Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp.; audio on child protection legislation

Rep. Iden talks about his testimony this week before the House Law and Justice Committee on his legislation toughening the penalties for violations of Michigan’s child pornography laws.  HB 5794 is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following the House’s inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal.  

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

House Health Policy Committee Chair Rep. Hank Vaupel, who co-chaired the House C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) Task Force in 2017, says more than 40 of the recommendations made by C.A.R.E.S. have found their way into legislation, including providing better approaches to substance abuse and the corrections system.  

Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp.; audio on 2019 university budget and student safety

Rep. LaSata, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Ed, talks about subcommittee passage Thursday of the state’s 2019 public university budget, including language requiring Michigan’s public colleges and universities to be transparent with Title IX reporting or face a 10-percent reduction in future state funding.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Kent County; audio on legislation protecting Michigan deer

Rep. Albert talks about his new legislation that prohibits the importation of live deer – including whitetail deer, elk and moose – into Michigan.  Current law already prohibits bringing a deer carcass into the state.  The legislation is part of a three-bill package designed to limit the exposure of Michigan cervids to Chronic Wasting Disease….