News From Rep. Wittenberg

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and Representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) have introduced legislation that would give fire marshals, fire department chiefs, and other state or local fire fighter authorities the final say in closing schools and other buildings that are determined to be safety risks. Currently, in cities and school districts under supervision of an emergency manager, the governor-appointed emergency manager — and not a fire marshal or fire chief — is...

Monday, April 18, 2016

ROYAL OAK — State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) held a press conference in Royal Oak this afternoon to unveil the tax equality website calculator – www.MITaxEquality.com. The Democratic lawmakers held the press conference to encourage residents to visit the new website to learn what tax equality means for them.

“Low- and middle-income families are contributing nearly twice as much of their income in state...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LANSING — State representatives Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) introduced bills that would prohibit firearms in state-owned buildings and end the ban on political signs in those same buildings. The proposals would allow people to express their First Amendment while creating a safer and more secure environment in buildings such as the state Capitol.

“If two people show up at the Capitol, one armed with a rifle and one holding a sign,...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) introduced House Bill 5443, which would prohibit the sale to and possession of firearms by those who are on the consolidated Terrorist Watchlist maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center and administered by the FBI. This is a step that the state of New Jersey has already taken to combat domestic terrorism, with similar legislation signed into law in...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) introduced a resolution, with bipartisan support, urging Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a request from the city of Waukesha, Wis., to remove 10.1 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan, a request that has earned international attention.

Waukesha’s application was reviewed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and was granted a favorable ruling for the diversion on Jan. 7, 2016. Now, all eight...

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