News From Rep. Wittenberg

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LANSING — A bill that would mandate retention without parental consent of third graders who have trouble reading passed the Michigan House of Representatives today, with legislators from Oakland County voting no because the legislation would be harmful to children, and take away local control without providing enough resources to local districts.

“I’ve heard from parents, teachers and constituents across my district that this legislation would harm kids’ ability to learn, which is why I...

Monday, September 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Oakland County Democrats in the state House and Senate announced a defining package of bills today to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history. Called the Blueprint for Michigan’s Families, the bills take aim at stagnant incomes and tax increases that make it difficult to achieve and sustain a middle-class quality of life while coping with the rising costs of living.

“Working families are being...

Friday, September 11, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) declined to vote yesterday and this morning on House Resolutions 139 and 141, which sought to expel Representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) from the Michigan House of Representatives. Citing transparency issues within the House select committee, which first examined the situation, the representative felt that key information had been manipulated or withheld, making an informed vote impossible.  

“I take each and every vote I...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

LANSING – Legislative Democrats are introducing legislation today that would modify the adoption discrimination bills signed into law earlier this year. The new laws allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse placements with same-sex couples, unmarried couples and any other couple or person based on the agency’s religious beliefs. Bills introduced this week would change the law by allowing the state to remove funding for agencies that use their own faith as a reason to discriminate...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) held a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to discuss the need for redistricting reform. Wittenberg is backing a plan to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission that would be charged with drawing political boundaries – a task currently left to political officials who create political districts to give their own party an advantage in elections. Participating in the town hall were former Michigan congressman Mark Schauer, who now...

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