I voted YES on House Bill 4850 which would give an exemption to active-duty military members from having to serve on jury duty, as well as their spouses, if they are living out of state or in a different country. If a member of the military is serving in active duty, they should not have to travel all the way back to their hometown just to serve on a jury.
HB 4850 PASSED: 86-23
I voted YES on HB 4897 which would allow County Road Commissions to enter into an agreement with MDOT to jointly purchase and share road maintenance equipment. It also allows counties that are not geographically near each other to enter into agreements as well. By sharing equipment, counties will be able to fix county roads with greater efficiency as well as cutting down on costs.
HB 4897 PASSED: 109-0
I voted YES on HB 4965 which would update the definition of video services in order to make sure video service providers and customers do not have to pay franchise fees.
HB 4965 PASSED: 79-30
I voted YES on SB 384 which would prohibit an insurance agency from denying coverage to a person who is a living organ donor. There is always a need for organ donors, especially kidney donors, and an individual should not be denied insurance if he or she chooses to become a living organ donor.
SB 384 PASSED: 104-6
I voted NO on HB 4608 which would require licensure for dietician nutritionists and nutritionists. This bill is not necessary and is extensive and quite restrictive as to what nutritionists can or cannot do. A similar bill was passed back in 2006 but was repealed in 2014 before the licensure could be implemented due to confusion over the rules and a lack of reasons why it was necessary in the first place.
HB 4608 PASSED: 63-46
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“The governor is like that friend who wants to catch up over a pricey dinner but conveniently leaves right before the bill comes. The steak and potatoes look good on the menu, but the cost makes it a lot harder to swallow. I hope the public recognizes the governor won’t be sitting at the dinner table next to us when it comes time to pay for all her proposals.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”
“It’s great to see MDOT recognize both the poor condition of the I-75 interchange in Gaylord and the growing congestion motorists see during tourism seasons,” Borton said. “This project is a great investment in our community. I’m really looking forward to using the new interchange myself.”