LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill to ban privately owned prisons or detention centers in Michigan. Senate Bill 489 would prohibit the state from contracting with a private detention facility with the purpose of housing any person in the custody of the State of Michigan. “Prisons should not be run for profit, and… Read More
LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill that would expunge the records of people convicted for possession or use of marihuana in Michigan. Senate Bill 416 would automatically clear criminal records for more than 235,000 people without requiring an application to the court… Read More
LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) has issued the following statement on Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit against Enbridge Inc. “Thank you to Attorney General Nessel for taking legal action to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline and protect the Straits of Mackinac. Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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