Senator Bert Johnson

Wayne County: Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and all five Grosse Pointe Communities

Analysis of Flawed Right to Work Legislation Shows Governor, Republican Legislators, Had Never Reviewed Language Prior to Signing it Into Law

Wednesday December 12, 2012

Lansing – Less than 24 hours after Governor Snyder signed his damaging “Right to Work” legislation into law, analysis shows that the flawed legislation may not even have the result the Governor claimed it would, raising serious questions about whether the Republican leadership even read the language of the bills before voting it through and signing it into law.

Senate Democrats Condemn House Republicans' Passage of “Right to Work” Despite Protests

Tuesday December 11, 2012

Lansing – Michigan Senate Democrats continued to voice their support of Michigan workers protesting at the Capitol today and decried the Michigan House of Representatives' passage of so-called Right to Work legislation. The Senate passed Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003 late last Thursday, and the bills were finalized and approved by the House today. These bills now go to Governor Snyder for his signature into law, a move that he has already publicly stated is a foregone conclusion.

Senators Hunter, Johnson and Smith Hail Passage of Revised Detroit Lighting Bills

Tuesday December 4, 2012

LANSING- State Senators Tupac A. Hunter, Virgil Smith and Bert Johnson, all representing Detroit, supported the passage of Detroit Lighting Authority legislation today after successfully negotiating changes to the bills to better serve the city. The most significant of those changes is the make-up of the new Lighting Authority, all of whose members will now be appointed by the City of Detroit.

Johnson Praises Senate Passage of Regional Transit Authority Bills

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Senator Bert Johnson applauded action taken in the Senate today to pass a package of legislation, of which he is a principal sponsor, that would create a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in southeastern Michigan. The RTA will coordinate regional transit efforts as well as operate its own rapid transit system.

Senate Passes Blight Reduction Bills With Bipartisan Support

Wednesday August 15, 2012

LANSING- Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) praised passage of a package of bills that would give cities more power to fight blight occurring in their neighborhoods. The five-bill package had the bipartisan sponsorship from Senators Smith, Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton), Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit), and Bert Johnson (D-Highland Park).

Senator Johnson Introduces Legislation to Ensure Parents Can Be More Involved With Children

Wednesday July 18, 2012

Today, Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) introduced the Family Education Leave Act which would provide unpaid leave for employees to attend academic activities of their children and to prohibit discrimination against employees who request or use the leave.

Senator Bert Johnson Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Decision

Thursday June 28, 2012

I applaud the United States Supreme Court decision that has upheld the entire health care reform law, including the individual mandate. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor have ruled in the interests of the people of the United States of America.

Senator Johnson Introduces Bill to Pre-Register Voters, Ensure Ballot Access for Young People

Thursday June 14, 2012

LANSING- Today Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) introduced legislation to allow for the pre-registration of voters when they apply for their driver license. The measure is aimed at streamlining the voter registration process for young voters.

Johnson Bill to Establish Public Awareness Campaign for Sickle-Cell Disease

Wednesday June 13, 2012

Yesterday Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) introduced a bill that would create a public awareness campaign through the Michigan Department of Community Health to be developed and disseminated to health professionals, health facilities and agencies, local health departments and the general public on sickle-cell disease.

Senator Bert Johnson Introduces Bill to Raise Minimum Wage in Michigan

Thursday June 7, 2012

Today, Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) introduced a bill that would incrementally increase the state minimum wage to $10.00 per hour by 2015. Following that, the minimum wage would be linked to the rate of inflation as provided by the United States Department of Labor.

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