Today Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) announced new legislation in the Michigan Senate to establish training requirements for private security guards. The bills come in response to a slew of reported incidents involving guards at Cass Technical High School and Marquette Middle School in Detroit and the Northland Center mall in Southfield.
Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and other members of the Senate and House Democratic Caucuses joined today to expose the real impact of Snyder's budget proposals that have been built on school cuts and tax increases. Democrats also questioned the Governor's election year about-face and the motives behind many of the budget recommendations he is expected to make tomorrow.
Today the Michigan Senate passed Senate Resolution 115, sponsored by State Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit), declaring Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 as Cancer Prevention Day. The resolution recognizes that cancer is a leading cause of death and that early detection and prevention leads to healthier lifestyles and lives saved.
The Michigan Senate Democrats spoke out against legislation to expand the failed Education Achievement Authority (EAA) that passed the Senate today. The Education Achievement Authority was created to only operate 15 Detroit Public Schools that are among the lowest performing 5% of schools in Michigan, though legislation passed today allows for an unlimited number of schools to be taken over by the Authority. In addition to ongoing issues with poor test scores, truancy, violence and inadequate programming, it was recently reported by the Michigan Department of Education that the EAA lost 24% of its students after its first year in operations.
LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) was joined by other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus today to address the ill-conceived agenda that the Republican majority is looking to expand on before the end of the year. Senate Democrats discussed the potential expansion of the failed Education Achievement Authority and an initiative to prohibit abortion coverage in health insurance policies unless women purchase an abortion rider in advance, which the Legislature has slated to move forward.
State Senator Bert Johnson praised the ruling of US District Court Judge John Corbett O'Meara requiring the state to act on retroactive parole hearings for prisoners serving life terms for crimes committed as minors.
Senator Johnson Stands with Revolution Flag Group and Suits for Soldiers in Efforts to Revitalize Hart PlazaThursday November 14, 2013
Senator Bert Johnson is joining with Revolution Flag Group of Grosse Pointe Woods and Suits for Soldiers in an endeavor to revitalize Hart Plaza by repairing flagpoles, hanging new American flags and installing new solar lights to illuminate the new homage to our country.
Today Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) introduced a bill in the Michigan Senate to establish Mackinac Island Fudge as Michigan’s ‘state sweet’. In September, Sen. Johnson’s office received letters from Mrs. Kari Mannino’s social studies class at Defer Elementary in Grosse Pointe Park with suggestions for new state symbols.
The last time the government shut down, in 1995, there was at least some semblance of a substantive disagreement between the House of Representatives and the President. This time there is no real disagreement. The Republican-led House of Representatives is not even pretending this is about spending. It is simply about Speaker John Boehner's inability to lead his caucus, instead allowing a rabid and nonsensical extremist wing of his party to feebly attempt to delay or destroy the Affordable Care Act.
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filing for bankruptcy on behalf of the City of Detroit is a regrettable action and one that has come directly from the failings of Governor Rick Snyder. It is the latest and greatest illustration of the ineffectiveness of his leadership and disastrous nature of his policies.