Rep. Roger Hauck, R-Union Twp.; audio on House passage of Raise the Age legislation

Rep. Hauck speaks on the House floor Thursday afternoon, prior to House passage of his legislation in a bi-partisan package of bills that would end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile system has been shown to reduce reoffending by 34 percent,…

Rep. Mike Mueller, R-Linden; audio on April as Autism Awareness Month

Rep. Mueller talks about April as Autism Awareness Month at the Capitol and links the issue to his own work with mental health reform.  Rep. Mueller was joined at the Capitol Wednesday by Sgt. Dave Archer of the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety, a former colleague who now works to train law enforcement…

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on updated disabled parking sign

On Wednesday, when hundreds gathered at the state Capitol to raise awareness of disabilities, Rep. LaFave introduced legislation that would update the symbol on signs designating parking spots for the disabled in Michigan to employ the image of a more dynamic, active individual.  The plan would also eliminate the use of the word “handicapped” from…

Rep. Matt Hall, R-Emmett Twp.; audio on legislative response to CPS audit

House Oversight Committee Chair Matt Hall talks about the amendments to Michigan’s Child Protection Law announced by the Committee Thursday. The amendments were the result of multiple hearings on the Michigan Office of Auditor General’s (OAG) September 2018 Performance Audit of Children’s Protective Services Investigations.        

Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Portage; audio on House passage of school snow day legislation

Rep. Iden talks about House passage Wednesday of legislation that would forgive school snow days that took place during the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor this past winter, and his amendment to the plan, that stipulates that hourly school workers in districts where contracts are silent about snow day pay will receive income…

Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on jail population study

Speaker Chatfield speaks at a press conference at the Michigan Supreme Court with other state leaders on Wednesday to announce a partnership with Pew Charitable Trusts that will review the state’s country jail system and expand jail alternatives.   The Speaker argues that criminal justice reform cannot be a partisan issue.