HOUSE BILL No. 4153

 

January 26, 2011, Introduced by Reps. Tlaib, Slavens, Geiss, Darany, Lindberg, Brown, Durhal, Santana, LeBlanc, Hammel, Melton, Segal, Townsend, Switalski, Constan, Oakes, Hovey-Wright, Olumba, Roy Schmidt, Lyons, Cavanagh, Lipton, Barnett, Bledsoe, Haugh, Dillon, Stanley, Stallworth, Hobbs, Ananich, Bauer, Liss, Heise, Haveman, Moss, Wayne Schmidt, Walsh, Talabi, Stapleton, Kandrevas, Jackson and Nathan and referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

 

     A bill to designate the month of April of each year as Arab-

 

American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1. (1) The legislature recognizes the contributions that

 

the Arab-American community of Michigan has made throughout the

 

entire state. Since the early 1900s, several different populations

 

and groups from Arab countries have migrated and flourished in this

 

state. Michigan is home to the highest concentration of Arab-

 

Americans in the United States. The Arab-American community of

 

southeastern Michigan is known for its diversity, institutional

 

leadership, and cultural outreach and is widely considered a center

 

of Arab-American culture in the United States.

 

     (2) In recognition of the contributions that the Arab-American

 

community of Michigan has made, the legislature declares that the


 

month of April of each year shall be known as "Arab-American

 

Heritage Month".