Welcome to my enews, and thank you for allowing me to serve you in the 1st House District and act as your voice in Lansing. My team and I remain committed to helping constituents with their questions and issues and providing useful resources.
As your representative, I am most effective at my job when acting on your input. As you may know, I am the chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee and I sit on the Judiciary, Criminal Justice and Military, Veteran Affairs & Homeland Security committees. I encourage you to reach out to me and my staff with any questions, comments or concerns you may have about issues in the district or legislation that will impact our state. You can contact me at (517) 373-0154, by email or through my website. Thank you for your commitment to the community we both call home; I look forward to hearing from you!
State Representative, 1st House District
I hope you can join me for my upcoming coffee hours! I look forward to having an informal conversation with you about what I’ve been doing in Lansing and in the community, as well as any concerns you may have about issues facing District 1.
Date: July 7
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: River Rouge City Hall, 10600 W. Jefferson Ave., River Rouge, MI 48218
Date: July 7
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Bridging Communities, 6900 McGraw Ave., Detroit, MI 48210
Accomplishments over First 100 Days
- January 13: Announced that Michigan became one of the first states to support expecting mothers by covering doula services.
- January 13: Announced $176.6 million in funding to build or improve nearly 700 affordable housing units across 17 projects from Cheboygan to Detroit.
- January 17: Awarded nearly $25 million to support the hiring of 195 school resource officers (SROs) for the next three years in 195 school districts.
- January 31: Signed a bill that invested in building affordable housing, revitalizing communities, and supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.
- February 1: Signed Senate Bill 13 increasing the impact of Michiganders’ votes, boosting Michigan’s economy.
- February 3: Signed an executive directive to improve the State of Michigan’s contracting process by increasing business opportunities for Geographically Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (GDBEs) to contract with the state.
- February 3: Worked with legislators to roll back the retirement tax and quintuple the working families tax credit, cutting taxes by $1 billion for working families and seniors through the Lowering MI Costs plan.
- February 6: Issued an executive order to build and refurbish more affordable housing faster.
- February 13: Announced that Michigan won 2,500 good-paying auto jobs.
- February 23: Announced the first series of payments for the MI Future Educator Fellowship and Stipend programs.
- February 24: Signed a bill into law to invest in special education, student meals, safe schools.
- March 1: Announced the launch of a new website to connect Michiganders to good-paying career opportunities in the rapidly expanding automotive mobility and electrification industry.
- March 8: Signed a bill that provides $10.8 million to establish the Office of Community Violence Intervention Services to partner with community-based organizations already working to reduce violent incidents.
- March 8: Signed legislation to secure 2,500 good-paying jobs at the Ford facility in Marshall, support health care workers and lower costs.
- March 10: Announced grants to help communities expand access to low- or no-cost child care.
- March 13: Announced new initiative, lowering the cost of college.
- March 16: Signed bills to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, reaffirming legal protections for sexual orientation and expanding coverage to include gender identity and expression.
- March 16: Announced the launch of the new $10 million Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund.
- March 21: Announced Operation Safe Neighborhoods has taken 350 illegal guns off the streets.
- March 24: Signed the Restoring Workers’ Rights bill package, restoring and protecting workers’ rights in Michigan.
- March 24: Restored parents’ rights in deciding what’s best for their child’s education.
- April 3: Protected preventive healthcare insurance coverage.
- April 4: Repealed the dangerous 1931 abortion ban.
- April 4: Announced a new bold approach to market Michigan as the home of opportunity for all.
- April 5: Announced a new partnership to attract and retain investment professionals in Michigan.
- Following February’s shooting at Michigan State University, Governor Whitmer has worked with legislators to pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation, including background checks, safe storage, and extreme risk protection orders.
- Distracted Driving Package: HB 4250 (Rep Koleszar), HB 4251 (Rep. Carter), and HB 4252 (Rep. Mueller) – Goes into Effect on June 30
- Prohibits an individual from using a mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle or school bus.
- Prescribes the number of points assigned to a person’s driving record for violating that prohibition.
- Requires the Department of State Police to submit a report to the governor and Legislature, 40 months after the law takes effect, that includes information related to violations of using a mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle or school bus.
- Remuneration for Law Enforcement Training Academy Costs: HB 4176
- This legislation would allow law enforcement agencies to recover law enforcement training costs from an employee if the employee leaves within four years after completing training.
- Business Improvement Zones: HB 4454
- Amends Public Act 120 of 1961, which provides for the creation, operation, and dissolution of business improvement zones to add options for allocating assessments among business improvement zone (BIZ) property owners and to allow for the use of proportional voting to approve, amend or dissolve a BIZ plan.
- Currently, there are two existing BIZ Zones operating under Chapter 2 of the Act: Downtown Detroit Business Improvement District and the Southwest Detroit Business Improvement District. In addition, there are plans for three proposed BIZ Zones that will be formed should this legislation pass and the statute be returned to its pre-2020 language. They include Ann Arbor Spark, Detroit Corktown Business Association, and a collaboration between Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Jefferson East Inc.
- Pretrial Fairness Legislative Package, Bail Reform: HB 4658
- This bill would require people accused of non-serious misdemeanors who are not a threat and therefore are eligible for interim bond to be released without paying money.
- Productivity Credits: HB 4450 (Rep. Carter), HB 4451 (Rep. Grant), HB 4452 (Rep. McKinney), and HB 4453 (Rep. Farhat)
- House Bill 4450 would amend the prison code to provide that certain prisoners under the jurisdiction of DOC for the commission of a felony offense are eligible to earn productivity credits. Accumulated productivity credits would have to be deducted from a prisoner’s sentence (both the minimum and the maximum) to determine their parole eligibility and discharge dates.
- House Bills 4451, 4452, and 4453 would respectively amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Corrections Code and the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim’s Rights Act to accommodate the new credits in those acts.