Rep. Hall testifies in support of bill protecting children from abuse and neglect

State Rep. Matt Hall (R- Emmett Township) today testified before the Michigan House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of his legislation requiring Children’s Protective Services (CPS) to confirm the safety of all children in a home where suspected child abuse or neglect has occurred within 24 hours of receiving a complaint. “Children’s Protective…

Rep. Wozniak: Leaving no stone unturned on no-fault reform

Lawmaker targets unlimited PIP option under introduced legislation In an effort to promote best-in-the-nation no-fault car insurance benefits, state Rep. Doug Wozniak today introduced bipartisan legislation making the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage option more affordable and attractive to Michigan drivers. Under the proposal, insurers will be able to offer options with higher deductibles…

Rep. Crawford’s plan protects Michigan children from abuse and neglect

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today discussed a plan introduced by state Rep. Kathy Crawford to help keep children safe from abuse and neglect. The Office of the Auditor General released a Children’s Protective Services (CPS) performance audit last fall that raised many concerns for a system that exists to ensure the safety…

Rep. Berman introduces ‘Lilliana’s Law’ proposal to protect children

Legislation requires annual safety inspections at schools State Rep. Ryan Berman today introduced a bill to require the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to inspect all public and private schools for health and safety violations annually. The legislation follows the tragic death of 3-year-old Lilliana Kerr, who was struck by an improperly secured…

Rep. Schroeder’s plan better protects Michigan children

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of her plan to help keep children safe from abuse and neglect. The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) released a Children’s Protective Services (CPS) Performance Audit last fall that raised an alarming number of concerns about a system…

Impact of car insurance overhaul, cost savings to be felt across Michigan

There’s no question that our awful no-fault car insurance system required serious changes. Skyrocketing car insurance premiums due to decades of inaction by elected officials affect every driver from Detroit to Dickinson County. They are why many residents have already packed their bags and moved elsewhere to escape the burdensome costs. This only hurts the…

Rep. Miller: Community improvement funds should fund improvements, not audits

Legislation cutting unnecessary red tape advances via House vote A proposal from state Rep. Aaron Miller allowing local recreational authority boards to spend more of their budgets on improving Michigan communities today was unanimously approved in a state House vote. House Bill 4408 changes audit requirements from annual to once every two years for authority…

House approves Rep. Griffin plan to better protect student athletes from abuse

State Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to better protect student athletes in Michigan from child abuse and sexual assault was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming support. Griffin, of Mattawan, said the measure is part of a comprehensive bipartisan plan to fix problems brought to light by the House’s inquiry into the handling of…

House approves Rep. Alexander’s plan to protect survivors of sexual assault

State Rep. Julie Alexander’s plan to ensure victims and witnesses of sexual assault are not silenced was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming support. Alexander, of Hanover, said the measure is part of a comprehensive bipartisan plan to solve problems brought to light by the House’s inquiry into the handling of the Larry…

Rep. Paquette welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, welcomed Pastor Bill Zebell (middle) from Berrien Center Bible Church in Berrien Center to the state Capitol to lead Tuesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Joining them…

Rep. Meerman charter township library plan ‘on the books’ as new law

A proposal from state Rep. Luke Meerman protecting the viability of libraries in certain Michigan charter townships was recently signed into law by the governor. House Bill 4119, now Public Act 24 of 2019, was Meerman’s first legislation of the 2019-20 term. The new law allows a township board to re-establish and maintain a free…

Hornberger: We must eliminate Michigan Board of Ed, let governor choose state superintendent

Hornberger’s solution addresses concerns that the state Board of Education is a politically driven layer of government, which for years has slowed Michigan’s educational advancement and contradicted the Legislature’s goal of a more transparent state government. Furthermore, Hornberger said that in recent years the state board and the state superintendent have enacted mandates that are…