Tuesday, May 10, 2016

“Today, I had the privilege of seeing my bill, now known as Public Act 111 of 2016, signed into law by the governor. This law was the culmination of months of conversations with my constituents and collaborations with colleagues on how to best tackle acts of vandalism in Detroit, and I am proud to see that work come to fruition. While I have a number of people to thank for their contributions and insight into...

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...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Fred Durhal (D-Detroit) spoke out yesterday in the House Appropriations Committee against Republican proposals to alter the language of Senate Bill 711 and revive discussions of the Financial Review Commission (FRC) appointing the district superintendent. SB 711 is one in a package of bills meant to address some of the issues facing Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

“This has been a mess from start to finish,” said Assistant Democratic Leader Durhal. “The...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

House Democrats are concerned that a continued lack of funding focus on several key areas around the state could produce a budget absent of the needs of Michiganders, while special interests are given a better chance to play politics that will negatively impact lives.

“Though the budget made progress on some key issues Democrats have been fighting for, I was disappointed that the majority rejected amendments for additional transparency and continued its practice to balance...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), was pleased to see his bill, House Bill 4187, pass the Senate unanimously today. After passing the House in January, the bill will now head to the governor for his signature. HB 4187 was introduced last year, and is meant to combat vandalism of public signs and property by establishing criminal penalties for the removal or destruction of traffic control devices, light posts or signs.

“I am so grateful...

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