News From Rep. Garrett

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

LANSING — Recently Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Bishop Ira Combs Jr., who has been outspoken in his position against equality for persons of all sexual orientations, to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. In response, state Rep. LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit), issued the following statement:

“I continued to be dismayed by Gov. Snyder’s poor choice in Bishop Combs. He has made repeated and bigoted remarks toward various minority groups, not only members of the LGBT community. During...

Friday, January 12, 2018

LANSING — The Detroit Caucus stood in solidarity yesterday against an attempt to strip the city of Detroit of one of its 30 district court judges. Senate Bill 525 reflects the July 2017 Judicial Resource Recommendations (JRR) to eliminate judgeships from the 36th District Court. The Detroit Caucus stood adamantly opposed to this legislation since its introduction, citing the city’s dire need for maintaining its 30 judgeships.

“In the city of Detroit, the 36th District Court continues...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DETROIT — A week removed from the contentious House Bill 5013 vote, the majority of Detroit Caucus members stand unified in their opposition to the legislation, which would have reduced rates for drivers only if they agreed to large reductions in coverage as well. They reiterated their position today, calling for the conversation on no-fault to continue. 

“The failure of HB 5013 symbolized a bipartisan agreement that more needed to be done, and that different...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

LANSING — Earlier this year, it was revealed that a software malfunction caused the Unemployment Insurance Agency to wrongfully accuse tens of thousands of people of fraud between 2013 and 2015. In response, a bipartisan legislative workgroup was created to assess damage and, where possible, draft policy to rectify the situation. Today, that workgroup introduced its legislation. In response, state Rep. LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit), issued the following statement:

“The package introduced by my colleagues today...

Friday, June 16, 2017

DETROIT — The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus has called for a moratorium on water shutoffs, a controversial practice the city continued this year targeting the nearly 18,000 residential customers with delinquent payments. Many of those facing imminent shut off have struggled to maintain their water payments in the face of billing issues with the city and rising costs.

 “Just as we’ve seen in Flint, when advocates are not on the ground to protect the interests...