. EXPLANATION: Able-bodied adults who receive welfare should be required to try to find work to continue receiving taxpayer-funded health care coverage.
PASSED 56-51
149 & 150 3/11/2020 HB 5502 & HB 5503 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5502 & HB 5503 (Rep. VanSingel) Ensures schools that install temporary locking barricades on doors for safety purposes are not in violation of the construction or fire code. EXPLANATION: This is just common-sense. Schools trying to protect kids shouldn’t have to worry about legal issues regarding the construction and fire code.
Both bills PASSED 106-0
148 3/10/2020 SB 151 Passage No I voted NO on SB 151 (Sen. Stamas) Supplemental budget. EXPLANATION: Wasteful spending on pork projects around the state. Very irresponsible.
PASSED 99-6
147 3/10/2020 SB 373 Passage No I voted NO on SB 373 (Sen. Stamas) Supplemental school aid budget. EXPLANATION: This included a lot of pork spending on certain pet programs instead of using the money to pay off the school pension debt or increase per-pupil funding.
PASSED 101-4
146 3/10/2020 SB 762 Passage No I voted NO on SB 762 (Sen. Horn) Modifies the definition of “qualified city” for the purposes of police and fire protection in the City of Saginaw. EXPLANATION: This is a piece of legislation that does a carveout for the City of Saginaw so it can go around its voter-passed initiative to limit city spending and instead raise taxes on its citizens.
PASSED 91-14
144 & 145 3/10/2020 HB 5443 & HB 5444 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5443 (Rep. Crawford) & HB 5444 (Rep. Liberati) Creates the Kinship Caregiver Advisory Council and the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program. EXPLANATION: This just creates another layer of government that sounds good but is unnecessary.
Both bills PASSED 98-7 & 99-6 respectively
143 3/10/2020 HB 5134 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5134 (Rep. VanWoerkom) Lowers the age to operate an amusement ride designed for children from 18 to 16 years old. EXPLANATION: We should be encouraging youth to get jobs and learn important life skills.
PASSED 97-8
142 3/5/2020 HB 4030 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4030 (Rep. Allor) Allows the cost of a special assessment district for a private road to be shared fairly among landowners instead of by road frontage. EXPLANATION: These small private roads should be paid for equally by everyone living on them. The amount of road frontage an individual owns doesn’t indicate how much they use the road.
PASSED 105-0
140 & 141 3/4/2020 HB 5494 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5494 (Rep. Glenn) & HB 5495 (Rep. Sabo) Requires the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to provide certain information for each information technology vendor contract or maintenance project exceeding $250,000. EXPLANZATION: This will help ensure projects are efficient and transparent.
Both bills PASSED 106-0
139 3/4/2020 HB 5493 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5493 (Rep. Whiteford) Requires the Enterprise Portfolio
Management Office to produce a quarterly report on all department and IT projects. EXPLANATION: This will provide more transparency to the Legislature and the people of the State of Michigan so we know when IT projects go over budget.
PASSED 106-0
138 3/4/2020 HB 5492 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5492 (Rep. Hammoud) Requires the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) to assume procurement, development, and maintenance of all information technology services of the Department of Health and Public Services. EXPLANATION: Centralizing the management of all IT services under DTMB will help ensure IT projects are more efficient and cost effective.
PASSED 106-0
137 3/4/2020 HB 5053 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5053 (Rep. Huizenga) Requires State IT contracts to include provisions that allow the State to get their money back if the vendor fails to meet the objectives. EXPLANATION: The state has had a number of IT fiascos and the contractors were able to still get paid even though they didn’t meet the requirements in the contract.
PASSED 106-0
136 3/4/2020 HB 5333 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5333 (Rep. Markkanen) Revises the allowable uses of funds in the Forest Development Fund. EXPLANATION: Money that goes to the Forest Development Fund should not be used for purposes other than their intended use and this legislation helps in that regard.
PASSED 106-0
165 3/4/2020 HB 5289 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5289 (Rep. Alexander) Removes the fee for a Michigan Certificate of Stillbirth. EXPLANATION: Families need this for tax purposes and it doesn’t make sense to charge them money in order to file taxes properly.
PASSED 100-6
134 3/4/2020 SB 253 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 253 (Sen. Lucido) Prohibits a person from bringing a lawsuit against certain real estate agreements, promises, or contracts unless the agreement, promise, or contract was in writing and signed by the party in question. EXPLANATION: This should help reduce frivolous lawsuits in court.
PASSED 104-2
133 3/4/2020 HB 5479 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5479 (Rep. Glenn) Prohibits the use of taxpayer resources for firearm “buyback” programs. EXPLANATION: Governments should not be using taxpayer money to buy guys from citizens.
PASSED 58-49
131 & 132 3/3/2020 HB 5490 & HB 5491 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5490 & HB 5491 (Rep. Iden) Allows a court-appointed individual to operate a medical-marijuana facility or recreational marijuana facility that goes into receivership. EXPLANATION: Currently, laws related to medical and recreational marijuana have no statutory provisions allowing a court-appointed individual to operate a medical-marijuana facility or marijuana establishment in the case of a receivership or similar situation – this should fix that problem.
Both bills PASSED 107-1
130 3/3/2020 HB 5336 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5336 (Rep. Iden) Updates and clarifies the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act to include personal property. EXPLANATION: This will help streamline and clarify receiverships involving commercial properties to ensure that personal property is included and not just real property.
PASSED 105-3
129 3/3/2020 HB 5421 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5421 (Rep. Filler) Allows a homeowner to conduct both audio and video security monitoring of a residence or other structures on residential property under certain circumstances. EXPLANATION: This legislation clarifies that the prohibition on recording a private conversation does not apply to lawful security monitoring conducted by a homeowner.
PASSED 106-2
128 2/26/2020 HB 4042 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4042 (Rep. Whiteford) Allows registered and licensed nurses in Michigan to be able to practice in other states that are members of the compact, and vice versa. EXPLANATION: Thirty-four states are members of the Nursing Licensure Compact, which reduces burdensome regulations and red tape.
PASSED 55-50
126 & 127 2/26/2020 HB 5197 & HB 5198 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5197 & HB 5198 (Rep. Maddock) Allows a municipality to reproduce in any electronic or digital file format a construction document that is or has been presented to a building official or department of that municipality if certain requirements are met. EXPLANATION: This will allow municipalities to save money on record storage.
All three bills PASSED 104-1
125 2/26/2020 HB 4476 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4476 (Rep. Eisen) Increases the limit on road projects that a county road commission can do themselves from $100,000 to $300,000. EXPLANATION: With the labor shortage we have, it makes sense to allow county road commissions to do more work in-house.
PASSED 105-0
122-124 2/25/2020 HB 5401 & HB 5402 & 5463 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5401 & HB 5402 (Rep. Eisen) & 5463 (Rep. Lilly) Allows the DNR and local sheriffs to expedite No Wake Zone orders due to high water flooding, and to consider how long the order should be in effect. EXPLANATION: This should help prevent wakes from boats causing more damage in areas where the water level is extremely high.
Both bills PASSED 107-0
117-121 2/25/2020 HB 5054-5058 Passage Yes I voted YES on a package of bills that creates an address confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking to apply to have an address designated by the Attorney General to serve as the victim’s address for receiving mail. EXPLANATION: This will help ensure those who have been a victim do not have their personal information unwittingly exposed to their abuser through governmental avenues.
HB 5054 (Rep. Farrington) PASSED 107-0
HB 5055 (Rep. Calley) PASSED 107-0
HB 5056 (Rep. Pagan) PASSED 107-0
HB 5057 (Rep. Rendon) PASSED 107-0
HB 5058 (Rep. Bolden) PASSED 107-0
109-116 2/25/2020 HB 4254-4260, 4265 Passage No I voted NO on a package of bills to increase penalties for abuse of a specific class of individuals – senior adults. EXPLANATION: Assault is always wrong, no matter who is assaulted. We should not treat certain classes of people differently. We should all be treated equally under the law as our constitution requires.
HB 4254 (Rep. Wozniak) PASSED 91-16
HB 4255 (Rep. Filler) PASSED 99-8
HB 4256 (Rep. Bolden) PASSED 100-7
HB 4257 (Rep. Crawford) 102-5
HB 4258 (Rep. Yancey) PASSED 101-6
HB 4259 (Rep. Guerra) PASSED 102-5
HB 4260 (Rep. Anthony) PASSED 102-5
HB 4265 (Rep. Farrington) PASSED 88-19
108 2/25/2020 HB 4740 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4740 (Rep. Miller) Establishes the Dr. T. K. Lawless County Park in Cass County as a Dark Sky Preserve. EXPLANATION: It’s important to have places with no light pollution so we can enjoy the stars.
PASSED 106-1
107 2/25/2020 HB 4508 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4508 (Rep. Webber) Creates a specific law to regulate travel insurance. EXPLANATION: We don’t need more regulation.
PASSED 105-2
104-106 2/25/2020 HB 4735 – HB 4737 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4735 (Rep. VanSingel), HB 4736 (Rep. Cherry) & HB 4737 (Rep. Love) Allows the DNR to require someone filing a FOIA for specific tracking information on any species to sign a waiver to pledge they will not use the data for hunting purposes. EXPLANATION: If a hunter is willing to go through the effort of filling out a FOIA to see DNR studies of animal populations in certain areas that were funded with his taxes, I say more power to him and good luck on your hunt.
All three bills PASSED 87-20, 85-22 & 85-22 respectively
103 2/25/2020 HR 227 Passage Yes I voted YES on HR 227 (Rep. Eisen) A resolution to reaffirm the right of Michigan residents to keep and bear arms under the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963 and the Constitution of the United States. EXPLANATION: I support the Second Amendments of the United States and the state of Michigan.
PASSED 75-32
100-102 2/20/2020 HB 5353, HB 5354 & HB 5355 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5353, HB 5354 & HB 5355 (Rep. Cambensy) Eliminates redundant registration requirements for micro brewers. EXPLANATION: This helps cut red tape for the micro brewer industry.
All three bills PASSED 103-1
99 2/20/2020 HB 5352 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5352 (Rep. Filler) Puts limits on when a distribution contract can be canceled. EXPLANATION: This should be left to the companies to decide this in their contracts.
PASSED 96-7
98 2/20/2020 HB 5352 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
97 2/20/2020 HB 5351 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5351 (Rep. Filler) Creates a new definition of “successor to a supplier.” EXPLANATION: This a technical update to implement companion bills.
PASSED 102-2
95 & 96 2/20/2020 HB 5349 & HB 5350 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5349 & HB 5350 (Rep. Hall) Requires a manufacturer to use the same distributor when they get bought out by another manufacturer or acquire another product. EXPLANATION: This should be left to the companies to decide this in their contracts.
Both bills PASSED 98-6
94 2/20/2020 HB 5348 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5348 (Rep. Garza) Updates a reference to the Cooperative Advertising law. EXPLANATION: This is a technical change.
PASSED 104-0
93 2/20/2020 HB 5347 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5347 (Rep. Garza) Gives more flexibility to organizations hosting beer festivals. EXPLANATION: This streamlines the event timeline process so you only need to obtain one permit.
PASSED 103-1
91 & 92 2/20/2020 HB 5345 & HB 5346 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5345 & HB 5346 (Rep. Wentworth) Changes how frequently that brewers, wineries, and distributors are required to pay their taxes to the state. EXPLANATION: Changes deadlines from monthly to quarterly.
Both bills PASSED 104-0
90 2/20/2020 HB 5400 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5400 (Rep. Garza) Updates definition of a “micro brewer.” EXPLANATION: This is an update to reflect changes made in other bills in this package.
PASSED 103-1
88 2/20/2020 HB 5343 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5343 (Rep. Wendzel) Allows micro brewers to self-distribute more of their products. EXPLANATION: Although I am very supportive of the overall bill package, this bill includes a legislative finding that the 3-tier system is necessary. I am adamantly opposed to the 3-tier system and cannot support legislation with language that says we support it.
PASSED 100-4
86, 87, 89 2/20/2020 HBs 5341, HB 5342 & HB 5344 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5341, HB 5342 & HB 5344 (Rep. Wendzel) Allows micro-brewers to self-distribute more of their products. EXPLANATION: These bills provide more freedom for micro-brewers.
All three bills PASSED 104-0, 104-0 & 103-1 respectively
85 2/20/2020 HB 5043 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5043 (Rep. Vaupel) Allows mediation to occur before an investigation when dealing with community mental health agencies. EXPLANATION: This allows for more effective dispute resolution.
PASSED 106-0
84 2/20/2020 HB 4689 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4689 (Rep. VanSingel) Allows for door barricades to be used in schools. EXPLANATION: This gives more options to protect students in case of an emergency such as an active shooter situation.
PASSED 106-0
83 2/20/2020  HB 4152 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4152 (Rep. Steven Johnson) Ensures that individuals are charged the same amount to receive a copy of their birth records regardless of the marital status of their parents. EXPLANATION: The State of Michigan made a mistake decades ago that left people born to unmarried parents before October 1, 1978 with unequal treatment when requesting birth records. We can’t put a price tag on ending discrimination.
PASSED 106-0
78-82 2/19/2020 HB 4680, HBs 4681-4684 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4680 (Rep. Jones), HB 4681 (Rep. Tate), HB 4682 (Rep. Sabo), HB 4683 (Rep. Howell) & HB 4684 (Rep. Vaupel) Eliminates license plate service fees for various veteran and military license plates. EXPLANATION: The service fee is the amount it actually costs to make the license plate. When this is exempted, someone else has to subsidize that cost. It would also be self-serving for me to support these as I would qualify for an exemption due to my service in the Air Force.
All five bills PASSED 106-2
77 2/19/2020 HB 5194 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5194 (Rep. Markkanen) Changes the definition of “automobile or light truck.” EXPLANATION: This provides clarity in the law so it is no longer necessary for mechanics to have an additional certification to work on vehicles between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds.
PASSED 108-0
76 2/19/2020 HB 4396 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4396 (Rep. Wittenberg) Repeals an outdated section of law that outlined penalties for an individual who leaves a building on a road that interferes with the flow of traffic. EXPLANATION: Outdated and unused laws should be repealed.
PASSED 108-0
75 2/19/2020 HB 5141 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5141 (Rep. Calley) Allows voting jurisdictions to pool resources to create absent voter counting boards to count AV ballots. EXPLANATION: This will help ensure AV ballots are counted in a timely fashion.
PASSED 106-2
73 & 74 2/19/2020 HB 5148 & HB 5149 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5148 (Rep. Carter) & HB 5149 (Rep. Wozniak) Technical fix to allow attorneys to advertise and provide legal services to adoptive and biological parents who are involved in court-supervised adoptions in certain circumstances. EXPLANATION: This is correcting an inadvertent mistake from a 2016 law.
Both bills PASSED 108-0
71 & 72 2/19/2020 SBs 29 & SB 30 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 29 & SB 30 (Sen. Lucido) Provides enhanced penalties for second or subsequent convictions for third and fourth degree child abuse. EXPLANATION: Currently, second or subsequent convictions for second degree child abuse carry enhanced penalties, but there are no such enhanced penalties for third or fourth degree child abuse. This bill makes the penalties for third and fourth degree more consistent with the penalties for second degree.
PASSED 95-13 & 95-13 respectively
70 2/19/2020 SB 693 Passage No I voted NO on SB 693 (Sen. Lauwers) Updates the Agriculture Disaster Loan Origination Program. EXPLANATION: The state should not be subsidizing lending costs for growers, processors, and other agri-businesses. Let the free market work.
PASSED 102-2
69 2/19/2020 SB 118 Passage No I voted NO on SB 118 (Sen. Daley) Creates a “Blue Star Family” vehicle registration plate. EXPLANATION: There are already 29 different license plates offered by the Secretary of State. In my opinion we should get rid of all the different types of license plates and just have one standard plate for everyone.
PASSED 106-2
67 & 68 2/19/2020 HB 4923 HB 4924 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4923 (Rep. Lilly) & HB 4924 (Rep. Anthony) Prohibits knowingly and intentionally manufacturing, selling, distributing, or installing a counterfeit airbag. EXPLANATION: Counterfeit airbags are becoming a growing problem in the automobile industry.
Both bills PASSED 106-2
66 2/18/2020 HB 4689 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
65 2/18/2020 HB 4152 REVOTE REVOTE REVOTE
64 2/18/2020 HB 5164 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5164 (Rep. Lilly) Extends the inspections timeframe for boiler systems from two years to three years. EXPLANATION: This updates state requirements to match industry standards.
PASSED 98-9
63 2/18/2020 HB 5015 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5015 (Rep. Berman) Requires the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to list salary and benefit information of state employees on the internet. EXPLANATION: This provides more transparency to state government.
PASSED 104-3
62 2/18/2020 HB 4831 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4831 (Rep. Lightner) Requires the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to approve in writing another agency’s decision to exercise an option to extend a contract. EXPLANATION: This will provide more oversight and transparency to state government agency contracts.
PASSED 106-1
60 2/18/2020 HB 5315 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5315 (Rep. Cambensy) Grants a license to serve alcohol on certain premises of Northern Michigan University. EXPLANATION: An existing liquor license would be transferred to a restaurant on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
PASSED 104-3
59 & 61 2/18/2020 HB 4551 & HB 4552 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4551 & HB 4552 (Rep. LaFave) Creates an exemption for disabled veterans from paying for a recreation passport and allows for them to park in a handicapped space without a placard. EXPLANATION: Although well intentioned, these bills have some unintended consequences. This would allow parking in a handicap spot for veterans without them having to have a handicapped placard or special disabled veteran license plate. We want to ensure only disabled individuals park in these spots and this will cause confusion as to whether or not someone is really eligible to park there.
PASSED 105-2
57 & 58 2/18/2020 HB 4274 & HB 4275 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4274 (Rep. Marino) & HB 4275 (Rep. Albert) Allows the Michigan Office of Retirement Services to offer an annuity option to public school and state employees. EXPLANATION: This gives state employees another option for retirement planning.
Both bills PASSED 58-49 & 59-48 respectively
56 2/18/2020 SB 68 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 68 (Sen. Wojno) Clarifies that a person who wants to make a compensation claim for wrongful imprisonment has 18 months from the date of the original act, not 6 months. EXPLANATION: This is a clarification to a law passed by the Legislature in 2016.
PASSED 107-0
55 2/18/2020 HB 5124 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5124 (Rep. Byrd) Gives flexibility to forgive unpaid property taxes when local governments are dealing with delinquent taxes on foreclosed homes. EXPLANATION: This will help keep low-income homeowners in their homes.
PASSED 105-2
53 & 54 2/18/2020 HB 5117 & HB 5118 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 5117 (Rep. Bolden) & HB 5118 (Rep. Calley) Extends the deadline for wrongfully convicted prisoners to claim compensation under the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act. EXPLANATION: Extends the ability from 6 months to 18 months for an exoneree to make a claim.
Both bills PASSED 107-0
50-52 2/6/2020 HB 4567-HB 4569 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4567 (Rep. O’Malley), HB 4568 (Rep. Wendzel) & HB 4569 (Rep. Lilly) Increases regulations and costs on commercial fishing. EXPLANATION: This will likely put some smaller commercial fishing operations out of business.
All three bills PASSED 72-32, 73-31 & 73-31
47-49 2/6/2020 HB 5159-HB 5161 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5159 (Rep. Hammoud), HB 5160 (Rep. Liberati) & HB 5161 (Rep. Bellino) Prohibits marihuana processors, retailers, and vapor retailers from selling products that contain Vitamin E Acetate. EXPLANATION: This bill won’t actually solve the problem of vaping deaths. Vitamin E Acetate is the likely culprit in these deaths but these regulated shops have already self-regulated themselves and don’t use it. Vitamin E-Acetate is being used in the black market and homemade products. This bill doesn’t address those issues.
All three bills PASSED 102-2
42-46 2/5/2020 HBs 4926-4930 Passage No/Yes These bills made a number of changes to the Local Community Stabilization Fund. EXPLANATION: These bills reward bad behavior in my opinion, except for House Bill 4927 which is just a technical fix.
I voted NO on HB 4926 (Rep. Afendoulis) PASSED 96-9
I voted YES on HB 4927 (Rep. Vaupel) PASSED 105-0
I voted NO on HB 4928 (Rep. Webber) PASSED 96-9
I voted NO on HB 4929 (Rep. Yancey) PASSED 91-14
I voted NO on HB 4930 (Rep. Whitsett) PASSED 93-12
41 2/4/2020 HB 4577 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4577 (Rep. Frederick) Designate a portion of M-52 as the “Michigan Desert Storm Veterans Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards this project.
PASSED 104-0
39 & 40 2/4/2020 HB 4126 & HB 4127 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4126 (Rep. Albert) & HB 4127 (Rep. Rendon) Requires Marihuana to include health warnings for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. EXPLANATION: This is unnecessary. These warning labels are unlikely to change behavior and instead only increase the regulatory burden on people.
Both bills PASSED 100-4
37 & 38 1/23/2020 HB 5187 & HB 5188 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5187 (Rep. Warren) & HB 5188 (Rep. Huizenga) This is a followup bill to the Switch Data Center bill that allows for implementation of the changes. EXPLANATION: Taxes should be cut across the board and not tailored to benefit certain companies or industries. We shouldn’t be playing shell games with taxpayer money.
Both bills PASSED 95-12 & 96-11 respectively
35 & 36 1/23/2020 SB 650 & SB 651 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 650 (Sen. Theis) & SB 651 (Sen. Moss) Makes permanent the program that allows a teacher who is employed or contracted by an education management organization to be the teacher in a district that operates a dropout recovery program. EXPLANATION: This is a technical fix to ensure students who have dropped out of school can receive help from these education management organizations.
Both bills PASSED 103-4 & 104-3 respectively
33 & 34 1/23/2020 HB 5195 & HB 5313 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5195 & HB 5313 (Rep. Sheppard) Changes the fees on transferring a license plate from $8 plus the difference between the cars in registration fees to a flat $15. EXPLANATION: This was a complicated vote because some people will see an increase in price while others see a decrease. Since this simplified things and more people will see a decrease I voted in favor.
Both bills PASSED 107-0
32 1/22/2020 HB 5266 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5266 (Rep. Cole) Guidelines for electric cooperatives to follow when negotiating pole equipment. EXPLANATION: This will help provide further rate clarity for providers and customers.
PASSED 105-1
31 1/22/2020 HB 4266 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4266 (Rep. Cole) Gives more options to electric providers to expand broadband services. EXPLANATION: This gives more options for broadband access while providing protection for landowners.
PASSED 105-1
29 & 30 1/22/2020 HB 5002 & HB 5003 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5002 (Rep. Howell) & HB 5003 (Rep. Brixie) Reinstates a voluntary youth fishing license. EXPLANATION: This is unnecessary government.
PASSED 101-5 & 98-8 respectively
28 1/22/2020 HB 4335 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4335 (Rep. Yaroch) Allows students to use instructional hours that are similar in nature to count towards both cosmetology and barber licensing requirements. EXPLANATION: There is no need for someone to take identical classes for two licenses.
PASSED 109-0
27 1/21/2020 HB 5263 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5263 (Rep. Miller) Phases out the Michigan Lifeline Program. EXPLANATION: The federal government is phasing out the Lifeline Program for landline phones, and this simply aligns state law with federal law.
PASSED 79-28
25 & 26 1/21/2020 HB 5146 & HB 5147 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5146 (Rep. Farrington) & HB 5147 (Rep. Gay-Dagnogo) Allows mortgage loan originators to get paid while they have their temporary license. EXPLANATION: This will help licensees to move to new employment opportunities without losing license status.
Both bills PASSED 107-0
24 1/21/2020 SB 588 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 588 (Sen. Moss) Allows for discounts and refunds for spirits sold by specially designated distributors. EXPLANATION: Licensees would be allowed to return any unopened bottles of spirits to the distributor.
PASSED 106-0
23 1/16/2020 HB 4245 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4245 (Rep. Hernandez) Year-end budget supplemental. EXPLANATION: This closes out the fiscal year 2019.
PASSED 106-0
22 1/16/2020 HB 4291 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4291 (Rep. Calley) Changes the reporting dates for the pre-election and post-election campaign finance statements for candidate committees and ballot question committees. EXPLANATION: These changes simplify the dates by combining them with other similar dates to decrease confusion and red tape.
PASSED 100-6
21 1/16/2020 HB 4816 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4816 (Rep. Iden) Creates the Regional Event Center Financing Act. EXPLANATION: This is a new hotel tax, and since I am opposed to increased taxes, I am opposed to this concept.
PASSED 80-26
15-20 1/16/2020 HBs 4704-4709 Passage Yes I voted YES on changes to the Child Protection Law in response to the Children’s
Protective Services Performance Audit released in September 2018 by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). EXPLANATION: The audit of CPS had several action items that need to be corrected in Michigan law to help make investigations begin in a timely and proper fashion, help ensure accurate record-keeping, and ensure caseworks are receiving proper oversight and direction in the course of their work. It is imperative that we do everything we can to stop child abuse and these changes are a big step in that direction.HB 4704 (Rep. Crawford) PASSED 104-2
HB 4705 (Rep. Hall) PASSED 106-0
HB 4706 (Rep. Schroeder) PASSED 105-1
HB 4707 (Rep. Liberati) PASSED 106-0
HB 4708 (Rep. Meerman) PASSED 105-1
HB 4709 (Rep. LaGrand) PASSED 103-3
14 1/14/2020 HB 4832 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4832 (Rep. Lightner) Designates a portion of I-94 as the “Deputy Gate Keeper George W. Haight Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go towards this project.
PASSED 107-1
13 1/14/2020 HB 4020 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4020 (Rep. Hoitenga) Allows stun devices to be available for sale, possession, and reasonable use to individuals 18 years of age or older. EXPLANATION: This provides another way for individuals to protect themselves.
PASSED 84-24
12 1/14/2020 HB 4051 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4051 (Rep. Whiteford) Creates the Michigan C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education, and Safety) hotline. EXPLANATION: There are already hotlines that perform these functions and are run by non-profits. This is unnecessary and costs the state a potential additional $6 million.
PASSED 101-7
11 1/8/2020 SB 527 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 527 (Sen. Victory) Names Beacon Boulevard in Grand Haven as the “Officer Scott Flahive Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds go toward this project.
PASSED 107-0
6-10 1/8/2020 SBs 466-469 & SB 539 Passage Yes I voted YES on changes to the qualified residential treatment program for foster children. EXPLANATION: These changes allow the Department of Health and Human Services to make a variance to foster care home rules if the child in question is better served at a house they already have a preexisting relationship with or the household is trained to deal with special issues such as a disability.

I voted YES on SB 466 (Sen. Bizon) PASSED 107-0
I voted YES on SB 467 (Sen. Bullock) PASSED 107-0
I voted YES on SB 468 (Sen. Bizon) PASSED 107-0
I voted YES on SB 469 (Sen. Bullock) PASSED 107-0
I voted YES on SB 539 (Sen. Bizon) PASSED 107-0

5 1/8/2020 SB 434 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 434 (Sen. Nesbitt) Allows licensed cosmetologists to provide mobile services instead of being tied to a physical location. EXPLANATION: This provides more options for licensed cosmetologists in Michigan to conduct business.
PASSED 102-5
4 1/8/2020 SB 184 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 184 (Sen. VanderWall) Gives more flexibility for setting continuing education requirements for athletic trainers. EXPLANATION: This should allow for more common sense when determining requirements for athletic trainers.
PASSED 105-2
3 1/8/2020 SB 309 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 309 (Sen. Zorn) Reduces fees for commercial tow trucks. EXPLANATION: Tow truck drivers currently pay the $100 commercial vehicle fee to the state to be able to operate. This bill reduces the fee for commercial tow trucks to $50 which aligns with other commercial carriers.
PASSED 105-2
2 1/8/2020 HB 4309 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4309 (Rep. Webber) Clarifies sentencing guidelines for online gaming violations. EXPLANATION: Currently, online gambling is illegal in Michigan. In 2004, Michigan voters amended the Constitution to require that any future expansion of gaming had to be voted on by the people. While I would be in favor of removing government limitations and letting the free market do its work, this is an expansion of gaming that I believe constitutionally should be voted on by the voters in Michigan.
PASSED 95-12
1 1/8/2020 HB 5008 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5008 (Rep. Lower) States that a jail does not have to post an exit map for its inmates to see in case of a fire. EXPLANATION: This is common sense that the jails shouldn’t be required to tell prisoners the best way to escape.
PASSED 71-36