Rep. Cox: House budget plan focused on schools, safety and roads

State Rep. Laura Cox – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today led the panel’s approval of a budget plan with new record investments in schools and roads while keeping overall spending below current levels. “Our focus is clear,” said Cox, of Livonia. “We will invest taxpayer money wisely on roads, schools, public safety…

Rep. Cox wraps up March is Reading Month tour

State Rep. Laura Cox concluded her annual March is Reading Month tour by reading to 280 students at seven elementary schools in Livonia. March is Reading Month is an educational event to recognize the importance of reading in children’s future success. To celebrate, Rep. Cox visited classrooms at Roosevelt, Webster, Hoover and Niji-Iro Japanese Immersion…

Senate committee approves Rep. Cox bill to better protect human trafficking victims

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox to legally include drug addiction as a form of controlling human trafficking victims. “The power of addiction can be overpowering to anyone using illegal or prescription drugs,” said Cox, of Livonia. “We must allow withholding access to these drugs be considered a form…

Rep. Cox announces bill to better protect sexual abuse victims

Multi-bill package introduced in response to recent Nassar scandal State Rep. Laura Cox, of Livonia, unveiled legislation Monday that allows Michigan’s prosecutors and courts to introduce and consider relevant information and evidence involving an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses in criminal cases, regardless of the age of the victim. The bill is part of…

Panel approves Rep. Cox bill to protect human trafficking victims

The House Law and Justice Committee today unanimously advanced legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox that updates the definition of coercion in a human trafficking offense, adding withholding or threatening to withhold illegal and prescription drugs as a method of control in those cases. “No one could have anticipated the tragic increase in human trafficking…