News From Rep. Wittenberg

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...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) has introduced a bill with bipartisan support that would require firearm dealers to report failed firearm background checks to local, state and federal authorities. Sellers are not currently required to report when a would-be buyer fails a background check, but mandating that they do would help law enforcement apprehend people who may have broken the law by attempting to purchase a weapon.

“This bill is about enforcing...

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,...

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