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…

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…