MSU graduate student union rallies for bigger paychecks

// on Mon, May 6 2019 / Article

Graduate assistants at Michigan State University have assembled makeshift campsites in front of the Hannah Administration Building as they continue to pressure university officials for more money. Unionized graduate teaching assistants instruct about two-thirds of the classes taught on MSU’s campus, [MSU Graduate Employees Union… Read More

Bipartisan Bills Hold Child Abusers Accountable

// on Thu, May 2 2019 / Press release

‘Wyatt’s Law’ would give parents access to critical information LANSING — Reps. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores), Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw), and Sarah Lightner (R-Springport), along with Sens. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing), Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) and Dr. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek) have introduced a… Read More

Hertel: Want to prevent college rape? Teach high schoolers about consent.

// on Wed, May 1 2019 / Article

Legislation to beef up Michigan’s high school sex education curriculum is resurfacing in the Senate. And its sponsor, Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-East Lansing, said its passage will help curb sexual assault. “There is not a robust understanding of consent, and that needs to change. Read More

Coffee Hour

// on Fri, May 24 2019 9:00 am / Event

Fri, May 24 9:00 am - Fri, May 24 10:00 am
Allen Neighborhood Center, 1611 E Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48912 (Directions)
Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. 517-373-1734 or

Hertel reintroduces affirmative consent education legislation

// on Tue, Apr 16 2019 / Press release

LANSING — As news surrounding alleged sexual assault incidents at Michigan State University continue to develop, Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D–East Lansing) is reintroducing legislation, also known as ‘Yes Means Yes,’ to educate students about sexual assault, dating violence, bystander intervention techniques and affirmative… Read More

Senator partners with sheriff to increase mental health resources for inmates

// on Mon, Mar 25 2019 / Article

Hertel, who serves as Minority Vice Chair of the subcommittee and Senate Appropriations committee, says increasing funding for mental health treatment and forensic center beds is one of his top budget priorities for the state. “This is a pervasive issue across the nation and Michigan… Read More

Senator Hertel Partners with Sheriff Wriggelsworth to Combat State’s Mental Health Crisis

// on Thu, Mar 21 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D–East Lansing) and Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth are working together to address Michigan’s ongoing need for increased mental health resources. Wriggelsworth testified before the Senate Appropriations Community Health/Human Services Subcommittee Thursday to highlight the impact the lack of resources has… Read More

Hertel Praises Whitmer’s Investment in Local Government

// on Tue, Mar 5 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) has issued the following statement regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget, which includes a 3 percent increase on revenue sharing for local communities. “Creating a healthy, thriving Michigan starts with funding local municipalities. I’m happy… Read More

Sen. Hertel on Gov. Whitmer’s plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

// on Tue, Feb 12 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D–East Lansing) has issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address, during which she spoke about fixing the state’s crumbling infrastructure. “For too long, Michigan has thrown pennies at our potholes and… Read More

Sen. Hertel, Reps. Lightner and Witwer to lead Capitol Caucus

// on Mon, Feb 11 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — The Capitol Caucus has selected Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D–East Lansing) as Chair, and Reps. Angela Witwer (D–Delta Twp.) and Sarah Lightner (R–Springport) as Vice Chairs for its 2019-2020 leadership positions. “Mid-Michigan is a unique region, with diverse businesses, a major university, a strong agricultural industry, home of… Read More

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