Dec. 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

SPOTLIGHT

This week the House took a moment during the lame duck session to honor former State Representative Alma Stallworth after her passing. Serving as a representative for Detroit from 1971-1974 and 1983-1996, Stallworth was a trailblazer in the Michigan legislature and is also credited as the founder of the Black Caucus Foundation. Speaking on the impact of Stallworth, Rep. Leslie Love said “She was a beautiful person, who left a beautiful legacy”. Stallworth passed away in August of 2020 at the age of 87.

SPOTLIGHT

This week the House took a moment during the lame duck session to honor former State Representative Alma Stallworth after her passing. Serving as a representative for Detroit from 1971-1974 and 1983-1996, Stallworth was a trailblazer in the Michigan legislature and is also credited as the founder of the Black Caucus Foundation. Speaking on the impact of Stallworth, Rep. Leslie Love said “She was a beautiful person, who left a beautiful legacy”. Stallworth passed away in August of 2020 at the age of 87.

legislative ACTION

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. John Cherry of the 49th House District speaks on House Resolution 342 – a resolution that will empower the House Oversight Committee to administer oaths, issue subpoenas, and examine books related to the 2020 election.

Rep. David LaGrand of the 75th House District speaks on House Resolution 342 – a resolution that will empower the House Oversight Committee to administer oaths, issue subpoenas, and examine books related to the 2020 election.

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.
Rep. Joe Tate
Rep. Joe TateHB 5218
Crimes: other; criminal and civil provisions related to prohibited conduct of an athletic agent
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Rep. Robert Wittenberg
Rep. Robert Wittenberg HB 4396
Traffic control: violations; certain provisions regarding obstruction to traffic

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Rep. Robert Wittenberg
Rep. Robert WittenbergHB 4395
Traffic control: traffic regulation; requirement of audible signal when being overtaken and passed by another vehicle on the right
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BILLS INTRODUCED

Rep. Abraham Aiyash
Rep. Abraham AiyashHB 6543
Funds social work and police partnerships act.
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Rep. Abraham Aiyash
Rep. Abraham AiyashHB 6542
Creates workgroup to develop polices regarding segregation in prisons.
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Rep. Abraham Aiyash
Rep. Abraham AiyashHB 6541
Establishes regulation for certain uses of prison segregation.
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Rep. Kyra Bolden
Rep. Kyra Bolden HB 6522
Prohibits employers from requiring disclosure of employee’s use/nonuse of contraceptives.
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Rep. John Cherry
Rep. John Cherry HB 6518
Updates weapons sentencing guidelines.
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Rep. John Chirkun
Rep. John Chirkun HB 6517
Creates penalties for storing/leaving firearms where minors can access.
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Rep. Vanessa Guerra
Rep. Vanessa Guerra HB 6524
Prohibits circulators from misrepresenting petitions.
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Rep. Jim Haadsma
Rep. Jim HaadsmaHB 6524
Requires permanent absent voter list.
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Rep. Rachel Hood
Rep. Rachel HoodHB 6521
Requires automatic qualification for special health care services for certain children with lead exposure.
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Rep. Rachel Hood
Rep. Rachel HoodHB 6520
Requires climate change curriculum.
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Rep. Padma Kuppa
Rep. Padma KuppaHB 353
Urges Congress to develop national strategy to help small businesses and local units of government.
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Rep. Padma Kuppa
Rep. Padma Kuppa HB 6525
Revises absent voter ballot process.
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Rep. Donna Lasinski
Rep. Donna Lasinski HB 6526
Requires free coverage of birth control.
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Rep. Kristy Pagan
Rep. Kristy Pagan HB 6519
Requires coverage for 12-month supply of birth control.
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Rep. Nate Shannon
Rep. Nate Shannon HR 344
Prioritizes educators, school administrators and employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine.
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Rep. Rebekah Warren
Rep. Rebekah WarrenHB 6549
Expands cyberbullying to include directing someone to commit suicide.
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Rep. Rebekah Warren
Rep. Rebekah WarrenHB 6548
Enacts sentencing guidelines for cyberbullying
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Rep. Shery Gay-Dagnogo

HB 6540
Creates requirements for schools and virtual classes during pandemic learning.

HB 6539
Requires crisis intervention training for individuals with mental illness.

HB 6538
Creates credits for certain expenses by teachers and parents for pandemic learning.

HB 3537
Creates definition of bona fide termination for public school employees.

HB 6536
Creates office of public school ombudsman.

HB 6535
Creates report on costs to bring all school buildings up to code.

HB 6534
Creates certain transcript/diploma endorsements

Rep. Kyra Bolden

HB 6540
Creates requirements for schools and virtual classes during pandemic learning.

HB 6539
Requires crisis intervention training for individuals with mental illness.

HB 6538
Creates credits for certain expenses by teachers and parents for pandemic learning.HB 3537
Creates definition of bona fide termination for public school employees.

HB 6536
Creates office of public school ombudsman.

HB 6535
Creates report on costs to bring all school buildings up to code.

HB 6534
Creates certain transcript/diploma endorsements.

Rep. David LaGrand

HB 6533
Requires rules and exclusions of certain individuals from schools or programs to prevent spread of disease.

HB 6532
Requires use of immunization exemption forms.

HB 6531
Requires presentation of immunization/exemptions to school officials.

HB 6530
Requires immunization for day care providers.

HB 6529
Requires collecting information/notification of school immunization status.

Rep. David LaGrand

HB 6533
Requires rules and exclusions of certain individuals from schools or programs to prevent spread of disease.

HB 6532
Requires use of immunization exemption forms.

HB 6531
Requires presentation of immunization/exemptions to school officials.

HB 6530
Requires immunization for day care providers.

HB 6529
Requires collecting information/notification of school immunization status.

Rep. Tenisha Yancey

HB 6547
Expunges and repeals certain traffic-related convictions and crimes.

HB 6546
Expands juror qualification to include individuals with a felony conviction.

HB 6545
Prohibits discrimination based on employee use of marihuana.

HB 6544
Prohibits discrimination based on employee smoking habits.

HB 6528
Restricts rates for inmate telephone services.

HB 6527
Requires pharmacies to provide contraceptives without bias.

Rep. Tenisha Yancey

HB 6547
Expunges and repeals certain traffic-related convictions and crimes.

HB 6546
Expands juror qualification to include individuals with a felony conviction.

HB 6545
Prohibits discrimination based on employee use of marihuana.

HB 6544
Prohibits discrimination based on employee smoking habits.

HB 6528
Restricts rates for inmate telephone services.

HB 6527
Requires pharmacies to provide contraceptives without bias.

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

Futures for Frontliners
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