News From Rep. Sowerby

Friday, August 18, 2017

YPSILANTI — State Rep. Ronnie Peterson (D-Ypsilanti) hosted a coalition meeting yesterday with 10 legislators, nearly 50 senior advocacy groups, and many other interested statewide and local stakeholders to discuss the issue of affordable senior housing. State Reps. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) and William Sowerby (D-Clinton Township) were among those sitting on the coalition’s panel, and Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) spoke to the group about different methods for keeping housing costs down for senior citizens....

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Bill Sowerby (D-Clinton Township) was appointed as the Minority Vice-Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. Sowerby will accept the appointment originally held by the late state Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette), who passed away in May and served as Vice-Chair with dedication for the last three years.

“I appreciate and thank House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) and Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) for allowing me to serve as Minority Vice-Chairman...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

LANSING — House Democrats voted to support and amend the supplemental budget bill, House Bill 4329, rejecting the Senate’s $5 million loan and instead again approving a $3 million grant for Macomb County to deal with repairs because of the December 2016 sinkhole.

Yesterday, the state Senate changed the original $3 million grant approved by the House to a $5 million loan in spite of objections by Republican and Democratic Macomb legislators. The bill passed...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a funding bill urgently needed to address health and safety issues related to the Macomb County sinkhole emergency.

The bill approved with bipartisan support includes $3 million from the state to help protect people, property and the environment from potential sewage overflows as crews continue to address the sinkhole that developed in late December. A state of emergency continues in the area.

“Time is of the essence when it...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Bill Sowerby (D-Clinton Township) introduced his first bill today requiring mandatory full-day kindergarten for all Michigan children five years old and older.

“Kindergarten is important for our children because it prepares students to succeed in the first grade and beyond by introducing them to subjects like math, preparing them to be good readers, and developing their interpersonal and social skills” said Sowerby. “Other states currently offer full-day kindergarten and it’s worked...