Benson, lawmakers tour Department branch offices in Livonia, Novi

// on Thu, Jul 29 2021 / Press release

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson continued her tour this week of Department of State branch locations across the state, with visits to offices in Livonia and Novi. “The updates we’ve made to our operations are making the experience better than ever for Michigan residents,” said… Read More

Flooding Updates & Resources

// on Mon, Jun 28 2021 / Press release

We know many residents have experienced flooding due to the storms on June 25 and 26 and have questions about resources. My team and I are closely monitoring the situation and have been on calls convened by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Wayne County to receive… Read More

Senators Polehanki, Geiss Introduce Bills to Help Paraprofessionals

// on Thu, Jun 24 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (June 24, 2021) — Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) and Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) today introduced legislation that would create a track for paraprofessionals to become classroom teachers.Senate Bills 567 and 568, sponsored by Sens. Polehanki and Geiss, respectively, would create two different tracks for paraprofessionals to become… Read More

Sen. Geiss Introduces Bill to Protect Prisoners at Huron Valley Facility

// on Thu, May 27 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (May 27, 2021) — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) today joined prison reform advocates to discuss improving the treatment of prisoners at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, the only all-women prison in Michigan.“Inmates at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility have unique needs as compared… Read More

Democratic Lawmakers Fight to Protect Integrity of Voter Initiatives

// on Mon, May 17 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (May 17, 2021) — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) have introduced a resolution to ensure that the power of voter-led initiatives remains with the people of Michigan and does not get hijacked by special interest groups.Senate Joint Resolution H and … Read More

Geiss resolution recognizes Black Maternal Health Week, calls for action

// on Wed, Apr 14 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (April 14, 2021) — Sen. Erika Geiss (D–Taylor) has introduced Senate Resolution 39 to recognize April 11 through 17, 2021 as Black Maternal Health Week.“At no other time have the true inequities in our health care system been laid so bare before our… Read More

Sen. Geiss: “GOP bills put lipstick on Jim Crow”

// on Wed, Mar 24 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (March 24, 2021) — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) has issued the following statement after Michigan Senate Republicans today announced an election reform bill package aimed at suppressing voting rights in Michigan, much like the assault on voting rights by GOP-controlled legislatures taking… Read More

Democrats Introduce Bills to Pause the Punitive Use of Standardized Testing Data

// on Wed, Mar 3 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (March 3, 2021) — Sens. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing), and Paul Wojno (D-Warren) today introduced a bill package to pause punitive uses of data from standardized tests for the 2020-2021 school year.In Michigan, students in grades K-12 are evaluated annually using a combination of… Read More

Democratic Senators Seek Action on Distribution of Federal Funds

// on Fri, Feb 5 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 4, 2021) — Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills), Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), and Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) have issued the following joint statement after the Michigan Senate went another day without discussions to distribute federal funds that would help deliver relief to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic: “Another… Read More

Senator Geiss introduces bills to halt false, race-based 911 calls

// on Thu, Jan 28 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 28, 2021) — Two bills introduced by Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) would make falsely reporting certain criminal incidents hate crimes and classify them as felonies. Senate Bill 62 would classify the false reporting of a crime or suspected crime — based solely on the… Read More

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