News From Rep. Yanez

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) introduced a House resolution today calling on the United States Congress to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The TPP would govern trade between the U.S. and 11 other nations, including Japan and Mexico but excluding China.  

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is poorly written and will hurt the hardworking families who have suffered enough already here in Michigan under state Republican-backed policies,” Yanez said. “With this...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LANSING – Macomb County Democratic Representatives voted no today on House Bill 4822, which would mandate that students be retained in third grade if they do not read at a third-grade level. The legislators disagreed with the bill because of the mandatory retention without parental consent, and because the bill takes away local control and fails to provide enough resources to districts.

“Studies have shown that holding students back a grade doesn’t really help them...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) said today that he has introduced House Bill 4857 to specifically ban sky lanterns because of the threat they pose to people and property. Sky lanterns are a type of fireworks where a self-contained luminary device uses a balloon to become airborne, and while airborne has an open flame or other heat source.

“As a former Sterling Heights firefighter, I know that there is no safe way...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) has introduced a package of bills to repeal Michigan’s 2011 fireworks law that allows residents to buy bigger fireworks and shoot them off with almost no local regulations. Yanez’s bills, House Bills 4725 and 4726, would return Michigan to the safer, more peaceful fireworks restrictions that existed before 2011.

“As a former firefighter, I am acutely aware of the danger mishandled and misused fireworks pose,” said Yanez....

Friday, May 29, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) held the first of two town halls on roads last night in Sterling Heights, to hear directly from residents what they believe the state should do to fix and maintain the roads. Yanez met with residents at Henry Ford High School. Yanez will hold a second town hall on Thursday, June 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Warren Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center, 12901 15 Mile Road...

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