2023 Was a Busy Year in the Legislature
It was a busy year in the Michigan Legislature in 2023, and the Democratic Caucus fulfilled many of the promises we made. Here are some of the highlights that will have a positive effect on residents across our state:
- Repealed Right to Work
- Expanded Victims’ Rights
- Repealed Retirement/ Pension Tax
- Repealed 1931 Abortion Ban
- Expanded Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act
- Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit from 6% to 30%
- Removed “Held-Back” Provision in 3rd Grade Reading Law
- Advanced Common Sense Gun Legislation
Governor Delivers State of the State
Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her sixth State of the State Address in the Michigan House Chambers in front of a joint session of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate on Jan. 24.
Governor Whitmer laid out her plans to continue building on the historic accomplishments of the first Democratic-led legislature in 40 years. Her proposals will lower costs, continue record investments in education from preschool to college, expand access to safe and affordable homes for Michigan families, keep protecting our seniors and boost our state’s economy to new heights.
I was excited to have Pat McRae, Redford Township Supervisor join me as my floor guest, for his first ever State of the State Address at the Capitol along with the Chair of the Wayne County Women’s Caucus, Soummer Crawford and Precinct Delegate Dichondra Johnson, as my gallery guests. The night was made even more special as the extra chair by my desk ending up being for Alisha Bell, Chair of the Wayne County Commission! So many amazing partnerships. I’m looking forward to working with all of these leaders to keep moving HD 16 and our great state forward!
Presidential Primary on Tap for February
Michigan’s presidential primary is coming up. Contact your city or township clerk for information on dates and how to vote.
Upcoming Legislation in 2024
Despite a 54-54 tie in the Michigan House, I continue to push to move legislation that reflects my values and priorities before the end of the session in December. Legislation I have in the works include the pre-trial bail reform package, foster care education, Thersea’s Law, fentanyl testing, nurse staffing package, Friend of the Court package, animal cruelty reform and FOIA for incarcerated people, just to name a few.
Join Me for Our Next Community Conversation
You can also watch the meeting via Facebook Live at Facebook.com/RepStephanieYoung.
I look forward to seeing you online!
Stephanie A. Young
16th House District