News From Rep. Hertel

Friday, August 11, 2017

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats called today’s decision by the state of Michigan’s to refund nearly $21 million to people wrongly accused of unemployment insurance fraud in more than 44,000 cases between October 1, 2013, and August 7, 2015, a small step forward. The decision to issue refunds follows a concerted effort by House Democrats to call attention to the problem, including a plan unveiled in February to fully restore funds to families hurt by...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) responded to today’s Michigan Court of Appeals ruling against plaintiffs who had been falsely accused of unemployment fraud calling the decision wrong and unfair. The Court of Appeals chose to dismiss the class-action lawsuit against the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency citing that the complaint was filed outside the six-month statute of limitations. A previous ruling from the Michigan Court of Claims allowed the case to proceed...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

LANSING — House Democrats voted to support and amend the supplemental budget bill, House Bill 4329, rejecting the Senate’s $5 million loan and instead again approving a $3 million grant for Macomb County to deal with repairs because of the December 2016 sinkhole.

Yesterday, the state Senate changed the original $3 million grant approved by the House to a $5 million loan in spite of objections by Republican and Democratic Macomb legislators. The bill passed...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a funding bill urgently needed to address health and safety issues related to the Macomb County sinkhole emergency.

The bill approved with bipartisan support includes $3 million from the state to help protect people, property and the environment from potential sewage overflows as crews continue to address the sinkhole that developed in late December. A state of emergency continues in the area.

“Time is of the essence when it...

Thursday, March 16, 2017
LANSING — State Reps. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores), Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw), and Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township), alongside State Sens. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing), Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), and Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton), introduced a package of bills known as “Wyatt’s Law” which would create and maintain a registry for those convicted of child abuse. The House and Senate bills are identical pieces of legislation, and match bills introduced in the House last session.

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