News From Rep. Irwin

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) has announced that he is sponsoring three bills in a six-bill package of legislation to address threats to Michigan’s land, air and water as a result of fracking. Together, these bills address gaps in Michigan laws regarding the disposal of fracking waste and the leakage of methane at drilling sites.

Rep. Irwin’s bills in the package would:

  • Require oil and gas well operators to set up a system
  • ...
Thursday, September 22, 2016

LANSING — State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and state Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced resolutions yesterday and today to honor the life of Chad Carr. In September 2014, Chad Carr was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a fatal form of brain cancer affecting 200-400 school-aged children in the U.S each year. Chad succumbed to his illness on Nov. 23, 2015, at the age of five. He was five years old. Chad’s...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced House Bill 5913 today to make sure customers aren’t paying for unrepaired gas leaks. This comes after a recent economic analysis found that allowing utilities to charge customers for wasted gas gives them less incentive to fix their systems.

“The public should not be subsidizing gas leaks,” Rep. Irwin said. “Charging customers for gas that they never get picks their pockets and pollutes the environment.”


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

LANSING, Mich. — With the official report and recommendations of the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency expected soon, the Democratic members of the panel outlined key principles they believe should be included. The committee held its last hearing on May 10, and the report and recommendations could be released as early as next week.

“This report must be action-oriented, not just academic,” said Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint), Democratic Leader and Minority Vice-Chair of the committee. “My community is still struggling to recover...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats resoundingly rejected the state omnibus budget tonight because it fails the families, seniors and students of Michigan. Rather than putting the people of Michigan first, it cuts vital programs and spends $3 million for additional state defense costs related to legal liabilities stemming from the Flint water crisis.

“I would have been happy to vote for a bill that matched the needs of the working families, seniors and young people of...