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…

Rep. Cox’s adult foster care legislation signed into law

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Laura Cox to update constitutional language in Michigan’s Adult Foster Care Licensing Act was signed today by the governor. In February of 2015, an Executive Reorganization Order was signed by Gov. Snyder that combined the departments of Human Services and Community Health into the Department of Health and Human…

Senate passes Rep. Cox’s bill to protect retired police and firefighters

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

Senate passes Cox’s human trafficking legislation

The Michigan Senate today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox to make it easier for victims of human trafficking to expunge prostitution violations from their records. “It’s a common misconception that human trafficking is not a local issue, however, right here in Michigan, children, women and men are being forced into prostitution,” said…

Livonia’s Rep. Laura Cox Will Be Named House Appropriations Chair

Cox Will Become First Female Approps Chair in MI House History Livonia, MI — Representative Laura Cox (R-Livonia) announced today she will be appointed House Appropriations Chair by Speaker-Elect Tom Leonard for the 2017-2018 State Legislature.  Laura Cox will become the first female appropriations chair in the history of the Michigan House of Representatives. Representative…

Rep. Cox veteran bill signed by governor

New legislation brings clarity to the state definition of veteran State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, today took part in a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder in honor of legislation she sponsored to create an official state definition of the term “veteran” to bring more consistency and clarity to state laws. “The Michigan definition of…