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