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Thursday, May 1, 2014

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference today to announce a series of bills intended to improve insurance dealings between providers and policy holders in Michigan. The 14-bill package will help keep rates low while increasing punishments for companies that use unfair or deceptive practices.

“The Republican plan to gut no-fault insurance is just a recipe to boost insurance company profits,” said state Representative Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek), Democratic vice chairwoman of...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

LANSING — House Democrats demanded today that Rep. Pete Lund (R-Shelby Township), the chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, hold a hearing on a package of legislation that would address the wage gap between men and women in Michigan. Introduced more than a year ago, the legislation has yet to receive any testimony before the committee.

“Making sure that people with the same experience, skills and qualifications get the same pay for the same...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

LANSING – An extremely controversial law that mandates women – and only women – buy extra health insurance in order to have full health care coverage takes effect today, setting back women throughout Michigan and hampering Michigan’s comeback efforts. The law, based on a Michigan Right to Life citizen’s initiative, demands that women buy extra insurance to cover medical procedures that would preserve a woman’s health during a miscarriage or end a pregnancy that is...

Monday, February 10, 2014

LANSING – House Democrats called for an independent investigation today into the recent escape from a state prison in Ionia by a man convicted on four counts of murder. The convict took about an hour to make his way through prison fencing during his escape. Republicans cut prison perimeter safety funding by $15.6 million in fiscal year 2013, resulting in the loss of more than 135 full-time prison security jobs throughout Michigan, including Ionia.

“The...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), House Democratic LeaderTim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and other members of the Senate and House Democratic Caucuses joined today to expose the real impact of Snyder’s budget proposals that have been built on school cuts and tax increases. Democrats also questioned the Governor’s election year about-face and the motives behind many of the budget recommendations he is expected to make tomorrow.

“While the Governor is keen...

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