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Hernandez earns perfect score on votes

‘Rookie’ lawmaker assesses first year


Rep. Shane Hernandez Rep. Shane Hernandez BROWN CITY — Michigan’s 38 senators and 110 representatives missed 1,153 roll call votes in 2017 according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

For the two state lawmakers who represent Sanilac County in Lansing, missed votes were minimal or non-existent.

83rd District Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) missed zero votes of a total of 511 roll call votes in the House of Representatives, while 25th District Senator Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) missed 14 of 570 in the senate.

Six senators and two representatives each missed 50 or more votes in 2017, led by Coleman Young II in the Senate and LaTanya Garrett in the House, who failed to vote 144 times and 95 times, respectively. There were 15 senators and 85 representatives who missed no votes this year.

The 1,153 missed votes in 2017 is down from 1,228 in 2016, but is up in percentage terms because fewer roll call votes were taken.

Excluding purely procedural votes, the Senate voted 570 times in 2017 and the House 511 times, for a total of 1,081 roll call votes by the entire Legislature. In 2016 there were 1,614 roll call votes taken by both bodies.

Missed votes by legislators may be due to illness, family emergencies, or other good reasons.

Hernandez, who grew up in Croswell is starting the second leg of his two-year term representing the 83rd District, which includes all of Sanilac County, and Burchville and Ft. Gratiot townships and the city of Port Huron in St. Clair County.

“To me, the least I can do is show up every day (to vote),” said the freshman lawmaker. “I always plan on being there for every vote.”

Looking back on his firstyear accomplishments, Hernandez cited passage of his first piece of legislation, a law that permits charity collections on roadways by non-profit organizations such as the Lions; cutting waste in the transportation budget in his leadership role as chairman of the state transportation committee; and the distinction of having the most conservative voting record in the House, according to the Michigan Information and Research Service.

What’s on tap for 2018?

Getting to work on the transportation budget, said Hernandez.

There’s an additional $150 million in the budget that needs to be disbursed “as efficiently as possible” for road work in counties, villages, townships and municipalities, he said.

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