Senators Irwin and Lucido Introduce Bills for Juvenile Set Aside Expungement and Confidentiality

// on Thu, Dec 5 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) today introduced a pair of bills that protect people adjudicated in the juvenile justice system from permanent punishment. These two bills will provide for the confidentiality of juvenile records and create additional opportunities for individuals with juvenile… Read More

Sen. Irwin Introduces Bill to End $4M in Subsidies for Oil and Gas Companies

// on Thu, Oct 31 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) has introduced Senate Bill 634, a bill that increases the “surveillance fee” cap on oil and gas production from 1% to 2%. The Michigan Oil and Gas Program under the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is tasked with… Read More

Irwin, McMorrow Introduce Legislation to Honor Indigenous Peoples

// on Mon, Oct 14 2019 / Press release

Bills replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, make Election Day a holiday LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) have introduced legislation to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan, as well as make Election Day a state holiday. Read More

Sen. Irwin Introduces Bill to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

// on Tue, Oct 8 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan. Senate Bill 568 would make Michigan the eighth state in the nation to reclaim Columbus Day in honor of indigenous and tribal communities. “Michigan,… Read More

Sen. Irwin Introduces Bill to Ban Private Prisons

// on Thu, Aug 29 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill to ban privately owned prisons or detention centers in Michigan. Senate Bill 489 would prohibit the state from contracting with a private detention facility with the purpose of housing any person in the custody of the State of Michigan.   “Prisons should not be run for profit, and… Read More

Sen. Irwin Introduces Bill to Expunge Cannabis Offenses from Criminal Records

// on Tue, Jul 16 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill that would expunge the records of people convicted for possession or use of marihuana in Michigan. Senate Bill 416 would automatically clear criminal records for more than 235,000 people without requiring an application to the court… Read More

Sen. Irwin on Attorney General’s Enbridge Lawsuit

// on Thu, Jun 27 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) has issued the following statement on Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit against Enbridge Inc. “Thank you to Attorney General Nessel for taking legal action to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline and protect the Straits of Mackinac. Read More

College Dems lawsuit brings about new changes to promote college-age voting

// on Thu, Jun 13 2019 / Article

On June 5, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced several initiatives designed to encourage participation among student and college-age voters, including the strikedown of a current law requiring some first-time voters to vote in person. The changes come from a settlement meant to resolve a… Read More

I voted no on legislation to change Michigan's insurance code to end no-fault insurance.

// on Sat, May 25 2019 / Press release

I opposed this legislation for many reasons. My biggest problem with the bill is that it fails to address redlining and discrimination in rate-setting. It also fails to prohibit the use of non-driving factors. Interestingly, the bill prohibits the use of “credit scores” but sidesteps… Read More

Michigan teachers who pay for school supplies could get a tax credit

// on Mon, May 13 2019 / Article

A new bill would provide a tax credit for educators who pay out-of-pocket for classroom supplies. Senate Bill 315 and House Bill 4582 provide up to $1,000 for a single return and up to $2,000 for a joint return to teachers buying school supplies. The… Read More

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