Roll Call Number Date Bill Number Vote Type Vote Explanation
512 12/13/17 HB 4320 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4320 (Cox) Supplemental year-end appropriations for various state departments. EXPLANATION: Final appropriation bill for the year to ensure departments receive proper funding.
PASSED 109-1
511 12/13/17 HB 4807 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4807 (Rep. Lauwers) Clarifies that the Michigan State Police is the regulatory agency for Michigan ferry rates and fares. EXPLANATION: This bill provides ferries with an updated statute that ensures current industry practice is reflected in law and delivers needed clarity regarding how ferry rates are determined.
PASSED 108-2
510 12/13/17 HB 5145 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5145 (Rep. Alexander) Would allow teachers and school administrators who engage with local employers or technical centers to count toward the renewal of a teaching certificate, professional teaching certificate, or advanced professional education certificate. EXPLANATION: This will allow teachers and administrators to have a better understanding of professional trade careers while at the same time allow them to work toward their certification renewal.
PASSED 105-5
509 12/13/17 HB 5140 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5140 (Rep. Allor) Allows schools to provide pupil directory information to eligible Michigan entities if parents give permission to do so. EXPLANATION: If parents wish to have their students connected with career development entities, they should be able to do so.
PASSED 61-49
508 12/13/17 HB 4408 Concurrence 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 89-21
507 12/13/17 HB 4407 Concurrence No 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 105-5
506 12/13/17 HB 4406 Concurrence 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 105-5
503 & 504 12/13/17 HB 5141 & 5142 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5141 (Rep. Kahle) and HB 5142 (Rep. Kosowski) Would allow a school district, intermediate school district, or the board of directors of a public school academy to hire a noncertified, nonendorsed teacher to teach a course in an industrial technology education program or career and technical education program under specified guidelines. EXPLANATION: To expand skilled trade opportunities in our schools, it is important that students are exposed to experts in the skilled trade fields.
PASSED 61-49 and 74-36
503 12/13/17 HB 5139 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5139 (Rep. Rendon) Would require the Michigan Department of Education to develop or adopt a model program of instruction in career development that local schools must follow. EXPLANATION: These decisions should be left up to local school district, who best know the needs of their geographical area.
PASSED 97-13
502 12/13/17 SB 375 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 375 (Sen. Booher) Includes the acquisition, installation, or improvement of an anaerobic digester under the definition of an “energy project.” EXPLANATION: This gives local units of government more financing options when working on an anaerobic digester project.
PASSED 110-0
501 12/13/17 SB 575 Passage No I voted NO on SB 575 (Sen. Casperson)) Raises fees on motorcycle endorsements.
EXPLANATION: I am opposed to all tax and fee increases.
PASSED 89-21
500 12/13/17 SB 649 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 649 (Sen. Shirkey) Exempts the pilot projects authorized under section 298 (3) of Article X of PA 107 of 2017 from the requirement that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) contract with Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs) for the management and delivery of Medicaid specialty services and supports. EXPLANATION: This is a technical change that allows these pilot projects to continue.
PASSED 78-32
497 – 499 12/13/17 SBs 483, 485 & 489 Passage No I voted YES on SB 483 (Sen. Horn), SB 485 (Sen. Stamas) & SB 486 (Sen. Ananich) Clarifies that youth hockey players are not considered employees under Michigan Law. EXPLANATION: These bills would specifically exclude a player on a junior ice hockey team from being considered an employee of a league.
PASSED 108-2, 107-3 and 107-3 respectively
496 12/13/17 SB 480 Passage No I voted NO on SB 480 (Sen. Kowall) designates a portion of Highway I-96 as the “Mitchel A. Kiefer Foundation for Distracted Driver Awareness Highway.” EXPLANATION: This names a highway after a foundation that performs political advocacy work. This breaks with precedent of naming highways after fallen military and law enforcement personnel.
PASSED 102-8
495 12/13/17 SB 478 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 478 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Returns statute to where a driver loses their license after 3 unpaid parking tickets. EXPLANATION: There must be proper recourse for those who fail to pay these penalties.
PASSED 74-36
493 & 494 12/13/17 SBs 631 & 673 Passage No I voted NO on SB 631 (Sen. Shirkey) & SB 673 (Sen. Hune) Adds new mandates on nonprofit dental care board of directors. EXPLANATION: These are private organizations that should be free to make these decisions on their own.
PASSED 107-3 and 108-2 respectively
492 12/13/17 HB 5236 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5236 (Rep. Iden) Makes a variety of changes to the licensure of certified public accounts (CPAs) and CPA firms. These changes include licensing reciprocity for non-Michigan CPA firms; reciprocity for individually-licensed non-Michigan CPA’s continuing education requirements and other educational requirements related to the initial licensure and license renewal of CPAs. EXPLANATION: This is another example of more government regulation, and gives more power to Michigan’s executive branch in this area.
PASSED 102-8
491 12/13/17 SB 630 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 630 (Sen. Jones) This is a technical change to the Minor In Possession statute so that notice requirements for a first offense are the same as for other state civil infractions. EXPLANATION: This change ensures consistency with other civil infraction notice requirements in Michigan.
PASSED 110-0
490 12/13/17 HB 5120 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5120 (Rep. Canfield) Names a portion of M-15 in the city of Vassar as the “Specialist 5 Michael May and Corporal Chris Esckelson Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: This highway renaming bill does not use taxpayer funds.
PASSED 110-0
489 12/13/17 HB 5222 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5222 (Rep. Albert) Requires marihuana sold through medical marihuana centers to include a health warning for women who are pregnant and women who are breastfeeding. EXPLANATION: This institutes more government mandates on private businesses, and tells people what they should already know.
PASSED 104-6
488 12/13/17 HB 5216 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5216 (Rep. Kesto) Repeals a statute requiring the State Court Administrative Office to maintain a list of prison condition cases that are dismissed as frivolous. EXPLANATION: This requirement is no longer relevant, and can be repealed.
PASSED 110-0
485-487 12/13/17 SBs 72, 73 & 220 Passage Yes I voted YES on SBs 72, 73 & 220 (Sen. Bieda) Allows people convicted of manufacturing or possessing certain drugs and sentenced to life in prison without parole due to a prior conviction to be eligible for parole after serving 5 years. EXPLANATION: A life sentence without the possibility of parole is the harshest penalty available under Michigan law. It should be reserved for only the most severe crimes. People should not be incarcerated for life, without the possibility of parole, simply for non-violent drug offenses.
All three bills PASSED 110-0
484 12/13/17 SB 44 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 44 (Sen. Hansen) Allows a court to order a defendant to reimburse the government’s expenses (including transportation costs) if the defendant is convicted of (1) retail fraud, (2) purchasing, possessing, etc. stolen goods knowing that they are stolen, or (3) criminal contempt for failing to appear in court. EXPLANATION: This allows more accurate fines to be assessed by courts.
PASSED 66-44
483 12/13/17 SB 274 Passage No I voted NO on SB 274 (Sen. Knollenberg) Mandates that prescription of an opioid to treat acute pain be limited to a 7-day supply. EXPLANATION: This institutes more government mandates on private businesses.
PASSED 97-13
482 12/13/17 SB 273 Passage No I voted NO on SB 273 (Sen. Jones) Mandates all licensed pharmacists to provide information on substance use disorder services to an individual being treated for an opioid related overdose. EXPLANATION: This institutes more government mandates on private businesses.
PASSED 104-6
481 12/13/17 SB 270 Passage No I voted NO on SB 270 (Sen. Bieda) Mandates that pharmacists shall not prescribe a controlled substance on schedule 2-5 unless there is bona-fide prescriber-patient relationship. EXPLANATION: This institutes more government mandates on private businesses.
PASSED 102-8
479 & 480 12/13/17 SBs 166 & 167 Passage No I voted NO on SBs 166 & 167 (Sen. Schuitmaker) Mandates that pharmacists must obtain and review a report from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ electronic monitoring system before prescribing schedule 2-5 controlled substances to a patient. EXPLANATION: This institutes more government mandates on private businesses. The government should not be interfering with a physician’s decision-making ability in the care of their patient.
PASSED 86-24 & 83-27 respectively
478 12/13/17 SB 474 Passage No I voted NO on SB 47 (Sen. Zorn) Mandates additional information pharmacists must submit to the Michigan Automated Prescription System. EXPLANATION: This institutes more government mandates on private businesses.
PASSED 104-5
472-477 12/12/17 HB 5301 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HBs 5301, 5304, 5306, 5308, 5310 and 5313 (various sponsors) These bills implement recommendations from the Governor’s task force regarding underfunded local government retirement and benefit programs. The plan implements uniform requirements for all local units of government, identifies underfunded status of all local units, creates an investigation process for underfunded units, and institutes corrective action methods. EXPLANATION: Local municipalities in our state have a serious unfunded liability problem. By letting these issues continue, it may create issues at the state level as well. While this legislation is a good start, there is much more that should be done. I look forward to continued discussion on this important and vital issue.
All six bills PASSED 106-3
471 12/12/17 HB 5094 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5094 (Rep. Bellino) Prohibits a consumer reporting agency from charging a fee to consumers who want a security freeze on their credit. EXPLANATION: I oppose government telling private organizations how to run their business. The free market should decide whether fees should be waived in such cases.
PASSED 107-2
469 & 470 12/12/17 HB 4380 & 4381 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4380 (Rep. Bizon) & HB 4381 (Rep. Wentworth) Allow 100% disabled veterans to receive a free state recreational passport without having to have a disabled veteran license plate. EXPLANATION: While I am not in favor of creating exemptions, there is a system currently in place for disabled veterans to access our state parks for free. This bill simply streamlines that process.
Both bills PASSED 109-0
462-468 12/12/17 SBs 686, 688, 696, 691, 692, 694 and 699 Passage Yes I voted YES on SBs 686, 688, 696, 691, 692, 694 and 699 (various sponsors) These bills implement recommendations from the Governor’s task force regarding underfunded local government retirement and benefit programs. The plan implements uniform requirements for all local units of government, identifies underfunded status of all local units, creates an investigation process for underfunded units, and institutes corrective action methods. EXPLANATION: Local municipalities in our state have a serious unfunded liability problem. By letting these issues continue, it may create issues at the state level as well. While this legislation is a good start, there is much more that should be done. I look forward to continued discussion on this important and vital issue.
SB 686 PASSED 104-5
SB 688 PASSED 107-2
SB 696 PASSED 106-3
SB 691 PASSED 106-3
SB 692 PASSED 106-3
SB 694 PASSED 105-4
SB 699 PASSED 107-2
461 12/12/17 HB 5086 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5086 (Rep. Maturen) Makes multiple technical changes to the Local Community Stabilization Authority Act. These changes reduce administrative burden and align the statute with current practice, and also provides numerous technical clarification changes.
PASSED 108-1
460 12/12/17 HB 4069 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4069 (Rep. Tedder) Would allow school districts to employ as substitute teachers, individuals who have 60 semester hours of college credit (instead of the current 90). EXPLANATION: This change gives local school districts more options when hiring substitute teachers.
PASSED 64-45
458 & 459 12/12/17 SBs 566 & 567 Passage Yes I voted NO on SBs 566 & 567 (Sen. Zorn) Creates definitions for exemption from the sales and use tax for dental prosthesis. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to tax exemptions, and since this bill seeks to exempt a specific product from the sales and use tax, I voted in opposition.
Both bills PASSED 98-11
445-457 12/7/17 HBs 5298, 5300-5310 and 5313 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 5298, 5300-5310 and 5313 (various sponsors) These bills implement recommendations from the Governor’s task force regarding underfunded local government retirement and benefit programs. The plan implements uniform requirements for all local units of government, identifies underfunded status of all local units, creates an investigation process for underfunded units, and institutes corrective action methods. EXPLANATION: Local municipalities in our state have a serious unfunded liability problem. By letting these issues continue, it may create issues at the state level as well. While this legislation is a good start, there is much more that should be done. I look forward to continued discussion on this important and vital issue.
HBs 5298 & 5307 PASSED 105-5, HBs 5300-5306, 5308-5310 & 5313 all PASSED 107-3
441-444 12/7/17 SBs 570-573 Passage Yes I voted YES on SBs 570 – 573 (Sens. Hildenbrand, Brandenburg, Robertson and Proos) Makes the filing deadline permanent for taxpayers who file a combined document for new and existing personal property, and a statement for the small taxpayer exemption. EXPLANATION: These changes simply make a filing deadline permanent that has been pushed back each of the last couple of years.
All four bills PASSED 110-0
440 12/9/17 HB 4404 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 4404 (Rep. Singh) Adds state licensing to pain management facilities. EXPLANATION: This bill expands occupational licensing, which expands government regulation of private businesses.
PASSED 99-11
439 12/9/17 HB 4905 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4905 (Rep. Lucido) Eliminates the requirement that a property must remain unoccupied to retain the principal residence exemption (PRE) for owners of a home who reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other location while recovering from an illness or medical treatment. EXPLANATION: PRE should not be eliminated for an individual who is letting someone else live in their home while they are temporarily in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
PASSED 109-1
438 12/9/17 HB 4951 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 4951 (Rep. Cox) Makes Michigan’s car seat requirements more stringent. EXPLANATION: Michigan’s current restrictions are sufficient. Many of the problems we have seen involve cases where the current law is not being followed. It makes more sense to enforce the current law than to make more laws.
PASSED 94-16
435-437 12/9/17 HBs 4536-4538 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 4536-38 (Rep. Lucido) Require that if an individual is arrested for any crime, and before trial, the accusing witness recants his/her statement, affidavit, or testimony alleging that the individual committed a crime and the charge is dismissed, then the arrest record, all biometric data, fingerprints, and DNA sample or profile, and statements obtained from the individual shall be expunged or destroyed and removed from the Law Enforcement Information Network. EXPLANATION: If it is found that an individual has been falsely accused, then their record should be cleared.
All three bills PASSED 109-1
431-434 12/9/17 SBs 180-183 Passage No I voted NO on SBs 180 – 183 (Sens. Schuitmaker, Hildenbrand and Hopgood) These bills make changes to the structure of how childcare facilities (including group child care homes, family child care homes, and child care centers) are licensed. EXPLANATION: I opposed these changes because the additional requirements may force a variety of facilities out of business, putting additional strain on an already shrinking provider pool. There already are provisions in state law for going after bad actors, and unintended consequences may result when using a broad-brushed approach. The cost of daycare is already very expensive and this will likely increase these costs.
PASSED 95-15, 95-15, 96-14, and 95-15 respectively.
428-430 12/9/17 HBs 5217-5219 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5217 (Rep. Bellino), HB 5218 (Rep. Barrett) & HB 5219 (Rep. LaFave) Increases regulations on medical airlift services. EXPLANATION: I opposed these bills because this imposes more government regulation on private industry. In addition, a provision in HB 5219 specifies that airlift services must accept the reimbursement amount set by a patients health insurance provider as payment in full. This could create a situation where health insurance providers would dictate airlift rates, instead of the market setting price points for their services.
PASSED 96-17, 97-13, and 97-13 respectively.
427 12/9/17 HB 4701 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4701 (Rep. Hughes) Technical fix for veterans filing as an LLC. EXPLANATION: Clarifies current LLC filing fee requirements when a majority of LLC members are veterans.
PASSED 110-0
426 12/9/17 HB 5175 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5175 (Rep. Brann) Amends the MI Liquor Control Code to expand the types of merchants that may fill and sell beer growlers. EXPLANATION: Michigan’s state system that regulates alcohol is extremely burdensome to local business owners. This bill decreases government regulations in this particular area.
PASSED 109-1
423-425 12/5/17 HBs 5121-5123 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5121 (Rep. Sabo), HB 5122 (Rep. Runestad) and HB 5123 (Rep. Hornberger) Creates a statutory bill of rights for foster children named The Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy. EXPLANATION: This legislation puts into law many of the Department of Health and Human Services current policies for the rights of children in foster care, which were last updated in July of 2015.
All three bills PASSED 98-10, 99-9, and 99-9 respectively.
422 12/5/17 SB 524 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 524 (Sen. Jones) Allows the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards to receive background check information on individuals entering police training academies. EXPLANATION: It is important to ensure that we have the best men and women possible to protect and serve Michigan residents.
PASSED 107-1
420 & 421 11/30/17 HNB 5200 & SB 316 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5200 (Rep. Howell) and SB 316 (Sen. Booher) Allows frog gigging. EXPLANATION: The regulation of frog season(s) would be treated similarly to all other sport fishing regulations, putting Michigan in line with most other state’s regulations on frog gigging.
Both bills PASSED 84-29 & 69-39 respectively.
419 11/30/17 SB 552 Passage No I voted NO on SB 552 (Sen. Hansen) Continues to charge Off Road Vehicle license fees through October 1, 2024. EXPLANATION: I voted in opposition to this legislation, because the ORV license fee would have expired October 1st, 2019 if the fee sunset would not have been modified. This would have left more money in the ORV operator’s pocket.
PASSED 105-3
418 11/30/17 HB 5144 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5144 (Rep. Kesto) Makes several changes to the Michigan Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). EXPLANATION: These change several aspects of the MMFLA that need to be clarified or revised in preparation for the upcoming licensing of Michigan Marihuana Facilities.
PASSED 95-13
416 & 417 11/30/17 HB 4950 & 5047 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 4950 & 5047 (Rep. Vaupel) Makes technical changes relating to what taxes Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) pay. EXPLANATION: This clarification is needed because of an unintended consequence related to legislation passed in 2016.
Both bills PASSED 106-2
415 11/30/17 SB 275 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 275 (Sen. Emmons) 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 91-17
414 11/30/17 HCR 16 Passage Yes I voted YES on HCR 16 (Rep. Miller) A concurrent resolution to waive the legislative notice requirement for increases in rates of compensation for certain employees in the state classified service. EXPLANATION: This technical change would allow the contract agreed to by the State Civil Service Commission and the Michigan State Police Trooper’s union to go into effect retroactive to October 1, 2017, which was the start of the current fiscal year.
PASSED 108-0
413 11/29/17 SB 385 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 385 (Sen. Stamas) Amends the Michigan Occupational Code to allow licensed, third-party debt collection agencies to employ in-house legal counsel. EXPLANATION: Current law prohibits these types of businesses from employing or retaining an attorney to collect a claim.
PASSED 94-13
409 – 412 11/29/17 HBs 5137, 5138, 5137, 5138 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 4523, 5137 & 5138 (Rep. Johnson) & HB 4524 (Rep. VanSingel) Repeals the Michigan Explosives Act of 1970 and institutes identical state penalties for violation of the Federal Explosives Act. EXPLANATION: This legislation repeals a duplicative law requiring a state-issued permit and makes it absolutely clear that a federal permit is required. Federal explosive permitting laws currently protect and vet applicants more thoroughly than state law by requiring a background check and information on the handling, security and storage of explosives.
HBs 4523 & 4524 both PASSED 107-0 and HBs 5137 & 5138 both PASSED 102-3
408 11/29/17 HB 5071 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5071 (Rep. Albert) Creates the Federal Student Loan Disclosure Act, requiring colleges and universities to annually disclose to their students information regarding their federal student loans. EXPLANATION: These requirements will provide greater transparency regarding student loans and should help with our nationwide student loan problem.
PASSED 91-14
407 11/29/17 SB 342 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 342 (Sen. Proos) Amends the Land Division Act concerning what parcel information needs to be on the form submitted to the local assessor when dealing with the transfer of division rights. EXPLANATION: This bill is simply technical changes to streamline the land division process. PASSED 107-0
405 & 406 11/29/17 HB 4332 & 4333 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4332 and HB 4333 (Rep. Brann) Increases the penalty to knowingly kill, torture, or mutilate an animal, or threaten harm to an animal with the intent to cause mental suffering or distress to a person. EXPLANATION: It is already a felony to kill or abuse an animal. There is no evidence to show that increasing the penalties will prevent these crimes from taking place.
Both PASSED 90-15 and 88-17 respectively
404 11/29/17 HB 4671 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4671 (Rep. Webber) Gives a city or township clerk the option to enter into an agreement for the Bureau of Elections or a county clerk to maintain a city or township’s qualified voter file list, or an agreement with a county clerk or another city or township clerk to handle certain election-related duties. EXPLANATION: The bill would give the option to local clerks to consolidate election-related services in areas where election management is too expensive for the individual local units of government.
PASSED 104-3
403 11/9/17 HB 4907 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4907 (Rep. Victory) Allows fundraising license plates to be issued for commercial motor vehicles. EXPLANATION: This allows more flexibility in the use of fundraising vehicle registration plates.
PASSED 107-0
402 11/9/17 HB 5092 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5092 (Rep. Lilly) Makes permanent the process that the Legislature uses to appropriate employer contributions towards MPSERS defined contribution (DC) plans. The current practice would require the legislature to appropriate money annually for MPSERS payments. EXPLANATION: This bill simply adds this process into law.
PASSED 106-1
401 11/9/17 HB 4813 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4813 (Rep. Vaupel) Expands the list of controlled substances that may be used as tranquilizers to sedate animals prior to being euthanized. EXPLANATION: These changes allow more effective and humane methods of sedation to be used when euthanizing animals.
PASSED 104-3
400 11/9/17 HB 4787 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4787 (Rep. VanderWall) Allows multiple forms of identification on a permanent ice fishing shanty as well as allowing ice fishing dates to be more flexible. EXPLANATION: This allows for more flexibility in the regulation of ice-fishing shanties.
PASSED 96-11
399 11/9/17 HB 4945 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4945 (Rep. Miller) Allows for the operation of golf carts on certain public roads in townships. EXPLANATION: This provides a further option for those townships wishing to permit a golf cart as a means of transportation.
PASSED 68-39
398 11/9/17 HB 5126 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5126 (Rep. Garcia) Exempts certain law enforcement officers from recently enacted seclusion and restraint regulations that generally apply to school personnel. EXPLANATION: This bill corrects an inadvertent error from a previous bill, which enables school security personnel to continue to perform their responsibilities.
PASSED 107-0
396 & 397 11/9/17 HBs 5164 & 5173 Passage No I voted NO on HB 5164 (Rep. Kahle) and HB 5173 (Rep. Alexander) Provide an exemption from the sales and use tax for dental prosthesis. EXPLANATION: I am opposed to tax exemptions, and since this bill seeks to exempt a specific product from the sales and use tax, I voted in opposition.
Both bills PASSED 95-12
394 & 395 11/9/17 HBs 4918 & 5015 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4918 (Rep. Allor) and HB 5015 (Rep. Wentworth) Puts restrictions in place on third-party businesses who offer similar services to the Federal Veteran’s Administration (VA). EXPLANATION: While the intent of this bill is to address certain bad actors, I am hesitant to restrict third-party organizations that, in some cases, may provide better services than the VA.
Both bills PASSED 105-2
393 11/9/17 SB 509 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 509 (Sen. Hertel) Names a portion of M-52 as the “Deputy Grant Whitaker Memorial Highway.” EXPLANATION: This highway renaming bill has no taxpayer costs.
PASSED 107-0
392 11/9/17 HB 4500 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4500 (Rep. Hornberger) Clarifies that an embryo or fetus be scored as a victim under the felony sentencing guidelines. EXPLANATION: This bill makes it clear that a fetus or embryo is a “person” and therefore, must be scored as a victim, if placed in danger of physical injury or loss of life during the commission of a felony. To me, this is a simple distinction.
PASSED 63-44
391 11/9/17 HB 4319 Passage Yes I voted NO on HB 4319 (Rep. VanderWall) Allows the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who has used a Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate to continue to use that plate after their spouse has died. EXPLANATION: There are two problems with this bill. First, in order to qualify for this benefit the spouse must contact the Secretary of State within 15 days of their spouse’s death. With everything else that they have to deal with at this time, I believe it is unreasonable to require that they do this within two weeks of their spouse’s death. Second, I believe this bills is too broad. A DV license plate is supposed to be for the disabled veteran’s use, but this bill allows the surviving spouse to use the plate indefinitely, even if the surviving spouse remarries. It also allows the surviving spouse to transfer the plate to another vehicle an unlimited number of times. Although this bill has very good intentions, I don’t believe this stays true to the original intent of Disabled Veteran plates.
PASSED 106-1
390 11/8/17 HB 4533 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4533 (Rep. VanderWall) Creates a 3-day nonresident hunting license, allowing individuals to hunt all species of small game covered by a base license. EXPLANATION: A 3-day license creates more options for individuals wishing to hunt in Michigan.
PASSED 107-0
389 11/8/17 SB 520 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 520 (Sen. Booher) Requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to establish a method for making bulk financial records available monthly from the Filing Office located within the SOS. The bulk records would be available from the SOS for a monthly fee of $500. EXPLANATION: Finance statement forms are used to outline an agreement between a creditor and a debtor. Some of the larger creditors request all of the records on a regular basis from the state. This bill creates consistency across the board for organizations requesting records from the Secretary of State.
PASSED 107-0
381-388 11/8/17 HBs 5165-5172 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 5165-5172 These bills create a new process for the Unemployment Insurance Agency to handle potential ID theft claims, combat fraud and increases accountability EXPLANATION: These bills take substantial steps to combat the massive identity theft problem that has been plaguing Michigan’s unemployment system, particularly through unintended mistakes and to keep similar situations from occurring in the future.
All bills PASSED 107-0
380 11/7/17 HB 5093 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5093 (Rep. LaFave) Amends MPSERS to provide a 3 percent employer match for certain employees who elected to switch from a defined benefit (pension) to a defined contribution (401k-style) retirement plan in 2012. EXPLANATION: A small group of members who originally elected to switch to a defined contribution plan in 2012 were not included in the enhanced defined contribution plan under pension reform legislation passed earlier this year.
PASSED 106-1
379 11/7/17 SB 238 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 238 (Sen. Booher) Amends the Regulatory Loan Act to allow a licensee to pay a referral fee to someone for introducing a potential borrower. EXPLANATION: The current prohibition on being able to pay a referral fee hinders the ability of financial institutions to work with local merchants.
PASSED 72-35
378 11/7/17 SB 381 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 381 (Sen. Jones) Allows a court to send a required notice of a person’s failure to appear by electronic mail or first-class mail to a bail bondsman’s last known business address. EXPLANATION: This legislation clarifies how trial courts can properly serve notices to bail bondsmen.
PASSED 107-1
377 11/7/17 HB 4207 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4207 (Rep. Schor) Mandates that five percent of economic assistance awarded under the Michigan Community Revitalization Program goes towards “neighborhood and commercial corridor food initiatives.” EXPLANATION: This bill picks winners and losers, and we do not need state grants being applied to things such as “neighborhood and commercial corridor food initiatives.” The free market has created more accessibility to food than ever before. The last thing we need is more government interference in this process.
PASSED 83-24
376 11/7/17 HB 4535 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4535 (Rep. VanderWall) Provides a 30-day grace period for an individual to attach and display proof of registration on a vehicle. EXPLANATION: An individual should not be penalized for forgetting to immediately affix the registration sticker on the license plate after registering a vehicle.
PASSED 107-0
375 11/2/17 HB 5013 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5013 (Rep. Theis) This proposal would have reformed Michigan’s no-fault insurance system. The plan calls for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) savings of 40 percent or greater for those who choose the $250,000 coverage level, PIP savings of 20 percent or greater for people who choose the $500,000 coverage level, and PIP savings of 10 percent or greater for drivers who continue to purchase the unlimited coverage level. The rate rollback will immediately slash the auto insurance bills for many families, leaving them with more money to prioritize toward other financial obligations. Those who were catastrophically injured in the past will continue to receive lifetime health care. In addition, motorists who want to continue buying the unlimited insurance coverage in the future can do so if they choose. EXPLANATION: Michigan drivers pay the highest rates in the nation for car insurance. We are No. 1 for all the wrong reasons. Michigan families shouldn’t have to choose between putting food on the table and paying for auto insurance. This plan lowers rates for all drivers in the personal protection injury portion of their policies, no matter which coverage plan is chosen.
FAILED 45-63
366-374 11/2/17 HBs 5040-5046, 5079 & 5080 Passage Yes I voted YES on HBs 5040-5046, 5079 & 5080 Reform and eliminate driver responsibility fees (DRFs) by beginning September 30, 2018. EXPLANATION: This is a case of a cash-short government sticking its hand in the pocketbooks of Michigan residents and making it nearly impossible to make ends meet by charging fees in addition to penalties from traffic violations. Local governments already receive court costs and other fines relating to traffic violations, and the state added these fees on top of that to get a piece of the action. This legislation forgives outstanding Driver Responsibility Fees and gives people an opportunity to regain driving privileges and return to the workforce.
5040: PASSED 103-5
5041: PASSED 107-1
5042: PASSED 108-0
5043: PASSED 104-4
5044: PASSED 108-0
5045: PASSED 108-0
5046: PASSED 107-1
5079: PASSED 108-0
5080: PASSED 108-0
365 11/2/17 HB 5095 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5095 (Rep. Lauwers) amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protections Act (NREPA) to adopt the federal regulations for ballast water exchange on oceangoing vessels. EXPLANATION: The federal regulations give more discretion to the U.S. Coast Guard to determine what types of ballast water exchange systems adequate protect against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). This bill puts our standards in line with Canada and the other Great Lakes states which allows us to be more competitive within the shipping market.  PASSED 66-4
364 11/2/17 HB 4839 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4839 (Rep. VanderWall) Implements standards pertaining to federal motor carrier Out-of-Service (OOS) orders. EXPLANATION: These provisions ensure that motor carriers who receive an OOS order in another state cannot be registered in Michigan.
PASSED 108-0
363 11/2/17 HB 4858 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4858 (Rep. Albert) Requires a public employer to consider a veteran’s military experience as relevant work experience for the purpose of determining wage or salary. EXPLANATION: Military experience provides an individual with a litany of professional skills that are transferrable to the workplace.
PASSED 108-0
362 11/2/17 HB 4752 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4752 (Rep. Kesto) Eliminates sunsets on certain probate court fee ratios and related provisions. EXPLANATION: Technical changes regarding probate court operations.
PASSED 108-0
361 11/2/17 HB 4807 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4807 (Rep. Lauwers) Clarifies that the Michigan State Police (MSP) is the regulatory agency for Michigan ferry rates and fares. EXPLANATION: This bill provides ferries with an updated statute that ensures current industry practice is reflected in law and delivers needed clarity regarding how ferry rates are determined.
PASSED 106-2
360 11/2/17 SB 286 Passage No I voted NO on SB 286 (Sen. Hopgood) Broadens the scope of requirements for Nurse Aide Training and Registration.  EXPLANATION: I am opposed to increased occupational licensing laws.
PASSED 106-2
359 11/1/17 HB 5012 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5012 (Rep. Lilly) Clarifies who is an aggrieved candidate for purposes of requesting a recount. EXPLANATION: To meet the “aggrieved” candidate requirement, the candidate must be able to allege a good-faith belief that, but for fraud or mistake, the candidate would have had a reasonable chance of winning the election. PASSED 98-1
357 & 358 11/1/17 HBs 4470 & 4471 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4470 & 4471 (Rep. Iden) Creates the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act, which establishes standards for the appointment of receivers and delineates the powers and duties of a receiver. EXPLANATION: The Michigan Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Michigan Court Rules to govern certain aspects of receivership cases. This legislation puts these changes into statute.
Both bills PASSED 102-6 and 101-7 respectively
356 11/1/17 HB 4218 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4218 (Rep. Leutheuser) Provides that, in counties with a population less than 50,000, a direct care worker is qualified to work in a facility if he or she has completed high school or obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). EXPLANATION: Although I agree with reducing regulations, I have serious concerns with giving certain counties a carve-out. If it’s good policy, then it should equally apply to everyone.
PASSED 107-1
355 11/1/17 HB 4956 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4956 (Rep. Cole) Eliminates the limited maximum length between the sliding tandem rear axles and the connection point on a semi tractor. EXPLANATION: Provides semi truck drivers with additional flexibility pertaining to how they distribute the weight within the trailer without compromising the safety of the driver or other motorists.
PASSED 108-0
354 11/1/17 SB 120 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 120 (Sen. Casperson) Increases the length limit for a “stinger-steered combination trailer” from 75 feet to 80 feet, and creates a load length limit for a “towaway trailer transportation combination” to 82 feet. EXPLANATION: This bill brings the state into line with nationally accepted standards.
PASSED 108-0
341 – 353 11/1/17 SBs 553-565 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 553-565 (Sens Hansen, Schmidt and Green) Makes various changes to how the DNR and Michigan Historical Commission administrate the register of Historic Sites and official historical markers. EXPLANATION: This legislation is merely a technical fix.
All bills PASSED 108-0
340 11/1/17 SB 278 Passage No I voted NO on SB 278 (Sen. Proos) Would enter the State of Michigan into the Interstate Library Compact. EXPLANATION: Nothing is currently preventing a library in Michigan from entering into these agreements without the Interstate Library Compact, and this will cause an increase to the state budget.
PASSED 105-3
339 11/1/17 SB 107 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 107 (Sen. Jones) Provides additional clarification regarding right of entry for local governmental inspections and rights and responsibilities of owners and lessees. EXPLANATION: This legislation would provide a more realistic framework of how the process of obtaining consent for an inspection actually occurs without putting the owner of the leasehold or an enforcing agency in violation of a lessee’s property rights.
PASSED 102-6
338 11/1/17 HB 4420 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4420 (Rep. Tedder) Extends the duration of brownfield credits to cover the completion of the project for well-connected Lansing developers. EXPLANATION: This bill is specifically tailored to give more time for the development of the Capitol Park Center residential and commercial project in Lansing, which is owned by a lobbyist group. I have personally walked by this property, and it currently looks like a park. Qualified developers are already guaranteed tax credits for 10 years, which was the case with this property. There is no reason to expand this timeframe indefinitely.
PASSED 95-13
337 11/1/17 HB 4170 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4170 (Rep. 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 107-1
336 10/31/17 SB 415 Passage No I voted NO on SB 415 (Sen. Schmidt) Would mandate fuel pumps to take additional security measures to prevent credit card skimmers. EXPLANATION: The federal government is scheduled to require these additional security measures in 2020. This would be a burden on the service stations to make changes, only to potentially have to update their machines again in several years.
PASSED 101-5
335 10/31/17 SB 253 Passage No I voted NO on SB 253 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Appropriates nearly $70 million in addition to the budget the legislature passed back in June. EXPLANATION: The budget that was passed earlier this year already had a “record high for spending” and yet politicians wanted to spend even more money. If we have extra money then it should be used to pay down our debt, not on equestrian centers and other special projects (yes, that was actually included).
PASSED 105-2
334 10/26/17 HB 4805 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4805 (Rep. Reilly) Amends the Revised School Code to exempt homeschool and nonpublic school students enrolled in shared time from developing, reviewing, or revising an educational development plan and prohibits the Department from promulgating, enforcing, or adopting a rule or guideline to do so. EXPLANATION: This is an infringement on the educational freedom of homeschool and nonpublic school students and parents. Students should not have to develop an educational development plan for a district that they will not be graduating from.
PASSED 101-5
330 – 333 10/26/17 SB 435-438 Passage No I voted NO on SB 435-438 (Sen. Schuitmaker) Requires drug treatment courts and DWI/sobriety courts to be certified by the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO). EXPLANATION: These courts are already performing well and adding more government hoops for them to jump through doesn’t seem prudent. This is a solution in search of a problem.
These bills PASSED 97-9, 99-7, 100-6, 100-6
329 10/26/17 HB 4751 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4751 (Rep. Kesto) The bill clarifies when all or part of a prenuptial agreement is unenforceable. EXPLANATION: We should respect people’s freedom to contract. Unless there is evidence of fraud or something similar, a court should enforce a prenuptial agreement regardless of whether the court finds the agreement “equitable.” By spelling out exactly when a prenuptial agreement is unenforceable, the bill creates certainty about the validity of prenuptial agreements.
PASSED 63-43
328 10/25/17 HB 4768 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4768 (Bizon) Requires courts to determine that the “circumstances and behavior” of an applicant warrants setting aside a juvenile adjudication if the applicant has completed the Michigan National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy program. EXPLANATION: Helping turn around young offenders from a life of crime and incarceration is a critical part of creating a smarter, fairer, and more effective criminal justice system in Michigan.
PASSED 106-0
327 10/25/17 HB 4973 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4973 (Iden) Exempts from disclosure cybersecurity plans, assessments, and threats, as well as information that would identify a person that could, as a result of the disclosure, become a victim of a cybersecurity incident. EXPLANATION: This bill makes sure that the state’s security plans can remain confidential so we don’t tell the bad guys how to break in.
PASSED 101-5
326 10/25/17 HB 4411 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4411 (VanderWall) Lowers the population threshold for municipalities to receive a special liquor license for municipally-owned civic centers, auditoriums, and concessionaires. EXPLANATION: Currently, such a special liquor license may only be issued to cities or townships having a population of 9,500 citizens or more. HB 4411 would reduce this threshold to 5,500. This gives more options to local governments wanting to hold events in their facilities.
PASSED 105-1
325 10/25/17 SB 372 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 372 (Hansen) Repeals Section 1030 of the Michigan Liquor Control Code, which requires certain identification tags to be placed on beer kegs prior to their sale. EXPLANATION: The keg tag law did not accomplish its intended goal of reducing underage drinking and has instead resulted in the creation of an unnecessary burden on businesses and consumers.
PASSED 106-0
323 & 324 10/24/17 HB 4547 & 4548 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on HB 4547 (Kesto) and HB 4548 (Green) Keeps the current .08 blood alcohol content as the legal driving limit in Michigan. EXPLANATION: This keeps the BAC limit at .08 until 2021.
Both bills PASSED 107-0
322 10/24/17 HB 4285 Concurrence 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
321 10/24/17 HB 4181 Concurrence 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 101-6
320 10/19/17 SB 360 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 360 (O’Brien) Amends the Public Health Code to allow a pharmacist to dispense additional quantities of a prescription drug up to the total number of dosage units authorized by the prescriber. EXPLANATION: Allowing a pharmacist to dispense additional quantities of prescriptions will reduce dispensing fees.
PASSED 88-19
319 10/19/17 HB 4940 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4940 (Canfield) Amends the geographical makeup and duties of the Michigan Dry Bean Commission. EXPLANATION: Although I think having a Dry Bean Commission is unnecessary, this bill merely adjusts geographical boundaries to reflect changes in the bean market.
PASSED 107-0
318 10/19/17 HB 5039 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 5039 (Wentworth) Excludes No. 5 fuel oil, No. 6 fuel oil, Bunker C, and Navy
Special Oil from the motor fuel tax. EXPLANATION: The purpose of the motor fuel tax is to fund roads. These types of fuels are used for maritime vessels which don’t use roads and therefore shouldn’t be taxed.
PASSED 104-3
317 10/19/17 HB 4927 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4957 (Howell) Expands the mentored youth hunting program to more hunting seasons, specifically for the antlerless deer, bear, and elk hunting seasons. EXPLANATION: The mentored youth hunt program has proven to be very popular and successful in attracting new hunters. Expanding this program to other game seasons simply increases participation opportunities.
PASSED 104-3
316 10/19/17 SB 378 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 378 (Knollenberg) Revises the regulation of certain senior living facilities so that they do not need to be licensed as “Homes for the Aged” under the Public Health Code. EXPLANATION: This bill clarifies what facilities need to be licensed as “Homes for the Aged.”
PASSED 103-4
315 10/19/17 HB 4606 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4606 (Lucido) Repeals the prohibition on transporting useable marihuana in a car unless it is enclosed in a case in the trunk. EXPLANATION: The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that the requirement to keep useable marihuana enclosed in a case in the trunk is unenforceable against someone who complies with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. This bill simply reflects that court decision.
PASSED 104-3
314 10/17/17 SB 98 Passage No I voted NO on SB 98 (Ananich) Amends the Michigan Promise Zone Authority Act to increase
the amount of promise zones from 10 to 15. EXPLANATION: Promise zones have been done successfully with private organizations. This bill spends more taxpayer money on programs that the private sector can do on their own.
PASSED 89-18
313 10/17/17 HB 4735 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4735 (Miller) Would allow students enrolled in a school district that shares a border with another state to have dual enrollment with an out-of-state college located in the state sharing the border. EXPLANATION: Students attending school districts that share a state border should be allowed access to educational opportunities near them, even out-of-state. Oftentimes, it is significantly closer to attend an out-of-state community college for students living in districts that border another state. This bill gives those students more opportunities.
PASSED 64-43
312 10/17/17 HB 4508 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4508 (Iden) Creates the Cyber Civilian Corps Act to provide cyber defense services to local governments, nonprofits, private businesses, and educational organizations. EXPLANATION: The private sector already provides these services. We don’t need to be creating governmental agencies to do things the private sector already does.
PASSED 104-3
311 10/12/17 HB 4574 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4574 (Rendon) Streamline process for a disability windshield placard. EXPLANATION: This technical change makes it easier for the Secretary of State to process disability placards.
PASSED 107-0
310 10/11/17 HB 4802 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4802 (Cole) Allows private marriages between minors (between 16 and 18 years of age) to be made public after both parties are over the age of 18 and request the court to unseal the marriage record. EXPLANATION: Once married individuals reach 18 years of age or older, they should be allowed to have their private marriages made public if they choose, just as all other marriages in the state are currently.
PASSED 108-0
309 10/11/17 HB 4976 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4976 (Tedder) Allows Treasury to settle a tax dispute outside of the court system. EXPLANATION: This is a very good idea in concept but the way the bill is written opens the door for abuse. This could allow Treasury, who works for the governor, to cut deals with certain businesses. This certainly increases the likelihood of corruption and there should be common sense limitations added to this bill.
PASSED 102-6
308 10/11/17 SB 402 Passage No I voted NO on SB 402 (Pavlov) This bill allows municipalities that have already received a grant from the Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund to receive further grant awards of up to $2 million. EXPLANATION: The purpose of this fund is to help communities throughout the state. By increasing individual grant amounts, it limits the number of communities that can receive assistance.
PASSED 107-1
307 10/11/17 HB 4573 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4573 (Sneller) Allows townships to establish by ordinance a special assessment to finance mosquito abatement through private contractors. EXPLANATION: As much as I hate taxes and assessments, this is a local control issue, and townships should have the discretion to do what they feel is best for them and their residents.
PASSED 100-8
306 10/11/17 HB 4756 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4756 (Lucido) Requires the clerk of a court to forward an abstract to the SOS upon a finding or admission of responsibility (instead of a conviction) for a minor in possession. EXPLANATION: This technical change ensures that law enforcement and prosecutors will have the necessary information and prior offense record they need to investigate and prosecute second or subsequent offenses for minor in possession.
PASSED 108-0
305 10/11/17 HB 4549 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4849 (Alexander) Allows counties to keep money previously deposited into a fund for the care and preservation of cemetery lots, if found to be abandoned. EXPLANATION: This merely allows counties flexibility in handling cemetery funds.
PASSED 107-1
304 10/11/17 SB 370 Passage No I voted NO on SB 370 (Robertson) Increases regulations within the Michigan Unarmed Combat Regulatory Act and gives the department more authority to create law. EXPLANATION: First off, the state shouldn’t be regulating this industry (there are private leagues that are capable of doing this without state regulations) but if it is going to be regulated, the legislature should be responsible for creating the rules and not unelected bureaucrats.
PASSED 107-1
302 & 303 10/11/17 SB 264 & 265 Passage No I voted NO on SB 264 and SB 265 (Stamas) Amends firefighter training standards and adds new fees. EXPLANATION: These bills create a new fee for certain individuals and increases regulations. Local units of government should be able to handle firefighter training without the state telling them what to do.
Both bills PASSED 107-1
301 10/11/17 SB 450 Passage No I voted NO on SB 450 (Shirkey) Allows the board of trustees or the subsidiary board to restructure a corporation or subsidiary corporation as a nonprofit corporation if the county that it is located in has a population of more than 45,000 and less than 60,000. EXPLANATION: This legislation is specifically tailored for the Community Health Center of Branch County. If this is good policy, then it should be offered to everyone, not just one community.
PASSED 105-3
300 10/11/17 HB 4549 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4549 (Howrylak) Allows an individual who has obtained a master’s degree in psychology before June 30, 2010 to be granted a limited license. EXPLANATION: Changes in the licensing laws negatively affected those who were in the process of getting their license (essentially changing the rules in the middle of the game) and this allows for those individuals to be licensed.
PASSED 76-32
299 10/11/17 HB 4424 Concurrence 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 threatens the health of our deer population, and steps need to be taken to slow the spread of this disease.
PASSED 108-0
297 & 298 10/10/17 SB 133 & SB 253 Passage No I voted NO on SB 133 and SB 253 (Hildenbrand) Appropriates nearly $70 million in addition to the budget the legislature passed back in June. EXPLANATION: The budget that was passed earlier this year already had a “record high for spending” and yet politicians wanted to spend even more money. If we have extra money then it should be used to pay down our debt, not on equestrian centers and other special projects (yes, that was actually included).
PASSED 105-1 and 104-2
295 & 296 10/10/17 HB 4066 & 4067 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4066 and HB 4067 (Tedder) Amends the Public Health Code by creating a new section that would legally enter Michigan into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. EXPLANATION: This bill creates another bureaucracy that has the authority to tax the State of Michigan while also undermining the state’s ability to set its own standards.
PASSED 100-6
294 10/5/17 HB 4999 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4999 (VerHeulen) Prohibits local units of government from levying any local taxes or fees on the manufacture, distribution, or sale of food. EXPLANATION: The Michigan Constitution expressly prohibits the State from levying sales and use taxes on foods, and we should ensure that local units of government are held to the same standard.
PASSED 101-7
292 10/5/17 HB 4811 & 4812 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4811 and HB 4812 (Victory) Would adopt the recently enacted federal food safety rules (FSMA) in state statute to remove the regulatory burden created by a patchwork of food safety requirements for Michigan’s food processors. EXPLANATION: Adoption of the new rules will better assist the agricultural industry in meeting those standards and prevent duplication of effort between federal and state regulators.
Both PASSED 108-0
291 10/5/17 SB 352 Passage No I voted NO on SB 352 (Proos) Requires those helping run youth athletic programs to complete a concussion awareness training program every three years. EXPLANATION: While concussions are to be taken seriously, this is not something that should be a mandate handed down from the state.
PASSED 104-4
290 10/5/17 SB 49 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 49 (Booher) Amends the Estates and Protected Individuals Code to provide that the restriction on a court-appointed professional or conservator receiving any benefit beyond his or her authorized compensation does not prevent compensation or other benefits from a source other than the estate of the ward, developmentally disabled individual, incapacitated individual, or protected individual. EXPLANATION: This allows professional guardians and conservators to receive compensation from sources other than the estate of the protected individual.
PASSED 107-1
288 & 289 10/5/17 HB 4821 & 1822 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4821 (Runestad) and HB 4822 (Ellison) Amends the Estate and Protected Individuals Code to revise the appointment process for public administrators and to require additional notice to potential heirs. EXPLANATION: These changes will help prevent probate abuse by providing a clear path of action for public administrators and requiring a more thorough search for heirs.
Both bills PASSED 108-0
287 10/3/17 SB 223 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 223 (Jones) Creates the “Law Enforcement Officer Separation of Service
Record Act,” which requires a law enforcement agency to maintain a record regarding the reasons for, and the circumstances surrounding, a law enforcement officer’s separation of service from the agency. EXPLANATION: This helps to ensure that Michigan has the best officers on the road and that bad behavior isn’t hidden by an officer’s resignation.
PASSED 105-2
286 10/3/17 SB 356 Concurrence Yes I voted YES on SB 356 (Hune) Amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code by reforming the current state licensure process for salespersons of beer and wine. EXPLANATION: This takes the existing license process and streamlines it, as well as removing certain professions from licensure. As much as I would like to remove licensure completely, this bill is a step in the right direction.
PASSED 107-0
283-285 9/28/17 HB 4781, HB 4782, HB 4783 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4781 (Hughes), HB 4782 (Hughes), and HB 4783 (Kesto) Creates a definition for Electric Bikes (E-bikes), allows the usage of E-bikes on specific bike trails, and exempts E-bikes from no-fault insurance. EXPLANATION: These bills resolve confusion in statute and clarifies that E-bikes are not motor vehicles, and therefore can be used on paved bike trails and should not be required to have no-fault insurance.
PASSED 107-0, 107-0 and 101-6 respectively
282 9/27/17 HB 4458 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4458 (Rep. Hernandez) Creates a civil fine, as opposed to the current five year felony, for carrying a concealed pistol on an expired concealed pistol license if the person’s CPL was expired for less than six months and is still eligible to obtain a CPL. EXPLANATION: A five-year felony is too harsh and does not result in a fair or just outcome for those who are eligible for a
CPL and simply forget to renew.
PASSED 82-26
281 9/27/17 HB 4616 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4616 (Rep. Howell) Allows an individual to bring a violation claim in circuit court against a local government for enacting or enforcing a firearms ordinance that is in violation of state law. EXPLANATION: When it comes to constitutional issues such as the 2nd Amendment, ensuring that state law is followed is a top priority of mine.
PASSED 69-39
280 9/26/17 HB 4463 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4463 (VanSingel) Allows an LLC that is comprised of only one or two people to be represented in an eviction case by one of the LLC’s members if that person has direct and personal knowledge of the facts of the case. EXPLANATION: For these small “mom and pop” LLC landlords, it can be expensive to hire an attorney every time the landlord needs to evict someone from a property. This provides more options for property owners.
PASSED 64-43
279 9/20/17 HB 4939 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4939 (Lucido) Fixes the effective date of recent changes to the minor-in-possession (MIP) statute to ensure the changes go into effect on the date originally intended: January 1, 2018. EXPLANATION: Technical change.
PASSED 101-6
278 9/20/17 HB 4888 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4888 (Lauwers) Modifies the definition of “charitable or civic organization” in section 676b of the Michigan vehicle code. EXPLANATION: Allows an individual to solicit contributions on behalf of fraternal charitable organizations on a public road.
PASSED 102-5
277 9/20/17 SB 358 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 358 (Jones) Amends the MI Liquor Control Code to allow special event prices (such as a happy hour special during a baseball game) on their promotional signs. EXPLANATION: This bill removes onerous regulations that prohibit businesses from advertising special event pricing.
PASSED 106-1
276 9/20/17 SB 357 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 357 (Warren) Clarifies ambiguous language currently regarding a manufacturer’s or wholesaler’s refund or replacement of products that are soon-to-be outdated or expired. EXPLANATION: Specifically, the bill provides that a wholesaler or retailer may replace, or issue a refund for the amount paid.
PASSED 107-0
275 9/20/17 SB 356 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 356 (Hune) Amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code by reforming the current state licensure process for salespersons of beer and wine. EXPLANATION: This takes the existing license process and streamlines it, as well as removing certain professions from licensure. As much as I would like to remove licensure completely, this bill is a step in the right direction.
PASSED 106-1
273 & 274 9/20/17 HCR 13 Passage Yes I voted YES on HCR 13 (Miller) A concurrent resolution relative to secondary road patrol funds for counties providing road patrol services to cities and villages. EXPLANATION: Will allow county law enforcement to continue to patrol roads in cities or villages located within their jurisdiction, even if the city or village has recently reduced the number of sworn law enforcement officers employed by that jurisdiction.
PASSED 107-0
271 & 272 9/19/17 SB 335 & 336 Passage Yes I voted YES on SB 335 and 336 (Robertson) These bills bring the Michigan Campaign Finance Act back into compliance with the U.S. Constitution by codifying current practice allowing corporations, labor unions, or domestic dependent sovereigns to make independent expenditures on behalf of state or local candidates.
EXPLANATION: The Michigan Campaign Finance Act currently violates First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association by restricting the right to make certain “independent” political expenditures. It is the legislature’s duty to remove unconstitutional restrictions. This legislation creates a framework to ensure that corporate campaign contributions are transparent and accountable.
Both bills PASSED 62-45
270 9/13/17 HB 4716 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4716 (Lucido) Termination of parental rights for subjecting child to undergo female genital mutilation. EXPLANATION: the practice of FGM is a barbaric practice and has no place in a civilized society.
PASSED 89-16
269 9/13/17 HB 4665 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4665 (VerHeulen) Allows a pupil to remain enrolled in a strict discipline academy after they no longer meet the requirements for enrollment at the option of their school, parent, or legal guardian. EXPLANATION: This gives parents more options when dealing with a child who is enrolled at one of these academies.
PASSED 104-3
267 & 268 9/12/17 HB 4547 & 4548 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4547 (Kesto) and HB 4548 (Green) Keeps the current .08 blood alcohol content as the legal driving limit in Michigan. EXPLANATION: This keeps the BAC limit at .08 until 2023.
Both bills PASSED 106-1
266 9/6/17 HB 4892 Passage No I voted NO on HB 4892 (Chatfield) Allows the nominating petition filing deadline for candidates running for city offices to be adjusted in a case where candidates were notified of the wrong filing deadline by a city clerk. The bill would, in effect, change the nominating petition deadline for Sault Ste. Marie, Bessemer, Lake Angulus, and Tecumseh. EXPLANATION: Corrections such as this have happened in the past, but mistakes continue to be made. While I understand the plight of candidates, at some point we have to stop adjusting state law due to local mistakes. State election law still allows candidates to run as a write-in.
PASSED 92-13
265 7/12/17 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
264 7/12/17 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
263 7/12/17 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
260-262 7/12/17 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
259 7/12/17 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
257 6/20/17 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
256 6/20/17 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
255 6/20/17 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.
254 6/20/17 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
253 6/20/17 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
252 6/20/17 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
251 6/20/17 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
250 6/20/17 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
248 & 249 6/20/17 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
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
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
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
244 6/20/17 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
243 6/20/17 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
242 6/20/17 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
241 6/20/17 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
240 6/20/17 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
239 6/20/17 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
238 6/20/17 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
237 6/20/17 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.
236 6/20/17 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
235 6/20/17 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
234 6/20/17 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
232 & 233 6/20/17 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
231 6/20/17 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
230 6/20/17 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
229 6/20/17 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
228 6/20/17 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
227 6/20/17 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
226 6/20/17 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
220 – 225 6/20/17 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.
219 6/20/17 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
217 & 218 6/20/17 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
216 6/20/17 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
212 – 215 6/15/17 SB 337, 338, 368, & 369 Passage Yes See above
211 6/15/17 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
210 6/15/17 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
209 6/15/17 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
208 6/15/17 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
207 6/15/17 HB 4323 Concurrence No I voted NO on HB 4323 (Cox) EXPLANATION: Procedural budget bill vote.
FAILED 106-0
206 6/15/17 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
205 6/13/17 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
204 6/13/17 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
203 6/13/17 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
202 6/13/17 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
201 6/13/17 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
200 6/13/17 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
199 6/13/17 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
198 6/13/17 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
197 6/13/17 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
196 6/8/17 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
195 6/8/17 HB 4320 Passage Yes I voted YES on HB 4320 (Cox) Procedural zero budget bill.
PASSED 63-44
191-194 6/8/17 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.
187-190 6/8/17 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
183-186 6/7/17 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.
182 6/7/17 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
181 6/7/17 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
179 & 180 6/7/17 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
178 6/6/17 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
174-177 6/6/17 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.
173 6/6/17 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
172 6/6/17 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
170 & 171 6/6/17 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
169 5/31/17 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
167 & 168 5/31/17 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
166 5/31/17 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
165 5/31/17 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
164 5/31/17 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
163 5/31/17 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
161 & 162 5/31/17 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
160 5/31/17 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
159 5/31/17 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
158 5/30/17 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
157 5/30/17 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
153 – 156 5/30/17 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
152 5/25/17 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
150 & 151 5/25/17 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
149 5/25/17 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
148 5/25/17 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
146 & 147 5/25/17 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
145 5/25/17 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
143 & 144 5/25/17 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
142 5/24/17 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
141 5/24/17 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
140 5/24/17 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
131-139 5/24/17 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 .
130 5/24/17 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
129 5/23/17 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
128 5/23/17 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
127 5/23/17 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
126 5/18/17 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
125 5/18/17 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
123 & 124 5/18/17 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
122 5/18/17 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
121 5/18/17 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
104-120 5/16/17 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.
103 5/17/17 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
102 5/17/17 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
101 5/17/17 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
100 5/17/17 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
99 5/16/17 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
94-98 5/4/17 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

92 & 93 5/4/17 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
91 5/3/17 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
89 & 90 5/3/17 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
87 & 88 5/2/17 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
86 5/2/17 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
85 5/2/17 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
84 5/2/17 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
82 & 83 5/2/17 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
80 & 81 4/27/17 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
78 & 79 4/27/17 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
77 4/27/17 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
76 4/27/17 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
75 5/26/17 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
74 5/26/17 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
73 5/26/17 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
72 4/25/17 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
71 4/25/17 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
70 4/25/17 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
69 4/19/17 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
68 3/30/17 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
67 3/30/17 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
65 & 66 3/30/17 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
64 3/30/17 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
63* 3/30/17 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
62* 3/30/17 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
61 3/29/17 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
60 3/29/17 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
59 3/29/17 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
58 3/28/17 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
57 3/28/17 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
56 3/23/17 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
55 3/22/17 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
54 3/22/17 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
53 3/22/17 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
51 & 52 3/21/17 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
50* 3/21/17 SB 69 Passage Yes See below
49 3/16/17 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
48 3/16/17 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
47 3/16/17 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
45 & 46 3/16/17 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
35 – 44 3/16/17 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.
34 3/14/17 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
33 3/14/17 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
32 3/9/17 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
31 3/9/17 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
11 to 30 3/8/17 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.
10* 3/8/17 SB 69 Concurrence Yes See below
9 3/2/17 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
8 3/2/17 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
7 3/1/17 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).
6 3/1/17 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.
5 2/23/17 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
4 2/23/17 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
1 – 3* 1/11/17 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.