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.

Senate Democrats Tell Republicans to Get Back to Work on Fixing Roads

Thursday June 12, 2014

Lansing – Michigan Senate Democrats blasted Senate Republicans for again failing to pass any significant legislation to secure legitimate, long-term funding for improving Michigan's roads, instead adjourning to take a four-week summer vacation.

Senate Democrats Vote Against Harmful Republican General Omnibus Budget

Thursday June 12, 2014

LANSING—Michigan Senate Democrats stood strong in voting against House Bill 5313 today, the Republicans’ General Omnibus Budget that funds—or in many cases, cuts—all of the state departments that Michigan citizens depend on.

Senate Republican Squabbles Delay Major Road Funding Proposal Again

Thursday June 12, 2014

Lansing –Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer chastised her Senate Republicans today for again failing to pass any significant legislation to secure funding for improving Michigan’s roads.

Senate Democrats Decry Continued Disinvestment in Education with Passage of Education Omnibus Legislation

Wednesday June 11, 2014

LANSING – Senate Democrats stood united in opposition today on House Bill 5314, the education omnibus appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year. Democrats pointed to the continued raiding of School Aid Fund dollars for other purposes and funding mechanisms that disproportionately benefit for-profit charter and cyber schools while leaving traditional public schools further behind.

Whitmer Criticizes Snyder, Republican Leaders Over Continued Failure on Road Funding

Thursday June 5, 2014

Lansing – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement today criticizing Republicans for a lack of leadership as the Senate adjourns for four more days without any real...

Senate Democrats Fight to Uphold Minimum Wage Compromise, Increase Fair Wage for Michigan Workers

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Lansing – Senate Democrats voted today to support final passage of Senate Bill 934, legislation to increase Michigan’s minimum wage, after fighting to protect the provisions to provide a fair wage for Michigan workers in the years ahead.

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