Senate bills to expand adoption rights to LGBT families

// on April 17, 2019 / Article

Four state senators introduced a bill to expand adoption rights to all LGBT couples in Michigan. The proposed bills would prevent adoption agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation. It expands on Attorney General Dana Nessel’s recent court settlement to ban state-contracted agencies from barring… Read More


Senate Dems introduce legislation to expand adoption rights to LGBT families

// on April 16, 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), and Sens. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) have introduced legislation to expand adoption rights to all LGBT couples in Michigan. “LGBT Michiganders encounter enough discrimination, and shouldn’t face additional rejection, humiliation and disappointment when seeking to adopt Michigan’s… Read More


Sen. Irwin introduces tax bills to lift working class wages

// on April 15, 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) is sponsoring legislation to reform Michigan’s tax laws to benefit low- and middle-income families. “After eight years of Republican control in Lansing, we have a tax code written for, and by, the wealthy,” Sen. Irwin said. “Low- and middle-income Michigan… Read More


Michigan senators fight for clean, affordable water

// on March 22, 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Detroit-area Sens. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Betty Jean Alexander (D-Detroit), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Paul Wojno (D-Warren) have introduced legislation to establish shutoff protections, create an affordability plan for water, and decriminalize water reconnection for World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22. “Too many Michigan residents are struggling to… Read More


Lawmakers target Michigan's 'pay or stay' cash bail system

// on March 14, 2019 / Article

A 10-bill package taking aim at the state’s “pay or stay” cash bail system could be picking up momentum a few months after dying in the Michigan House. The bills seek to stop counties from keeping low-income, low-risk offenders in jail because of an inability… Read More


Bipartisan, Bicameral Package Introduced to Reform Cash Bail System

// on March 14, 2019 / Press release

41 percent of county jail inmates held because they can’t post bail LANSING — Today, state Reps. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids) and Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) along with state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) held a press conference to announce the introduction of a legislative package to reform Michigan’s broken cash bail… Read More


MI Lawmakers May Boost ‘Working Poor’ Tax Credit

// on February 27, 2019 / Article

A bill before the Legislature would expand the state income tax credit for low-wage-earning workers.  The credit was reduced while Governor Rick Snyder was in office and Republicans controlled the Legislature. Democratic state Senator Jeff Irwin says it’s time to increase the credit. “People have… Read More


Sen. Irwin introduces bill to reinvigorate Earned Income Tax Credit

// on February 21, 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill that would provide thousands of low-income Michigan workers with more refund money when they file their taxes. Senate Bill 107 would increase the percentage of the federal earned income tax credit (EITC) that… Read More


7 locations being tested for dioxane along Ann Arbor’s Allen Creek

// on February 15, 2019 / Article

Two Ann Arbor lawmakers who’ve been concerned about the Gelman plume for years and have been lobbying for more action to address it are announcing new pollution cleanup legislation this week. House Democratic Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi and state Sen. Jeff Irwin, both Ann Arbor… Read More


Sen. Irwin on Senate vote against EGLE

// on February 14, 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) today released the following statement after the Michigan Senate voted along party lines to approve House Concurrent Resolution 1 without amendment, striking down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-02, that would restructure the Michigan… Read More

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