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

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

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

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

// on Thu, Mar 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

MI Lawmakers May Boost ‘Working Poor’ Tax Credit

// on Wed, Feb 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

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

// on Fri, Feb 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

Jeff Irwin Takes Next Step In Career In Michigan State Senate

// on Wed, Dec 19 2018 / Article

Former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin chose to keep going with his duties in Lansing.  Now, is returning to Lansing. This time as a State Senator.… Read More

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