This e-newsletter aims to keep you updated on the previous month’s activities in the Michigan Senate as well as upcoming activities for the month ahead. It’s an honor to serve as your state senator for State Senate District 7, which includes communities of Auburn Hills, a portion of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, northwest Detroit neighborhoods, Franklin, Lake Angelus, Lathrup Village, Pontiac, Southfield, and a portion of Waterford. If you should ever need to contact me, don’t hesitate to call my office at (517) 373-7888 or email me at email@example.com.
Jeremy Moss President Pro Tempore of the Michigan Senate State Senator District 7
News and Updates
Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to Care for Michigan Accident Victims
October 19, 2023
Senate Bills 530, 531 and 575 were passed by the Michigan Senate with bipartisan support. Introduced by Sens. Mary Cavanagh (D-Redford Twp.), Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) and Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), respectively, this legislative package will enhance the 2019 auto no-fault reform and improve access to affordable post-acute and home care.“As we’ve witnessed the devastating effects of the 2019 auto no-fault changes, I firmly believe we cannot afford to sacrifice healthcare in the name of ‘rate relief’ that never actually came. It is our responsibility to try to restore some of what was lost and ensure auto accident survivors have access to the high-quality care they need,” said Sen. Moss. “By reevaluating the Medicare reimbursement structure and expanding in-home care services, we can provide further support for their recovery. This new legislation prioritizes the wellbeing of accident survivors and their families and does not allow our healthcare system to be gutted.”
Read more here.
State Senate Financial Disclosure Bills a Great and Long-Awaited First Step Toward Improved Government Transparency
October 25, 2023
Senate Oversight Committee members heard testimony on the newly introduced, bipartisan financial disclosure bills put forth to help improve government transparency and codify Proposal 1 of 2022 — which was supported by 2.8 million Michigan voters just last year.Senate Bills 613–616 would improve government transparency by requiring financial disclosure of assets and income above certain limits from elected officials and candidates for public office. According to Sen. Jeremy Moss (D–Southfield), it is a long-awaited first step in the process.“For those of us who have been on this years-long journey of pushing for more transparency from legislators and other officeholders, this is a huge step forward to holding our elected officials accountable to the citizens they represent,” said Moss. “This is a full-circle moment to achieve the goals we set out years ago to enact Michigan’s first-ever financial disclosure law that would reveal conflicts of interests from lawmakers. Our Prop. 1 legislation is not an end but a long-overdue beginning to finally implementing transparency laws.”
Read more here.
Sen. Moss on Sponsoring Bill to Set More-Protective Pollution Cleanup Standards
October 26, 2023Sen. Jeremy Moss (D–Southfield) issued the following statement on sponsoring Senate Bill 606, part of the Polluter Pay legislative package — SBs 605–611 — that will set more stringent cleanup standards, increase transparency, prevent sites from becoming “orphaned” and make it easier for those harmed by pollution to seek justice.“Michigan residents can still recall the green ooze that seeped into my district in 2019. It was extraordinary how a bad actor could pollute that site for so long — and therefore our response must be extraordinary to change policies so that it never happens again in another community in our state. We must get tougher on polluters and require better cleanup standards, and I am proud to be a part of a bill package that will achieve that.”
To learn more about the bill package, click here.
Senator Jeremy Moss and Representative Brenda Carter Celebrates Passage of Supplemental Budget, Debt Relief for Pontiac School District
November 2, 2023
Sen. Jeremy Moss (D–Southfield) issued the following statement regarding the passage of House Bill 4292, which includes $18.3 million to eliminate school debt for the Pontiac School District — helping to free up additional resources in its operating budget to best serve the needs of students:“After tirelessly advocating for debt relief for the Pontiac School District, I was proud to support House Bill 4292 and send it to the Governor’s desk. This legislation ensures that the funding for our schools is directed to resources and opportunities in the classroom that are vital to providing students with the adequate education they rightfully deserve. Pontiac has been overlooked for too long, and this support from the state — in addition to funding for downtown development and critical infrastructure that we fought to include in our fiscal budget — reverses the years disinvestment.”
Read more here.
Senate Democrats Finalize ‘Clean Energy Future’ Plan to Create Jobs, Improve Energy Reliability and Affordability
November 8, 2023
Read more about the ‘Clean Energy Future Plan’ here.
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Veterans DayObserved annually on November 11, Veterans Day is a federal holiday that honors military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The origin of Veterans Day began with Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. In 1954, Armistice Day was rechristened as Veterans Day. Throughout history, veterans have made tremendous contributions to our country and state.
Our Michigan Legislature worked to secure investments for the veteran community — including $1.2 million for suicide prevention programs to help military veterans and their families — in the Fiscal Year 2024 budget which took effect on October 1. Here are some resources that may be helpful to the veteran community:
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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has announced that the MI Healthy Climate Corps (MHCC) program will start in January 2024. MHCC will field a cohort of 30 federal AmeriCorps members who will provide vital support for climate action across Michigan. Corps members will receive training and career development support to bolster Michigan’s climate leadership pool.
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