News From Rep. Roberts

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LANSING — State Reps. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) are introducing legislation aimed at helping Michigan women hurt by the disastrous “abortion rider” legislation passed in 2013. That law requires women to purchase extra insurance to cover abortion, even when one is medically necessary to preserve a woman’s health, when a fetus suffers a genetic abnormality or a woman becomes pregnant following a rape or incest. The new...

Friday, May 20, 2016

         LANSING — State Representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) and Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) launched an online petition drive and website today outlining their efforts to pass legislation to require health insurance companies to cover wigs for children who suffer hair loss because of a medical issue or treatment that causes hair loss. Roberts sponsored House Bill 4718, which would require insurers to cover human or synthetic hair replacements for children under...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats railed against the School Omnibus budget that passed the House today over strong concerns that the priorities of House Republicans do little to help most students in Michigan. Through subcommittees, committees and even on the House floor before it was voted on, House Democrats pushed for several amendments aimed at the needs of students and school districts across the state, but were met with resistance on all points. They hope to...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

House Democrats voiced strong concerns with the School Omnibus budget passed today in the House Appropriations Committee due to the Republican approach of picking “winners and losers” instead of helping level the playing field for all students. For years, Democrats have been calling for increased funding to support Michigan students and Republicans are starting to listen. Democrats applauded the funding increases for K-12 schools and community colleges, but remain concerned that for-profit charter schools get the...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) has introduced legislation that would require tampons and sanitary napkins to be made available free of charge in all public school bathrooms (House Bill 5426) and women’s restrooms in state-owned buildings (House Bill 5427).

“Feminine hygiene products are an essential health care need for girls and women and these products should be free and readily available in schools and government buildings,” said Roberts. “Currently, those in...

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