Senate panel approves Jones bill to create African American Affairs Commission

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to establish an African American Affairs Commission under the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is a step closer to becoming law, after a Senate committee unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday.

“Every Michigan child has a right to a safe education,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I applaud the Senate committee members for speaking with one, bipartisan voice that it is time that Michigan has a commission that would ensure that right.”

Jones said that the Michigan Department of Civil Rights has a Hispanic/Latino Commission, an Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, and a Council on Arab Chaldean American Affairs; but no African American Affairs Commission.

“It just makes sense that we have a commission dedicated to monitoring, evaluating, investigating and advocating for the betterment of African Americans throughout Michigan,” Jones said. “I am proud that this initiative has already received overwhelming support, and I will continue working with my colleagues to make this commission a reality.”

Senate Bill 90 was approved on Tuesday by the Senate Government Operations Committee. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.