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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734. senchertel@senate.michigan.gov
Rep. Andy Schor, D-, District 68. 517-373-0826. AndySchor@house.mi.gov
 

Senate Bill 249: Ban government discrimination against charter schools in property sales: Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on May 23, 2017
To prohibit a school district or local government from refusing to sell property to a charter or private school, or taking other actions designed to keep these potential conventional public school competitors from using property for a lawful educational purpose. Prohibited actions could also include imposing deed or zoning restrictions. A number of local governments and conventional school districts have adopted such restrictions in the past
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 363: Let state pay more for road salt from Michigan company: Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on May 24, 2017
To allow the state pay up to 8 percent more for road salt from the Detroit Salt Company. The bill would exempt these transactions from regular lowest-bidder contracting rules. Note: While Detroit Salt's mine is in Michigan, it is owned by a Canadian holding company.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 290: Increase election recount deposit requirements: Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on May 23, 2017
To increase to $250 per precinct the deposit that a candidate must make to get an election recount if the winner’s vote margin was 5 percent or more. This relates to the actions of the 2016 Green Party presidential candidate and Democratic Party operatives after the defeat of Hillary Clinton in Michigan. These persons orchestrated a statewide recount allegedly on behalf of a Green Party candidate who received less than 2 percent of the Michigan vote.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 122: Allow dogs in outdoor cafés: Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on May 24, 2017
To permit a restaurant to allow customers’ dogs in outside dining areas. Under current law only seeing-eye and other service dogs are allowed in restaurants. Local governments could still choose to ban dogs.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4611: Facilitate horse race gambling by cell phone: Passed 65 to 43 in the House on May 23, 2017
To establish a new kind of horse race gambling license called a third party facilitator license, for persons who facilitate off-track betting on live and simulcast horseraces. This is said to facilitate using cell phones to place bets.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4559: Permit beer and wine cartel members to hold tastings for staff: Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 25, 2017
To permit the handful of members in the state-protected beer and wine wholesale and distribution cartel to hold educational product sampling sessions for employees.
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House Bill 4557: Authorize prison for bringing 26 cases of beer or wine into state: Passed 99 to 8 in the House on May 25, 2017
To authorize up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine for bringing more than around 26 cases of wine or beer into the state without all the required licenses mandated by the state. Smaller quantities would be subject to 93 days in jail.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4351: Exempt private aircraft owners from sales tax on parts: Passed 70 to 38 in the House on May 25, 2017
To exempt owners of private aircraft from having to pay sales tax on parts. An existing exemption benefits out of state aircraft owners (as an incentive to buy parts in Michigan). The bill would extend this to owners of private aircraft who live here. This will save aircraft owners $4 million annually, and reduce state revenue by the same amount.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 163: Authorize “Choose Life” license plate: Passed 65 to 43 in the House on May 25, 2017
To require the Secretary of State to develop a “Choose Life” license plate, with the profits from its sale spent on "life-affirming programs and projects."
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4427: Regulate access to police body camera images: Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 23, 2017
To establish that police body camera recordings taken in a private place are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Individuals whose image is captured, owners of property seized or damaged in a crime and some others could still request a copy of the recordings subject to privacy exemptions. Police body camera recordings would have to be kept for at least 30 days, or longer if there is an related investigation.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 337: Criminalize female genital mutilation of minors: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 17, 2017
To make it a crime subject to 15 years in prison to perform a clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation on person less than age 18. Claims that the procedure is required by custom or ritual would be explicitly excluded as a defense to prosecution.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 98: Authorize Flint “promise zone” tax increment financing authority: Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on May 16, 2017
To expand from 10 to 11 the number of “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities located in low income and “low educational attainment” areas, with the new one in Flint. These entities “capture" a portion of increases in school property tax revenue and use the money to partially subsidize college tuition for local students.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 103: Revise school truancy and chronic absence rules: Passed 28 to 9 in the Senate on May 18, 2017
To prohibit a public school from suspending or expelling a child solely for truancy or chronic absence. Senate Bill 104 would require school officials to attempt to meet with a parent, and authorize legal action if other steps don't work.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4065: Let Corrections Department hire former prisoners: Passed 104 to 3 in the House on May 17, 2017
To repeal a prohibition on the Department of Corrections hiring former convicts. Individual hires would require permission from the department director.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4205: Limit state department rulemaking authority: Passed 57 to 50 in the House on May 18, 2017
To prohibit a state department from promulgating rules more stringent than required by federal standards, unless specifically required by state statute, or if the department director determines "the preponderance of the evidence" shows a need to do so. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a previous version of this proposal.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Joint Resolution C: Protect "electronic data and communications" from unreasonable search and seizure: Passed 107 to 0 in the House on May 17, 2017
To place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to add “electronic data and communications” to the Article I provision that recognizes the right of the people to be secure from unreasonable government searches and seizures of their “person, houses, papers, and possessions.”
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 135: Senate version, 2017-18 Health and Human Services: Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on May 3, 2017
The Senate version of the Department of Health and Human Services budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2017. This covers Medicaid and welfare programs and is by far the largest state budget. The Senate proposes $25.401 billion in gross spending, with $18.345 billion being federal money and the rest from state and local taxes and fees. The House-passed version (part of a multi-department "omnibus" spending bill) proposes spending $25.171 billion, or around $230 million less.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 135: David Knezek amendment, add refugee assistance spending: Failed in the Senate 12 to 26 on May 3, 2017
To spend $1 million from state tax revenue on a refugee assistance program. Michigan already has this program, which is paid for with federal money. The amendment would add state tax money also.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 135: Bert Johnson amendment, add homelessness spending: Failed in the Senate 12 to 26 on May 3, 2017
To spend an additional $3.7 million on government homeless programs. Specifically, to give private and government social service agencies $16 for each night an individual stays, to be used for efforts to get these individuals into permanent housing and reduce recidivism. The budget includes a $100 "placeholder" for this and talks are continuing.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 135: Vincent Gregory amendment, increase Medicaid "behavior services" spending: Failed 15 to 23 in the Senate on May 3, 2017
To add an additional $196 million for spending on Medicaid behavior-related mental health services, and move forward a scheduled pay increase for direct care workers from next April to this October.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 140: Senate version, 2017-18 Department of Environmental Quality budget: Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on May 3, 2017
The Senate version of the Department of Environmental Quality budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2017. This would appropriate $490 million in gross spending, of which $170 million is federal money, and the rest is from state and local taxes and fees.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 140: Hoon-Yung Hopgood amendment, give Flint more for water contamination response: Failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on May 3, 2017
To give the city of Flint an additional $15 million to cover water bill reimbursements to residents after its 2015 drinking water contamination crisis.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 149: Senate version, 2017-18 K-12 School Aid budget: Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on May 3, 2017
The Senate version of the K-12 school aid budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2017. This bill would appropriate a total of $14.414 billion, compared to $14.161 billion approved last year. The House proposes to spend $14.309 billion, and in both versions $1.726 billion is federal money.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 149: Coleman Young II amendment, give Detroit schools money for students who left: Failed 11 to 27 in the Senate on May 3, 2017
To allow the Detroit School District to keep getting per-pupil state money next year for students who had been enrolled in one of its schools that closed, but now go to a different school district.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 149: Hoon-Yung Hopgood amendment, remove private school "unfunded mandate" money: Failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on May 3, 2017
To remove $2.5 million allocated to reimburse private schools for the costs they incur meeting various unfunded state mandates.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 111: Transfer state revenue to big developers: Passed 85 to 22 in the House on May 4, 2017
To authorize giving ongoing cash subsidies to particular developers and business owners selected by state and local political appointees. Developers would get cash payments for up to 20 years based on the income tax paid by their employees and tenants. Fiscal agency projections suggest the process could transfer up to $1.8 billion state tax dollars to the developers.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 202: Exempt no-cash social media games from gambling ban on May 2, 2017
To establish that the state’s laws against gambling do not apply to a “social media internet game” that rewards players with either a free play or an extended period of playing time as a result of chance or uncertain event. The bill excludes “fantasy sports” games from its provisions.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 129: Regulate small copper mines different than big ones: Passed 74 to 35 in the House on April 25, 2017
To establish a separate regulatory regime over small native copper mining operations (meaning ones that generate less than 75,000 tons of waste rock a year to extract copper “in its elemental form”). Local governments would be preempted from imposing additional regulations and restrictions.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4215: Repeal rule banning car running in driveway: Passed 77 to 30 in the House on May 2, 2017
To repeal a ban on leaving an unattended vehicle running other than on a public street or highway. This would allow warming up the car in the driveway in winter.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 275: Ban police sex with prostitutes: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 26, 2017
To repeal an exemption that allows police to have sex with a prostitute as part of an investigation.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 178: Authorize professional sports teams specialty plates: Passed 33 to 3 in the Senate on April 27, 2017
To authorize a specialty license plate for professional sports teams, including the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers and the Michigan International Speedway. Proceeds from the sale of the plates would go to charitable organizations created by these entities. Note: The facilities used by these operations have all been beneficiaries of state subsidies.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4063: Ban aiming a “directed energy device” at an aircraft: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on April 25, 2017
To make it a crime to intentionally aim a beam of directed energy from a directed energy device at or into path of an aircraft, with violators subject to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison. This includes lasers and any other "highly focused energy" that could damage or interfere with an aircraft.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 119: Transfer some state property to NMU: Passed 108 to 1 in the House on April 25, 2017
To transfer a piece of unfenced Marquette state prison land to Northern Michigan University, which will use it for a new forensic anthropology program. This is a field whose techniques are useful in crime and disaster investigations.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 35: Regulate the “millionaire party” business: Passed 100 to 9 in the House on April 27, 2017
To establish regulations for charitable “millionaire party” gambling events that include casino games, in a manner that accommodates charities contracting out their operation to a “charitable gaming service” that provides the service for multiple charities at a single location, one after another. The bill would establish a licensing regime covering both the charities and the service companies. This would recognize and accommodate an evolved system where a person can gamble at a particular location on most days, with the proceeds going to a different charitable organization at different hours.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 163: Authorize “Choose Life” license plate: Passed 108 to 1 in the House on April 27, 2017
To require the Secretary of State to develop a “Choose Life” license plate, with profits from its sale spent on "life-affirming programs and projects."
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4080: Authorize new energy-related purchase/debt scheme for schools: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on April 19, 2017
To include schools in a scheme authorized by a 2016 law for counties, which lets them contract with vendors for energy efficiency projects, and pay for these with money the projects are supposed to save (or from regular tax revenue if savings don’t appear).
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 245: Repeal switchblade ban: Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on April 20, 2017
To repeal the state law against owning, selling or possessing a switchblade knife, “the blade or blades of which can be opened by the flick of a button.” The sponsor of the bill says the ban is outdated and unevenly enforced.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 160: License Polaris “Slingshot” type vehicles as a motorcycle: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on April 18, 2017
To revise the regulations on motorcycles in the state vehicle code so they also apply to “autocycles,” in particular to three wheeled vehicles like the Polaris “Slingshot.” Under current law vehicles like this happen to fit a particular definition requiring they be enclosed and have other car-like features such as windshields and wipers.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 150: Require agencies disclose federal aid requests to legislature: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on April 18, 2017
To require state agencies that apply for any form of federal or other financial assistance to notify legislative leaders, relevant committees and the legislature’s fiscal agencies within 10 days, with the notice including any conditions or stipulations associated with receiving the assistance.
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Senate Bill 78: Expand property transfer taxable value “pop up” exception: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on April 20, 2017
To exempt from the property tax assessment “pop up” the transfer of a decedent’s principle residence to a family member, for up to two years. The “pop up” is the provision of the 1994 Proposal A tax limitation initiative that makes a property’s market value the basis of property tax assessments when it is sold, rather than the capped (and lower) “taxable value” of the previous owner.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 242: Transfer state revenue to certain business owners: Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on March 29, 2017
To authorize giving up to $250 million of state revenue to certain developers and business owners selected by political appointees on the board of a state Strategic Fund agency. Owners of selected firms would get cash subsidies for up to 10 years equal to half or all of the income tax paid by their employees. The Senate has also passed bills authorizing another $1.8 billion in subsidies for big developers (SB 111 to 115).
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 94: Accelerate new vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference”: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 29, 2017
To accelerate the 24-year phase-in of a 2013 law that exempted from sales tax the value of a trade-in when buying a new vehicle. This would save buyers $28.7 million in 2021, which would gradually increase through 2028.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 168: Raise tax on auto insurers to pay for state theft authority: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 28, 2017
To revise the basis on which auto insurers are assessed (taxed) to support a government auto theft prevention authority, by also applying the assessments to commercial vehicle policies. The expansion could represent a substantial increase. The Senate Fiscal Agency references a 2010 revenue figure of $6.25 million for this entity.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4213: Require court order to breathalyze minor who says no: Passed 102 to 6 in the House on March 29, 2017
To establish that a police officer must get a court order to get a breath test for alcohol from a minor who objects. This is not related to drunk driving or vehicles, but to enforcement of a state law that bans minors from being in possession of alcohol. Recent court cases have suggested that doing this without a court order is unconstitutional.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4070: Revise government eminent domain takings details: Passed 76 to 31 in the House on March 28, 2017
To require state agencies to pay attorney fees and court costs of private real property owners if a "governmental action" results in a loss of value and the department or agency failed to consult guidelines on government takings promulgated by the Attorney General. Also, to apply these rules on "takings" to all state departments, not just the Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Transportation departments. Current law defines "governmental actions" for which compensation is required as including certain permit or license denials, restrictive conditions on these and more. The state and federal constitutions requires governments to compensate owners when their property is taken.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4317: Allow exception to graduation health education requirement: Passed 61 to 47 in the House on March 30, 2017
To allow high school students to replace a health education graduation requirement by instead taking a class on the government health and safety regulations on industry and construction, taught by the state agency in charge of enforcing these.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4315: Eliminate foreign language from graduation standards: Passed 79 to 29 in the House on March 30, 2017
To allow a student to get a high school diploma without meeting the current two-credit language requirement by instead taking a computer class or one in “visual or performing arts (with all these in a new category dubbed “21st century skills” by the sponsors of House Bill 4316, which also passed).
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 223: Create process for disclosing police firing to other agencies: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 23, 2017
To establish a process and liability exemption for a police agency disclosing information to another agency about a former officer who may have been fired. A separating officer could review the official record and make his written explanation a permanent part of it. Police job applicants would have to give prospective employers a waiver allowing them to get the separation records, and the former employer would be immune from liability for revealing this.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 202: Exempt no-cash social media games from gambling ban: Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on March 22, 2017
To establish that the state’s laws against gambling do not apply to a “social media internet game” that rewards players with either a free play or an extended period of playing time as a result of chance or uncertain event. The bill excludes “fantasy sports” games from its provisions.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 219: Revise concealed pistol permit details: Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on March 23, 2017
To revise many details and procedures in the state’s concealed pistol license law. Among other changes, if a license is denied based on one of the disqualifications specified in the law, the disqualification must appear in the State Police background check all applicants must undergo. The bill also repeals a state permit requirement to own an armored vehicle (one with guns would be subject to many other restrictions though).
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4167: Increase maximum length limit for agriculture equipment truck: Passed 97 to 11 in the House on March 23, 2017
To increase the maximum vehicle-and-trailer combination length transporting agricultural drainage tubing to 75 feet.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4219: Leniency for young human trafficking victims: Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 22, 2017
To ease restrictions on a court placing a young defendant who may be a human trafficking victim in a probation and deferral program that leaves them without a permanent criminal record.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 46: Revise emergency vehicle flashing lights requirement: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 16, 2017
To eliminate a requirement that flashing lights be mounted on the roof of an authorized emergency vehicle. These vehicles would still have to have flashing emergency lights; they just wouldn’t have to be on the roof.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4013: Allow electronic vehicle registration in car (versus paper): Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 14, 2017
To allow the vehicle registration document motorists are required to have when driving to be an electronic picture of the document on their smartphone or other device.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4080: Authorize new energy-related purchase/debt scheme for schools: Passed 106 to 2 in the House on March 14, 2017
To allow schools to contract with vendors for energy efficiency projects, and pay for these with money the projects are supposed to save (or from regular tax revenue if savings don’t appear).
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4063: Ban aiming a “directed energy device” at an aircraft: Passed 107 to 1 in the House on March 16, 2017
To make it a crime to intentionally aim a beam of directed energy from a directed energy device at or into path of an aircraft, with violators subject to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison. This includes lasers and any other "highly focused energy" that could damage or interfere with an aircraft.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4150: Expand open records law to legislature: Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 16, 2017
To extend the Freedom of Information Act to legislators, whose offices are currently exempt, subject to a broad range of exceptions and exemptions. The House also passed House Bill 4148, which extends the disclosure requirements to certain kinds of documents held by the governor's office.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4154: Create process for appealing denial of legislature records request: Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 16, 2017
To establish procedures for appealing the denial of a Freedom of Information Act request, or the fees demanded to fulfill it, by the House or Senate open records law coordinator. Appeals would go not to the courts but to an existing Legislative Council appointed by legislature itself, and in cases of improper denial this body would be limited to recommending the House or Senate discipline the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4155: Exceptions to applying open records law to legislature: Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 16, 2017
To define the records that would be exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests to the state legislature under House Bill 5469. These include standard provisions on records dealing with security matters, active contract bidding, information of a personal nature or business proprietary records, records that violate attorney-client privilege or involve ongoing litigation, etc. The bill would also exempt records of exchanges between a lawmaker and a constituent. Notably, records held by the Republican and Democratic caucus staffs would also be exempt, including their communications and public relations operations.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 129: Regulate small copper mines different than big ones: Passed 24 to 11 in the Senate on March 9, 2017
To establish a separate and more streamlined regulatory regime over small ("native") copper mining operations.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 19: Cut off parole absconders from welfare: Passed 101 to 6 in the House on March 8, 2017
To cut off cash welfare or food stamp benefits given to an individual who absconds from parole. This and the next few votes are part of a large Senate probation and parole reform package the House approved this week (except for one bill that would give subsidies to employers who hire ex-convicts).
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 13: Cap penalties for technical parole violations: Passed 99 to 8 in the House on March 8, 2017
To cap at 30 days in jail the penalty for probationers who commit technical probation violations, except for multiple offenses.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 12: Facilitate release of medically frail prisoners: Passed 107 to 0 in the House on March 8, 2017
To authorize expedited prisoner commutation hearings and procedures if this is requested by the governor for a particular prisoner, and the request is based in part on the individual’s medical condition.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 22: Create new rules for housing young prisoners: Passed 107 to 0 in the House on March 8, 2017
To require the Department of Corrections to develop rehabilitation plans for inmates aged 18 to 22, and provide programming designed for that age group. This is a change from the Senate-passed version of the bill, which required young prisoners to be housed together and separated from older prisoners. Prison officials criticized this, warning of “gladiator schools.”
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4208: Ban expelled legislator from running in replacement election: Passed 72 to 36 in the House on March 9, 2017
To revise a procedural detail related to when legislators are expelled or resign. The bill would require a resignation letter or expulsion resolution to explicitly cover the full balance of the term (rather than be temporary).
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 119: Transfer prison property to NMU for forensic anthropology: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 2, 2017
To transfer a piece of unfenced Marquette state prison land to Northern Michigan University, which will use it for a new forensic anthropology program. This is a field whose techniques are useful in crime and disaster investigations.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 152: Increase reimbursement caps for sexual assault exams: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 2, 2017
To increase the cap on how much a state victims services commission may pay for sexual assault medical forensic examinations, from a total cost of $600 to $1,200.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 49: Accommodate new model for protected individual guardian duties: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on February 28, 2017
To revise caps on how much can be paid to a professional guardian or conservator appointed by a court to act in the interest of a developmentally disabled, incapacitated or protected individual or a ward. The bill would accommodate a system being tried by some counties of giving these duties to a bureau staffed by public employees, because hiring outside professionals has become harder.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 118: Expand DNR role in “Rails to Trails” projects: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 1, 2017
To allow the state Department of Natural Resources to become a National Trails System sponsor for the purpose of taking over unused railroad right-of-ways, or paths along operating rail lines. The DNR would assume liability, for which the railroad would have to pay.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4001: Cut state income tax rate by 0.2 percent: Failed 52 to 55 in the House on February 23, 2017
To cut the state income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 4.05 percent over two years. The tax could go down another .15 percent later but only if the state rainy day fund is allowed to exceed $1 billion. Twelve Republicans voted 'no' and one Democrat voted 'yes.'
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 111: Transfer state revenue to big developers: Passed 27 to 6 in the Senate on February 22, 2017
To give a number of developers and business owners selected by state and local political appointees up to $1.8 billion state tax dollars over 20 years. The beneficiaries would be allowed to keep the state income tax payments they withhold from employee pay checks. The cost estimate comes from the Senate Fiscal Agency and applies to Senate Bills 111 to 115 together.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 113: Let some big developers keep sales tax they collect: Passed 28 to 6 in the Senate on February 22, 2017
To allow certain developers and business owners selected by state and local political appointees to keep the sales tax they collect on retail sales. This would be a new way of giving cash subsidies to certain developers, and would reduce state revenue available for other purposes. This is part of the same proposal as Senate Bill 111 above.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 97: Authorize facility development deals between governments and private businesses: Passed 32 to 4 in the Senate on February 23, 2017
To give state and local government agencies the power to enter joint operating arrangements with a particular developer to build a hospital or transportation facilities. The private operator would benefit from tax exemptions and its governmental partner's power to impose property taxes, borrow, take private property using eminent domain and more. The government agency involved could choose the private sector actor without necessarily having to accept the lowest bid. The projects could be proposals from a private developer.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 40: Expand state subsidies for particular companies on state line: Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on February 9, 2017
To let particular businesses that are near the state line, and that have been selected by political appointees on a state 'economic development' program board, to each collect up to $10 million in state business subsidies for hiring people who do not live in Michigan.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 35: Regulate the “millionaire party” business: Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on February 9, 2017
To establish regulations for charitable “millionaire party” gambling events that include casino games, in a manner that accommodates charities contracting out their operation to a “charitable gaming service” that provides the service for multiple charities at a single location, one after another. The bill would establish a licensing regime covering both the charities and the service companies. This would recognize and accommodate an evolved system where a person can gamble at a particular location on most days, with the proceeds going to a different charitable organization at different hours.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 36: Authorize parents putting special needs child fingerprints in state database: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 9, 2017
To allow the parents of a child or youth with special health care needs to have the child’s fingerprints and photo submitted to a statewide registration system.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 19: Cut off parole absconders from welfare: Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on February 2, 2017
To cut off any cash welfare or food stamp benefits given to an individual who absconds from parole.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 14: Pay employers who hire parolees: Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on February 2, 2017
To authorize grants of up to $2,400 to an employer who hires an individual currently on probation or parole, capped at $7,200 annually for an employer who hires more than one.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 13: Cap penalties for technical parole violations: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on February 2, 2017
To cap at 30 days in jail the penalty for probationers who commit technical probation violations, except for multiple offenses.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 12: Facilitate release of medically frail prisoners: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on February 2, 2017
To authorize expedited prisoner commutation hearings and procedures if this is requested by the governor for a particular prisoner, and the request is based in part on the individual’s medical condition.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 22: Ban housing young adult prisoners with older ones: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on February 2, 2017
To require the Department of Corrections to only house inmates aged 18 to 22 with others in that age range, unless specific circumstances prevent this.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Resolution 2: Select House officers for the 99th Legislature: Passed unanimously by all members present on January 11, 2017
To elect House leaders for the 99th Michigan Legislature, including Rep. Tom Leonard, R-Dewitt, to be Speaker of the House. Democrats selected Rep. Sam Singh of East Lansing to be the House Minority leader. Minority Leader Singh seconded the motion to make Rep. Leonard the Speaker.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Resolution SR: Senators of the 99th Michigan Legislature on January 11, 2017
Names of the state Senator or Senators who represent districts in your area. This is shown for reference purposes.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Contact my lawmakers
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734. senchertel@senate.michigan.gov
Rep. Andy Schor, D-, District 68. 517-373-0826. AndySchor@house.mi.gov


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