News From Rep. Banks

State Rep. Brian Banks News

Thursday, September 1, 2016

“As the leader of the House Detroit Caucus, I am pleased that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision today clears the way for voters to vote a straight-ticket ballot in November. Denying voters this option would have created long lines that would likely keep some voters away from the polls because of work or other commitments. The decision today, along with Judge Gershwin Drain’s injunction against the law banning straight-ticket voting, is a strike...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

LANSING — Four House Democrats are introducing a package of legislation that would extend consumer protections to people who buy insurance and reduce the high cost of premiums. The legislation would address home and auto insurance and affect everything from the way students learn about insurance to the ways people shop for policies and the manner in which insurance companies handle their customers’ personal information.

“Nearly every person will have to buy an auto or...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats voted against a House Republican Detroit Public Schools plan tonight that would force the closure of DPS schools, rather than giving them the resources and support they need to recover, while allowing failing charter schools to proliferate without accountability inside the city of Detroit. While the new plan sends more dollars to the district, it fails to put in place the reforms needed to ensure DPS will recover from its...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LANSING — Members of the Detroit Caucus voiced concern today regarding the ongoing debate over the direction of Detroit Public Schools, citing the continued refusal to acknowledge Detroit voices as a key failure of the numerous bill packages offered to address issues in the school district. The most recent iteration — a package pushed through by the House Republicans during a late night session in May — has been widely criticized by governmental officials at...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Democrats expressed their anger and disappointment today after the passage of bills failed to help children in Detroit Public Schools. The legislation fails to make reforms that will help kids succeed, instead focusing on state-controlled micromanagement, prioritizing charter schools and punishing the teachers union.

“We all agree that the state needs to take responsibility and fix the issues in DPS,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of the Detroit Caucus. “That’s why I’m...

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