News From Rep. Driskell

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...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CHELSEA — State Representative Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) held a press conference today to discuss a bipartisan bill she introduced that would establish CrowdHydrology citizen science in Michigan. This program serves to engage the public in surface-water monitoring through the installation of stream staff gages in our state's watersheds. The bill, HB 5043, will allow stream gages, which are often costly and difficult to obtain a permit for, to be placed in the state’s watersheds without...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) sponsored earlier this month the 2015 Michigan Capitol Robotics Day, which offered Michigan STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students the opportunity to display their technological creations, including robots and drones, in a relaxed and interactive atmosphere. The event took place in the North Hall off the main Capitol rotunda on Oct. 7.

“The state’s employment landscape has changed drastically in the last several years, and will continue to...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) introduced legislation this month that will allow schools to provide safety training as part of the professional development that teachers undergo. The bill, HB 4936, also allows such training to count toward the issuance or renewal of a teaching certificate, equivalent to other forms of continuing education.

“Our children can only get the best possible education if they are able to learn in a safe and secure environment,” Driskell...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LANSING — In the six months since the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus has introduced a plan to make equal pay the law in Michigan, the average full-time working Michigan woman has lost about $6,369 in wages compared to the earnings of the average full-time working man in Michigan. While the Republicans who lead the Michigan House of Representatives continue to deny these bills a hearing, Michigan women are paying the price.

“Men and women both...

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