Roll Call Number Date Bill Number Vote Type Vote Explanation
1 – 3* 1/11/2017 NA Election of House Leadership Yes I voted in favor of electing Tom Leonard as Speaker of the House, Lee Chatfield as Speaker Pro Tempore, and Gary Randall as Clerk of the House.
4 2/23/2017 HB 4058 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4058 (Rep. Eric Leutheuser) – Economic development; neighborhood enterprise zones; requirement to send report of assessed values and ad valorem taxes to the Michigan enterprise zone authority; eliminate. EXPLANATION: Technical changes to outdated reporting requirements. PASSED 107-0
5 2/23/2017 HB 4001 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4001 (Chatfield) – Individual income tax; rate; annual rollback of rate until zero; provide for. EXPLANATION: I am wholeheartedly supportive of lower taxes for Michigan residents. This legislation as amended would have saved Michigan taxpayers between $400 million and $1.1 billion. DEFEATED 55-52
6 3/1/2017 HB 4057 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4057 (Rep. Leutheuser) – Designates a portion of US-12 in the city of Jonesville in honor of Medal of Honor Recipient James Bondsteel. EXPLANATION: Although I question whether this should be a role of state government, I voted in favor of this bill since all of the signage and other costs associated with the name change are being paid for with private funds.
7 3/1/2017 HB 4186 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4186 (Rep. Alexander) – Technical fix that returns the definition of “Animal” in the Pet Shop Act to its original meaning. The definition was revised in the 2016 “Logan’s Law” legislation (PA 392 & 393 of 2016).
8 3/2/2017 HB 4136 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4136 (Rep. Tedder) – Requires a county treasurer who has a Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund to place delinquent tax revenues into an account segregated from other revenues and requires them to account for each year’s revenues separately. EXPLANATION: Legislation enacted last year unintentionally removed several important powers of a county treasurer. This bill streamlines the administration of Delinquent Tax Revolving Funds and reinstates those normal powers afforded to a county treasurer. PASSED 108-0
9 3/2/2017 SB 69 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 69 (Sen. Jones) – Amends the Management and Budget Act to exempt records prepared and used for the evaluation of a bid, quote, or proposal from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) until a final notification of award for a contract has been issued. It would also provide a FOIA exemption to records containing a trade secret or proprietary information. EXPLANATION: I am wholeheartedly in favor of a level playing field for companies bidding on state projects. Protecting proprietary information ensures a company’s private information is secured from industry competitors, much like patent rights. PASSED 106-2
10* 3/8/2017 SB 69 Concurrence Yes See above
11 to 30 3/8/2017 SB 5-11, 13-24, 50 Passage Yes I voted YES on Senate Bills 5, 6, and 7. These bills reform several aspects of our criminal justice system with the overall goal of reducing rearrests and the associated costs to taxpayers. Making common-sense reforms to Michigan’s criminal justice system to reduce the number of repeat offenders after release is key, such as providing swift and certain penalties for small, technical parole violations. Providing targeted programs for younger prisoners will decrease the chances they will return to prison. Enabling non-profit organizations to access our prisons means they can contribute to the reformation process and help prepare inmates for a more positive future upon their release. Speeding up the review process to release medically frail prisoners will reduce the extremely high cost of housing these prisoners. They all passed 107-0.
31 3/9/2017 SB 39 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 39 (Sen. Jones) – Amends the Estate and Protected Individuals Code to revise the definition of “surviving spouse” for purposes of determining who has priority to make funeral and burial decisions. PASSED 108-0
32 3/9/2017 HB 4208 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4208 (Rep. Miller) – Specifies that the resignation or removal of a person from the office of state senator or representative remains in effect for the duration of the legislative term. EXPLANATION: I voted in opposition to this bill because I believe that, specifically in the case of expulsion, the voters should have the ultimate say as to whether an individual should serve as their state legislator. PASSED 72-38
33 3/14/2017 HB 4080 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4080 (Griffin) Lets school districts use lease-purchase agreements to finance energy conservation and operational improvements. EXPLANATION: I voted for this bill because I am in favor of local school districts having as many options available as possible for projects and improvements. This is a local control issue, and makes sure as many tools are in the toolbox as possible for local school boards to access. PASSED 106-2
34 3/14/2017 HB 4013 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4013 (Lucido) Currently, a registration certificate must be carried in a vehicle at all times. This legislation adds that a vehicle registration can also be accepted that is electronically accessible to the driver, such as on a smartphone or electronic device. This is already a common practice for showing proof of insurance. EXPLANATION: I am wholeheartedly in favor of common-sense improvements that streamline our interaction with governmental agencies. PASSED 108-0
35 – 44 3/16/2017 HB 4148-57 Passage Yes LEGISLATIVE OPEN RECORDS ACT PACKAGE: I voted YES on HBs 4148-4157 EXPLANATION: Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act FOIA’s currently exempts the Legislature, Governor, and Lieutenant Governor from requests for records. Several national governmental transparency organizations repeatedly rank Michigan’s state government last or near-last in ethics and transparency. This package of bills provides a mechanism for records to be requested from the Executive and Legislative branches by members of the public. All of the bills passed 108 to 0.
45 & 46 3/16/2017 HB 4063 & 4064 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4063 and 64 (Cox) Creates a 5-year felony for a person to intentionally aim a beam of directed energy from a directed energy device (e.g., a laser pointer) at or in the path of an aircraft. EXPLANATION: Lasers being pointed at aircraft can pose a serious safety risk, and endanger the lives of the pilot, passengers and others. PASSED 107-1 and 106-2 respectively
47 3/16/2017 HB 4137 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4137 (Frederick) Amends the Child Identification and Protection Act (CIPA) to allow a parent or guardian of a child or youth under 21 with special health care needs to submit a written request to have the fingerprints and photograph of the child or youth added to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database and the statewide network of agency photos maintained by the Michigan State Police. EXPLANATION: This simply gives parents or guardians of special-needs children the option to enroll their child’s information in this system in case their child is reported missing. PASSED 108-0
48 3/16/2017 HB 4077 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4077 (Kesto) Amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by creating a new section prohibiting a public body from suing a FOIA records requester. PASSED 108-0
49 3/16/2017 SB 34 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 34 (Ananich) Names a portion of US-23 as the “Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway”. No state funds will be put towards this project. PASSED 108-0
50* 3/21/2017 SB 69 Passage Yes See above
51 & 52 3/21/2017 HB 4203 & 4204 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4203 (LaFave) and HB 4204 (Cole) These bills allow an individual’s driver’s license photo to be used when producing a Concealed Pistol License card. PASSED 108-0
53 3/22/2017 HB 4219 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4219 (Kahle) The bill expands the “safe harbor” for victims of human trafficking. It allows victims of human trafficking to be eligible for deferral and probation, instead of a guilty verdict and possible jail/prison. EXPLANATION: Victims of human trafficking did not choose to break the law. This bill provides “safe harbor” for those who unfortunately find themselves in this situation. PASSED 108-0
54 3/22/2017 SB 213 Passage Yes I voted NO on SB 213 (MacGregor) Allow a health professional who provides telehealth services (remote videoconferencing etc.) to prescribe a controlled substance under certain circumstances. This measure also requires the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to promulgate rules to implement new prescriber. EXPLANATION: As chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, I am very cautious of any legislation that passes along rulemaking authority to various state departments. As much as possible, these provisions should be spelled out in statute, thereby restricting the power that unelected bureaucrats have to draft policy. PASSED 104-4
55 3/22/2017 HB 4329 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4329 (Yaroch) Provides $100 million in Federal funding for Flint, $3 million in state funding in response to the Macomb County Sinkhole Emergency, and $1 million in state funding for the Michigan State Capitol Commission for continued mechanical and engineering upgrades. EXPLANATION: I was disappointed that these three totally unrelated funding issues were all included in the same bill. I voted no because the state should not bail out poor decisions made on the local level. PASSED 101-7
56 3/23/2017 HB 4167 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4167 (Frederick) Increase truck and trailer combinations transporting agricultural drainage tubing to 75 feet. EXPLANATION: I am in favor of relaxing or removing government regulations to ensure that farmers are able to operate efficiently and effectively. PASSED 97-11
57 3/28/2017 HB 4070 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4070 (Kesto) Provides a remedy to compensate individuals if certain departments are found to be guilty of an illegal or unconstitutional taking. EXPLANATION: It is important to ensure that private property rights receive the respect they deserve in a free society. A sound protection of property rights is foundational for all other liberties, and government power to take private property is, and always was, meant to be only a power of last resort. PASSED 76-31
58 3/28/2017 HB 4259 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4259 (Graves) Clarifies that the Auditor General may access and examine electronically stored information and confidential information when conducting audits and investigations. EXPLANATION: The Auditor General’s mission, to improve accountability for public funds and State government operations for the benefit of Michigan’s citizens, requires full and frank access to all relevant department information. Giving the Auditor General the tools necessary to perform their job ensures the state is held accountable to the residents of Michigan. PASSED 107-0
59 3/29/2017 HB 4213 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4213 (Lucido) States that if someone under 21 years old does not consent to a preliminary chemical breath analysis, the officer cannot administer the analysis without a warrant. EXPLANATION: Searches and other related activities need a warrant. The Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. PASSED 102-6
60 3/29/2017 HB 4048 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4048 (Graves) Requires veteran homes to implement veteran preference employment practices. EXPLANATION: While I as a veteran am very supportive of veterans supporting and helping their fellow service members in a time of need, I do not believe that the passage of this bill is within the scope of state government. Mandating that a certain class of people be preferentially hired means others are excluded from being hired. These hiring decisions should be made on qualifications, not an externally imposed requirement, even though the intentions are good. PASSED 106-2
61 3/29/2017 HB 4131 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4131 (Runestad) Amends the Public Employee Retirement Benefits Forfeiture Act to require the forfeiture of retirement benefits if a public employee is convicted of a felony arising out of his or her service as a public employee. EXPLANATION: Pensions built up by the performance of public service should not be collected by individuals who criminally abuse their position of influence. PASSED 108-0
62* 3/30/2017 HB 4329 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4329 (Yaroch) Provides $100 million in Federal funding for Flint, $3 million in state funding in response to the Macomb County Sinkhole Emergency, and $1 million in state funding for the Michigan State Capitol Commission for continued mechanical and engineering upgrades. EXPLANATION: I was disappointed that these three totally unrelated funding issues were all included in the same bill. I voted no because the state should not bail out poor decisions made on the local level. PASSED 101-7
63* 3/30/2017 HB 4288 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4288 (Kesto) Amends the Uniform Intestate Family Support Act (UIFSA) to correct an inadvertent drafting error related to jurisdiction over petitions filed in Michigan and in other states or foreign countries. EXPLATION: This is a procedural correction. PASSED 108-0
64 3/30/2017 HB 4082 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4082 (Whiteford) Requires the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to notify by telephone and email both the township supervisor and Primary PSAP (9-1-1 call center) before conducting a prescribed burn on state land of each township where the prescribed burn is to take place. EXPLANATION: The idea for this bill came out of a situation in Allegan County, where the DNR did a prescribed burn without notifying the local units of government. This bill would also require the DNR to be responsible for costs if proper notice is not given. PASSED 108-0
65 & 66 3/30/2017 HB 4315 & 4316 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4315 (Griffin) and HB 4316 (VanderWall) These bills add 21st Century Skills credits as an option for satisfying foreign language requirements for graduation. “21st Century Skills credits may be satisfied by successfully completing three credits in any combination of courses in a foreign language, visual arts, performing arts, applied arts, computer science or coding, as well as department approved career and technical education program. EXPLANATION: The more useful and appropriate learning options that can be made available for students the better. This would particularly help students going into skilled trades by letting them learn more career-specific skills. PASSED 79-29 and 69-39 respectively
67 3/30/2017 HB 4317 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4317 (Hauck) Allows a student enrolled in a department-approved career and technical education (CTE) program or curriculum to fulfill their health education requirement by completing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) educational training course. EXPLANATION: The more useful and appropriate learning options that can be made available for students the better. This would particularly help students going into skilled trades by letting them learn more career-specific skills. PASSED 61-47
68 3/30/2017 HB 4318 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4318 (Howell) Allows a student to choose between an Algebra II or Statistics course to satisfy a portion of the mathematics requirement needed for graduation. EXPLANATION: The more useful and appropriate learning options that can be made available for students the better. This would particularly help students going into skilled trades by letting them learn more career-specific skills. PASSED 91-17
69 4/19/2017 SB 38 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 38 (Jones) Amends the Child Identification and Protection Act (CIPA) to allow a parent or guardian of a child or youth under 21 with special health care needs to submit a written request to have the fingerprints and photograph of the child or youth added to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database and the statewide network of agency photos maintained by the Michigan State Police. EXPLANATION: This simply gives parents or guardians of special-needs children the option to enroll their child’s information in this system in case their child is reported missing. PASSED 107-0
70 4/25/2017 SB 119 Passage No I voted NO on SB 119 (Casperson) Transfer of property from the Marquette Branch Prison to Northern Michigan University for the cost of $1 for the purposes of using the land for a forensic “body farm.” EXPLANATION: The state should not essentially be giving away property and should instead be selling it at fair market value. PASSED 108-1
71 4/25/2017 HB 4311 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4311 (Vaupel) Provides that babies surrendered under the Safe Delivery of Newborns Law may be listed as “Baby Doe” and the parents listed as “unknown”. EXPLANATION: The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law protects confidentiality; this alteration to reporting requirements more fully represents the intent of the law while protecting the privacy of those involved. PASSED 109-0
72 4/25/2017 SB 129 Passage No I voted NO on SB 129 (Casperson) Institutes a regulatory program for smaller native copper mining operations while still maintaining protections for natural resources. EXPLANATION: This bill infringes on local control when it comes to establishing ordinances. PASSED 74-35
73 5/26/2017 HB 4286 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4286 (Victory) Amends the Drain Code to allow a municipality to petition to add or remove land from an original drainage district. EXPLANATION: This bill gives flexibility to local municipalities in reference to changing drainage district boundaries. PASSED 104-5
74 5/26/2017 SB 102 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 102 (Schmidt) Creates the Michigan Community Foundation Act. EXPLANATION: Under three different statutes (The Gifts of Property, Revised School Code, and Public Library), municipalities, school boards, or public libraries may accept gifts of real, or personal property. If the entity determines the gift is no longer needed, then the entity may transfer the intangible gift to a community foundation. This bill consolidates these three acts and streamlines the transfer process. PASSED 77-32
75 5/26/2017 HB 4325 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4325 (Barrett) Allows insurance agents to carry over up to 12 hours of continuing education to the next applicable two-year review period, with a few exceptions. EXPLANATION: Currently, if an insurance agent attends or instructs more than 24 hours of continuing education in a two-year review period, those excess hours do not carry over to the next review period. This legislation gives insurance agents more flexibility in continuing education requirements. PASSED 106-2
76 4/27/2017 HB 4329 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4329 (Yaroch) Provides $100 million in Federal funding for Flint and $1 million in General Fund for the Michigan State Capitol Commission for continued mechanical and engineering upgrades. EXPLANATION: Approving funding to bail out poor decisions made by local municipalities is an irresponsible practice, especially considering the amount of debt there is at the Federal level. I also was disappointed that these two totally unrelated funding issues were all included in the same bill. PASSED 108-1
77 4/27/2017 HB 4166 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4166 (Whiteford) Repeals the requirement for ISDs to give preferential treatment in hiring decisions to candidates who were formerly employed as special education teachers in the constituent district or a state agency. EXPLANATION: Individuals should be hired strictly on the basis of ability, not past associations. PASSED: 62-47
78 & 79 4/27/2017 HB 4177 & 4178 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4177 (Vaupel) and HB 4178 (Canfield) Eliminates the requirement that political party vignettes (pictures) be printed on election ballots. EXPLANATION: Pictures on ballots are not needed, and create an unnecessary distraction and hassle for local clerks. PASSED 63-46
80 & 81 4/27/2017 HB 4081, SB 35 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4081 (Barrett) and SB 35 (Jones) Amend the state Bingo Act in reference to Millionaire Parties. EXPLANATION: This legislation gives charitable organizations the ability to conduct fundraisers through gaming. PASSED 100-9
82 & 83 5/2/2017 HB 4063 & 4064 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4063 (Cox) and HB 4064 (Barrett) Creates a new 5-year felony for a person that intentionally aims a beam of directed energy from a directed energy device (e.g., a laser pointer) at or in the path of an aircraft or moving train. EXPLANATION: Lasers can cause a serious public safety risk to plane and train operators and passengers. Both PASSED 105-2
84 5/2/2017 HB 4215 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4215 (Hughes) Would allow an individual to leave a running vehicle unattended anywhere besides a state highway. EXPLANATION: A car is your personal property – you should be able to take care of your own property without being assessed a ticket for warming up your car in your own driveway. PASSED 77-30
85 5/2/2017 SB 202 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 202 (Brandenburg) Clarifies that individuals playing a social media game that has winnings of non-monetary items does not fall under the activities that are prohibited by state law. EXPLANATION: The less government intrusion into these activities the better. PASSED 103-4
86 5/2/2017 SB 118 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 118 (Hansen) Allows the DNR to use an unused railway corridor for a trail system. EXPLANATION: Keeps the Michigan DNR’s Rails-to-Trails system in compliance with Federal regulations. PASSED 106-1
87 & 88 5/2/2017 HB 4313, HB 4323 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4313 (Kelly) and HB 4323 (Cox) State budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The 2017-18 House proposed budget is almost $700 million larger than last year. Although we have Republican leadership in both legislative chambers and in the governor’s office, spending has still increased for the 6th year in a row. There has been some good work and sound financial practices in many of the budget categories, eleven budget topics (everything besides education) are grouped together into one bill, and thereby one vote. If these were all separate votes, there were definitely areas I could have supported, but having these budgets all grouped together creates a challenge. In the education budget, spending was raised for higher education and early childhood development programs, which are not a proper role of government. As the budget process continues, 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. Both PASSED 60-47
89 & 90 5/3/2017 HB 4209 & 4210 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4209 and HB 4210 (Lucido) Increases juror compensation by $5 per day beginning April 1, 2018. EXPLANATION: Juror compensation rates were last raised in 2003. If the government requires citizens to miss work to perform this service, they should be compensated in a reasonable fashion. PASSED 106-0
91 5/3/2017 SB 46 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 46 (Zorn) Removes the requirement that an emergency vehicle’s lights be mounted on the roof of the vehicle. EXPLANATION: Traffic safety and practices have evolved in recent years and updating this lighting location requirement would reflect current practice for emergency vehicles. PASSED 94-12
92 & 93 5/4/2017 HB 4421 & 4422 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4421 and HB 4422 (Hughes) This package of bills would allow 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: 64-42 and 102-4
94-98 5/4/2017 SB 111-115 Passage No I voted NO on the TRANSFORMATIONAL BROWNFIELDS PACKAGE Amends the Brownfield Redevelopment Act to create a new transformational brownfield plan. The new program would provide a tax exemption for a brownfield site that would have a “transformational impact” on local economic development and community revitalization. EXPLANATION: These bills are corporate welfare, plain and simple. They favor large projects in Detroit and have been pushed by those interests throughout the legislative process. Taxpayers suffer when big government is in bed with big business – this legislation bails out bad decisions made by investors. I worked to oppose this legislation throughout hearings in the House Tax Policy Committee, and proposed an amendment to tie-bar this package to an income tax reduction bill that would apply to all Michigan taxpayers. All bills were PASSED
99 5/16/2017 HB 4424 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4424 (Kivela) Prohibits and penalizes anyone who brings a deer or elk carcass with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into Michigan from out of state. EXPLANATION: CWD is deadly to our deer population, and steps need to be taken to slow the spread of this disease. PASSED 104-0
100 5/17/2017 HJR C Passage Yes I voted YES on HJR C (Runestad) An amendment to the Michigan Constitution to add the term “electronic data or communication” as an area protected from warrantless search and seizure. EXPLANATION: The Fourth Amendment guarantees our right to protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. In our technological age, this applies to electronic data as well as our homes and physical property. ADOPTED 107-0
101 5/17/2017 SB 168 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 168 (Jones) Changes the formula used to calculate the auto insurance assessment for the Auto Theft Prevention Fund to make it easier to accurately calculate the assessment for commercial vehicles. EXPLANATION: This legislation brings state law into compliance with a recent Attorney General opinion on how these assessment formulas are calculated. PASSED 103-4
102 5/17/2017 HB 4211 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4211 (Lucido) Makes expert testimony regarding the behavior of human trafficking victims admissible in human trafficking prosecutions. EXPLANATION: This gives prosecutors an additional tool when prosecuting human trafficking cases. PASSED 106-1
103 5/17/2017 HB 4065 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4065 (Pagel) Would allow the MI Department of Corrections to be able to hire a person who has been convicted of a felony if that person’s employment will not negatively impact public safety or the operation of the department. This would require an extensive background check and written approval by the MDOC Director before the applicant is hired. EXPLANATION: Currently, felons cannot be employed by MDOC. This would allow ex-felons seeking to integrate back into society additional options for employment. PASSED 104-3
104-120 5/16/2017 HB 4429. 4231, 4233, 4234, 4235, 4236, 4237, 4238, SB 130, 136, 137, 139, 142, 144, 145, 146, 148 Passage Yes Procedural budget bills – all passed 63-44.
121 5/18/2017 HB 4205 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4205 (Cole) Limits unelected bureaucrats in creating regulations that are more stringent than the already exhaustive and onerous federal regulations. EXPLANATION: Regulations should be made by elected officials who are directly accountable to the people. This law is a step in the right direction towards limiting our out-of-control bureaucracies. PASSED 57-50
122 5/18/2017 SB 176 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 176 (Casperson) Clarifies certain provisions for roadside signage informing drivers of upcoming tourist attractions. EXPLANATION: It’s important that businesses are given fair treatment with these state-maintained informational signage. PASSED 107-0
123 & 124 5/18/2017 HB 4545 & 4546 Passage 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 (ISDs), and Michigan works agency for course training program planning or evaluation. EXPLANATION: This information is helpful when creating job training programs and courses. PASSED 106-1
125 5/18/2017 HB 4305 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4305 (Kahle) Updates Michigan law to reflect a federal rule change that allows registration exemptions for crowdfunding by Michigan businesses. EXPLANATION: This provides small businesses with alternatives to traditional financing to help grow their business. PASSED 106-1
126 5/18/2017 HB 4160 Passage Yes I voted YES HB 4160 (Hernandez) Would put into law that charitable and civic organizations can solicit funds on or near Michigan roadways, but also allows local municipalities to ban this activity within their jurisdiction via local ordinance. EXPLANATION: This manner of fundraising is useful to charitable organizations and should be allowed to continue. PASSED 105-2
127 5/23/2017 HB 4131 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4131 (Runestad) Amends the Public Employee Retirement Benefits Forfeiture Act to require the forfeiture of retirement benefits if a public employee is convicted of a felony arising out of his or her service as a public employee. EXPLANATION: Pensions built up by the performance of public service should not be collected by individuals who criminally abuse their position of influence. PASSED 108-0
128 5/23/2017 HB 4611 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4611 (Lauwers) Would allow the use of new technologies as they are developed to be used to place wagers on horse racing. EXPLANATION: Though I am personally against gambling, I believe people should be allowed to do as they wish with their own money. PASSED 65-43
129 5/23/2017 HB 4427 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4427 (Runestad) Creates the “Law Enforcement Body-Worn Camera Privacy Act” to exempt certain body-worn camera recordings from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). EXPLANATION: This bill protects private property and personal privacy rights, as well as law enforcement’s ability to effectively utilize body-worn cameras. PASSED 108-0
130 5/24/2017 SB 359 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 359 (Hildenbrand) Personal Property Tax 2017 deadline extension. EXPLANATION: For 2017 only, the bill will allow a claimant that either filed an incomplete form by February 20 or did not file by the deadline to have until May 31, 2017 to properly file the return. PASSED: 100-7
131-139 5/24/2017 HB 4229, 4231, 4233, 4234, 4235, 4236, 4237, 4238, 4313 Concurrence No Procedural budget votes to send the budget bills to conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions. All bills were DEFEATED 0 to 107 .
140 5/24/2017 HB 4181 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4181 (Roberts) Requires that public school guidance counselors receive at least 50 of the current 150 hours of professional development training focused on college preparation and career counseling. EXPLANATION: School guidance counselor training associations should have the freedom to train teachers in the way found to be most effective in helping their students achieve success. This should not be a mandate from the legislature. PASSED 100-7
141 5/24/2017 HB 4431 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4431 (Graves) Increases the subpoena powers of the Oversight Committee. EXPLANATION: It is important that actions can be taken to ensure governmental agencies can be held accountable and transparent. PASSED 61-46
142 5/24/2017 HB 4432 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4432 (Graves) Clarifies that each legislative chamber has the authority to grant subpoena powers to its committees. EXPLANATION: It is important that actions can be taken to ensure governmental agencies can be held accountable and transparent. PASSED 67-40
143 & 144 5/25/2017 HB 4350 & 4351 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4350 and 4351 (Kahle) Exempts aircraft parts from the Michigan’s six percent use tax. EXPLANATION: Special interest carve outs on sales and use taxes for the aircraft repair industry are not in the spirit of limited government. PASSED 71-37 and 70-38 respectively
145 5/25/2017 HB 4169 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4169 (Brann) Grandfathers alcohol licenses issued before March 1, 2017 from complying with the statutory prohibition of operating a licensed alcohol establishment within 500 feet of a church or school. EXPLANATION: Reduces regulation on private businesses. PASSED 103-4
146 & 147 5/25/2017 HB 4456 & 4557 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4556 and 4557 (Bellino) Increases penalties for a person who illegally sells, delivers, or imports beer or wine into Michigan in violation of the MI Liquor Control Code. EXPLANATION: I am very cautions of anything that increases penalties under the law, especially when this could affect individual online purchases of beverages by private individuals. Both PASSED 99-8
148 5/25/2017 HB 4558 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4558 (Moss) Reduces regulations on alcohol retailers so that they can more effectively market their products to customers. EXPLANATION: The less that government regulates private advertising, the better. PASSED 108-0
149 5/25/2017 HB 4559 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4559 (Barrett) Allows licensed wholesalers and licensed manufacturers to give samples of beer or wine to an employee of the wholesaler. EXPLANATION: Reduces regulation on wholesaler manufacturers of these beverages.   PASSED 108-0
150 & 151 5/25/2017 HB 4502 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4502 (Lower) Amends the Income Tax Act to exempt self-insurer groups that operate under Workers Disability Compensation Act agreements from the Corporate Income Tax. EXPLANATION: Self-insurer funds are not operated for profit, so they should be exempt from the CIT. PASSED 108-0
152 5/25/2017 SB 163 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 163 (Colbeck) Creates a “Choose Life” license plate. EXPLANATION: This bill provides Michigan drivers a choice to show support for life. PASSED 65-43
153 – 156 5/30/2017 HB 4302 – 4304 Passage No I voted NO on HBs 4302 (LaSata) 4303 (Schor) and 4304 (Singh) Increases penalties for the assault of court personal. EXPLANATION: Creating penalties for specific professions is not consistent with equal protection under the law. PASSED 93-14, 91-16 and 90-17 respectively
157 5/30/2017 SB 126 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 126 (Kowall) Revises the continuing education requirements of licensed real estate professionals. EXPLANATION: This bill would allow real estate agents to complete continuing education requirements anytime during the three-year licensing period, instead of annually. PASSED 108-0
158 5/30/2017 HB 4532 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4532 (Whiteford) Removes the requirement that a man include his marital status when signing documents that convey an interest in real property as of April 6, 2017. EXPLANATION: It is unnecessary to require a man to put his marital status on documents now that the state doesn’t recognize dower rights. PASSED 107-0
159 5/31/2017 HB 4580 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4580 (Farrington) Restores MSHDA’s authority to refinance mortgages. EXPLANATION: A state agency shouldn’t be in the business of refinancing mortgages. PASSED 103-4
160 5/31/2017 SB 43 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 43 (Hansen) Offers an alternative minimum cash reserve requirement for public employer pooled health/optical/dental benefit plans. EXPLANATION: This bill reduces the costs of maintaining a pooled plan. PASSED 107-0
161 & 162 5/31/2017 HB 4540 & 4541 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4540 and HB 4541 (Whiteford) Extends the fee sunsets for four years for waste handling permits, and wastewater and drinking water permits. EXPLANATION: This continues current practice of DEQ fee schedule pricing. PASSED 107-0
163 5/31/2017 HB 4609 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4609 (Marino) Increases the minimum amount the legislature must appropriate into the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund from $1,000,000 to $2,500,000. EXPLANATION: The appropriations process should not be handcuffed by statutory limitations such as this. PASSED 102-5
164 5/31/2017 HB 4610 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4610 (Farrington) Replaces the flat cap for assistance grants from the Disaster & Emergency Contingency Fund (DECF) with a variable cap that is based on the eligible municipality’s population. EXPLANATION: Increasing the cap on grants from the DECF will cause the balance of the fund to deplete faster. In combination with HB 4609, this could create a large fiscal liability on the state, which would be required to keep refilling the fund. PASSED 104-4
165 5/31/2017 HB 4184 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4184 (Theis) Would require the physical presence of elected officials who vote under the Open Meetings Act. EXPLANATION: Absentee government is bad government. Public officials are elected to actively and openly participate in decision-making and physical presence in meetings is a critical component. PASSED 96-12
166 5/31/2017 SB 158 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 158 (Jones) Amends Public Act 119 of 1986, which governs the purchase and receipt of used motor vehicle parts, to exempt end-users and solid waste haulers from a recently-implemented recording and reporting requirement when they receive used tires, wheels, or rims. EXPLANATION: SB 158 is a cleanup bill to address issues created by PA 122 of 2016, which inadvertently regulated too many entities. PASSED 108-0
167 & 168 5/31/2017 HB 4612 & 4613 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4612 & 13 (VerHeulen) Extends the sunset on trial courts’ cost-assessing authority to October 2020 and creates the Trial Court Funding Commission within the Department of Treasury.. EXPLANATION: Extending the sunset on trial courts’ cost-assessing authority ensures that courts will have the resources they need to properly administer justice in the state. PASSED 85-23 and 103-5 respectively
169 5/31/2017 HB 4575 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4575 (LaFave) allows the fees that newspapers are allowed to statutorily charge for publishing legal notices to be increased annually by the rate of inflation. EXPLANATION: This bill sanctions an annual fee increase. Increases should not be done automatically, but legislatively. PASSED 98-10
170 & 171 6/6/2017 HB 4209 & 4210 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4209 and 4210 (Lucido) Increases juror compensation by $5 per day beginning April 1, 2018. EXPLANATION: Juror compensation rates were last raised in 2003. If the government requires citizens to miss work to perform this service, they should be compensated in a reasonable fashion. PASSED 108-0
172 6/6/2017 HB 4191 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4191 (Howrylak) Name portion of I-75 as the “Officer Martin ‘Marty’ Chivas Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: No state funds are put towards this highway renaming project. PASSED 108-0
173 6/6/2017 HB 4168 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4168 (Frederick) Name portion of M-71 as “PFC Shane Cantu Memorial Highway”. EXPLANATION: No state funds are put towards this highway renaming project. PASSED 108-0
174-177 6/6/2017 HB 4561-4564 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4561 (Lauwers), 4562 (VanderWall), 4563 (Rendon), 4564 (Barrett) Defines the meaning of “agriculture.” EXPLANATION: These bills clarify that personal property exemptions for agriculture related products and processes that the exemption applies only when being used for agricultural purposes. All four bills PASSED 107-1, respectively.
178 6/6/2017 HB 4557 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4457 (Iden) Allows community colleges to enter into lease purchase agreements for energy conservation and operational improvements to community college facilities. EXPLANATION: This bill provides another way for our community colleges to save money. PASSED 108-0
179 & 180 6/7/2017 HB 4335 & 4336 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4335 (Pagel) 4336 (LaSata) Closes a tax loophole whereby out-of-state homeowners improperly claim a principal residence exemption in Michigan. EXPLANATION: This primarily addresses a problem in Southwest Michigan where non-Michigan residents claim both their primary residence and their second home in Michigan as a principal residence to receive two exemptions. Both PASSED 108-0
181 6/7/2017 HB 4306 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4306 (Tedder) Raises fees on motorcycle endorsements. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to all tax and fee increases. PASSED 94-14
182 6/7/2017 HB 4474 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4474 (Glenn) Would allow those legally permitted to carry a concealed pistol to do so while on Michigan National Guard property. EXPLANATION: This legislation simply puts into law the current practice allowed by Michigan’s Adjutant General. PASSED 103-5
183-186 6/7/2017 HB 4416-4419 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4416 (Hoitenga), HB 4417 (Hornberger), HB 4418 (Allor), HB 4419 (Cole) The “Right to Carry” bill package allows a person to carry a concealed firearm without a concealed pistol license (CPL). Thus, the bill removes the requirement to obtain a CPL to lawfully carry a concealed firearm. The bill does not make any changes to the concealed pistol licensing process; the current licensing system would be optional for other reasons such as out-of-state carry with reciprocity, etc. EXPLANATION: The constitutions of the United States and Michigan protect our right to keep and bear arms. These bills bring our laws closer to the intent of the United States and Michigan constitutions. PASSED 59-49, 60-48, 59-49 and 61-47 respectively.
187-190 6/8/2017 HB 4636-4639 Passage Yes I YES on House Bills 4636 through 4639, EXPLANATION: Earlier this year, two young girls were brought to a clinic in Livonia, MI from Minnesota by their mothers to have Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) performed on them. The two physicians at the clinic and one of their wives were arrested and charged under federal law. These bills prohibit the practice of FGM on a minor, institutes penalties and provides legal remedies. The practice of FGM on a minor is a barbaric action and has no place in a civilized society. All four bills PASSED 105-2
191-194 6/8/2017 HB 4641,4642, 4661, 4690 Passage Yes I YES on House Bills 4641, 4642, 4661, and 4690. These bills extend the statute of limitations for minor victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) for criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits, ensure that victims of FGM have a civil remedy, and require the Department of Health and Human Services to implement an educational and outreach program on FGM. All four bills PASSED 107 to 0.
195 6/8/2017 HB 4320 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4320 (Cox) Procedural zero budget bill. PASSED 63-44
196 6/8/2017 HB 4285 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4285 (Lucido) Amends the General Property Tax Act to establish that an individual is not personally liable for any unpaid property tax or special assessment unless that person owned the property at the time the unpaid tax or special assessment became due. EXPLANATION: This bill prohibits local taxing units from bringing legal proceedings against individuals who did not own or occupy the property at the time the unpaid tax became due. PASSED 106-1
197 6/13/2017 HB 4286 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4286 (Victory) Amends the Drain Code to allow a municipality to petition to add or remove land from an original drainage district. EXPLANATION: This bill gives flexibility to local municipalities in reference to changing drainage district boundaries. PASSED 101-6
198 6/13/2017 HB 4508 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4508 (Iden) Creates the Cyber Civilian Corps Act to allow volunteers to provide cyber defense services to local governments, nonprofits, private businesses, and educational organizations. EXPLANATION: The private sector already provides these services, and there is nothing currently that prevents volunteers from providing these services on their own. We don’t need governmental agencies being created to do things the private sector already does. PASSED 104-3
199 6/13/2017 SB 159 Passage No I voted NO on SB 159 (Casperson) Would allow a truck powered by natural gas to exceed the axle loading maximums and weight load maximums as compared to similar diesel trucks. EXPLANATION: The government should not be creating carve outs for certain classes of vehicles. PASSED 96-11
200 6/13/2017 SB 239 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 239 (Casperson) Allows for the abandonment of an unused highway in Alger County. EXPLANATION: This provides technical clarification on who has the authority over this stretch of highway. PASSED 107-0
201 6/13/2017 HB 4403 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4403 (Schor) Adds opioid abuse addiction treatment to Medicaid services. EXPLANATION: These services are already available for individuals who are suffering from a drug overdose. Further expansion of Medicaid services is not needed. PASSED 105-2
202 6/13/2017 HB 4405 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4405 (Crawford) Allows a pharmacist to utilize their training and experience to refuse to dispense a prescription when they believe it was not written in good faith or is filled without a medical purpose. In addition, the bill provides a pharmacist who refuses to dispense a prescription immunity from damages in a civil action for injury, death or loss associated with the refusal to dispense. EXPLANATION: Pharmacists can already refuse to dispense prescriptions if it doesn’t seem to be legitimate, but this bill gives further protections to the pharmacists and their employer when refusing to dispense a prescription. PASSED 91-16
203 6/13/2017 HB 4406 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4406 (Griffin) requires the newly created Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission to develop recommendations for student curricula addressing the risks associated with prescription drug abuse and the connection between prescription drug use and illicit drug use. EXPLANATION: This information is already covered in many textbooks and curriculums, and is not a proper role of state government. PASSED 102-5
204 6/13/2017 HB 4407 Passage I voted NO on HB 4407 (Griffin) Instructs the Michigan Department of Education to develop and make available a model program of instruction on prescription drug abuse that is grade and age appropriate. The model program must be based on recommendations made by the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission. EXPLANATION: This would cost taxpayer money to develop this program for curriculum that already exists. Although well-intentioned legislation, this will do nothing to solve the opioid crisis. PASSED 102-5
205 6/13/2017 HB 4408 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4408 (Bellino) Requires a provider to read a department-approved script on the dangers of opioid addition to minors and their parents. Under the bill, the prescriber must also obtain the signature of the minor’s parent or guardian on a “Start Talking” consent form. EXPLANATION: This adds another unfunded mandate on physicians and furthers the intrusion of government between the doctor/patient relationship. Bad actors will continue to not follow the law – all this does is hinder the legitimate physicians. PASSED 81-26
206 6/15/2017 HB 4054 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4054 (Hughes) Would allow for flashing advisory signs to be installed on school buses. EXPLANATION: Without this change, school busses are not allowed to have these signs installed. This simply makes the option available if a school district wants to install a sign on the back of a school bus. PASSED 101-6
207 6/15/2017 HB 4323 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4323 (Cox) EXPLANATION: Procedural budget bill vote. FAILED 106-0
208 6/15/2017 SB 76 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 76 (Booher) Approves 114 land acquisition and recreational development projects supported with revenues from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. EXPLANATION: This is legislative approval for projects that fall under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. PASSED 104-3
209 6/15/2017 HB 4654 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 4654 (Hoitenga) Prohibits a local ordinance from requiring a permit for electrical work associated with business monitoring systems. EXPLANATION: While I am opposed to excessive licensure, and would oppose my local municipality establishing a local license, I uphold the right of each local unit of government to make these decisions for themselves. PASSED 97-10
210 6/15/2017 HB 4655 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4655 (Griffin) exempt a state permit from being required for electrical work associated with a business monitoring system that is less than 50 volts so long as a registered system provider or licensed security alarm system contractor performed the work requirements. EXPLANATION: The fewer licensing requirements and regulations there are associated with professions, the better. PASSED 98-9
211 6/15/2017 HB 4647 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4647 (Albert) Stabilizes the retirement plan offered to new public school employees as well as increasing the value of the employee’s 401k option. EXPLANATION: Retirement system costs have escalated for years, taking more money away from programs that benefit students. The responsible choice needs to be made to restore fiscal responsibility to our public school retirement system. PASSED 55-52
212 – 215 6/15/2017 SB 337, 338, 368, & 369 Passage Yes See above
216 6/20/2017 SB 401 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 401 (Pavlov) Stabilizes the retirement plan offered to new public school employees as well as increasing the value of the employee’s 401k option. EXPLANATION: Retirement system costs have escalated for years, taking more money away from programs that benefit students. The responsible choice needs to be made to restore fiscal responsibility to our public school retirement system. PASSED 55-51
217 & 218 6/20/2017 HB 4323 & 4313 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4323 (Cox) and HB 4313 (Kelly) State budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. EXPLANATION: Under this budget, overall spending has increased for the 6th year in a row. 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. In the education budget, spending was raised for higher education and early childhood development programs, which are 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 64-43 and 72-35 respectively
219 6/20/2017 4325 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4325 (Barrett) Allows insurance agents to carry over up to 12 hours of continuing education to the next applicable two-year review period, with a few exceptions. EXPLANATION: Currently, if an insurance agent attends or instructs more than 24 hours of continuing education in a two-year review period, those excess hours do not carry over to the next review period. This legislation gives insurance agents more flexibility in continuing education requirements. PASSED 105-1
220 – 225 6/20/2017 HB 4636, 4637, 4639, 4641, 4661, & 4690 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on the Female Genital Mutilation Package – see explanation above. All bills in the package PASSED.
226 6/20/2017 HB 4412 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4412 (Iden) Institutes reforms on operational efficiencies, hearing assignments, the quality of the tax tribunal’s membership, and taxpayer access measures. EXPLANATION: This bill will help alleviate many of the procedural burdens causing an issue with the quality of decisions by the MTT and will help streamline the entire process. PASSED 82-25
227 6/20/2017 HB 4613 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4613 (VerHeulen) Creates the Trial Court Funding Commission within the Department of Treasury to review and recommend changes to the trial court funding system. EXPLANATION: The purpose of this commission is to find permanent solution to deal with a recent Michigan Supreme Court decision regarding trial court funding. PASSED 103-4
228 6/20/2017 HB 4396 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4396 (Bellino) Amends the Income Tax Act to increase the deduction for retirement benefits for Detroit Police and Firefighters. EXPLANATION: We should not be giving tax breaks and preferential treatment to certain groups of individuals over other groups. PASSED 94-12
229 6/20/2017 HB 4608 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4608 (Noble) amends the Occupational Code to exclude residential painters and decorators from the requirement to obtain and maintain a Residential Maintenance and Alteration Contractor license. EXPLANATION: I am in wholehearted support of eliminating unnecessary regulations that hinder job growth and do nothing to protect the public. PASSED 62-45
230 6/20/2017 SB 249 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 249 (Shirkey) Creates the Educational Instruction Access Act, which would forbid a local unit of government from blocking the sale of educational property that would be used for a charter school or any other lawful purpose. EXPLANATION: School buildings that were purchased with tax dollars should be sold to the highest bidder so the taxpayers can see a good use of their money, without political games being played about who purchases the property. PASSED 60-47
231 6/20/2017 HB 4584 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4584 (Vaupel) Requires a health facility or agency, health care provider, nurse midwife, or genetic counselor that renders prenatal care, postnatal care, or genetic counseling to provide the expectant or new parent of a child with a positive prenatal or postnatal test result or diagnosis of spina bifida information provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). EXPLANATION: Government should not be interfering with the doctor-patient relationship more than is absolutely necessary. Mandating that information assembled by the DHHS be provided to parents without knowing what the information specifically will say is unnecessary, and is not a needed aspect of state government. PASSED 64-43
232 & 233 6/20/2017 HB 4505 & 4506 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4505 (Farrington) and HB 4506 (Allor) Increases the allowable amount the state may reimburse health care providers to ensure the performance of sexual assault medical forensic examinations for all sexual assault victims. EXPLANATION: Costs of investigations have increased since 1984, and this legislation brings investigation reimbursement amounts up-to-date. Both PASSED 107-0
234 6/20/2017 SB 160 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 160 (Casperson) Updates definitions regarding motorcycle-type vehicles. EXPLANATION: New iterations of vehicles require updated definitions for clarity. PASSED 68-39
235 6/20/2017 SB 248 Passage Yes I voted NO on SB 248 (Warren) Creates a World War I centennial commission. EXPLANATION: State government should not be creating and running organizations that already exist outside of government. There is only a year left in the World War 1 centennial timeframe, and this legislation is simply state government trying to take credit for something that is already happening outside of government. PASSED 105-2
236 6/20/2017 SB 219 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 219 (Green) Allows county clerks to provide certain Concealed Pistol License forms electronically, specifies that the application fee is nonrefundable, and specifies that an emergency license would no longer be valid if the holder did not complete training and apply for a CPL within 10 days. EXPLANATION: This simply clarifies several aspects of the CPL process. PASSED 104-3
237 6/20/2017 SB 380 Passage Yes I voted for Senate Bill 380, which extends various deadlines for personal property tax filings. The PPT is being phased out, and this has made some calculations more confusing; this bill simply gives taxpayers a little more time to properly file these tax forms. It passed 105 to 2.
238 6/20/2017 SB 245 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 245 (Jones) repeals the state law against selling or possessing a switchblade knife. EXPLANATION: This law was unnecessary and limiting on the tools that a person can possess. PASSED 106-1
239 6/20/2017 SB 333 Passage Yes I voted SB 333 (Jones) The bill clarifies jurisdictions and what type of cases are allowed to be considered in business court. EXPLANATION: This gives greater flexibility and clarity to business court proceedings. PASSED 107-0
240 6/20/2017 HB 4355 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4355 (Glenn) States that an officer is not protected from prosecution if the officer engages in sex with a prostitute while in the course of his/her duties. EXPLANATION: These activities serve no legitimate law enforcement purpose, and therefore this law is not needed. PASSED 93-14
241 6/20/2017 HB 4127 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4127 (Brinks) amends the Electric Patrol Vehicle Act to expand 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 107-0
242 6/20/2017 HB 4628 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4628 (Rendon) Rename M-66 between M-55 in Lake City and M-72 in Kalkaska as the “Veterans Highway.” PASSED 107-0
243 6/20/2017 HB 4438 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4438 (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 will allow farm activities to comply with MIOSHA requirements, without delaying day-to-day operations. PASSED 82-25
244 6/20/2017 HB 4170 Passage Yes HB 4170 (Tedder) Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a standardized Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) form. EXPLANATION: This form helps a person keep control of his or her medical care and convey wishes of life-sustaining measures. PASSED 106-1
245 HB 4171 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4171 (Cox) Amends the Estates and Protected Individuals Code to allow a guardian to execute, reaffirm or revoke a POST form on behalf of a ward. EXPLANATION: Specifies the details of how a POST form is executed. PASSED 105-2
246 HB 4173 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4173 (Vaupel) Requires an adult foster care facility to comply with a POST form, and if the facility is unwilling it must transfer the patient to another adult foster care facility that is willing to comply. EXPLANATION: Specifies the details of how a facility complies with a POST form. PASSED 105-2
247 HB 4174 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4174 (Love) Requires a health professional who has to distinguish between an individual’s conflicting Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) order and POST form to comply with the most recent form. EXPLANATION: Further details of how a POST form is executed. PASSED 105-2
248 & 249 6/20/2017 SB 94 & 95 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 94 (Hildenbrand) and SB 95 (Robertson) Accelerates the phase-in of “sales tax on the difference” reforms, which 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. EXPLANATION: These changes more quickly implement reductions in an individual’s tax burden and provide further tax relief when purchasing a vehicle. Both bills PASSED 88-19
250 6/20/2017 HB 4583 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4583 (Whiteford) Amends the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) program criteria to include pre-2014 non-orphan contaminated sites as eligible for cleanup cost reimbursements. EXPLANATION: Allows state agencies to continue cleanup of sites of contaminated materials. PASSED 61-46
251 6/20/2017 SB 267 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 267 (Emmons) Delays the OK2Say sunset from October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2021. EXPLANATION: Delaying the sunset will allow for the continued operation of the OK2Say hotline, which is a 24-hour confidential tip line available to students. PASSED 107-0
252 6/20/2017 SB 260 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 260 (Hildenbrand) Extends the sunset for the Higher Education Authorization and Distance Education Reciprocal Exchange Act from September 30, 2017 to September 30, 2023. EXPLANATION: Extending the act enables higher education entities to continue to offer a streamlined, efficient mechanism for online courses shared throughout with other states. PASSED 107-0
253 6/20/2017 SB 394 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 394 (MacGregor) Extends the sunset on the county hold harmless provision for the administrative rate for private foster care and residential facilities. EXPLANATION: This reflects the same funding for these entities as appropriated in the FY18 DHHS budget. PASSED 107-0
254 6/20/2017 SB 433 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 433 (Jones) The bill requires an applicant for a medical marihuana facility license to ensure that the fingerprints of every owner, officer, director, and managerial employee of the proposed facility are submitted to the Michigan State Police (MSP) for state and national criminal background checks. EXPLANATION: This bill ensures that full criminal background checks will be able to be conducted on owners and managers of medical marihuana facilities. PASSED 104-3
255 6/20/2017 SB 410 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 410, to authorize the suspension or revocation of occupational licenses for those found guilty of performing female genital mutilation of a minor. PASSED 105 to 2.
256 6/20/2017 HB 4759 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4759 (Schor) Allows the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to convey by quitclaim deed all or portions of a Michigan State Senate Building, also known as the Farnum Building. EXPLANATION: This enables the state to sell the old Michigan Senate building. PASSED 107-0
257 6/20/2017 SB 383 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 383 (Jones) amends the Child Identification and Protection Act to clarify that the new provisions governing the fingerprinting or photographing of children with special health care needs (PA 24 of 2017) do not apply to existing provisions governing the fingerprinting or photographing of children under 17. EXPLANATION: This clarifies a previously-passed law on this topic. PASSED 107-1
259 7/12/2017 HB 4160 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4160 (Hernandez) Amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to allow charitable and civic organizations to solicit funds on and near Michigan roadways. EXPLANATION: This bill legalizes the common practice of charitable organizations soliciting donations on Michigan roads. PASSED 97-9
260-262 7/12/2017 SB 242 – 244 Passage No I voted NO on SB 242 (Stamas), SB 243 (Schmidt), and SB 244 (Bieda) Creates a new tax incentive program within the Michigan Strategic Fund that gives money to certain well-connected corporations. EXPLANATION: Instead of creating carveouts for connected corporations, we need a marketplace that is fair and equal for all business, big and small. I fought this legislation throughout hearings in the Tax Policy committee as well as during other phases of the legislative process, and am disappointed that the state will be once again be picking winners and losers through this new corporate welfare program. All PASSED 71-35
263 7/12/2017 HB 4644 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4644 (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 100-6
264 7/12/2017 SB 332 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 332 (Casperson) Amends the Motor Carrier Safety Act to make commercial motor vehicles owned and operated by a unit of government or its employees subject to federal regulations regarding medical certification requirements and drug and alcohol testing requirements. EXPLANATION: SB 332 fixes the unintended consequences of Public Act 452 of 2016 (formerly SB 595 of 2015). PASSED 106-0
265 7/12/2017 SB 474 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 474 (O’Brien) Clarifies an inconsistency among a plat that does not dedicate a parcel that restricts/limits its use for a courthouse. EXPLANATION: The bill clarifies which plat takes precedent in an unusual land situation in Kalamazoo. PASSED 106-0