Dear Neighbor,

I hope this finds you well! Spring is in full swing here in the 18th District, and I know I’m happy to be able to get outside with my kids and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. As we celebrate Earth Day together, students in your life may enjoy this virtual field trip on renewable energy from DTE.

In this newsletter, you’ll find information on my newly introduced legislation, details on my upcoming coffee hours, and resources from the county and state you may find helpful. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if we can be helpful in navigating state systems, and if you or a loved one are in immediate need of food, water or other necessities, please call 2-1-1.

Additionally, I want to take a moment and recognize that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To all the survivors reading this: I see you, I hear you, and you are not alone. If you need assistance, please call the Michigan Division of Victim Services hotline at (855) 864-2374 or text (866) 238-1454 to be connected with an advocate.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this. I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy!


Kevin Hertel

State Representative

District 18

Coffee and Conversation Hours

New Legislation

House Bill 4547This month, I joined in a bipartisan bill package to help address our state’s crumbling infrastructure by updating the way our road funding works. My bill in this package would differentiate between “miles” and “lane miles” of road. This allows for other sections of the law to provide when the state gives money based on how long a road is and when both length and width are taken into account. This is a good first step to fix our roads here in metro Detroit, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on its passage.

House Bill 4579Equal Pay Day recognizes that on average, women make $.78 for every dollar a man earns. This adds up. It is not until late March of 2021 that women in the workplace earn what their male colleagues made in total the year prior. Each year, the Progressive Women’s Caucus fights to right this in the state of Michigan, and I was proud to join them by introducing House Bill 4579, which would require the state to only enter into contracts with companies who have a certificate from the state documenting their pay equity practices. Government work should set the standard for fair and equal treatment and compensation in the workplace, and I look forward to a future where the wage gap no longer exists.

Resources and Events

  • Macomb County is working to open new vaccination sites and appointments each week. To view new appointments and locations, please visit this site. As of March 23, the county had administered 107,983 doses of the vaccine, and with appointments now available for 16 and 17 year olds, we get closer each day to ending the pandemic. Please get vaccinated as soon as you are able!
  • The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) began implementing a new COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program. To view eligibility guidelines, please visit this link, and please keep an eye on the MSHDA website for an online application portal starting next week.
  • Macomb County is participating in National DEA Prescription Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you have expired or unused medications, you can bring them to the Clinton Township Police Department lobby (37985 Groesbeck Hwy, Clinton Twp.) or Macomb County Sheriff’s office (43565 Elizabeth Rd, Mt. Clemens). If you have questions about the program or what can be returned, please call (586) 723-2360.