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2023 Policy Position Statement
2023 Public Policy Agenda
The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (MiDDC) presents the 2023 Public Policy Agenda. MiDDC created this document to provide information on issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The agenda includes:
- A summary of current state and federal policy issues.
- MiDDC's position on issues affecting people with I/DD.
- Suggested engagement opportunities for MiDDC and other advocacy organizations.
- MiDDC's targeted outcome on policy issues.
Proposed Medicaid Changes
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is considering proposed changes in Michigan Medicaid policy.
Proposed policy must go through a public comment period before becoming final. Click the link below to learn more about the current proposed Michigan Medicaid policy changes.
Questions? Contact Brett Williams, Public Policy Analyst for the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michigan Constitution gives the state legislature the power to create new state laws, or to amend or repeal existing state laws. Contacting your elected officials at the state level is an effective way to make your voice heard on important issues and stay involved in the political process in Michigan.
The Michigan House of Representatives
The Michigan House of Representatives consists of 110 members. Each member represents between 77,000 and 91,000 residents. State Representatives are elected in even-numbered years to 2-year terms.
Find out who represents you in the Michigan House of Representatives. Then, contact your state representative about issues important to you so you can make your voice heard!
The Michigan Senate
The Michigan Senate consists of 38 members. Each member represents between 212,400 and 263,500 residents. State Senators are elected at the same time as the governor to 4-year terms.
Find out who represents you in the Michigan Senate. Then, contact your state senator about issues important to you, so you can make your voice heard!
How to stay involved in the legislative process
The Michigan Legislature's website is a great way to stay involved in the legislative process. Legislative materials on the website include current bills, Public Acts, committee hearings, legislative analyses, and much more.
You can even register to make a free account. Once you register, use the free notification service to receive emails on topics, bills, and committee meetings of interest to you.
More State Legislative Resources
Citizen's Guide to State Government
The Citizen's Guide to State Government contains:
- an overview of state government.
- contact information for state departments and state and federal lawmakers.
- information about how the lawmaking process works in Michigan.
- guidance about how to ensure your message successfully reaches your elected officials.
The Citizen's Guide also contains information on Capitol services and accommodations for people with disabilities (page 76).
Michigan House TV
Video streaming of the Michigan House of Representatives is available. You can also watch archived video coverage of House Session and various committee meetings.
Closed captioning is available on live feeds. Once the scheduled video coverage begins, click on the CC window in the video player and select "Unknown CC" for access to captions.
Michigan State Capitol Tours
Visitors interested in touring the Michigan Capitol have several options:
- Self-guided tour.
- Guided tour.
- Group Zoom tour.
- Online (virtual) tour.
Tours of the Michigan State Capitol also provide services and accommodations for people with developmental disabilities. All entries to the Capitol and Heritage Hall are mobility disability accessible. All public restrooms inside the Capitol building are accessible to people with mobility disabilities.
Capitol Tour Guide staff can also accommodate many different needs upon, including sensory friendly toolkits and tours with a licensed American Sign Language interpreter. Requests for accommodations should be included with a tour reservation request.
The United States Constitution gives Congress the power to create new laws, or to amend or repeal existing laws. U.S. Congress consists of a Senate and House of Representatives, and laws must be approved by both chambers. U.S. Congress has 535 voting members: 100 senators and 435 representatives. Contacting your elected officials in Congress is a great way to make your voice heard on important issues and stay involved in the political process at the national level.
Find your elected members of U.S. Congress
Michigan has 15 total members in Congress: 13 representatives and 2 senators. Find out who represents you in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Then, contact your elected officials in Congress to make your voice heard on issues that matter to you.
Use Congress.gov as a resource to track federal legislation
Congress.gov is the official website to for U.S. federal legislative information. You can use the website to find a bill, watch current legislative activities, receive alerts, and much more. A Quick Start Guide is available to help you learn how to use the website.
Tours of the United States Capitol
Voting Rights for People with Developmental Disabilities
Michigan offers accessibility options to assist with voting. Curious to learn more? Make a plan today. Vote in-person or at-home with some helpful tips.
Questions? Contact us:If you have any questions or concerns related to Public Policy, please reach out by calling or emailing MiDDC's Public Policy Analyst:
Public Policy Analyst
DD Council, Suite 218
PO Box 30037
Lansing, MI 48909