News From Rep. Ellison

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LANSING — This week, Republican legislators are considering efforts to strip away critically important benefits for retired police and firefighters, such as health care. In response, state Rep. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak) issued the following statement: 


“As the former mayor of Royal Oak for 13 years, I watched as the state steadily reduced revenue sharing to local governments. This constant reduction in payments to municipal governments made it increasingly more difficult to pay first responders what...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on House Bill 5013, which makes various changes to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. The bill failed to pass. In response, state Rep. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak) issued the following statement:

“I came to Lansing to improve the lives of Michigan residents and lowering auto insurance rates is at the top of my priorities. My family insures six cars, so I know firsthand how out...

Friday, October 6, 2017

My second bill passed the House yesterday unanimously. House Bill 4822, which is part of a bipartisan package, would help protect heirs from a recent fraud scheme that was uncovered in southeast Michigan.

The legislation puts safeguards in place to protect the property interests of rightful heirs after it was recently discovered that some private real estate companies were working with public administrators to sell property held by an estate without attempting to notifying the...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LANSING — Former state Rep. Gary Vanek, who served also served as a Royal Oak high school teacher and member of the state Liquor Control Commission, passed away Sept. 5. In response, Rep. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak) issued the following statement:

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of a very good friend, teacher and mentor yesterday. I first met Gary Vanek when I was a student at Kimball High School...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak) will hold a happy hour on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. on the patio at Fifth Avenue, located at 215 W. 5th St. in Royal Oak.

“During my 13 years as mayor, I always enjoyed being out in the community and visiting with residents,” said Ellison. “I look forward to visiting with residents throughout the year and taking everyone’s thoughts and concerns with me to Lansing...