House approves Cotter bill protecting firearms owners’ privacy rights

The House today approved a six-bill package to increase privacy protections for gun owners. The package of bills create a uniform law enforcement procedure, and guarantee accountability and bring firearms records within the protection of the Fourth Amendment. “This legislation guarantees Michigan citizens Fourth Amendment privacy protections by exempting firearms owners’ records from FOIA requests,”…

Rep. Cotter’s bill that expands craft beer industry gets Senate approval

A three-bill package that expands the state’s craft beer industry was approved today by the Senate. House Bills 4709-4711 increase the cap for barrel production, the amount of locations a brewpub can run, as well as allowing an increase in the amount of brewery tasting rooms. State Rep. Kevin Cotter, sponsor of HB 4709, said…

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Stamas, Cotter take ‘Polar Plunge’ for Special Olympics Michigan

State Reps. Jim Stamas and Kevin Cotter today participated in the third annual Legislative Polar Plunge, joining more than 20 other Michigan legislators and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI). “Special Olympics Michigan is an incredible organization that promotes dignity and respect for everyone,” said Cotter, R-Mount…

Cotter takes ‘Polar Plunge’ for Special Olympics at the Capitol

State Rep. Kevin Cotter joined more than 20 other legislators for the third annual Legislative Polar Plunge on the Capitol lawn. The event helps support Special Olympics Michigan, which brings year-round sports training and athletic competition to more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan. The Legislative Polar Plunge has raised more…

Bill package creates statewide policy for social media, email accounts

State Rep. Kevin Cotter has introduced a package of bills to help create a statewide policy governing what happens to a person’s social media and email accounts if they pass away or become incapacitated. Email and social media accounts would be considered a person’s assets under House Bills 5366-5370, giving family members the ability to…

Cotter applauds governor’s focus on continuing Michigan’s comeback

State Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, tonight made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address: “Gov. Snyder’s speech highlighted the many accomplishments Michigan has made over the past few years. When you look at where we started and where we are now you can see Michigan is truly the Comeback…

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House Republicans update Action Plan, unveil additional goals for 2014

LANSING — House Republicans today provided an update to the caucus Action Plan, including additional goals for Michigan that would address tax relief for individuals, human trafficking, gun-owner rights, transportation needs, and school safety. “The people of Michigan deserve real results that brings jobs for workers and reunites families in our state,” said Speaker of…

Isabella County receives road project from special legislative funding

Project will be done without raising taxes Coleman Road will see upgrades thanks to special road funding made possible by the Michigan Legislature, state Rep. Kevin Cotter announced today. Coleman Road from the West County line to Woodruff Road will see upgrades in the coming year. “These road improvements are great news for residents of…

Cotter legislation allowing fulltime students to postpone jury duty approved by the House

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation that will allow full-time college students to postpone their jury duty until the end of the school year, announced Rep. Kevin Cotter. House Bill 4570, introduced by Cotter, grants an exemption from jury duty to full time college students. This exemption already exists for high-school students. It is…

Mental health courts help participants lead improved, productive lives

State Rep. Kevin Cotter today said the findings of a survey of participants in 10 mental health court programs in Michigan show how effective the programs are and how much they can help improve the lives of their participants. The survey supports a package of legislation Cotter is helping to sponsor that is up for…

Rep. Cotter introduces bill to prohibit online lottery expansion

State Rep. Kevin Cotter today introduced legislation that will prohibit the Michigan Lottery from allowing the purchase and play of lottery games over the Internet. The Michigan Lottery currently is taking bids for a system that would allow for the sale of all Michigan Lottery games including Club Keno and scratch off games, over the…