News From Rep. Chang

Thursday, May 18, 2017

LANSING — Female genital mutilation (FGM) would be criminalized in Michigan under a bipartisan package of legislation submitted today by state Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and other legislators.

“We must do what we can legislatively to prevent this inhumane act from occurring in Michigan,” said state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton. “This legislative package is incredibly comprehensive, addressing all possible factors related to this atrocious procedure which has absolutely no place in America.”

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) has introduced two bills giving Michigan residents greater access to the voting booth and giving non-English speakers easier access to state services. House Bill 4599 would require the Michigan Secretary of State to accept county-and municipal-issued photo identification cards as valid forms of voter identification. House Bill 4619, introduced today, would require state departments to take reasonable steps to provide equal language access to clients who are English...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Representatives Ask for Attorney General Opinion on AK Steel

Michigan Strategic Fund board approved controversial tax credits

LANSING —State Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Pete Lucido (R-Shelby Township) and Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) announced today that they are asking Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette for an opinion about the legality of the  Michigan Strategic Fund board’s approval transferring Severstal North America’s tax credits to AK Steel. The legislators said that by going around the Legislature, the company may avoid answering questions about...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LANSING — The Progressive Women’s Caucus introduced a 12-bill package today that seeks to end wage discrimination in Michigan. While protecting equal pay is important for everyone, wage discrimination disproportionately impacts women in Michigan. The bills are being introduced to coincide with Equal Pay Day in Michigan. Women have to work into April of the new year in order to earn what men earned in the previous year. April 4 of this year was recognized...

State Rep. Erika Geiss speaks in support of House Democratic legislation to ensure equal pay for women at a rally on the Capitol steps in Lansing on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Behind Rep. Geiss are, from left to right, seated state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D Scio Township), standing Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Pam Faris (D-Clio) and Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon).
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LANSING — State Representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced House Bill 4456 today that would repeal Michigan’s rent control prohibition and allow communities to enact policies to address the problems created by increasing rents.

“As rents in Detroit, and other Michigan cities, increase, senior citizens living on fixed incomes face the real possibility of being forced out of apartments they’ve lived in for years,” said Chang. “Some of the local officials in my district support rent...