News From Rep. Elder

Thursday, February 8, 2018

LANSING — House Bill 5456 — which would make it more difficult for those suffering from asbestos-related diseases to file claims against the corporations that poisoned them — passed the House today by a vote of 58 to 51. In response, state Rep. Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City) issued the following statement:

“House Bill 5456 has one core purpose: to prolong the process of paying legitimate claims for people who are dying or have died....

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LANSING — Tonight, the House and Senate convened for a joint legislative session to hear Gov. Rick Snyder give his eighth and final State of the State address. In response, state Rep. Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City) issued the following statement:

“While many families throughout the state continue to struggle with declining or stagnant wages, the governor tonight had the nerve to claim that Michigan is in the midst of a ‘comeback.’ Perhaps our definitions...

State Rep. Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City) escorts members of the Michigan Supreme Court for Gov. Rick Snyder’s eighth State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at the state Capitol in Lansing.
Friday, January 19, 2018

LANSING — The House passed Senate Bill 574 yesterday, which will allow charter schools to siphon off regional school millage dollars approved by voters. In response, state Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) issued the following statement:

“Public schools rely on every penny of enhancement millages that come their way. They use these funds to hire qualified professionals, provide students with the latest technology and equip classrooms with the materials they need. Thanks to Senate Bill...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City) introduced a bill to create a tax credit for farmers and food processors who donate edible agricultural products grown, raised and/or processed in Michigan. House Bill 5373 would amend the Michigan Income Tax Act to allow these farmers and food processors to claim a tax credit of up to 50 percent of the value of the donated products or $3,000, whichever is less.

“Michigan has one of the longest...

Thursday, December 7, 2017


LANSING — Tonight, House Democrats voted to protect the earned health care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied against proposals which could have gutted health care for local heroes. Today, the recommendation of House Democrats to implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force was accepted. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle...