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Legislators At Work
Monthly update highlights actions
by Jewish lawmakers.
Editor's Note: The Jewish News presents
this monthly column to update and
inform readers about legislation impor-
tant to the Jewish community. The
Michigan Jewish Conference will cover
updates of the seven-member Michigan
Jewish Caucus. The Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan Detroit will
provide information about national leg-
islation and other issues important to
• In addition to his role as House
Appropriations Committee chair,
State Rep. Marc Shulman, R-West
Bloomfield, introduced a bill desig-
nating a State Holocaust
Remembrance Day. In
addition, the week sur-
rounding that day would
be designated as Days of
He also established the
Fund for high school
seniors in West
Four scholarships will be
awarded this year based
on answers to several
essay questions. Entries
are due April 25. For
more details and an
application, go to:
• State Sen. Burton
Leland, D-Detroit, the
legislator, has introduced
12 bills this session,
including legislation that would
allow voters to request an absentee
ballot without having to provide a
reason, and a bill that addresses
staffing ratios in Michigan's nursing
• In addition to her role as
Assistant Minority Floor Leader,
State Sen. Gilda Jacobs, D-
Huntington Woods, recently hosted
an informational seminar on pre-
scription drug discount programs,
with information available to
Michigan citizens at the Southfield
• In his first term, State Rep. Andy
Meisner, D-Ferndale, has been
appointed Assistant Whip for the
House Democrats, tracking the
Caucus' positions on legislation and
communicating concerns to the
Democratic leaders. He has intro-
duced legislation as part of a multi-
bill, bipartisan package to strengthen
Michigan's permit application sys-
tem, which would charge polluters
and toughen penalties for illegal
dumping into Michigan's waterways.
• In her first term, State Rep.
Shelley Goodman Taub, R-
Bloomfield Hills, is a member of the
House Appropriations Committee,
chairs the House Appropriations
Subcommittee on General
Top row from left: State Rep. Marc
Shulman, State Sen. Burton Leland,
State Sen. Gilda Jacobs.
Above, from left: State Rep. Andy
Meisner, State Rep. Shelley Goodman
Taub, State Rep. Steve Tobocman.
Left: State Sen. Liz Brater.
Government, and is a member of the
Community Health Subcommittee.
She introduced a bill to address
funding for the Orchard Lake Road
• State Rep. Steve Tobocman, D-
Detroit, is also beginning his first
term in the state House. During a
Latino Issues Forum in his district,
he discussed the Michigan
Immigration Clerical Act, which
seeks to protect immigrants from
abusive practices of those who are
seeking to profit from services related