News From Rep. Hertel

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) saw his first bill passed today when the House approved a bipartisan package of bills bringing needed reforms to the Unemployment Insurance Agency. The bills address problems that resulted in the agency making 44,000 false fraud allegations against 50,000 people between Oct. 1, 2013, and Aug. 7, 2015. Hertel took leadership on the issue for House Democrats and was a member of the bipartisan workgroup that...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives voted down House Bill 5013, which would make sweeping changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. In response, state Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) issued the following statement: 

“We all know that insurance rates are too high in Michigan. But House Bill 5013 would have done nothing to guarantee long-term rate reductions for Michigan drivers. What it guaranteed was a handout to the insurance companies who wrote the...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) and state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) have introduced legislation that would prohibit the application of manure, fertilizer or waste from livestock operations to frozen or snow-covered ground.

Industrial-sized livestock operations, known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), contribute to waterway pollution in Michigan, and were one factor that lead to the 2014 Lake Erie toxic algae bloom, which left half a million people without clean drinking...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Township), chair of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores), minority vice chair of the committee, today announced much-needed reforms to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.

The bipartisan legislation is based on findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and experts. The plan will improve the unemployment system’s claim process, protect claimants with overpayment situations and combat fraud.

“This group included members of both...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) introduced House Bill 4975 today, which would require schools to adopt a policy on how to handle disclosures of sexual abuse from students.

“Children who have suffered sexual abuse have been through enough,” said Hertel. “We all have a responsibility to listen to young people and respond after they tell an adult what has happened to them. Schools should be helping their educators learn to do...

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