News From Rep. Townsend

Friday, February 5, 2016

Please join me tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 6, for a Water Quality Town Hall from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Royal Oak Senior Center for a community discussion on water quality, aging infrastructure and potential solutions. 

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Royal Oak native who serves as the pediatric residency director at Flint’s Hurley Children’s Hospital and who first discovered rising lead levels in Flint children, will be joining our guest panel.



Friday, November 13, 2015

“I agree with Gov. Rick Snyder that we must give schools, hospitals, day care centers and other sensitive areas the ability to regulate the possession of firearms. In fact, I’ve introduced legislation based on Gov. Snyder’s veto letter. House Bills 4944 and 4945, introduced with Rep. Stephanie Chang, would do exactly what Gov. Snyder is advocating.

“Advocates of SB 442 are arguing that we need ‘good guys’ with guns to police our schools. This isn't...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

LANSING — Bills that take aim at the ongoing problem of gun violence in Michigan were the subject of a press conference held today in Lansing. State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) outlined their common-sense gun safety measures and called for action on their legislation.

“We’ve seen too many children die, too many parents grieve, too many neighbors witness firsthand the scourge of...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats resoundingly rejected a warmed-over rehash of the House Republicans’ once-failed roads plan when it was brought up for a vote late Wednesday night. House Republicans managed to outdo themselves by making their failed plan from June even worse by adding on tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires while insisting on a plan that demands $600 million be cut from vitally important programs, including public safety, education and health care. The roads...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LANSING — A bill that would mandate retention without parental consent of third graders who have trouble reading passed the Michigan House of Representatives today, with legislators from Oakland County voting no because the legislation would be harmful to children, and take away local control without providing enough resources to local districts.

“I’ve heard from parents, teachers and constituents across my district that this legislation would harm kids’ ability to learn, which is why I...