Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 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

Passing a budget that was a reflection of our values was a priority for creating a stronger Michigan. From education funding to cleaning up our air and water, this budget gets us one step closer to building the Michigan you deserve.

Legislative Action

It was a historic week for Michiganders. With record setting enrollment in the Healthy Michigan plan to a $500 million investment in MI Clean Water, a program that will address key environmental issues while creating thousands of jobs, Michigan House Democrats were hard at work for the people of this great state. The Governor also signed the FY 20-21 budget we passed in the House last week, addressing Michiganders top priorities.

The data collected in the census determines key funding for the next 10 years. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the census deadline was extended until Oct 31 but that opinion was reversed by the Trump administration, making the deadline Sep 31. House Resolution 304, urges the restoration of the original deadline to ensure everyone has a chance to be counted.

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 it’s 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.
Passing a budget that was a reflection of our values was a priority for creating a stronger Michigan.

Survivor’s package would extend the civil statute of limitations for survivors of sexual assault.

Clarifies that immunity does not apply to unreasonable use of force.

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