// on Tue, Aug 4 2020 / Newsletter

Dear Neighbors:High auto insurance rates affect everyone in Michigan. Residents in Detroit pay some of the highest rates in the country, and residents in the surrounding communities also pay exorbitant rates.Last May, legislative Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement with the Governor to overhaul Michigan’s… Read More

Democrats Introduce Bills to Pause Standardized Testing

// on Wed, Jul 22 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Rosemary Bayer (D-Bloomfield Hills),Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo), and Paul Wojno (D-Warren) today introduced a bill package to pause most standardized tests for the 2020-2021 school year.  Identical bills are expected to be introduced in the House by Democratic Representatives. “Our… Read More

Geiss introduces bill to establish African, Caribbean, and Diaspora Affairs Commission

// on Wed, Jul 22 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) has introduced a bill to establish the African, Caribbean, and Diaspora Affairs Commission and the Office of African, Caribbean, and Diaspora Affairs, both of which will be housed in the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.  Modeled after similar commissions and… Read More

Sen. Geiss Supports Directive by Gov. Whitmer on Implicit Bias Training

// on Mon, Jul 13 2020 / Press release

LANSING – Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) has issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s issued Executive Directive 2020-7, which asks the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to require implicit bias training for health care professionals: “Every year during Black Maternal Health Week, I tell… Read More

Senate Democrats Expand Unemployment as Federal Benefits Expire

// on Thu, Jul 2 2020 / Press release

LANSING — The Senate Democratic Caucus has introduced a comprehensive plan to boost Michigan’s unemployment system to expand benefits for unemployed individuals starting July 25, 2020 — the last date of federal benefits for unemployment. Currently, unemployed Michiganders can access a more generous unemployment compensation… Read More

Geiss introduces bill to allow doula services for Medicaid recipients

// on Fri, Jun 12 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) has introduced a bill to expand Medicaid guidelines by allowing expectant mothers, who are Medicaid recipients, to receive doula services before, during, and after childbirth for up to 60 days of postpartum care.  In the process, Senate Bill 965 would help… Read More

Senate, House Democrats: ‘Racism is a public health crisis’

// on Wed, Jun 10 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Today, Sens. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and Marshall Bullock (D-Detroit), and Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit), introduced Senate and House resolutions declaring racism a public health crisis in the State of Michigan and called upon state leaders to work toward solutions to dismantle systemic racism. “Systemic, institutionalized racism continues to… Read More

Senators Brinks and Geiss introduce legislation to support workers

// on Thu, Jun 4 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) today introduced a package of bills that would permit local communities to set their own standards for employee benefits, and for Michigan workers to earn paid leave to care for themselves and sick family members during a… Read More

Democratic legislators introduce bills to address dangerous dock collapses

// on Tue, Jun 2 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills), and Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) introduced legislation to protect major waterways and public health. The legislation would ensure statewide risk assessments would be conducted and a public database of findings be made available regarding contaminated properties along major… Read More

Senate Dems introduce legislation to protect residents from foreclosures and evictions during emergencies

// on Tue, May 19 2020 / Press release

LANSING – Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Sen. Betty Jean Alexander (D–Detroit), Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), and Sen. Adam Hollier (D–Detroit) introduced legislation last week to protect Michigan residents from foreclosures and evictions during state emergencies. The purpose of their proposed bill package is to create an Emergency Rental Relief Act,… Read More

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