News From Rep. Guerra

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Tonight, House Democrats voted to protect the earned health care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied against proposals which could have gutted health care for local heroes. Today, the recommendation of House Democrats to implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force was accepted. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle with...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

LANSING — The Progressive Women’s Caucus’ Gender Violence Task Force announced today the introduction of a package of bills meant to address some gaps in state law to better support survivors of gender and domestic violence in the state of Michigan. In Michigan, one in three women have been impacted by domestic violence.[1]

“Domestic violence is not confined to a certain neighborhood or limited by demographics. It can happen to anyone,...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. and Progressive Women’s Caucus Chairwoman Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and state Reps. and PWC members Pam Faris (D-Clio), Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) and Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) expressed their concerns today with House Bill 4500, which would require an embryo or fetus be considered a “person” when counting the number of victims of a crime for the sentencing of criminal defendants. If passed, this bill would allow Michigan courts to treat pregnant women convicted of various crimes more harshly, whether they...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on House Bill 5013, which makes various changes to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. The bill failed to pass. In response, state Rep. Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) issued the following statement:

“I could not in good conscience vote in favor of House Bill 5013, as it not only fails to guarantee any real rate relief for drivers throughout the state, but it drastically reduces the level...

Monday, October 9, 2017

LANSING — Throughout the month of October, members of the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus will be working with their colleagues in the state Legislature on policies to better support victims and survivors of domestic violence in the state of Michigan. Last week, state Rep. Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) introduced and the House adopted House Resolution 167 to declare October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. 

“Domestic violence is a serious problem...

State Reps. Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw), Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) and Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) wear purple to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month on the House floor in Lansing on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

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