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Adopt-A-Legislator
Tonita Baldridge,
Marygrove College
Professor Diane McMillan
SW314-51

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District:
Brian Banks is the House of Representative for my district. He presides over district
one. District 1 consists of a portion of northeast side of Detroit starting at E. 8 Mile to E. Warren
down to Cadieux to Mack and back up to E. 8 Mile.
Biography:
Brain Banks is a former school teacher who attained his Bachelors and Masters degree at
Wayne State University. He continued his education and got a law degree at Michigan State
University. While there he volunteered to provide legal services to those who could not afford to
pay. After graduation Mr. Banks worked at Bakers College before he decided to indulge in
politics. Brian Banks ran for the House Representative in 2012 under the Democratic Party,
where he ran and up-seated Dan Schulte a republican. Brian Banks ran his campaign on
advocating for education system. He also wanted to make colleges more affordable for people to
attend. Brian advocated for more funding for schools to keep qualified teachers from leaving.
He wanted more programs put in place to prevent prisoners from being repeat offenders by
implementing crime prevention workshops. He also advocated for more companies to give
seniors discount. Brian fought against the Right to Work legislation along with U.A.W.
members. Brian Bank is currently on the ballot to retain his seat in the House of
Representatives. He won the primary election which was held on August 5, 2014. The official
election will be on November 9, 2012.
Committees:
Brian Banks currently resides on three committees, and has a hundred percent attendance record
for both the Standing House and the Appropriations Committee. The committees are the

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Criminal Justice Committee, Local Government Committee, and the Military and Veterans
Committee. Each committee deals with its own specific issues. The Criminal Justice Committee
deals with issues dealing with formulating or reforming laws pertaining to the criminal justice
system. The Local Government Committee deals those issues pertaining to the local
government. Military and Veterans Committee deals with the affairs of those in the military.
Bills:
Brian bank has sponsored 8 house bills. One of the bills hes working on request for the
restriction of issuing contracts on approving any new chartered schools. I called Mr. Banks
office and spoke to his executive secretary. I asked him which bills Mr. Banks was working on
and did he have a bill that he was passionate about? He said it was house bill 5517 and 5819.
House bill 5517 would prohibit auto insurance companies from making consumers insurance
premium go up when it is found that the accident isnt the fault of the consumer. The other
house bill 5819 addresses how people are chosen for jury duty. Currently only registered voters
can be selected for jury duty, the revise bill will allow anyone who pay taxes or have a valid state
I.D. be able to be chosen for jury to be on a jury. The purpose of this amendment would be to
broaden the selection of jurors and have a more diverse jury pool.
Summary:
This Adapt-A-Legislator assignment has been very educational for me. Before this
assignment, I didnt know who represented my district, nor did I know how to contact them. It
has enabled me to not only look up a bill, but who sponsored it and what committee it was sent
too. I think this was a great assignment!

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