News From Rep. Wittenberg

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats are calling for immediate action on bills that would protect public safety and ensure that all Michiganders receive equal protection in our state. In the aftermath of the nation’s largest mass shooting, which targeted members of the LGBT community, Michigan can’t wait any longer to enact common-sense safety measures or to extend civil rights protections to people who are more likely to be targeted by hate crimes.

“People around the state...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) introduced legislation today to create the Michigan Secure Retirement Savings Program for private-sector workers whose employer does not offer a retirement savings plan.

"Small employers frequently do not offer retirement savings plans to their workers, and yet everyone should be saving money for retirement,” said Dianda. “We’re introducing this plan to create a savings program for the many private sector employees in Michigan...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) introduced resolutions today that mark July 15, 2016, as Leiomyosarcoma Awareness Day in Michigan. Leiomyosarcoma is a rare and aggressive cancer that affects smooth or involuntary muscle tissue and is often resistant to chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

“Patients with leiomyosarcoma and their families are fighting an all-out war against this terrible disease,” Sen. Knollenberg said. “Thankfully, there are also dedicated researchers, oncologists...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) have formed the Michigan Gun Violence Prevention Caucus, which will lead efforts to reduce and prevent the number of gun-related injuries and deaths in Michigan. Approximately 32,000 people die each year because of gunshot wounds in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and with incidents such as the February mass shooting incident in Kalamazoo, the Michigan Gun Violence...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) has registered his concerns about a Saginaw Valley State University plan to grant a charter school authorization to Michael Bartley, who pleaded guilty to fleeing from police in 2007, and whose Metro Educational Concepts corporation has been given only an overall D+ rating by the Michigan Department of Education. Under the plan, SVSU would give its backing to Bartley to open The Victory Academy of...

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