LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced legislation to close a loophole in Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) exposed by a 2016 Michigan Supreme Court case. In the case, Pace v. Edel-Harrelson, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled whistleblowers aren’t protected from retaliatory discharge claims if… Read More
LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) today introduced a pair of bills that protect people adjudicated in the juvenile justice system from permanent punishment. These two bills will provide for the confidentiality of juvenile records and create additional opportunities for individuals with juvenile… Read More
LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) has introduced Senate Bill 634, a bill that increases the “surveillance fee” cap on oil and gas production from 1% to 2%. The Michigan Oil and Gas Program under the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is tasked with… Read More
Bills replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, make Election Day a holiday LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) have introduced legislation to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan, as well as make Election Day a state holiday. Read More
LANSING — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan. Senate Bill 568 would make Michigan the eighth state in the nation to reclaim Columbus Day in honor of indigenous and tribal communities. “Michigan,… Read More
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
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