Senate approves Jones bill to create African American Affairs Commission

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to establish an African American Affairs Commission in the state.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has several commissions under its purview, including a Hispanic/Latino Commission, an Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, and a Council on Arab Chaldean American Affairs.

“Although African Americans account for nearly 15 percent of our state population, there is no commission in our state that is dedicated to protecting their rights and improving their lives,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I am proud that this initiative received overwhelming support by my Senate colleagues, and I will continue to work with the House and the governor to make this commission a reality.”

Senate Bill 90 would establish an African American Affairs Commission within the Department of Civil Rights.

“With a united, bipartisan voice, the Senate said that it is time that Michigan has a commission that would monitor, evaluate, investigate and advocate for the betterment of African Americans throughout our state,” Jones said.

SB 90 would also establish the Office of African American Affairs, which would include an Interagency Council on African American Affairs consisting of various state departmental directors and executives.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.