It is an honor to continue serving as your representative. Thank you for the opportunity to share highlights of Lansing and District 28 happenings. I am eager to continue to work to enact policies that will help us defeat COVID-19, rebuild our economy and deliver the necessary support for our public schools to provide a world-class education to every child.
If you find you need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and my staff. You can visit my website at stone.housedems.com for many more resources, events and recent efforts in Lansing. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by phone at (517) 373-1772 or email at LoriStone@house.mi.gov for questions about this or any other state-level issue.
In this issue:
Recent Rep. Stone House Legislation
The House and Senate are on recess for the in-district work period, so rather than vote, I introduced House Bill 5049, a temporary suspension of the third-grade reading retention law for the 2021-2022 school year. I introduced this bill as part of a Democratic package of bills composed of House Bills 5049 to 5052 that would suspend school accountability measures in the 2020-21 school year. The objective is not to punish students who may not have achieved all their learning benchmarks while learning virtually during the pandemic. This bill is currently referred to the House Education Committee.
An update on House Bill 5092, that would amend the Michigan Employment Security Act to require that the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) use plain language in all
correspondence and documents related to the benefits of individuals. Plain language would mean language that is clear and concise, that avoids complex vocabulary and contradictory statements to constituents across the state. This bill was passed by the House unanimously and is currently in the Senate and has been referred to the Economic and Small Business Development Committee.
Center Line Receives Grant for Dunn Family Senior Co-Op Apartments
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) recently announced its largest award in the recent history of more than $27.9 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), which will be used to construct new affordable multifamily rental housing and to rehabilitate existing properties for low to moderate-income Michigan residents.
The Dunn Family Senior Co-Op Apartments in Center Line was awarded $1,500,000 for 157 apartments to undergo rehab and new builds. The work is being carried out by CSI Support and Development.
Are You Behind on Your Rent or Energy Bills?
I encourage you to register and attend a virtual discussion if you are facing eviction, need help paying your monthly energy bill or want to know which assistance programs are available to you. MSHDA and DTE Energy representatives will share critical rental assistance, housing and energy assistance information and will be available to answer any questions you may have.
MSHDA representatives will share information on the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program, housing initiatives for vulnerable Michiganders, the plans for the COVID relief program intended for those who own their homes and more.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority and DTE Energy are co-hosting a virtual discussion from 5-6 p.m. on Aug. 18, centering on housing and energy assistance. MSHDA and DTE representatives will be available until 6:30 p.m. for a live question-and-answer session after the presentations.
All Michiganders are welcome to attend the virtual event regardless of where they rent. The link to register for this event is on the flyer; please register in advance. www.Michigan.gov/mshdaevents
Severe Weather-Related Resources
In the last few months, our area has seen severe weather events that have resulted in significant power outages — especially in Southeast Michigan.
To provide information related to power outages and grid reliability, I would like to share practical information related to outage preparedness and response that may be helpful to District 28 constituents.
Continued Severe Storm Resources:
Additional information regarding disaster preparedness, as well as how to file a complaint against an insurance company with the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), is available on the DIFS website at www.michigan.gov/difs under the “Consumer” link. Resources related to the recent flooding can also be found on the DIFS website under “Disaster Preparedness.”
Please feel free to contact the Office of Consumer Services toll-free at 877-999-6442 with any questions that you may have; they are available to assist you.
Updates to Michigan Secretary of State’s Office