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Thursday, June 12, 2014

LANSING – Legislative Republicans’ stunning decision to leave for summer vacation rather than stay in Lansing to find a solution for Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges is nothing short of a betrayal of Michigan citizens, House Democrats said Thursday night.

“Despite naming infrastructure repair as a top priority for three consecutive years – and despite holding the governor’s office, a House majority and a supermajority in the Senate – Republicans proved themselves to be unfit...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference today to announce a series of bills intended to improve insurance dealings between providers and policy holders in Michigan. The 14-bill package will help keep rates low while increasing punishments for companies that use unfair or deceptive practices.

“The Republican plan to gut no-fault insurance is just a recipe to boost insurance company profits,” said state Representative Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek), Democratic vice chairwoman of...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

LANSING — House Democrats demanded today that Rep. Pete Lund (R-Shelby Township), the chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, hold a hearing on a package of legislation that would address the wage gap between men and women in Michigan. Introduced more than a year ago, the legislation has yet to receive any testimony before the committee.

“Making sure that people with the same experience, skills and qualifications get the same pay for the same...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

LANSING – An extremely controversial law that mandates women – and only women – buy extra health insurance in order to have full health care coverage takes effect today, setting back women throughout Michigan and hampering Michigan’s comeback efforts. The law, based on a Michigan Right to Life citizen’s initiative, demands that women buy extra insurance to cover medical procedures that would preserve a woman’s health during a miscarriage or end a pregnancy that is...

Monday, February 10, 2014

LANSING – House Democrats called for an independent investigation today into the recent escape from a state prison in Ionia by a man convicted on four counts of murder. The convict took about an hour to make his way through prison fencing during his escape. Republicans cut prison perimeter safety funding by $15.6 million in fiscal year 2013, resulting in the loss of more than 135 full-time prison security jobs throughout Michigan, including Ionia.