Rep. Iden joins colleagues in legislative ‘spring cleaning’

The House Oversight Committee today heard testimony and voted to approve a plan sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden removing an unnecessary law from the books. Iden’s plan repeals a duplicative reporting requirement regarding the Veteran Right to Employment Services Act. Under the current 1994 law, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is required…

Local representatives celebrate Older Michiganians Day

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Reps. Brandt Iden and Beth Griffin meet with members of the Kalamazoo Area Agency on Aging group on the Capitol lawn.  Older Michiganians Day is an annual rally that takes place on the lawn of the Capitol.  The event brings together hundreds of seniors, aging service providers, and senior advocates to meet…

House approves Rep. Iden’s plan to make OK2SAY permanent, improving school safety

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal to make the OK2SAY school safety program a permanent part of the state’s strategy to protect children. OK2SAY allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The system helps distribute important information to…

COLUMN: Stepping up the fight against opioids

By state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo Township A growing problem generally calls for a larger response – especially when the lives of Michigan residents hang in the balance. The number of heroin and prescription opioid overdose deaths in Michigan has doubled during the past five years. In Kalamazoo County, 24 residents were treated each…

Rep. Iden: Clarity required on pyramid schemes

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden clarifying state law on pyramid schemes advanced overwhelmingly this week in the Michigan House. The plan is part of a four-bill legislative package amending and improving current state consumer protection and franchise investment laws. Iden’s proposal amends the Michigan Consumer Protection Act to reflect the changes amidst a…

Rep. Iden proposes making Michigan’s OK2SAY school safety program permanent

State Rep. Brandt Iden today proposed making Michigan’s OK2SAY school safety program a permanent part of the state’s strategy to protect children. OK2SAY allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The system helps distribute important information to law enforcement, mental health service…

Children will be protected from child porn under Rep. Iden bill

Measure is part of House plan in response to Larry Nassar scandal State Rep. Brandt Iden this week testified to the House Law and Justice Committee on how children under the age of 12 will get increased protections from child pornography under his legislation. The bill is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following…