News From Rep. Wittenberg

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) introduced a resolution today that called for Congress to create a national Election Day holiday. The holiday would strengthen our democracy by giving people who work long hours, night jobs or multiple jobs the time they need to get to their polling location and cast a vote.

“We have many national holidays that commemorate events from past, but this one would be a first national holiday to...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

LANSING — Bills that take aim at the ongoing problem of gun violence in Michigan were the subject of a press conference held today in Lansing. State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) outlined their common-sense gun safety measures and called for action on their legislation.

“We’ve seen too many children die, too many parents grieve, too many neighbors witness firsthand the scourge of...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LANSING — A bill that would mandate retention without parental consent of third graders who have trouble reading passed the Michigan House of Representatives today, with legislators from Oakland County voting no because the legislation would be harmful to children, and take away local control without providing enough resources to local districts.

“I’ve heard from parents, teachers and constituents across my district that this legislation would harm kids’ ability to learn, which is why I...

Monday, September 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Oakland County Democrats in the state House and Senate announced a defining package of bills today to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history. Called the Blueprint for Michigan’s Families, the bills take aim at stagnant incomes and tax increases that make it difficult to achieve and sustain a middle-class quality of life while coping with the rising costs of living.

“Working families are being...

Friday, September 11, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) declined to vote yesterday and this morning on House Resolutions 139 and 141, which sought to expel Representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) from the Michigan House of Representatives. Citing transparency issues within the House select committee, which first examined the situation, the representative felt that key information had been manipulated or withheld, making an informed vote impossible.  

“I take each and every vote I...