News From Rep. Sowerby

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...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives approved State Rep. Bill Sowerby’s (D-Clinton Township) House Concurrent Resolution 1 today asking Gov. Rick Snyder to extend the state of emergency for the city of Fraser because of the ongoing threat posed by the sinkhole that opened up on Dec. 24, 2016. The current state of emergency declared by the governor is set to expire this Friday, Feb. 3. The House approved HCR 1 today by a...