Keeping Michigan motorists safe

Drunk, drugged and distracted driving are very serious and dangerous offenses. December is dedicated as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to raise awareness about the dangers of all forms of impaired driving. Drunk, drugged and distracted driving are equally dangerous to all Michiganders. Great strides have been made over the years to reduce impaired driving,…

#TBT: Insuring a brighter future for Michigan

It’s #ThrowbackThursday once again, and this week we’re taking a look at the House Insurance Committee, chaired by Rep. Pete Lund. Whether tackling tough issues like automobile, health and life insurance or modifying the state’s insurance code, this committee has been hard at work during the 2013-14 legislative session. Here’s a sample of a few…

#FF: Lawmakers crack down on physician fraud, protect Michigan patients

Welcome to this week’s Follow Friday, where we highlight four bills that were approved by the Michigan House and are headed to the Senate floor in the coming weeks. The four-bill package was introduced by state Reps. Jeff Farrington, Pat Somerville, Klint Kesto and Peter Pettalia, to better protect patients being treated by physicians who are…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Putting an end to the silence

Every October, many of us don pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and those affected by the disease, but this month is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects one in four women, and throughout the month of October, communities across America are coming together to help end this violent trend — and…

Investing in our future by supporting the Nurse-Family Partnership

House Republicans know Michigan families are important — and that first-time moms need access to both prenatal and postnatal care. That’s why, in the fiscal year 2014 budget, we invested additional state resources into the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) to help vulnerable first-time moms and their babies. The NFP helps connect low-income first-time mothers and registered nurses,…

#ICYMI Closing loopholes to help in the fight against meth

Recently the House approved several new laws closing loopholes and creating steeper penalties in the fight against meth use and production. House Bills 5089, 5090, 5363 and 5615, along with Senate Bills 535, 563 and 756, all work to help close loopholes related to the practice of making methamphetamine.  HBs 5089, 5090 and 5615 specifically…

Michigan goes #PureMIPurple for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month takes place each June, raising awareness about a disease that 170,000 people aged 65 or older have been diagnosed with in the state of Michigan alone. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that causes those afflicted to have difficulty with memory, behavior and thinking. There is no cure and the aliment…

#FF: Providing necessary tools to help save loved ones

Welcome to the latest edition of #FollowFriday! Earlier this spring, House Bills 5404-5407 were introduced in the House, allowing family, friends and first responders to administer a life-saving drug to recovering addicts during an accidental overdose. Addiction is a very difficultissue to overcome as most recovering addicts will tell you, and fatal heroin overdoses have…

Protecting the rights of nursing moms with new House measures

On Tuesday, Reps. Amanda Price and Lisa Lyons introduced House Bills 5591 and 5592 to ensure no mother can be charged with indecent exposure or disorderly conduct for an act many see as natural and beneficial – breastfeeding her child. The measures are tie-barred with Senate Bill 674, which creates the Breastfeeding Anti-discrimination Act so…

Making a difference through donation

April is National Organ Donation month sponsored by Donate Life America. In Michigan alone, there were 3,277 people waiting for an organ transplant at the beginning of the year, and most were waiting on a kidney. The mission of Donate Life America is to encourage individuals to become organ, eye and tissue donors and provide…

April raises awareness of autism

April 2 is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness day, shedding a light on the importance of awareness and early detection of autism worldwide. The latest statistics for the United States say one of every 68 children are on the autism spectrum, and boys are almost five times more likely to be diagnosed with some form…

Listen to your heart… during congenital heart defect awareness week

The week of February 7-14 is dedicated to raising awareness about congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are among the most common types of birth defect in the United States, affecting the structure of a baby’s heart and how efficiently it works. In many cases no one can pinpoint what caused the heart defect,…

Legislators “Go Red for Women”

February is American Heart Month, so to kick off the month legislators from both the House and the Senate donned red clothing to “Go Red for Women.” Lawmakers gathered in the Capitol rotunda Thursday to kick off the Go Red for Women event, listening to stories from survivors of heart disease and raising awareness about…