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Vote Explanation | Week of Sept. 11
RELEASE|September 15, 2023
Contact: Rachelle Smit

HB 4200:  Amends the Public Health Code to require that, beginning Jan. 1, 2024, the certificate of immunization must also have a space to indicate whether the minor has been screened for lead poisoning.

Sponsor: Rep. Scott (D)
Passage: 67-42 with Immediate Effect

Why I voted NO:  Parents and guardians of minor children can already request that their child’s physician test for lead exposure.

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SB 31:  Amends the Public Health Code to require physicians treating minors to test each minor for lead poisoning at intervals prescribed by the department by rule, and to make an entry of the testing on the minor’s certificate of immunization.

Sponsor: Sen. Cherry (D)
Passage: 67-42 with Immediate Effect

Why I voted NO:  Parents and guardians of minor children can already request that their child’s physician test for lead exposure.

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BILL PACKAGE HB 4446-4449, 4544-4545:  Designates Diwali, Eid al-Adha, Eid-al Fitr, the Lunar New Year, Vaisakhi, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur as state holidays in Michigan.

Sponsors: Reps. Puri (D), Aiyash (D), MacDonell (D), Arbit (D), Steckloff (D)
HB 4446 Passage: 89-19 with Immediate Effect

HB 4447 Passage: 87-21 with Immediate Effect

HB 4448 Passage: 70-38 with Immediate Effect

HB 4449 Passage: 88-20 with Immediate Effect

HB 4544 Passage: 90-18 with Immediate Effect

HB 4545 Passage: 92-16 with Immediate Effect

Why I voted NO:  Continuing to add holidays that are given official state recognition raises the question of where to draw the line.

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