Welcome to my e-newsletter! I’m honored and humbled to serve as our community’s voice at the Capitol in Lansing. As we continue into the term, rest assured the challenges families in our community and state are facing are at the top of my legislative priorities.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by phone at (517) 373-0152 or email at AmosONeal@house.mi.gov if we can help.
State Representative, 95th House District
In this issue:
- Upcoming Community Conversation August 19
- Upcoming Democracy Protection Town Hall
- Governor Whitmer Invests in Safer Streets
- Legislation – Election bills Pass the House
Upcoming Community Conversation
It is not too late! Please join in on our community conversation tonight, Aug. 19, starting at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live. I will give a brief legislative update, and then we will have a conversation about behavioral health. We will have a presentation from our special guest with THRIVE.
We hope to save some time for Q&A, so come with questions for our guests. You can join us on Facebook Live by clicking here or searching @StateRepAmosONeal. I hope to see you there!
Democracy Protection Town Hall
Mark your calendars for this very important conversation on Democracy protection on Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Special guest Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and I will be discussing the most recent wave of attempts to restrict Michiganders’ freedom to vote. Along with many other special guests, we will touch on the importance of raising awareness on this topic not only in our area directly but across the entire state. It will be held at UAW Local 699 at 1911 Bagley St. in Saginaw. Spread the word and we hope to see you there!
Governor Whitmer Invests in Safer Streets
This past week, Gov. Whitmer announced a proposal for $75M through the MI Safe Communities framework to invest in local police, get illegal guns off the street and provide additional funding for jobs, education and the justice system. I cannot stress how crucial this was for our community. We have been experiencing historic levels of gun violence in our area, and we cannot waste any time coming together to work on solutions.
Many organizations in our area have already come together to combat this issue, and I am happy to see the state doing the same. Every Michigander deserves the right to feel safe no matter where they live, and by investing in our children, getting illegal guns off the street, and investing in community policing, we can make sure of that.
Legislation – Election Bills Pass the House
In session on Tuesday, I voted against three bills that passed out of the House. House Bills 4837, 4838 and 4840 are bills that offer a solution seeking a problem and ultimately do much more damage to our democracy than their proponents realize. The facts are clear and have been reaffirmed over 200 times — our election system is safe, secure and accurate. We’ve spent several months wasting time on this political theatre instead of finishing the budget and addressing the important work of governing our state.