Jones bill to create African American Commission

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JonesLANSING—Sen. Rick Jones on Thursday turned in legislation to create an African American Commission under the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

“Last month I read about President Ronald Reagan signing a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I then read 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 Commission,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “That makes no sense to me, so I drafted a bill creating one.

“As we celebrate Black History Month, I am introducing this bill to establish a commission that will monitor, evaluate, investigate and advocate for the betterment of African Americans throughout Michigan.”

Jones’ measure, Senate Bill 90, will be formally introduced and referred to a committee on Tuesday, Feb. 10, which is the next Senate session day.