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…

Join Rep. Bellino at his April coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe invites residents of Monroe and Wayne counties to join him for his monthly coffee hours on Monday, April 29. “Talking with members of our community is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as state representative,” Rep. Bellino said. “With upcoming budget discussions and other issues facing…

Rep. Schroeder holds vaping roundtable discussion with local officials and parents

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township hosted a roundtable discussion on Thursday to discuss how best to educate people about a new Waterford Township ordinance regarding vaping. “We invited all the community stakeholders to create a common message about the new township ordinance and the dangers of vaping for kids,” Rep. Schroeder said. “It’s…