Reilly measure to expand oversight of state universities

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland today introduced a measure creating an Office of Higher Education Ombudsman within the state Legislative Council. The office would have power to review documents from state universities relevant to an investigation into complaints of civil liberties violations, sexual assault, or other unlawful activities. Reilly argued that recent revelations of…

Rep. Hauck: New legislation invests more in local veterans services

Grant program will help maintain county offices State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, co-sponsored legislation introduced today providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices. Currently, 11 counties do not have a local veteran support department and many others are understaffed. “Veterans sacrifice a tremendous amount while working…

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims

Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offenses A three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University. State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation. “After the…

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims

Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offenses A three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University. State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation. “After the…

Lucido helps sponsor bill improving services for military veterans

State Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township this week cosponsored legislation to improve services for military veterans across Michigan. The legislation encourages Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices within their borders through a new grant program. Under the measure, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive…

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims

Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offenses A three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University. State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation. “After the…

Rep. Kahle: Provide additional resources for Michigan’s veterans

State Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Adrian, cosponsored legislation Wednesday to provide added support for veterans services in Lenawee County. Under House Bill 5536, a new grant program would be created to encourage counties to establish and maintain veteran services office. Each county with a veteran service office that satisfies certain requirements would receive $25,000, plus…

Roberts sponsors bill giving counties grant for veteran services

State Rep. Brett Roberts of Charlotte cosponsored legislation Wednesday encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the measure, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To…

House supports Rep. Lucido bills to better protect children

The state House today advanced bills from state Rep. Peter Lucido to better protect children from criminals with multiple child abuse convictions. “Our law enforcement and prosecutors, not to forget our state’s children, need another weapon to get repeat child abusers off the streets,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “All forms of child abuse are…

Rep. Noble applauds bill strengthening aid to veterans

Legislator said grants will help maintain county office   State Rep. Jeff Noble today said he supports legislation introduced this week urging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Noble, of Northville, said House Bill 5536 – which he cosponsored – provides each county with a veterans service…

Rep. Roberts reschedules February office hours

State Rep. Brett Roberts today announced he is rescheduling office hours previously planned for Friday, Feb. 9 due to a winter storm warning issued for lower Michigan. The new meeting time will be on Friday, Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. The location remains the same and office hours will be held at Mark’s Place, located…