House Bill 4837, Restricting the Access of Outside Groups to the State Voters Database: Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate

To restrict access to the state’s Qualified Voters (QVF) database to the office of the Secretary of State and other authorized election officials, local and county election clerks, and employees of the the State or suppliers who perform maintenance and safety work on the QVF. The bill would remove a provision allowing access by a “designated voter registration agency”.

The Senate also passed House Bill 4838 with the same margin, which would have banned connecting the electronic poll book in electoral districts to the internet on election day.


Note: Both bills were vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on October 3.

• 33 Senator Rick Outman R – Six Lakes Y

• 35 Senator Curt VanderWall R – Ludington Y

Senate Bill 321, Require teacher training in “mental health first aid”: passed 36-0 in the Senate

Add to continuing education courses for teachers a requirement that they include training in “mental health first aid” and require that the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, “develop or adopt a program for this.

This would include “identifying potential risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, as well as strategies to help a person facing a mental health crisis.”

• 33 Senator Rick Outman R – Six Lakes Y

• 35 Senator Curt VanderWall R – Ludington Y

Senate Bill 664, Counting Public Students Quarantined for Fund Allocation Purposes: Passed 36-0 in the Senate

To include absent students who are “in quarantine” and “being educated using physical teaching materials” as defined in the bill to be deemed present on district “enrollment days” school during which state aid is determined.

• 33 Senator Rick Outman R – Six Lakes Y

• 35 Senator Curt VanderWall R – Ludington Y

House Bill 5007, Eliminate Fees for Obtaining State ID: Passed 20-16 in the Senate

Eliminate the cost of obtaining a state ID card.

• 33 Senator Rick Outman R – Six Lakes Y

• 35 Senator Curt VanderWall R – Ludington Y

Senate Bill 258, Mandated Newspapers Publish Printed Legal Opinions on Free Website: Passed 34-0 in Senate

Require a newspaper in which government legal opinions are published that they also place them in a section of a website that is accessible free of charge.

• 33 Senator Rick Outman R – Six Lakes Y

• 35 Senator Curt VanderWall R – Ludington X

Senate bill 280, setting deadlines for the counting of signatures on petitions for initiated laws: adopted 20 to 16 in the Senate

Require the Council of State Solicitors to complete the collection of signatures collected on a lawsuit initiated within 100 days of its filing with the Secretary of State. If the canvassers state that there are sufficient valid signatures, the bill must be immediately sent to the legislature for consideration.

Under the state constitution, unless the legislature enacts the proposed law by an initiative that collects the required number of signatures, it passes to the next general election ballot for a popular vote.

• 33 Senator Rick Outman R – Six Lakes Y

• 35 Senator Curt VanderWall R – Ludington Y

Senate Bill 280, setting deadlines for the counting of signatures of initiated petitions: adopted from 55 to 48 in the House

The House votes on the modification of the initiated legislative process described above.

• 97 Representative Jason Wentworth R – Clare Y

• 100 Representative Scott VanSingel R – Grant Y

• 102 Rep. Michele Hoitenga R – Manton Y

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Y = Yes, N = No, X = No vote

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