News From Rep. Zemke

Friday, March 4, 2016

Washtenaw County legislators are pushing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to align their state standard of dioxane testing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standard, which is far stricter.

The representatives have confirmed that the DEQ will announce new, more robust standards for dioxane levels as well as a plan for clean-up by Pall Corporation, the company that caused the dioxane spill in Scio Township, at an April 18 legislative town hall....

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) yesterday questioned the state’s school reform officer, Natasha Baker, about why the state would divert school aid dollars to have CEOs, state-appointed emergency managers by another name, take control of schools that have been ranked in the bottom 5 percent when successful turn-around models have already happened at the local level without the state sending emergency managers directly into schools.

“Hazel...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

"I am pleased that my bill on school social media policies has been passed out of committee with unanimous support. It was great to receive input from so many educators who use social media to enhance their classrooms. In this age of rapidly evolving technological advancements, we are often shooting at a moving target when attempting to find the line between appropriate and inappropriate usage of a new social media platform, and sometimes we end...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) is introducing a proposal that would protect Michigan’s school children by requiring water quality to be tested at schools at least once every three years. There is currently no requirement that schools regularly test their water quality.

“As we’ve seen in our state, we can no longer take the quality of our water for granted,” Rep. Zemke said. “Most communities work hard to provide safe water to...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) offered a motion today in the House Appropriations Committee attempting to block the transfer of reimbursement funds for Attorney General Bill Schuette’s fight against the DeBoer marriage case. The case, which eventually made its way to the Supreme Court in the form of DeBoer v. Snyder, was decided earlier this year. SCOTUS ruled in favor of the couple, thus institutionalizing national marriage equality.

“I’m disappointed members of...

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