LANSING — Today, Legislative Republicans passed two bills, SB 1171 and SB 1175, gutting the citizen-led ballot initiatives that were passed into law back in September. In response, state Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement:

“For too long, working families in Michigan have struggled to pay their bills and take care of themselves and their loved ones when they are sick. That’s why 400,000 Michiganders from across the state gathered together — to tell us they were tired of waiting for the Legislative majority to act in their best interest. Our job in Lansing isn’t to overrule the people of Michigan; we’re here to do what they tell us to do. That means we should be protecting their freedom to earn a strong paycheck and good benefits, not undermining it.”