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December 19, 2009

Statements from House Colleagues on the Passing of State Representative Mike Simpson

State Representative Mike Simpson (D-Jackson) passed away on Friday, December 18, 2009. He was suffering from a rare blood disorder called light-chain deposition. Simpson, 47, was in his second term...

December 18, 2009

House Dems Hail Signing of Smoking Ban into Law

Plan protecting health of Michigan families, workers takes effect May 1

LANSING – House Democrats hailed today's signing ofa smoking ban into law asa historic victory in the fight to protect Michigan's workers and families. The ban –which takes effect May...

December 18, 2009

House Passes Plan to Grow Tourism, Create Jobs in 'Pure Michigan'

Legislators fight to protect highly cost-effective tourism promotion program

LANSING – The Michigan House today passed a comprehensive plan to grow Michigan's tourism industry by re-investing in the highly cost-effective "Pure Michigan" promotional campaign. The move will create a...

December 18, 2009

House Passes Advanced Battery Plan

Tax credits will help bring more than 1,000 jobs to Michigan

LANSING – State Representatives Dian Slavens (D-Canton) and Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) today joined the Michigan House of Representatives in passing another round of advanced battery tax credits, a move...

December 16, 2009

House Passes Plan to Hold Auto Insurance Companies Accountable

First wave of legislation will strengthen transparency, consumer protections

LANSING – House Democrats today passed the first wave of reforms that will require insurance companies to be more accountable and transparent to Michigan consumers. The broader package of reforms...

December 14, 2009

House Dems Move to Restore Consumer Protection Act

Action would end immunity for deceitful, dishonest corporate practices

LANSING – House Democrats today announced they will pass legislation to restore the Michigan Consumer Protection Act after an unprecedented Michigan Supreme Court ruling effectively eliminated the ability of consumers...

December 8, 2009

Ban on Texting While Driving Passes House

Plan creates fine for distracted drivers, will help save lives

LANSING – The Michigan House of Representatives today passed a plan that will help protect drivers and motorists across the state by making text messaging while driving in Michigan illegal...

December 3, 2009

House Passes Plan to Protect More Seniors From the Flu

Proactive plan requires hospitals to offer flu shots to seniors and at-risk patients

LANSING – The Michigan House of Representatives today passed a plan to help protect Michigan's seniors and most vulnerable residents from the potentially life-threatening influenza virus by requiring hospitals to...

December 1, 2009

Reform Plan Holds Auto Insurance Companies Accountable

Plan would end unfair practices, crack down on price gouging

LANSING – House Democrats were joined today by Michigan's Insurance Consumer Advocate Melvin Butch Hollowell and Senate Democrats to announce sweeping new consumer protections that will force the auto insurance...

November 19, 2009

Impact of Film Industry Brings More Than Movies to Michigan

Supporters crowd committee hearing to tout tax breaks' job creation power, economic boost

LANSING – State Representatives Kate Ebli (D-Monroe), Chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, and Ed Clemente (D-Lincoln Park), Chair of the House Committee on New Economy and Quality of...

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