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Thursday, August 16, 2012

“Today we were disappointed to learn that the Court of Appeals decided against the House Democrats’ lawsuit to ensure that the state Constitution is followed. The Court clearly didn’t hear our argument that with the support of one-fifth, or at least 22 members, the Constitution gives us the right to receive a record roll call vote. This request has been repeatedly denied. The ruling today essentially states that Courts cannot force the legislature to follow...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats today said that Senate Bill 1040, which significantly changes teacher benefits for current and retired teachers, will significantly hurt new teachers, retired teachers, and will again harm Michigan women who make up the majority of teachers in Michigan public schools.

“Once again, the governor and Legislative Republicans have attacked retirees and women by passing a public school pension bill that will hurt retirees already living on a fixed income, and hurt...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LANSING - Michigan House Democrats today offered necessary amendments to a Republican-sponsored bill to end election fraud in response to recent news about Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger’s and Democrat-turned-Republican Representative Roy Schmidt’s effort to defraud and mislead voters by rigging an election.

While the Republican-sponsored bill, HB 4907, would help military service members overseas have more time to vote by absentee ballot, which the Democrats support, it does not go far enough to ensure...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mount Morris Township) and Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal(D-Battle Creek) today called for an investigation by the House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee into the election-rigging scam perpetrated by House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) and State Representative Roy Schmidt (R-Grand Rapids).

“We agree with Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth that what Bolger and Schmidt did to the people of Grand Rapids and the integrity of the House was a travesty,”...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

“I congratulate Gov. Rick Snyder on his brave decision to veto three of the more egregious bills in the voter suppression package. The package as a whole would have discouraged thousands of Michigan voters from going to the polls and disenfranchised many more while doing nothing to make elections more fair. Studies have repeatedly shown that Michigan has no problem with voter fraud. As the Governor said, voting rights are precious and we need to...

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