News From Rep. Wittenberg

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...

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...

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