News From Democratic Leader Sam Singh

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

House Democrats panned the move to give Senate Bill 776 immediate effect after it was passed, setting a new standard for current petition drives circulating around. These include one against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and one advocating for the end of cannabis prohibition.

“Petition drives have always been about direct democracy, allowing citizens across the state signing a pledge to support a variety of measures designed to be put before voters on the next ballot,”...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The House Committee on Criminal Justice today approved bipartisan legislation introduced by House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) and state Rep. Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) to expand the current Good Samaritan law, extending limited exemptions from prosecution to individuals of any age for overdoses involving all controlled substances.

The committee heard testimony from Reps. Singh and Pscholka, sponsors of House Bills 5649 and 5650. The lawmakers spoke about the success of Rep. Pscholka’s Public Act...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The House Democrats called on Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans to go back to the drawing board and not continue to rush, as they do every year, on their proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which will require several adjustments as the result of lower than expected revenues and increased costs in the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The governor and his Republican leaders promised us that giving corporations billions in tax breaks would...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

State Representative Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) and House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) today introduced legislation expanding Rep. Pscholka’s “Good Samaritan” legislation of last year, extending limited exemptions from prosecution to individuals of all ages for overdoses involving any controlled substance.

Rep. Pscholka last year authored Public Act 220 to exempt people under age 21 from certain prescription drug-related criminal charges in the event they are reporting life-threatening emergency situations. The expansion included in House Bills...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Today, the Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus joined the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, APIAVote-MI and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to host an Asian Pacific American Heritage and Legislative Day at the state Capitol in Lansing, with former Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank Wu delivering the keynote address. Wu is also the first Asian Pacific American professor hired to teach at Howard Law School, and currently serves as...

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