State Senate Democratic Leader-Elect Jim Ananich (D-Flint) announced appointments today for additional caucus roles next session. Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) has been tapped to serve as the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) as Associate Senate President Pro Tempore, Senator-elect David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) as Caucus Chair, and Senator-elect Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing) as Caucus Whip.
Michigan Senate Democrats continued their fight for fair reproductive health care for Michigan women this week, introducing legislation that would create exemptions to the state's current rape insurance law for medically-necessary procedures or pregnancies due to rape or incest.
LANSING – Legislation sponsored by Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) to aid victims of sexual assault was recently signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. The bills are part of a comprehensive, bipartisan package designed to strengthen victims’ rights and improve how Michigan handles sexual assault cases.
LANSING – A comprehensive, bipartisan package of legislation sponsored by Senator Bert Johnson (D–Detroit) designed to aid victims of sexual assault passed unanimously out of the full Senate today. The Sexual Assault Victim’s Access to Justice Act, Senate Bill 1004, would require that victims receive certain information relating to evidence and investigation of their case. Another piece of legislation, Senate Bill 1021, would extend the period during which hospital personnel must inform victims of the availability of sexual assault evidence kits.
Senator Johnson Invites Local Residents to Attend State of the Community Tour Events across the Second Senate District in JulyThursday July 3, 2014
Detroit, Mich. – Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) is inviting local residents to join him at stops on his annual State of the Community Tour in July. The tour will provide an opportunity for an ongoing dialogue about the issues that affect the communities of the 2nd Senate District. To make attendance convenient and accessible, events are planned at four stops in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods. Each stop on the tour will be unique, offering different guest speakers and representatives from organizations with information and resources concerning health care, public safety, consumer protection and more. Sen. Johnson is encouraging all interested residents to attend and bring their questions and concerns. All tour stops will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
LANSING – Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 901, legislation introduced by Senator Bert Johnson (D – Detroit) to ensure that evidence kits in sexual assault cases are handled properly and processed in a timely manner.
Nearly $240,000 in travel, gas and IKEA furniture was charged on two credit cards of the chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority in less than two years, records obtained by The Detroit News show.
As teachers complained about funding problems so severe they bought supplies with their own money, Chancellor John Covington and his staff charged $178,000 on hotel and airfare traveling to 36 cities from April 2012 to February, according to his credit statements.
LANSING –Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit), Representative Jon Switalski (D-Warren), other state Democrats and Michigan workers gathered today to lambaste Senate Republicans’ introduction of Senate Bill 934 to derail a citizen-initiated ballot drive to raise Michigan’s minimum wage.
LANSING — Michigan Senate Democrats voted today against Senate Bill 775, the School Aid Budget, and dismissed the Republican spin that the bill included an “increase” for public education. Senate Democrats also opposed the other harmful budget bills passed today: Senate Bill 769, the Department of Human Services Budget, and Senate Bill 767, the General Government Budget.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education reviewed estimates for state aid next fiscal year based on varying budget proposals from state legislators at its meeting Wednesday night—and were less than pleased with the result.
In the best-case scenario under Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, the district would be receiving a total of $55,000 more in state aid next year—an increase of roughly $3.50 more per student.
Under the state House and Senate’s budget proposals, AAPS stands to receive $1.276 million or $2.171 million less next year, respectively.
“This is just shameful,” school board President Deb Mexicotte said.