Senate committee advances Cox plan protecting sexual abuse victims from serial predators

Bipartisan bill package submitted in response to Larry Nassar scandal The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced state Rep. Laura Cox’s legislation to allow Michigan criminal courts to consider relevant information involving an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses. “Michigan has to identify sexual predators and punish them accordingly,” said Cox, of Livonia. “A predator’s pattern…

House approves Rep. Cox plan protecting sexual abuse victims

Bipartisan bill package submitted in response to Larry Nassar scandal State Rep. Laura Cox today announced the House has approved her plan to allow Michigan courts to consider relevant information pertaining to an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses in criminal cases. “This legislation is absolutely necessary to protect everyone from sexual abuse in Michigan,”…

Rep. Cox issues statement after revenue estimating conference

State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after today’s state revenue estimating conference at the Capitol: “Good governing and decision-making over the past several years are paying dividends in Michigan. Families are much better off now than they were eight years ago. Unemployment is low, income is…

Rep. Cox bill to protect human trafficking victims signed into law

New public act adds drug and opioid addiction as a method of control State Rep. Laura Cox’s legislation to help human trafficking victims by categorizing addiction as a form of illegal coercion is now law. Withholding or threatening to withhold illegal and prescription drugs is now a crime under the new law, joining physical restraint…