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Friday, January 20, 2017

DETROIT — The House Democratic Detroit Caucus today railed against the updated potential school closure list the School Reform Office released this morning. In addition to the 24 previous DPS and EAA schools on the list, another 25 schools have been put on notice that they could potentially be subject to a closure next year.

“DPS is already hanging on by a thread,” said state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), the Urban Education Reform Chair. “The...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) joined his House colleagues today to open the new legislative session at the swearing-in held in the House Chamber at the state Capitol. Banks was sworn in by state Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. He was joined by his mother, Joyce Banks, and his brothers, Justin Banks and Joe Holland.

“I am ready to again serve the residents of House District 1 and the citizens of...

State Rep. Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) is ceremonially sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack at the official opening of the 99th session of the Michigan House of Representatives on Jan. 11, 2017. With him are his brothers, Joe Holland and Justin Banks, and his mother, Joyce Banks.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

“As the leader of the House Detroit Caucus, I am pleased that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision today clears the way for voters to vote a straight-ticket ballot in November. Denying voters this option would have created long lines that would likely keep some voters away from the polls because of work or other commitments. The decision today, along with Judge Gershwin Drain’s injunction against the law banning straight-ticket voting, is a strike...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

LANSING — Four House Democrats are introducing a package of legislation that would extend consumer protections to people who buy insurance and reduce the high cost of premiums. The legislation would address home and auto insurance and affect everything from the way students learn about insurance to the ways people shop for policies and the manner in which insurance companies handle their customers’ personal information.

“Nearly every person will have to buy an auto or...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats voted against a House Republican Detroit Public Schools plan tonight that would force the closure of DPS schools, rather than giving them the resources and support they need to recover, while allowing failing charter schools to proliferate without accountability inside the city of Detroit. While the new plan sends more dollars to the district, it fails to put in place the reforms needed to ensure DPS will recover from its...