News From Rep. Chang

Friday, June 16, 2017

DETROIT — The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus has called for a moratorium on water shutoffs, a controversial practice the city continued this year targeting the nearly 18,000 residential customers with delinquent payments. Many of those facing imminent shut off have struggled to maintain their water payments in the face of billing issues with the city and rising costs.

 “Just as we’ve seen in Flint, when advocates are not on the ground to protect the interests...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) said today that she is in communication with staff at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), City of Detroit Sustainability Office, and the Detroit Audubon Society after hearing concerns from House District 6 constituents about the large number of ring-billed gulls, many of them juveniles, found dead on Jefferson Avenue near the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The ring-billed gulls have chosen...

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.”

The bipartisan...

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...