Legislature passes Tedder’s bill combatting Michigan physician shortages

The Michigan Legislature has approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Jim Tedder, vice-chair of the House Health Policy Committee, to combat the state’s growing physician shortage by entering Michigan into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). Under the IMLC, qualified physicians seeking to practice in multiple states are eligible for expedited licensure in any…

Legislature OKs new school evaluation standard

A plan to make school evaluation simpler and more transparent has been approved by the Michigan Legislature. Evaluation of public schools is required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the new system, the Michigan Department of Education would assign letter grades to schools based on student proficiency in math and English, overall graduation…

Rep. Albert’s crime victim impact statement reforms signed into law

A proposal from state Rep. Thomas Albert allowing more individuals who are close to the victim of a crime to have their say in court was recently signed into law. Albert felt compelled to sponsor the legislation after reading an article from David Thompson in a March edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. Thompson’s brother…

Reps. Barrett, Bellino issue statement on the status of no-fault reform in Michigan

State Reps. Tom Barrett, of Charlotte, and Joe Bellino, of Monroe, who have led recent efforts to reform Michigan’s failing no-fault car insurance system, today issued the following statement: “For the more than seven million hard-working Michigan drivers paying some of the highest car insurance rates in the nation, we are committed to seizing every…

Rep. Howrylak’s plan to help people with restricted mobility signed into law

State Rep. Martin Howrylak’s plan to help people with physical challenges travel on Michigan sidewalks with power-driven mobility devices has been signed into law. Howrylak’s bill clarifies the definition of a pedestrian and motor vehicle. Pedestrians include people with restricted mobility who use a mobility device. It clarifies that such mobility devices are not motor…

Rep. Alexander offers plan to update vehicle window tint

Legislation heads to governor for consideration The Michigan House and Senate recently approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Julie Alexander updating the law to allow drivers to safely operate their vehicles with lightly tinted windows on Michigan roads. Many technological improvements have taken place since window tinting was regulated in 1980, and Alexander’s plan aligns…

Rep. Albert’s system to evaluate economic incentives headed to governor for consideration

The state House provided its final approval to Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to determine the effectiveness of Michigan’s economic incentive programs, sending the measure to the governor for consideration. Albert’s measure would require the state to hire an independent outside contractor to evaluate and recommend changes to the state’s economic incentive programs, which generally provide…

Rep. Lucido’s cyberbullying plan receives final legislative approval

Legislation from state Rep. Peter Lucido addressing the growing and troubling trend of cyberbullying is one step from state law after a vote of final approval today in the Michigan House. “A fundamental duty of state government is to keep residents safe,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “Intimidation and threatening behavior online impacts life for…

Rep. Noble’s plan easing restrictions on painters, decorators heads to the governor

The Michigan Senate Tuesday gave final legislative approval to a plan sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Noble providing more opportunities for painters and decorators by cutting unnecessary government red tape. Noble’s measure removes painters and decorators from the list of occupations needing a residential maintenance and alteration contractor license in Michigan. “There is no reason…

Recent signed law from Rep. Farrington enhances child pornography penalties

Proposal set in motion in wake of Larry Nassar scandal Legislation proposed by state Rep. Diana Farrington enacting sentencing guidelines within new penalties for possession, production and distribution of child pornography was recently signed by the Governor. Under previous law, an individual who knowingly possessed or sought to gain possession of sexual material involving children…

Rep. Lucido welcomes students to Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Peter Lucido welcomed a group of 5th grade students from Roberts Elementary School in Shelby Township to the Capitol on Tuesday. The students were accompanied by teachers Kim Giacobbe and Scott Burnham.

Rep. Vaupel: New Child Protective Services mobile app will protect Livingston County families

State Rep. Hank Vaupel today applauded the launch of a new Child Protective Services mobile application that will better protect families and residents in Livingston County. The Mobile Investigator application allows Child Protective Services employees to remotely enter contact information for people interviewed during investigations and securely scan and upload documents. “Mobile applications have changed…

Rep. LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims signed into law

A proposal from State Representative Kim LaSata expanding the capacity of the OK2SAY hotline to accept reports on sexual abuse, assault and rape was signed by the Governor on Monday. OK2SAY was originally established in 2014 as a method of anonymously reporting criminal activity at school. The 24-hour system has been expanded to include other…

Rep. Hauck applauds new Child Protective Services mobile app to help Isabella County families

State Rep. Roger Hauck today commended the launch of a Child Protective Services mobile application for Isabella County that will help protect families and their children. The Mobile Investigator application allows Child Protective Services employees to remotely enter contact information for people interviewed during investigations and securely scan and upload documents. “This mobile application will…

Rep. Lucido plan creates more consistency for certificates of trust

Legislation streamlining process heads to governor State Rep. Peter Lucido’s plan to streamline Michigan’s procedures for certificates of trust is headed to the governor’s desk for consideration. Certificates of trust are used to give banks, brokerage firms or transfer agents necessary information regarding a trust to help facilitate the transfer of property. Lucido, of Shelby…