News From Rep. Roberts

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...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) yesterday questioned the state’s school reform officer, Natasha Baker, about why the state would divert school aid dollars to have CEOs, state-appointed emergency managers by another name, take control of schools that have been ranked in the bottom 5 percent when successful turn-around models have already happened at the local level without the state sending emergency managers directly into schools.

“Hazel...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights), Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Tom Cochran (D-Mason), Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) and Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) announced legislation today to increase safeguards on new fracking operations. Nic Clark of Michigan Clean Water Action and Mike Berkowitz of the Michigan Sierra Club joined the representatives at their press conference.

The eight-bill package addresses the risks of high volume hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known...

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