House panel advances Hornberger’s bill protecting children in abuse cases

The House Judiciary Committee has advanced legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger to bring additional clarity to legal matters involving the allegation of child abuse. Hornberger’s measure is part of a three-bill bipartisan package requiring all forensic interviews conducted with children involved in abuse and neglect investigations to be recorded on video. Specifically, her…

Rep. Crawford announces summer office hours

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi invites local residents to attend “Coffee with Crawford” on Wednesday, June 28. “I always look forward to meeting with residents from around our community,” Crawford said. “Listening to everyone’s thoughts is one of the most rewarding experiences that comes with this position.” Rep. Crawford will be available to meet…

Rep. Webber: Give Michigan families faster vehicle sales tax relief

State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills today applauded the approval of legislation to speed up tax relief making motor vehicles more affordable in Michigan when the purchase includes a trade-in. The state House this week approved the bills, which soon could be headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. Webber sponsored legislation in…

House committee approves Rep. Cole’s electric transmission bill

State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation allowing more competition for electricity transmission line projects was approved this week by a Michigan House committee. Cole’s bills would expand the number of companies that could be granted authority to build new, large transmission line projects in Michigan. Authority to build the major projects could be expanded to companies…

Rep. Hernandez: Caro Center Psychiatric Hospital will remain local

State Rep, Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) worked with House colleagues well into the night Tuesday putting the final touches on the 2018 Michigan budget.  As part of final budget negotiations, Rep. Hernandez worked with several House and Senate colleagues to ensure that the Caro Center Psychiatric Hospital will remain at or near its current location….

House approves Rep. Farrington bill to ensure processing of medical sexual assault exams

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation authored by state Rep. Diana Farrington to help assault victims by increasing the funding available for medical forensic examinations. “Sexual assault is a horrendous crime that has become a widespread issue in our communities,” said Farrington of Utica.  “These victims should never be forced to foot…

Rep. Farrington announces June office hours

State Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica will host local office hours this month and encourages residents to bring their thoughts or concerns about state government. “I am always excited to personally meet with residents and hear about issues that matter to them,” Farrington said. “One of my top priorities is to remain accessible to those…

Rep. Reilly bill to defend privacy for homeschool students

State Rep. John Reilly has introduced legislation to protect homeschooling families from a planned requirement that they submit Educational Development Plans to a local school district. Education Development Plans are academic and career evaluations, which are mandated by the state’s Department of Education for all public school students starting in the seventh grade. “Credible sources…

Rep. Calley joins House colleagues in voting for budget

Spending plan boosts funding for education, road projects State Rep. Julie Calley today voted for an effective and efficient state budget that increases spending on education and transportation system repairs while at the same time reducing the size of government. Calley, of Portland, said the budget is a fiscally responsible blueprint for Michigan. “This budget…

Rep. Cole lauds budget focus on fixing roads and bridges

State Rep. Triston Cole today applauded his House colleagues in joining him to vote for a balanced budget that allocates a record amount for fixing and maintaining roads and bridges throughout the state. Cole, of Mancelona, said the fiscal year 2017-18 budget approved by the House includes strategic state government downsizing to put more funds…

House approves Rep. Allor bill to help pay for sexual assault examinations

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Sue Allor to expand state payment to health care providers for sexual assault exams. “This bill focuses on the needs of the victim and improves the efficiency of forensic examinations,” said Allor of Wolverine. “With medical attention and testing, costs shouldn’t keep victims…

Rep. Leutheuser votes for budget prioritizing roads and education

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser today joined his House colleagues in approving a state budget that increases funding for K-12 education, skilled-trades training and fixing the state’s roads and bridges. Leutheuser, of Hillsdale, said the budget – once again approved months ahead of the constitutional deadline – prioritizes education and transportation. “We have allocated a record…