News From Rep. Irwin

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

LANSING – State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) applauded Gov. Snyder’s decision today to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who married on March 22, 2014, when a court ruling briefly allowed them to do so. Because the governor declined to appeal a federal district court ruling, the state will honor the Michigan marriage licenses of more than 300 same-sex couples. The ruling will go into effect tomorrow, Feb. 5, 2015. Judge Mark A. Goldsmith...

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti) and Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) took their oath of office today, starting their next terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Reps. Driskell and Zemke will be starting their second term after a very active first two years in the Legislature. “In my first term, I worked on a number of issues for my constituents, including broadband accessibility and finding...

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

LANSING — Senate Bill 891, on the brink of passage in the Michigan House, would make numerous revisions to the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. In general, SB 891 would weaken hazardous waste release and cleanup procedures in Michigan. Among other changes to Michigan’s landmark environmental law, SB 891 would:

• Lower cleanup standards for parks and playgrounds by excluding these properties from the definition of residential;

• Eliminate the requirement for polluters...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

LANSING — Representatives Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) and Tom Cochran (D-Mason) introduced a package of bills to call for more state oversight for oil and gas pipelines throughout Michigan. The bills aim to enhance pipeline safety and increase protection for Michigan’s economic and natural resources.

“The Great Lakes and the people of Michigan are irreplaceable,” said Rep. Roberts. “As...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

LANSING -Today State Representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), David Nathan (D-Detroit) and Charles Brunner (D-Bay City) announced legislation that would create transparency and accountability standards for charter schools, charter school authorizers and the for-profit educational management organizations that contract to run many charter schools. The standards are called for in House Bill 5852, which would enact a moratorium on opening any new charter schools until legislation is passed to...

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