Senate Democrats Announce Leadership Roles for Next Term

Wednesday November 19, 2014

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.

Senate Democrats Continue Fight for Women's Health Care

Wednesday October 22, 2014

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.

Whitmer Says Governor's Stubborn Defense of Aramark Jeopardizing Public

Thursday September 25, 2014

Lansing – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement today reiterating her months-long call for Governor Rick Snyder to terminate Aramark's contract with the Michigan Department of Corrections. She also pointed out that with today's news of a murder-for-hire plan involving an Aramark employee, the company's unscrupulous behavior continues to escalate, endangering prisoners and correction officers and putting the general public at risk.

Dems Intro Bills to Make Women's Health Care More Accessible

Wednesday September 24, 2014

LANSING – State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and state Representatives Pam Faris (D-Clio) and Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) are introducing legislation to mandate that all health insurance companies that offer group and individual health care coverage must provide the option to purchase abortion service coverage. In December 2013, House and Senate Republicans passed a law banning health insurance companies in Michigan from covering abortion services unless a separate health insurance rider is purchased. Currently, only seven of the 42 health insurers in the state offer such a policy, and those that do only offer it as an add-on to an employer-provided plan and not for individual plans.

State Senator Rebekah Warren Statement on Introduction of Bills Updating Michigan' Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act

Thursday September 11, 2014

Lansing—State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) issued the following statement after introducing bills Wednesday that would update Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Senate Democrats Oppose Republican Efforts to Trample Voting Rights

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Lansing – Michigan Senate Democrats attacked Senate Republicans’ passage of legislation today to prevent voters from having a say on wolf hunting this November. Exploiting the same legislative loophole they...

Legislative Democrats Call for Action on Candidate Financial Disclosure Bill

Friday July 25, 2014

Lansing – Michigan House and Senate Democrats called on the Legislature today to take up legislation that would require candidates for elective office and state and local officials to file...

Whitmer Demands Governor Snyder Immediately Terminate Aramark Contract

Friday July 18, 2014

LANSING –Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) called on Governor Rick Snyder today to immediately end Aramark’s contract with the Michigan Department of Corrections. News this week of more...

Lawmakers Demand Hearing on Women's Health Rider Repeal Bills

Thursday July 10, 2014

Lansing – State Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) and State Rep. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) delivered letters to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Insurance Committee Chair Rep. Pete Lund respectively to request hearings on Senate Bill 1010 and House Bill 5697, their legislation to repeal the discriminatory and dangerous women’s health care rider law passed in December 2013. Whitmer and Roberts introduced their legislation last month, but have received no indication that the Republican majorities in either body plan to take up the legislation.

Legislation Introduced to Repeal Controversial Abortion Law

Monday June 16, 2014

LANSING – State Representative Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) and State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) introduced bills today that would repeal a controversial law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for necessary medical care during a miscarriage or abortion even in cases of rape and when the woman’s health is in jeopardy. The law restricting women’s access to vital health care was passed by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature in December 2013 and took effect in March. House Bill 5697 and Senate Bill 1010 would repeal that law.

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