Rep. Dr. Ned Canfield, R-Sebewaing; audio on reforming outdated HIV laws

Rep. Canfield talks about his HB 6016, which revises the state’s 1990’s-era HIV statutes.  Dr. Canfield, a family practice physician, says portions of the existing law were written and approved at a time when there was no effective treatment for HIV.  The legislation is out of the House Health Policy committee and could be up…

Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Portage; audio on occupational licensing reform

House Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Brandt Iden talks about Wednesday’s committee debate on his HB 6110, which would reform “good moral character” language in Michigan’s occupational licensing code.  The Iden legislation rewords existing law to state that as long an a conviction does not directly bear on a position, an individual should not be…

Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; audio on committee passage of Line Five legislation

Rep. Cole talks about passage by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee Wednesday of a package of legislation that increases protections for the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac.  The multi-bill package improves reporting requirements for pipeline operators and, under Rep. Cole’s 6199, creates felony penalties of up to five years…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on PACE program and help for families

Rep. Whiteford talks about House approval of her House Resolution 384, which designates September PACE Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.  During its 23 years of existence, Rep. Whiteford says PACE, which stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, has been instrumental in keeping Michigan residents out of nursing homes and living at…

Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Macomb County; audio on juvenile sentencing

Rep. Lucido talks about testimony Tuesday in the House Law and Justice Committee on a multi-bill package, including his own HB 4607, which would alter Michigan law to transfer authority over 17 year olds who commit criminal offenses from the adult criminal courts to the family courts.  No vote was taken Tuesday, but Representative Lucido notes…

Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine; audio on office hours

Rep. Allor talks about her regular office hours, including three options during the remainder of September, including: Friday, September 21 1 to 2 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Alcona County Courthouse, 106 5th St. in Harrisville. 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the Victorian Café, 216 S. Washington St. in Hale. Friday, September 28…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on mental health reforms in Michigan

House Health Policy Committee Chair Rep. Hank Vaupel, who also served as the co-chair of the House CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) task force in 2017,  says more than two dozen bills reforming mental health services in Michigan have been introduced and are working their way through the process this session of the…