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

Irwin introduces bill to protect stimulus payments, take on debt collectors

// on Fri, Jun 5 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) has introduced Senate Bill 962 that would prevent creditors from garnishing stimulus payments made under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, or from any future COVID-19 related stimulus payments.   This… Read More

Irwin on Senate passage of bill to improve police officer training

// on Thu, Jun 4 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) released the following statement today after the Michigan Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 945, that would require all incoming law enforcement officers to complete training on implicit bias, de-escalation techniques, and mental health screening as part of the Michigan… Read More

Irwin bill to increase police officer training, decrease excessive force

// on Thu, May 28 2020 / Press release

Implicit bias, de-escalation techniques, mental health training proposed as requirements LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill to strengthen community-police relations and reduce excessive use of force by police officers.  Senate Bill 945 would require that all incoming law enforcement officers complete… Read More

Irwin, McMorrow Introduce Legislation to Expand Open Container Law

// on Thu, May 21 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) have introduced legislation to designate social districts which will allow for public consumption of alcohol, and allow bars and restaurants to offer curbside pickup and delivery of alcohol.  Sen. Irwin’s bill, Senate Bill 939, would… 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… Read More

Senator Irwin introduces bill to establish vote-by-mail system

// on Wed, May 6 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced legislation today to increase voter turnout, save money on elections, and that is supported by a bipartisan majority of Michigan voters.  Senate Bill 909 would expand voting opportunities in Michigan by establishing a universal, vote-by-mail system that would also… Read More

Stay Home, Stay Safe Order

// on Mon, Mar 23 2020 / Press release

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. For at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and… Read More

Irwin Introduces Bill to Close Whistleblower Protection Act Loophole

// on Wed, Dec 11 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced legislation to close a loophole in Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) exposed by a 2016 Michigan Supreme Court case. In the case, Pace v. Edel-Harrelson, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled whistleblowers aren’t protected from retaliatory discharge claims if… Read More

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

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