House approves Rep. Cox plan protecting sexual abuse victims

Bipartisan bill package submitted in response to Larry Nassar scandal State Rep. Laura Cox today announced the House has approved her plan to allow Michigan courts to consider relevant information pertaining to an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses in criminal cases. “This legislation is absolutely necessary to protect everyone from sexual abuse in Michigan,”…

Rep. Cox issues statement after revenue estimating conference

State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after today’s state revenue estimating conference at the Capitol: “Good governing and decision-making over the past several years are paying dividends in Michigan. Families are much better off now than they were eight years ago. Unemployment is low, income is…

Rep. Cox bill to protect human trafficking victims signed into law

New public act adds drug and opioid addiction as a method of control State Rep. Laura Cox’s legislation to help human trafficking victims by categorizing addiction as a form of illegal coercion is now law. Withholding or threatening to withhold illegal and prescription drugs is now a crime under the new law, joining physical restraint…

Rep. Cox: House budget plan focused on schools, safety and roads

State Rep. Laura Cox – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today led the panel’s approval of a budget plan with new record investments in schools and roads while keeping overall spending below current levels. “Our focus is clear,” said Cox, of Livonia. “We will invest taxpayer money wisely on roads, schools, public safety…

Rep. Cox wraps up March is Reading Month tour

State Rep. Laura Cox concluded her annual March is Reading Month tour by reading to 280 students at seven elementary schools in Livonia. March is Reading Month is an educational event to recognize the importance of reading in children’s future success. To celebrate, Rep. Cox visited classrooms at Roosevelt, Webster, Hoover and Niji-Iro Japanese Immersion…

Senate committee approves Rep. Cox bill to better protect human trafficking victims

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox to legally include drug addiction as a form of controlling human trafficking victims. “The power of addiction can be overpowering to anyone using illegal or prescription drugs,” said Cox, of Livonia. “We must allow withholding access to these drugs be considered a form…

Rep. Cox: Extra road repair funding for Michigan communities sails through Legislature

The Michigan House today gave final legislative approval to a $175 million roads bill that will help pay for urgently needed repairs this construction season – money that comes on top of previously approved changes already adding $600 million to road repairs statewide this budget year. Rep. Laura Cox – chair of the House Appropriations…

Rep. Cox announces bill to better protect sexual abuse victims

Multi-bill package introduced in response to recent Nassar scandal State Rep. Laura Cox, of Livonia, unveiled legislation Monday that allows Michigan’s prosecutors and courts to introduce and consider relevant information and evidence involving an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses in criminal cases, regardless of the age of the victim. The bill is part of…

Rep. Cox leads Michigan House approval of more money for urgent road repairs

The state House today approved a bill from Rep. Laura Cox to provide an additional $175 million for road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer. “We are taking action right now – ahead of schedule – to give our local communities as much time and help as possible as they prioritize road projects…

Panel approves Rep. Cox bill to protect human trafficking victims

The House Law and Justice Committee today unanimously advanced legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox that updates the definition of coercion in a human trafficking offense, adding withholding or threatening to withhold illegal and prescription drugs as a method of control in those cases. “No one could have anticipated the tragic increase in human trafficking…