Laser pointer aircraft safety bills approved by House

The state House of Representatives voted for pilot and public safety, approving legislation by Rep. Laura Cox to criminalize pointing a laser or directed energy device at or in the path of an aircraft. During committee testimony, it was revealed that a Michigan State Police helicopter and three aircrafts heading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport were…

Rep. Cox to visit local schools for March is Reading Month

State Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia will visit seven local elementary schools during the month of March in order to celebrate “March is Reading Month.” Rep. Cox will be reading to students at Cass, Garfield, Hoover, Roosevelt and Webster elementary schools within the Livonia Public School District, as well as St. Edith and St. Michael…

Rep. Cox: People deserve more transparent state government

State Rep. Laura Cox today voted in favor of landmark bipartisan legislation that makes state government more accountable to Michigan residents. Cox, of Livonia, said the legislation makes the executive branch, which includes the governor and lieutenant governor, subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and…

Aircraft safety legislation approved by House committee

The House Law and Justice Committee approved legislation today from Reps. Laura Cox of Livonia and Tom Barrett of Potterville to criminalize pointing a laser or directed energy device at or in the path of an aircraft. “This is a public safety issue, when you consider pilots can be temporarily blinded when struck by a…

Reps. Cox, Barrett testify in support of aircraft safety bills

State Reps. Laura Cox of Livonia and Tom Barrett of Potterville testified before the House Law and Justice Committee today in support of legislation that prohibits intentionally pointing a laser or a directed energy device at or in the path of aircraft, including helicopters and airplanes. Also testifying in support of the two-bill package were…

Chairwoman Cox comments on governor’s budget proposal

State Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2018: “I appreciate the governor’s work on the budget and look forward to working with my House colleagues and the Senate to create an efficient and effective…

Reps. Cox, Barrett introduce aircraft safety legislation

State Reps. Laura Cox, of Livonia, and Tom Barrett, of Potterville, have introduced a package of bills that will prohibit an individual from pointing a laser directly at, or in the path of, an aircraft. “This is a public safety issue,” said Rep. Cox. “A laser pointer beam width at altitude is much larger and…

Rep. Cox comments on 2017 State of the State address

State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, today issued this statement regarding Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address: “Like the governor, I believe we should stay the course that has been charted during the past six years. We have had real results with a healthier economy and…

Rep. Cox optimistic following revenue estimating conference

$478 million state budget surplus predicted   State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, made the following statement after today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which provides the first forecast of next year’s economic outlook.  State economists revealed a prediction that the state will have a $478 million surplus in next…

Rep. Cox sworn in for second term

State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, was sworn in for her second term by Chief Justice Stephen Markman on the House floor today. She was joined by her family, from back left, son, Conor, daughter, Sinéad, son, Rory, husband, Mike, father, Robert Erpelding, and mother, Marguerite Erpelding. The 99th Michigan Legislature began session today following the…

Governor signs Rep. Cox’s bill to protect retired police, firefighters

A bill sponsored by Rep. Laura Cox to address the management of Healthcare Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (VEBA) plans was signed today by the Governor. In April 2014, the City of Detroit and the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association reached an agreement to create a VEBA trust fund with the sole purpose of…