Summit Group May 26

Summit group on May 26 on the Capitol steps

Urban Policy Work Group

An "Urban Policy Work Group" has been formed to legislatively address issues affecting urban areas (e.g., quality education, insurance red-lining, economic development, etc.). Municipal leaders from around the state met on April 28, 2016 in Lansing to announce the group's formation and work plan. Kudos to State Representatives Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) and Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) for their leadership!!

MLBC Resolutions of Support for House Bills 4167, 4206, 4406, 4407, 4419, 4420, 4466, 4691 and 4692

Resolution In Support of House Bills 4406 & 4407 To Expand Jury Pool Eligibility

Resolution In Support Of House Bill 4466 To Provide for Increased Police Transparency

Resolution In Support Of House Bill 4167 To Require Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees

Resolution In Support Of House Bills 4206 and 4691 To Create Standards for Human Breast Milk Banks and Prohibit Its Sale on the Internet

Resolution In Support Of House Bill 4692 To Require Public Schools to Teach African American History

Resolution In Support of House Bills 4419 & 4420 to Revise the Penalty for a Felony Firearm First Offense

Senate Minority Leader Jim ANANICH (D-Flint) said he doesn't know why state officials are not aggressively pushing to hook Flint's municipal water supply back to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), but it feels like the city's impoverished residents is a factor.

The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus agrees, Sen. Ananich!! Gov Snyder.....let's restore clean, drinkable water for Flint residents!!

Michigan Legislative Black Caucus Calls For Action In Flint.

MLBC urges Gov. Snyder to act on water crisis in city

LANSING – The Michigan Legilsative Black Caucus (MLBC) today urged Gov. Rick Snyder to issue a State of Emergency for the city of Flint for health concerns dealing with increased lead levels in municipal water.

The MLBC action comes on the heels of similar warnings issued recently by both the city of Flint and Genesee County. Both the city and county have reacted to recent reports and studies that have indicated the presence of coliform bacteria, which suggests the presence of other disease-carrying pathogens. Blood samples of Genesee County children – taken before and after the city ended its contract with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) and began using Flint River water – shows that the number of Flint children with elevated blood-lead levels has jumped from 2.1 percent to 4 percent. Additional tests have also disclosed that the blood-lead levels of children living in the poorest Flint neighborhoods have jumped from 2.5 percent to 6.3 percent.

It has been scientifically proven that even low lead levels can affect many different parts of the body. Lead can especially affect a child’s mental development, behavior, ability to pay attention, hearing, IQ, kidneys and body growth.

State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) first vice chairman of the MLBC, is working with local, state and federal officials to find solutions and resources. A state-declared health emergency will allow the city to access federal funding.

“Issuing a health emergency is the most responsible thing to do,” Neely said. “This is a public health crisis, and our children are most at risk. We urge Gov. Snyder to issue the State of Emergency so the city of Flint can get immediate monetary relief.”

“Water is a basic human right,” state Re. LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) said. “Many of our urban communities have succumb to various water issues. We have a due diligence to work tirelessly to provide relief to our citizens.”