Rep. Schroeder supports plan to combat state psych worker shortages

Plan allows retired employees to return to work and keep pensions State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today voted in support of a House plan to combat the ongoing shortage of behavioral health professionals in Michigan. The plan allows certain retired mental health professionals to come back to work with the Department of Health and Human Services…

Rep. Reilly plan provides full review of Michigan’s administrative rules

State Rep. John Reilly is spearheading a bipartisan effort to eliminate unnecessary regulations that hurt residents and small businesses in Michigan. Reilly, of Oakland Township, said Michigan’s Administrative Code has grown into an overly complex set of regulations, making it difficult for people to stay in compliance with the law. “Burdensome regulations complicate people’s lives…

Michigan House approves Rep. Whiteford’s mental health support hotline

State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to create a permanent, statewide mental health hotline to connect people in need with vital support services was overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House. The Legislature previously approved a plan authorizing a temporary pilot program in at least three geographically diverse areas. Whiteford’s new legislation would make a permanent…

Rep. Wozniak supports plan to combat state psych worker shortage

Retired psych employees returning to work will keep pensions State Rep. Doug Wozniak today voted in support of a House plan to combat the ongoing shortage of psychiatry workers in Michigan. The issue was brought to the Legislature’s attention last term during the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force statewide tour, which aimed to find ways to…

Rep. Berman: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee

Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Ryan Berman’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Berman, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of his colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Whiteford: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee

Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Whiteford, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Rendon: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee

Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Daire Rendon’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Rendon, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Webber: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee

Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Michael Webber’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Webber, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of his colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Glenn announces district photo contest

State Rep. Annette Glenn announced today she is holding a photo contest for constituents in Midland and Bay counties. The top three photos will be chosen as winners and receive the following prizes: 1st place – a tour of the state Capitol, the opportunity to sit on the House floor during session, and a U.S….

Rep. Hoitenga: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee

Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Hoitenga, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Wozniak: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee

Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Doug Wozniak’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Wozniak, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of his colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Filler: ‘Raise the Age’ plan would result in brighter futures for troubled teens

House Judiciary Committee approves crucial juvenile justice reforms State Rep. Graham Filler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said a plan approved by the committee today would improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system, ultimately resulting in brighter futures for teenage offenders. Filler, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group…

COLUMN: Time to move forward with government transparency reforms

Everyone agrees that we’re badly in need of more government accountability. Michigan’s government transparency laws rank dead last in nationwide studies. The biggest problem is that our open records laws do not apply to the governor’s office or the Legislature. Right now, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows people to review or obtain copies…

Paquette appointed to MiSTEM Advisory Council

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, has been appointed by Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield to the MiSTEM Advisory Council for the term ending December 31, 2020. The MiSTEM Advisory Council is tasked with providing the governor, legislature, and Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development with recommendations designed to improve and promote…