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State Rep. Brian Banks News

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DETROIT - State Representative, and Detroit Caucus Chairman, Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) said today that he is honored to be working with such a talented group of new and returning Detroit legislators. Six new Detroit representatives were sworn in today at the state Capitol along with Banks and three returning Detroit representatives: Reps. Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion regarding Miller v. Alabama, finding that the sentence of life without parole is a form of cruel and unusual punishment when given to juvenile criminal offenders. Today, state Representative Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) announced that he is extremely disappointed in yesterday’s Michigan Supreme Court decision that the ruling does not apply retroactively. Close to 360 prison inmates previously sentenced as juveniles to...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

State Representatives Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit) called on Republican lawmakers today to return to the Capitol and finalize a comprehensive fix for our crumbling roads. Michigan’s roads and bridges are in a serious state of disrepair, and despite holding the governor’s office, a majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate, Michigan Republicans were unable to pass a road funding plan before leaving Lansing for...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

State Representative Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) announced his disappointment today that Detroit Public Schools, Grosse Pointe Public Schools and Harper Woods School District will all be seeing foundation allowance increases of only $50 per pupil, while some cyber and charter schools in the state are seeing increases of up to $175. The small funding increases are part of the 2014-2015 School Aid Fund budget that was reported out of Conference Committee yesterday, and...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

State Representative Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) announced today that he is proud of recent legislative initiatives that aid the city of Detroit and its residents, and mentioned that he is increasingly hopeful for the city’s future. Yesterday, the Michigan Senate passed nine bills associated with Detroit’s Grand Bargain that Banks had previously voted for in the state House. The legislative package is now on its way to the governor for his signature.

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