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 that 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 – Nov. 18
- Election Package
- Critical Race Theory Bill
Upcoming Community Conversation
Mark your calendars for our next community conversation on Nov. 18 at 6 pm. on Facebook Live. I will give a brief legislative update. Then, we will have a conversation about the broad range of local resources available within our community. Our special guests from the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Underground Railroad will also give a presentation.
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!
Last week, I introduced one of nine bills that helps protect our right to vote. Voters should not be penalized if the mail is slow. My bill will ensure that all ballots postmarked by election day and received within 72 hours of an election are counted. After the 2020 election, there were so many bills across the country that aimed to restrict citizens’ fundamental right to vote. Proposal 3 passed by a 2-to-1 margin enshrining voting features like no-reason absentee voting. Our vote is our voice, and we must protect this voice so all Michiganders can be heard.
Critical Race Theory
Last week, I stood up and gave a speech in opposition to House Bill 5097, which attempts to solve a problem that does not exist. This bill would ban K-12 schools from teaching something that isn’t even being taught. Every child has a right to a well-rounded education, which includes a full view of our history. The echoes of slavery and other racist institutions still reverberate today, but the next generation can’t solve those problems if they are prohibited from learning about them.