News From Rep. Driskell

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...

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...

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