Advise Policymakers and Elected Officials

MDCR’s Legislative Liaison researches and advises on key bills introduced in the House and Senate potentially impacting civil rights in Michigan. The liaison serves as the key advisor between our Department and the Governor’s Legislative Affairs Division, executive agencies, legislators and staff, committee clerks and legislative agencies.

Working with MDCR’s Executive Team, the Liaison coordinates and communicates the Department’s position on legislation; represents MDCR at House and Senate committee hearings; develops bill analyses and tracks legislation; and engages other state departments and agencies. The Liaison responds to Legislative inquiries to help constituents impacted by human and civil rights issues. Emerging issues require careful examination and analyses, from in-house expertise to the Liaison’s ability to collect, find and mobilize external resources as needed.

Recent liaison activities include:  Providing input on MDCR’s initiatives for the Flint water settlement agreement; briefing legislative staff on MDCR’s role and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act; providing feedback on a package of bills to improve educational opportunities for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing children; tracking new bills, such as Next Generation 911 services; and serving on MDCR’s implementation workgroup for Michigan’s voluntary service animal registry.

To contact MDCR’s Legislative Liaison, please call 800-482-3604 or email GonzalesL@michigan.gov.