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Thursday, February 4, 2016

“Governor Snyder needs to come forward and in clear terms say whether or not he knew about the dramatic increase in Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County. If he did know and did nothing, he needs to resign immediately. If he did not know, he and his administration are guilty of colossal incompetence. Snyder promised he would bring corporate-like efficiency to state government, but the only thing he has brought is corporate like-neglect of everyday Michiganders.”...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) are applauding their House and Senate colleagues for the fast pace at which House Bill 5220 traveled through both chambers of the Legislature. In its second pass through the House, the bill once again passed unanimously, 106-0. It will now head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

“Expediency was the key in this legislation, and I couldn’t be happier that my colleagues in...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LANSING —  State Representative and Minority Assistant Floor Leader LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) today introduced House Bill 5260 that would repeal Michigan’s emergency financial manager law, Public Act 436 of 2012. That law allows the governor to appoint an emergency financial manager to have control of a local government’s finances when they believe a city is having financial difficulties.

“We need to return decision-making in our communities to the elected officials that residents voted into office,”...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LANSING — Today, the Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus held a presentation on Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American who refused to go to an internment camp during World War II. Karen Korematsu, executive director of the Korematsu Institute, and daughter of Mr. Korematsu, attended the presentation to serve on a panel of other experts in Asian Pacific American topics.

“Standing here today with Karen Korematsu to speak out on behalf of all Americans seeking fair treatment...

The Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus welcomed Karen Korematsu, daughter of national civil rights hero Fred Korematsu, to the Capitol on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Fred Korematsu challenged the constitutionality of the government's imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Members of the APA Legislative caucus include, from left: State Representatives Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), Kathy Crawford
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LANSING — House Bill 5220, introduced by state Representative Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) that passed earlier today in the House Appropriations Committee, was fast-tracked through the full House during session. The legislation will bring $28 million in funding to the city of Flint to deal with immediate relief needed in the continuing crisis revolving around the lead-tainted water supply and health concerns.

“It was imperative that we acted quickly, and I appreciate that legislators on both...