Rep. Farrington testifies on plan to protect children from child pornography

State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today testified on her plan to increase criminal penalties for possession of child pornography, calling for a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment for possession of over 100 images. The legislation, under consideration by the House Law and Justice Committee, was submitted in response to the recent Larry Nassar…

Kesto testifies on plan to help victims report crime

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Commitee, today testified before the panel on his plan to prohibit anyone in a position of authority from preventing an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct. The legislation was submitted in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal. #####

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. Griffin welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beth Griffin welcomed Pastor Jason Bull to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives.  Bull is the executive pastor of Freshwater Community Church in Paw Paw.  Joining them at the rostrum is Speaker of the House Tom Leonard. ###

Rep. Runestad hosts over 3,700 in tele-town hall update

State Rep. Jim Runestad was joined by thousands of residents from the 44th District during his live tele-town hall on Tuesday evening. “I appreciate people taking time out of their busy evening schedules to talk about the important issues facing Michigan,” Rep. Runestad said. “It’s vital to keep in touch with residents in southeast Michigan…

Rep. Miller announces in-district office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his monthly in-district office hours with local residents, emphasizing the importance of being available to the community. “I enjoy the opportunity to connect with people and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Miller said. “It is important I am accessible to everyone. I am here to…

State representatives call on governor to remove Macomb Township trustee

Reps. Marino, Yaroch: Bucci should resign or be removed from office State Reps. Steve Marino and Jeff Yaroch today sent Gov. Rick Snyder letters calling on him to exercise his authority to remove a Macomb Township trustee from office. Rep. Marino said Trustee Dino Bucci has exhibited corrupt conduct in office and gross neglect of…

Rep. Rendon testifies on plan to update medical license revocation standards

Legislation is part of House package in response to the Larry Nassar scandal Health care professionals who are convicted of sexual contact under the guise of a medical procedure will automatically have their medical license revoked, state Rep. Daire Rendon said Tuesday during testimony before the House Law and Justice Committee. The bill is part…

Rep. Noble promotes Project Healthy Schools program in Plymouth

State Rep. Jeff Noble visited East Middle School in Plymouth to promote Project Healthy Schools on Friday. “This program is an excellent tool for students and teachers to learn about healthy habits inside and outside the classroom,” Rep. Noble said. “Visiting East Middle School was a great experience. I look forward to sharing the information…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will take place Wednesday, April 25 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Dimitri’s Restaurant located at 6334 W. Saginaw Highway, in Lansing. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with…

Rep. Tedder testifies in support of bill to honor Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall

House committee approves legislation to commemorate lawman State Rep. Jim Tedder today testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to name a portion of highway in Oakland County after fallen Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall. Highway M-15 from I-75 in Oakland County to the Genesee County border will…

Rep. Barrett plan allows young victims to utilize courtroom support dogs

State Rep. Tom Barrett was joined today by Reagan, Eaton County’s canine advocate, while speaking before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his plan to help young and vulnerable victims who testify in court. Barrett’s bill allows courtroom support dogs to sit at the feet of certain victims while they take the stand to…

Hughes’ plan to address substitute teacher shortage approved by committee

Legislator: This bill will give ‘our students a better overall education’ The Senate Education Committee today approved legislation to give local districts continued flexibility in finding qualified substitute teachers to work in Michigan classrooms, state Rep. Holly Hughes announced. “To hear that over 1,000 Michigan classrooms a day do not have substitute teachers is absolutely…

Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Monday, April 23 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Stair Public Library, 228 W. Main St. in Morenci. “I‘m excited for the opportunity to connect with folks in our community and hear what matters most to them,”…