News From Rep. Santana

Friday, January 16, 2015

LANSING — As the leadership of Michigan’s 98th Legislature is being finalized, state Representative Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) has accepted an appointment to serve as minority vice chairman for the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Santana is the first Hispanic legislator to attain this high position.

“I want to thank the Speaker of the House, Kevin Cotter, for this opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of not only my constituents, but all Michiganders,” Santana...

Friday, September 26, 2014

LANSING – In the wake of this morning’s bridge collapse on the Southfield Freeway that resulted after a truck collided with a pedestrian overpass, State Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) is calling for a swift, bipartisan response.

“This is a real tragedy,” Rep. Santana said. “A man is dead. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased. I urge my colleagues in the Legislature not to trivialize their loss by engaging in...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Earlier this month, I had a very proud moment. The animal abuse legislation I have been working on for more than two years passed the House with wide, bipartisan support.

As you may know, the bills are in a much different form than they were when I first introduced them. The original idea of creating a new registry for convicted animal abusers proved to be burdensome and costly. Working with my fellow legislators and members...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

LANSING — State Representative Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) announced that he and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence. Santana is the lead sponsor of the package. He developed the legislation with the help of victims, lawyers and advocates.

“Here in Detroit, the rate of domestic violence is 2.5 times higher compared to the rest of the state, but it is an issue for women...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

As the father of two young daughters, I understand the importance of ensuring our domestic violence laws are aimed at being the strongest in the country. Currently, I am the lead sponsor on a large bill package intended to amend Michigan’s current domestic violence statutes. Our state used to be considered a leader in protecting its women and children against domestic violence, but unfortunately, we have now fallen significantly behind the rest of the country....

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