News From Rep. Yanez

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats were disappointed tonight with the final form of the education budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, which passed the House 74 to 34 during another long session. Central among the many issues facing the budget is the unbalanced funding of charter schools and the potentially unconstitutional funding for private schools.

“We had an opportunity to truly invest in public education and our children, instead our precious school dollars are diverted in several...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Yanez Legislation Flips the Ballot

Reordering political races could increase voter participation

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) introduced House Bill 5709 today that would move partisan offices to the bottom of the Michigan ballot in an effort to increase voter participation now that straight-ticket voting has been banned.

“Even during presidential years, voter fatigue is a problem, and without the option of straight-ticket voting, it is likely to get worse when people...

Friday, May 20, 2016

LANSING – State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) announced a three- bill package of legislation — House Bills 5686, 5687 and 5688 — that includes regulating e-cigarettes as tobacco, taxing e-cigarette devices and refill liquid, and dedicating a portion of the tax revenue generated to the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund, the state Smoking Prevention Program and to a fund dedicated to the state match requirement for the Healthy Michigan Plan. 

“As Gov. Rick Snyder...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) won support today for his amendment to fund an ombudsman for the state’s two veterans homes. An amendment Yanez originally proposed to fund the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund was also adopted after it was offered by a Republican legislator.  

“A recent audit revealed that the Grand Rapids home for veterans has remained chronically understaffed, fall alerts continually have gone unanswered, medicine has not been properly...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) attempted to win support today in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee for an amendment to add $5 million to the budget for the State Aging and Adult Services Office. Republican committee members defeated his amendment.

“Last year’s budget included an additional $5 million for this agency in an attempt to reduce wait times among seniors for services, but our senior population has...