News From Rep. Rutledge

Thursday, December 15, 2016

                “The energy plan passed by the Michigan House today is the result of a bipartisan effort to balance the need for more renewable energy and greater energy efficiency, the ability of individuals and businesses to produce their own energy and sell it back to utility companies, and the desire for electric choice among some customers. As a result, Michigan’s families and businesses will enjoy more reliable and affordable energy, more clean energy will be...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats voted for proposals Wednesday night that take steps toward improving the quality of care problems caused by privatization at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Two audits of the Grand Rapids facility have found widespread problems at the home following the privatization of direct care workers, including chronic understaffing, unanswered patient location or fall alerts and the failure of the home to follow up on allegations of neglect and abuse....

Thursday, December 1, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats will fight back vigorously against attacks on the retiree health care promises made to police, fire fighters and other county and municipal workers in the current lame duck session, Democratic members of the House Local Government Committee said today. Under a 13-bill plan introduced late Wednesday afternoon, retirement health care promises made to local government employees — even ones outlined in labor contracts — will be voided if health care...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti) and Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) praised the Michigan House of Representatives for passing a package of bills they sponsored aimed at expanding and strengthening the state’s Freedom of Information Act laws. House Bills 5469-5478 would subject the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s offices to FOIA laws and create the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).

“Being transparent in government on the frontend is easier in the long run...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LANSING — Michigan’s veterans and their dependents would see improved access to long-term care and new state-of-the-art facilities under bipartisan reform legislation introduced in the Senate and House on Wednesday.

“Our veterans have valiantly served our state and nation and deserve the best possible care,” said state Senator Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell). “This legislation will transform our existing veterans’ health care system and invest in critical new building projects in order to replace our existing, aging...

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