News From Rep. Rabhi

Friday, January 12, 2018

LANSING — State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) issued a challenge to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in response to Sessions’ recent reversal of federal policies that deferred to state-level marijuana regulation. Rep. Rabhi introduced a resolution Thursday calling on Sessions to respect the will of Michiganders in determining how to regulate marijuana use at the state level. If Sessions refuses to do so, the resolution then calls on the president to replace him.

“The people of Michigan...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LANSING — This week, Republican legislators are considering efforts to strip away critically important benefits for retired police and firefighters, such as health care. In response, state Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) issued the following statement: 

“Not even three months ago, we were honoring the bravery and sacrifice of our first responders, and now Republicans are considering trying to rob them of their health care protections to make up for underfunding our local governments for...

State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) addresses a crowd of police officers, firefighters and first responders at a rally to protect their hard-earned benefits on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.
Monday, November 27, 2017

LANSING — Today, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the state had reached an agreement with oil and gas pipeline operator Enbridge Energy, including further study of its Line 5 beneath the Mackinac Straits and an agreement to halt its use during dangerous weather. In response, state Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) issued the following statement:

“Since coming to Lansing in January, I have been a vocal proponent for shutting down Line 5. We cannot afford to...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) announced a bill today to prevent existing medical marijuana dispensaries from being shut down by licensing delays. Last year, the Legislature passed bills to license medical marijuana businesses such as processors and dispensaries and to give local governments control over whether to allow such licensed facilities to operate in their municipalities. However, the bills did not specify a process for licensing medical marijuana businesses that are already...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ANN ARBOR — Following the recent actions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at an Ann Arbor restaurant, state Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) is calling for an end to unjust profiling and the harm that is done through the removal of community members.

Sava Lelcaj, owner of the State Street restaurant Sava’s, reported that at least three of her kitchen staff were taken into custody by ICE agents. Lelcaj told MLive that the...