Democrats Introduce Bills to Pause Standardized Testing

// on Wed, Jul 22 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Rosemary Bayer (D-Bloomfield Hills),Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo), and Paul Wojno (D-Warren) today introduced a bill package to pause most standardized tests for the 2020-2021 school year.  Identical bills are expected to be introduced in the House by Democratic Representatives. “Our… Read More


Sen. Hertel Introduces COVID-19 Workers Comp Legislation for First Responders

// on Wed, Apr 29 2020 / Press release

Bill would codify emergency rules presuming workplace exposure to COVID-19 LANSING, Mich.— State Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) introduced legislation today to expand workers compensation benefits for first responders who contract COVID-19. Senate Bill 906 would shift the burden of proof for eligibility by creating a… Read More


Stay Home, Stay Safe Order

// on Mon, Mar 23 2020 / Press release

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. For at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and… Read More


Hertel on Whitmer plan to fix roads

// on Wed, Jan 29 2020 / Press release

LANSING — 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 proposed bold action to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads:  “Michiganders deserve safe roads to drive on and a break from paying for car repairs, yet for years, hardworking taxpayers have been paying… Read More


Legislators Announce Bills to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors

// on Wed, Oct 23 2019 / Press release

LANSING — State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) and Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt), along with members of the state’s Progressive Women’s Caucus, today announced legislation that would help support domestic violence survivors as they try to flee abusive relationships and rebuild their lives.  “Michigan can be a… Read More


Sen. Hertel, Troopers Association Pay Tribute to Fallen Officer

// on Fri, Sep 20 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Today, Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) joined the family of fallen State Trooper Craig A. Scott and members of the Michigan State Troopers Association to dedicate a portion of U.S. 127 to the officer, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop. “Today’s event… Read More


Sen. Hertel Introduces Bills for Suicide Prevention Education

// on Wed, Sep 18 2019 / Press release

Bills would update bullying laws and require suicide prevention education for school personnel LANSING – State Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) introduced legislation today aimed at preventing adolescent suicide and improving bullying laws. Senate Bill 532 would require school personnel to be trained in identifying the… Read More


Sen. Hertel, Rep. Hertel Introduce Legislation to Protect Children Riding School Buses

// on Thu, Aug 29 2019 / Press release

Lawmakers seek to increase fines and penalties for motorists who disregard a school bus displaying flashing lights LANSING – State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) and State Representative Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) have introduced Senate Bill 472 and House Bill 4867 which will amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to further protect children who ride buses to school.  “The… Read More


Hertel introduces legislation to help children with heart defects

// on Wed, Jun 19 2019 / Press release

LANSING – The Senate Finance Committee today listened to testimony on bills introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) that would create a tax checkoff with money dedicated to increasing support, education, research and awareness of Michigan children born with pediatric congenital heart disorders.  The legislation,… 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

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