House approves stiffer penalties for Human Trafficking of teens

Reps. Kowall, Zorn work to protect minors Criminal penalties for those caught soliciting sex from a minor will be increased under legislation overwhelmingly approved today by the House, announced state Reps. Dale Zorn and Eileen Kowall. House Bills 4209 and 4210 modify penalties for those engaging the services of a minor from a 93-day misdemeanor…

Commitment to improve mental health and wellness renewed in Michigan

Lawmakers from the House and Senate health policy committees on Tuesday met in a joint committee to review the Mental Health and Wellness Commission’s final 2013 report titled “Improving the Quality of Life by Supporting Independence and Self-Determination.” “As chair of the House Health Policy Committee, ensuring that those who live with a mental health…

Nesbitt, panel question utilities on storm operations

Committee focuses on preparation, better communication State Rep. Aric Nesbitt, chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee, today said he is pleased officials from the major utilities affected by December’s storm appeared before the panel to describe their plans and reactions to the outages and determine what can be done better in the future….

Leonard, fellow lawmakers hold joint committee hearing during Detroit auto show

State Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, and members of the House Commerce Committee and Senate Economic Development Committee hold a joint committee hearing on Jan. 15 outside the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “The auto industry has been and continues to be a very important part of Michigan’s economy,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt…

Rep. Pagel hosts January office hours in Buchanan

State Rep. Dave Pagel will hold office hours on Saturday, Jan. 25 to meet with local residents to talk about any thoughts or concerns they may have about state government. The office hours will be hosted at Union Coffee House, 115 E. Front St. from 10 a.m. to noon. “The chance to talk with residents…

O’Brien and Schuitmaker React to Governor Snyder’s State of the State Address

The governor addressed Michigan’s recovery in his State of the State address and Rep. Margaret O’Brien and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker issued the following statements after his speech about plans for Michigan this year: “Michigan suffered one of the worst recessions and is now leading the Great Lakes States in recovery,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “I am…