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

Senate Bill 609: Repeal 'driver responsibility fees' and give partial amnesty
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 19, 2017
To repeal the driver responsibility fees (“bad driver tax”) that are assessed for various traffic violations, effective Sept. 30, 2018. Individuals who lost their driver's license for nonpayment of these fees could get it back (on payment of a $125 fee). Fees that have been owed for more than six years would be forgiven, but not more recent ones. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to increase state revenues.
Note: House Bill 5040 would end the fees and give amnesty for all amounts owed, not just amounts in arrears for six years. The Snyder administration indicated the Governor would veto this due to the state revenue loss, and this bill's partial amnesty is seen as a negotiating position on that. More than 300,000 people owe more than $600 million for these fees, much of which is uncollectible, and thousands have lost their driver's license for nonpayment.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 574: Let charter schools get some ISD enhancement millage money on October 18, 2017
To require revenue extracted by future regional enhancement property taxes that are levied by Intermediate School Districts and distributed to conventional public school districts to also be shared with public charter schools within the ISD district.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4457: Authorize new energy debt scheme for colleges and universities
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on October 17, 2017
To include state colleges and universities in the kind of debt scheme authorized by a 2016 law for school districts, 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 98: Authorize more “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities
Passed 89 to 18 in the House on October 17, 2017
To expand from 10 to 15 the number of “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities (TIFA) located in low income and “low educational attainment” areas. These entities were authorized by a 2008 law to “capture" a portion of the state school property tax collected in the area, and use the money to partially subsidize college tuition for local students.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4583: Use "orphaned" fuel tank cleanup revenue for other purposes
Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate on October 10, 2017
To divert money from a 7/8 cent per gallon gas tax originally levied to pay for cleanups of leaking underground fuel tanks that were abandoned decades earlier and where no known party is liable ("orphan sites"). The bill would authorize subsidies to current fuel tank owners who are liable for contamination that occurred before 2015; to developers of "brownfield" property with leaking tanks; and to local governments for cleanups related to past road work.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4066: Authorize limited interstate medical licensure agreement
Passed 100 to 6 in the House on October 10, 2017
To enter an agreement with other states to facilitate doctors getting licensed in more than one state. The measure would not eliminate the need for doctors to get a separate license to practice in each state, or change current restrictions on the practice of telemedicine. It would require doctors to hold one of the board certifications marketed by certain national organizations, which would have the effect of excluding most Michigan practitioners from the proposed licensure process.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4508: Create a “cyber civilian corps"
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 10, 2017
To create a state “cyber civilian corps" to organize civilian volunteers with relevant experience who would provide rapid response assistance to a municipal, educational, nonprofit or business entity that needs help dealing with a cybersecurity incident.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 583: Ban local food and beverage taxes
Passed 31 to 5 in the Senate on October 4, 2017
To prohibit local governments and authorities from imposing a tax or fee on the manufacture, distribution, wholesaling or retail sale of food for immediate consumption or non-immediate consumption. Among other things this would prohibit local officials from imposing soda taxes.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 375: Authorize county subsidies for methane digester generators
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 3, 2017
To permit counties to include methane digester energy systems in a program that lets the county borrow money, lend it to a property owner money for a “renewable energy system,” and levy a special assessment on the property from which the loan would be repaid.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 552: Increase annual ORV tax
Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on October 5, 2017
To increase the annual off road vehicle license tax to $26.25 for a license that does not authorize operation on state ORV trails, and $36.25 for one that does. If no action is taken the tax expires in March 2018, but if the bill becomes law the tax will remain through March 2024 (unless extended by another bill before then).
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 353: Preempt local bans on employers asking about past wages
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on October 5, 2017
To expand a law that prohibits local governments from imposing mandatory job interview information requirements or restrictions. Among other things the bill would ban local ordinances that prohibit a local employer or the local government itself from asking about a prospective employee's previous salary history.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 223: Create process for disclosing police firing to other agencies
Passed 105 to 2 in the House on October 3, 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.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 352: Require high school coach concussion training refreshers
Passed 104 to 4 in the House on October 5, 2017
To require high school coaches to get a refresher course every three years on the “concussion awareness training program” required by a 2012 law. State health officials would have to periodically review and update the training program the law required them to create. Also, to clarify that the high school "youth athletes" for whom that law requires parental waivers do not include 17 year olds in college.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4999: Ban local food and beverage taxes
Passed 101 to 7 in the House on October 5, 2017
To prohibit local governments or authorities from imposing a tax or fee on the manufacture, distribution, wholesaling or retail sale of food for immediate consumption or non-immediate consumption. Among other things this would prohibit local officials from imposing soda taxes.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4616: Make local governments liable for gun ban preemption violations
Passed 69 to 39 in the House on September 27, 2017
To authorize private lawsuits against a local government that violates a state preemption on local firearms ownership or use restrictions. The bill would allow plaintiffs to collect actual damages and costs if they prevail.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4781: Regulate electric bicycle use of improved or forest trails
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on September 28, 2017
To regulate electric bicycles on paved, gravel or converted rail trails. Low-power, “Class 1” electric bikes would be allowed unless specifically prohibited from a trail by state or local officials. Faster and more powerful Class 2 and 3 e-bikes would be banned from trails unless specifically allowed. All electric bikes would be prohibited from non-motorized forest trails unless specifically allowed on one.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4782: Permit and regulate electric bicycles on roads
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on September 28, 2017
To regulate and define classes of electric bicycle for use on streets and highways. “Class 1” are the lowest power bikes, and Classes 2 and 3 have more power and can go faster. The bill would ban individuals less than age 14 from using a Class 3 bike, and allow electric bicycles to be used on streets, bike-lanes and highways (not freeways) subject to the same rules and restrictions as regular bikes. Minors would have to wear a helmet.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 335: Revise campaign finance law to reflect Citizens United ruling
Passed 62 to 45 in the House on September 19, 2017
To revise Michigan campaign finance law provisions that violate the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United case. That decision limited the power of congress and state legislatures to restrict election-related political speech by corporations, under a definition that includes non-profit groups motivated by ideological or political concerns.
The bill would authorize “independent expenditure committees” (dubbed "super-PACs") that could advocate for a candidate or ballot initiative but not contribute to or coordinate with a candidate. Candidates could solicit money for these committees, however. Committees would be subject to campaign finance filings but would not have to disclose the identity of donors, and there would be no cap on spending or contributions, which could come from corporations and unions.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 356: Impose “salespersons license” mandate on liquor industry
Passed 106 to 1 in the House on September 20, 2017
To impose licensure, regulation and legal training requirements on any person who works for a beer or wine manufacturer, wholesaler or outstate seller and is involved in selling these products to retailers. This would essentially convert a Liquor Control Commission rule into state law.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 73: Repeal life without parole for some cocaine sale crimes
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on September 20, 2017
To revise a law that authorized a mandatory life sentence for possessing or selling large quantities of cocaine or other "hard" drugs. This bill would change the law to instead authorize twice the usual drug trafficking sentence for these crimes. Senate Bill 72 would make prisoners convicted of these offenses eligible for parole after serving five years in prison.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 335: Revise campaign finance law to reflect Citizens United ruling
Passed 23 to 12 in the Senate on September 14, 2017
To revise Michigan campaign finance law provisions that violate the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United case. The decision limited the power of congress and state legislatures to restrict election-related political speech by corporations, including non-profit groups motivated by ideological or political concerns.
The bill would authorize “independent expenditure committee” (dubbed "super-PACs") that could advocate for a candidate but not contribute to or coordinate with a candidate. Committees would be subject to campaign finance filings but would not have to disclose the identity of donors, and there would be no cap on spending or contributions, which could come from corporations and unions.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4892: Fix and sanction city candidate filing deadline errors
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 13, 2017
To provide an exemption to state-imposed city election candidacy filing deadlines for several cities that gave prospective candidates bad information on this, causing some to miss the filing deadline for elections this November. The bill would require these cities to put these candidates on the ballot. It would also require more training and oversight for these cities' election officials, and impose $2,500 fines. Starting in 2018 cities that do this would be subject to $5,000 fine.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4716: Remove child from parents for female genital mutilation
Passed 89 to 16 in the House on September 14, 2017
To take away the parental rights of a parent who subjects a child to female genital mutilation. This would be in the same section of law that terminates parental rights for severe child abuse and molestation.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 409: Facilitate private home Great Lakes harbor leases
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on September 6, 2017
To authorize 50 year "bottomland" leases to owners of single-family homes on Great Lakes shorelines who want to create a private, non-commercial, recreational harbor formed by a breakwater. Owners would have to pay 1 percent of their home's state equalized property value in an up-front lump sum payment every 25 years. The money would go into a segregated account that pays for parts of the Department of Environmental Quality's operations.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4892: Correct some cities' candidate filing deadline errors
Passed 92 to 13 in the House on September 6, 2017
To provide an exemption to state-imposed city election candidacy filing deadlines for several cities that gave prospective candidates bad information on this, causing some to miss being on the ballot this November. The bill would require these cities to put these candidates on the ballot. It would also require more training and oversight for these cities' election officials, and impose $2,500 fines.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 242: Authorize giving state revenue to a few particular corporations
Passed 71 to 35 in the House on July 12, 2017
To authorize giving up to $200 million worth of state tax revenue to certain business owners, in particular a foreign company said to be involved in iPhone manufacture. Earlier this year the Legislature also authorized up to $1.8 billion in state payouts to companies owned by Detroit developer Dan Gilbert and possibly some others.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 244: Require state disclose which companies get of selective corporate subsidies
Passed 71 to 35 in the House on July 12, 2017
To require the state agency in charge of granting special corporate tax breaks and subsidies to disclose the companies that receive the cash payments authorized by Senate Bill 242 (previous bill).
The agency has claimed that some $9 billion in ongoing corporate handouts authorized by an earlier subsidy program called MEGA are exempt from disclosure, citing the same tax return confidentiality provisions that apply to regular taxpayers. (Around half of those payments are reportedly collected by the Big Three automakers.) An amendment to also disclose details of those handouts was defeated on a voice vote.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4759: Sell Senate's former office building in Lansing
Passed 26 to 9 in the Senate on June 28, 2017
To sell the former state Senate office building in Lansing for fair market value. Last year the Senate moved into a new building acquired through a lease-purchase agreement that reportedly will cost taxpayers more than $134 million over 30 years.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4759: Sell Senate's former office building in Lansing
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on June 20, 2017
The House vote on the bill described above.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 274: Restrict opioid prescription quantities
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 22, 2017
To restrict the amount of opioid pain pills a doctor may prescribe to a seven day supply for acute conditions and 30 days for chronic ones.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 160: License Polaris “Slingshot” type vehicles as a motorcycle
Passed 68 to 39 in the House on June 20, 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
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4355: Ban police sex with prostitutes
Passed 93 to 14 in the House on June 20, 2017
To repeal an exemption that allows police to have sex with a prostitute as part of an investigation.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4584: Mandate giving spina bifida information to new parents
Passed 64 to 43 in the House on June 20, 2017
To mandate that a physician or other medical provider give an expecting mother or new parent specified information about spina bifida if this is detected in a fetus or newborn. Opponents were concerned that these tests produce a large number of false-positive results.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4427: Regulate access to police body camera images
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 22, 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.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4557: Authorize prison for bringing 26 cases of beer or wine into state
Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 22, 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.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4213: Require court order to breathalyze minor who says no
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 22, 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.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 94: Accelerate vehicle trade-in “sales tax on the difference”
Passed 88 to 19 in the House on June 20, 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.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 4608: Exempt residential painters and decorators from licensure mandate
Passed 62 to 45 in the House on June 20, 2017
To exempt painters and decorators from the licensure mandate imposed residential maintenance and alteration contractors.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Senate Bill 249: Ban government discrimination against charter schools in property sales
Passed 60 to 47 in the House on June 20, 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
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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House Bill 4647: Overhaul school employee retirement system
Passed 55 to 52 in the House on June 15, 2017
To replace the current school pension system with one that requires more cost-sharing by new employees, and contains provisions intended to limit state management practices responsible for the $29.1 billion of unfunded liabilities in the status quo system. New employees could choose instead to receive substantial employer contributions to 401(k) accounts. If the overhauled defined benefit component is not properly funded then enrollees would have to pay half the cost of correcting this, and if underfunding exceeds specified levels this option would be closed to new hires.
Rep. Andy Schor (D) 'Voted No'
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Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, District 23. 517-373-1734. senchertel@senate.michigan.gov
Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, District 68. 517-373-0826. AndySchor@house.mi.gov


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