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


Nurses applaud plan to reduce violence against health care workers

// on Fri, May 10 2019 / Article

The Michigan Nurses Association today applauded the introduction of a bipartisan legislative plan to address the epidemic of workplace violence against nurses and other healthcare workers. The plan takes a proactive approach, focusing on prevention. Violence against nurses and other health care workers occurs in… Read More


Irwin working to protect health care workers against violence

// on Thu, May 9 2019 / Press release

LANSING – Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) has introduced legislation requiring health care facilities and local health departments to establish a workplace violence prevention program and increase transparency on the frequency of such incidents. “This Michigan Nurses Week, it is not enough to simply say that we… Read More


Sen. Irwin, Rep. Witwer introduce teacher tax credit legislation

// on Thu, May 9 2019 / Press release

LANSING — As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) and Rep. Angela Witwer (D–Delta Township) have introduced legislation to provide a tax credit for educators who pay out-of-pocket for classroom supplies. Senate Bill 315 and House Bill 4582 would allow teachers to claim a tax… Read More


Sen. Irwin: Constitution is Clear, Public Dollars for Public School

// on Thu, May 2 2019 / Press release

The Michigan Constitution is clear, public money should only be used for public schools. Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) offers an amendment in the Senate Appropriations Committee to preserve the Michigan Constitution. Read More


Sen. Irwin Offers Amendment for Safe Elections

// on Thu, May 2 2019 / Press release

The Secretary of State’s office is one of the most direct ways citizens interact with our state government. The department works elections, including the new redistricting committee, and offers us services like licences and IDs. Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) offers an amendment during a… Read More


Senate bills to expand adoption rights to LGBT families

// on Wed, Apr 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 Tue, Apr 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

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