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Michiganders Encouraged to Participate in the Redistricting Process (Again!)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Michigan’s court-ordered legislative map redrawing for seven state House districts must move forward. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson encourages Michiganders to take part in upcoming public sessions of the Michigan Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission (MICRC) to redraw the seven state house districts.

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Freedom to Read Legislation Update

Just when Michigan House members were set to introduce the Freedom to Read legislation in November, we stepped back and are taking a pause. Why? In the course of about two months, residents in the state of Michigan experienced a pause in the legislative cycle due to sine die; we saw two House Democrats elected in November to mayoral positions leaving the House evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, which also is leading to a new election being scheduled for these two districts in late April; and adding fuel to the fire, seven of the newly adopted House districts in SE Michigan were challenged and must be redrawn before any further elections can take place.

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Take Action! Help Advance Education Research - New Bill in Congress

The Advancing Research in Education Act (AREA) S. 3392, was passed by the HELP Committee on December 12.

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Books Save Lives Act Introduced To US Congress

The Books Save Lives Act would ensure trained librarians in every school and classify book bans as federal civil rights violations.

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Split House – 54-54

After the November 7 election, the Michigan House of Representatives is expecting a big change: House Democrats have lost their narrow two-seat majority. Rep. Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) and Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren) won their respective mayoral races. That means the House will be split 54-54 between Democrats and Republicans until early 2024 when special elections will determine the Warren and Westland replacements in the Michigan House.

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