News From Rep. Driskell

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) introduced House Bills 5732 and 5733 today, which would establish a statewide code for the regulation of residential septic systems.

Plawecki sponsored HB 5732, which would add Part 50 to the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Public Act 451 of 1994) to establish a baseline set of state septic regulations. Local health departments would still have the ability to implement their own...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LANSING — State Reps. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) are introducing legislation aimed at helping Michigan women hurt by the disastrous “abortion rider” legislation passed in 2013. That law requires women to purchase extra insurance to cover abortion, even when one is medically necessary to preserve a woman’s health, when a fetus suffers a genetic abnormality or a woman becomes pregnant following a rape or incest. The new...

Friday, March 4, 2016

Washtenaw County legislators are pushing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to align their state standard of dioxane testing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standard, which is far stricter.

The representatives have confirmed that the DEQ will announce new, more robust standards for dioxane levels as well as a plan for clean-up by Pall Corporation, the company that caused the dioxane spill in Scio Township, at an April 18 legislative town hall....

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline), Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) voted against House Bill 5219, legislation to supposedly “fix” a bill passed in December placing a gag order on municipalities and schools attempting to inform voters about local ballot questions. Substitute language would not prevent local governments from running afoul of the law, but over Democrats’ objections, the bill passed 60-46.

“For years, the governor and his...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

“I voted against the transportation package that came before the House late last night. The package raises taxes on working families by hundreds of millions of dollars and increases registration fees by 20%. Additionally, the package relies on a dangerous and undefined $800 million in cuts to the state's general fund that will quickly create additional funding difficulties for education, public safety, health care, and other key programs in our state. The plan fails to...

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