Now set to serve a second term in the Michigan House of Representatives, State Rep. Tim Sneller represents the 50th House District in Genesee County which includes the cities of Grand Blanc and Burton and both Mundy and Grand Blanc Townships. He said his focus will be amending Michigan’s current hate crimes law to include the LGBTQ community.
“And I am going to reintroduce it and I’ll reintroduce it until we can get the majority,” Sneller said. “And hopefully we can get some movement on it and this time with the majority being closer than it was this current legislative session. Maybe we can convince some of our Republican friends that this is the right thing to do.”
Sneller said that midterm voter turnout was great to witness and that it’s a great jumping-off point for more progress — pointing to the legislation passed during the lame duck session as a spot for improvement.
“If you look at the vote count, even nationwide there were 8.7 million more Democrats that voted than Republicans. That was a landslide. And it set a record. It beat 1974 right after the Nixon resignation, but because the lines were so gerrymandered it was almost impossible,” Sneller said. “I’m thrilled that we picked up five seats in the house. I think we need to build on that. We’re watching what’s going on in lame duck, the undemocratic things our Republican colleagues are trying to push through in these remaining days, I think it’s shameful. We need to fight that.”