News From Rep. Chang

Monday, February 13, 2017

DETROIT — Members of the Detroit Caucus held a press conference today to discuss the future of the city’s academic landscape in light of the recent announcement by the School Reform Office that a number of Detroit schools were slated for closure at the end of the year. The standing-room only event was attended by community leaders, precinct delegates, block club presidents and leaders from grassroots, faith and civic groups, in addition to parents and...

Friday, February 10, 2017

DETROIT — The House Democratic Detroit Caucus called today for an overhaul of the clerk’s office in Detroit, with an emphasis on better training for clerks and poll workers, and closer inspection of facilities. The information comes after the Secretary of State released their audit of 136 Detroit precincts which had voting-related issues in the 2016 election. The audit determined that the errors were mainly a result of human error.

“This kind of negligence is...

Friday, February 10, 2017

LANSING — State Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), along with state Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Sens. Hoon Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) and Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) introduced legislation today to restore citizen oversight commissions for air pollution, water quality and oil and gas. Michigan had air and water quality commissions at one time, but they were abolished by former Gov. John Engler in 1991....

Friday, February 3, 2017

DETROIT — State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) has sent a letter to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development urging officials to restore funding to Detroit’s Freedom House, the only organization in the nation that provides housing, legal aid and wraparound services in one building to asylum seekers. Chang has also started an online petition to gain support for the organization.

“I am very concerned that the recent funding decision leaves Freedom House at...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

DETROIT — State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced legislation today, HB 4161, requiring that a recount include every precinct’s ballots cast.

Currently, when a recount is conducted, all ballots of a precinct using an electronic voting system are recounted unless: the seal on the ballot container is broken or has a different number than what is recorded in the poll book; the number of ballots to be recounted and the number of ballots indicated on...

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