New treatment forms aim to improve end-of-life patient care

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Laura Cox requiring the development of a standardized Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (POST) form has been signed into law by the governor. A POST form is an advance care planning tool designed to ensure people forced to make difficult end-of-life medical treatment choices are given the respect they…

Gov. Snyder signs bill to fund rape test kit tracking system

Appropriations Chair Cox says measure empowers victims   State Rep. Laura Cox today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for signing a supplemental budget bill that includes funding to establish a tracking system for rape test kits. Cox, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said she included the measure to pay for the first four years of…

Rep. Cox’s car seat safety bill earns House committee approval

Measure will reduce preventable child injuries   The House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox that aims to reduce the number of child injuries in vehicle accidents by updating the guidelines for child car seats and booster seats. Cox, of Livonia, who serves as chair of the committee, said her…

Rep. Cox and Canton supervisor enter friendly wager over local football contest

State Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia and Canton Township Supervisor Pat Williams offered up a friendly wager today in anticipation of the Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks taking on the Canton Chiefs in the Division 1 Regional Finals on Friday, Nov. 10. “The Shamrocks have played a fantastic season, and despite the Canton Chiefs also playing…

Rep. Cox votes to fund system to track rape test kits

House appropriations chair took lead in securing funds   State Rep. Laura Cox today voted for a supplemental budget bill that includes funding to enable victims of sexual assault to track the progress of their rape investigations. Cox, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, said the measure will pay for the first four years of…

Rep. Cox spearheads funding for rape test kit tracking program

Appropriations chair leads push to eliminate backlog   State Rep. Laura Cox, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, has taken the lead on securing funding to help victims of sexual assault track the progress of their rape cases. Cox, of Livonia, spearheaded a presentation on Wednesday before the committee in support of a $4.3 million…