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Legislation Introduced Ending State Oversight of Detroit

May 20, 2022

Senator Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) introduced legislation to end the state’s oversight of Detroit, eight years after the “Grand Bargain” was signed. Under the 2014 agreement, the state provided the city $195 million to ease its way out of federal bankruptcy court, in return the state was given a nine-member commission to provide oversight of the […]

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Detroit Caucus Announces New Leadership

Nov 13, 2020

Members of the Detroit Caucus announced their new leadership team for the upcoming 2021-2022 legislative session. Representative Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) will serve as Chair of the caucus. The additional leaders include Representative Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit) as Vice Chair, Representative-elect Helena Scott (D-Highland Park) as Secretary, and Representative-elect Stephanie Young (D-Detroit) as Treasurer. New and […]

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State Partnering with Detroit to Support Elections

Sep 04, 2020

Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a partnership for the November 3 general election. Collaboratively they will work to recruit and train additional staff and election workers, open 14 new satellite clerk offices, and provide additional support tabulating absentee ballots. The partnership has the support of Wayne County Executive […]

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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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