Nov. 9 – 13, 2020

Welcome to the Michigan House Democrats’ View from the Gallery! Here you will find a selection of the legislative actions our members take each week, including video highlights, photos and more. Make sure to watch for new editions each week.

SPOTLIGHT

One of the first and most important to preventing the spread of COVID-19 is information. With the new MI COVID Alert app, Michiganders can track their symptoms and anonymously report when they have tested positive for COVID-19. The app will then anonymously alert other app users in their area, preventing possible spread and infection.

legislative ACTION

JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE

Enough is Enough

For months the Joint Select Committee on COVID-19 has played partisan political games while thousands of Michiganders lose time, money and their lives. Enough is enough – it’s time for this committee to fulfill its duty of examining this crisis and provide solid recommendations to prevent or prepare for similar emergencies.

Rep. Ronnie Peterson testifies before the House Transportation committee on his bill to create a fund-raising registration plate for sickle cell and anemia research and treatment (HB 5920).
House Bill 5920 creates a specialty license plate to raise funds for sickle cell anemia research and awareness. Funds from the purchase of the specialty license plate created by Peterson’s bill would go toward a new Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness fund within the Department of Treasury and then distributed for research and awareness activities.

This week, as COVID cases continued to reach historic levels, the GOP controlled legislature held a special committee meeting to question the validity of our election results. Michiganders deserve better than partisan games that put legislators, staff, and our communities at risk with unnecessary meetings during a global pandemic.

BILLS INTRODUCED

Rep. Kyra Bolden

HB 6409
State financing and management: bonds; public notice in the revised municipal finance act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6410
Local government: other; public notice regarding noxious weeds; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6411
Highways: local; public notice requirement in act governing driveways, banners, events, and parades; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6412
Vehicles: other; public notice for disposition of abandoned vehicles; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6413
Highways: bridges; public notice requirement for creation of special assessment district for construction of certain bridges; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6414
Environmental protection: other; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6415
Individual income tax: city; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6416
Land use: zoning and growth management; public notice for hearing on airport zoning; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6417
Health facilities: hospitals; public notice regarding county hospitals and other institutions; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6419
Liquor: retail sales; public notice of adoption of local prohibition on sale or manufacture of alcohol; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6420
Businesses: nonprofit corporations; publication of articles of incorporation of municipal health facilities corporations; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6421
Animals: other; public notice requirement in large carnivore act; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act.

HB 6422
Animals: other; notice requirements in wolf-dog cross act; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act.

HB 6424
Highways: other; public notice of inclusion or exclusion of roads in a seasonal county road system; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6425
Highways: construction and repair; public notice of appointment of special road commissioner; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6427
Elections: other; public notice under the Michigan election law; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6428
Drains: other; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6431
Property tax: other; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

 

Rep. Kyra Bolden

HB 6409
State financing and management: bonds; public notice in the revised municipal finance act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6410
Local government: other; public notice regarding noxious weeds; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6411
Highways: local; public notice requirement in act governing driveways, banners, events, and parades; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6412
Vehicles: other; public notice for disposition of abandoned vehicles; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6413
Highways: bridges; public notice requirement for creation of special assessment district for construction of certain bridges; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6414
Environmental protection: other; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6415
Individual income tax: city; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6416
Land use: zoning and growth management; public notice for hearing on airport zoning; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6417
Health facilities: hospitals; public notice regarding county hospitals and other institutions; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6419
Liquor: retail sales; public notice of adoption of local prohibition on sale or manufacture of alcohol; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6420
Businesses: nonprofit corporations; publication of articles of incorporation of municipal health facilities corporations; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6421
Animals: other; public notice requirement in large carnivore act; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act.

HB 6422
Animals: other; notice requirements in wolf-dog cross act; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act.

HB 6424
Highways: other; public notice of inclusion or exclusion of roads in a seasonal county road system; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6425
Highways: construction and repair; public notice of appointment of special road commissioner; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6427
Elections: other; public notice under the Michigan election law; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6428
Drains: other; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6431
Property tax: other; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

 

Rep. Kevin Coleman

HB 6345
revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6346
revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6347
revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6348
Local development financing authority; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6349
Public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6350
Economic development: enterprise zones; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6351
Economic development: tax increment financing; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6352
Economic development: tax increment financing; public notice provisions in the water resource improvement tax increment finance authority act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6353
Economic development: downtown development authorities; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6354
Economic development: economic development corporations; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6355
Economic development: other; public notice provisions of the industrial development revenue bond act of 1963; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6356
Economic development: other; public notice provisions in the principal shopping district and business improvement districts act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6357
Local government: intergovernmental affairs; public notice provided under the metropolitan councils act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6358
Economic development: other; public notice provision in the land bank fast track act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6359
Local government: other; public notice regarding rehabilitation of blighted areas; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6360
Housing: other; public notices relating to creation of a local housing commission; require notice under the local government public notice act

HB 6361
Economic development: obsolete property and rehabilitation; public notice provisions in neighborhood area improvement act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6375
Cities: home rule; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6376
Counties: other; public notice regarding purchasing of county supplies; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6377
Counties: charter; public notice for election of a charter commission and approval of a proposed charter; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6378
Villages: general law; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act and open meetings act

HB 6379
Counties: boards and commissions; certain public notices involving a county board of commissioners; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6380
Counties: other; public notice of executing a contract under the county public improvement act of 1939; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6381
Counties: other; public notice of rules of a county or regional parks and recreation commission; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6381
Local government: other; public notice of a proposed charter under the metropolitan district act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6383
Cities: fourth class; public notice under the fourth class city act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act and the open meetings act

HB 6384
Villages: home rule; public notice provided under the home rule village act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6385
Counties: boards and commissions; public notice concerning rules and regulations for county parks; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6386
Counties: boards and commissions; public notice involving a county board of public works; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6387
Local government: public services; public notice regarding articles of incorporation to incorporate a garbage and rubbish disposal and dog pound authority; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6388
Local government: authorities; public notice involving building authorities; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6389
Local government: authorities; public notice for establishing a recreational authority; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6398
Local government: other; public notice to incorporate an authority to provide emergency services to municipalities; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6399
Transportation: authorities; public notice requirement in the public transportation authority act; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6400
Transportation: authorities; publication requirement in metropolitan transportation authorities act of 1967; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6401
Transportation: authorities; publication of articles of incorporation requirement; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6402
Local government: authorities; public notice regarding municipal water supply systems; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6403
Local government: authorities; public notice regarding municipal sewage and water supply systems; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6418
Counties: boards and commissions; public notice under the county road law; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act and the Michigan election law

HB 6426
Highways: other; public notice requirement for discontinuation, abandonment, vacation, or alteration of a highway bordering a lake or stream; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6437
Local government: authorities; public notice for establishing a zoological authority; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6438
Local government: authorities; public notice for community swimming pool authorities; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

 

Rep. Kevin Coleman

HB 6345
revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6346
revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6347
revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6348
Local development financing authority; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6349
Public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6350
Economic development: enterprise zones; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6351
Economic development: tax increment financing; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6352
Economic development: tax increment financing; public notice provisions in the water resource improvement tax increment finance authority act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6353
Economic development: downtown development authorities; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6354
Economic development: economic development corporations; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6355
Economic development: other; public notice provisions of the industrial development revenue bond act of 1963; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6356
Economic development: other; public notice provisions in the principal shopping district and business improvement districts act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6357
Local government: intergovernmental affairs; public notice provided under the metropolitan councils act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6358
Economic development: other; public notice provision in the land bank fast track act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6359
Local government: other; public notice regarding rehabilitation of blighted areas; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6360
Housing: other; public notices relating to creation of a local housing commission; require notice under the local government public notice act

HB 6361
Economic development: obsolete property and rehabilitation; public notice provisions in neighborhood area improvement act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6375
Cities: home rule; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6376
Counties: other; public notice regarding purchasing of county supplies; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6377
Counties: charter; public notice for election of a charter commission and approval of a proposed charter; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6378
Villages: general law; public notice; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act and open meetings act

HB 6379
Counties: boards and commissions; certain public notices involving a county board of commissioners; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6380
Counties: other; public notice of executing a contract under the county public improvement act of 1939; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6381
Counties: other; public notice of rules of a county or regional parks and recreation commission; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6381
Local government: other; public notice of a proposed charter under the metropolitan district act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6383
Cities: fourth class; public notice under the fourth class city act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act and the open meetings act

HB 6384
Villages: home rule; public notice provided under the home rule village act; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6385
Counties: boards and commissions; public notice concerning rules and regulations for county parks; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6386
Counties: boards and commissions; public notice involving a county board of public works; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6387
Local government: public services; public notice regarding articles of incorporation to incorporate a garbage and rubbish disposal and dog pound authority; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6388
Local government: authorities; public notice involving building authorities; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6389
Local government: authorities; public notice for establishing a recreational authority; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6398
Local government: other; public notice to incorporate an authority to provide emergency services to municipalities; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6399
Transportation: authorities; public notice requirement in the public transportation authority act; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6400
Transportation: authorities; publication requirement in metropolitan transportation authorities act of 1967; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6401
Transportation: authorities; publication of articles of incorporation requirement; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6402
Local government: authorities; public notice regarding municipal water supply systems; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6403
Local government: authorities; public notice regarding municipal sewage and water supply systems; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6418
Counties: boards and commissions; public notice under the county road law; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act and the Michigan election law

HB 6426
Highways: other; public notice requirement for discontinuation, abandonment, vacation, or alteration of a highway bordering a lake or stream; revise to require notice as provided in the local government public notice act

HB 6437
Local government: authorities; public notice for establishing a zoological authority; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

HB 6438
Local government: authorities; public notice for community swimming pool authorities; revise to make reference to the local government public notice act

 

Rep. Terry Sabo

HB 6441
Family law: marriage and divorce; marriage license fee; increase and earmark

HB 6443
Elections: candidates; candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petitions for the office of county commissioner; make nonrefundable

HB 6444
Elections: candidates; candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petitions for the office of state senator or state representative; make nonrefundable

HB 6445
Elections: candidates; candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petitions for county offices; make nonrefundable

 

Rep. Terry Sabo

HB 6441
Family law: marriage and divorce; marriage license fee; increase and earmark

HB 6443
Elections: candidates; candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petitions for the office of county commissioner; make nonrefundable

HB 6444
Elections: candidates; candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petitions for the office of state senator or state representative; make nonrefundable

HB 6445
Elections: candidates; candidate filing fee in lieu of nominating petitions for county offices; make nonrefundable

 

MICHIGAN STRONG

A Stronger Future Starts Today

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest challenges we’ve faced in a generation. It has upset the lives of Michiganders and families in ways no one could have imagined. The measure of our character as Michiganders is not the size of the challenge before us. It is our spirit and resolve in overcoming it. Our enduring determination defines all of us who call the Great Lakes State home. We’re ready to continue our work on behalf of all Michiganders, working families and for our children’s future.

 

Here’s a few things that we’ve been able to deliver so far:

Investing in Education and Closing the Divide

The cornerstone of a strong and healthy community is access to great education

  • $5.4M for statewide tools and resources to support Michigan’s students and teachers during the pandemic.
  • $18M in school district grants to support the health and safety of both students and teachers. Requiring equitable technology and internet access and teacher support.
  • $25M for devices to improve internet connectivity for low income and rural families.

Access to Clean Air and Water

Air and water quality have always has been important to the health and well-being of Michiganders

  • $7M to support two dozen community projects to repair, enhance and protect areas for outdoor recreation.

Safeguards to Help with Basic Needs

To be a force in the 21st Century, Michigan must have an economy that works for everyone with safeguards to support all Michiganders’ basic needs

  • $7M to support two dozen community projects to repair, enhance and protect areas for outdoor recreation.
  • $29M for increased Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) staffing and technology support to process claims quicker and more efficiently.
  • $125M to help with the cost of Day Care.
  • $10M for the food banks and the Double Up Food Bucks program.
  • $4M to support domestic violence shelters.
  • $60M for rental assistance, eviction diversion and legal aid.
  • $25M for water utility assistance.
  • $10M in Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) response grants to keep workers safe.
  • $5M million for multicultural social services.

Supporting and Protecting Michigan Workers

Michigan’s workers didn’t just aide the rise of the auto industry, they helped give birth to the American middle class

  • $120M to increase support for direct care workers.
  • $100M for additional hazard pay for first responders.

A Strong and Healthy Michigan

Michigan House Democrats have always believed quality and affordable health care should be available to everyone — no matter their economic status

  • $25M for additional personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • $200M to support local public health and safety workers.
  • $5M for hospital inpatient behavioral health grants.
  • $1.41M for additional nursing home inspectors to keep residents safe.

Keeping Neighborhood Businesses Strong

To slow the spread of COVID-19, independent retailers, barber shops, bakeries and restaurants who employ their neighbors closed their doors to save countless lives in the process

  • $3M to protect residents and businesses from flooding along the Detroit River.
  • $100M for Small Business Restart Grants for businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees, and dedicated support for minority, women and veteran owned businesses.
  • $2.5M in grants for hospitality businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.
  • $15M to support Michigan farms and farmers, as well as improving housing accommodations to keep workers safe.

Strengthening Our Democracy

In uncertain times, leadership matters — and electing our leaders is everyone’s responsibility

MICHIGAN STRONG

A Stronger Future Starts Today


A strong, healthy, and thriving Michigan begins right here – with hard work and dedication. To learn more about how we’re creating a stronger Michigan for all, visit
mistrongplan.com

A strong, healthy, and thriving Michigan begins right here – with hard work and dedication. To learn more about how we’re creating a stronger Michigan for all, visit mistrongplan.com

FUTURES FOR FRONTLINERS

Take A Step Forward

The Futures for Frontliners program serves as an important extension of the MI Reconnect Program, a bipartisan initiative spearheaded by Gov. Whitmer and Reps. Anthony and Kennedy. Rep. Anthony’s bill to establish the program was signed into law as Public Act 69 of 2020, clearing a tuition-free pathway to higher education for Michigan adults. Reps. Anthony and Kennedy also lead a group of 26 House Democratic Legislative Champions of the program.
  • Sarah Anthony
  • Brenda Carter
  • Tyrone Carter
  • John Chirkun
  • Cara Clemente
  • Jim Ellison
  • Alex Garza
  • Jim Haadsma
  • Abdullah Hammoud
  • Rachel Hood
  • Kara Hope
  • Cynthia A. Johnson
  • Sheryl Y. Kennedy
  • Matt Koleszar
  • Padma Kuppa
  • Donna Lasinski
  • Leslie Love
  • Mari Manoogian
  • Kristy Pagan
  • Laurie Pohutsky
  • Yousef Rabhi
  • Terry Sabo
  • Lori Stone
  • Rebekah Warren
  • Robert Wittenberg
  • Angela Witwer
  • Sarah Anthony
  • Brenda Carter
  • Tyrone Carter
  • John Chirkun
  • Cara Clemente
  • Jim Ellison
  • Alex Garza
  • Jim Haadsma
  • Abdullah Hammoud
  • Rachel Hood
  • Kara Hope
  • Cynthia A. Johnson
  • Sheryl Y. Kennedy
  • Matt Koleszar
  • Padma Kuppa
  • Donna Lasinski
  • Leslie Love
  • Mari Manoogian
  • Kristy Pagan
  • Laurie Pohutsky
  • Yousef Rabhi
  • Terry Sabo
  • Lori Stone
  • Rebekah Warren
  • Robert Wittenberg
  • Angela Witwer