LANSING—Senate Minority Floor Leader Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit) and the Michigan Senate voted today to pass House Bill 4704, legislation to keep county budget disagreements out of the court system and keep funding allocation decisions within the purview of county officials and commissions. As a member of the Senate Government Operations Committee, Hunter offered a substitute to the legislation that, as passed, will ensure it only applies to future budgets and does not affect any current or pending lawsuits.
LANSING—Senate Minority Floor Leader Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit) has introduced legislation to require that all Michigan vehicles have license plates on the front of them as well as the rear. Adding this requirement will make it easier to identify vehicles for crime reporting and safety purposes.
Senate Committee Takes Testimony on Hunter Bill to Add Financial Literacy to Required Michigan Math CreditsThursday September 19, 2013
LANSING—The Michigan Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee took testimony today on Senate Bill 267, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senate Minority Floor Leader Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit) to improve financial literacy and sound money management in Michigan’s young people.
Senator Tupac Hunter (D-Detroit) is optimistic about the chances for legislation expanding Medicaid to pass the full Senate following a vote on the proposal by the Senate Committee on Government Operations. The committee moved to send the amended proposal following two days of committee hearings and several weeks' worth of work group meetings.
Senator Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit) issued the following statement today praising Governor Rick Snyder's announcement that Jack Martin, current Chief Financial Officer for the City of Detroit, will be replacing Roy Roberts as the Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools beginning today.
Expanding Medicaid in Michigan would extend health care coverage to Michigan residents who are under 133% of the federal poverty level. In total, 320,000 Michiganders would be covered in the first year of the expansion, and an estimated 470,000 would be covered by 2021. Michigan’s uninsured population will drop by approximately 46% if the expansion is enacted.
LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the entire Senate Democratic caucus will be in the Capitol on July 3rd and ready to vote on Medicaid expansion. Senate Republicans said last week they did not see a need to convene the full Senate again until late August despite failing to pass this critically important legislation last week. Whitmer said that the Department of Community Health officials made it clear that it was absolutely necessary to pass Medicaid expansion immediately if there’s any hope of getting the program in place in time.
LANSING – Senate Democrats sharply criticized Republicans today for turning their backs on students as they passed legislation designed only to brush the statewide school funding crisis under the rug rather than actually work to solve the problem. The Republican-passed legislation, HB 4813 and 4815, allows the state to selectively dissolve the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts without any consideration for the severe funding crises that will remain in those areas and others throughout Michigan.
Senator Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit) introduced legislation today that would give local governments the power to regulate the use of fireworks any time every day of the year. While Michigan law was amended to expand the sale and use of once-illegal fireworks in the state, there are currently no state laws that regulate their use the day before, the day of, and the day after federal holidays.
Lansing – The Michigan Senate Democrats today slammed the budgets being passed by their Republican colleagues over the past week for continuing their ongoing trend of favoring corporations at the expense of investing in Michigan's schools, communities and working families.