Sen. Jones introduces bill to create African American Affairs Commission

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JonesLANSING—Sen. Rick Jones introduced legislation on Tuesday to establish an African American Affairs Commission under the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

“Governor Snyder has said that an education is key to being part of a River of Opportunity,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “All children have a right to a safe education. I am introducing this bill to create a commission that will help ensure that every Michigan child has a safe education.”

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.

“As we celebrate Black History Month, it is just common sense that we have a commission that will monitor, evaluate, investigate and advocate for the betterment of African Americans throughout Michigan,” Jones said. “I am proud that this initiative has already received bipartisan support, and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to make this commission a reality.”

Senate Bill 90 was introduced on Tuesday and referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee for consideration.