Senator Irwin Bill to End Asset Testing for Food Assistance

// on Wed, Sep 16 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich.  — Today, Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced a bill to fight food insecurity by ending asset testing for Michigan’s Food Assistance Program. Senate Bill 1127 would allow every Michigan resident who needs assistance to be eligible for the benefits they deserve if they… Read More

Ann Arbor Legislators Propose Ban on Use of Toxic PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging

// on Mon, Aug 17 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — On Saturday, Aug. 15, Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced legislation that would ban toxic PFAS, BPA, and phthalate ‘forever chemicals’ from the manufacturing and sale of food packaging in Michigan. Senate Bill 1072 would require an annual assessment of the hazard, exposure, and… Read More

State Senator Jeff Irwin| Voter Education Newsletter

// on Sat, Aug 8 2020 / Newsletter

This year, an incredibly important election will take place and I want you to have the information you need to be prepared. We don’t know what the future holds or how this election will look as we continue to navigate our way through challenging times… Read More


// on Tue, Jul 28 2020 / Newsletter

Dear Friend,Michigan is a great place to live, work, and retire — despite the average temperature. I want you to know that I am working to make Michigan an even better place to live for everybody and that I want to hear from you about… 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


// on Thu, Jul 16 2020 / Newsletter

Dear Neighbor, Since COVID-19 first made its appearance in our state in early March, many Michiganders have faced immense medical, economic, and emotional hardship. During this difficult time, my office has been doing everything we can to protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of… 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

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

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