News From Rep. Hammoud

Monday, July 17, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) has introduced House Bill 4878, which would amend the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act (PA 138 of 2014) to establish protections for unpaid interns in the private sector. These protections stem from U.S. Department of Labor standards, which would be codified into state law. One additional standard was added that would limit unpaid interns to 30 hours of work per week.

Specifically, the bill would exclude an unpaid intern from the...

Friday, July 14, 2017

DEARBORN — In response to recent comments from Kalkaska Village President Jeff Seiting, state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) issued the following statement:

“I am deeply disturbed and disgusted by the social media posts made by Kalkaska Village President Jeff Seiting calling for the genocide of all Muslim people. This type of rhetoric is not only dangerous, it perpetuates hate and exasperates strife. We’ve seen numerous examples of divisive comments leading to violence — most recently...

Monday, June 19, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) has introduced House Bill 4784, which would exempt veterans from the recreation passport requirement. Essentially, the legislation would allow veterans, upon showing their government-issued identification card, to be granted free access to state parks.

“Veterans served our country and many risked their lives to protect us,” Hammoud said. “I believe veterans should not have to pay to visit the parks they served to protect. Michigan consistently ranks at...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

LANSING — During yesterday’s hearing in the House Tax Policy Committee on the “Good Jobs for Michigan” bill package, state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) questioned the priorities of the Michigan Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder. Specifically, he asked about concurrent plans to attack teacher retirement and give a significant tax break to big corporations, which received hearings only hours apart.

Video of the exchange is available here, and a transcript is included below. To...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LANSING — A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers detailed legislation today that would raise the state’s legal smoking age to 21 and make other important changes to the state’s tobacco laws. Other revisions include banning tobacco product vending machines, enhancing hookah tobacco regulations and modifying penalties for those who break the law.

“The Michigan Constitution directs the Legislature to protect the health of our citizens, and I take that responsibility very seriously,” said state Rep....