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Thursday, March 22, 2012

LANSING - State Representative Roy Schmidt (Grand Rapids), with support from the entire House Democratic Caucus, moved to discharge the sixteen bill and one constitutional amendment “Reform Government Now” package introduced in early February in the House today. The motion was allowed in the wake of Michigan receiving an “F” on State Integrity Investigation’s corruption report card.

“It was a positive step to see these bills begin to move through the legislative process after many members supported...

Democratic Leader Rick Hammel.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township) and the entire House Democratic Caucus again today called on Republican leaders in the House to move the “Reform Government Now” legislative package through the chamber in the wake of a recent report by State Integrity Investigation that ranked Michigan’s government 43rd in the country in terms of accountability and risk of corruption.

“The governor stated in his State of the State Address that the people...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

LANSING – In a shameful abuse of power, the House Republicans today continued to play politics by granting record roll call votes for certain legislative items, but refusing it for others. Refusing a request for a record roll call is a clear violation of Article IV § 18 of the Michigan Constitution, which states in pertinent part, “The record of the vote and name of the members of either house voting on any question shall...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LANSING – Today, House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township) and the House Democratic Caucus attempted to stop Republican lawmakers from circumventing the Michigan Constitution. The Republicans tried to violate the constitution in order to get Senate Bill 971, which seeks to undermine Michigan’s judicial system by not classifying graduate research assistants as employees before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission rules next week, sent to the Governor. Today, Senate Republicans put the language...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

LANSING - The House Democratic Caucus today continued their fight to help Michigan’s unemployed workers. Democrats pressed for action on House Bill 4619, sponsored by State Representative Jim Ananich (D-Flint), which restores Michigan’s unemployment eligibility to 26 weeks, the amount that had been available until Republicans reduced it to 20 weeks last year. Democrats also pushed for action on House Bill 5144, sponsored by State Representative Charles Smiley (D-Burton), which would give small businesses a...

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