Chairwoman Cox: Responsible, balanced budget approved, focus on schools, services

Spends fewer state taxpayer dollars than the current budget   House Appropriations Chairwoman Laura Cox today applauded her colleagues in approving the state budget for the coming fiscal year, producing a fiscally conservative, balanced budget that spends fewer state taxpayer dollars than the current year spending plan. Cox, of Livonia, said the state fiscal blueprint…

Rep. Cox votes in support of bills banning female mutilation

State Rep. Laura Cox voted today to protect children in her home district and across the state, inspired by a February incident where two young girls endured genital mutilation during an afterhours procedure at a Livonia medical clinic. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage…

Rep. Cox: Free Fishing Weekend is a time for summer fun

State Rep. Laura Cox encourages people to head outside and take in Michigan’s beautiful summer weather during Free Fishing Weekend on June 10 and 11. Rep. Cox of Livonia said there are hundreds of lakes throughout southeast Michigan with plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this special weekend. “Fishing is a leisure activity that’s…

Rep. Cox’s public safety bill signed by Gov. Snyder

Public safety legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder, making it a criminal offense to point a directed energy device, such as a laser pointer, at a plane or train. The bill was inspired by pilots of law enforcement helicopters and passenger planes being struck multiple times…

Rep. Cox praises House for passing conservative budget

State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today applauded the House for passage of a state budget that includes record funding for K-12 education and proposes a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget. Cox, of Livonia, said the conservative spending blueprint invests in the future of Michigan’s children and enhances…

Rep. Cox’s public safety measure advances to governor

The state House of Representatives approved legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia today, advancing two bills which add protection for aircraft and trains in the state of Michigan. Cox’s bill criminalizes pointing a laser at or in the path of an aircraft or train, while Rep. Tom Barrett’s legislation creates a five-year felony…

Chairwoman Cox hails panel passage of House budget

Lawmaker: Fiscally responsible blueprint moves to full House   State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today hailed committee passage of a state budget that practices restraint while at the same time funding K-12 classrooms at the highest level in state history. Cox, of Livonia, led the efforts of the various subcommittees…

Rep. Cox and state leaders promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month

State Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia and other lawmakers today held a bipartisan press conference at the state Capitol to encourage education, awareness and community involvement to prevent sexual violence and create a safer environment for everyone. April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month across the country. To highlight the need to address sexual…

House subcommittees advance budget plan boosting schools, public safety

Michigan House subcommittees this week advanced a budget plan that prioritizes schools, public safety and workforce development while also protecting the state’s financial future. The bills approved by budget subcommittees will serve as a blueprint for the House as the process to adopt a final plan for the 2017-18 budget year continues. “The budget is…

Aircraft safety legislation approved by Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved aircraft safety legislation by Reps. Laura Cox of Livonia and Tom Barrett of Potterville Tuesday, advancing the two bills to the Senate floor. Cox’s bill would criminalize pointing a laser at or in the path of an aircraft, while Barrett’s legislation creates a 5-year felony sentencing guideline. “This is a…

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…