Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt; audio on raise the age criminal justice reform

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Graham Filler talks about final House passage Wednesday of bipartisan legislation to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system.  Rep. Filler says raising the age is front-end justice reform that will cut down on recidivism and save taxpayer dollars, while keeping…

Rep. Phil Green, R-Millington; audio on 2020 budget

Rep. Green says he has been hearing from his neighbors in the last couple of weeks about how the Governor’s line-item vetoes in the state’s 2020 budget are hurting people, ranging from individuals needing health care to families with an autistic child.  

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on impact of scrapping Pure Michigan

House Transportation Committee Chairman Jack O’Malley says he’s concerned about what the loss of Pure Michigan would mean to his district along the Sleeping Bear dunes, but adds the entire state, including its largest city, will suffer.  Pure Michigan funding was line item vetoed from the state’s 2020 Fiscal Year budget by the Governor last…

Rep. Mike Mueller, R-Linden; audio on restoration of road patrol funding

Rep. Mueller talks about his new legislation to restore important funding allowing more deputies to patrol on Michigan roads.  Secondary road patrol money was stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by Gov. Whitmer last week.  Rep. Mueller, a retired, 19-year deputy sheriff,  says public safety needs to be a priority of…

Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis; audio on House vote on mental health counselor legislation

Rep. Miller speaks on the House floor Tuesday afternoon, prior to the chamber’s passage of his HB 4325, which codifies the existing code of practice for licensed professional counselors in Michigan.  The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs was considering changing those regulations, a move that would effectively prohibit LPCs from making diagnoses in their…

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on Corrections and public safety

Rep. Albert, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Corrections, and who represents an area that is home to a number of Corrections employees, says he’s concerned about the misinformation his neighbors are hearing regarding prison funding and tethers.  

Rep. Phil Green, R-Millington; audio on future of the Caro Center

Rep. Green talks about how the budget signed into law this week will help build a new 100-bed facility at the Caro Center while demolishing some existing structures.  He says a secure future for the Caro Center is the result of the hard work of area residents.