State’s Reformed No-Fault Law

Griffin, of Mattawan, helped approve a major overhaul to Michigan’s much-maligned no-fault system. The new law guarantees lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, combating fraudulent claims and strengthening consumer protections. READ MORE!

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Community Input Sought on Zoning Downtown

The goal of this project is to create a zoning code that is clear and easy to understand, creates predictable outcomes for development, and ultimately help to achieve the community’s vision for Downtown. The current zoning code was last updated in 2005. Since then the City has completed two Master Plans including the most recent 2025 Master Plan which specifically calls for an update of the zoning code. READ MORE ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED!

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Health Care Discrimination Legislation Introduced

“We’re working hard every day to make sure no one is denied opportunities based on stereotypes and stigma related to who they are or who they love, especially when it comes to life or death medical decisions,” Rep. Hoadley said. “In emergency situations, patients and their families deserve medical decisions based on science with transparency in how those decisions will be made. These bills are the solution.” READ MORE

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Court Overturns Discriminatory State Policies

Children across the country should have greater access to more educational options, thanks to a decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court in Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue. In a 5-4 opinion, the Court struck down discriminatory policies that some states use to block support of and access to religious schools. Unfortunately, Michigan students may have to wait for a future Supreme Court ruling to reap the benefits. READ MORE!

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Drinking water, sanitation relief funding protects public health

“Having access to affordable, clean drinking water and sanitation service in the home is always vital but especially in a pandemic, and we thank the legislature and Governor for recognizing this imperative,” said Charlotte Jameson, Michigan Environmental Council program director for legislative affairs, drinking water and energy. “Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are struggling to keep roofs over their heads and keep the water and lights on. While this funding is not a long-term solution to the widespread problem of unaffordable water bills and water shutoffs, it will provide desperately needed immediate relief.” READ MORE!

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Democrats Deliver $880M in COVID-19 Relief

The Michigan House of Representatives unanimously approved Senate Bill 690 today to provide critical supplemental support to Michigan residents and businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan agreement includes just over $880 million in allocations of federal coronavirus relief funding and reflects the community priorities outlined in Michigan House Democrats’ recently unveiled Michigan Strong Plan. READ MORE!

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Rep. Iden’s Plan Approved by House

Iden’s measure would allow student-athletes to receive compensation from a third party in exchange for using any forms of their name, likeness or image – something any other college student or private citizen is allowed to do at any time. The NCAA currently bans this practice for student-athletes, even though they are the driving force behind huge profits for many colleges and universities. READ MORE!

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City Manager Outlines Action Steps for KDPS

At the June 15 City Commission meeting, Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema discussed a series of action steps that the City Administration and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will begin immediately in response to the events which occurred in Kalamazoo May 30 through June 2. SEE COMPLETE ACTION PLAN HERE!

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