LANSING — Today, Legislative Republicans passed two bills, Senate Bill 1171 and 1175, gutting the citizen-led ballot initiatives that were passed into law back in September. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

“Eight years of failed Republican leadership forced thousands of Michiganders to come together and demand rights the Legislature had been denying them. It was the victory of every working family in Michigan when those demands were answered with the passage of these two proposals in September — and it is their loss now that Republicans have decided to undermine their will and gut these initiatives. Everyone deserves the freedom to earn a strong paycheck and take care of their family without jeopardizing their economic security, and it is disgraceful they’ve been denied that today by a majority that decided to once again side with their wealthy special interest friends instead of the people of this state.”