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Auto Insurance Reform Proposed

Sep 29, 2017

This week, Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt Twp.) Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Representative Lana Theis (R-Brighton) announced their plan to reform Michigan’s auto insurance system.  Michigan drivers pay the nation’s highest auto insurance premiums, averaging $2,400/year, nearly twice the national average.  Insurance rates are especially high in urban areas, including metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, […]

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Bureau of Elections Releases Detroit Election Audit Findings

Feb 10, 2017

This week, the Michigan Bureau of Elections released its audit findings for 136 Detroit precincts from the November 8, 2016 general election.  The findings largely site human error, not illegal activity, resulted in mismatches between the number of ballots and recorded voters.  The audit found the precinct imbalances were almost entirely caused by precinct worker […]

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Detroit Caucus Announces Leadership

Jan 13, 2017

On Friday, January 6, the Detroit Caucus announced their officers for the upcoming 2017-2018 legislative term.  Caucus Chairman, Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), announced the following officers: Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), Vice Chair Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), Secretary Senator David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights), Treasurer

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Attorney General Issues Opinion

Sep 30, 2016

On Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an official legal opinion clarifying state law regarding the potential closure of underachieving schools in Detroit.  The opinion states that under current law, schools operated by the Detroit Public School Community District are subject to closure before the end of the current school year if they are amongst […]

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Governor Signs Detroit Public School Reforms

Jun 24, 2016

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a recently passed package of legislation making reforms to the Detroit Public Schools.  Additionally, the newly signed law includes $467 million to help pay off long-standing debt and $150 million to improve facilities and invest in student achievement.  The reforms will end the emergency management of the […]

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Detroit Public School Reforms Pass

Jun 10, 2016

This week, the House and Senate granted approval to a package of legislation making reforms to Detroit Public Schools (DPS).  The package previously passed by the House was vastly different from the Senate-passed proposal.  For several days there was uncertainty as to if the Senate would have enough votes to pass the House’s new proposal.  […]

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House Passes Detroit Public Schools Reform Bills

Jun 03, 2016

Following several hours of session, negotiations, and caucusing, the House was able to muster enough votes to pass a package of legislation making numerous reforms to Detroit Public Schools. The package, which contains three House and three Senate bills, was initially passed by the House last month.  However, yesterday the House requested the return of […]

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House Passes Plan for Detroit Public Schools

May 06, 2016

Following a nearly fourteen hour session, the House passed a package of bills reforming Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and appropriating funds to keep the schools afloat.  The bill package was passed without the support of any of the members of the Democratic caucus.  The bills would appropriate $33 million in emergency funding and $500 million […]

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