Sept. 14-18, 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

Michigan was thrust into the national spotlight earlier this year as heavily armed protesters entered the Capitol building and stood threateningly over state lawmakers while they were in session.

Since then, the Capitol Commission has repeatedly refused to honor its responsibility to keep visitors, members and staff safe. Enough is enough.

Read our press release on abolishing the Capitol Commission

Rep. Sarah Anthony gives a powerful and moving account of her personal experience while asking the members of the Capitol Commission why they placed more value on the building’s chandeliers than on the lives of those who walk through its doors each day.

Following four months of artificial delays and political gamesmanship, the Michigan Capitol Commission’s continued inaction regarding the safety and security of the general public, legislators and staff members is beyond the pale.

On Thursday, Republican legislative leaders cancelled session as an approved “Open Carry” event was hosted on the State Capitol grounds. Their actions served as evidence they understand the implicit danger firearms in the Capitol building present. Photos from the “Open Carry Day” show participants openly brandishing weaponry within the building, including in the Chamber galleries where, if session were being held, legislators would have voted on legislation below.

Legislative Action

This week, Michigan House Democrats testified in multiple committees on the various bill packages we’ve been working on to create a stronger Michigan for all, including the Judiciary package of bills (HBs 5848-5852) to reserve license suspensions for dangerous drivers rather than non-driving related incidents. Also on the docket was HB 5920 in Transportation to raise money for Sickle Cell Anemia research, as well as HB 6172 in Education to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on funding for students seeking higher education opportunities. We’ll continue working hard on the legislative priorities that will achieve a stronger future for Michiganders.

Representatives Tenisha Yancey and Lori Stone testify before the House Judiciary committee on their package to reserve license suspensions for unsafe drivers or vehicles used in crimes (HB 5846 – 5852)
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).
Rep. Brenda Carter testifies at the Michigan State Capitol Commission Committee meeting as they discuss banning weapons in the Capitol.

BILLS INTRODUCED

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