News From Rep. Chirkun

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, October 1, 2015

“I am glad that the Michigan House of Representatives overwhelming passed a bill that would allow local units of government the flexibility to schedule a local millage election on the day of the Republican presidential primary, March 8, 2016. House Bill 4904 would clarify the intent of the original presidential primary election bill to allow locals to piggyback on an already scheduled election and save taxpayer funds in the process.” 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Derek Miller (D-Warren), John Chirkun (D-Roseville) and Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights) today introduced three bills that would make voter registration automatic when a resident receives a driver’s license or a Michigan state identification card, if that person meets the necessary qualifications to vote in Michigan.

“Our plan would make voter registration simple and secure through an existing process through the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS),” said Miller. “Too many people don’t...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

LANSING — State Representatives John Chirkun (D-Roseville) and Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park), members of the select committee investigating two fellow House members accused of misconduct, are asking the chairman of the committee to redact private constituent and family information from the full report and release it to the public immediately. The House Business Office, which conducted the initial investigation, released a summary of the report, while the full version was reserved only for House leadership...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Chirkun: “The business of personal misconduct has affected the House of Representatives and our ability to legislate for nearly a month. I look forward to completing the task before this committee so we can put this issue to rest and return to doing the people’s work and finding a solution to fund our needed road repairs.”

Liberati: “Everyone is entitled to due process. Two of our colleagues face very serious allegations, and serving on this...