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Cotter: US-10 pavement improvement project begins today

An $800,000 road improvement project for US-10 in Isabella County will begin today thanks to additional funding set aside by the Michigan Legislature, announced state Rep. Kevin Cotter. “US-10 is one of the major highways that passes through our area and I’ve heard concerns from many residents about the condition of the road,” said Cotter,…

Cotter, McCready sponsor package reforming wage garnishment laws

Changes offer added protections to employees, employers The Michigan House today passed a two-bill package to cut bureaucratic red tape involving the state’s wage garnishment laws and strengthen the overall economy, announced state Reps. Kevin Cotter and Mike McCready. House Bills 5390 and 5391 provide comprehensive wage garnishment reform, which will reduce administrative burdens on employers,…

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Cotter honors local sheriff during ceremony for 9/11 heroes and first responders

Isabella County resident joins Cotter at state Capitol The Michigan House today hosted a special ceremony honoring first responders and members of the military who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year. State Rep. Kevin Cotter attended the ceremony with Deputy Joe Chritz from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, who…

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Cotter: Road projects for Isabella County exceed $2.5 million

Road improvement projects in Isabella County will begin shortly thanks to additional funding set aside by the Michigan Legislature, announced state Rep. Kevin Cotter. “Isabella County was in need of road repairs, and I am excited to announce five projects that will help improve our area’s roads,” said Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant. “While these projects are…

Cotter: Experience Pure Michigan with free fishing and ORV weekend

State Rep. Kevin Cotter encourages residents of Isabella and Midland counties to take part in Michigan’s Free Fishing and Off-Road Vehicle weekend, June 7-8. The weekend allows all Michiganians and visitors to enjoy Michigan’s premiere freshwater fishing at no cost. For two days, fishing license requirements are waived as part of an effort by the…

Cotter: Mental health courts proving to have a positive impact

The Michigan Supreme Court today released its 2013 Problem-Solving Courts Report, highlighting the positive effects of Michigan’s mental health courts program, announced state Rep. Kevin Cotter. The report showed that participants in mental health courts saw recidivism reduced by more than 300 percent over the past two years, and one-third of participants reported finding a…

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Local veterinarian, TV personality testifies in support of Cotter legislation

Dr. Pol offers testimony in support of House Bill 5176 The House Health Policy Committee today heard testimony on a bill that would protect health care professionals from allegations of misconduct seen only on a reality television show, announced the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Kevin Cotter. “House Bill 5176 is meant to protect licensed health…

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Rep. Cotter recognized by the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals

The Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals (MADCP) recently honored state Rep. Kevin Cotter with its Legislator of the Year award for his work with the Mental Health Court and DWI interlocking legislation. “I always strive for improving lives and making Michigan a safer place,” said Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant. “The opportunity to improve lives is…

Cotter lauds package to fix Michigan’s roads

State Rep. Kevin Cotter announced more state resources will be invested in Michigan’s roadways under legislation introduced today and last week in the House. The plan proposes structural changes in the state’s transportation funding, with a focus on increased efficiency, better quality and improved fairness and increasing road funding to a minimum of $450 million…

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,”…