Tuesday, Sept. 12
I voted NO on SB 31 & HB 4200 (Rep. Scott and Sen. Cherry), which would amend the Public Health Code to require physicians treating minors to test each minor for lead poisoning at intervals prescribed by the department, by rule, and to make an entry of the testing on the minor’s certificate of immunization. EXPLANATION: It takes more medical responsibility for children out of the hands of their parents and further emboldens government intervention into the family unit.
BOTH PASSED: 69-42
Wednesday, Sept. 13
I voted NO on HBs 4446-4449 & 4544-4545 (Reps. Puri, Aiyash, MacDonald, Arbit, and Steckloff), which would designate Diwali, Eid al-Adha, Eid-al Fitr, the Lunar New Year, Vaisakhi, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur as state holidays in Michigan. EXPLANATION: Even though these bills would not make these bank holidays, they further encourage an atmosphere of taking more time off from work as businesses are continuing to struggle with staffing shortages.
HB 4446 PASSED: 89-19; HB 4447 PASSED: 87-21; HB 4448 PASSED: 70-38; HB 4449 PASSED: 88-20; HB 4544 PASSED: 90-18; HB 4545 PASSED: 92-16
“Elected officials have a duty to be as open and transparent as possible,” said Carra, R-Three Rivers. “Lawmakers should never trade their silence for information about corruption that benefits the politically connected in their communities. Our job is to represent all the voices of our districts.”
“I came to Lansing to limit burdensome government requirements,” Carra said. “I can’t stand by idly while health system workers in our community are being pulled away from administering care to fulfill demanding state requirements.”