<![CDATA[Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talabis' Site Feed]]> http://002.housedems.com <![CDATA[Banks, Tinsley-Talabi Call on Republicans to Return to Lansing]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/banks-tinsley-talabi-call-on-republicans-to-return-to-lansing <p>State Representatives Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit) called on Republican lawmakers today to return to the Capitol and finalize a comprehensive fix for our crumbling roads. Michigan’s roads and bridges are in a serious state of disrepair, and despite holding the governor’s office, a majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate, Michigan Republicans were unable to pass a road funding plan before leaving Lansing for summer break.</p> <p>“Michigan’s transportation infrastructure is literally crumbling beneath our vehicles, and for months, residents have been demanding that the Legislature come up with a plan to fix our dangerous roads and bridges,” said Banks. “It is a travesty that Lansing Republicans have shown they aren’t willing or able to take leadership and get the job done.”</p> <p>Last month, House Democrats supported a bipartisan first step to fixing our crumbling roads. That package would have kick started Michigan’s efforts to repair the state’s dilapidated and dangerous roads without placing an unfair burden on middle-class families and seniors. However, Republican leadership was unable to seal the deal. And before adjourning for summer break, they failed to offer a proposal, and there was no vote taken on a road funding solution.</p> <p>“We have a duty to the citizens of this state to keep working until a solution to our crumbling roads is found,” Banks said. “I am appalled that the majority would choose to pat themselves on the back and take a vacation when there is such an enormous problem facing our state. It’s time to go back to Lansing and continue working until the job is done. I’m ready; are they?”</p> <p>Tinsley-Talabi said, “It is mind-boggling to think that our citizens are being forced to face another year of driving on the terrible roads we have here in our state. Michigan residents have entrusted to us the responsibility to find a solution to our dangerous roads, and we need to find a solution now, not later. I am willing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle until that solution is found.”</p> <![CDATA[Tinsley-Talabi Pleased with Passage of Traffic Fines Bill]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/tinsley-talabi-pleased-with-passage-of-traffic-fines-bill <p>House Bill 5414, a bill amending the Michigan Driver Responsibility Act, was ordered for enrollment and sent to the governor last night. Following the bill’s final passage, state Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit) announced her extreme happiness. Last month, in connection to HB 5414, Tinsley-Talabi’s HB 5501 passed through the state House of Representatives with bipartisan support. Together the bills will bring an end to the controversial fees associated with the Driver Responsibility Act.</p> <p>“The driver responsibility fees put a heavy burden on many Michigan drivers who are already hurting under increased taxes,” Tinsley-Talabi said. “My office has heard from countless people regarding this issue. District court judges, police officers and district residents reached out to tell us these fees were unfair, unnecessary and harmful. As a legislator, it is always my goal to help the people I represent, and I believe the elimination of these fees will be a great help.”</p> <p>Beginning Oct. 1, 2017, HB 5501 will amend Section 4 of the Enhanced Driver License and Enhanced Official State Personal Identification Card Act to strike “the assessment of a driver responsibility fee” from the list of licensing sanctions a holder of an enhanced driver license or state identification is subject to.</p> <p>“I could not be more pleased that this Legislature has finally voted to remove the harmful and costly Driver Responsibility Fees from our law books,” said Tinsley-Talabi. “Eliminating these fees has been a goal of mine throughout my time in the House, and I am proud to see that this will finally be a reality.”</p> <![CDATA[Tinsley-Talabi Passed Bill to Repeal Driver Responsibility Fees]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/tinsley-talabi-passed-bill-to-repeal-driver-responsibility-fees <p>House Bill 5501, sponsored by state Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit), passed through the state House of Representatives with bipartisan support on Wednesday, May 21. Tinsley-Talabi’s bill, in conjunction with HB 5414, will bring an end to the controversial fees associated with the Driver Responsibility Act.</p> <p>“I have been working hard during both of my terms in the Michigan House to see that these driver responsibility fees are eliminated, and I am proud that my legislation passed with bipartisan support last week,” Tinsley-Talabi said. “Those fees placed an unnecessary burden on too many Michigan residents, and it was time for them to go.”</p> <p>If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the governor, beginning Oct. 1, 2017, HB 5501 will amend Section 4 of the enhanced Driver License and Enhanced Official State Personal Identification Card Act to strike “the assessment of a driver responsibility fee” from the list of licensing sanctions a holder of an enhanced driver license or state identification is subject to.</p> <p>“It is my job as a state representative to see that Michigan residents are protected, and this legislation ensures Michiganders aren’t paying unnecessary and crippling fees,” said Tinsley-Talabi. “After years of hard work on this issue, I could not be more proud to see my legislation passed unanimously.”</p> <![CDATA[House Approves Detroit Reps' Bills to Move Detroit Forward From Bankruptcy]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/house-approves-detroit-reps-bills-to-move-detroit-forward-from-bankruptcy <p>LANSING - State Representative and Detroit Caucus Chairman <strong>Thomas F. Stallworth</strong> (D-Detroit) today joined with his colleagues Reps. <strong>Fred Durhal</strong> (D-Detroit) and <strong>Alberta Tinsley-Talabi</strong> (D-Detroit) to vote in support of a package of House bills, including ones they sponsored, to move the city of Detroit out of bankruptcy. The bills are part of the Grand Bargain agreed to by Gov. Rick Snyder that would have the state contribute $198.4 million to lessen the impact on city retiree pensions, give city leaders a seat on the oversight commission that will monitor the city for a period of time and preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts, which will also contribute money to the Grand Bargain.</p> <p>&#8220;With a seat at the table for city council, a pathway out of oversight and the a plan that lessens the cuts on retiree pensions, these Grand Bargain bills are the best options for Detroit, its residents and my constituents,&#8221; said Stallworth, sponsor of House Bill 5574, which provides a lump-sum payment of $194.8 million from the state to provide funds for Detroit&#8217;s pension systems as part of the bankruptcy settlement. &#8220;This Grand Bargain is critical to the survival of Detroit, and ultimately the entire state of Michigan. The alternative to this package would be to sentence retirees who worked hard for the city to a life of poverty by drastically cutting their pensions, and I could not be a part of that. These bill are the best deal and we need to move them through the Legislature and to the governor to be signed into law.&#8221;</p> <p>HB 5573, sponsored by Tinsley-Talabi, transfers money from the tobacco settlement fund to the state&#8217;s Budget Stabilization Fund to pay the state back for the lump-sum payment. HB 5575, sponsored by Durhal, creates an authority through which the state would disburse the funds to Detroit&#8217;s retirement systems.</p> <p>&#8220;In a situation like this, any plan we agree to will disappoint someone, so my goal was to find a solution that would give as much protection to retirees as possible while helping the city provide necessary services to its residents,&#8221; said Tinsley-Talabi. &#8220;This compromise plan does that, and I am glad that I can be a part of this plan to move Detroit forward by sponsoring this bill.&#8221;</p> <p>In addition to appropriating the state&#8217;s contribution to funding the Grand Bargain, the bills passed today also set up an oversight commission designed to see that the city is on track and meeting its obligations. Appointees to the commission include the mayor of the city of Detroit or his appointee, and the president of the Detroit City Council or their appointee. The city will have a say in its governance during this time, and there is also a pathway out of oversight.</p> <p>&#8220;My city is in a difficult spot, and I believe that by joining my colleagues and approving these bills today, we have done our best for the retirees and residents of Detroit,&#8221; said Durhal. &#8220;The important fact is that there is now a plan to get Detroit back on track and delivering services to my constituents and all Detroit residents. A compromise doesn&#8217;t give everyone what they want, but this compromise gives us better than the alternative, and that&#8217;s why I am a bill sponsor and voting yes.&#8221;</p> <p>The bill package, House Bills 5566-5575, now go to the Senate for consideration.</p> <![CDATA[Rep. Tinsley-Talabi Bill on Driver Responsibility Act Moves]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/rep-tinsley-talabi-bill-on-driver-responsibility-act-moves <p>House Bill 5501, sponsored by state Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit), passed through the House Appropriations Committee today and will now move to the full House for consideration. Along with HB 5414 – which was also reported out of committee today ? the bill would bring an end to the controversial Driver Responsibility Act and the fees associated with it.</p> <p>“These driver responsibility fees have impacted thousands of Michigan families, and eliminating them will bring much-needed relief to Michigan drivers,” Tinsley-Talabi said. “I have worked hard in both of my terms with the state House to get these fees eliminated, and I could not be more proud that they were reported out of committee today.”</p> <p>Talabi’s bill would amend Section 4 of the enhanced Driver License and Enhanced Official State Personal Identification Card Act to strike “the assessment of a driver responsibility fee” from the list of licensing sanctions a holder of an enhanced driver license is subject to. If passed, it would take effect Oct. 1, 2017, to coincide with the elimination of driver responsibility fees under HB 5414.</p> <p>“I&#8217;m proud to have been part of the effort to overturn these onerous fees that were damaging the quality of life for so many Michiganders,” said Tinsley-Talabi. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the full House to see that they are passed and sent to the governor for his signature.”</p> <![CDATA[May Events]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/may-events <p>As we enter into spring, I will be hosting a number of legislative events. May events include:</p> <p>• Tuesday, May 6, House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel and I will host Sen. Diane Allen, chairwoman of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.</p> <p>• Tuesday, May 13, I will host eighth-graders from Howell Leadership Academy at the Capitol.</p> <p>• Wednesday, May 14, I will host the Detroit Public Schools Youth Leadership Program for a day at the Capitol. I will be formally addressing the students in the morning.</p> <p>• Monday, May 19, I will host a forum on the Michigan Education Trust with special guest Rochelle Riley from the Detroit Free Press. Watch for more information on time and location.</p> <![CDATA[Rep. Tinsley-Talabi Announces Legislative Initiative to Bring Justice to Detroit]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/rep-tinsley-talabi-announces-legislative-initiative-to-bring-justice-to-detroit <p>In 2009, more than 11,000 untested sexual assault kits were found in an abandoned Detroit police storage facility. Since then, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has been working with the Michigan State Police to get the kits tested. As of this printing, about 1,600 of those kits have been tested, more than 87 serial rapists have been identified and 14 have been prosecuted.</p> <p>Sadly, more than 9,000 kits have yet to be tested. To make our mothers, daughters, sisters and others who have endured the trauma of a sexual assault wait in uncertainty for justice is unacceptable and unconscionable.</p> <p>Recently, I joined Worthy and Law and Order SVU star Mariska Hargitay to announce a legislative initiative aimed at setting guidelines and deadlines for rape kits to be processed and tested in Michigan. I vow to work with the prosecutor to get this legislation passed and make sure justice is brought to Detroit.</p> <![CDATA[Rep. Tinsley-Talabi to Host Coffee Hours]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/rep-tinsley-talabi-to-host-coffee-hours <p>State Representative <strong>Alberta Tinsley-Talabi</strong> (D-Detroit) today announced bimonthly coffee hours to meet with constituents who have concerns about state government and to provide updates on state legislative activity and district affairs. Coffee hours will be held:</p> <p>• Second Monday of each month, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Jungle Juice Bar, 14929 Charlevoix St. in Grosse Point Park</p> <p>• Fourth Monday of each month, from 6-7 p.m. at McDonald’s, 18201 Mack Ave. in Detroit</p> <![CDATA[Rep. Tinsley-Talabi Presents Tribute to Sorority]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/rep-tinsley-talabi-presents-tribute-to-sorority <p>In recognition of their community engagement, on Jan. 25, state Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi presented a tribute to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority honoring the sorority’s work in the community. The presentation took place at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Founder Day Celebration in Detroit. The sorority has been a great resource, providing volunteers and resources to the representative’s efforts to address blight and secure vacated properties in House District 2.</p> <![CDATA[Rep. Tinsley-Talabi Attends Discussion on Hate Crimes]]> http://002.housedems.com/news/article/rep-tinsley-talabi-attends-discussion-on-hate-crimes <p>State Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit) attended a meet and greet last week hosted by Rep. Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) in response to recent hate crimes committed against Detroit’s LGBTQ community. The meeting was an open forum for discussion between LGBTQ community members and allies, Detroit residents, legislative staffers, judges and representatives from local resource centers to get together and discuss the issues facing Detroit’s LGBTQ community. State Representatives Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Rose Mary Robinson (D-Detroit) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) were also in attendance.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a basic civil rights issue. Equal representation as well as protection for every citizen is a must for all Michiganders,” Banks said. “This meeting allowed lawmakers to hear from the LGBTQ community and understand how this group has suffered enough mental, physical, economic and emotional abuse already – and how, as lawmakers, we must work to help eradicate this problem.&#8221;</p> <p>The meeting was held in response to the events of Nov. 8, 2013, when a transgender Detroit woman was found murdered in a trash receptacle off Woodward Avenue.</p> <p>“This meeting gave me the opportunity to hear the perspectives of people who have been excluded from full participation in our society,” Irwin said. “I learned some new things about how state government is complicit in systematically discriminating against this group that is already disadvantaged and threatened with physical violence simply for existing. We need to work to make sure that all Michiganders have equal protection under the law.”</p> <p>In response to the concerns brought to light at the meet and greet, Banks will host a roundtable discussion and workgroup to brainstorm possible legislative activities. Reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere”, Tinsley-Talabi added, “Something has got to be done.”</p> <p>Banks concluded his remarks, saying, &#8220;We can&#8217;t talk about violence, bullying, workplace protections, discrimination, or prejudice without recognizing and including the LGBTQ community.&#8221;</p>